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Double Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 1,517
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 184
Gots: 307 | FT: 7
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Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brad007 on 08-03-2010

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
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Ratings: 1,517 | Reviews: 349
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Photo of trackedout
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a very opaque dark brown, almost black. Has a creamy tan head, leaving a nice lacing.

S - Deep roasted malts, heavy on the chocolate.

T - Chocolate is heavy throughout, but not too sweet or overbaring. Has a bitter kick at the end. Everything working together nicely and hides the alcohol too well.

M - Silky and creamy, medium body with perfect carbonation.

Overall I love this stout. It's been my go to the past couple weeks. I feel the chocolate on this is just right, not too sweet. Definitely worthy of it's rating.

Photo of oberon
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really liked the Double Mocha Porter so I was lookin forward to this beer,my expectations were met and exceeded.The pour couldnt get any better, (hence the score)jet black with a fluffy,craterous two finger deep mocha colored head,just perfect in the imperial nonic.Deep almost fude-like chocolate in the nose,a bit of raw nuttiness as well,you could say like a walnut fudge brownie.The chocolate on the palate is cakey but not overly sweet,just enough raw earth/nut in the finish keeps this beer immensely drinkable and makes me want more than I have.I like this better than ST Choklat and that is really saying something,this is a great beer,my wife and I will enjoy my second bottle.

Photo of ExtraStout
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at ROGUE Ales Publick House in San Francisco. I was told it was 9.5% by the beer tender, but I see it is listed here at 8%. I thought it was lacking in alcohol for a 9.5 ABV so I tend to agree with the 8% here.

The Rogue Double Chocolate Stout pours a pitch black in the glass with a thick chocolate mousse like head, pretty good retention, but no real lacing to talk about. On the nose are pronounced aromas of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate truffle, chocolate cake...needless to say, there is a lot of chocolate. Besides chocolate, I get raisin, roasted hazelnuts, espresso, & cognac.

Everything that I got on the nose, I get on the palate with a full & rich texture, full body, & long finish. Overall, this is a solid beer worth trying at least once. Recommended if you're looking to try something new, but if you're strapped for cash....go with the regular chocolate stout instead.

Photo of Beaver13
2.9/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy brown head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet baker's chocolate with some roast and a touch of alcohol.

The flavor is a bit thin and subdued. It's some slightly chalky, very sweet, roasted chocolate malts, with some vegetal notes. The finish is some strong roast bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery with soft carbonation.

Overall, it had promise as a sweet dessert beer, but it had too many flaws.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, chocolate looking pour with plenty of dark beige head to it, easily commensurate with 2" depth in a pint glass, in a snifter, it was around 1". Luscious dark chocolate aroma, hardly sweet, no alcohol was noticeable in the aroma, big points for being able to do that with a 10% beer, but given that they probably melted about 10 lbs of chocolate per 22oz (joking) it was prolly easy to cover the smell of alcohol!

Taste, decadent, now I know immediately this is going to be a polarizing beer along the lines of Southern Tier's creme brulee. This is nowhere near as sweet, but is still damn good just like ST's just as polarizing offering. Maybe ST's Choklat is a better example I guess, but not as polarizing. If you've ever had the regular Rogue Chocolate Stout offering, well, this is almost the exact double recipe version I would surmise, double chocolate, double malt, double almost the resulting alcohol. That's really all this beer is about, delivering a massive dose of chocolate smoothly and covering 10% abv up in the process. Frankly, if you want a cheap, non barrel aged version of Chocolate Rain, this is the closest thing.

$13 for this is something I would (and have done) over and over again, and I'm kinda cheap. This was the fresh bottle, I'll revisit after I drink the one that has been aging for about 2 years as of now.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice black with a one finger tan head. Very little retention and lacing. The scent is very strong of Cocoa. Smells like hot coco without the hot steam. The taste is much the same. Very strong cocoa taste over whelms the base chocolate malt that is noticable once the cocoa goes away. Mouthfeel is medium, standard for the style. Overall, this is probably a once in a blue moon beer, both because of the over powering flavor and because of the price.

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

Growler served in a Unibroue snifter.
Pours nearly black with reddish-brown edges: used motor oi is brought to mind. Very little head and a little bit of spotty lacing (blamed on growler serving type).
S: Big aroma of dark malts (dominant), dark bread and dark chocolate. [4.25]
T: Flavor follows, but with hints of coffee and light smoke that linger into the aftertaste, and some oats and spicy hops. Mildly sweet up front and mildly bitter in the finish. Good balance every which way in an ale loaded with flavor.
M: Full body with light carbonation.

O: a rich, highly flavored ale that is extreme but not challenging. Character changes with warming. High ABV is fairly well hidden.

Photo of Ryanm1
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate, Chocolate and more chocolate. Weighing in at slightly over 8% abv this does garnish the name of stout with malty hints in its nose and pouring pitch black out of the bottle with white lacing. Nothing really jumped out at me as original about this beer nor would I attempt to try it again. It's got an IBU rating of 50 in line with the hoppyiness present in other Rogue beers.

Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the candy-apple red ceramic 750ml bottle - hard not to notice this one on the beer store shelves, indeed.

This beer pours a solid black, no edges, no highlights when back-lit, no nothin', spectrum-wise, with a tumultuous fistful of densely foamy and yet bubbly chocolate milk brown head, which settles at a significantly less than torrid pace, eventually rendering a hanging curtain of lace around the glass.

It smells like a semi-sweet milk chocolate bar, laced with a small caramel/toffee streak and oat cereal bits, though some leafy, earthy hops do detract from the convenience store associations. The taste is still big on the bittersweet chocolate, though now more roasted malt-oriented, and less sweet, with some earthy, floral esters moving on in, alongside a wee red vinous character, and sedate leafy, citrus hops.

The carbonation is soft, manifesting in a weakly sassy frothiness, the body a solid medium-full weight, pleasantly smooth, moderately creamy, and best of all, no sugar overdose warning necessary here. It finishes off-dry, bien sûr, but with a rising earthy and leafy hop offset, one which goes a long way toward making this more drinkable than initially presumed.

Well, I like it, I really do. Draw me in with the sexy, silky, and overwrought chocolate confectionery intro, and then spring a more balanced oatmeal stout on me, without losing the cocoa goodness inherent in the "DOUBLE CHOCOLATE" promise. A grand dessert accompaniment, I would imagine, but still pretty damned enjoyable all by its lonesome, as well.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours black with a fizzy one finger brown head that reduces rather quickly, but reforms with some agitation. No lacing though.

S: As the name implies, lots of chocolate, mostly milk chocolate. There is a bit of cream, cocoa, and faint roast.

T: Rich chocolate dominates the flavor profile on this beer. More milk chocolate and some dark chocolate, a bit of licorice and anise as well.

M: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation, rather smooth.

O: A nice dessert beer, went well with molten chocolate cake. A little rich to be consumed all the time though.

Photo of jmz62565
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet oil black with a giant brown foamy head that leaves lacing forever. The smell is strong with dark fruit,alcohol,and cocoa. The taste is crisp with bitter hops,chocolate,cocoa,dark fruit,and sweet malt. The m/f is heavy with all the flavors mixing very well. As usual, another great beer from Rogue.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours jet black with a pillowy 2 finger head. Great retention, leaving an impressive layer of bubbles on the surface. Strong lacing around the glass, with great stick.

Smell - Strong, multi-layered chocolate aroma. Fudge, milk chocolate, mocha, faint oatmeal.

Taste - Sweet milk chocolate and fudge, with lesser notes of Baker's, cocoa, and moderate coffee roast. Mocha. You know those chocolate muffins with the big chocolate chunks on top? Yeah, a bit of that too. Touch of molasses and a hint of fig and raisin near the finish. Residual grapefruit pith bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full body with soft carbonation. Creamy and silky. Velvety. Amazing smoothness.

Overall - It's been a few years since I've had this. I'd forgotten just how incredible it is. I paid $10 for the 750ML bottle. Pricey, but well worth it as a once a year purchase. A punch you in the mouth chocolate explosion, but just enough balance between the sweet and bitter chocolate notes to make it completely drinkable. Absolutely lovely.

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

One of the best chocolate beers, and takes us a long way forward from Shakespeare chocolate stout. Tremdous treat to the nose of dessert chocolate fondue. Above average mouthfeel, though carbonation right there. American chocolate with its sweetness, and more bittersweet European chocolate. Fairly complex, I found this well balanced between bitter and sweet. Dark brown body.My swingtop bottle from Premier Gourmet.

Photo of hreb
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Red painted 750mL bottle served in imperial pint glass. Beer is pitch black in color with a healthy brown head. Big chocolate aroma, as expected... not too sweet, doesn't smell like candy or anything. Just cocoa.

Flavor is semi-sweet chocolate up front and bitter chocolate right through the middle. Mouthfeel is quite thick and creamy. Reminds me more of Stone bitter chocolate oatmeal stout that Brooklyn black chocolate stout, though both are favorites. There is a bit of tang from hops in here, though.

This beer is pure liquid chocolate brew. Relatively high ABV and the finite novelty of chocolate are the only things that limit the enjoyability of this Rogue.

Photo of Damian74Shensky
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter glass.

A- pours a deep dark brown, 2 finger dark tan head with good retention.

S- smells like chocolate and more chocolate. roast malt

T- semi- sweet chocolate taste. Cocoa powder, Caramel and a roasted malt on the finish with a touch of mild bitterness and dark chocolate.

MF- silky mouthfeel with medium body.

Overall a very good beer.

Photo of Kevin73
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I admit, at first, I was drawn by the shiny red bottle. Big, obvious, and obnoxious. The "brewed with natural flavors" tagline was also a little disconcerting as this is usually marketing lingo for "brewed with natural-tasting flavors". In fact this beer is brewed with real ingredients, no shortcuts taken. I also admit that I was biased against Rogue since none of their beers had wow'ed me. So I tried this one attempting to keep an open mind. Fortunately I had the opportunity to taste this back to back with another great chocolate stout, which is in fact a porter, called Mogli by Cascade. These two beers are very similar. Pours very thick with a tan head leaving rings of lacing, slightly thicker than Cascade's Choco Porter. The smell is KAPOW! chocolate! It's not even subtle. The flavor is deliciously sweet milk chocolate balanced by notes dried fruit and hops on the finish. Also some alcohol heat on the finish. My bottle says 9%, not 8% according to BA. Fully bodied and silky smooth. Not as oily as the Mogli but at the same time not quite as punchy on the hops. I love this style and recommend it without reservation.

Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a $12 bottle with a friend and while I'm usually leery of beer bottles more than $10, this is well worth the price. I love the layers of flavor here. The aroma and initial flavor remind me of a rich chocolate malt shake with a hint of toast. Shortly after, sweet espresso and bitter citrus hops kick in for a dry finish. I haven't been impressed with anything from this style in a long while, but this is fantastic. Check it out.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a good two fingers of tan head on a pitch black body.
The aroma is a huge dose of chocolate with some roasted malt.
The taste is roasted malt with some bitterness, chocolate throughout.
The texture is crisper, with moderate carbonation.
The chocolate maintains a nice low profile.

Photo of weirdohappy
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Not a fan of the stout, per se.. something about the heaviness of it. As a style it seems the most likely to like to me. Double chocolate makes me think of sweet sweet candy from an Easter basket, this is not that. I had a milk and cookie stout once. Did not taste anything like milk or cookies. Oatmeal stout, where do I begin... Any how this has a nice pour, deep dark look, giant foam head that lasts longer than my first marriage. The bottle is nice. A plain red , nothing fancy. Clearly they wanted more attention paid to what is inside. I'm making dinner tonight while drinking this. A nice thin ribeye sat atop sweet potato fries with blue cheese , with a nice balsamic glaze. Doesn't that sound nice? Maybe I'm really just eating boiled cabbage. See just like an f'n stout label you have no clue what's real..

Photo of commish374
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a large red wine goblet (that's all we had) after Thanksgiving Dinner. More head than I expected - about a half inch. Sparkling, golden lacing on the glass. Dark black color, almost syrupy in appearance as it swirled in the glass.

S - Sweet milk chocolate smell, like Hot Cocoa. Hint of vanilla in the nose.

T - The taste starts with sweet milk chocolate, and tends towards bitter dark chocolate. The finish is a little more bitter. Warm alcohol in your chest comes a few seconds later.

M - The beer manages to be somewhat thick, without being syrupy. It is clearly meant to be sipped.

D - A perfect ending to my holiday meal, I skipped dessert and instead finshed off the bottle over the next hour. At 8% ABV, this is no session beer, but if you have no place to go, curl up and enjoy.

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

On tap @ the Rouge Ales Public House (Newport, OR) on 8/29/11. Served in a goblet.

Pours black, with a thin covering of dark mocha head. This retains with a thin foaminess around the edges, leaving back a decent looking cascade of spotty lace and brown gooey residues. The aroma smells like a big, alcoholic tootsie roll, just dripping with rich chocolate flavors and backed by notes of roast and green citrus. The increased alcohol really adds a strong boldness to the sweetness of the chocolate.

The taste is all thick chocolate up front, just drenching the mouth with sticky sweetness, which is cut short by a wall of burnt crunchy roast and green citric hops. This combines with the chocolate to really give this a ripe earthy tanginess across the back. The finish sees lingering sugars, roast, and green bitterness with just a smidge of warming alcohol in the back. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a big mouth filling sharp creaminess to the carbonation. There is some heft here to the feel, as you would expect, but the alcohol is overall pretty well hid, with just a slight haze hanging on the breath after each sip.

Well you like the regular Chocolate Stout from Rogue, then you’re probably going to dig this one as well, as it basically just comes off as bolder and fuller feeling take on that from the higher alcohol. I didn’t find to be a HUGE upgrade or anything over the regular version but this was still a pleasant and tasty sipper.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last of the great haul my friend brought from Vermont in early December. Hoping for a happy ending.

Beautiful packaging of course though it does seem kind of wasteful. Also... you can't see how much beer is left in the bottle! Good amount of information about the brew which I always find to be nice. Can't wait to see, smell, taste and hopefully enjoy this.

A- Pitch black. No highlights whatsoever. Looks like an eight-ball in my tulip. I needed to pour a bit more vigorously the second time around but managed to get a nice big cardboard-brown head. Good amount of frothy lacing.

S-Just sniffed the opening and it really smells like Breyer's chocolate ice cream. Pouring releases some very nice alcohol. Not very roasty. More of a sweet milk chocolate. Gentle wafts of anise. The kind of beer you could smell all day. Mouthwatering.

T- A good deal more sour than I thought but it's a normal ''stout sour'' Little bit of grassy hoppiness. Also some white grapefruit rind bitterness. It taste's chocolatey but nothing compared to the smell. Alcohol in this tastes very good.
As I keep drinking, I'm tasting the hops more and more but I like it. Last time I remember a beer handling stout-ish malts with APA-ish hops was Storm King Stout.

M- Definitely heavier than average body on this. Lots of carbonation. Foams up nicely. Felt kind of light at first but I guess I was comparing it to nitro pours of some other stouts I know. This is definitely a heavy beer. Lots of good elements in the mouthfeel but it just doesn't feel as ''alive'' as some others I've had.

O- Not as chocolatey (aside from the smell!) as I was hoping but definitely as good as I was hoping.

Should be nuts on tap.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pitch black with a tall brown head after an aggressive pour, solid retention
S - dark chocolate, espresso, nutty and some sweet alcohol
T - strong dark cocoa with lighter milk chocolate, roasty and coffee flavours with molasses
M - thick and creamy, dark chocolate dryness with coffee bitterness
O - a big ass stout with loads of dark chocolate flavour, this stuff is money

Photo of Vonerichs
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown color, no light passing through, and a 1/4" of thin, whispy head.

The nose is Hersey's syrup and cola. It very much reminds me of a chocolate phosphate. I love chocolate phosphate.

There's an abundance of chocolate in the taste. Gladly, it's not so much the artificial chocolate in the scent, but a dark chocolate with some bitterness. There's also a roasted taste, but it submits to the bittersweet chocolate.

It's a little thin for an imperial stout, but is good with the carbonation. The finish leaves a lingering sweetness on the tongue.

This is a really good beer. It's probably the best I've had from Rogue. The abv is respectable, but not overpowering in a way that limits drinkability. The alcohol is undetectable.

Photo of hophugger
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep chocolate brown color not wanting to let any light through. Head is tan and a light chocolate milk color and is plentiful and bubbly. Lacing coats the glass thickly. First hit of aroma is of chocolate milk, milk chocolate and a hint of coffee. Taste is similar at first with a creamy milk chocolate flavor hitting and coating the tongue first, then comes some bittersweet chocolate to balance things out. There is a bittersweet chocolate finish as the flavor goes through the chocolate flavor wheel in just the first sip. Mouthfeel is nice, coats the tongue at first and then bites at it a little and finished pretty clean with just enough chocolate flavor left to make you want more. This is a great Chocolate stout !!

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Double Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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