Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout
4,208 Ratings
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 lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice, deep cocoa coloredbeer with a good sized, tan head on top. Moderate aroma-mix of roasted malt balanced against a slight chocolate tinge. Good malty flavor-the chocolate stands out just enough to be noticed. Decent amount of roasted and choclate malt flavor as well. Nice mouthfeel-somewhat drying and ever so slightly astringent. A very enjoyable beer. Much more drinkable then some of the other flavored beers out there.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An oversight, me never getting around to reviewing this beer. It pours a jet-black color with a big, smooth, and creamy head of foam. Nose is excellent, full of notes of dark, semibitter chocolate, lightly roasted, rich and appetizing... this is how my ideal hot chocolate smells on a cold wintry night. Taste is superbly chocolatey, though bordering on the too-sweet, balanced by moderately low hoppiness and a medium malt roast. Bittersweet finish.

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Photo of brewmaster411
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is black in color with a dark tan head. The initial aroma is roast, giving way to a subtle chocolate aroma. The roast dominates the aroma. The flavor again is dominated with the roast. The hop aroma and flavor are subdued and hidden by the roast. I can barely perceive any chocolate flavor.

I prefer to have a balance of flavors in my beers. While a very good, and well crafted stout, I could barely perceive chocolate flavors and aromas.

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Photo of livingregret
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type: 1 pint and some odd ounces bottle

Appearance: Pours jet black w/ a 2 finger dark tan head, when the head dissipates leaves behind plenty of lacing

Smell: Chocolate w/ burnt roasted coffee

Taste: The first thing that comes to the front is burnt coffee followed by chocolate. It's odd in a good way. You get a immediate bitter burnt taste followed by chocolate all the way through.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin compared to what the smell/taste would lead you to believe

Drinkability: Although this is good it has a thick taste to it enspite of the feel you get while drinking it. May be a bit hard to finish off more than 1 of these

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Photo of mshallah
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours inky black with a brown head. Smells of milk chocolate and chocolate milk. Slight lime citrus aroma. Strong milk chocolate and chocolate milk flavors. Just yummy. Hops impart a slight citrus acidity. Body is very smooth and thick. Oats evident in the mouthfeel. Not creamy but smooth and full. What an amazing sipper. Coffee tones build to add to an astringent finish. Milk chocolate flavors and aromas dominate to make a wonderful beer. Can't wait to purchase more and pair with chocolate and vanilla desserts.

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Photo of baggio
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Monks Cafe!

A: Dark brown with a thin lightbrown lace.

S: Milk chocolate all over the place.

T: Chocolate, liqorice, dark bread.

M: Silky smooth with medium carbonation and medium sized bubbles.

Fantastic brew. It reminds me of Youngs double chocolate stout but
with a more complex and fuller body. Recommended!

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Photo of udubdawg
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber

Pours a very dark brown, though not particularly thick, with a very large light brown head. Retention is impressive, and even picking up and putting down the glass is enough motion to bring up more brown foam. Lacing is limited, but I find there is nothing to complain about here. Really nice.

Hey, I think there's a little chocolate here. Intoxicating, rich and sweet hot cocoa aroma. I can't say that it smells like anything I'd call beer, but I love it nevertheless. Fantastic.

Although I love the aroma, I find myself glad that it doesn't taste like it smells - something this sweet and chocolatey would be better suited to one of my wife's sickly sweet nightcaps.
Instead I find I am enjoying a beverage full of dark roasted malt, a decent amount of residual sweetness, balancing hoppy bitterness, and not sticky-sweet at all. Part of me wants to side with the un-flavored stouts I love, but I find I cannot judge this great effort harshly.

For all that is there the beer is surprisingly thin. I'd like to see a bit more, but only if the sweetness is kept restrained. Caronation is medium and works well with the thinner body. Drinkability is limited only by my enjoyment of the style; I imagine some women I've known would guzzle this stuff.

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Photo of jfrank85
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour was decent with minimal head and very little lacing. Color was dark, not black, more dark brown. Smell was wonderful, chocolate malts that almost smelled smoked come to mind. Taste was also great with a strong emphasis on blending the chocolate and beer taste to its best potiental. I could definatly drink one of these on a hot day or even as a desert after diner.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark brown, nearly black in color with a finger and a half of dark tan head that leaves lots of sticky lacing. Wonderful aroma. The smell is dominated by a wonderful chocolate, some bitterness, a nice malty sweetness and hints of hops. Taste is wonderful and incredibly complex. Wonderful chocolatey and roasted notes dominate. At first you are hit with a chocolate flavor and some associated bitterness that melds with oats, roasted barley and chocolate malts. The chocolate flavor dissipates slightly and lets malts and roasted barley take control until the finish. In the finish the chocolate flavor comes back with a vengeance and remains long after the beer is gone. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Nice, medium-ish body with carbonation that is just shy of moderate. Drinkability is great. The amazingly complex taste and wonderful aroma make this a pleasure to drink. If you haven't had this be sure to give it a try.

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Photo of scott
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


Rich & luxurious mouth of burnt malt, chocolate, smoke & peat. Nose is a robust equivolent, just begging for consumption. Minimally carbonated after an initial fluffy head. Mildly bitter finish.
I was in the mood for a nice big stout (and I'm rewarded with it also having a low abv), and this surly delivered. A satisfying beverage that comes highly recommended. Way too easy to drink.

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Photo of younger35
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a good ol’ pint glass. Have had this beer in the “cellar” fridge for quite some time and figured it would be a nice beer to drink after Stones VE 07.

Appearance- Pours jet ass black with a huge light brown frothy head. Leaves a nice layer of head on top that leaves fairly minimal lacing down the glass. Looks like it could be dessert.
Smell- Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate. A very sweet cocoa nose that really took me aback. I thought the “chocolate” part of Chocolate Stout referred to the malts used, not actually chocolate. After further investigation there is still a slight fruitiness to the nose.
Taste- Well, like a broken record… Chocolate. Starts with a big burst of chocolate that recedes, yet never really leaves the palate. Luscious dark fruits add a bit of bitterness that helps to cut into the sweetness of the brew. The alcohol is slightly detectable. Finishes with a coffee/espresso like aftertaste that lingers for quite a long time.
Mouthfeel- Silky smooth! It’s like a chocolate beer shake. Light carbonation mixes well with the thin body of the beer.
Drinkability- IMO opinion this beer would be best enjoyed with some kind of non-chocolate dessert or after a big ol’ hop bomb. It’s super delicious and the only thing that stops me from giving it a five is the fact that the sweetness lingers in the mouth for quite some time. The 22oz bomber is almost too much for one sitting but you’ll definitely enjoy it. Yet another super high quality beer from Rogue.

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Photo of meechum
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours dark black into a pint mug with huge head and extreme lacing after the head goes down

S - Chocolate which is huge up front and then if you move past that you can smell some woods and burnt toasts and roasted malts

T/M - Very luxuriant mouth with a touch of carbonation at just the right level. The taste is as advertised it starts out with a huge chocolate flavor and then moves to some of the malted flavors and then finishes with just a touch of hoppy bitterness to even out the flavor

D - This was a wonderful brew. I would personally caution that because of it's sweetness that one 22 oz bottle in a session should be plenty. This in my opinion could be served as a desert in itself. I would keep some on hand for a relaxing night cap

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Photo of Brad007
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep black color with a nice brown head. The ingredient list seems similar to Shakespeare Stout. We'll see though. Aroma is very creamy with chocolate essence up front. Almost like a frothy milkshake-type of aroma. Taste is much of the same. Very creamy and chocolatey up front. The taste fades into a smooth, coffee-like aftertaste. Very nice beer that would go well with a chocolate dessert. It's not too overpowering and the creaminess really compliments it. Similar in scope to Shakespeare Stout but with more creaminess and some chocolate essence. Still very good! I'd go as far as to rate it slightly above the Shakespeare.

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Photo of mdm46410
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a shaker. This stout poured an opaque black with a huge, rocky, tan head that slowly faded away. Some creamy lacing was left around the glass. The aroma of this stout was made up of rich chocolate, light spicy hop notes, and some roasted malt. The flavor was dominated by the chocolate. Some excellent roastiness also arrived towards the end, then finished with a mild lasting bitterness. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. A very nice stout. Highly recommended for chocolate lovers.

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Photo of rgdgerard
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very black with a big head that subsided over time. Retention was not impressive.

Nose: Roasted chocolate, milder than I would have thought from reading other reviews, and faintly alcoholic. Slight coffee bean aroma.

Slick smooth mouth feel- not chewy. A lot lighter than I would have thought for a stout. Malts predominate along with a mild chocolate, which could have been more pronounced. Moderate carbonation. Slight bitterness of hops emerges more as the brew warms.

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Photo of mhaugan
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the Tempe Great Arizona Beer Festival

I had previously stayed away from chocolate stouts. Not sure why. The color was very dark black with a nice thick head. Smell is chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Taste is creamy chocolate with just a hint of bitterness and alcohol. Mouthfeeel was almost slightly grainy. This might have been a function of the tasting environment. I can't wait to try this with a nice slice of plain cheesecake. Will pick up a bottle to have the next time cheesecake is on the menu.

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Photo of beerphan
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber -> imperial pint
no date

Pours black with a huge tight thick, more brown than tan, head that seems to be depositing chunks of brown lace down the glass. Appears to be well carbonated as bubbles climb the side of the glass after each sip.

Nose: Roasted chocolate, faint wisp of alcohol, sweet candy like dark fruits, toasted molasses, coffee beans. Citrus from hops emerges as the brew breathes.

Slick creamy delicious mouth. Not quite chewy but definitely thick. Malts dominate along with a silky chocolate. Bittersweet bitterness leaves a slightly chalky feel in the mouth, and barely balances the thick sweetness.

A great brew that stands up to its moniker and reputation.

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Photo of Damian
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Redbones Barbecue, Somerville, MA

Poured an opaque brown/black with a one-finger, cocoa-colored, creamy head that slowly faded to a thick ring. Tiny droplets of lacing clung to the sides of the glass and lasted through most of the drink.

The aroma was pure hot fudge from beginning to end. I tried looking for indications of other aromas but soon discovered this was futile.

The taste was a terrificly balanced blend of sweet and bitter flavors. The beer started malty rich, chocolatey (sweet, dark chocolate) and creamy up front with hints of vanilla. Deep, roasted malts and black coffee came through mid-palate. The long-lasting finish was surprising hoppy, espresso-like and quite dry with a rich, chocolatey aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was thick, creamy and silky smooth with a fine, moderate carbonation that brought out the best of the flavors.

Despite its overall lack of complexity, this was an outstanding beer. I sampled it both on-tap and in a bottle and I found the tap version to be richer, smoother, more chocolatey and, overall, far superior. It could pair perfectly with a variety of chocolate desserts but I would recommend savoring it on its own.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- nice black color with a beautiful tan head.

Smell- Can smell dark chocolate and coffee. Roasted malts maybe.

Taste- Again, CHOCOLATE! Wow this is great. I can also taste a coffee flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- A very smooth medium body beer.

Drinkability- This beer is fantastic! It would be awesome to drink in the winter time. I think when my wife is drinking hot cocoa I'll be drinking this!

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Again, my wife, Sandy purchased this for me... no special occasion.... just because she's GREAT!

Poured from the 22 oz bomber into my pint glass to produce a thick, creamy tan head of about 2". The beer is a nice ebony color and TOTALLY opaque when held to light.

The head settled down to 1/4" and stayed to the bottom of the glass leaving thick clumps of lacing.

The aroma is wonderful... heavy on chocolate sweetness and a bit of roasted malt.

The taste: Very nice! The roasted malt and dark chocolate dominate early and then just a touch of bitterness follows. A very nicely balanced stout that I will have again and again.

Mouthfeel: Nice aftertaste and mouth coating. Carbonation is about right.

Drinkability: Highly recommended. 22 oz bomber was quaffed readily without any ill-effects. PROST!

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

Keep hearing good things bout this one....

A: Pours a beautiful black with brownish tan head. Head is consistent in texture with freshly whipped cream.

S: Present yet subtle dark chocolate. Espresso and cream. This beer smells incredible.

T: Malt, cream and dark chocolate. Dark chocolate lingers across the palate for ten seconds or more after swallowing. The finish further evolves into cappuccino and dark mocha. Chocolate definitely dominates the palate, and it is exquisite.

M: Smooth as silk. This beer slides across the palate, leaving cloying pockets of flavor throughout.

D: The only downfall of this beer. Beer is chocolate deliciousness. However, it's a dark chocolate flavor and as such, is hard to enjoy in a large quantity.

Hands down, one of the best stouts I've ever tasted. The chocolate is present and powerful, but not overly so.

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Photo of jayfarley3
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass, poued a very dark black with a fluffy tan head.

smells very chocolatley, some sweet malts and some coffee.

tastes pretty much like it smells very chocolatley, sweet and a slight coffee taste.

mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full bodied, very creamy and smooth.

this is a very good beer, but i like the shakespeare stout better, this one is a little bit too chocolatley for me.

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Photo of bigman147
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours opaque black and thick. Head is dark nutty brown. It is thick but settles fairly quick with nice lacing and a whispy veil.

Aroma: Smells like milk chocolate. Slight herbal note. Mostly chocolate and coffee notes.

Taste: Malty sweet but not overpowering. The chocolate is definitely the prevailing smell/taste/everything to this beer. A nice peppery spicy note from the hops refreshes and reminds you that its beer not some chocolate elixir. It makes me wonder if they achieve this through adding chocolate or perfectly balancing malts. There is a slight astringency that makes me feel they use Black malt in the grain bill. Overall its a killer taste

Mouthfeel: Carbonation seemed to be too high and forced I would love to see this on cask or nitro. Drying finish with the dark malts left an odd lingering characteristic.

Drinkability: This is very tasty and very drinkable. It won't be an everyday beer for most just based on the chocolaty taste. I wouldn't recommends it with desserts but I would recommend it as dessert or used in the dessert. I tried pairing this with some ice cream and found that with sweet things it loses its own sweetness and becomes far too bitter.

Perfect Recipe with any left over (if thats possible): Reduce in a pan by 3/4's. Add 1-2 tbsp of sugar (brown or white). Add 2 cups fresh cherries. Cook for 10-15 minutes until sauce picks up a pinkisk cherry hue. Serve over good vanilla ice cream. I made this the other day and my wife and friends loved it. They couldn't believe how strong the chocolate from the beer became.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted this 650ml bottle on July 13th 2007, best by 22/02/08.
It poured a luscious dark dark brown brew with a very nice tan head. No light coming through this one!
Smelled an inviting burnt coffee aroma. A very balanced (i.e. not overly sweet) chocolate flavour.
Very good smooth mouthfeel.
This fine beer deserves its reputation as a great chocolate stout.

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Photo of Lothore
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Very dark with an oatmeal yellowish brown head that retains well and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smells very sweet with hints of Chocolate, rasberries and hops.

T- Begins chocolate with a definate bitter tinge at the end. Also tastes of coffee and is quite acidic.

M- Mouthfeel is a little harsh, very carbonated, lines the inside of the mouth and stays there.

D- This beer is excellent but i couldnt see drinking more than a bomber. Good desert beer to sip on.

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