Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

4,198 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 younger35
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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 +14.6%
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 +11%
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 -2.9%
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 -4.5%
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 +1.4%
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 +7.4%
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 +15.5%
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 +7.4%
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 +6.2%
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 +3.8%
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 +2.6%
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 -6.7%
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 -9.8%
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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Photo of Mdog
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, opaque with a milk chocolate colored head.

Smell: Chocolate.

Taste: Again, it follows the name with a nice chocolate flavor--more sweet than bitter. Some roasted notes and a little bitterness for balance.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light, not too heavy.

Drinkability: A nice change-of-pace or dessert beer, not really session material.

I like sweet stouts and this one fits the bill. More of a special occasion beer than a session beer like Young's Chocolate Stout but quite tasty. Recommended.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass; beer is fairly viscous, almost black in appearance with a thick, creamy looking head. Smell is mostly of the chocolate malt, but there is a slight hint of the cascade. The initial taste is quite hoppy, but it is also quite chocolaty and malty which results in a well balanced beer. There is a slight chocolate-hop residual taste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a full, creamy carbonation. Overall, this is a drinkable and desirable beer.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black with a 1finger tan head that leaves great sheets of lace.

Smell is like chocolate milk.

Taste is loads of chocolate at first. Followed by some hoppy notes. Finishes roasty.

Solid mouthfeel.

Overall, a very tasty stout. Chocolate and roastiness make for a nice brunch beer or a tasty dessert. Highly recommended.

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Photo of sleazo
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I went to the meet the tasters event at the Fancy Food Show tonight. Besides the wonderful food, especially the Diver scallops with taromasalata from Thalasa. There was Stone, Ithaca and Rogue representing the brewing world. I have to say, this was my favourite of the night. The woman representing Rogue is the same one whose visage graces the bottle and she was very nice. I got one to go so here is the review.

A-Pours an opague black with a thick soapy five plus fingered head. Really gorgeous to behold.

S-a baked chocolate smell, very dry as well. What I think are cascade hops form the finish to the smell. This particularly comes out as it warms.

T-a lovely roasted malt combines with the chocolate to form one tasty start. The roasted bitterness also perfectly forms with the nice hoppy aftertaste to form one dry finish. This is such a well rounded beer it is amazing. The hops are what really push this to the next level. They provide a wonderful dry quality to mesh well with the malt. Not as sweet as I would think either.

M-Slightly chewy with a low level of carbonation well done for the style.

D-This is superb. I had a few of these tonight and paired one with Ciao Bello's Lebanese Yogurt Gelato to form one hell of an oce cream float. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys this beer. vanilla or coffee would do well to but the slighhtly tart yogurt really went well with this.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into pint glass - black in color with a persistent, tan head. Didn't notice any other tones or colors - very dark overall.

Chocolate aroma hits you up front and the taste follows suit and comes across as quite sweet. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick, but lively carbonation keeps it from being chewy.

Very drinkable, but in moderation. Sweetness of the chocolate does not make this a session beer, but it is good as a nightcap or dessert beer - mix it with a fruit-beer or lambic for a sweet treat.

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Photo of chrhowe
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22 oz. bomber last night at the end of a very long day. And what a night cap it was. The stout poured very thick with about one finger's worth of head and an aroma that was ever so soothing to my sniffer.
The chocolate flavor in this brew was excellent! I enjoyed every sip of it as the night continued to wind down.
If anyone enjoys a good smooth cigar with a great beer, Rogue's Chocolate Stout might just be the perfect pair.
I will most definitely enjoy this beer again and again.

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Photo of tpd975
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this brew in the bomber and most recently on draft.

A: Deep black brew with a nice espresso type head.

S: Chocolate, Chocolate, and more Chocolate did I order a Swiss Miss, pass the Marshmellow please.

T: Boy does the Chocolate stand front and center here, at this point I am begging for the marshmellows. So much chocolate with a great background of malt and a hint of hop.

M: It is pretty heavy, average body for a stout.

D: It goes down as good as it tastes. Due to the overpowering chocolate one pint or bomber is enough for me.

Overall its another good beer by Rogue. I love how they have brought the chocolate into the foreground in this brew while muting the coffee. The coffee is there, but the chocolate is the real star here. This would be a good beer to lay on someone who is wanting to come over to the dark side. It is not too overpowering, and has they nice warming chocolatelyness that will win their heart over. It's a winner in my book!

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Photo of ndekke39
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this from a 22 oz bomber, poured into a tulip glass. Pours a thick, opaque black - no light getting through. Big, reddish-brown head. Great retention - lots of lacing. Smell is dominated by a sweet, dark chocolate. Hints of toasted grain, too. Tastes of the chocolate, too. Little bit of bitterness, like dark chocolate or roasted coffee. Good balance between the sweet and bitter of the tastes. Medium mouthfeel - perfect for this type of stout, although I wouldn't mind it being thicker. Overall, a wonderfully drinkable stout. Nice use of the chocolate without being too one-dimensional. Another strong offering from Rogue.

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint bottle into my Sam Smith pint glass. Pours jet black with a chocolate-brown head. Black beers always look delicious.

Smell is malty & chocolaty.

Taste is is sweet with malty chocolate taste that lingers. Only drawback is that the beer is almost too sweet. Still very tasty.

Very smooth beer overall. Very tasty beer.

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Photo of arizcards
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at AJ's in late January for $5.59.

Beer poured a jet black color with a very healthy brown head. Nose is of sweet chocolate malts, Taste is of sweet chocolate malts blending nicely into a nicely hopped finish. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and goes down too easy. Drinkability is very good. This is one awesome beer that I will seek out in the future!

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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