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 evlu1441
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the second time I've had this beer. The first time I remember it being really chocolaty, and considering it's made with "natural chocolate flavouring," that's hardly a surprise. Here's my review:

It pours almost pitch black and completely opaque with the slightest red tinge around the edges. The head is a chocolate-milk colour. A tasty looking treat!

The aroma is sweet and malty with a rich toasted aroma topped with some chocolate chips. Reminds me of breakfast cereal in a way.

The taste is sweet, and lightly toasty up front. Controlled chocolatey notes towards the middle. Some slight hop bitterness comes through towards the end alongside some slight burnt chocolate flavours. Drinkability is very high on this delicious treat.

Overall, this is a really tasty beer and good on almost any occasion!

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled while in Vegas. Poured from a 650 ml brown bottle, silk-screened label. A pitch black body, blocks out the light. Large creamy tan head. Intense chocolate aroma with faint hops. Sweet milk chocolate flavour, with dry coffee, balanced out with the cascade hops. Smooth mouthfeel, effervescent and somewhat light. Not necessarily a session ale, but one that's worth picking up on a regular basis.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with very nice tan head Smells of sweet malts and chocolate. Alcohol scents are present. Wonderful chocolate and smokey flavors. Very rich with not much alcohol as the scent suggests. Medium to full bodied with light effervesance. Very nice

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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 cbenson
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two 16oz pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist.

A: Deep, dark, black with a really pretty mocha colored head. Pours with the consistancy of chocolate milk.

S: Big chocolate aroma dominates. This is followed closely by hops and something I can only describe as bitter cocoa.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, bitter hops, with a bitter, bitter, bitter burnt malt finish. Also detected a fleeting hint of coffee in there.

M: I found the mouthfeel on this one to be too dry, puckery, and bitter. I expected more creaminess from a "chocolate stout".

D: Strange, but while I found this to be dry like a desert, I was won over by the immense chocolate and dark roasted/burnt malt flavors going on with this one. A challenging stout, indeed.

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Photo of benbou17
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark mahogany almost black colour with a 2 finger tan head that leaves nice lacing

S- chocolate is immediately present in force with some definite hoppiness and a little bit of coffee malts mixed in

T- chocolate right of the bat with the bitterness of the hops definitely present as well. also some hints of oats which give way to a little bit of coffee and dark fruit after taste

M- fairly high carbonation for the style although it didn't detract from the beer at all. the oats helped it coat the mouth a little bit although not as much as a true oatmeal stout.

D- overall quite a drinkable beer although by no means a session beer the 650ml bottle was no problem.

Not my favourite beer ever but definitely a very well done chocolate stout.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at my favorite grocrey shopping mega-plex, Jungle Jims. I waited a little while to try it with someone but he never came around (Rick!), ahh well, more for me.

It poured slowly and full of chocolate and coffee hints. The hint of the chocolate was stronger than the coffee but not overpowering. It left good lace around my glass as one drink led to another.

Better than most Chocolate Stouts but I am still having a tough time getting Chocolate and Coffee to taste good together. Don't get me wrong I liked this beer but I like a bit more stout.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another pint at Rogue's Pub on the Newport dockside.
Very good beer in appearance a dark brown, dark cooking chocolate brown ale. Small tan head.
Smells of good copoking chocolate ( Ghiardelli)..malty and great.
Beautiful full dark chocolate taste..not too sweet yet a nice bitterness is present..especially in the aftertatse.
Very nice on the palate..smooth and rich.
A most drinkable stout..nice

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Photo of clarkm04
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very dark. Close to midnight black. A nice tan head retention that leaves a nice lacing behind.

Smell- Definitely smell the chocolate and roasted notes in this beer.

Taste- A very definite series of chocolate notes. A slightly bittersweet chocolate taste in the front with a sweeter chocolate note along with nice finish. I get a little hops in the middle but chocolate dominates this beer through and through.

Mouthfeel- Slight carbonation on the tongue but much lighter than you would expect from something of this color. It's a very creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability- For a stout it's fairly high. I will not have a problem knocking out this bomber.

Overall- An outstanding stout and a great example of what a Chocolate Stout can be. Rogue's Chocolate Stout is easily one of my favorite chocolate stouts and I purchase this beer on a regular basis because it works well as a dessert beer or with a meal or after a long day. It's a versatile and interesting beverage. I recommend this beer to people.

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Photo of sully22
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ElduqueToo
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PvtVile
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Rogue Chocolate Stout was presented in a brown bomber and poured into a Guinness beer mug.

Appearance: It pours extremely dark and forms a great big coffee colored head that takes a while to settle, and leaves lacing.

Smell: Lots of chocolate w/ hints of cream and hops.

Taste: The first taste is some nice bitter hops, and then it settles with a hint of chocolate that stays around for a while.

Feel: Coats the mouth with a buttery sensation and ends crisp and carbonated.

Notes: This is a tasty stout that I wouldn't mind enjoying after a good meal.

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Photo of JayNat
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Winston3737
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HowlingTurkey
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mcrawford
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Wildman
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finally got my hands on one of these. They flew off the shelf at Palmers when they got it in. I was lucky to snag one of them. This beer poured black as the night and formed a huge foamy dark tan head the left an almost full coat of lace on the sides as is subsided. Okay, the aroma smells of malt and chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Coca comes out the the sweet chocolate to offset it a bit. The flavor was of malt, burnt chocolate and a touch of coffee. The finish was fairly light for this style and had a slight bitterness to it. I prefer this to Young's any day of the week

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Photo of dcscientist
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid chocolate stout. Not too sweet from the cocoa, not too bitter like some stouts. Middle of the road alcohol content makes this a very easy to enjoy beer. Thumbs up to this one for sure.

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Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of alkemy
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured an exceedingly dark brown color with a light brown head about an inch tall. Definitely has chocolate in the aroma along with a malty ginger bread scent. Taste was also of ginger bread, with chocolate lasting through the finish. Chocolate was somewhat bitter (semi-sweet chocolate as someone else described.) This is a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Phillie
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a chilled 750 ml bomber poured into a snifter glass and enjoyed as it warmed closer to room temperature.

I love the designs of Rogue's bottles, very entertaining and unique.

This stout is dark! Almost like a black hole that destroys any light that should cross its path... The head looks like a milk chocolate wafer or something like an Aero chocolate bar. Simply mouth watering.

The smell does not disappoint!! For chocolate fans, this is as close to the real thing as it gets. Sticking my nose into the snifter yields fantastic notes of chocolate and roasted coffee with some malty undertones.

The taste was quite chocolately and coffee dominant when at a cold temperature. As the beverage warmed up during the sitting there existed a noticeable burn sensation on my tongue and surrounding mouth tissue. As the drink was close to room temperature the alcohol became much more noticeable but this wasn't a bad thing. The flavour became much more complex with the chocolate and roasted coffee complementing each other and becoming much more lively.

I enjoyed this beverage. I would definitely pick this one up again. Bravo Rogue!

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Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my brand new Bruery tulip glass. Poured black in color with a big thick tan head taking up 1/3 of the glass. The head settled down a bit and clung to the edges of the glass where it left some great lacing.

The aroma has a distinct milk chocolaty flavor to it. It has a bit of roasted bitterness to it but I keep coming back to that Hershey's chocolate milk like flavor it's giving off. For a beer labeled a chocolate stout it's pretty true to it's name in the aroma at least.

The taste shows the chocolate milkiness that was present in the nose but it has a bit of hop bitterness helping to balance it out a bit. The chocolate has a long lasting effect in the finish. It has a bit of roasty flavors as well but the milk chocolate really comes through more then anything else. It's relatively balanced for a chocolate beer between the sweet chocolate flavors and the bitter hop and roasty flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice chocolate flavored beer. The milk chocolaty, almost chocolate milk like flavor was very nice in the nose and taste. It made a great after dinner drink tonight.

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Photo of adamette
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 650 ML bottle that I purchased along with 5 other Rogue beers within the past month. Poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. I heard good things about this beer here on BA and decided to pick up a bunch of Rogue beers that day. No observed "best by" date.

A Nice, creamy medium brown head over a very dark body that lets in only a bit of light when held in front of a light bulb. There is the darkest of Mahogany colors that shows through the body in that situation. Lacing is satisfyingly significant. 4.0

S Chocolate is in the front. To me it is a nice, full milk chocolate smell that is inviting and interesting. I do not smell much of the dark roast malt that I might have expected but then again most stouts are not all that aromatic. 4.0

T Nice, direct dark roast malt with chocolate. The hops play an appropriate supporting role. I like the simplicity and the mastery of the brewer. 4.5

M Thinner than I expected but it works for this beer somehow. Other similar beers (Southern Tier Choklat, Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti) might be more thick but here it does not bother me. It might make it more drinkable. 4.0

D Good for the style which tends to include such huge beers as to render them less that highly drinkable. This remains a sipper for me, one to be enjoyed over a period of 25 minutes or so. 3.5

Notes: I can see why so many people enjoy this one, a solid chocolate stout.

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Photo of Arborescence
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black, pours a massive, creamy head.

Aroma: Chocolate, unsurprisingly. Malt, light toasty notes. And some more chocolate!

Taste: Well, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I taste some chocolate… It’s a rather milky combination of chocolate and malt though, rather than the very dark, roasted chocolate flavour that you get with some Chocolate Stouts (I have Young’s Double Chocolate Stout in mind in particular). The beer supposedly packs a lot of hops as well, but I can’t really taste them, the chocolate and malt are overwhelming. Perhaps there is a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste, but that as well is dominated by notes of roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Full and quite soupy.

Overall: This is my first sampling of the Chocolate Stout, and I was expecting not to be disappointed — I wasn’t! The beer is rated extremely highly, but there are some very valid competitors in this category...

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