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 dbossman
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very black with a steady and thick brown head; lacing is steady and intricate

S: Chocolate on the forefront with a nice hop balance; roasted malts--vanilla and coffee bean are subtle

T: Chocolate roasted malts dominate but the floral and pine quality of the hops persist as well; the balance between sweetness and dryness is impeccable

F: Pretty good mouth fell; creamy; but a touch thin on the back end

D: Very drinkable stout; I love the chocolate quality does get a touch wearing though

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Photo of BigJim5021
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet fancy Moses. This one is a keeper.

Pours inky black with a tan head. Nice lacing.

Smells like tasty bitter-sweet chocolate and roasted malts. There's definitely a Swiss Miss quality to this stuff.

It also tastes like bitter-sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Imagine that! Nice bitter hop finish really pulls this stuff together. Just a very tasty stout.

The mouthfeel is full without being too chewy. Good carbonation too.

Overall, this stuff lives up to its reputation. I could drink this wonderful brew all day long.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pitch black, nice mocha head retained very well
S - dark chocolate and burnt malt, light sweet syrup
T - bitter dark chocolate and smoky burnt malt, some espresso and nuttiness
M - creamy smooth with a carbonation bite, finished bitter and a little chalky
D - smooth and generally stouty, the chocolate is subtle and well balanced with the classic stout flavours

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Photo of Troyone
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a hint of a dark brown hue, some light brown head, and can not see if there is any carb action.

Has a milk chocolate and roasted caramel malt smell and a sweet flowery pine hops aroma.

Moderately sweet/bitter, milk/dark chocolate, coffee, and a roasted almost burnt malt taste with an orange/grapefruit hops flavor.

Medium bodied, dry and creamy almost watery texture, soft carbonation, and a metallic almost astringent finish.

I thought this might be good since it's rarely seen on the shelves. The initial balance is good and very drinkable and the finish has an initial strong but balanced metallic, grapefruit, and astringent smoothness.

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Photo of MGibbons
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the growler via Jungle Jim's and enjoyed in a snifter. This always
welcome stout pours a nice dark murky brown with cola highlights and
a very nice head of tan foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin light pool,
and showcases some very nice lacing. Nose of dark sweet chocolate, medium
char, earthy malt notes, subtle coffee, and subtle bittering hop notes. Flavors
exceed with depth of character with a chocolate and creme brulee note mingling
with char and smooth oats that are intertwined in mild coffee and a nice moderately
bitter bittering hop note to bring this brew back to center. Very nice mouth feel; medium full
body, light carbonation that is lively enough to give lift to the heft, and a chocolatey char touched
finish with balanced hop notes.

Overall, a welcome and enjoyed brew for many years over----a Rogue classic.


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Photo of spokeydonkey
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark brown/black and clear, with a thick tan head.

S - Definitely smells of chocolate up front. Hints of spicy hops and alcohol behind that... well behind. Chocolate is first and foremost in the odor of this one.

T - Yep... that's chocolate. A nice milk-chocolate flavor with some coffee notes. Finishes dry and bitter, which is a good complement to the chocolate sweetness up front.

M - Exceptionally smooth and creamy. Moderate carbonation helps balance out the smoothness and give it a bit of "bite."

D - Very drinkable. Quite smooth and well-balanced. An excellent example of how to blend chocolate and stout.

Overall: The one thing that would keep me from enjoying this often is that the chocolate flavors dominate. I'd probably save it for a desert beer, since I'd have a hard time pairing it with a dinner.

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Photo of Docer
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bomber of this last night....

- Dark rich chocolate color... mild head which quickly vanished... can't see through.

- Great scent, much like the shakespear but with an excellent added light chocolate scent and hop bitterness.

- Fantastic chocolate taste, light.. crisp and especially hoppy really... bitter, and floral on the belch. Surprised actually at how hoppy it is.

- Not sticky at all, very light on the palate.

- Great brew, great taste, and wonderful drinkablility.

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a willy

A-Dark black, doesn't get any darker than this one. Nice head holds the top the whole time, smooth and creamy in the middle and slightly thinner to the edges

S-Chocolate sweetness domainates as expected but you can also get some hop rich malt notes.

T-Bitter dark chocolate front middle and finish, nice and bitter and extremly rich

M-Medium body and may be even a tad overcarbonated but overall very smooth and easy to drink

D-Easy to drink and at 6.99 for the 750 I could easily see me picking this up every once in a while.

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Photo of jsanford
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A - Pours dark black with a 1 inch mocha-colored head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring and haze. Leaves some sticky lacing.
S - Sweet chocolate, dark roasted malt, and coffee beans.
T - I'm surprised by this, I expected it to be much sweeter then it actually is. Granted, I get a lot of sweet chocolate, but there's a good amount of roasty malt, coffee, and a bit of smokiness present that really smooths and balances this one out, along with a pleasant hop bitterness. Really nice.
M - Very smooth, with a medium-heavy body and pleasant "tingly" carbonation.
D - Surprisingly great drinkability. I really expected this to be overly sweet, but it's a very well-balanced beer that goes down easily and has a good amount of depth. Kudos to Rogue!

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Photo of scottyshades
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich deep mahogany (almost black) color that produces a huge, growing light mocha colored head. Great retention on the cap, minimal lacing.

S: Chocolate truffle right up front, bittersweet chocolate, chocolate malts, lots of caramel, oats, and cocoa powder. Truly chocolatey!

T: More hops than the nose suggests, more bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, truffles, and some bittering hops to balance this malty monster. I am surprised that 69 IBUs was able to do that!

MF/D: Medium creamy body, watery finish, dry at the end, a little high on the carbonation

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured into Nonic pint glass. Poured a dark black color with a thick tan head that quickly dissipated, not much lacing on glass.
Smell is dark chocolate, dark bitter chocolate and hints of alcohol, smells chocolatey
Taste is all dark chocolate up front, that bitters up at the end with an earthly citrus hop.
Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, mild carbonation lets you sip on this tasty brew and enjoy
Drinkability is good, a great stout with lots of chocolate, this is a good beer

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Photo of schellsbeer
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can you say Chocolate?!?!?!

My second Rogue Stout. Very Smooth and creamy. A pleasure to drink. I just wish they came in 12 oz bottles where I live. Too much of a good thing when they package this stuff in 22 oz's.

An after dinner beer for sure. Pours a pure black with some lacing. This beer is meant to stick to the ribs. It should be a food category all by itself. If you are watching your carb count, this is not the beer for you. The amount of calories I consumed in just one bottle would make a Big Mac cry. Oh well....the love of beer I guess.

Thanks Rogue for a great, very filling beer. And now onto the Big Mac. Good thing I work out daily. If I didn't, call the doctor and up my life insurance policy because I would be dead yesterday.

In Minnesota, the best always comes first....Right? I thought so!

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Photo of gunnerman
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bomber into a wheat glass, pours a jet black in color with a 2 inch foamy frothy carmel colored head, very impressive looking that leaves serious lacing on glass. Smell is of bitter sweet chocolate with hints of coffee thrown in there. Taste is just what I would expect, a chocolate coffee with a bit of bitterness thrown in, great after taste of strong espresso as well, very tasty and balanced. This is another fine drink from Rogue, I highly recommend this to any chocolate beer lover out there, two thumbs way up on this fine stout.

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Photo of liquidsunshine
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired a single from my local liquor store, Big C's. Poured into a tall weizen glass the color is dark black/brown with a finger of bubbly tan head. The smell hints towards the beers flavour, with a presence of roasty malt and chocolate. The taste is excellent, with a development of character through slightly more bitter cocoa to a gently sweet chocolate. Malt backbone melds well with the chocolate, and counteracts the bitter flavour. Rich and filling, with a nice rolling carbonation the mouth feel like the taste is excellent. I Would not want to drink too many of these in one sitting, although it is not particularly undrinkable.

Overall another high quality beer from a great brewery, and an excellent example of one of my favourite styles.

Cheers - Matt

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Photo of BWH3
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate Stout Rogue Brewery
22 oz bottle served in Goblet at 50 F

The beer stats as presented as only Rogue does.

Northwest Harrington and Klages malt, Crystal 135-165, Beeston Chocolate Malt, Cascade Hops, Rolled oats, Roasted Barley, Natural Chocolate Flavoring, Free range coastal waters, and Pacman Yeast. Plato 15, IBU 69, 135.45 Lovibond, and 77 AA.

Appearance: Still espresso brown beverage with only a glancing hint of red in the underbelly if you hold the glass to light. Head pours a milk chocolate brown. Initially large the head fades too quickly for stout into a thin sheet of foam. The beer does cling to the glass nicely when swirled but not with the viscosity of an Imperial stout. (4.0)

Smell: The aroma is fantastic. The bouquet begins with the obvious scent of dark chocolate and roasted grain bitterness. The caramel/honey like sweetness lies beneath and is punctuated with clove, cinnamon, and vanilla notes. Overall well balanced. I would have liked the scents other than chocolate and roast grain to be bolder. (4.5)

Taste: The smell and taste are quite different. The taste is not nearly as balanced and is rather bitter. The chocolate, roast grain, and coffee flavors predominate. The rolled oats create a creamy smoothness to the flavor. Ends with solid bitterness of the roast grain that mimics the aftertaste of espresso. Overall rich and full flavored but not as dynamic as I anticipated from the aroma. In the end, I prefer other stouts to this one in terms of taste. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Superb. Rich full bodied without being syrup like. The oats give a nice smooth slick finish and explain the beer’s legs when swirled. The carbonation is perfect as well. (5.0)

Drinkablility: I enjoyed this one. I could easily drink another. Certainly worth trying and comparing to other widely available craft brewed stouts. (4.5)

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Photo of wingnutter
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All I can say about this beer is WOW.

Pours a deep black with a creamy head. Looks like carbonated liquid chocolate. Beautiful and inviting.

Smell: Heavenly bakers chocolate, mellow malt, and a slight hop presence. Is this really beer? The hell you say!

Taste: SMACK! Chocolate just explodes in the mouth and finishes wonderfully. So tasty. Every time I took a drink it begged me to take another. So I complied. Bakers chocolate right up front, with a hint of coffee and toffee right behind it. The 22oz bottle was gone in no time, and left me wanting more. BIG chocolate flavor without being too sweet. Mouthfeel was excellent - frothy, heavy, and creamy. Has a nice dry finish that makes you want to take another drink immediately.

Excellent drinkability, an instant favorite...

At 6% ABV its not too strong, and would make a nice dessert after a steak dinner. Try eating some chocolate while drinking this beer. Amazing.

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Photo of mbusster88
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a very brown head, nearly 3 fingers. Black as night and head looks like that on espresso drinks. Aroma is first noted by dark chocolate and malts. Also a slight fruit note in the nose after a bit. Taste has a bit of hop bite right up front, but then goes to chocolate. Finish is dry and some bitterness with chocolate notes. Very nice beer to sit down and sit to, but can also be swallowed real quick. Really recommend picking this bottle up and giving it a go!

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Photo of wnh
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a ruby-red-tinted black, opaque, with significant highlights when held up to the light. Topped by a large foamy and creamy tan head.

Mouthwatering aroma of chocolate truffles dominates the nose, to the point that it's difficult to get much of anything else out of it. But the chocolate aroma is so good, I don't care. Very minimal roast; color of the beer is about the only thing telling me this is a stout.

Chocolate, of course, on the palate, with a touch of minerality hinting at a dry Irish stout. Finishes with a light bitterness closely associated with cold hour-old medium-roast coffee. Sweet on the whole, but thankfully not cloying. Thinnish in body, but not watery; somehow, the thinness seems associated with the "natural chocolate flavoring added," but I can't specify why that is. Very drinkable, regardless. Indeed, doesn't taste like a beer with natural flavor added.

Not the best chocolate-infused stout I've had, but a solid offering, especially since this isn't an imperial.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bomber into a proper pint glass. Pours Coca-Cola brown with a nice, creamy dark tan head that sticks around and slinks along the inside of my glass.

S - Nice sweet powdered cocoa scent over some bittersweet chocolate and toasted malt.

T - Chocolaty, cocoa sweetness runs the show here. It has a very nice, mildly spicy finish that's a nice almost peppery pop after the smooth cocoasplosion.

M - Really nice and velvety, creamy, full bodied.

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Photo of Hophazzard
4.15/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tedpeer
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle shared at a tasting of chocolate beers.

A - Poured dark black with just a hint or brown. Head is coffee colored. Some lacing.

S - Chocolate and roasted malt notes.

T - I got mostly bitter chocolate from this one. Very slight bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium, pretty high carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of cmq103
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass.

Appearance: A semi-aggressive pour resulted in a nice, frothy 1/2" tan head that reduced to thin ring. Impressive clingy lacing as the glass is tilted. This is one dark and murky beer.

Smell: Wonderful bittersweet chocolate aroma, mixed with freshly brewed black coffee and malts. I also sense some oats in the finish.

Taste: Wow, this has a noticeably bitter unsweetened chocolate first impression. It definitely smells sweeter than it tastes. I catch a hint of coffee, molasses and vanilla too.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and moderate body with decent carbonation. Dry bitterness shines from beginning to end.

Overall: An outstanding American Stout with tons of flavor. Very drinkable at a modest 6% ABV. I could easily have a few of these in one sitting. This clearly sets the benchmark for an American Stout. My favorite style is the RIS, which tends to be too heavy to enjoy more than one. This is kind of like RIS baby brother. Well done Rogue!!!

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Photo of EricCioe
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours black with a two finger tan head that sticks around with very light lacing. The nose is chocolate (!), huge, dark chocolate truffles, some roasty malt underneath and more chocolate. The chocolate fades in the mouth a bit, and it's surprisingly thin bodied for a stout, but the dark chocolate flavors are definitely present. For such a sweet beer it's definitely drinkable, the low-ish alcohol content contributing to that a bit. I had it for dessert tonight after lamb loin chops that I served with Hop Stoopid. This beer is sort of similar to that one in that it's a one trick pony, but it's a good trick to have. Will buy again.

Updated 18 November 2011. Bumped up appearance and mouthfeel scores. Everything else still applies. Overall, this is a fine brew.

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Photo of Strix
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle.

Nearly black with a chocolate-colored head. Smells of roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Chocolate is present in the initial taste, then fades to a roasted malt and hazelnut. Long lingering aftertaste is slightly bitter, reminiscent of dark chocolate. Very smooth mouthfeel. Very nicely done.

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