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Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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4,210 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 jeffmonarch
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice rich dark brown color with a dark brown head that stays for a while.

S - Nice rich chocolate scents.

T - Nice chocolate flavor, a little thin.

M - Good flavor and medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer, good flavor, best chocolate stout second only to Brooklyn's black chocolate stout.

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

Smells of rich chocolate. Tastes every bit as good. Pours rich, dark thick, with a nice tan foamy head and very nice even lacing.

I had this in a bottle as well as on tap. Either way you can’t go wrong, but if you can find this on tap anywhere, that is the preferred way to go. Just an awesome beer and one I can drink over and over again.

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Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a complete black with brown particles and 1 1/2 finger light brown head. Smell is woody slight smokey with chocolate bitterness and hop infusion. Very complex smell. Taste has a slight smooth chocolate taste with a very nice hop bitterness that compliments it very well. Mouth feel is a little thin, but thicker than a porter, so it passes with a 4.5. Drinkability is definately a 5. I could and will definately seek this chocolate stout again. A definate ace in my book.

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

22oz bomber poured into SA glass

A: dark black with a two + finger tan head

S: chocolate all the way, rich chocolate aroma and oatmeal hidden in there as well

T: Ditto smell. chocolate, oats and a hint of vanilla

M: full body with a creamy texture

D: very drinkable. Too bad I split the bomber with my wife, I could have another.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

While this is rated 'Outstanding", I still prefer Chocolate stouts who come by their flavors "naturally"...from the malts rather than the addition of flavors.

Pours a very black with a beautiful 2 finger milk chocolate colored head that leaves sticky mapping on the glass as you drain it.

Aroma is definitely chocolate...milk chocolate with carob aromas.

Taste is again definitely chocolate...powdered milk chocolate, carob, roasted to burnt malt, artificial vanilla tastes, lightly hopped for finishing.

Aftertaste is powdery and artificial vanilla.

Mouthfeel is too thin for what tries to come across in the flavor.
Good chocolate stout, but still artificial and disappointing to me.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into chalice and as soon as I opened it I could smell the chocolate. This is a black beer with a thick, mocha colored head, good retention and some lacing. Smell is of chocolate as expected but I was suprised to get a whiff of hops too. The hops are more pronounced when the beer is colder, as it warms the chocolate becomes dominant. Taste is of chocolate as well but a nice, rich, creamy chocolate, almost like a syrup. Some toasted grains and a tiny bit of hops (again, while its colder). Low carbonation and a thick, creamy mouthfeel. A pleasant, somewhat oily chocolate aftertaste left behind. Lower ABV makes this pretty drinkable. Overall a great beer and the best example of chocolate in beer I have tasted yet. As I review this is has a solid spot in the top 100, while I dont know if it will climb much higher, I certainly dont see it falling off the list. A true classic.

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Photo of pershan
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD

A: Black, with a dark creamy head. Nice good lacing down the glass.

S: A very discernable, actual chocolate aroma! Very cool.

T: Chocolately, roasted barley flavor with a nicely subdued hop bitterness in the background.

M: Creamy and thick, with the roasted barley aftertaste dominating.

D: An excellent stout. Maybe not quite as good as the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, but a close second. Well done.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.06/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was not greatly impressed with this beer. It certainly looked the part of a sweet stout, but the flavor and mouthfeel were very reminiscent of Yoohoo chocolate drink to me...which is to say chocolate-y (in a way) yet a bit thin and watery.

This beer certainly looks the part of a top-notch stout; it was black and opaque, although not particularly viscous. Head formation was creamy and sturdy. Aroma was chocolate-y and coffee-ish, but not overpowering. Flavor was as I said, very reminiscent of Yoohoo. Mouthfeel was a bit thin.

I’d weakly recommend this beer.

I picked up this 22oz bottle from Gary’s Liquor in Oak Creek, WI.

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Photo of Floydster
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle purchased from Beverages and More in Newport Beach for five dollars, last one on the shelf

Aged six months from intial purchase, probably close to a year old, second time trying this particular beer

Poured into my Aventinus glass with a very nice black color and a monsterous tan head that was close to two inches, left lacing for up to an hour, took close to two hours to finish this because it was my last beer of the night

Smell was chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate, also some coffee and roasted malt

Taste was also dominated by chocolate, there was some hoppiness left which was odd because of the age of the bottle, it gave the beer a slightly dry finish, this one must be even hoppier fresh but I cannot quite remember the first time I drank it because it was so long ago, hints of coffee came out once the beer got even warmer but it was pretty much served at room temperature, rich and filling, I am not a big chocolate fan or sweet beers in this way but I thoroughly enjoyed this, would have again

Not much carbonation at all, but the body sure was thick and full, nice long lasting mouthfeel

Could not drink much more than a bomber of this, too heavy on the stomach, the ABV is low though, does not go down easy, most definitely a sipper and dessert beer

Another nice beer from Rogue, I liked this one better than Shakespeare and their other stouts, highly recommended, glad this one is widely available

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Photo of boogles
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I did not enjoy this beer. Purchased in bomber form, the beer poured nicely, but my hopes began to wane when I sniffed it. Too much chocolate. The chocolate nose reminded me of chocolate syrup for lattes, which is never as good as Hershey's syrup--which isn't very good. The taste was more offensive--like someone dumped a bunch of flavoring into what could have been a good beer. Well, someone did. Although I did not like the strength of the chocolate, it was the synthetic characteristic that I couldn't get past.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours jet black with a thin brown head.

S - Bittersweet cocoa with hints of coffee and hops. The chocolate is on display here and it is delightful.

T - Delicious chocolate with a touch of coffee and bitterness from the hops.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

D - I am not a huge chocolate fan but found this beer to be very tasty.

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Photo of atrus138
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a bomber of this into a pint glass. Poured a thick, syrupy dark brown and left a khaki head of about an inch. Very nice looking stout. Smell is overwhelmingly chocolate, believe it or not. Very sweet smelling. Taste is a sensation of chocolates. I first noticed very sweet chocolate, like Hersey. Then it was more semi-sweet. There were also notes of very bitter chocolate, almost like coffee, like the taste of eating chocolate malt. Very complex. Very delicious. I could easily kick back and enjoy these all night.

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

A: You've got to love the bottles that Rogue designs, great aesthetic. Beer pours like chocolate syrup, a completely opaque, deep dark chocolate color almost like the bottle, with a large dense head.

S: Mighty roasted coffee aroma, with sweet chocolate undertones. Some hops are noticeable as well.

T: Bitterness of dark chocolate dominates the taste, coffee becomes the undertone. Also some fruit and hoppy notes!

M: Mouthfeel is heavy and syrupy. The first few gulps combine the syrupy feel of the beer with the creaminess of the head which reminded me of hot chocolate, very silky and smooth.

D: Took me well over an hour to finish this bomber, and it made me quite full! Both the price-tag and the novelty keep it from being a regular in my fridge, but its fun and definitely worth picking up in the future.

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

The color is dark and thick, reminds me of Hershey's syrup and has a thin mocha colored head that stuck through all the whole glass. Can definitely smell a lot of fragrant chocolate, caramel, and almost the smell of milk. The taste is really creamy, milky, and actually a bit like an oatmeal stout at first. Then it fades away into a sweeter chocolate taste that slowly turns into the aftertaste of deep dark chocolate and coffee with a lot of the bitter cocoa taste. Not too much carbonation with the beer but I think that it fits the creamy smooth nature of the beer though pretty well. A really drinkable beer too because the taste is just great and you don't get tired of the chocolate taste at all since it is not a sickingly sweet chocolate taste.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to biegaman and Hog Town Harry for making the trek to Buffalo today, I got to try this growler tonight. Pours very dark black, tan head one to two fingers with stayng power and great lacing. Smells of coffee, shaved dark chocolate, tiramisu. Taste is malted milk, more coffee, dark chocolate almonds, chocolate cheesecake ... very, very tasty. The mouthfeel is smooth, just enough richness to make it irresistable with a medium body. I found this had a mildly bitter finish with a lingering choco-nutty aftertaste, what a treat, thanks Jan.

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Photo of clemsonbrewer
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a light brown head with thin sticky lacing and a thin head that stays on top. All sweet chocolate smell. Real chocolatey taste that's sweet at first and almost bitter on the way down. Smooth feel. Wonderful beer. If you haven't tried this, have someone hit you and then go out and pick one up.

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

This isn't the first time I have had this but I haven't written a post on it yet like a lot of other beers.

The first time I had this one I was knocked back of how great it taste and blended the two main items(chocolate and beer) together.

The chocolate is rich and smooth, dark chocolate.

It pours a very dark liquid and head retention is foamy.

In ranking with other beers like this one, this one is my favorite.
I haven't been a big buyer of Rogue's beers but I have heard that they are pretty good.

Good example of it's kind

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 22oz bomber. Into the Piraat glass.

A: Not quite jet black but almost there. Had to give a fairly firm pour to raise a head but once I did it was nice. 1.5 fingers of chocolate colored head.

S: Cocoa at first. Roasted malt. I thought I got a slight smell of hops on one wiff but it was never there again. The mystery of beer.

T: They call it a chocolate stout for a reason. Not overly sweet however which is nice. I really can't pick something else out that balances it though.

M: Wonderful silky feel to this one. Tons of tiny bubbles ease this one down nicely.

D: Splitting a 22oz bottle of this is perfect. Not too much of a good thing. Perfect desert beer. Had an 07 vertical with dinner (bufalo burgers) then this for desert and it was perfect.

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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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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,210 ratings
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