Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

4,191 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 wighty
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of willitsmckinley
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of ThatguyJoefromBoston
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of etaggie09
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Jet black with a quickly disappearing espresso-tan head. Less than impressive lacing. A little underwhelmed by the appearance actually, but it wasn't bad.

Aroma: very earthy with some roastiness and cocoa. some sweet malty aromas pull through as well. quite nice really.

Taste: Cocoa, rich chocolate truffle, and roasted coffee bean. I think I enjoy this one more than I do the Shakespeare. It's got just a really nice layered flavor. And the chocolate is not really sweet as it is rich in its presence. Man I like this. A great stout with a twist.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with moderate-high carbonation. A bit too much carbonation if you ask me, but this is still a killer stout. Mmmmm tasty.

Drinkability: Goes down very easily. A whole bomber of this stuff after dinner was a real treat.

Notes: Well this is probably one of my favorite stouts to date, although Shakespeare is right up there. Rogue does a really nice job with their stouts. They impressed me more than Old Rasputin or Samuel Smith's even, and those are imperials. Well done, Rogue.

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Photo of ckaufman
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on cask at Fathead's on Pittsburgh's south side.

Pumped into a massive dimpled mug, this beer was black as the night with little to no head whatsoever. Massive smell of malted barley, chocolate, and a pinch of wood. Tasted like someone melted a chocolate bar into my beer. Strong malt backbone prevails here. There was minimal carbonation and this beer went down silky smooth. Excellent in the cask... recomend you track this brew down in the cask if you like it from the bottle.


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Photo of montecristo2
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a small snifter.

Great head, three fingers, foamy and dark.

Light smell of chocolate malts and underlying sweetness.

Taste a bit of coffee and a "Hershey Syrup" slight finish at the end of the swallow.

I'm most impressed with the lightness of this stout. Very drinkable and great to share with a friend!


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Photo of NicholasCasber
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a dark, solid dark brown. Immediately you can smell the chocolate, but more on that in a minute. Once poured the head is a nice hazelnut color which seems to stay throughout the whole drink.

S: The chocolate smell is absolutely wonderful to catch wafting from the newly opened bottle. After the initial blast of chocolate, which, seems to be the perfect amount, comes the delicious smell of the hops, and the warm smell of the roasted barely. The overall aroma is very warm, and brings back good memories of chocolate as a kid.

T: The taste, is by far one of my favorites in my beer explorations. Leaps and bounds above some of the other stouts that I've had, it blasts your tongue with chocolate and just like the aroma, finishes off nice and smooth with an almost bitter taste, which leaves you wanting more.

M: This totally coats your mouth with a delicious taste, and doesn't feel overly heavy like most stouts. Completely impressed by this beer's feel.

D: If I could rate this beer low in any category, it'd be the drinkability. It's not that I don't think I could drink this beer often, it's just that I don't think I can drink this beer every day, and that's how I judge my drinkability. However, that's just my opinion, but still, a 4 is still darn high.

Overall, this beer is by far one of my favorites, and I'd recommend it to you and any of my friends. I wish you the best of luck on your beer endeavors and as always, Cheers.

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Photo of RandyV
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a stellar chocolate stout, to me what this style should be. The smell of chocolate and roasted malt comes through in the flavor. The chocolate flavor is nice, a hybrid of dark, milk and malt chocolate. The mouthfeel is OK, maybe slightly watery. It finishes slightly espresso bitter, which is a nice balance to the malt chocolate sweetness.

This is a good, tasty beer and one that I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of JMUbrew
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of MickeyD
3.11/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into a clean pint glass

A: very dark with thick head which was dark in color.

S: I didn't smell much slight dark roasted malt no real decernable chocolate smell.

T: I only tasted a slight roasted coffee taste typical of a stout no real chocolate taste at all. Slightly hoppy.

M: heavy and creamy

O: I know this has gotten some really good ratings but I don't see why. There was very little taste to this beer and the chocolate didn't add anything to it as far as I was concerned.

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Photo of Tristan_E
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of TinkerToys
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of dbatch
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours black into the glass, with a dark tan color head (about an inch) with very good retention.

S: Chocolate and vanilla blend together here, with some espresso mixed in. Malts are present but not overwhelming, and there is a faint aroma of hop in the background.

T: Bitter up front, gives off a very espresso like flavor, the chocolate is there as well, with some hop to follow.

M: Thin, very carbonated, mildly creamy.

D: Its pretty low in ABV, so its not hard to drink that way, but the carbonation is pretty strong. Not a session beer, but you dont have to chew it either. I'd come back again.

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Photo of Optimat0r
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - very dark, as expected, looks like liquid chocolate.

smell - i dont usually bother with this category but this is the best smelling beer ive had. smells almost like hot chocolate

taste - very solid. similar to the shakespeare stout except less hop presence and with prominent chocolate flavors. very deep. slight hint of coffee, but this one truely lives up to its name and is an extremely good example of a chocolate stout.

drinkability - good but after a while the sweet flavors get to be too much. would be great on tap in a single serving, or splitting the 220z with a friend. if u like chocolate stouts this is a must. everyone should try this one at least once.

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Photo of hedgepigtails
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of cashcaliman
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dakin
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark brown with a sliver of a tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted marshmallow, hops. Smells great!

Taste: Bitter chocolate, hops. Pretty bitter. Not too bad.

Feel: Medium mouth feel. Not much carbonation.

Overall: It's OK. Really don't understand the 99 rating. Just average. A little too bitter for me. 7.5/10.

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Photo of IPA17
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue has found that secret passage that leads chocolate to beer and meshes them together so perfectly. I love this beer. Went to Andy's Corner in Bogota to hear that it was here, the first keg to hit NJ. Sounded too good to be true. Fortunately, it wasn't. This beer smells fantastic, has a great look and "feel" to it, pours with a great head and tastes just like heaven. Willie Wonka and Sam Smith couldn't team up to beat this beer. The only thing that keeps it from becoming a perfect "5"? It's hard to drink many of them in one sitting. Be that as it may, a beer not to be missed!!!

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Photo of lifeboyq
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, poured into a duvel chalice. Smells of chocolate, the almost black beer appearance and tan head are slightly thin but almost appropriate for the style. Head retention is decent and lacing is apparent. Smell is sweet of faint chocolate. Taste is pretty darn good, its semi sweet not too much chocolate with a nice hit of hops, but really solid balance. Not very complex, but right now i dont care as the balance of this beer to the style is solid. A joke that its ranked top 50 beers in the world, but there are a lot of beers that are very wrongly classified. Whats important is that this is a well done beer and nothing to be scoffed at. An excellent example of an American Stout, and one of my favorite commercial examples.

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Photo of TeeCee
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Chocolate Stout

Quick review - dark and heavy stout with all the flavor, body, and uniquness you could ask for.

Color - in the light of the bar, this stuff is dark as the night. I have a feeling it's still a dark, dark brown in the light of day. I re-poured it to get a glimpse of the head. ALL of the head. Light brown, leaving more lace than clean glass on the walls of my pint glass as the head dissipated to about 1/4".

Smell - a roastedness that makes me think of faded coffee with some fruit behind it (wtf?). I am expecting chocolate, but what I smell isn't the chocolate I'm expecting. Maybe I'm thinking like hot chocolate/milk chocolate.

Taste - like nothing else. It's like a rather dry coffee with added cocoa powder and something with a bitter finish that complements the chocolate perfectly, but is likely the hops. I can't taste fruit discernably, but the smoke here has clogged my nose a bit. If I take a sip with some air, I get a bit of fruit with it: maybe cherry. Cherry would be fitting.

Mouthfeel - this beer is surprisingly light in the mouth. I'd call it a medium thick at best, but I'd expect molten chocolate by the looks. A swish in the mouth lightens it up a lot, not sure if it's th CO2 or the alcohol.

Sessionable? Maybe if you're sasquatch.

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Photo of SimplySinister
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Good head, moderate carbonation, and terrific lacing. This is a pretty stout.

S - Chocolate and malt.

T - This beer is aptly named "chocolate stout" for its intense chocolate flavor. The chocolate quite obviously contains a high percentage of pure cacao (bakers chocolate) giving the beer a bitter taste. In some ways, this stout is reminiscent of a more bitter Young's Double Chocolate Stout and a much less sweet version of Mackeson Triple XXX Stout. All in all, it is rather one-dimensional, but it is all it claims to be; which earns extra points in my book.

M - Dry, clean, and light.

D - This stout would definitely take serious points here if and only if Rouge came down on the price quite a bit. This beer is just *way* too expensive at $6 per pint.

I may complain about the price, but this beer is world class.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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