Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

4,201 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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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 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Eldalonde
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours nice & dark with a full head that lasts pretty good.

S - The smell of sweet chocolate is immediate and dutifully powerful.

T - Small notes of roasted coffee can be found among the striking flavor of rich chocolate truffel on the palate. The finish provides for a touch hops, but not too noticeable and brings a nice balance. This is a great stout with terrific chocolate flavor.

M - This is nice and thick, but not overly so like some impy stouts can be.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Djaklevic
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of clemsonbrewer
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a light brown head with thin sticky lacing and a thin head that stays on top. All sweet chocolate smell. Real chocolatey taste that's sweet at first and almost bitter on the way down. Smooth feel. Wonderful beer. If you haven't tried this, have someone hit you and then go out and pick one up.

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Photo of Ben4881
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate Stout
Rogue Ales Brewery

This beer pours out dark, thick, with an impenetrable blackness. A lovely head foams to the surface, brown at the bottom and egg shell white on top. Looks almost like a root beer float. The head sinks fast and leaves almost no remnants of lacing on the glass. Some lacing remains as the glass empties, however.

A very soft chocolaty smell creeps into my nose. There is some toasty character to it, but not overpoweringly so. Mostly, the smell is very sweet and chocolaty smooth.

This is a creeper. The taste begins very soft chocolaty and sweet, like the smell. Then, a milky flavor hangs as I swallow. Upon swallowing, an unexpected kick back of hops tickles the back of my tongue. The slightly sticky, dry, and bitter aftertaste is a welcome surprise. This beer finishes in a different place from where it started.

As a stout, it is appropriately thick. There is some carbonation, which lightens the load. Not too chunky, pretty smooth.

The complexity of the taste from start to finish is a plus. The dry, bitter finish makes me want to experience the silky, sweet, chocolaty all over again. I truly enjoyed this experience.

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Photo of slk22
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black color with a thick light-brown head showing good retention. Strong chocolate and caramel malt aroma jumps right out of the glass. Nice, but not complex. Taste begins with a nice balance of roasted and sweet malt flavor. Then a bit of hop bitterness comes out along with a sort of baker's chocolate bitterness that lingers a bit with a dry finish. Very nicely balanced for a chocolate stout in my opinion. Mouthfeel is smooth although body (light to medium) is a bit lighter than expected and carbonation is higher than expected. Overall, a very tasty beer that I could have several of.

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Photo of WildTurkey
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown bomber bottle to snifter.

A: Very dark to black color. No visible amber around edges. Thick tan head - creamy looking. Some carbonation is visible along the tapered side of the glass.

S: Definitely a good amount of chocolate in there - upfront. Followed by the usual roasted malt character of a stout.

T: Roasted malt and some coffee. Some hoppy bitterness also. Chocolate is in there as well, but I didn't think it really stood out.

M: Medium body. Pretty smooth. Not exactly creamy but close to it. Okay mouth coating. Some carbonation, as well as some dryness.

D: Very drinkable. Nice blend of flavors. Excellent aroma in my opinion. Slugging it back.

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Photo of tang3nt
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into brandy snifter.
Pours a dark brown / black color with thick brown head.
The nose is chocolate chocolate and more chocolate! Also a bit of coffee and smokiness, but mostly all chocolate. The taste is not as sweet as it smells, but definitely a lot of chocolate - backed by a bit of roasted coffee and an almost a citrusy floral hop finish. The mouthfeel is a lot thinner than it looks/smells. I expected this to be much thicker consistency with a lot less carbonation. This is where this beer falls off for my tastes. I would have loved this stout to be a little bit sweeter and more body to it. Although it wasn't as heavy as I would have liked it, it proves to be a much more drinkable stout than one would expect. Overall it's a pretty delicious stout oozing with chocolate flavors, who wouldn't like that?

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Photo of slowandlazy
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Chiefmanynames
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of McD0uche
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured section of Chocolate Stout bomber into a pint glass:

A: The first thing that I can comment on is the head. A massive, brown, beast-of-a-thing appears outta nowhere. Awesome. The color of the beer itself is very dark, almost black. Retention is excellent and the lacing is thick and lasting.

S: Chocolate and roasted malts prevail. Very inviting.

T: Immediate dark chocolate flavor. Sweet chocolate syrup orchestrates initially, but crosses over to a more alcohol-flavored finish. It wasn't as "chocolatey" as I expected it to be, which turned out to be a positive note.

M: Almost perfect. Medium carbonation that drives the flavor around and ends crisp and dry. Very good.

O: This was exquisite, to say the least. Rogue Ales is rapidly becoming a favorite of mine, and I must say that I'm looking forward to my next beer from this outstanding brewery.

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Photo of HoppyBeerSista
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of boartfield1
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of jratt79
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of mporter249
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark, black, with a tall, fluffy, tan head. Looks pretty good.

Smell: Chocolate, a little bit bitter, smells a little like coffee.

Taste: The chocolate seems to come towards the end of the taste. There's a bit of bitterness, then a touch of sweet, followed by the roasty, chocolate taste.

Mouthfeel: Definitely a heavier beer, and a little coarse. A good bit of carbonation, and it's nice.

Overall: This is pretty good. I'm not sure I like it as much as Samuel Smith's chocolate stout, but that may also be because I'm new to this style.

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Photo of Linda081
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
4.19 out of 5 based on 4,201 ratings.
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