Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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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 RedHaze
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black that doesn't let any light through, with a two finger dark tan head that fades slowly to a thick cap, leaving behind a very nice webbing of lace.

Smell; dominant chocolate aroma up front, with some roasted malts intermingled with some hints of coffee.

Taste; as with the smell the chocolate is the dominant flavor, which isn't surprising since this is a chocolate stout. A touch of coffee bitterness is oresent, as well as a little bit of a smokey quality. this isn't to complex in the flaovr department, but it is still very good. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, and fits the flavor profile almost prefectly. The only thing that limits the drinkability is the heaviness of the beer.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Pint shaped glass

My 250th review!

A - Beer poured with a one finger brown rocky colored foam; held very well; plenty of healthy sticky lacing; solid dark brown/black colored body; no visible carbonation

S - Deep dark chocolate notes; fantastic roasted malt scents; overwhelming large amount of dark malt aromas; slight cork and chalky scents; light scent of oats and grains

T - Chocolate milk with a kick of caramel and alcohol flavors; some cork and oak taste; espresso and coffee deep aftertaste; intense flavor

M - Full body feel; nice and bubbly; slight bitter taste and chocolate lingering aftertaste; filling and coating on the tongue; espresso mucus taste

D - Good dessert drink; nice blend of chocolate and coffee flavors

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Photo of ZombieHead
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rarigney
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of adamhdv
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a VERY nice pitch black color with great 1.5 finger head.

Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate, really noticeable. Maybe even a mix of cocoa in there.

Nice cocoa/roasted coffee flavor...noticeable rich chocolate. Wish this was a little more creamy, slightly chocolate milk constancy.

Went down smooth and was full of flavor, great chocolate stout.
For under $5 a bomber, I will always keep these in stock!

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken 03/31/16:

Dark brown to black, depending on thickness, highly opaque. Head is foamy and creamy, medium-brown, with great retention. Sweet milk chocolate, light roastiness, wet paper aromas. Metallic tartness throughout, but quite a lot of chocolate in the middle, and roasty-toasty toward the back, as well as rindy and earthy hops, even a little booze in the finish. Full-bodied, thick enough but more oily than syrupy. Medium carbonation, creamy suds.

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Photo of Mattmarinucci
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a thick darkish brown head. Quite black in color. The head is so meringue like that I take a bite of it. The head is like biting into the lightest, fluffiest, slightly sweet chocolate mousse. The aroma is strongly of chocolate, it dominates the aroma of this beer. Quite a creamy body, lightly sweet as well. This beer finishes with a bit of dark malt and a subdued bitterness. Just like the aroma, the chocolate is dominant in the taste of the beer as well. It is like eating a dense, rich, creamy chocolate dessert that is only lightly sweet. Very good, though I must say that it seems a bit one-dimensional.

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Photo of Drew966
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an opaque black with a thick tan head from a 22 ounce brown bottle. Malt and a hint of chocolate in the nose. Tastes like a dark chocolate bar. I like beers that have a hint of chocolate in them, this may be more than I prefer, but this is still a good beer by any measure.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Near black with a thick brown head. Head is a solid three fingers and slowly fades to a one + finger cap. Excellent rings of lacing left behind as well.

S - Bittersweet chocolate with hints of alcohol. Lightly roasted dark malts come through as the beer warms and blends nicely with the chocolate notes.

T - Bittersweet chocolate which becomes more bitter and less sweet as the beer warms. A bit of burnt grains taste comes through late in the drink. Light hopping in the finish provides a faint citrusy backing.

M/D - Medium bodied but a touch thin in the finish compared to other stouts of this range. Very easy drinking and certainly worth having.

Glad to have finally tried one of the classics. W wouldnt call it a phenomenal beer, but definitely a good one.

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Photo of Mitchel
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rogue’s Chocolate Stout is a dark, dark, dark brown. If I didn’t know any better, I would call it black. The head is beautiful- thick and a cappuccino colored. Very creamy looking head which holds well and leaves erratic lacing all over the glass. It smells very chocolaty, creamy, and vastly rich.

It tastes very creamy and…..well….chocolaty (what did you expect?). It initially tastes of molasses which quickly fades to softer and silkier tastes of smoke and lightly sweet chocolate. The beer has a soft bitterness to it and goes down smooth and is not as heavy as one might expect. A very chewy beer.

Taken as a whole, this beer is terrific. This is what I have been looking for in a chocolate beer. It tastes very strongly of chocolate (which is more than some other ‘chocolate beers’ can say). Big body and bold flavor with fine balance makes for a great beer. Try it with chocolate cake; good stuff!

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Photo of Stefantheviking
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of snpub540
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured half of a bottle into my Duvel tulip. It pours a deep black hue that no light is getting through. Half a finger of light brown creamy bubbles makes up the head. Very light amount of lacing is left on the glass between sips.

Aroma is mostly toasted bread and sweey chocolate. There is also a hint of raisins and licorice. That's all I got out of this nose.

Taste is a nice roasty and bitter combination that has lots of chocolate and roasted malt flavors. There is also some woody and coffee notes mixed in as well. A hint of sweetness right upfront but it is quickly gone.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Not a lot of carbonation and it adds to the smoothness of this beer. To me it is pretty mild but is still able to pack in a lot of flavor.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pour is opaque... massive head that recedes downward. chocolate colored head. nose is malt and chocolate. taste is similar to the expedition stout, bit more sour. nice chocolate... not superfluous. nice lace, lightly sticky. great feel. accompanied with a solid bitter. not chalky which makes the excessive chocolate gentle. good. no alcohol detected.

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Photo of EdgarGerik
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Josievan
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, dark brown approaches black. Head lingers for several minutes and lacing is heavy.

Smell: Heavy on roasted malts and dark chocolate.

Taste: Chocolately in a noticeable, yet subtle way. Some sips taste like a shot of chocolate milk was put in this beer, others taste like premium dark chocolate was ground into a powder and dissolved in the beer. Despite these fine flavors, this is still a full-bodied stout, first and foremost; a stout's stout, as it were.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. There is a bitter aftertaste from the dark chocolate and roasted malts that lingers, but this is expected.

Drinkability: I finished my pint surprisingly quickly for a beer with so much flavor and body. Very drinkable for such a heavy stout.

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Photo of johnniemarg
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours as sark as used engine oil, with a dark brown dense and persistent 2-finger head.

Smell is swiss chocolate. Tons of chocolate. I can smell some bittering hops, but besides the chocolate, there is little discernable. Maybe some molasses.

The taste is just about all chocolate. There is just enough malt to balance this out. The malt is just noticeable at first before the long chocolate middle of the taste takes over, finally ending in a dry, hoppy, bitter finish. After I was ready to post this I realize that the malt becomes more prevalent as this warms, balancing the chocolate better.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Coats the mouth. A little pricky on the palate from the hops.

This is a good stout. I had it before and didn't like it as much. I probably had it too cold the last time. I'm sure this would go very well with most rich desserts.

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Photo of jeremyn
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty, creamy, light brown head that needs some agitation to get going. The nose of roasted malt and chocolate is simple but elegant. Taste is reminiscent of the nose. Nothing complex... roasted malt and chocolate, but extremely intense. Bigger hop flavor that I expected from this style, but not a lot of bitterness. Tastes dry hopped but probably isn't. Thinner mouthfeel than I expected, but I think that works in its favor. Still a little mouth-coating creaminess, presumably from the oats, which gives it some richness. Carbonation is appropriate and its drinkability is good.

I can't say this beer is anything particularly innovative, but it is intense and delicious. Everything about it seems "correct."

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Photo of matchz
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark opaque black with a dark brown head, this beer smells like coffee, with hints of roasted almonds and of course chocolate. Tastes of dark, bitter chocolate with coffee and a nice smooth malt finish.

Beer and Chocolate, what could be better together?!

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Photo of Nrod
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GaBengal
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got it at Target.

Chocolate indeed! Richly roasted maltiness with dark roasted flavors, particularly chocolate (per suggestion) and espresso. Dark, ripe fruit. Vanilla, and an almost-lavender floralness.

Jet black, perhaps dark, dark brown. Mild head - dark brown - with poor retention.

First sip reveals abundant fruitiness in the attack, mild malt and hop in the midpalate, and a growing bitterness in the finish. Quite a transition and spectrum of flavors. Deeper chocolate and roasted malt develop against the fruit. Tart hop edge comes in between middle and end along with bright fruit through the finish. A little bit of spicy, herbal hop takes root and provides a nice, subtle foreground to the dark malty backgrounds. More bitterness in the end tastes mainly of hop leaf, but also perhaps from highly roasted malt. Vanilla suggestions turn into reckonable flavors and bring to mind oak. I only notice a very soft sweetness as an afterthought upon relishing in the finishing bitterness.

After reading the bottle, I see that there really is chocolate in here (along with oats, which kind of makes sense). I can't really tell that there is chocolate added beyond very richly roasted malt which often tastes chocolate-like to me. I'm glad Rogue didn't over do the chocolate, as that would have skewed these nice flavors down the path of being flavored.

Paired with some corned beef, marbled rye, and aged swiss, it does smell creamy like oats. And my corned beef, paired against Rogue Chocolate Stout, tastes rather like wintergreen. How odd - it tasted rather meaty a minute ago.

Medium-full-to-full bodied mouthfeel. Good bitterness, stiff body.

The Verdict:
A pretty good, and indeed chocolate-rich, Stout with a surprisingly strong bright fruit character juxtaposed on the dark malt and a pleasantly strong bitterness ruling over the finish.

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Photo of leitmotif
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DemoniChris
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mltobin
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,241 ratings