Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by BeardedRiker:
4.05/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I don't often drink Rogue beers. I'm...not really sure why. Maybe because they're just a tad more expensive than other beers and I've had most of what they've had to offer. However, I've not had their Chocolate Stout. All of Rogue's stouts are rated very highly. I found their Shakespeare Stout to be fantastic. It's Fat Tuesday so I will indulge myself in something chocolate. Now it's time to see how this beer fares.
This beer pours out the darkest of brown. Only when held up to the light can you make out the faintest of transparency and a slight ruby color. The head forms slowly and thick, about three fingers high. It's creamy and a light brown. Though it fizzes out pretty quickly, it does leave some good lacing.
This smells delicious. Rich chocolate, like smelling a bag of cocoa powder almost. It's definitely on the milk chocolate side, however, instead of a cocoa-rich dark chocolate smell. Oats and some coffee bitterness make themselves known as well. Sugary sweet chocolate. Honestly, this is just straight up chocolate. Chocolate bomb! The smell isn't complex...but damn does it smell awesome.
This is definitely a beer that tastes much better when let warm a bit. At first mostly what I got was cocoa and coffee bitterness, but now all of the flavors have showed up for the chocolate party. First to the tongue is the sugary sweetness and luxurious chocolate flavors. There's some noticeable hoppiness that adds some bitterness but it's not too strong. Following the milk chocolate goodness, although I wouldn't say this beer has a lactose taste to it, is cocoa and coffee that bring more of a full flavor and bitterness of their own. In the end roasted oats show up that lingers well with the cocoa and chocolate.
This is on the heavier side of medium-bodied...or on the lighter side of full-bodied with medium carbonation. Although I wish it had a bit more body, it's exceptionally smooth and creamy as well as drinkable. It's a bit dry overall but I'd say it's just a tad sticky from the sweetness.
If you like chocolate then this is an obvious choice for a beer to drink. It's so chocolatey that it's almost like drinking some milk chocolate, though without the lactose taste. This beer just screams, "Delicious chocolate!" I do prefer stouts to have more body and more complexity in smell and taste but in this case the Chocolate Stout excels so well in being a CHOCOLATE stout.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2012 05:41:56 | More by BeardedRiker
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3.43/5 rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a 650 mL bottle into a small plastic cup (unfortunately all that I had at the time).
1.5 finger head over a solid black-brown body. Head settled to a thin layer that stayed around a while. Lacing on the side of the glass.
Chocolatey scent over the head, as advertised. Not much else.
Taste: Bittersweet dark chocolate. More on the bitter side than the sweet side. Not too bad. The bottle label says 69 IBU.
Moderately strong carbonation.
Overall, perhaps a little too tart for my tastes, but it's not so extreme that I don't want to finish it.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 06:59:49 | More by The-Jolly-Imbiber
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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