Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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4.15/5
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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:
#1,510
Reviews:
1,917
Ratings:
4,223
pDev:
12.29%
Bros Score:
4.49
 
 
Wants:
456
Gots:
625
Trade:
5
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Photo of Port_Seat
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ManWithNoName
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Dark Godiva chocolate brown and thick with a dark froth. Aroma is distinctly chocolate, roasted malt and a little earthy. Very smooth like most good stouts and creamy as well. Hop flavors are present but in the background and flavor is full. This is a very good stout and I'm continually impressed by the high quality brews from Rogue.

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Photo of photomike
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep brown with an explosive, creamy tan head. Thick, soft lacing leaves lumpy rings all the way down the glass. Looks as decadent as it tastes.

Smell is appetizing, if a little unidimensional. Big time dry dark chocolate and cocoa powder. A hint of sharp espresso.

Flavor is similarly appealing, though not very complex. Dark, bitter chocolate and chocolate syrup with heavily roasted, burnt malt. Nicely dry.

Medium bodied and creamy, with appropriately understated carbonation. Oily, bitter finish.

Surprisingly drinkable for a beer I would expect to be overly rich and sweet.

I like this. Definitely one of the better Rogues I've had, but it didn't blow me away.

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Photo of dgallina
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with mahogany highlights and thick tan head which leaves good lace along the glass. Smells of very strong coffee malts, chocolate malts, and actual chocolate backed with hop spice. Flavor is a lovely balance of coffee malts, bitter-sweet chocolate, and cascade hops. Mouth-feel is soft and chewy, but relatively drinkable for a beer this heavy. Extremely appetizing as a desert beer.

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Photo of foxyaardvark27
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Pours out a pitch black color with a nice tan head that went to lacing afterwards.

Smell...whoa! Chocolate alright. The chocolate isn't sweet either, it has that imported smell to it, and i'm sure it'll have that imported taste as well. Malts also show up, along with a touch of coffee, cocoa, and earth tones.

Taste started out with a ton of chocolate along with some roasted malts. The roasted malts seemed to get stronger and stronger towards the end. Some dark fruit and coffee show up as an underlying to the chocolate and malts.

Mouthfeel was medium. It was very smooth, rich, and creamy. Very nice.

Heck, pair this up with some black forest cake and drink this instead of milk next time. Great stuff.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger espresso-foam-color head with a little bit of retention and some good spotty lacing. Body is the deepest possible brown. Looks great.

Smell - chocolate and roasted dark malt - mouthwatering !

Taste - chocolate, roasted malt, and lapsang suchong black tea ( a malty tea roasted over pine-wood fire ) . Very, very rich. Also very bitter and very sweet - much like both chocolate and stout each by themselves, much less together !

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, somewhat chewy, and semi-dry, if not outright dry at times.

Drinkability - this is excellent ale, and sessionable to boot. Also would go well for and/or with dessert.

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Photo of zdk9
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours black, as in black, as in no light of day will ever penetrate this beer. There's about a half finger of cocoa colored head and some light lacing, nothing drastic.

S- When cold the beer emits smells of milk chocolate, that strongly remind me of cadbury eggs, very milky with a sweetness that's smooth and natural. There's also some hints of citrusy hops, tart orange, and weak grapefruit. As the beer warms I get more dark fruit and brown sugar coming off it. Quite an enjoyable smell, and nice complexity.

T- Again the most prominent taste is the substantially milky chocolate which is great tasting. This is one beer which I can really appreciate the real chocolate that's used. Hops are there, adding to the complexity of the taste, but playing second fiddle.

M- Smooth and creamy, like thick whole chocolate milk down my throat. Alcohol get's somewhat pronounced especially when warmer.

D- Complex, delicious. This is certainly a great dessert beer, but there's quite a bit of chocolate flavor, so I can see getting tired of it. But for now I'm happy to finish my bomber and enjoy a wonderful Rogue product.

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

A- Poured carefully from the bottle with a thin light brown head, which quickly receded to a collar with little bits of lacing. The body was a seemingly uncarbonated opaque dark brown... almost black.

S- Smells of roasty and crystal malts laced with chocolate liqueur, with just a touch of hop aroma.

T- A nice replicate of the nose: sweet crystal and roasted malts and chocolate liqueur, with a mild hop bitterness coming-in midway and through the finish. The finish itself is sustained with the aforementioned hop bitterness as well as some dark chocolate notes.

M- A nice firm body, packed with unattenuated sugar. But the carbonation is a bit coarse, abundant and somewhat bloating... I've had worse offenders in the carbonation department, but this definitely takes it down from what would have been a '4.5' in mouthfeel.

D- Nice aromas and luscious flavors for an astoundingly low 6% ABV... but the carbonation issue kills the drinkability for me.

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Photo of rpstevens
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a dogfish head signature glass.

The pour is a black/deep brown that has a thin mocha head. The head leaves a bubbly lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is all milk chocolate and roasted malts. There isn't much else to it, but the chocolate is very strong and inviting.

The taste follows the smell pretty closely, with a lot of milk chocolate and some astringent roasted coffee and dark chocolate in the finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout, but the carbonation matches the flavors well and the beer is very drinkable.

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Photo of HopBrain
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of thedoubler55
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice black color, with about two fingers of tan head at the top,a sticky lacing around the glass.

S: Chocolate every were, slight notes of coffee but very minimal.

T: Nothing but chocolate like the nose, with a hint of coffee but nothing wild

M: Very thick brew, almost no carbonation, sticky.

O: Delicious, delicious, awesome beer! Loved it!

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Photo of dragonWhale
2.33/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

So it's officially my birthday now, but it was officially my coworker's birthday a few minutes ago when this beverage started to be consumed by him. Being that we have to be at work in about 8 hours, he decided, against my better judgment, that he needed to start making the walk up the hill to better prepare himself for the morning. I'm still not sure what this was all about. But, it was a free beer. As it sat for 23 seconds unmanned, I pondered my course of action. I was then able to determine that this was clearly an early birthday present from John Maier himself in some sort of misguided attempt to assuage me into liking Rogue beers. I obliged him. The milky chocolate dominates the beer, at first a delightful treat fading into a cloying sweet Nesquik chocolate drink. It smells great, thick chocolate rising into the air. But the chocolate is compromised somehow. It is no Theo's chocolate, a thing of pure glory. Sort of a fake chocolate luster. "Natural chocolate flavoring." What was wrong with chocolate? Too chocolatey? Not chocolatey enough? Whatever, it is what it is. Just a thick and sweet malty brew, not awful, not undrinkable, just not worth spending my money on. Sorry, John, I tried again..to be continued..(next season)

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Photo of michaelsmith11
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Shanty76
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Black with hints of brown around the edges. A nice tan-colored head.

S: Lots of chocolate with additional notes of roasted malts.

T: All about chocolate, but it's of the bittersweet variety. The hops and roasted malts push it further toward the bitter end of the spectrum. It's quite good, but if you're expecting an alcoholic chocolate milkshake, prepare to be disappointed.

M: Thick, creamy, carbonated, and grainy.

D: This is a good stout, but I can't recommend it as a gateway beer like some have. There's definitely an essence of chocolate, but you kind of have to work for it. I think you have to like stout at least a little to appreciate this.

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Photo of jonathaniler
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into my nonic:

A: thick black colored body with a two finger foamy tan head. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising.

S: milk chocolate up front with some nice vanilla entering sweetly in. Some malted roastiness is there as well.

T: bitter but also sweet in different aspects, sometime one or the other.

M: very thick with nothing harsh on the tongue, medium, fairly drinkable for an American Stout.

O: this is pretty good as some nice complex flavors come out yet it doesn't overly excite, though it could pass for a "milk/sweet stout." I'd have this again.

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Photo of Extol
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Dilbert65
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of BigRedN
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured from the 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is black. when held to a light it's still black. The pour produces a large, foamy, brown head nearly two inches thick. The head never really dies, falling to a solid cover on the liquid leaving lots of lace. One of the prettier beers I have seen, it also helps that I like the "dark" beers and go for the black look.

Smell: What else would you expect from a chocolate stout but lots of chocolate and roasted malts aromas. Some decent hops aromas are buried within as well.

Taste: What can I say but this beer suits me. I like'em big and malty with planty of roasted malts and a touch of hop bitterness on the finish. This beer delivers. Not sweet at all, (I would even say it is a bit bitter) with just enough chocolate flavors but not overbearing. A great stout.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth and creamy. Full bodied , a touch chewy. Limited alchohol, if it wasn;t so filling this could be a decent sessioner because it is so good.

Drinkability: This is one of the best beers I have ever had. The End. What more does there need to be said? Close to a perfect 5, IMO.

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

22 oz bomber pours a near opaque black with a fair amount of floaties, and more than adequate tan head and lacing. Aroma reminds me a lot of Whoppers (hmm, chocolate covered malted milk ball - makes sense). Taste is chocolately, with faint coffee and smoke flavors. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth - this almost drinks too fast. I'm usually a bit of a purist when it comes to flavored beers but this one is very well done!

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Photo of doowhat
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of slowdaddy
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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