Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout
BA SCORE
4.15/5
4,208 Ratings
Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

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
Ranking:
#1,433
Reviews:
1,914
Ratings:
4,208
pDev:
12.29%
Bros Score:
4.49
 
 
Wants:
452
Gots:
617
Trade:
5
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Photo of CampusCrew
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: sticky head and creamy froth deep dark brown,nearly ebony

smell: subtle dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate. a little disapointing. Nice hot cocoa hot aroma

taste: subtle cocoa which i was suprised. i was expecting more choocoalte, but a nice stout

mouthfeel: medium to full bodied

drinkability: a nice beer not as chocolatley as I may have thought but still a solid beer.

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Photo of bonkers
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass. It pours jet black with a large tan head. The aroma is pure dark chocolate. The flavor is heavy on dark chocolate without being overly sweet. The finish is only slightly bitter, giving the beer great balance. The beer is medium bodied, average carbonation and dangerously drinkable. This would make a great desert beer.

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Photo of mentor
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from Superior Liquor (Colorado) and consumed a couple evenings later in August 2005. Pours a two finger dark brown head over a pitch black liquid. No edging when held to light. Smells...wow. Chocolate, molasses, a hint of roast. Sweet, malty, chocolatey. Desert. Chocolate dominating the flavor with bourbon cherries underneath. Campfire wood. Fudge-cicle. Okay, a minute of sniffing and the head is a thin layer over the beer...what's it taste like? Starts chocolate with some cherry (ie, black patent) sour. While these start strong, they become very powerful during the swallow and in the aftertaste. As they rise, they get a more refined quality and a faint espresso/coffee-roast steps in, too. As strong as the flavors are, I'm surprised the flavors aren't clinging to my tongue. The body is heavy, but not thick. The finish is quite clean. Dry actually, with some hop bitter. A touch of citrusy hop flavor puts the chocolate on guard. Oddly, there is a flavor in my mouth, like I just toked on a cigarette after several months without one. Nah, maybe it's just a bit of wood flavor, like the wood that I found in the smell. Anyway, this was a really enjoyable beer. As much as I hate Rogue for the overpriced offerings they've recently put out (you know those bottles that are super-premium priced in flashy but stupid bottles), I have to admit, they make really tasty beers.

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Photo of p4nch1to
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 4/28/14. Comes in a single 22 ounce (650ml) bottle with a embossed label. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a english pint glass.

Pours a pitch-black in color with a 3-finger tan head that dissipates fairly quickly that leaves lots of lacing. You can smell the 'imported chocolate' right off the bat with some malts & hops. The taste is to be expected. Lots of chocolate and roasted malts! Just a slight bitter aftertaste, which is from the various hops. The "9 ingredients: 2-Row, C-120 & Chocolate Malts, Cascade Hops, Rolled Oats, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Free Range Coastal Water and Pacman Yeast" is written on the right side of the bottle. If you like chocolate stouts that is loaded with taste, then this is for you. First 'Rogue 'that I have had and they make several different types. Overall a enjoyable brew. I would of rated it higher if not for the slight bitter aftertaste that lingers.

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Photo of KajII
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a very dark muddy brown almost black with an average (1-2 finger) medium brown rocky head that receded steadily, down to a thin film with a large collar and had fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was loaded with chocolate right up front along with some burnt malts, a light resin hop and a doughy yeast and had notes of coffee, dark chocolate and a mild nutty presence.

Taste was bitter sweet and malty with a note of dark chocolate in the beginning, and then became moderately bitter with a bold dose of coffee and yes more bitter chocolate towards the finish. The flavor hung around for quite a long time after the swallow, with a very bitter mocha coffee taste left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was full in body with a dry, oily texture and a nice soft carbonation.

Overall and simply put, this brew is a Chocoholics dream and I am hooked...

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Photo of NitroGen
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Liquid tar, india ink pour with an intense foamy dark brown head that slowly reduces to a ¼ inch cover with lacing.

S: Sweet chocolate and vanilla bean with a feint cinnamon stick spice.

T: Straight shot of a sweet chocolate explosion that slowly dissolves the subtle undertones of dry and nip of grain for the aftertaste.

M: Sweetness with a smooth aftertaste exercises the mouth and palate.

D: Could have only one at a time as a dessert substitute or poured over vanilla ice cream as a dessert!

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Photo of iwhoopedbatman
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.
Appearance - very black, some evident carbonation sneaking up the side of the glass. Thick, creamy mocha head. Lacing is decent.
Smell - chocolate brownie, vanilla, some caramel!
Taste - Coffee, bitter chocolate, creamy espresso latte.
Feel - dry, medium body with a mild bitter chocolate finish.
Overall - solid offering; worth the try. A bit pricey and starts out strong but slowly declines.

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Photo of jimmygord
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonMich13
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Pours jet black with a small dark tan head. Lite lacing.

S = Very nice smelling beer. Milk chocolate with some earthy hop undertones.

T = Big sweet chocolate and malt beginning, giving way to a more bitter/sour chocolate middle, finishing into bitter chocolate and some definite hops. Noticed that the taste really flourished as it neared room temp.

M = Medium mouthfeel. Finished a bit dry due to carbonation and hop bitterness. Smoothed out as it warmed.

D = Very drinkable stout.

Overall, an impressive production.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small, tan head of foam that settles quickly and leaves decent lace. The body is an opaque black color with just a hint of brown showing through around the edges.

S - A rich aroma of chocolate, nutty malt, honey, and dark bread.

T - Bitter chocolate and Turkish coffee up front with a little bit of roasted nut character. Very dry in the middle with a slightly acrid, burnt flavor that seems to be equal parts roasted grain and hops. Finishes with more coffee, and dark bakers chocolate as well as a surprising note of pine hops.

M - Medium-thick body with a coco-butter slickness, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Quite an interesting beer, the chocolate character is undeniable, but the lack of sweetness skews it toward nutty coffee in a way that I didn't expect. The mouthfeel stands out more that that of most beers, due mostly to the unique slickness that comes from the chocolate. The hops in the finish help keep the beer balanced and make the darker flavors stand out. A good beer overall, though I think it would benefit greatly from just a bit more residual sweetness.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I feel like Homer Simpson right now. Mmm.... Chocolate. The first smell after opening the 22 oz bottle was a bit hoppy with a hint of coffee, similar to the Shakespeare Stout. A deeper breath and the smell of Chocolate broke through quite clearly. When poured in a pint glass, it looked the part with an opaque brown body topped with a rough brown head. The taste is dominated by the presence of chocolate. Because of the strong flavoring, other tastes are a bit hard to distinguish. I can detect a bit of coffee, and burnt toast. Quite dry and a tad too harsh in the mouthfeel department, I think. It left me wishing for more maltyness and a smoother and sweeter body. This is definitely not to be chugged, but sipped and allowed to coat your throat and tongue as it goes down.

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Photo of bditty187
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Chocolate Stout was served jet-black with a rich brown head, of a good inch, wonderful lacing as I sipped away. This beer was way more robust than I was expecting. The flavors on the palate were a whopping dose of both roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. This blend added tremendously to the complexity of the Stout; then add in some hops for underlying support. The lack of sweetness was noticeable but not absent. The texture on the tongue was surprisingly creamy. This is a very, very good Stout… every BA should try this one.

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Photo of timmah427
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with a brownish, creamy head that soon sinks down. Aroma is dark chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is at first dominated by roasted malt flavors, but gives way to milk chocolate flavors. An overall delicious, perfectly balanced chocolate stout.

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Photo of Darkale
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly black body. Magnificent tan head is creamy and uneven on the top and large-bubbled on the bottom. Yeasty aroma with a deep noseful of chocolate.

Burning, thin, and raspy in the mouth, with just a slice of cool creaminess coming through before you swallow. Interesting mixture of sensations. I would prefer a bit more thickness in the mouth, but I cannot find it in me to condemn this beer because of that wonderful mixture of raspiness and cream.

This is definitely a beer that you will not want to serve too cold. It just got better and better as it warmed.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an ultra dark brown - non opaque, with a very dark mocha head. Lacing is extremely sticky. Excellent retention. The smell is utterly intoxicating. Milk chocolate, and lots of it. Hersheys doesn't have anything on this beer. Taste has a nice bitter-sweetness about it. Initially there is a surge of sweet chocolate and malt upfront. Which then leads us into a strong sweeping coffee roasted hop bitterness. That bitterness really rounds out the beer. From midway on, the bitterness is on high-level, and really fills the Stout role. Mouthfeel is creamy and dry. Drinkability is average.

A very impressive offering from Rogue, and one that I definitely recommend.

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Photo of feelmefoam
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a mug.

Very nice appearance, jet black with a nice finger and half of tan head that leaves great looking lacing on the glass.

Smells like chocolate and a little bit of roasted malt.

The taste mirrors the nose at first, there's definitely a lot of syrupy chocolate up front followed by some roasted malt and coffee flavors. A lot of sweet chocolate.

A pretty thick mouthfeel, not syrupy, but a pretty thick. Not too much carbonation to speak of.

Very drinkable for a stout, but it might get a little too sweet after a while.

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Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a nice looking beer! Rogue Chocolate Stout pours jet black and completely opaque with a big billowing tan head that doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon - looks like I'll have to drink through the foam!

The smell is very pleasant. Big, rich chocolate aromas come through as well as some earthy notes and roasted malt.

The taste is a bit different than what I expected from the smell, the bitterness of the chocolate caught me off guard. The chocolate flavor is pretty rich and bitter with a noticeable hop presence. The finish is dry and bitter and lingers on the palate.

The body is pretty light, making this a very drinkable beer that won't fill you up too fast.

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Photo of Spider889
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an exceptional find at my local Giant Eagle. And a fantastic value at that! People bitch and moan about Rogue prices but at $5.99 a bomber you're hard pressed to find a cheaper beer in the same format.

The bottle was a bit of a gusher - I was trying to get a decent head (after having to work pretty hard on recent stouts) and the head overflowed over my glass. Once it calmed down I was left with a very tall frothy head with substantial volume to it. Excellent retention and an awesome web of lace was left behind.

Smelled very sweet as one would imagine. Smooth Hershey syrup is the primary aroma. Some oats peak out around the edges along with roasted hazelnut coffee.

The taste was great. Lots of hop bitterness was present to balance out the sweetness. Also some baker's chocolate, coffee, and sweet milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel has a nice initial bite of carbonation, but finishes smooth (bordering flat) despite the head. Drinkability is good. I liked this beer, the price is right, I would certainly buy it again.

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Photo of chilly460
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with red highlights. Huge puffy tan head, three fingers. Great retention and lacing.

S: Good nose. Real rich dry chocolate smell, smells like shaved chocolate. Not much complexity on this one, but who cares when it comes through this pungent.

T: Pure chocolate here, rich, dark and milk varieties. Some roastiness as well.

M: Oily and thick, very nice.

O: Great introduction to anyone saying they don't like "dark" beers. Easy drinking and delicious.

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Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours an impressive brooding black color with a creamy, coffee colored head. There is good head retention and lacing, and as already noted, the beer looks impressive. The nose is pretty complex on this beer, with obvious chocolate, but with some underlying citrusy bitterness. The beer really doesn't smell very malty and/or sweet, and as it turned out, it wasn't. On the palate this beer is pretty intriguing. On the initial taste the chocolate flavor is really in your face, but after that I didn't notice it so much. The chocolate, along with what sweetness there is, can be tasted on the front palate, but then the hops come on strong, leading to a very dry, somewhat citrusy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good, though it doesn't have the plush creaminess of Stone RIS, KBS or Dark Lord, to name a few. The beer finishes very nicely, and given the relatively low alcohol, I found the beer to be pretty drinkable. There is a touch of licorise and burnt toast at the very end, which is really the only detraction in this otherwise very impressive beer from Rogue.

Recommended.

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Photo of Homerbag
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ink black body with froathy thick head. Impressive sight to behold.
Smells of fine cocoa powder and some bitter malt.
This taste like hot cocoa chilled and turned into beer. No hints of alcohol and little hop. Perfect balance of the roasted malts and cocoa.
Feels thin, as it warms up it coats the tounge and lets the chocolate really sink in.
This is very good. I really like how this is like a grown up hot cocoa. More beers need to be this good.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Christening my Portsmouth tulip with this one. Paired with a couple Lindt dark chocolates. Pours black, excellent tan 3-finger head. Fluffy and rocky. Leaves super thick lacing and retains well, great looking beer. Smell is great, rich chocolate, caramel, truffle-esque scent. Taste is sort of underwhelming after the excellent looks + smells. Nice chocolate and oat combo, a bit of roasted malts, earthy notes and hops. The problem is it feels a bit watery, it would be truly stellar if it had some more body to it. It's a very easy drinking stout, a bit pricey though. Finish is kind of weak, a bit of booze starts to show through. An enjoyable, easy-drinking, classic chocolate stout.

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Photo of Morningstar
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,208 ratings
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