Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales
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1.9/5 rDev -54.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
This bomber was purchased at Jimmie Garant's in Alpena, MI for $6.99. No bottling/best by date could be located. My first impression of Chocolate Stout comes via the woman on the label seemingly enjoying a frothy mug of (presumably) Chocolate Stout. The snob in me casts shame on this mystery figure's choice of glassware. I joke. Later I discovered the woman is Sebbie Buhler, a Rogue employee who writes a blog devoted to all things Chocolate Stout (http://roguechocolatestout.com).
I cracked the cap and poured into a tulip glass, because, as previously established, I'm too much of a snob to use a mug. The pour yields three fingers of billowy, khaki-colored head. Retention is really good. Lacing replaces the head as it slowly dissipates. The beer is as black as any I've seen. It is a thing of beauty.
Unfortunately, the nose is not as gorgeous as the visual aesthetic. The first whiff reveals the strange scent of Elmer's glue. A closer inspection unveils a literal milk chocolate aroma. The label claims that this is made with imported chocolate. That's all I smell: glue and chocolate. It is simple and weird. Me no likey.
Thankfully the flavor bears little resemblance to the aroma. Unfortunately, however, it is equally, if not more unappealing. Initially it tastes like heartburn. A strange bitterness persists that does not resemble hops, or any other bitterness I've encountered in beer. Behind the unusual bitterness is a wet cardboard flavor. Roasted malts arise and then duck behind the flavor of vomit. I'm not kidding. As much as I want to enjoy this, it is just about the most atrocious beer that has touched my lips. Chocolate manifests subtly at the end of the sip, but it is totally limp and powerless against the train wreck of flavor that preceded it. Gross.
The mouthfeel is kind of creamy but still feels pretty thin for a stout, yet alone a stout that claims to contain "natural chocolate flavoring". It's straddling the line between light and medium bodied. The carbonation level is appropriate. Though unimpressive, the feel is far from the most disappointing aspect of this brew.
What should I make of this mess? It's not good beer; it's not good chocolate, and it's not a good value. I guess it is possible that I bought an old bottle, but with no bottle dating on Rogue products, how would I know? Thus far, every Rogue Ale I have sampled has been a disappointment. Somebody please turn me onto something worth drinking from this brewery before I write them off completely. Now I'm off to wash out my mouth with a big-ass can of Evil Eye. I guess I should have used a mug.
The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
For what I spent on this bomber (emphasis on "bomb") I could have grabbed a 6-pack of satisfying Schlitz Tallboys and a chocolate bar. You're damn right I don't give a Schlitz for this.
Serving type: bottle
10-31-2011 01:55:43 | More by weizenbob
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