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Double Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,219 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,219
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 115
Gots: 147 | 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

22º PLATO
50 IBU
74 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 08-03-2010)
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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
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seabass87

Kentucky

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
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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
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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
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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
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DrainBamage

Michigan

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
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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
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Treebs

Illinois

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
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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
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Hotspur2001

Pennsylvania

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
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Durge

Connecticut

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
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FARGO619

California

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
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

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

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Extremely opaque, almost black in color and is very, very thick. It has a nice brown head that sticks around for a long time.

S: Aroma is exactly what you’d expect; sweet with chocolate as well as some roasted coffee beans.

T/M: This one actually tastes like chocolate as well. Unlike other variations, this chocolate stout is really sweet. Along with the low carbonation, there is a hint of malt in the aftertaste, but it’s all chocolate otherwise.

If you’re mood for a sweet beer and want it to look as much like liquid chocolate as possible, this is the way to go. And I’m sure it’s like 1000 calories.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 00:27:33 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a while ago at the Z Bar in State College.

A: Dark pour. Looks like it had a nice brown head, but none remains in my glass.

S: Roasted malts, lots of chocolate, and coffee undertones. The coffee is apparent even as the brew approaches my nostrils.

T: Big chocolate flavor, a lot of chocolate and seems like some hops mixed in. A hint of alcohol mix with roasted malts throughout to help with the balance.

MF: Heavy body with a nice amount of carbonation.

O: Nice surprised. Was looking for stronger flavors and a fuller body, but solid overall.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2011 23:24:18 | More by russwbeck
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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

750 ml red-painted bomber split and poured into a snifter.
8.7% ABV, 22° P, 50 IBU, 74AA, 135° L, no date.

A big thanks to TheDTrain for bringing this bottle by!

A - Like used motor oil draining from the plug, the double chocolate is blacker than black and viscous as hell. A thin dark tan head springs up, momentarily, before subsiding with minimal lace on the glass.

S - Rich milk chocolate is intoxicatingly smooth and inviting while roasted malts provide enough bitter balance to keep it from becoming a lopsided sugar-bomb. I think I need some cheese cake or chocolate cookies to go with this. Fantastic aroma!

T - Milk chocolate nuances add depth to the brew but it's confidently dry cocoa and heavily roasted malt in flavor. Despite roasted malt bitterness combating sweetness, hops still come through in this one.

M - Full-bodied and velvety-smooth, this stout is rich but nicely carbonated so it's not too thick. Coating the throat regardless, this has a dry, acrid bitter finish that balanced the sweetness.

O - Sometimes I love to be proved wrong. I had low expectations for this considering my experience with their beer has been "over-priced and over-rated" but this one is a fantastic brew! Well-balanced and rich as hell.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 16:49:53 | More by BeerFMAndy
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hamilton23

California

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

A: Pours very dark brown, nearly black with a fair amount of dark tan head with lots of lacing.

S: Chocolate and maybe some licorice.

T: Chocolate with a fair amount of bittering hops in the back of this one.

M: Nicely carbonated, slightly dry.

O: Lots of chocolate in this one, but it is just not as good as Southern Tier Choklate and other big chocolate stouts I have had.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 03:29:03 | More by hamilton23
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mavbrew

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thick and creamy dark brown/black color with a massive two finger thick, dark tan head, which takes minutes to fade and leaves nice lacing.

S: The scent has powerful dark chocolate/cocoa notes up front with hints of roasted malts. There is also a sweet smell coming through but I'm not sure what it is. This is exactly what I want a "Double Chocolate Stout" to smell like, chocolates and lots of it.

T: The upfront taste has some booze in it and is followed by a roasted and cocoa flavor. The sweet chocolates come through in the middle, but not as flavorful as you'd expect from the smell. The finish is bitter and boozy with a burst of sweet (almost sour) flavor that lingers.

M: Full bodied with a decent amount of tingly carbonation. The feel is boozy and malty.

D: Much more aggressive than it's little brother, but, the original is my favorite Chocolate Stout...and this doesn't hold a candle to it. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this beer, but I'll stick with the original.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 00:05:51 | More by mavbrew
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SykDoc

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours basically a viscous black. A 1/2 inch tan head forms and quickly reduces leaving almost no lacing.

The aroma is very good with heavy notes of chocolate, primarily milk and a bit of dark with some roasted coffee notes and perhaps a bit of alcohol.

The taste is more roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate with the milk chocolate coming behind. A bit of bitterness and sour seem to linger.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly higher level of carbonation. A solid dryness lingers at the finish with a creamy note in the middle.

Overall, this is a great beer. Solid components with enough uniqueness and flavor, without being overwhelming. It makes it easy to go back to.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 04:21:51 | More by SykDoc
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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

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

Served on-tap @ Rogue Ales Public House @ PDX and presented in appropriate glassware. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a rich ebony with a creamy, tan-colored head with decent retention. Aromas of chocolate malt, cocoa, malted milk balls, coffee and hints of roasted barley.

Taste mirrors aromatics. Bittersweet chocolate opening mellowed with oats and roasted barley. Natural chocolate flavors -- sweet, yet never cloying -- pervade throughout the session. Suggestions of chocolate malt, malted milk, roasted coffee and dark chocolate surface. Hops are deftly balanced for a delicious bittersweet experience. Finishes cocoa-powder dry.

Thick and creamy mouthfeel -- velvety smooth, in fact -- with adequate carbonation. At 8.00%, ABV is extremely well concealed. Double Chocolate Stout is one double tasty dessert beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 17:03:51 | More by CaptainIPA
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d4114

California

3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

5/15/11

Pitch black with this mocha colored head.

Really picking up a lot of alcohol, big malt and grain. I have it in a snifter and I'm not getting any chocolate on the smell but smelling it out of the bottle there is tons of chocolate.

Got big chocolate on the taste much like the regular version. Has a bitter bite and is more roasty.

Medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Bigger mouthfeel on this one.

Pretty good. I was really excited about this after trying the regular. It was still a good stout but the smell was a big let down and it just fell a bit shorter than normal chocolate stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 21:12:56 | More by d4114
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TheDTrain

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Dtrain pulled into BeerFM Andy's place to let off some steam & crack open the Rogue Double chocolate stout. Medium to thick pour of jet black. Aroma knocks you on your ass with sweet scents of sweet coco powder, oak, roast malts, and mild hops. Very sweet pleasant taste of sweet chocolate, malts, hops, bubbly carbonation, and soul warming alcohol with bite. A very enjoyable desert brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 01:49:50 | More by TheDTrain
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BeerArtEtc

Alabama

4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew pours rich and black with a thick, tan head that probably would have lasted longer and resulted in lacing if I hadn’t been so eager to drink it! The aroma is tantalizing, similar to that of freshly baked 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 cold or room temperature.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2011 17:47:40 | More by BeerArtEtc
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Polished ebony with no highlights whatsoever. Not even with bright April sunshine behind the glass. The cappuchino colored crown was a lovely cascader to start, and has since settled down to several fingers of bubbly, creamy excellence. Plenty of sticky lace helps as well.

Chocolate stouts should smell like a near equal mixture of chocolate and stout. This one heavily favors the former. No alcohol makes its way out of the glass, which is a huge positive at an ABV of 8.7%.

Rogue Brewery, as they do with most of their lineup, has done a commendable job with DCS. It isn't the best version of the style to have ever entered my glass, but it delivers on Double, on Chocolate, and on Stout. It isn't as delicious as their (Single) Chocolate Stout, but I hadn't had many similar beers at that time and might have gotten carried away a little with that review.

Each sip (okay... gulp) delivers a palate punch of cocoa beaniness that doesn't taste the least bit artificial. A smidgen more Imperial stout roasted maltiness might have bumped the taste score one notch. 50 IBUs worth of bitterness (when fresh) is an appropriate counterbalance to what could've been an overly sweet, dessert beer-like experience.

These guys almost never disappoint when it comes to mouthfeel. This offering is medium-full and has a smooth silkiness that almost earns it the next highest score. Bubbles that are neither too laid back nor too aggressive help immensely.

$12.99 for 750 ml of Rogue beer almost seems like a bargain. While it's no match for the exquisitely aged Imperial Stout that blew me away last month, Double Chocolate Stout is an enjoyable big beer that most anyone should enjoy. Worth a repeat purchase? Yep.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 14:13:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mwilbur

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours thick, oily and black. Faint dark tan head quickly recedes.
S: Nice boozy chocolate aroma can be appreciated from a few feet away...almost liqueur-like. Roasted malt, fresh yeast, and coffee notes too. Very inviting.
T: Nicely on par with the original. Smooth liquidy-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, coffee...with an alcohol presence and burn to finish.
M: Smooth and creamy at first turning toward a mildly bitter alcohol burn at the finish. Heavy body. If anything it feels even heavier than the 8.7%.
D: A nice take on the original. Sometimes things get lost in translation when a bigger verison of a beer is produced...and that really doesn't happen here. But I still have to give the nod to the original.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 03:35:55 | More by mwilbur
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GPHarris

Alabama

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a one-finger thick coffee-colored head into a snifter that settled into a thin ring but billowed nicely. the body was black as night.
s - tons of chocolate and roasted cocoa.
t - semi-sweet chocolate with some bitterness.
m - smooth and slick but a little thinner than i would have liked.
o - a terrific, super delicious chocolate beer. falls a little bit short of southern tier choklat for me but still excellent.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 01:58:21 | More by GPHarris
Double Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
94 out of 100 based on 1,219 ratings.