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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:
#1,475
Reviews:
1,915
Ratings:
4,215
pDev:
12.29%
Bros Score:
4.49
 
 
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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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Photo of natelocc787
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolatey nose and very nice appearance. Great chunky lacing that leaves craters in the foam as it slowly, and I mean slowly fizzles down. Chocolate chips, chocolate brownies and roasty black malt in the taste with a wet and bitter finish. Not chewy enough. This beer is absolutely fantastic for the style but IMO can't hold a candle to bigger Chocolate Imperial Stouts like the Lost Abbey Serpent Stout. Carbonation is a little too plain like a club soda, meaning it doesn't mesh well with the style. Could use less bitterness in the finish.

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

Poured a bomber bottle into a pint glass.

Dark, dark brownish black motor oil as it poured. Dark cocoa head. About an inch thick. Dissipated fairly quickly leaving a healthy covering over the beer that lasted all the way down the glass. Very little lacing.

Nice aroma. Definite bittersweet cocoa, cappucino. Chocolate becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

Definite cocoa and bittersweet chocolate flavors. French roast coffee. Strong bitterness becomes less apparent as the beer warms.

Fairly thick and chewy mouthfeel. Strong bitter aftertaste. Very thick bodied beer, especially for one that is relatively low in ABV versus it's Imperial Stout big brothers.

Overall a pretty good beer. The lower ABV would let you drink more of these than you could an Imperial stout, yet I find the flavor of this beer equals that of a RIS. Nice example of the style.

Edit: Had to add this. Just made an ice cream float with this beer and some vanilla ice cream, and it is awesome!!!

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

1 pint 6 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Perfectly opaque black body. Light brown two-finger head with tons of retention and low stick.

Smell - Tons of chocolate. Dark roasted coffee bean. Sweet and bitter.

Taste - Each sip seems different from the last. Moderate to light hop bitterness throughout. Pretty hoppy for a stout. Coffee and chocolate. A bit metallic. Faint lactic creaminess in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Somewhat creamy texture that is dominated by a solvent finish.

Overall Drinkability - Amorphous on the palate. I started off liking it, then decided after several sips that it wasn't all that great after all. Few more sips and I thought it was brilliant. I haven't ever had this hard of a time coming up with an overall score for a beer. Definitely an interesting brew. Worth trying.

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

A- I cant tell if this body is the darkest brown ever or black. Nice coffee colored head with tightly packed bubbles and lacing that sticks to the glass.

S- Milk chocolate malts right up front mixed in with powdered sugar.

T- Pure milk chocolate and then theres bitterness from the hops which suprised me since I detected none from the nose.

M- Smooth milkshake like feel totally appropiate.

D- A treat which Ive indulged in more than once, it drinks like chocolate heaven.

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Photo of zeff80
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured out a deep, dark black color with a one-finger mocha head. Leaves lace from top to bottom.

S - It smelled of malt and chocolates.

T - It tasted of dark chocolate and roasted malt. A little bittersweet.

M - It was creamy and buttery. A heavy-bodied beer.

D - An amazing beer. It is like drinking a bar of great dark chocolate.

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Photo of adman08
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very dark chcolate brown with a thick head of brown foam that leaves nice lacing.
S-Lots of chcolate, there are some roasted and slight coffee aromas as well. Slight sweetness.
T-The chocolate doesn't come through quite as pronounced in the taste as it does in the smell and it's more of a dark chcolate than a sweet chocolate. There is an obvious chcolate flavor but the roasted and coffee flavors are much more powerful than they are in the smell.
M-Starts slightly sweet, finishes dry.
Overall, a very good stout. I expected the chocolate to overpower the beer but it's actually very balanced and really just adds to the stout flavor profile. It's not just a sweet chocolate beer, there is a very solid roasted flavor that balances with the chocolate.

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

huge pint and 6 ounce bottle. great gift from a great friend.

poured out black with a tiny, darkish, custard-colored head, which dissipated quickly and left only a bit of lacing.

a powerful nose of sweet chocolate and the ubiquitous cascade hop. a lot like the mocha porter, but more chocolatey.

a rather watery mouthfeel, but nothing that the flavors don't make up for.

these flavors were a shock, because i'm used to beer showing its sweetness first, and balancing that sweetness out with hoppy bitter balance. but this rogue is all grapefruity hops up front, and then the chocolate starts to peek its head out in the middle. the finish is a long, slow mingling of the now fully present chocolate and the fading but still powerful cascade hop flavors.

i haven't had many rogue brews, but this one shows an uncommon balance. the massive hoppiness is joined by a serious dose of roast and chocolate, which makes this the best rogue i've tasted so far. excellent stout.

cheers,

s.d.

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

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the Rogue Public House in Eugene

A- Poured almost black (some red hues shining though, small frothy head that left no lace

S- Big hershey's syrup aroma, some roasted coffee, bittersweet and dark chocolate notes

T- Big hershey's syrup flavor, bittersweet chocolate, mineral flavor, and that taste that is in every Rogue beer (I guess it is the Pacman yeast). Not really any roasty notes. A sweet stout with some nice bitterness to balance out the sweetness

M- Like chocolate syrup, smooth, prickly carbonation, finished dry, medium to full bodied

O- Nice sweet stout with different chocolate notes in the taste and aroma. Great smooth mouthfeel too.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter with some left over for my wife. It pours an opaque dark brown, almost black. A 1 inch tan head forms that reduces to a nice lacing.

The nose is primarily chocolate with some light hints of malt.

The taste was a nice blend of chocolate and oats, as well as a lingering coffee taste. There is a nominal bitterness that complements the dominating chocolate flavor as the beer warms up.

The mouthfeel was quite good also, although given the strength flavors, it seems like it could have had a heavier body. The carbonation was reasonably good.

The overall drinkability is quite good also. I think it could have been a little better if it had been just a bit fuller in the body and flavor, but overall a great beer and I'm glad I've got more of it on supply.

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Photo of bbb099
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle split with the gf for vday.

A - Pure black with frothy mocha colored-head. Good retention.

S - Chocolate syrup with notes of roasted malt.

T - Thick and sweet cocoa flavor followed by the roasted malt. The bitter combination of roasted malt and dark chocolate towards the end is quite pleasant.

M- Medium to full bodied. Moderate carbonation.

D - Had it on-tap a few days ago and the chocolate characteristics were a lot more prominent, so the bottled version is a little disappointing. Still a pretty solid stout though.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

Appearance: Black color with a large-ish brown head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind thick lace.

Smell: Sweet chocolate malt aqnd roasted notes with some sourness.

Taste: Begins with a roasty flavor, rounding out to chocolate sweetness and finishing even sweeter and more chocolatey with a coffee-like bitterness at the very end.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with a bit too heavy carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Another very solid beer from Rogue/ Like most of Rogue's beers, this isn't a world-beating beer, but is still very enjoyable and at least worth a try. A nice dessert beer.

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Photo of danielocean03
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque black with a thin brown head from a 22oz bomber, that fell quickly to light foamy off white lacing. Aroma is rich of many types of chocolate, mainly a bittersweet/bakers chocolate and some roasted malt also present. Smells very good, nice blend of sweet and bitter chocolate. Taste is powerful chocolate and malt, hints of hazelnut and berries, doesn't deliver as well as the aroma implies, but still very good. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, moderate to heavy carbonation, maybe a little too carbonated. Drinkability good, pretty rich tasting brew, would be an excellent dessert pairing for complementing something sweet with the faint chocolate bitter aftertaste from this impressive beer. Would purchase again, my wife has some interest in this beer as well.

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Photo of thoglund
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

At the brewery this stout poured a very dark brown, almost black, with a creamy tan head. The smell of chocolate is wat I can discribe as being outstanding. The taste was of a bitter/sweet nature and the chocolate flavor filled the mouth and palate. The finish was bitter, but, "Oh So Good" and very pleasant!

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

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

Rogue Chocolate Stout

A: Looks like oil being poured out of the bottle. It has a lot of carbonation, and a nice brown head on top.

S: It smells of dark roasted malts, with a hint of chocolate.

T: The carbonation hits your tongue, and while you are letting the beer roll around on your tongue, the beautiful roasted malts come out. The malts are quite nice and refreshing; however, the chocolate rests on your tongue and it begs you to drink more. I figured there would be more chocolate in this beer, but it's still god damn tasty.

M: Thick as fuck. This feels like you can eat it with a spoon!

D: Incredibly drinkable considering it's thickness. I'm sure that after 2 or 3 pints, I'll be full, but I'd still want another!

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

A - Pours a thick midnight black with a couple inches of dirty brown head. Dissipates slowly to a thin cap with some lacing on the sides.

S - Smells strong of dark chocolate.

T - First taste is cocoa, smokey, roasted grain & some bitterness hidden in there. Body is thinner than I expected, but I have had some steep beers recently (YuleSmith & ten fidy)

I'll let it warm a bit & see what surfaces...definite smokey aftertaste, but its blended with chocolate. Quite nice! Lacing sticks around like beach foam inside the glass.

M - Ok, not too different when warmer. Still really chocolately.
Some bitterness on the front/middle of the tongue, but not as hoppy as some of Rogue's others. This is a nice chocolate stout.

D - Bottle says 69 IBU - I would guess much lower! I think I'm tainted from the last few hoppy beers I've had.

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

Poured from a 1 pt 6 fl oz bottle

Served in a Sam Adams Sensory glass at cellar temperature

Pour: Pours very dark and thick. A nice tight frothy brown head of about two fingers - leaves a some lacing. When agitated, brown froth forms across the top.

Smell: A sweet roasted chocolate malted scent. The chocolate smells like a bitter sweet chocolate. A soft background scent of coffee can be detected.

Taste: Strong flavor of bitter dark chocolate with some coffee taste. Roasted malt with a smoky component as well. Chocolate dominates just like the smell and bottle promise. A long lasting bitter chocolate aftertaste is not unpleasant. A bit of a chalky part there is present as well.

Mouthfeel: For all the flavor and richness, the mouthfeel is a surprisingly medium bodied feel. The chocolate leaves a bit of a dry feel on the tongue as it ages in the mouth.

Drinkability: Not for the weak. I really good strong stout ale!! Indeed, can I have another?

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

Pours pure black. I see no light or color coming through. The head is almost three fingers and looks somewhat soapy. Big bubbles popping and leave a nice lacing on my Guinness tulip pint glass.

Smell is pure hershey's syrup. Good grief this smells delicious. Dive in deeper and i get some major hops hidden initially by the chocolate. Some floral notes.

This beer is pretty much chocolate hops. Lot's of chocolate sweetness as one would expect but the finish is nice a bitter and hoppy. The hops balance it out nicely or the chocolate might be too out of control.

Smooth and silky. Nice mouthfeel just a bit of carbonation present. I would call this medium to heavy bodied.

Drinkability is good. Slightly heavy so i could only drink one bomber. But it is delicious and great for dessert.

Overall this is a really good beer and a really good chocolate. I really dont have any other chocolate stouts to compare it to. I would recommend this one definitely.

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

A-Pours nearly perfect black. Light barely penetrates the beer's furthest edges. Dark khaki head is minimal in stature but adds and extra piece of attraction to the overall look.

S-Smells like liquified milk chocolate. Behind the chocolate fondue aroma is light roast. They really nailed the chocolate here. So pure and intense.

T-Literally tastes like a Hershey bar melted to pure liquid. In the liquid chocolate seems to be a quick but generous pour of coffee. The taste is pretty awesome. It is one-sided but it is supposed to be. Really cool

M-Full feel with mellow carbonation. Feel and flavor match well and complement one another.

O/D-This is a chocolate explosion in a glass. I truly enjoyed this brew. I liked it a lot more that Southern Tier's Choklat. I found this one to be more of a pure chocolate flavor. Really nice but one glass is enough because it is very rich.

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

Very enjoyable beer - full of milk chocolate goodness

aroma: not surprisingly, strong milk chocolate predominates - very nice!

taste: creamy milk chocolate with spice, oats and coffee/roasted barley notes. Also has a hint of citrus from the hops and I also detected slight vegemite. Aftertaste has a slight bitterness with chocolate mixed in.

A beer that is great by itself but I think it would excel paired with a dessert.

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

Very nice. Pours jet black with a huge tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate - also sweet malts. First taste that hits is slightly burnt malts, then some bitterness. So much chocolate. Dry with very little actual sweetness. Extremely smooth mouthfeel with just a bit of crispness. Somewhat oatmeal stout-like. All in all this is a great brew.

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Photo of rawfish
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jampics2
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint at Fat Heads. Although they make their own chocolate stout, I had to go with a better option.

Arrived in a pint glass. A black beer with cappuchino head lies waiting within.

Smells of bakers chocolate, cocoa. Mild hops as well, but they're just barely there.

Taste follows. Really nice powdered cocoa taste. Sweet without being too sweet. Really nice.

Mouthfeel was odd. Creamy but thin. Could use a bit more milkshake.

Nice beer overall, good drinkability and very enjoyable!

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,215 ratings
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