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Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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93
outstanding
1,903 Reviews
Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

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
Reviews:
1,903
Ratings:
4,143
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
Wants:
422
Gots:
586
For Trade:
5
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Reviews: 1,903 | Ratings: 4,143
Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours an impressive brooding black color with a creamy, coffee colored head. There is good head retention and lacing, and as already noted, the beer looks impressive. The nose is pretty complex on this beer, with obvious chocolate, but with some underlying citrusy bitterness. The beer really doesn't smell very malty and/or sweet, and as it turned out, it wasn't. On the palate this beer is pretty intriguing. On the initial taste the chocolate flavor is really in your face, but after that I didn't notice it so much. The chocolate, along with what sweetness there is, can be tasted on the front palate, but then the hops come on strong, leading to a very dry, somewhat citrusy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good, though it doesn't have the plush creaminess of Stone RIS, KBS or Dark Lord, to name a few. The beer finishes very nicely, and given the relatively low alcohol, I found the beer to be pretty drinkable. There is a touch of licorise and burnt toast at the very end, which is really the only detraction in this otherwise very impressive beer from Rogue.

Recommended.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: entirely black with a very thick, very rich dark foam head. Quite pleasing.

Smell: very pleasant solid chocolate aroma.

Taste: big chocolate at the outset which fades into a nicely bitter stout with continued chocolate flavor but added coffee notes. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a low level of carbonation appropriate for the style. Very good.

Drinkability: as stouts go, this would make a great session beer.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark beer falling short of being complete black in color. The nose carries lots of bittersweet chocolate, getting you excited about what's to come. Really appealing taste, chocolate is fully in effect, as well as a bit of hoppy bitterness that's fairly restrained. The finish lingers but doesn't overstay its welcome. Mouthfeel is medium, thin enough to avoid coating the mouth too much. A nice chocolate stout, not very boozy, thick or syrupy. Pretty drinkable but a shared bomber was all I needed. I liked that this one wasn't too over the top or excessively big.

The booze, hops, sweetness and viscosity of this beer are all pretty low, allowing the bittersweet chocolate flavor and aroma to come to the fore. Well done.

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Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is really really good. Although, some of the reviews may be a bit on the overkill side of praising her. The appearance is murky black with constant strings of bubbles arising throughout the entire duration of the brew. Actually looks like Bosco's/Hershey's syrup when I pour the remainder into my glass. Smells of bitter chocolate all over the place with a sweet malt jumping into my nose. Definitley some semi-sweet chocolate going on about halfway through...I also like trying different chocolates! I have to say that this brew is a good one but it is sweet. There's just not a ton of balance going on as the finish is lingering all on the front of my tongue. That IS what I expected though being a chocolate stout. Feels pretty good going in and down the hatch, with some carbonation and bitter sweet chocolate tickeling the front and sides of my mouth. This was out of a 22 bomber, so I think that 1 of these would be enough for a night. It is a good one to cap the night with though.

Finger licking good!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse US Beer SpecTapular.

Pours a deep, almost opaque black brown, jus with hints of lightness at the corners - looks like melted chocolate with blackberry syrup. Head is thick, heavy and big. Delicious. Lacing sublime. Hell yes, this is a beer!

Delicious cocoa nibs on the nose, sweet and dusty and rich. That's it, you have to admit, but god it's good.

Nice huge roasty chiocolate character on the palate too. Not very sweet, but the roasted rich bittersweet character of true dark cocoa-rich chocolate. Even a light resin peeping through. Very good.

Mouthfeel very suitable: creamy and smooth. Not terrible thick, but very good.

A very smooth, drinkable and delectable beer. Thankyou Local Taphouse for bringing it to our shores. It was better on tap here than in bottles in the US.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a one-finger light brown head that leaves a little lace. Totally opaque black color. Medium bodied and light carbonation. Nose is strong chocolate. Starts with a strong dark chocolate flavor (are there Hersey bars in this??) and finish is a mix of chocolate and hops. $4.89 for a 22oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH.

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Photo of corby112
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cocoa colored brown with thin white head. Aroma dominated by chcolate malts roasted coffee and tostie rolls. Flavor once again dominated by chocolate and chocolate malts. Nice roasted character and hops provide a tasty bitter dry finish. Very Good!

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Photo of Derek
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black with lots of creamy brown head. Poor head retention, barely any lacing.

S: Bittersweet chocolate with a little roasted coffee.

T: Initially very well balanced. Chewy bread, caramel, chocolate, coffee... a whole symphony of malt flavour, balanced with hop and roasty malt bitterness. Truly exceptional. The aftertaste evolves into bittersweet chocolate.

M: Thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation. A little chalky.

D: Awesome, but the body & strength prohibits it from being a long session brew. This one's more of a meal.

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

Poured a very, very dark brown and the tannish head looked good and the chocolate smell was awesome. Taste was roasted malts and hersheys chocolate upfront, beginning to end. Mouthfeel is amazing, cocoa, roastiness and a slight coffee hint but very minimal. I can drink this all day long.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled on December 24, 2011. The pour is nice and dark to nearly black with a long lasting, foamy brown head. Loads of chocolate malts on the aroma with a slight hoppy character on the backside. But the chocolate is the more powerful aroma. The body was a lot thinne than I imagined and I found that to be a disappointment. The taste is full of chocolate with an obvious hopped bitterness toward the end that lingers on the palate. There are chocolate stouts that I like better than this one.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer pours a thick dense black body that is to dark to see carbonation but the thick creamy head is light cocoa colored.

S- The nice smell of roasted malt and black toasted malt with some earthiness and finish of green hops in the background.

T- This beer has a nice earthy robust dark malt flavor with some hints of dark slightly sweet chocolate, although the beer itself is not sweet. The finish is a nice green hop bitterness that balances well with the dark grains. As this beer warms the chocolate taste becomes more of a fresh tobacco taste with some nice sourness from the oats.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-full with some chewiness in the texture. No fizz or alcohol warmth.

D- This beer is a nice smooth stout. It has good qualities and it has a nice faint chocolate flavor that is made with great grains and not chocolate powder or extracts. It is nice to see a chocolate stout that is well balanced with hops and dark malts but stays true to beer ingredients.

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

This is a bomber of Chocolate Stout purchased at Barnyard Spirits and served chilled in a Great Lakes tumbler.

A: The ale is black with a whitish-brown head.

S: Sweet milk chocolate dominates the nose.

T: The stout runs the gamut of flavors. Up front, sweet chocolate notes hit the tongue, followed by a mid-strength hop flavor then closing with a long-finishing roasted malt flavor.

M: The mix of sweet and bitter flavors give the beer an interesting mouthfeel.

D: The ale is very drinkable with a decent hop flavor that underscores a decadent chocolate taste.

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

A: Poured a dark heresy chocolate bar color with a 2 finger foamy head that was cinnamon colored. The lacing was sticky and uniform leaving concentric circles for a lacing all the way down the glass walls. Head retention was good lasting a solid 3-4 minutes while a thin skim coating sits atop for the remainder of the drink.

S: The nose had a beautiful rich milky chocolate scent with an equally beautifully soft roastedness. The chocolate stands out here with an exceptional quality, dark and dry, with a rich fresh milky quality coming through. Definitly take some time and hang around here smelling all this has to offer.

T: The flavor was dark roasted barley grains with a burnt chocolate and dark hazelnut bean taste. There is a good chalkiness while a good sense of roasted oatmeal comes through for a lingering lacing that lasts well after the swallow. Roasted pine and citrus hopping contributes earthy tones that is well noted on the finish and fade. Much as the nose, the deep dark chocolate nature is the main attraction here, burnt, dry with a smoothing bitterness that is only detected upon the swallow standing out with a fierce dominance. What more is there to say about a drink that is perhaps the staple of all chocolate stouts.

M: light-medium with a slick consistency. A roasted malting and chalkiness smoothers the tongue with a full coating from back to front.

D: good, enjoyability was that much better. Even through the nature was a deep dark chocolate stout this was extremely well balanced and smooth sliding down the throat with pleasure leaving a calling card of residual burnt bitterness that will positively keep you coming back for more. A can't go wrong beer here and a excellent desert beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark pitch black with a nice creamy 2 finger tan colored head. Aroma is sweet milk chocolate and a slight hop bitterness. Taste is creamy chocolate up front with notes of coffee and hops finishing up the taste. The bitterness from the hops may be a bit too strong for this particular brew but they do help clean the palate of the sweetness preparing you for the next sip. This brew from Rogue is an absolute first class beer. One of the best and a treat to drink.

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Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a solid black with a dark tan head that had decent retention and lacing. The aroma was strongly chocolate, with some roasted notes in the background. That's a fairly accurate summation of the flavors as well.

The body was a bit thinner than I like for the style, but was still decently full. Drinkability was pretty good, but this brew is kind of a one-trick pony and can get boring pretty quickly. Overall, a very decent beer, certainly worth a shot.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured the bomber bottle into my mug and received a one-finger frothy head that slowly died, leaving small lacings. This sat on what was essentially a black body that you could barely see through when held up to the light. Not to be redundant, but the smell is chocolatey. I mean, there are hints of other malts in there and hops, but putting my nose in my glass was akin to unwrapping a chocolate bar and smelling it. Not only does the beer have a very pronounced chocolate taste, but it has a dryer feel to it, as if there were coffee and/or roasted malts in it. A smooth beer overall with some hop catching you on the backbite. I detected mild fruit flavors, but that could be my imagination. I just wish Rogue would sell this in six-pack form rather than just the bomber bottle.

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

The pour is a near pitch black but when I hold up my glass to the light, I can that it's a very dark brown. Big 2 finger+ head of tannish foam and there's plenty of sticky lacing. Awesome head retention and plenty of lacing.

The smell has oodles of both dark and milk chocolate tickling my nosebuds. Wow. Does this ever smell inviting!

And...the taste tells it all. Big baker's chocolate taste that literally has me grinning after every sip. Oh, there's definitely some sweeter milk chocolate flavour there as well but it's nicely countered by a very pleasant dryness coming from notes of coffee and a bit of toffee and that just kicks up the drinkability factor for me. Wow is this stuff good or what?

Good thick mouthfeel gives it a really creamy texture and the carbonation is low and perfect for this beer.

I've had this available locally a few years ago but I never got around to reviewing it so, I had to grab a bottle yesterday when I was in Ft Collins. I'm *so* glad I did!

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

A: Dark black color; no light. Poured a 3 finger chocolate head (aggressive pour too) with good retention. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Big toasted malts; malty Chocolate and burnt bitter coffee with some roasted nuts. Hops more prominent as the beer warmed.

T: Big toasted/burnt malt up front. Big and rich flavors throughour. Chocolate lingererd a bith through a sharply bitter finish.

M: Medium to full body. Low carbonation. Smooth and silky up to the dry bitter finish.

D: A deliciously drinkable stout. Very flavorful and nicely balanced.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Moan and Dove, Amherst, MA, presented in a pint glass.

Delivered with a nice head on top of a dark brown/near black brew. Chocolate and roasted malts scream out at the nose, and the taste buds are not disappointed. Bitterness tempers the sweetness excellently, almost like a mouthful of bittersweet chocolate. Hearty, smooth, imminently drinkable. Get it if you can...

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Photo of wordemupg
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into wine glass jan22 2010

A not quite jet black with a thick mocha head that had good retention but left no lace

S lots of milk, and bitter bakers chocolate with some unexpected mild hops

T not far from the smell but just a little sweeter, a good example of a chocolate stout

M not as thick as I would have guessed, medium bodied for a stout

D I enjoyed this beer it went down pretty easy, a good session beer

I could see myself drinking this again it's a solid well rounded beer. This got better as it warmed and would go great with some chocolate cake and iced cream

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Photo of dar482
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in black color with a light fluffy tan head.

The aroma is fantastic. Just big milk chocolate bomb with the smell with some malt.

The taste is pretty good. I wish it was silkier like other bigger ABV stouts. It surely has more chocolate flavor than Young’s Double Chocolate. It then finishes with a bit of a hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit light.

It’s not exactly my style as I prefer a creamier, milkier chocolate stout like some Russian Imperials or American Double stouts. It’s more of a well rounded beer with a hint of chocolate. Go into this expecting a beer with some chocolate, not a chocolate stout.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Brilliant deep dark brown with a 1” tan foam cap
S: The nose is chocolate and roast – big chocolate
T: big chocolate on the palate, with some bitter on the finish and lingering chocolate aftertastes. The beer has a nutty undertone. The hops balance the chocolate just right giving it a dark chocolate taste.
F: Very creamy, the alcohol is not noticeable. Medium full body, medium low carbonation.
O: One of the better chocolate stouts – well balanced and not cloying.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with a huge size fizzy and frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, smoke, roasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation and it feels very lively on the tongue - yet still creamy. I can taste chocolate mixed with malts and a roasted/smoke taste. It ends with a chocolatey aftertaste with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall – One of the better chocolate beers I've had so far. The burnt/bitter aftertaste adds a nice dynamic to the beer. Worth seeking out in my opinion.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours nearly perfect black. Light barely penetrates the beer's furthest edges. Dark khaki head is minimal in stature but adds and extra piece of attraction to the overall look.

S-Smells like liquified milk chocolate. Behind the chocolate fondue aroma is light roast. They really nailed the chocolate here. So pure and intense.

T-Literally tastes like a Hershey bar melted to pure liquid. In the liquid chocolate seems to be a quick but generous pour of coffee. The taste is pretty awesome. It is one-sided but it is supposed to be. Really cool

M-Full feel with mellow carbonation. Feel and flavor match well and complement one another.

O/D-This is a chocolate explosion in a glass. I truly enjoyed this brew. I liked it a lot more that Southern Tier's Choklat. I found this one to be more of a pure chocolate flavor. Really nice but one glass is enough because it is very rich.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours very, very dark brown with about an inch tan head. By far the primary aroma is chocolate, but I can smell some roasted malt and a bit of coffee too. At first the chocolate sweetness takes over, and then finishes bitter. There's just a slight bitter aftertaste at first, but the longer I drink the beer, the stronger the aftertaste gets. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. It's full bodied and it's pretty drinkable. I don't think it's quite as good as Young's Double Chocolate Stout, but the Rogue Chocolate Stout is still a pretty good beer.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 1,903 ratings.
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