Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout
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
Ratings:
4,191
Reviews:
1,910
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
Wants:
439
Gots:
608
For Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,191 |  Reviews: 1,910
Photo of MaximalC
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
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 APH
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Franchise
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! As I open this bottle man the aromas of milk chocolate sweetness, floural hop, brown butter, vanilla, Cadbury milk chocolate. This beer pours a jet black and leaves a silky brown head that looks like you poured too much vanilla in your whipped cream. As I smell this beer all the aromas I talked about milk chocolate, brown butter(butterscotch), coffee, floural hops, caramel, sugar, vanilla, are all on display in this beer. The taste of this beer just explodes on your palate. It starts with a vanilla chocolate sweetness then moves to a bitter hop kick followed by a coffee essence and finally finishes with a silky smooth butterscotch aftertaste. This is a fantastic stout I'm sad I took this long to get to it, I will not make that mistake again.

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Photo of theghost3
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is very dark brown with a thick, brown head. It has a rather strong chocolate smell with toasty malts. It doesn't taste as strong of chocolate as it smells. There's a distinct roasted malt flavor that's buttery with a hint of coffee. It has a rather strong aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very thick without much carbonation. This beer is drinkable, but very thick and rich with powerful flavors, so I wouldn't recommend planning to drink something different afterwards.

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Photo of poppyjohn
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of AKuehn47
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of orfeu
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impenetrable black with a massive creamed-coffee froth, smooth and undulating. Sweet cocoa aromas predominate -- but subtly -- over a roasted dark malt presence. There is an underlying and unexpected bitterness -- perceived most strongly in the finish and aftertaste -- that pervades the roasted coffee malt flavors and chocolate sweetness. I want to say this peculiar bitterness comes from the cocoa, but subsequent burps yield a distinct Cascade flavor. Amazing complexity of tastes acheived here. Silky smooth mouthfeel; medium to full body. Not something I'd go for very frequently, mainly because of the special chocolate flavor that is the main event of this beer, but nevertheless, an formidable and worthy accomplishment by the geniuses at Rogue.

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Photo of deanhead
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Deep dark coffee color, The head quickly dissipated and all that was left were tiny bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. Although this beer was sufficiently carbed, it did lack a good head, which very well may have been a result of the glass not being cleaned well enough.

Smell- Sweet coffee & cacao, with plenty of chocolate. slightly biscuity. Smells like dessert.

Taste-Rich chocolaty taste with hints of biscuit and toffee tones. If there were such a thing as a beer milkshake, this would be it, only with beer. This beer is fabulous. The chocolate is everywhere on my palate. It is a superbly balanced beer.

Mouthfeel- nice medium bodied beer, very smooth Mouthfeel. The beer was adequately carbonated.

Drinkability- Surprisingly easy drinker. It could be a very dangerous beer. Addictive.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The big frothy thick head doesn't go away very fast leaving a nice lacing behind. The color is black, so much so that light doesn't penetrate at all. The flavor is sooo chocolatey with a big coffee flavor behind it, it's awsome!! I love this flavor. The mouthfeel is a little harsh with carbonation at first, but I suppose that will mellow when the CO2 has run it's course. Overall, I will get more of this beautiful brew.

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Photo of lilnicky068
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of bulldogg915
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ReeseMax3
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of thecarster1
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- bomber poured into a pint, more than a fingers worth of chocolate ice cream colored bubbly head, nice retention, very creamy, deep dark black color.

s- wow, genuine chocolate, malty sweetness, but the chocolate dominates.

t- chocolate, some smoke, bitterness, light coffee bean, loads of malt, finishes dry with a slight hop kick, a sweet almost brulee of chocolate kinda hangs in the middle somewhere.

m- think, creamy.

d- drinkability is good, i wasn't wowed by the chocolate here, although it was very genuine and i got that 'real chocolate' sense, i would drink this again, but wouldn't seek it out, i prefer a straight forward stout with light chocolate notes, not dominated by chocolate - but that's just me.

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Photo of Popp24
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of the_encinitan
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of alarmclock314
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, no date but has an illegible number stamp below the label. Pours dark brown with a large sized khaki head. Smells of hops, oats, and cocoa; good intensity. The taste is lots of earthy hops followed by cocoa, oats, and scorched malt. Very bitter and drying, comparable to a RIS. The carbonation is below average and body is above average. Overall, it doesn't fit with other American Stouts, but has a great smell and taste, if you're expecting a dry beverage. Reminds me of a less tasty version of Southern Tier Choklat.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a jet black with a big creamy beige head that quickly reduces to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing. Big cocoa aroma hits right away--more smelling reveals more rich luscious chocolate and a hint of roasted malt. Taste is a delicious assertive bitter dark chocolate with just a hint of floral hops. This is the most chocolate tasting chocolate stout I've ever had---every sip has a rich chocolate note--you don't have to go searching. This is a perfect beer either for just enjoying on it's own or pairing with a chocolate desert.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good beer, but hard to compare when Shakespeare is there as well. Light tan head drops very thin. Giant chocolate in nose. Competely black through and through. It's like drinking a dark chocolate bar that there's so much chocolate in the nose and taste. One dimensional as a beer, but good and I could see where it could be a chocoholics favorite.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark dark brown with a hige brown head and great lace. Smwlls of bittersweet chocolate with some highly roasted malt with a hint of cinnamon. Tastes of a highly roasted malt with a bitterswet chocolate. Probably as close to burt as you can get without actually being burt. Tick and chewy with medium carbonation and a coffee like bitternes on the tongue. Not a huge drinkability factor due to its heavyness but will make a great dessert brew.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a substantial mocha coloured foam head that leans more towards bubbly than creamy. Good retention and good lacing.

S: Rich dark chocolate, dark coffee, vanilla, anise, nutmeg, and some very faint hops. Reminds me of a very rich chocolate cake dessert, in other words, it smells delicious.

T: Fairly similar to smell with lots of dark chocolate upfront, and a little bit of roasted dark coffee, with a more pronounced hop-forward presence in the taste. From the initial smell was expecting a bit more in the taste department, but nonetheless still really quite good. Finishes pleasingly dry, with a slight lingering bitterness.

M: Quite a thin mouthfeel (even for the ABV) with a healthy dose of carbonation which I'm feeling is a bit strong for this.

D: Very nice stout that I would likely have again. However, my expectations were perhaps a little too high for this, as I was expecting a bit more complexity. Still a pleasing Rogue offering that I will likely be revisiting in the future.

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

Photo of butters_mcgee
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of sjstraub
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Necronomad
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
4.19 out of 5 based on 4,191 ratings.
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