Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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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:
#1,509
Reviews:
1,917
Ratings:
4,223
pDev:
12.29%
Bros Score:
4.49
 
 
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Photo of BarrelO
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Black with hints of brown around the edges. A nice tan-colored head.

S: Lots of chocolate with additional notes of roasted malts.

T: All about chocolate, but it's of the bittersweet variety. The hops and roasted malts push it further toward the bitter end of the spectrum. It's quite good, but if you're expecting an alcoholic chocolate milkshake, prepare to be disappointed.

M: Thick, creamy, carbonated, and grainy.

D: This is a good stout, but I can't recommend it as a gateway beer like some have. There's definitely an essence of chocolate, but you kind of have to work for it. I think you have to like stout at least a little to appreciate this.

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

on tap at isaac newton's: inky black with an increidibly dark brown bubbling head, that retreated for the most part. on the nose...oh man, what a nose...this had to be one of the best smelling flavored stouts i've ever come across....deep dark milk chocolate covered roasted barley smell. i can't stress enough how good this beer smells. a tad bit too much carbonation thins out medium body. hints of chocolate and smoke at first sip, followed by a massive roasted flavor and quite strong (for the style) leafy hop flavor. this beer smells alot more chocolatey than it tastes. a great sippin' brew, though i don't think that i'd want more than one in a sitting. a must try.

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

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

A great gift brought by guests to a dinner party. Ads stouts are her favorite beer style, my wife got to contribute to this review....a rarity. Pours a deep black licorice with a pretty coffee brown bubbly head that dissipates, but returns with a gentle swirl of the glass. The scent is of toasted malt and leaves a reminder of chocolate milk. The taste is of bitter dark chocolate, a hint of coffee, and a faint caramel aftertaste. Some creaminess, but also a nice carbonation. Slightly sweet, especially late. We've had chocolatier stouts, but this was nicely balanced and really quite well done. I hope to get this again, but I'll likely have to share it.

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

From notes taken last night at Kick-Off in Waterloo, where it is on tap via disposable plastic keg. Amazingly "chocolate".

Pours a beautiful dark brown that's near-black in this light, with a decent head and resultant lacing. Aroma of Nesquik over dark roasted malts. The taste starts mild followed by a big bang of chocolate milk in the middle, with nice cocoa and coffee tones in the finish. An enjoyably drastic bitterness rounds out the flavours.

Not subtle and perhaps not real sessionable, but a definite pleasure to drink for this chocolate lover. Well done, Rogue!

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

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours an opaque body with an incredible cocoa head that tends to even stay around. Not much for lacing

S- high amounts of chocolate and cocoa powder scent. Some roasted malt are present as well as dominating oat scents. Very strong

T- a dark and malty treat that stays consistent to the cocoa and dark flavor. There is a slight hop taste that mingles as well. The flavor is sharp and delicious.... and even contains some dry themes that is well recognized

M- medium bodied and creamy at the end

D- Rogue handles its business with a great stout that's composed of some great flavor. The brew is not only drinkable, but it's also a good chance to try and turn someone on to craft brews. A great brew

D-

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

A - Pours nice & dark with a full head that lasts pretty good.

S - The smell of sweet chocolate is immediate and dutifully powerful.

T - Small notes of roasted coffee can be found among the striking flavor of rich chocolate truffel on the palate. The finish provides for a touch hops, but not too noticeable and brings a nice balance. This is a great stout with terrific chocolate flavor.

M - This is nice and thick, but not overly so like some impy stouts can be.

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

A: Dark brown-black.. thick white head that slowly fades.. decent lacing...

S: Lots of chocolate.. sweet and bitter.. some caramel and vanilla.

T: Mostly dark bitter chocolate... not much in the way of the softer milk chocolate, caramel and vanilla i got in the aroma...

M: On the lighter end of the the full body spectrum... smooth. creamy.

D: Not too shabby... i'd certaintly have one or two in a night if its on tap.

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Photo of Calvarro
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of toronadotornado
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rogue Ales Public House - San Francisco, CA - draft

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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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