Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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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 PittBeerGirl
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- wonderful. small creamy dark tan head with deep black body.

S- sweet dark chocolate and coffee. some hops noted too.

T- malty at the beginning with hints of coffee. bitter hop aftertaste. Dark chocolate lingers. The chocolate and hops blend well together.

M- thick heavy body and high carbonation. Goes down pretty easy.

D- This is a very drinkable treat. Its not hard to drink the whole bomber in one sitting and that is enough for the time being too.

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Photo of genog
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish black that left little head

Strong, rich, dark chocolate smell

Taste is a burnt coffee aroma, with dark chocolate and some dried fruit taste.

The mouthfeel is what I really like as it punches the back of my cheeks and found that really nice combination with the rich flavors.

I would drink this again. I had this with a buddy, and we quickly finished the bottle, and were disappointed when it was gone.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pitch black with a coffee color head and tons of lacing oon the pint glass

S- dark chocolate dominates the nose, it is a good smell

T- dark chocolate with some roasted malts. This is very tasty brew

M- creamy, almost with an extra stout consistancy.
very nice

D- one of the easiest drinking stouts out there. A perfect dessert beer that can be drunki often. Nothing out of whack, nothing out of control. Just balanced goodness and one of my favorites.

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Photo of cichief
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep brown, nearly black, with a creamy brown head.

S- Sweet smell of chocolate, can't believe it is this sweet.

T- Sweet, but not as sweet as the smell advertised. All around a balanced beer, strng chocolate taste present.

M- Smooth, creamy, not too thick.

D- A bit too sweet, chocolaty for my tastes.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. On tap at the Crescent Moon in Omaha.

Inky black, viscous liquid, dark tan head. Good retention pretty sweet lacing as well.

Baker's chocolate in the malt; a little sweet and a little bitter, but not overly roasted. I noted a little sting of alcohol in the nose as well.

The flavor is very balanced, sweet malt with a good earthy hop presence. Mostly coffee and chocolate flavors, with some dark fruit as well.

Full mouthfeel, good carbonation keeps things light but properly thick. A little bitter afterflavor, nothing to draw away from the admirable qualities of this sweet stout. Dry finish.

Very natural sort of chocolate flavor that runs throughout. This is an amazing stout, a one-off Shakespeare that does it right: no fake choco syrup or additives. Awesome brew.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was dark black as stouts usually are. The head was a light coffee color. The smell was just a hint of dark chocolate. The taste was also dark chocolate but not very strong. i was actually expecting a stronger flavor since flavoring was added. This beer was decent and probably one of the better Rogue beers I have had.

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

The bottle smelled immediately like chocolate upon opening. It was like unwrapping a bar of dark chocolate. The beer poured thick and black, forming a lingering brown head. No light made it through the glass.

The beer smelled of chocolate, but not in a sickly sweet or overpowering way. There was still that soft roasty note that stouts have. Chocolate is, of course, the main taste in the beer, but the roasty notes and just a bit of soft hops show through in the finish, which is crisp. The whole bomber went down nice and silky.

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

Black pour with a short mocha brown head. Agood swirl brings it back up and releases the aroma. Intense bittersweet chocolate and malted milk. Smells really delicious. Interesting...The taste is not as overly sweet as the smell would lead you to believe. Reminds me of more of a milk chocolate than a bitter darker one. There are some welcome bitter notes on the finish though. Mouthfeel is good, very smooth. Carbonation does not make itself too noticeable. Very drinkable. The alcohol is low enough that it is a non issue. Delicious and filling beer. Very solid.

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Photo of jdaelhousen
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick pour, but has an elegant formation for 1 inch of head.

Smelled of extremely sweet chocolate malts and nutty aroma.

Upon first taste, the chocolate sensation is immediately present, but a woody flavoring hits the palatte right before consumption of the sip.

The aftertaste contains a sweet and pleasant blend of the woody flavor and the dominant chocolate notes.

The mouthfeel of this stout is very thick and syrupy while the balanced alcohol % is noticeable... Overall, a fine choice for an after-dinner beverage and high on my list of chocolate stouts.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK, I've had this before in bottle and on tap. Decided to review the bottle, which meant I had to drink it again. Darn the luck...
Pours a rich, smooth black body topped by a thick and rick dark tan head. Nice retention and lacing.
Smells very very nice. Coffee and chocolate blen well here, along with dark fruit, anise and some prune.
Tastes wonderful. the balance between the chocolate and coffee is outstanding. Like having a chocolate coffee. Black fruits round out the palate to give a hint of sweetness other than the chocolate. Good subtle bite on the end takes care of any residue or lingering aftertastes that may be unpleasant.
Great beer.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a tulip glass.

A sandy, taupe-colored head appears thick and leaves little lacing, but is well retained. Body is a deep, seal brown and impermeable to light. Lots going on in the aroma department: gingerbread, cinnamon, sugar, dough, chocolate, toffee, and a dash of spice & fruit.

Taste isn't as flavorful as the aroma'd suggest: some bready malt notes with chocolate and mocha coffee. A spritzy mouthfeel for a stout, a bit thin, but with good carbonation levels. It falls a bit flat after about ten minutes, but the taste gets better as it warms. A bitter, semi-sweet chocolate aftertaste finishes the flavor. Basically, the aroma on this beer hooked me. Everything else is good, like most Rogues. Definately one I'll be having again.

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Photo of andebrice
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black, with a tan two finger head that didn't stick around very long. Good color for the style. Smells of sweet chocolates with hints of vanilla and caramel. Very Very sweet smell. This smells really good cold, I will have to let this warm up a bit and then smell it too. I would have to rate this as one the best smelling ,for the style, that I have ever smelled. Doesn't seem to taste as sweet as I would have expected. Has a nice dark, very bitter chocolate fell through most of the drink, finishes with a burnt toast or kind of an oatmeal stout character, with just a hint of vanilla. This is a very full brew with minimal carbonation, perfect for the style. I may just add this to my regular drinking list. I should also note that if beers were rated on smellability this would rate a 5. I could smell this brew all day long.

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Photo of jmalex
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a long time favorite of mine. I was even lucky enough to have Chocolate Stout served to me by Sebbie herself at this past year's Philly Craft Beer Fest.

APPEARANCE: Pours black, black, black with a 2-finger loose-bubbled tan head. It lasts for a considerable amount of time looking picture perfect. Lacing is also spectacular. This beer can't possibly look any better.

SMELL: A major amalgam of smells, but the chocolate (not surprisingly) stands out the most. Bittersweet cocoa is right up front with a backing of caramel, roasted barley, and a bit of diacetyl. The chocolate aromas don't seem artificial either, like one would see (smell) in other beers. Wonderfully chocolaty!

TASTE: It starts out mildly malty and roasty with heavy flavors of Pacman. The chocolate comes on soon enough and in perfect levels of intensity. The finish is roasty with continuing chocolaty-ness and a bitterness of black malt and northwest hops. Clearly one of the best uses of chocolate in a beer that I've ever had.

MOUTHFEEL: The falling point of this beer unfortunately. Not that it's thin, but it's just not as beefy and thick and mouth-coating as I'd prefer. It's almost a bit watery despite the medium body.

DRINKABILITY: I couldn't have chosen anything better to have for dessert tonight. The sweetness of this may not be for everyone, but it's certainly for me.

Thank you Rogue and thank you Sebbie for giving us this wonderful brew that I'll be going back to again and again. This brew proves that beer and chocolate are a combination that works together fantastically.

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

Great for a desert, would drink this as a reward to self.

Appearance - BLACK! Did not lighten up a bit when held up to the light. Nice dark tan head.

Smell - Dark chocolate, malty. Gentle but solid aromas.

Taste - Yummy. A little softer carbonation & lightening up on the hop bitterness would have made this perfect. Definitely reminded me of Hershey's dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Chocolate taste lated forever on the palate. I now k now why the lady on the label had a big smile. Could have been a little bit smoother.

Drinkability - Loved it, but not sure about drinking this one all night long.

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

I bought a 650 ML bottle of Rogue Chocolate Stout at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours an ebony black color and is opaque, with a frothy camel hair brown head. The head is quite resilient and leaves a lot of brown bubbly lace on the glass. Almost like a brownish marshmallow residue from hto chocolate.

The smell is fairly faint, not as strong as I expected anyway, and has chocolate and dairy aromas.

The taste is predictably chocolate (natural chocolate flavoring added). There is also a mellow malt flavor in the background, and then a mildly bitter finish. The flavors are well mingled and balanced. It tastes a little bit like instant hot chocolate (Swiss Miss).

Mouth feel is smooth and full bodied. Not as thick as I thought it might be.

This is a drinkable brew, but certainly not an everyday sort of thing. It would be good in the winter, maybe for a holiday gathering. I'd have it again. I'll look for it around the holidays.

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Photo of zebulon
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this from a 22 oz bottle.

Opened the bottle and the chocolate aroma hit me. It drank this slowly and the aroma didn't disapate. The taste had the complexity and variety that you find in good dark chocolate. I kept thinking this was a premium chocolate bar in a bottle.

The color was ebony with a tan somewhat coffee colored head that lasted and tasted creamy. The inch + head eventually went down, but each time I swished the glass it can back somewhat.

As I said the taste mirrored the aroma chocolate and bitter hops, dry on the tongue, not unpleasant, maybe a little malt not sweet, but balancing the bitterness. It had some fizziness which also mitigated the bitterness.

Concidering the bitterness it was surprisingly light on the tongue. All in all a good job of balancing.

I am not sure how to rate the drinkability. The taste stayed with me for quite a while. Not unpleasant. A drinkable chocolate bar and I like chocolate. It is just that I got satiated on this, it is not a beer that I can drink more that one of.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into pint glass

Pours a very dark brown which appears black in the glass. Easily 3 fingers of thick frothy and persistant tan head which decorates the glass with sheets of lace.

Scent is sweet chocolate and vanila and dark fruit and soft powdered cocoa.

Taste? Tart at first! I taste blackberries and cream! Followed by sweet chocolate and a lingering dark cocoa finish. Wow! This is absolutely delicious! After the very long dusty cocoa subsides I even notice a subtle citrus hop flavor and gentle bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium-heavy.

Drinkability is very high.

I'm really impressed by this beer. Probably the best "chocolate" stout I've had. The tart fruity berry taste, the dramatic long finish, the way the hops sneak in at the very last moment... What a remarkable beer.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two 16oz pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist.

A: Deep, dark, black with a really pretty mocha colored head. Pours with the consistancy of chocolate milk.

S: Big chocolate aroma dominates. This is followed closely by hops and something I can only describe as bitter cocoa.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, bitter hops, with a bitter, bitter, bitter burnt malt finish. Also detected a fleeting hint of coffee in there.

M: I found the mouthfeel on this one to be too dry, puckery, and bitter. I expected more creaminess from a "chocolate stout".

D: Strange, but while I found this to be dry like a desert, I was won over by the immense chocolate and dark roasted/burnt malt flavors going on with this one. A challenging stout, indeed.

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

A - received the ale cold in a standard pint glass
Thick black body with thin sandstone tan shade head.

S - Bittersweet chocolate and chocolate malt aromas coplimented with sublte citrus odors that lingers with a faint hop aroma. The smell is similar to chocolate cereal.

M - Creamy tip of the tongue sweetness tantalizes. The full body and dry chocolate sweetness finishes with a slight bitterness.

T - Chocolate, the bittersweet variety similar to baking chocolate and cocoa flavors. Nutty and roasty malt with a subtle dry texture. Sweet mixes with bitter or spicy hop tinges toward the end.

D - Decent amount of chocolate in the aroma keeps you coming back. The Cocoa and bittersweet cocoa tastes are the primary flavor with a citric hop quality and a dry stout finish. It is a decent chocolate stout, but not the best chocolate ale overall.

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Photo of jwc215
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 ml bottle, "Made with imported chocolate" stamped on bottle.

Pours almost black with a foamy tan head that descends to a thin cover.

The smell is of sweet chocolate with some cherry notes.

The taste is of bittersweet chocolate truffle upfront. Slightly chalky. Some metallic/plastic notes. Opposite of descriptiion - start off sweeter and ends more bitter. Not too fond of the way the Cascade hops work together with the dark malt and chocolate.

The feel is a bit thinner than expected, but holds up decently. Doesn't quite coat the mouth the way I would like it to.

I love chocolate and stouts, but this one doesn't thrill me. I much prefer the Shakespeare Stout.

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Photo of kajerm
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bomber with a woman drawn in the typical Rogue style. Pours brown-black with a fluffy off-white head and gobs of lacing; the head and lacing make it look like a black IPA.

The immediate aroma is a strong cocoa note, along with some roasted malts. There is a clear Cascade hop smell that contrasts interestingly with strong sweetness of the chocolate.

The flavor profile, like the aroma, is bimodal-- lots of early overpowering sweetness and chocolate flavor which gives way to citric hop flavor and bitterness. The typical pacific northwest hop-everything-to-death approach works really well here-- the strong and slightly artificial cocoa flavor would become sickening and cloying after two sips without the hops. With them, this is one of the more interesting tasting beers I've had, and one of the first really hoppy stouts that I've liked.

My only real beef with this beer is the same one I had with Shakespeare Stout-- the mouthfeel is way too thin. I like my stouts to be chewier and more substantial, especially when they have such a strong chocolate flavor. Even looking at this as a stout/APA hybrid (which, in a way, it is), I still need more weight, and I think this can only really be delivered at 7+% ABV.

On the upside though, it's hugely drinkable-- I drank a bomber of this stuff without blinking once.

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Photo of YankChef
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber with no freshness date

Appearance: deep dark black with brown hues and a creamy tan head.

Smell: CHOCOLATE, scent of sweet chocolate, vanilla and even a little coffee.

Taste: From start to finish its a refreshing taste of sweet milk chocolate and dark chocolate. This beer has the most natural chocolate flavor of any i have had. Hops are certainly there to round the beer out but the 69 IBU's certainly don't come across as bitter at all.

Drinkability: After ever sip you just want more and more. Alcohol is not really picked up on the palate. This beer is just so damn smooth and so damn tasty.

Overall: This beer was truely love at first taste, my favorite stout by far and one of, if not my favorite beer. Find it. Drink it. Enjoy

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

another bottle courtesy of my secret bunny, alohaC. thanks christian!

22oz bottle.

pours very dark brown, not quite black, and nearly opaque. a huge dense light brown head rises up and is very slow to drop, leaving tons of lace behind.

aroma is great. milk chocolate, with a little dark chocolate too. hint of alcohol. light roast. bit of coffee. biscuit malt. bit of floral hops.

taste is great. loads of chocolate, with noticeable milk, dark, and bittersweet chocolates. med-low bitterness. light roast. coffee. biscuit malt. even with low roast, there's a bit of ashy character to it, mostly when cold.

mouthfeel is good. moderate well integrated carbonation. medium bodied. light astringency, a touch higher than i expected.

drinkability is good. well balanced. when cold i found the chocolate to be somewhat muted, with the more ashy and astringent character coming through. as it warms a little more sweetness shows and the ashyness mellows.

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Photo of montageman
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Wow, this is one dark beer - pitch black with a sturdy and creamy tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing once gone. The smell is dominated by (what else) chocolate, but it is a sweet, milk chocolate smell with hints of vanilla. This smells better than some chocolate baked goods I've smelled. The taste follows suit - big dark chocolate flavor with a nice roasted oat finish, absolutely delicious. There is a some carbonation here, which I think could be toned down a little bit. This beer could use a bit more creaminess. I returned from Easter brunch a poured this for dessert & boy, I wish I had a couple more. This is one helluva beer - excellent stuff. Highest recommendation.

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Photo of tapman
2.44/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I, as well as a handfull of reviewers out of hundreds, found dissapointment in this beer.

The body is black with a dark mahogany tint when held by a light. The head is brown, but it looks thin like when pouring and MGD. Head fades quickly as suspected.

I found the chocolate smell to be overpowering. Right away you know what you're getting into with this beer. It is a smell of bitter chocolate, and not chocolate malts either. We're talking just ground from the cocoa bean chocolate, not sweet. I later read the ingredients on the bottle, which is a nice touch I must say, but I was dissapointed in "chocolate flavoring". Flavoring? So, really they mean a chocolate flavored syrup, am I right? I do hope that there is no high fructose corn syrup in this beer.

Once again I find the chocolate taste completely overpowering. I don't taste any coffee, toffee, or burnt nodes of flavor...just chocolate flavoring.
I do believe I bought this beer to taste, well, beer instead of a masking chocolate taste. It finishes with an oat bitterness that is better than the beer when in mid-swig.

Oats and barley help out in this department. Whether the oats are used as an adjunct to improve the mouthfeel or it's actually part of the intended flavor, I do not know. What I do know is that for a stout it was pretty average with the oats and co. helping to just make the deadline.

I hate to sound like a broken record, but the chocolate taste is just too bitter and overbearing. I'm suspicious of the "flavoring", but happy that they printed it so I could think about it in the first place. Points for honesty. I won't have another of these for a very long time if I can help it. I would much rather have a Young's Double Choc. Stout (in the bottle, not can). They probably use flavoring, too, but I feel it is done much better.

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