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Double Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

Double Chocolate StoutDouble Chocolate Stout

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BA SCORE
94
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1,105 Ratings
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Ratings: 1105
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%


Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
10 Ingredients:
C120, Chocolate and Rogue Micro Barley Farm Risk™, Cascade and Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution Hops, Rolled Oats, Honey, Natural Chocolate Flavoring, Rogue's Pacman Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water

22º PLATO
50 IBU
74 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 08-03-2010)
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hops202

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Red bomber poured into game of thrones snifter.

Has a good look upon first pour - somewhat decent lacing - nothing to get too excited about. Good aroma - better than other chocolate stouts I have tried, not overpowering and incredibly fake like Choklat or others. Lots of roasted malt and chocolate syrup and cocoa. Taste is similar with a slight bitterness to it. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 22:02:25 | More by hops202
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From that bright red 750 ml. bomber. Sampled on April 11, 2014.

The pour is a deep dark brown with a lasting tan head. Pretty opaque and no light gets through.

The aroma is clearly of dark, roasted baking chocolate with a muted hop character. Sweet too. Appealing and what one would expect from a double chocolate.

The body is about medium with a slight acidity.

The taste begins with a full chocolate malt attack that is followed momentarily by a slightly bitter and dry finale. This deserves the high ratings it is getting. I'd have it often if I could afford to.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 21:13:08 | More by puboflyons
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Nugganooch

California

3.49/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz red paint bottle to my Stone IRS snifter glass
Notes taken from 04/05/14

A: Dark espresso brown body completely impervious to any light. A thick billow of dark khaki cream forms giving quite the impressive hang time. Has a few random large gas bubbles in an otherwise nicely compacted head. Some slippery swaths of lace left sliding down the glass at each sip.

S: Smells of chocolate malts, dark roast grains, and milk chocolate chips. More so like melted Hershey’s chocolate candies. Aroma really does come together like malted milk balls. Delivers as advertised although it is more candy like rather than say raw cacao.

T: Big fake chocolate candy flavor. Like melted candies with a thick and powdery chocolate malt ball presence. Not particularly roasty minus a hint of coffee in there. Fairly sweet but not at all cloying like you would expect. Finishes out with some earthy green bitterness on the back end. Alcohol is well masked and bitterness is moderate to low. Doesn’t taste natural to me has more of a tootsie roll flavor. A little tough to drink in its entirety.

M: Full to medium body. Frothy and smooth for the most part with some of that chalky cocoa powder presence. Finish has a nice drying lift and the retreat is fairly clean.

D: Not a very big fan and looks like I may be in the minority here. I prefer stouts where the chocolate flavor is derived mainly from the specialty dark roast malts and/or natural cocoa. This just comes off as Swiss Miss or something artificial. How is no one else getting that? Even though it states Natural Flavors added who knows what that entails.

The bomber was a bit of a chore to finish. Ice Cream is the correct answer.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 23:00:07 | More by Nugganooch
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pitch black with the suggestion of ruby tinge. The head is chunky however I'd prefer it to be foamy mass rather than a cluster of larger, distinct bubbles.

S - Toffee and fudge brownies. Sweet malted bread with chocolate and raisins.

T - Chocolate does not make any more of an appearance than it does in a non-chocolate stout. I found it astringent and really rather bitter. The sweet touch promised by the nose is absent; if anything it tastes slightly soapy.

M - Lacks that rich, luxurious, velvet-cloak mouthfeel you get with something like Victory at Sea. Carbonation and body are medium.

O - I was hoping for an intensified Young's or Sam Smith's but this is not that beer. It's much more of a regular imperial stout, but sadly not one that I particularly enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 07:18:58 | More by abeeronthebeach
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured almost black body with two finger head and no lace. Aroma is dominated by dark chocolate, bordering on Hershey's chocolate syrup from when I was a kid (I guess there is some milk/lactose or something in there). Not bready but sticky and chewy, full-bodied, wouldn't characterize this beer as chocolate milk with booze added to it but this is definitely a sweet beer that also has a husky, dry bitter chocolate, roasted even, malt presence to balance the beer and give it a dry, warming edge.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 22:10:07 | More by clayrock81
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Colt45

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An excellent example of the chocolate stout category, it just displays chocolate in every aspect. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 is one can never have enough chocolate in a brew that represents such a amazing food. Definitely recommend this whether your a fist time tester or weathered veteran in the micro brew field

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 15:07:45 | More by Colt45
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Swedgin_Wu

Florida

4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served into a snifter

A: jet black, minimal lacing and head. Just like you'd want an 8% ish stout to be

S: Plenty of chocolate, some toffee. One of the best smelling chocolate stouts out there

T: Chocolate chocolate chocolate. Similar to the nose, but with a perfect minimal hop balance. I prefer it MUCH more than Rogue's regular chocolate Stout. The ABV is hidden extremely well and it's a treat to drink. Coffee aspect is minimal. Dark chocolate is dominant

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Not too thick but just right for the style. An excellent representation

Overall: This is one of my favorite double chocolate stouts. it's a shame it's only seasonal. This is one of Rogue's best beers. It's a fantastic representation of a double chocolate stout, with a little bit of west coast hoppage but not to the point of overbearing. It can be considered a dessert beer, but it's so much more than that. It's just delicious all the way.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 09:38:12 | More by Swedgin_Wu
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bleedsblu

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a thick dark black with high carbonation. It has a finger of tan head which dissipated rather quickly.

Smell: I didn't get any overwhelming smell, so cant say either way.

Taste: A strong chocolate taste, smooth and thick which ends with a slight bitterness.

Mouth feel: Thick and smooth again, I enjoy a thicker beer, wouldn't go as far as milkshake which was what the salesman told me but very enjoyable none the less.

Overall: As one of my first double chocolate stouts this is a winner. I would recommend this beer and with a 9%ABV its a shake rattle and roll baby.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 16:19:50 | More by bleedsblu
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snaotheus

Washington

4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle at 41 F poured into a pair of large chalices. Surprisingly, I can't find a bottle code or date

Pours black, not much head -- just a light brown ring. Not much carbonation. Looks thick. Smell is chocolate and black licorice, slightly sweet.

Taste is more of the smell. Chocolate and black licorice, Something tealike, much more coffee. Nice sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thick but not heavy, slight grit. Overall, very tasty.

Belatedly: Vanilla. Definitely some vanilla. Maybe it came out more as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 23:40:25 | More by snaotheus
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Jmitchell3

Arizona

3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Black, dark chocolate black. Dark brown head, medium-fine bubbles. Thick.
S: Smells of strong chocolate, some dankness. A bit of alcohol smell. I get just a hint of red-wine type aroma in this.
T: Rich chocolaty flavors. Knock you over the head chocolate.
M: Full, milky feel. Sweet up front with a very dry finish.
O: Enjoyable, but very chocolaty. Knock over the head chocolaty. I'd recommend for a special occasion to share. Drinking the entire 750 was a bit strenuous. (haha, just a bit)

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 01:32:02 | More by Jmitchell3
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The appearance is a close to perfect as you can get for an american stout. The color is black and darker than the center of a black hole. The head is rich, thick and effervescent with a nice dark chocolate tan head that settles at a reasonable pace with little to no lacing down that glass. The appearance is perfect for any category of stout.

The nose is pleasant and complex but not as strong as I expect from Rogue. That said, and relatively speaking, the dominant nose tones are sweet malt followed by caramel, chocolate coffee. Overall the blend on nose notes is splendid, but the strength of the overall nose is weak. I really had to make an effort to get the nose at all. It is there, but very subtle. Their complex hoping is beyond subtle in this mix.

The taste is not that of a chocolate stout, definitely not a double chocolate stout. This is more of an imperial stout with an excessive amount of hops. Not that this hop head is complaining about too much hops. But this is a technical review of a double chocolate stout and it really isn't a double chocolate stout.

That said there are very complex flavors that are far stronger than the nose. There are strong coffee, chocolate and toast notes that are dominated by the strong hopping that is a signature of the boys and gals at Rogue. I am really torn here because I really like this stout. I just don't think they pulled off a Double Chocolate Stout. This is very imperial in it's flavors and nose. If Rogue marketed this as an Imperial stout I would give much higher marks.

The Imperialism of this attempt is also reflected in the mouthfeel which is typically more watery than other stouts and can also be reflected int he lack of lacing down the glass as I think there is an area you can definitely draw some direct correlations. Again not bad and great for an imperial but not a Double Chocolate Stout.

Overall I really like this "Imperial Stout" and will definitely drink it again. They have a great beer here but they need to reclassify and market it as it really is.

Pints High!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 22:36:45 | More by AtrumAnimus
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BradC

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle opaque black with a thick dark tan head and minimal lacing.

Smells of cocoa, milk chocolate

Tastes of creamy cocoa, dark bitter chocolate, not much sweetness and finishes with a hop bitterness.

Full bodied creamy mouthfeel, fairly low carbonation

Overall, good chocolate stout, not amazing, the bitter finish kind of takes away from the dessert appeal for me

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 23:21:37 | More by BradC
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dar482

New York

4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer has a wonderful aroma of huge chocolate. Nonstop of dark and bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, light roasted malt, just a pure chocolate aroma.

The flavor follows of roasted malt and tons of chocolate. Not much lactose or "creamy" character, but a good amount of stout and malt character. The beer just explodes of cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate. There's an bitter kick to the finish.

The beer has a smooth medium to thick body.

Definitely one of, or maybe the best chocolate stouts I have had.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 06:36:31 | More by dar482
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark chocolate color with a 1F head into snifter.

A strong chocolate-coffee aroma from the head. This weakens within a few minutes,
but the aroma continues during the tasting.

Mouth feel- moderately carbonated.

The taste is dark chocolate, coffee, and light vanilla finished with a hoppy light bitterness.

Overall- an excellent imperial stout. However, I would have preferred the aroma to continue, and the pronounced chocolate-coffee taste to linger.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 02:55:09 | More by brureview
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Nostrajonus

Oklahoma

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours pitch black with a moderate head that fades rather quickly. I didn't notice the lacing others spoke of, maybe something to do with the glass.

S-The smell is fantastic. Chocolate overwelms, while oatmeal and rich malts sit in the background. This definitely is close to the top of my chocolate stout list.

T- Like the smell, the chocolate stands out front...as it should. Very little flavor from the hops, also some subtle oatmeal sweetness Mmmmhm.

M- The texture and mouthfeel are not quite as full as they could be. It feels rather light compared to look smell and taste.

O- I will have this again. So, it is good. It has a much heavier chocolate flavor than their regular chocolate stout. It reminds me of the Rouge Voodoo Donut Chocolate Peanut Butter, Banana...minus all the extras. Good job Rouge.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 02:04:50 | More by Nostrajonus
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RandomExile

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep brown, a couple shades off black; thick fluffy head; intricate spiderweb lacing
S: cocoa, malt, cardboard
T: sweet and bitter, syrupy, vanilla and cocoa
M: creamy, full-bodied, dry
O: Like a lot of rich stouts, better in small quantities. A 750mL like this would serve five people well. Bittersweet, relatively simple, certainly not sessionable. Excellent masking of the 9% abv,

750mL / Pint Glass

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 07:05:51 | More by RandomExile
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ISmith87

Arizona

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 4 - Dark brown/black beer with a nice dark mocha half finger head that leaves a nice lacing.
S - 4 - Chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, espresso, vanilla, cream.
T - 4 - Dark roasted notes, chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, espresso, vanilla, cream, very rich but simple at the same time.
M - 4 - Medium-heavy mouthfeel, creamy, alc is completely covered, aftertaste is roasty chocolate coffee.
O - 4 - Good beer. It's not too overpowering but not too simple. I like it. It's almost like a better version of Old Raspy.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 20:51:02 | More by ISmith87
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darthvohn

Texas

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glass Used: Nonic pint

Appearance: Thick pour revealing a near onyx darkness blocking out all visible light. The head is a big three finger mocha head.

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts headline this stout.

Taste: Follows the nose pretty closely except the flavors pop a lot more along with a bittersweet finish. All of these attributes mingle together to create a balanced, luscious chocolate stout.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, heavy, thick and effervescent. Very milk shake like.

Overall: A damn delicious chocolate stout that I would love to enjoy more often, however at the current price point I doubt I would make a multiple purchase within a year. Chocolate stout lovers should give this one a shot.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 05:03:25 | More by darthvohn
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BierJager89

California

4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a dark brown ring of head.

S: Bittersweet dark chocolate and some coffee and roasted malt in the nose.

T: Tons of dark chocolate, roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate.

M: Smooth and full bodied, a bit creamy.

O/Note: A great chocolate stout, though it's been a while since I had it.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 18:16:35 | More by BierJager89
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Furlinator

California

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades to nothing and leaves faint spotty lace.

Smell is of chocolate... Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and cocoa with just a hint of vanilla.

Taste is of dark malt up front, then bitter dark chocolate completely takes over.

Mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium bodied with high carbonation.

This is a somewhat one-dimensional effort, but somehow it all works out in the end. Nice chocolate aroma and flavor that never becomes cloying.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 06:34:02 | More by Furlinator
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a decent amount of head that has some retention. The head is a medium to dark beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate brown. Lacing is pretty good and has elements of sheeting but does not extend far.

Nose- Pretty much what you should expect from a chocolate stout. Mostly milk chocolate notes, some cocoa. Elements of milk and cream. Slight bittersweet notes from the glass but seems more lactose overall. Swirling shows a slight sourness.

Taste- Big bittersweet chocolate that turns so bitter it starts to suggest coffee and even a little bit of cardboard. Some cocoa. Slightly woody with a bit of an alcohol burn on the back of the throat. Slight bit of sweet/sour that I got on the nose. I'm getting way too many undesirable/possible off notes- maybe this is a little too warm but it can't really be much above 55 degrees if that. Lots of cardboard- which shouldn't be oxidized hops as this beer was just released. There's a good amount of sweetness that will work for a lot of people but is bothering me at the moment. Some brown bread, toast. It does mellow out a bit but the bittersweet aspects of the chocolate do duel to mostly positive results. Compared to the Evil Twin and Mikkeler beers I've had (or even Southern Tier) this doesn't match up as a dessert beer. It's more in league with Brooklyn's take or Barley Brown's Disorder Stout but this does start to show a deeper cacao like finish on the palate as I continue. Those other stouts seemed to bore me and wear me down with bittersweet chocolate. This beer does work a little better and seems to reiterate the consistent aspects of flavor profile to a good end. It may be the balance with chocolate stouts that bothers me. This seems to counter that with some notes of cream and milk. A slight buttery quality that suggests undercurrents of vanilla, toffee, and butterscotch. Nothing profound enough to suggests its rating but still quite enjoyable. Good to really good beer. Basically in between. Notes of vanilla that then mostly translate as oak start to come out- I'd rather they just be vanilla.

Mouthfeel- Between medium and heavy bodied. A good amount of carbonation but the substantial body is sufficient to counteract it. Just a touch of smoothness makes me wonder what this beer would be like on nitro.

Drinkability- Starts off a little harsh and some of the off qualities do still suggest themselves at the back of the throat but over time, the palate does begin to congeal. Heat is pretty noticeable. 12 bucks is way too much for this beer. A Rogue flaw. Please spend less time on the packaging on more on the beer.

Overall- A good to really good, but mostly good. Definitely worth a try if money is not an issue or you like beers similar to the Brooklyn variation. I'd save some money and go for a Samuel Smith's.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 05:48:30 | More by artoolemomo
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on or vintage date present, but I know the local beer store just got this bottle in this week, so I'm confident that this beer is fresh as can be. My first encounter with the red ceramic painted bottle that is Rogue Double Chocolate Stout. Excited to finally have it. Expectations are moderately high.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a thick oily black; opaque in the glass. Three big fluffy fingers of dark mocha colored head with lots of tightly packed bubbles. Head has some excellent staying power for a 9.00% abv. Some thick scattered mocha lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Oh wow, this thing smells pretty damn delicious. Fudgey chocolate, cream, vanilla, honeyed graham cracker, brown sugar, maple syrup. There is seriously a lot going on here.

T - Taste is pretty nice also. Bittersweet dark baking chocolate, syrupy fudge, vanilla, cream, brown bread, brown sugar, sticky maple, a hint of cola & some dark roasted coffee bean bitterness. Again, there is a lot going on here.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with perfect low lying carbonation.

Overall, an excellent beer from Rogue. One of the best, if not the best beer I've had from these guys as of yet, hands down. Much better than the original Rogue Chocolate Stout. This thing is seriously packing on several layers of deliciousness. Why they can't focus on making many more of their beers this good, I will never know. Until then, I say this beer comes highly recommended.

Rogue Double Chocolate Stout ---4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 04:28:38 | More by mfnmbvp
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KTeamLSU

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass

A: Inky black pour with nice toffee colored head that dissipates after a few minutes.

S: A little malt and dark chocolate but not much else in the nose

T: WOW lots of bitter chocolate ... i mean A LOT

MF: Nice thick milkshake feel, low carbonation

O: A pleasure to drink, one of my favorite dessert beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 01:19:07 | More by KTeamLSU
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zookerman182

Alabama

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a thick dark black with a one finger light brown hard.
Aroma is milk chocolate, milky and sweet with hints of coffee.
Flavor is coffee and chocolate, milk and dark chocolate.
Some bittersweet flavors and a little dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is a tad creamy and smooth. Little bitter flavor on the finish.
Good quality dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 02:08:34 | More by zookerman182
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South2NW

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber to pint.

A: Dark, almost black, with a tan head.

S: Huge chocolate aroma, some vanilla/oak.

T: Tastes like it smells, huge chocolate upfront. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: Very thick.

O: Very good chocolate stout. Rogue actually surprised me with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 22:56:01 | More by South2NW
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Double Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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