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Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding
1,903 Reviews
Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,903
Ratings:
4,143
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
Wants:
422
Gots:
586
For Trade:
5
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Reviews: 1,903 | Ratings: 4,143
Photo of Estarrio
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the blackest pours that I've ever seen, with a small cocoa colored head. OK retention, fancy lacings.

Big chocolate smell. Sweet malts and molasses lend to a chocolate bar wrapper aroma. Some hints of vanilla as well.

The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma would suggest. Bitter chocolate, cocoa and coffee balance with earthy oatmeal, slight dough flavors. There is a pronounced bitter finish but not overly flavorful. The taste somewhat more bland than I imagined. Much better at room temperature but still somewhat watered down tasting.

Moderate carbonation, what I might expect from an ale. Not creamy in the least.

I went back to the bottle to look for a freshness date but none was to be found. I have to wonder if this is either stale or light damaged. I honestly could not finish the entire bottle, as it simply was not appealing to me in the least. I'm going to try a another bottle from a different state and re-review if there is a significant difference. Otherwise, I'm very unimpressed by this beer.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with light tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smells like chocolate milk with a hint of toffee.

Taste follows smell. Lots of chocolate milk flavor. Toasted malt is there. Very little bitterness.

Mouthfeel is far too watery for me. Average carbonation.

Overall this was good but lacks complexity.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off, $5.99/bomber and 6% ABV. OK priced, a little high. Pours a nice, opaque ultra-dark brown to black. Wonderful head, about 4 fingers high, springs up and persists, leaving excellent lacing. Aroma is oaded, almost too much so, with chocolate. Actually, once it settles and warms a touch, it smells like hot chocolate. Some faint espresso notes and also a touch of hops in there, but dominated, almost to a fault, by hot chocolate. Maybe a little cinnamon hint also.

Flavor is a confusing mix of hot chocolate and tangy chocolate malt. At first it wants to be malty, then the initial tang burst gives way, one-two punch-like, to a rich chocoalte flavor. This then washes away and is replaced by the tanginess of the malt and some nice hop bitterness. Not too sweet, but there is some in there. Finish is super long and bitter from both the hops and, I think, the chocolate flavoring used. Kind of a jumble and sort of a mess. Not worth the price but it is unique.

What I like most: The beautiful pour.

What I like least: The confused flavor profile.

Verdict: Unique and robust, but not worth the price. Novelty only.

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Photo of changeup45
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber. Pours a very black color, moderate tan head that doesn't last long. Chocolate, malty aroma, although not all that strong. The flavor is pretty nice with dark chocolate right away with subtle malts and bitter hop notes following. This seems more like a dessert. Hell, maybe it can be. I can't drink too many of these chocolate beers though. A simple 12 ounce would have been fine.

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Photo of jackie7787
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours pretty dark brown, a bit of a light brownish head but not too much and dissipated quickly leaving just a bit of swirly light brown foam on top.

S - Smells strongly of chocolate and a hint of roastiness!

T- Something kind of overpowers the chocolate and roastiness. It was really bitter at first. It was a bit too much, more than I was expecting at least. I didn't think it went with the beer very well. Finished with nice bittersweet chocolate flavor though. I guess it got a little better over time too, but still couldn't really get past the initial bitterness that came with every sip.

M - This was good. Not overly carbonated or anything. Pretty light and smooth.

D- While it was decent overall, I probably won't be having it again.

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Photo of shand
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a mug.

This brew looks good, it's a nice deep brown color with a large head. The smell is that of just an everyday stout. And the taste is that too. I mean, it's really just straight up Guinness Extra Stout-esque, in both taste and (thin) body. It's not bad, but get Guinness Extra Stout and save four bucks.

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Photo of charlzm
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled, consumed 01/03/08.

Almost-black pour creates a lingering dark tan head. Aromas are red wine like fruit and, you guessed it, chocolate. Mouthfeel is unremarkable. The flavor is strong bitter chocolate/cocoa that grows more defined as the beer goes down. Slight sweetness totally conquered by big bitter flavor. Oats mellow the flavor somewhat, but only a little.

Not really my bag.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown pour with a big bubbly brown head. Retention is phenomenal as a thick cap sits atop the liquidy beneath.

S: Dark chocolate smell that seems a bit watered down. Not really much else going on.

T: The seems a bit strange to me. A lot of roasted malts up front, followed by the deep dark chocolate. Not a lot of sweetness to balance it out though. The flavor hits you and then sort of just drops right off.

MF: Medium to heavy body with great carbonation. I wish this beer was a bit "fuller." The 6% ABV is a bit limiting.

O: For a beer that is literally available everywhere, you can't go wrong here. If you're looking for something to blow you away, keep going.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.49/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours thick and black with no visible carbonation.

Smell: Is my sniffer broke? I don't smell anything! Maybe a hint of chocolate but I have to bury my nose in there just to get anything.

Taste: All chocolate. Nothing else. No malt, no hop bitterness. Just like drinking chocolate milk.

Overall impression: A good beer but very one dimensional. I liked it for a dessert but it just didn't scratch my beer itch.

If you are in to stouts, try it once. But that's about all you need to do with this beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, dark brown

Smell: chocolate, cream, and burnt malt

Taste: Chocolate all over...Sweet chocolate takes the lead..this gradually becomes more bitter...There are also touches of burnt malt and hops

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium heavy body, semi-sweet start that becomes more bitter

Drinkability:This one is a bit more bitter for a chocolate stout than I would like. It has a small sweet taste in the beginning and in the middle that is very good. I would have another bomber at some point, but one per session is enough. This is decent, but not spectacular.

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Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, its a bit gimicky. Sweet vanilla and chocolate flavour to start off with. The finish is quite roasty, with some bitter chocolate and then the mandatory hoppyness of Rogue beers kicks in. It had lots of flavour, and i quite enjoyed it, but i'm not quite sure it knew which direction it wanted to go. But...tasty. (Cask GBBF 03')

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Photo of KATE12
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was very excited to try this beer but over all not impressed.

It poured a very dark,dark brown with hints of amber towards the head. The head was thick and creamy but diminished quickly.

The smell was awesome. It was so chocolatey and rich with hints of roasted coffee and toffee.

The taste was a dissapointment. It was not very flavorfull at all. It lacked everything that smell made me believe it would taste like.

The mouthfeel was a little gritty, not very smooth. Maybe I was just upset because the taste was a bit boring and it brought the mouthfeel down as well? I can't really say I'm dying to try this again.

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Photo of DavidST
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

This pours a pitch black color with a decent mocha colored head, but with large bubbles which quickly dissipate down to a thin layer, its a good looking beer but I prefer the look of the stouts with a nice frofty bubbled head (the one with the dense thin bubbles). The smell was pretty good, chocolate with roasted malts. The feel was good medium to thick, although it was also a little grimy and gritty. The taste left something to be desired though. The main taste was an artificial gritty/dirty/grimy chocolate flavor maybe like a Hersey chocolate syrup (the stuff you pour into milk), it was a little too sweet and I didn't get the normal roasted malt bitterness, just this grimy sweetness (gone are the great dark chocolate flavors). You could probably take a Guinness draft and load Hershey's Chocolate syrup into it and get basically the same poor taste. Overall this was decent, but I'd take a Brooklyn Chocolate Stout over this one every time (and they cost less). I definitely don't understand why this is rated so high.

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Photo of ChestSplitter
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a bottle.
Pours almost black with a brown head that didn't stick around for long.
Smells a little like chocolate but also some malt/coffee aromas too. Not a really big smell.
Taste has strong hints of chocolate but not nearly the chocolate blast of the Rogue Double Chocolate Stout. More bitter at the finish then I expected, given the start.
Mouthfeel is really not very thick for a stout, but maybe I should have expected as much given 6% ABV.

Overall a pleasant chocolate stout. If you really want a thicker, chewier chocolate blast, the Rogue Double Chocolate Stout is better, but this is more balanced. It was better overall then the sum of its parts.

And one food pairing suggestion: raw chocolate chip cookie dough with this beer is a revelation.

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Photo of mcallister
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A used motor oil brown pour, with very little head present and no lacing. Overly roasted choclate malts, oats, malt ball, cream and sweet vanilla abstract and used coffe grounds make up the aroma.

The mouth of this beer is very austere to me. There are some sharp edges I think need straightening but I feel this way about all of Rouges darker brews. Almost like a low end mocha latte. And I say low end because of the coffee taste, which reminds me of either used rinds or a cheap folgers or maxwell house type blend. Overly choclate hops and oaty flavors and very unsweetened. Roasted malts, cream, cassis, and a slight background hop, and maybe some burnt marshmallow.

This beer leaves a very tannic mouthfeel with a long choclate finish. Too choaclaty for my liking; making this a one beer and done for me.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 4/21/2006 (22oz bottle):

Pours a black/very dark brown color, Big thick head-tan, good sized bubbles, slowly diminishing, like a good stout should be. Strong aroma of hops, chocolate, nuts, very interesting aroma. Strong chocolate malt taste, semi-bitter taste, overall pretty smooth flavor.

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Photo of gameface23
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ebony with a fluffy tan head. Nose of chocolate/cocoa powder and some toasted malt. Taste was bitter, similar to 90% dark chocolate. I was hoping for a thicker mouthfeel and more depth, but it didn't deliver. Drinkability is good, but you have to pick the right time of year for it.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a completely opaque black color, with a tenacious tan head that sticks to the side of the glass. Aromas of dry, almost dusty chocolate flavors -- it reminds me of baker's chocolate. There is a milky, creamy backing to the aroma -- maybe due to the oats? On the palate, some stout sourness first off, medium carbonation and some juicy acidity. The chocolate flavor is quite dry, not sweet, and the finish is a bit short. Overall, I was disappointed by this. The chocolate flavor was a bit flat, almost subdued, and there's not much else going on in this beer to make up for it. Mouthfeel is too thin, and the staying power of this beer is kind of lacking. What's a mellifluous term for "enh"?

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Photo of LikeAFishSince56
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This beer bought from a draft pub, looks like a stout. It is black with a half inch enduring head in a pint glass. The body is clear but opaque, and there is foamy lacing left as you drink it. The aromas are chocolatey and hoppy, but the taste and result is not really a stout. This beer is really an IPA in stout's clothing. A chocolate IPA I should think, not so much a chocolate stout. The finish is long and bitter, which is just fine if you enjoy IPAs as I do. The mouthfeel is a little weak, the alcohol punch substantial, and I don't feel like I've actually just drunk my thrice daily bread. I still prefer my Guinness.

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Photo of dar482
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in black color with a light fluffy tan head.

The aroma is fantastic. Just big milk chocolate bomb with the smell with some malt.

The taste is pretty good. I wish it was silkier like other bigger ABV stouts. It surely has more chocolate flavor than Young’s Double Chocolate. It then finishes with a bit of a hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit light.

It’s not exactly my style as I prefer a creamier, milkier chocolate stout like some Russian Imperials or American Double stouts. It’s more of a well rounded beer with a hint of chocolate. Go into this expecting a beer with some chocolate, not a chocolate stout.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one a while back but took notes. Poured a deep brown color with foamy brown head that faded somewhat quickly and left good lacing. Smelled of chocolate, light hops, caramel, and a tinge of alcohol. Tasted like roased, toasted chocolate. Average mouthfeel, smooth but overcarbed and left the tongue a little bitter. Went down pretty easily though.

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Photo of TrickKnee
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well i was a little worried this was going to just taste like sam adams choclate boch but let me tell ya the taste was completely different---in a good way. Made from real chocolate you can really taste it. Almost a hot chocolate taste and mouthfeel, except it was cold and and alcohol, can you say mmm mmm good!!!

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Photo of beerguy101
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eclipse black color. Large foamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate, touch of cardboard (but in a good way). A medium bodied stout. Malts are chocolate. Touch of vanilla and coffee. Hops are slightly spicy. Hops are slightly spicy. A nicely balanced sweet stout. The chocolate flavors predominate. Etched/painted beer bottle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/18/12

Appearance: Dark dark brown, almost black - minimal, off white head, fades to nothing, leaves some steaks of lacing

Smell: Lightly roasty, lightly burnt, with chocolate, as the name would imply - both chocolate malts and cocoa - typical Rogue yeast as well

Taste: Yup, chocolate - dark, roasty chocolate malts and dark chocolate - sweet chocolate, too, like Tootsie Rolls - mildly bitter - malt base is a bit one dimensional and oddly mild - some weak coffee notes

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, on the thin side for a stout, but nicely carbonated and drinkable

Overall: Yeah, it has chocolate but not much else

This is a decent offering from Rogue, but not their best, and not outstanding overall. It's a nice use of chocolate, not too sweet. But the overall body could be more interesting.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Pours pitch black with a two finger mocha head that sticks around for a bit and doesn't leave any lacing

Smell - Nose starts with coffee rinds and makes its transition to dark chocolate with the usual fill of roasted malts and a touch meaty.

Taste - The chocolate starts and remains as the star player with some coffee bits.

Feel - Creamy without being too thin. No carbonation.

Overall - Good beer that hits the mark, but at $7.59 a bomber I'll pass next time.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 1,903 ratings.
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