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Double Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 1,294
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 131
Gots: 173 | 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 biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

biboergosum, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of leftoverburrito
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

leftoverburrito, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev -5.2%

funkel81, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jamesgaither
5/5  rDev +18.5%

jamesgaither, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Gilly1980
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- absolutely opaque black with a caramel colored semi-persistent head.

S- Almost overwhelming chocolate aroma. Lots of malt goodness. Rich and dark.

T- Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Malty chocolate goodness. Viscous and sweet. Like alcoholic chocolate mill.

M- Thick and creamy. Slight alcohol
ester but very viscous and sticky.

O- I'm a huge fan of their Chocolate Stout
and the double is just more of the good stuff. Well done!

Gilly1980, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured into a sampler glass, though this was definitely one worth a full pour. Opaque black color, very dark brown edges when held to the light, the head was absent, probably just due to the pour. I went in for a sip, but first got hit with an unmistakable aroma of rich chocolate milk. Taste of rich chocolate, Hershey bars, and...more chocolate. A subtle earthiness near the finish, with some roast coming through, but mostly just a one-dimensional big chocolate bomb, and in some cases--like this--that is not a bad thing. Smooth, full-bodied, lusciously drinkable.

Rifugium, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at O'reilly's served in a pint.

The color and appearance is pitch black and rich with some viscosity with a thin tan cap. The aroma is very chocolatey, but not overly sweet more or less has a bittersweet cocoa aroma w/ a slight hint of fruit. The feel is rich w/ a moderately full body with roasted and mildly sweet feel with mild alcohol overall.

The flavor is much like the aroma there is a mild cocoa taste which has slight bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt with light bitter hop accent which also augments the slight roasted malt and mild alcohol flavor. The beer is heavy on the cocoa and chocolate malt which pretty much overwhelms the rest of the taste after half the pint is finished. I enjoy the mild yeast fruitiness and light roast in the finish. Overall a pretty intense stout, not necessarily too sweet for a cocoa beer, the mild fruity and roasted finish are good which means you don't have too much cloying sweetness and the alcohol is pretty restrained for an 8% beer. I would order this again if I see it on tap.

Slatetank, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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

joemcgrath27, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Alibi Room in Vancouver.

A: 1/8" mocha head over black liquid.

S: Loads of chocolate and some coffee malt.

T: Chocolate up front which transitions to tasted and coffee malt and some alcohol.

M: Medium viscosity and medium carbonation. Some drying from the alcohol.

O: Excellent beer, but could hide the alcohol better.

DaftCaskBC, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75ml bottle poured into tulip 3/11/11

A black as night with a massive half glass of dark mocha like foam that quickly falls to a finger of dense foam that leaves a few rings of lace, looking good

S not complex but what it has it has big, huge notes of chocolate pudding and very and booze

T some dark roasted coffee to go with the massive amount of chocolate flavors

M thick and creamy with just a little heat and leaves lots of flavor behind to savor for a while

O another case of 4.25 being dropped if an option for taste and smell so a slightly higher score here, not much too complain about with this one

well I guess I could complain about the 14$ price tag but at the end of the day I don't feel ripped off.

wordemupg, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of Ruind
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very dark with a smooth lingering caramel color head.

Smells great with a roasted cocoa and hits of caramel

Very smooth and creamy with a roasted bitter chocolate taste that lingers and made my mouth water wanting more.

A light smooth carbonation that fits very well with the mix of flavors.

A very solid brew that left me wanting more but was almost a desert by its self. Tried this with a spicy burger at first but then saved it for later and had it with some chocolate which paired very well. Tried this both cold and closer to room temperature liking the latter a little better.

Ruind, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of bbb099
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Almost black dark brown, motor oil like. Light brown head that lingers.

S - Dark roasted malt aroma and cocoa. Pleasant.

T - Small amount of dark malt and a dominant cocoa flavor. The texture makes it feel like drinking a dark chocolate syrup minus the added sugar.

M - Full bodied. Thick and milky. Low to medium carbonation.

O - The most cocoa flavor I have ever tasted in a beer. Probably doesn't go well with most food but it's a perfect dessert beer.

bbb099, Oct 30, 2011
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.

stabzmcgee, Oct 17, 2011
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.

mentor, Oct 17, 2011
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.

mkotsayfan, Oct 10, 2011
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.

JohnnyChicago, Oct 09, 2011
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.

champ103, Oct 09, 2011
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.


antlerwrestler19, Oct 03, 2011
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.

Krakistophales, Oct 02, 2011
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.

dtivp, Oct 02, 2011
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!

DoubleJ, Sep 25, 2011
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.

rpardon7, Sep 22, 2011
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.

lurpy1, Sep 19, 2011
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.

Kegatron, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of Derek
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.

Derek, Sep 02, 2011
Double Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
94 out of 100 based on 1,294 ratings.