Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

4,198 Ratings
Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
12 Ingredients:
Great Western 2-Row, Crystal 135- 165, Chocolate & Rogue Micro Barley Farm DareTM & RiskTM Malts; Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution & Rebel Hops, Rolled Oats, Roasted Barley, Natural Chocolate Flavoring, Free Range Coastal Waters & Pacman Yeast.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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Photo of BeerCheese
3.3/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took the bottle from the fridge and poured it right into a clean glass. Completely black with a big brown head. Great head retention and lacing. Almost odorless, which was strange. May have been a hint of chocolate in the smell, or it could just be in my mind because of the name. Medium carbonation with a medium/full body. Seemed a little bland for a stout, but the little bit of flavor that was there was very nice. I could certainly taste the chocolate and roasted malts. Good balance of hops too. No taste of alcohol present. Overall, a slightly above average stout that's very drinkable. I'm still stumped by the lack of smell, though, which really brings the score down for this one.

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Photo of aalappatel
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this from a 22oz bomber bottle. Poured an almost black liquor with a one finger off white head that dissipated almost immediately. The smell was reminicent of earthy and chocolatey tones. There is an initial bitterness that quickly turns to a smokey choclate flavor. It lingers in the mouth for a while. The mouthfeel is quite heavy. This is definitely not your watery yellow fizzy beer !

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Photo of tonistruth
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very dark brown with a fluffy two finger mocha colored head, good retent on it, foamy lace

S- chocolate, roasted malts, sweet

T- rpasted malts, rich chocolate flavor, chocolate come out even mre with warmth, some hop bitterness in middle to finish, chocolate finish with a roasted chocolate aftertaste

M- medium body, creamy and smooth, bit of carbonation tickle at finish

D- filling and delicious, desert brew, good brew, im not a huge fan of chocolate but i'd recommend this

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Photo of hopbar
3.35/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sal's Bar and Liquor in Wash. Twp., NJ.
22 oz. bottle
Pint Glass

A: Poured black with a real dirty, off-white, fluffy, one finger head.

S: Some great scents: chocolate syrup, roasted coffee beans and toasted oats.

T: Not as sweet as the smell; very burnt and not as much chocolate as expected.

M: Not overly thick but bubbly and carbonated.

D: I was truly looking forward to this one for some time now but it came up a little short. I definitely want to try it on tap to get a second opinion.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black, other than black coffee around the edges, nice foamy tan head, dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a nice thin lacing.

Smell: Fresh cream, chocolate, I also smell sweetened coffee and some irish cream.

Taste: Big chocolate malt stays through out, at first it's complimented with an espresso acidity, then becomes creamy with those irish cream notes, a faint hint of hops come in at the end and dries it up.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, light carbonation, medium to full bodied, clean and easy to drink, very dry finish.

Drinkability: A great brew, light, chocolatey and delicious. I feel this brew is lighter probably because I've had Russian Imperial and double stouts recently.

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Photo of lawrence76
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on draft at bukowski's -2/19/2007 on a cold night.

Appears very dark in the glass, red when held up to the light. A deep, tan head formed and left exquisite lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is of chocolate and heady malts.

Hop bitterness becomes apparent upon the first sip. Excellent body to this beer. A certain grittiness is evident, likely from the use of flaked barley or un-malted oats; simply wonderful on the pallette. More deep malts & some caramelized aspects are present, and a subtle hop aroma which compliments rather than distracts.

A wonderful stout to have on a cold winter night.

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Photo of vanrassel
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You can see by the marks, I think this is a good beer — I just don't know if I'd consider it "Top 100" good.

It poured into my pint glass opaque and almost black, like viscous motor oil. An attractive bubbly tan head formed, and it didn't quit as long as there was beer in mmy glass. Not surprisingly, chocolate figured big in the aroma, sweet with a backing of toasted malt.

A simple first impression of the taste is that is what like a quality dark chocolate bar. Deeper examination revealed malted milk and a slightly lighter, sweeter taste than first perceived. Coffee emerged in the finish, but it was more Colombian roast than espresso.

Overall, the low carbonation and full body made this a smooth, creamy brew. It's a pleasant experience, in small doses: after half a bomber, I was ready for something else.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Looks great served in a 25 oz. mug. There is a very nice brown head that settles to a thin sheet. It does not stick around after a few sips are taken and turns into just a little ring where the liquid meets the glass. The beer is black and not much light gets through on the edges.

S- Chocolate hits at first then some coffee and more hops than expected. The chocolate smells like a chocolate powder like Nes Quick or something.

T- Not as sweet as I was expecting. The chocolate is the flavor that sticks out most in this- big surprise. There is a good earthiness to the beer as well. The hops blend really well with the chocolate.

M- Creamy, but not overly done.

D- It seems like this could be a hard beer to get as right as Rogue did. The best part about this beer is how well balanced everything is. Went great with a big cheeseburger.

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Photo of BigRedN
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured from the 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is black. when held to a light it's still black. The pour produces a large, foamy, brown head nearly two inches thick. The head never really dies, falling to a solid cover on the liquid leaving lots of lace. One of the prettier beers I have seen, it also helps that I like the "dark" beers and go for the black look.

Smell: What else would you expect from a chocolate stout but lots of chocolate and roasted malts aromas. Some decent hops aromas are buried within as well.

Taste: What can I say but this beer suits me. I like'em big and malty with planty of roasted malts and a touch of hop bitterness on the finish. This beer delivers. Not sweet at all, (I would even say it is a bit bitter) with just enough chocolate flavors but not overbearing. A great stout.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth and creamy. Full bodied , a touch chewy. Limited alchohol, if it wasn;t so filling this could be a decent sessioner because it is so good.

Drinkability: This is one of the best beers I have ever had. The End. What more does there need to be said? Close to a perfect 5, IMO.

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Photo of ccrida
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft, the Chocolate Stout is a deep, dark reddish black, with a thick, 2 finger, creamy, medium-dark tan head. Sadly, the head didn't stick around to long and only left slight lace. Very nice, rich but not oily, especially with that head.
The aroma, yummm, thats great! All chocolate, sweet, but like coco, not sugar.
The taste follows suit, it is fantastic, very chocolaty, some oats and a bit of cola. You can really taste the difference between stouts with chocolate malt and ones like this that also use the real thing, very nice. There's also a fairly assertive hop presence, particularly on the finish, which is probably the main differentiator between this and Young's Double Chocolate, which is similarly fantastic real chocolate goodness.
The mouthfeel is fantastic, super creamy, but supple and light, almost like a nitro, but with more carbonation.
Whoa, this is super drinkable. I could have these all night!

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Photo of GPHarris
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick dark brown head into a tumbler. head is creamy and leaves decent retention and lace. body is dark black.
s - dark and sweet chocolate.
t - this seems to have a one-track mind of chocolate but some roasted coffee and piney hops begin to come through in the middle. chocolate is still the dominant flavor.
m - smooth and medium on the tongue.
d - easily drinkable but after a couple of glasses it becomes almost too sweet. but it is a nice change of pace and my girlfriend really loves this one.

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Photo of Neehan
4.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This tasty treat poured a shade-and-a-half away from being jet-black with a sizeable, lightly tan head and a bit of retention. The head subsides but begins as exceptionally creamy. The smell is raisiny with very rich, dark chocolate moving to the front. Cocoa fills the nose. The taste is incredible, rich and smooth yet dark and a surprising (if you don't read the bottle) entrance of hops that get stronger on the finish. A bit smoky and a ton delicioius. Very creamy yet light in the mouth and perhaps the most drinkable stout I've had.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep dark brown in color. The beer pours a tan two fingered head that stays for most of the sample. Nice lacing.

S: Loads of chocolate. Slight whiff of coffee. Roasted malts and earth.

T: Slight blast of burnt coffee is immediately taken over by dark chocolate and a slight pine hop bitter bite. Roasted caramel malts are followed by the sweetness of molasses. More chocolate.

M: Rich and creamy smooth. Minimal carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: Grandma's homemade brownies in a bottle. Extremely well balanced without being too sweet. This is the best chocolate flavored beer that I have tried.

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Photo of atsprings
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz dimpled mug. Poured a dark opaque black with a thin head that was diminishing and left no lacing on the glass. The aroma was an almost indescribable abundance of chocolate with usual stout undertones of roasted barley and subtle coffee, all very overpowered by chocolate, however. The taste was great but just a tad on the bitter side as far as the chocolate was concerned. The mouthfeel was fully tolerable with decent carbonation. This is a great beer for a cold winter night.

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Photo of tboom29
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured the stout into an oversized wine glass.

The appearance is a dark brown/black with a big brown tinted foamy head on top.

The nose is full of chocolate malt. Cocoa is very present, along with cocoa butter.

This beer is very chocolatey and smooth. Lots of the roasted, chocolate malt that was in the nose. The mouthfeel is milky and smooth, nice milky taste throughout.

This would be an outstanding desert beer. It's really desert by itself, almost like a tootsie roll in a glass.

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Photo of mmcave
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Sams 650ml. bottle chilled and poured into a nonic. Head has dissipated into two centimeter milk chocolate crème lingering on surface, with nice lacing. The body is oily black, opaque, seriously does look like an I.S. Smells of subtle light smoky chocolate character, which permeates the totality of this drink. The roasted barley and oaks (as listed on the bottle) manifests and aids nicely to form an earthy well-rounded complexity. The cascades at first were rather forward, but as this warms up they mellow out and the chocolate is allowed to come to the fore. Taste wise this beer is rich bitter chocolate and coffee. Has many flavor components of a sturdy RIS, but simply lacks the strength and thicker mouthfeel. I realize this is not what they were going for, but worth mentioning. The mouthfeel definitely has a literal chocolate residual feel "made with imported chocolate". This is very much a worth while stout. The complexity of an Imperial stout, but the strength and mouth feel of a standard stout. Totally worth a drink.

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Photo of nase
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trying this out next to a Deschutes Obsidian Stout. Poured from bomber.

Looks like an Imperial Stout. Pretty strong chocolate taste which I imagine some might be averse to with a hint of coffee there as well? In some ways, I like it but it is accompanied by some bitterness. Not quite as balanced IMO as the Obsidian. Mouthfeel is ever so slightly improved over Deschutes'.

App. - 4 , Smell - 4, Taste - 3.5, Mouthfeel - 4, Drinkability - 3.5

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Photo of mburkholtz
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorites!

Rogue Chocolate Stout is big on taste. Chocolate and coffee flavors burst forth as soon as you begin to pour. They loom even larger as you drink.

A little too powerful to be enjoyed all the time, this stout is best imbibed at the end of a hearty meal -- perhaps before (or during) dessert!

Unfortunately, this beer is quite difficult (at least in NJ) to track down -- damn!

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The big frothy thick head doesn't go away very fast leaving a nice lacing behind. The color is black, so much so that light doesn't penetrate at all. The flavor is sooo chocolatey with a big coffee flavor behind it, it's awsome!! I love this flavor. The mouthfeel is a little harsh with carbonation at first, but I suppose that will mellow when the CO2 has run it's course. Overall, I will get more of this beautiful brew.

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Photo of dhchatfield
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been away....a brief beer hiatus for the month of January has ended. It's good to be back.

A - Absolutely gorgeous. Almost opaque in its' blackness. Towering chocolate mousse head takes a few minutes to settle down. One of the best looking pours I have ever had in my Duvel tulip.

S - Very nice. I bought this one out of the beer cooler, as it was the only choice. It's about 5 below outside and the beer sat in the truck for a while as I stopped for some fatwood to kickstart tonight's fire. I think I'm drinking this one a little cold, but I couldn't wait. I'm guessing the aroma will open up a bit as I type. Chocolate and coffee overtones, with a faint raisin burnt malt bitterness, almost a mincemeat hint.

T - Outstanding. I was torn between this or the Shakespeare tonight. I'm glad I got this one. This beer is very very tasty.

M - Wonderful. Full, creamy, broad across the palate and very nice all the way down. Leaves a nice tongue and gullet coating.

D - Low ABV makes this one a good candidate for a winter evening session. I'm a little out of "beer shape", so two will be quite enough thank you.

A break was just what I needed. A recent thread enticed me to make by comeback in the world of stouts. I'm glad I did.


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Photo of Morningstar
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My girlfriend and I tried this beer last week and we loved it. I liked the aroma and taste of this stout. My girlfriend doesn't do beer all that much but she liked the Chocolate Stout. So much so that we took home a few bottles. It went well with some chicken we had. I really recommend it.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better chocolate based beers I've had.

Rich dark chocolate colour that is near the black end of the spectrum. Light brown head. Looks like a beer to be reckoned with.

The scent is the only detractor of this stout. Bitter-sweet chocolate, rich malts and a distracting tinny hint that has hints of rubbing alcohol in it.

Taste is rich bitter-sweet chocolate, notes of brown sugar and a malts. Slight acid essence. This is a satisfying, enjoyable stout with a definite chocolate character. Ranks up there with Young's Double Chocolate Stout.

Silky smooth, rich mouthfeel. Very nice to drink.

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Photo of beveritt
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an Imperial pint glass. The label has the standard Rogue theme of someone holding a beer up. In addition, it has the always useful information about the beer ingredients and specifications. This one is 15 degrees Plato, 69 IBU, 77 AA, and 135.45 degrees L.

Appearance: Pours with a dark tan, 1 inch head. This settles slowly, leaving some lacing on the glass, a thin coat of foam, and a few random islands spread throughout the top. The beer itself is dark, black except for a little hint of ruby/brown around the edges.

Smell: Sweet chocolate, with a strong undertone of roasted barley. The smell is an amazing blend of sweet and bitter.

Taste: This beer has many complex layers of chocolate and stout flavor. Initially, you pick up what I would term bitter, baker's chocolate, this blends well with the bitterness from the roasted barley. Next, there is a subtle hop, flavor, lightly citrus with a hint of bitterness, Finally, a sweet chocolate aftertaste, without being to sweet or cloying.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation with a decent bite. Helps to blend the varying flavors well. God body.

Drinkability: In a world of so many Imperial this and double that, it is nice to find a full bodied and flavorful stout that only clocks in a 6% alcohol. This is a great drink and one that you can have a few of. Plenty of complexity, while still demonstrating the fine art of restraint.

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Photo of bort11
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Color of the body is velvety black, with a dark mocha brown head. The head rises about a fingers width and leaves a moderate lace on the glass.
Chocolate smell is bold like putting my nose in a can of cocoa powder. Taste is also like a cocoa powder, but finishes with a interesting hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is a little weird. It seems to fluctuate between a creaminess and a dry powder. Not unpleasant, just a little strange. Finish is very dry.
A very tasty after dinner treat

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Photo of Dubbercody
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a real treat to have this on tap. I can honestly say there is a huge difference between the tap and bottle experience.

All of the great things about the bottle just come alive in fantastic ways in the draft version of this brew. The chocolate aroma and flavor just come out to greet you and taste great. Many a non-dark beer drinker will change their tune after having one of these.

It's a dessert in it's own right, but I recently had the experience of tasting this with Ice cream in it, and while not for everyone, is freaking fantastic.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
4.19 out of 5 based on 4,198 ratings.
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