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
Ranking:
#1,604
Reviews:
1,922
Ratings:
4,242
pDev:
12.29%
Bros Score:
4.49
 
 
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460
Gots:
627
Trade:
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Photo of bigbutter
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Syraquse
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of rhinos00
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A- Dark, dark brown. I could only see carbonation by straining my eyes. Inch and a half of tan creamy head formed and laced the glass as consumed.

S- Consisted of chocolate, malt, and earthy hops.

T- Simply delicious. Earthy hops and malt initially hit the palate, but then give way to a chocolate delight.

M- A little too watered down for me. I was hoping it would be a little more viscous in texture, but I can't complain...it tasted great.

D- At 6% abv and low viscosity, combined with chocolate goodness, I could drink this beer all night.

Overall, very impressed as to how rich the chocolate taste in this beer. Definitely will be picking up a few more bottle of this.

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Photo of geuze_gone_wild
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Citadel82
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours inpenetrable black witha creamy cocoa colored head. Lots of thick lace.

Smell is of rich dark chocolate.

Taste is bittersweet cocoa / chocolate (reminds me of the cocoa powder made by Droste) some sweetness then coffee/cappuccino with a long dry finish.

Medium bodied, hard to believe you could pack all that flavor into such modest bodied brew.

Oy Vey, this is one special glass of stout. Like a rich chocolate cake with only a fraction of the calories. It is definitely a one per night brew. The rich complexity of this one would be too much for a repeat.

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Photo of NoProblem
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of danielharper
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Frugal MacDougal, Nashville, TN.

I reviewed this once before on-tap, from memory, upon first trying it. This is a second review, taken with much more beer knowledge and with peace and quiet at home with a bottle. My opinion has changed slightly, and I taste things now that I didn't taste before, but largely I think I'm about even with myself.

A: Dark body, thick foamy tan head. Head seems to float on top of the beer like a chocolate malted, and leaves significant lacing on the glass.

S: Strong on hop presence, with dry roasty malt underneath, and an enveloping layer of chocolate. (This is the largest difference between my two reviews -- on-tap all I got on the nose was, "smells like the best mocha latte you've ever had", but experience has given me greater olfactory tools.)

T: Strong hop presence in flavor, nice velvety bittersweet cholcate afterwards. Lightly bitter and slightly astringent aftertaste.

M: Thick mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, about right for a stout.

D: Could down several of these -- a bomber goes down smooth.

Overall, I love this beer and buy it every chance I get. Is it better on-tap or from the bottle? Hmm, gonna need some more experimentation to find out.

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Photo of Anthony1
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black body, darkest American stout I've ever seen, look like a double or imperial stout. Tan/brown head with some lacing and a little head retention. Smells like dark chocolate. Fairly strong aroma, but very complex tho. Tastes like dark chocolate too, and again, lacks complexity. No roasted malt flavors to be found. At 69 IBUs this beer is surprisingly balanced however .Interesting mouthfeel, a bit heavy, but very smooth drinking. Big flavors, but not overwhelming.

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Photo of JohnathanColeman
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jordanmckell
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of wingman14
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one pours a black with a tan head that sticks around for awhile. You can pour this one so the head stays with you for the entire beer, I find that this gives a nice aroma to the glass. The smell is of pure chocolate, sweet and inviting. It is like melted chocolate in a glass. The taste is similar, very sweet, straight chocolate, even with the heavy chocolate taste this beer is balanced so you do not get sick of it by the last sip. The mouthfeel is great, smooth and rich. I always find that I could have a couple more after the first. Every time I have had this beer it has always impressed me. An excellent brew that everyone should check out. Enjoy!

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Photo of wiescins
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Atron67
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a clear black body with a heavy brown head that quickly rose up and then fell pretty quickly to a thin film. clear body light lacing left by the head

S- loads of chocolate, the roasted charachter takes a back seat and the malt is almost hidden, tons of chocolate again, low malt pretty sweet body

T- starts off really malty, then the roasted and chocolated flavors come intogether, after that the chocolate pretty much takes over and you get the different phases of chocolate as it fades off your tongue. a little too sweet, maybne im less of a chocolate fan but its too much chocolate

M- pretty full body

D- little sweet for me

little dissapoints but not a bad idea

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Photo of Stockfan42
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rootbeerman
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

week old 64oz growler.
A: pours dark black, looks thick, very thin head on all glasses poured.
S: dry bitter chocolate, dark roasted malt. also light coffee.
T: bitter chocolate and coffee, roasted malt sweetness is light. a hop. though taste wise i think shakespeare stout is a little better.
M: thick and somewhat syrupy. low carbonation.
D: glad i got a growler, could almost do the 64oz myself though i would regret it.

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

650ml bottle purchased by my girlfriend at Beer World in Largo, FL. Pitch black body with a bubbly brown head and globs of lacing on the pint glass. Fresh baker's chocolate, milk, cocoa powder, and vanilla bombard the nose. Strong roasted malts produce a black coffee flavour that gives way to some toasted oat graininess and dark chocolate. Spicy hops make a brief appearance, followed by an excellent residual chalkiness. The after taste is drier and more bitter than you'd expect from a sweet stout. Overall, this doesn't have the 'oomph' that I thought it would, but it's still a damn fine brew.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of azorie
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of theopholis
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Black. There's no other way to say it. This stuff is black. Not even any color when veiwing it through to a light. Wow. Head is brown, and fairly substantial, but disappears very quickly. Leaves some decent lace tho.

Aroma- Lots of roasted malt and bittering hops. An AMAZING amount of chocolate nose.

Taste- Wow. This stuff is chocolaty. Good dark chocolate. Nicely blended with the normal stout tastes, good mellow bitterring hops, nice malt character. As it warms, a distinct roasted coffe taste takes over.

Mouthfeel- Kind of thin for the style, but not bad. More like a bitter or porter. Carbonation level is good to.

Drinkability- It's a stout, and hence not easy drinking. Still, very interesting and very nice on a cold night or with a big juicy flavorful steak. Well worth a try.

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Photo of Casey10
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a fantastic chocolate stout if not the best I have had.

A - Pours a thick black with a tan 1 inch head that last for a while in the glass.

S - Chocolate of course, light herbal smell.

T - Cocoa, burnt flavor, malts. Very nice

M - frothy creamy, leaves a nice after feel for some time after drinking.

D - Rated good as I would definately have another but not drink a lot at a time as I am not big on chocolate.

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Photo of thekanna
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an extremely dark brown bordering on pitch, with about 2 fingers of dark tan head which leave significant clumpy lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Roasted malts and milk chocolate; somewhat syrupy and creamy like chocolate milk.

T: Dark, dark roasted malts leave a rather bitter cacao powder and espresso-like bite. A slight creaminess and milk-chocolate syrupy-ness ensue in the aftertaste.

M: Slightly thin body; nicely carbonated.

D: A tasty and hearty ale; like a meal in a cup. Good stuff. Like a grown man's chocolate milk. Wouldn't hesitate to have another.

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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 tonistruth
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very dark brown with a fluffy two finger mocha colored head, good retent on it, foamy lace

S- chocolate, roasted malts, sweet

T- rpasted malts, rich chocolate flavor, chocolate come out even mre with warmth, some hop bitterness in middle to finish, chocolate finish with a roasted chocolate aftertaste

M- medium body, creamy and smooth, bit of carbonation tickle at finish

D- filling and delicious, desert brew, good brew, im not a huge fan of chocolate but i'd recommend this

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Photo of MaximalC
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours seal brown with a modest mocha head of coarse bubbles. Aroma smells of milk and dark chocolates, coffee, and citric hops. Flavor is surprisingly mild considering the aroma. I'm thinking this may require considerable warming to get the most out of it. For now, I'm getting a well balanced blend of roasted malt (tending toward coffee) and earthy, citric hops. A delightful mocha haze sneaks up late in the aftertaste. Some milk chocolate is there, but it's very faint in comparison to the more acrid elements. To be honest, I'd be hard-pressed to brand this a chocolate stout when I think of the many stouts out there with a far great chocolate character. Even Rogue's own Shakespeare Stout has a stronger chocolate presence in my opinion. I had this a couple years ago and recall having much the same impression. The mouthfeel is pretty zippy, perhaps a little too much so for the style. With that said, this remains a drinkable stout with a nice roasted character, albeit short on the eponymous chocolate.

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Photo of Stagga_Lee
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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