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
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#1,600
Reviews:
1,922
Ratings:
4,242
pDev:
12.29%
Bros Score:
4.49
 
 
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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 drseamus
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark black topped with a mocha colored head. The aroma is filled with roasted malt, dark chocolate, and what smells like some lactose sweetness. There is a roasty blast up front but it fades quickly revealing very smooth dark chocolate and some sweetness. Very tasty and very smooth but perhaps a bit too sweet. The chocolate aftertaste last a while. It has a creamy full body and excellent drinkability.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just about black with a cocoa head that has some decent staying power. Lower carbonation and just a good stout appearance. Smell is of rich milk chocolate with the slightest hint of spicy hops. Taste is decent but a little too sweet for me. I do enjoy beers with chocolate taste but this one seems to go in the wrong direction for me. Mouthfeel is about medium and silky with a hop bite in the finish. Pretty easy to drink, just not much to it and definitely not on of my favorites when it comes to a Stout.

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Photo of JasonA
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - She's got a nice look goin on. Dark, full, lots and lots of mocha colored lacing. especially for a stout.

S - Weve got chocolate. Nice aroma to it. Somewhat sweet, most cocoa. Something else sweet in there. Is that birchbeer?

T - Cocoalicious. Very potent, absolutely yummy. Not sweet at all, very flavorful. Some hops, little bitter, though a dry bitter. Not hops aroma which is desirable. Malt almost tastes porterish.

M - Sits well. Above aveage, tantilizing beer molecules. Aftertaste sour bitter very enjoyable. Not thick at all.

D - Id love to have one of these frequently. Pricetag isnt horrible at $6US per bomber.

Overall a very very nice beer. One of my highly rated for sure. I gave the taste a 5 since the chocolate flavor is some of the best additive flavor ive tasted in a beer.

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Photo of altgeeky1
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle temperature when opened: ~ 60F. Slight hiss, no smoke. Poured into two 12oz American 'pint' glasses. There's a quick rise to a head of about 1 inch, which scales down to medium lace around the glass. Pitch black. Smells like sweet chocolates, and when inhaled a tick layer of hop aroma. The hops are there but not overpowering - well balanced behind the malt and chocolate.. my GF loved it, and she's not a fan of high hop beers. Sweet at first but leaves behind a slightly dry, coffee -with-hops like taste. Will get this again..

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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown/black color with a thick tan head. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of bitter cocoa in the nose. Very appealing.

T: Outstanding. Delicious chocolate flavors run amok throughout this one, balanced by some nice roasted grains. This is damn tasty!

M: Smooth, almost creamy, with an excellent finish.

D: This is one of the finest chocolate stouts I have ever had, far and away. Tasty, and highly drinkable.

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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 metallistout
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle.

Pours a dark brown to black color with a dark tan head that thickens and rises quite a bit after the pour.

Smells of sweet chocolate and malt. A hint of spice

Taste is a deep chocolate and roasted malt. Follows up with a gingerbread taste. It's like a chocolate-gingerbread-coffee cookie.

I have to say that is one hell of a brew. It has a lot of complexity to it. Definitely not for the average joe.

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Photo of deanhead
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Deep dark coffee color, The head quickly dissipated and all that was left were tiny bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. Although this beer was sufficiently carbed, it did lack a good head, which very well may have been a result of the glass not being cleaned well enough.

Smell- Sweet coffee & cacao, with plenty of chocolate. slightly biscuity. Smells like dessert.

Taste-Rich chocolaty taste with hints of biscuit and toffee tones. If there were such a thing as a beer milkshake, this would be it, only with beer. This beer is fabulous. The chocolate is everywhere on my palate. It is a superbly balanced beer.

Mouthfeel- nice medium bodied beer, very smooth Mouthfeel. The beer was adequately carbonated.

Drinkability- Surprisingly easy drinker. It could be a very dangerous beer. Addictive.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown that its almost black. A huge chocolate milk head that dies slow with spotty lacing. Nose is a chocolaty as I have ever smelled. Huge on chocolate and cocoa, roastyness comes through with a nice bitter hop finish but a chocolate linger. Silky smooth in the mouth and not thick like an impy. Drinkable but more than one of these treats would be much. Absolutly the best chocolate stout I have had.

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Photo of ChuckTownB
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer alone and mixed with two other Rogue Beers. Alone it was delicious, robust with chocolate taste, and had a tight finish. I was told by a bartender to try it combined with a Rogue Chipotle Ale to make a mole black and tan, which was phenominal. I ordered another Chocolate Stout later and combined it with a Rogue Hazelnut Ale which was like liquid truffles, it was awsome. I had alot of fun with this beer.

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Photo of tommy78
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark, with minimal head. The head disappeared quickly after pour, which had a caramel colour.

Smell - Quite sweet with the cocoa mixed in.

Taste - The best feature of the beer is the taste. Very smooth, not too hoppy and not too sweet. A nice finish...easily on the palate.

Mouthfeel - Uncomplicated; simple and to the point.

Drinkability - Before I finished this review, I was 2/3 finished with the beer. It went down easy, and I would have 2-3 pints in one sitting if it were the case.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fine looking beverage. Pours out inky black, with some ruby hue. Thick mocha head. Smell is primarily powdered chocolate. Taste- more of the same. Has that sweet chocolate milk powder taste, as well some roastiness from the malts, and a touch of lactic sourness. Mouthfeel is good, as is the drinkability. The sweet powdered chocolate gets tiresom after awhile. enjoyable beer.

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Photo of bjoyce12
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hands down, the single best chocolate stout of the several I've tried. A great dessert beer. Definite chocolate in appearance and aroma and taste. It's closest to Hershey bar chocolate. We're not talking Godiva or Ghiradelli here, but a good, overriding chocolate taste.

Separately, on tap is better than in the bottle if you get the choice.

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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 peck95
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a) pours black with a dark brown head, very aesthetic
s) smells of chocolate and a slight vanilla smell
t) a very smooth but not overly sweet chocolate taste w/ a hint of vanilla and hops
m)creamy and smooth with a medium body
d) this is one of the best stouts I've had and on of the better rogue products I've had

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Photo of DackAchan
2.96/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- When poured into a glass it has a very nice dark brown head that stays around a while. The color of the beer is dark brown with a hint of translucense.

S- Very strong burnt smell too it. Almost too much. Drowns out most of the other flavoring to it.

T- Again, very strong burnt taste to it. I can taste some of the chocolate and other flavors to it. Unfortunately the overpowering taste is the burnt coffee. Burnt is the correct word too because the taste is more than just roasted coffee. If the burnt flavor is toned down this could be a good beer.

M- Good mouthfeel, little light for my taste but is still a medium body.

D- This wasn't an enjoyable beer. The burnt coffee dominated every aspect of this beer and not in a pleasant way. Something a little more subtle is more to my liking.

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Photo of dbatch
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours black into the glass, with a dark tan color head (about an inch) with very good retention.

S: Chocolate and vanilla blend together here, with some espresso mixed in. Malts are present but not overwhelming, and there is a faint aroma of hop in the background.

T: Bitter up front, gives off a very espresso like flavor, the chocolate is there as well, with some hop to follow.

M: Thin, very carbonated, mildly creamy.

D: Its pretty low in ABV, so its not hard to drink that way, but the carbonation is pretty strong. Not a session beer, but you dont have to chew it either. I'd come back again.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color with moderate to light carbonation and a nice, dark tan head. Good retention.

Aroma is very chocolately, with a bit of creamy, vanilla scent and just the faintest hint of hops. Very pleasant.

Taste is sweet with vanilla and chocolate flavors dominating. A touch of roasty malt and just a bit of hops at the finish to give a nice, slightly bitter and dry finish. The best chocolate flavored beer I have ever had.

Mouthfeel is very nice and creamy, but not too thick. Just carbonated to give it a little life.

This is an excellent stout that captures all I have been looking for in a chocolate stout with complex flavors and oat creaminess. Delicious!

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Photo of Jwale73
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet. Inky black, opaque appearance with a light coffee-colored head that dissipated quickly; subtle lacing clung to the side of the glass during the entire tasting. Smell presented with hints of espresso and malt. As soon as the beer touched the front of my tongue, flavors of dark chocolate and roasted/burnt coffee wafted through my sinuses; however, the smell was much more intense than the flavor. Mouthfeel was thin and watery with a little too much carbonation for this style. Drinkability was somewhat less than I expected due to the amount of carbonation and the burnt taste at the finish.

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Photo of ralree
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

650ml bottle.

A: Opaque dark brown, almost black, with a tan 2-finger head. Very fluffy, perfect head that laces beautifully.

S: Chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel. Smells like a treat.

T: Sweet chocolate with a spiced background - cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg come through nicely! A little bit of coffee in the aftertaste. Chocolate sweetness stays though the end. It's like drinking a candy bar!

M: Medium-light bodied - a little more body would have been nice. Carbonation perfect. Very slight astringency, which is to be expected. Pretty good in this respect.

D: Though I would have preferred a little heavier body, the light body of this beer makes this extremely drinkable, especially for the style. I won't have a problem at all putting down this whole thing in 10 minutes.

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

Pours a rich black with large brown head. The aroma is the best thing about this beer. It is full of sweetness. The chocolate smells definately come through but also some coffe and maltiness. THe mouthfeel is big and rich. The taste is a bit to much bitterness without much balance. A good beer I am happy to drink when available but not the best.

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Photo of baos
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle into glass.

A: Pours black with a larger than expected 4 finger brown bubbly head. This beer has really good lacing.

S: Chocolate and smoky maltiness.

T: Crisp and deep unsweetened chocolate and coffee flavors with unsweetened bowl of oatmeal flavor. Little bit of a hop bitterness that balances this beer out really well. Finishes nice and dry.

M: Really good. Creamy and nicely bodied.

D: This beer goes down really nicely, and isn't as "stout" as its name might suggest.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/black color, as expected, with a foamy tan head that settles fairly quickly. Smell is all chocolate. Not really able to detect anything else, but that's okay. I love chocolate! Taste is also as expected heavy on the chocolate flavor, almost like they added chocolate syrup or copious amounts of cocoa to the beer. The cocoa flavor is very nice, gives it a kind of bakers chocolate flavor, without any noticeable roasted coffee flavors. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, possibly due to the oats used in the recipe, possibly due in part to Rogue's proprietary yeast. Whatever the cause, it is quite enjoyable. Drinkability is extremely high, unless you are just against chocolate flavor. Try it with ice cream as a float. It's delicious. Also, i've had the chance to try it on nitro before this, and i must say i prefer it from the bottle. Easily my new favorite beer!

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Photo of lifeboyq
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, poured into a duvel chalice. Smells of chocolate, the almost black beer appearance and tan head are slightly thin but almost appropriate for the style. Head retention is decent and lacing is apparent. Smell is sweet of faint chocolate. Taste is pretty darn good, its semi sweet not too much chocolate with a nice hit of hops, but really solid balance. Not very complex, but right now i dont care as the balance of this beer to the style is solid. A joke that its ranked top 50 beers in the world, but there are a lot of beers that are very wrongly classified. Whats important is that this is a well done beer and nothing to be scoffed at. An excellent example of an American Stout, and one of my favorite commercial examples.

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