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Double Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 1,232
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 117
Gots: 156 | FT: 5
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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

50 IBU
74 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 08-03-2010)
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Photo of stabzmcgee


4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is perfect. That of straight chocolate and caramel. Appearance is nice with a healthy tan head upon pour that laces into a halo. Brown cocoa like rings circle the bottom of my snifter. Tastes of candy bar- milky way. Amazing with ice cream. Palate is extremely smooth and creamy. Perfect carbonation. Overall my favorite chocolate stout so far.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 20:29:23 | More by stabzmcgee
Photo of mentor


3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A bottle left over after GABF judging and given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Pours a three finger dark brown head over a pitch liquid, even when held to light. The head holds wonderfully and cascades slowly down. Smells of hot cocoa, mild-roast coffee, toffee, hop grassiness, and the house alcohol character contributed by pacman yeast (ie, yuck!). A bit vinous.

Tastes rich chocolate with light vanilla coffee, hazelnut, and cream. Decent hop bitterness and a delicious caramel that quickly falls victim to alcohol edginess. Some lemony and orange citrus, likely hop flavors. Has the typical edgy alcohol profile of most Rogue beers (which I find unpleasant, and which is found in most Rogue beers, hence I don't buy Rogue beers). Some people like it, to each his own. Finishes with a rich milk chocolate that is then overrun by the grassy/edgy alcohol. The aftertaste, in addition to the alcohol, is lingering hop grassiness with a bit of citrus pith.

Light, but silky when sloshed in the mouth. Moderate carbonation. When refilling my glass, this was a gorgeous beer. Judged to style, not my particular preferences.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 03:07:24 | More by mentor
Photo of mkotsayfan


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

On tap at the Rogue brewpub in SF (in a nice Rogue goblet, to boot). Pours a very dark black that is typical of a stout, with a minimal amount of head. The aroma is dominated by the sweet chocolate, along with a bit of coffee and licorice. The taste is almost like a milk chocolate beer, with the milk chocolate coming at the frontend with some hops and bitterness showing through after the initial chocolate blast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonated, but very smooth and enjoyable.

Overall, a nice stout that is worth checking out if you don't mind being hit hard by chocolate in your beer. It is very drinkable for a double stout since the ABV is 8% and the alcohol is hidden relatively well.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 23:53:44 | More by mkotsayfan
Photo of JohnnyChicago


4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a 22oz bottle, poured into a stemless snifter.

A: Pours a deep, woody brown with red highlights and a creamy mocha head.

S: Rich, luxurious dark chocolate with milky sweetness. More in line with a sweet stout than an American Imperial.

T: Nice chocolate profile is the star of the show. It is rich and sweet, but not cloying. Finishes with a bit of heat.

D: A bit boozy for 8%, but that only serves to make it a sipping beer.

Overall: Nice offering from Rogue, and certainly one of the most chocolate-forward chocolate stouts I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 20:26:56 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of champ103


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston, TX.

A: Pours and opaque brown color. Nearly black. A one finger tan head forms, but that has good retention. Nice lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt, bread, biscuit, and tons of chocolate. Lightly bitter bakers chocolate. Maybe some coco nibs as well. A chocolate bomb for sure, and I really enjoy it.
T: Huge chocolate flavors that are intermingled with toasted malts, bread, and biscuit. Very sweet with a brownie and fudge like flavor that last forever. A full on desert beer, but one that is very enjoyable.
M/D: A medium to full body. A slightly syrupy body, a little tp much so. Though it works. Very easy to drink. A great beer to sip on at the end of the day.

I have not been a fan of Rogue beers lately, but this is very good. Think some of the Southern Tie stouts, and you will get the gist. Maybe not an everyday beer, but something that is very enjoyable for desert or a digestif.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 01:19:46 | More by champ103
Photo of antlerwrestler19


3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Motor oil black with a nice brown head that hangs around for quite awhile - leaves some good lacing round the edges. The aroma is dominated by sweet milk chocolate, roasty malt, a bit spicy but all the flavors mingle well with one another. Tastes extremely rich like Hershey's syrup with a hint of bourbon added, chocolaty and deep dark roasty malt dominate the flavor with a pretty strong bitter chocolate and earthy hop finish. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy with some carbonation, smooth but not milky smooth as I anticipated - no real burn from the alcohol (the 2011 bottle says 9%abv, by the way) but you can tell its in there slightly. Good beer, excellent late night liquid dessert to chill out and sip.


Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 05:54:50 | More by antlerwrestler19
Photo of Krakistophales


4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with a nice, 2 finger chocolate head that recedes slowly but leaves beautiful lacing and a nice film on top

S: Lots of dark chocolate, sweet malt, roasty notes, even some dark fruit sweetness.

T: At first, a huge blast of dark chocolate, followed by a creamy caramel and milk chocolate, finished with a dry, roasty note unlike black coffee. Excellent flavor.

O: I'm pleased to note that this is my first rogue beer that I like. In fact, I'm quite blown away. I might reconsider having some other ales from them.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 04:38:47 | More by Krakistophales
Photo of dtivp


4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black with a half finger dark mocha head that fades quickly into a thin ring with spotty lacing.

Aroma dominated by a rich milk chocolate with hints of roasted malt.

Taste followed the nose with a sweet milk chocolate, cocoa balanced with a roasted malt and a traces of coffee.

Mouth Feel is full body, light carbonation, silky smooth very well balanced with a slight bitter after taste.

Overall a very nice chocolate stout, a very good after dinner beer enjoyed with a nice chocolate desert.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 02:54:12 | More by dtivp
Photo of DoubleJ


4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Time to reunite with Rogue's Double Chocolate Stout after sharing a bottle at a tasting in Brazil last year. This time, the whole bottle is mine. On to the beer:

Ink black and then some. The color seems to have a certain "shine" to it that gives a shiny reflection. The head is small and tanned, though hanging around on the glass. HUGE chocolate in the nose. It's almost like sniffing on chocolate syrup, it's so concentrated in that stuff. Fudge brownies and a little roasted in the back.

There's little doubt that this is very rich stuff. It's all sweet chocolate and caramel in the begining. Midway, the chocolate starts to bitter and a few hop leaves debut, and it slowly works that way twoards the end. Burnt coffee edges and even a snippet of smoke work into the beer's character. The body is medium heavy in lift, yet the chocolate flavor makes it seem so much richer than that. The 8.7% alcohol is felt deep under at time, though it is a pleasant spicy sensation when I sense it.

One could argue more stout is needed to make it more beery, but there is no doubt that Rogue Double Chocolate Stout is delicious nectar. As a dessert, this would be excellent, but there's one food pairing that sounds sublime; bacon strips!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 06:13:45 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of rpardon7


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap a dark ominous black with a trace of a tan head that stuck to the side of the tulip glass. Smell was heavy with chocolate and liqourice and roasted grain with a hint of alchohol hding behind the grain. Taste was bold coffee and chocolate with a finish of warming alchohol but a nice clean taste of the roasted grain. Alchohol is there but does not dominate the palate and just hides behind the bulk of this beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and dense, not heavy but very nice beer to sip on and leave on the palate. Overall a very nice beer I had this with a plate of jambalay and it really held its ground against the spice of the food and in my opinion comlimented the food well. Nothing like some cajun on a cold day with a great stout. I will definately be trying this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 18:25:55 | More by rpardon7
Photo of lurpy1


3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a bomber, poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice deep, sludgy brown. Decent head, but not a lot of retention.

Smell is chocolate, but it's a bit tilted towards the bitter. Hmm...I don't need sweetsy cloying, but geez, either make a dessert beer or do not.

The chocolate sensation comes across better in the taste, but the alcohol sensation is far too pronounced and forward for this type of beer.

Good thick consistency, reasonable carbonation, but again, the alcohol and its attendant burn runs interference with the overall experience.

This is a passable beer, nothing more, and something of a letdown. Rogue's pretty easy to find, but other than their Hazelnut Brown, I haven't had any tour-de-force offerings from them. I plan on taking a Rogue hiatus while I explore other breweries.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 12:56:46 | More by lurpy1
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2011 19:12:47 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I absolutely love their regular chocolate stout. I use to buy it by the case when the LCBO brought it in. Although I thought this probably wouldn't measure up, it still came up short.

Black with a tan head, thin ring of retention, barely any lace.

Aroma has a bit of dark roasted coffee/espresso and hints of bakers chocolate, but the alcohol really dominates.

The alcohol is really upfront in the flavour as well, detracting from the subtle chocolate and espresso. Bitterness is solid but the hopping seems restrained by Rogue standards.

This is highly attenuated with a very drying alcohol finish. I'd prefer a little sweetness with the chocolate.

Maybe the alcohol would diminish with a little time, but this actually seems bigger than it actually is. I've brewed bigger brews that seemed like they had MUCH less alcohol.

I'm not a fan, but it seems I'm in the minority.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2011 04:51:58 | More by Derek
Photo of airforbes1

New York

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

Pours pitch black (no red creeping in when held to the light) with a tan, foamy head that is as thick as my pinky before it retreats into a thin layer crowning the beer. The aroma is really nice: chocolate with a hint of coffee and tiny touch of alcohol.

I tried their Rogue's regular chocolate stout a few days ago (I didn't have the chance to review it), and this offering is much more interesting. While the regular chocolate stout tasted like liquid baker's chocolate to me, the double chocolate stout is much more complex. Of course, there's some bitter chocolate, but there's also some dark fruit (I'll say fig) and roasted malt toward the back end. It finishes with roasted malt and a tinge of alcoholic warmth. The thick, viscous mouthfeel is outstanding.

To me, this beer is closer to Young's Double Chocolate stout than to Rouge Chocolate Stout. While the regular Chocolate Stout had a monotone baker's chocolate taste and a thin mouthfeel, this beer is multi-faceted and creamy. I'll have to rank this as one of my favorite stouts of any variety.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 19:41:44 | More by airforbes1
Photo of seabass87


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love the original Rogue chocolate stout... Let's see how this one measures up.

Poured from 750 ML bottle into pint glass. Cool painted bottle in the Rogue style.

A- Looks like I'm pouring motor oil. Pour yields a surprisingly large frothy 2 finger tan head, leaving trails of lacing. A good amount of visible carbonation in the blackness... Inviting.

S- The roasted chocolate scent is smooth and milky. Bitter coffee. Suitably, this has the bolder imperial profile while retaining the charm of the original. The usual suspects, but it smells delicious and strong.

T- Oh man. This is a real treat. The milk chocolate taste is obviously evident, but it luckily isn't too sweet or overbearing. Follows the nose and brings us a strong bitter coffee taste. Transition is smooth and brings us a hint of carbonation. Aftertaste is consistent with the above, with some vanilla and nutty tastes shining through. Alcohol is unnoticeable and warmth is minimal. A really fantastic taste.

M- As mentioned, it's thick and creamy. The mild amount of carbonation helps ease the transition. Very dry finish.

O- This is quite simply an improvement of the original Rogue chocolate stout, which was already my favorite chocolate stout. It shrugs off the lighter, fizzier taste of the original to bring a thick, creamy body. The tastes are stronger and more pronounced, and it just feels like more of a "stout." Compared to other chocolate stouts, this one has more of a milk chocolate taste, but its not over-done like some. A bit pricey (I paid $11.75 for the bomber bottle). Truly a great beer and one of my new favorite stouts.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 05:06:51 | More by seabass87
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

opaque black as night liquid with a very full two inch plus head of tan creamy and sticky foamy lace on top.

lots of aromas of lactose and chocolate and a bit of coffee. I almost picked up some licorice in there as well. First thing that hits you is the ton of lactose sugar and a wall of chocolate. Deep german dark chocolate mixed in with some bron sugar and a touch of coffee. Definatly some licorice in here too. Super creamy. It had ample carbonation which really hung around well throughout the sesson and helped to give it a really full feel. Lots of creamy notes made this a definite dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 00:52:30 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 17:25:42 | More by Sammy
Photo of pjohnston007

New York

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours like rich, expensive ink that swallows all available light. Chocolate head reduces to chocolate lacing that clings to the glass in tiny chocolate truffles.

In my DFH snifter, I smell alcohol, chocolate, and molasses.

Taste is chocolate truffle, espresso, honey, and molasses.

Easily slides down the tongue; however, something refuses to yield and nicely clings to my mouth providing a dark (bitter) chocolate finish.

This double chocolate stout has my attention and I have vowed to never look at another chocolate stout again. For better or for worse, this brew is mine and I am hers until death. Unique, special, and exceptional. A+ I snagged a bottle for $13 at Half-Time in Poughkeepsie.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 01:56:43 | More by pjohnston007
Photo of DrainBamage


5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black color with half inch very dark head fading to a think lace. If you could create 100% pure chocolate alcohol. That is what this smells like. Tastes like liquid chocolate swishing in your mouth. Goes down very smooth and then a few seconds later you're hit with a mouth full of hops.

I forgot what I paid for this, but I know it was pricy. But with that said this was totally worth it. Rogue has nailed this beer to it's style perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 03:32:08 | More by DrainBamage
Photo of JerseyKirk

New Jersey

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

A: 3 finger brown head. Pitch black. Well carbed. Head looks extremely rich and creamy...really nice from a non nitro bottle.

S: Cocoa, milk chocolate, dark chocolate and roasty malts.

T: Very smooth, rich, dry, chocolate. Tiny bit of warming finish. Dark fruits maybe bitter raisin. Espresso after taste.

M: Rich and creamy. Carbonation is at the perfect level. Slightly dry.

O: I really like this beer. In comparison to the other double chocolate stouts out there this one is the best so far. I like the creamy head, lack of overpowering coffee tastes/smells and how easy this beer is to drink. Only downfall is not the perfect cocoa/chocolate smell I'm looking for but it's still really good.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 01:43:00 | More by JerseyKirk
Photo of Treebs


3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ML bottle into my Founders snifter.

A: Pours a very deep brown and a little creamier with an equally dark brown head. 1.5 finger head rises up, then settles down to .5 finger head and rests there for a while. No real lace besides some splotches here and there.

S: Very sweet chocolates are in the forefront. Almost like chocolate milk. It has that creamy smoothness that reminds of the river from Willy Wonka. There's caramel and toffee in there as well.

T: Even more pronounced than the nose. The chocolate is a little less sweet and takes on a coffee like quality. There are light malts there but there is nice bitter/piney hop character on the backend that supplies a platform to bounce the sweetness from the chocolate off of.

M: It is a little heavy on the carbonation, at least to me, but it is still very creamy and smooth. A little prickly on the tongue with a semi sweet bakers chocolate left on the palate.

O: Obviously a very chocolate forward stout, but the taste gets balanced very nicely and has a little complexity to it which I appreciate from a beer that seems to be one flavor dominate from the outside.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 02:41:12 | More by Treebs
Photo of Knapp85


4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having the Mocha Porter they put out, and not finding it to be very impressive. I saw this one on the shelves and hoped that it would be better. The beer poured out as a nice deep brown color with a thick creamy tan head on it. The retention was really nice on this one. The smell of the beer had a good amount of chocolate on the nose and some roasted malts also. The taste reminded me of something along the lines of chocolate milk or hot cocoa. The flavors were very creamy and chocolatey. Not quite as much as Southern Tier's Choklat though. The mouthfeel was smooth and had a decent body to it. Not as thick as I was hoping for. Overall I found this beer to be pretty good. Probably one of Rogue's best.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 15:17:30 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Hotspur2001


4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Knocked off my previous favorite beer from the top spot (Rogue Chocolate Stout).

Poured black with a dark brown head, smelled like good chocolate, and tasted like Smarties (the English Smarties - similar too, but better tasting than M&Ms), which is a good thing.

Had a couple of these in 12oz snifters @ Fatheads Pittsburgh.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2011 00:19:53 | More by Hotspur2001
Photo of Durge


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

Enjoyed via the usual auspices of the Ohoove cellars, this black beauty shows a solid black color with a modest light brown colored head and plenty of lacing. The aroma says chocolate mint-pine. Really a beautiful flowery malt sweetness. The palate picks up a solid chocolate charcoal that includes enough citrus edge to make this thoroughly enjoyable though a it may prove a little too sweet for some. It has a satin texture with fair carbonation to make this feel wonderful in all its chocolaty splendor. I detect a little alcohol but mostly this is a sweet treat that should please any chocoholic.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 16:41:47 | More by Durge
Photo of FARGO619


5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this several times. NOTES FROM PRVIOUS TASTINGS:

A: Rich and black with a thick, tan head that lasted throughout.

The aroma is tantalizing, similar to that of freshly baked dark chocolate brownies. The flavor is robust, with plenty of bittersweet chocolate, roasty caramel-toffee malts and a hint of espresso. It's full-bodied and creamy. Great at room temperature. Made the mistake of serving it cold. Don't do it. The taste exploded as it got warmer to room temp

Serving type: Bottle into a tulip.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 16:04:06 | More by FARGO619
Double Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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