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Double Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 371
Hads: 1,663
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 22.2%
Wants: 218
Gots: 391 | FT: 5
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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

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

50 IBU
74 AA
135º Lovibond
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Reviews: 371 | Hads: 1,663
Photo of Scotchboy
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber, chilled to correct temp and poured into a pint glass.

A: Love it. Its DARK. Thick, frothy, mocha-colored head.

S: Awesome! Chocolate for sure, roasted malts too.

T: My favorite part. The best tasting 'Chocolate' beer I've ever tried. The chocolate tastes great, its bittersweet and complements the beer well. A slight roasted coffee taste on the backend but the chocolate dominates.

M: Good, thick and creamy. Aftertaste is pleasant.

D: Good for this beer. Couldn't drink a ton of this dessert beer, but what you can drink of it goes down great!

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Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a rich roasted and chocolate malt scent along with a killer chocolate aroma. It smells like a chocolate milkshake. The taste is good. It has a smooth chocolate flavor. It's sweet with a roasted edge. It goes down easy and finishes dry and without any alcohol warmth. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a delicious beer. Yes, it's a double stout, but it drinks as easy as the original.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a dark, opaque chocolate brown with a fine-bubbled tan head. Rich, chocolaty aroma is just a little bit sweet and has a coffee undertone as well as a hint of molasses. Rich, sweet chocolate flavor makes this beer like a liquid bonbon. The flavor has smoky, coffee, toffee, hops and licorice hints as well - scrumptious! Texture is lively and quite fizzy. A must!

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

Tap at Mac's. Black/brown used motor oil pour. Nearly no off white colored head.

What's to say, lots of chocolate. Dark, milk and cocoa. Just a hint of roast.

A cocoa and dark chocoalte filled dessert beer. Some roast and coffee in the finish. Keeps the brew in check enough.

Creamy mid body. No alcohol at all. No problem drinking this, but almost too sweet.

Good, straight forward, but pretty one dimensional. Slightly heavier version of Youngs Double Chocolate.

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Photo of jpro
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one at Closed for Business... served in a 10oz glass...

A: Deep, opaque black, with a smallish khaki head.

S: WOW! Serious chocolate here... baker's cocoa, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, Swiss Miss! Haha... seriously, this is one chocolately stout! Maybe a hint of roastiness in there, but the cocoa dominates.

T: Well... chocolate. Man, the chocolate is good in this one; there's some burnt malt acridity, too - but the chocolate takes the would-be edge off. Pretty delicious stuff.

M: Creamy and full bodied; lower carbonation; very satisfying.

D: It makes for a good dessert - pretty sure it's not something I'd opt to drink a lot of... its a real treat, though. I'd love to try it with some double fudge brownies or molten lava cake. Glad I tried this one, as I'm a big fan of Rogue's "regular" Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of peabody
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black as death and with lots of brown suds that leave lots of lacing around my glass.
Smell is coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Some fruityness in the malt but the chalky malts reveal mostly charred goodness and rich creamy chocolate.
Taste is very chocolatey. Nestle's Quick times infinity. This is creamy as all get out. Mild and NO you can't tell there is any alcohol in here.
Mouthfeel is bitter and dirty and creamy. This is on of the better chocolate drinks out there.
Drinkability is only as good as how much you need chocolate and I am a chocoLOholic!

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Photo of argock
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at Boylan Heights (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Black with thin cap of mocha-colored head which, despite its short stature, leaves a nice trail of lace.

S: Sweet milk chocolate with a bit of nuttiness and earthy hops work well with a tinge of alcohol. Not much bitterness to the nose although this comes through with warming.

T: Nutty dark malts provide a nice backdrop for super-sweet, extractlike milk chocolate flavor that fades to much more bitter dark chocolate. The transformation is remarkable. The earthy, lightly tobacco hops enhance this transition. The syrupy, artificial initial sweet chocolate flavor goes too far, but the rest of the flavor is a big winner. Alcohol is not detectable.

M: Very slick with a medium-full body that is a great balance of mouth-filling and heft.

D: A very good beer, but 16 oz gets to be too much because of the sweetness.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If a Double Stout and a chocolate bar fell in love and had a baby...

This incarnation of delicacy begins with a lushious aroma of cocoa-heavy chocolate bars, milk chocolate and not much else. Arguments can be made for toffee malts and coffee, but in a far and residual way.

Dark brown in color and with an onyx-like sheen, the beer is opaque; just as chocolate flavors should appear. Lightly tanned foam amounts to about 1/2" before settling to a froathy creame across the beer. Low on lacing, moderate in legging, the head has much more persistence than the cocoa oils should allow.

Flavors follow suit with a burst of dark chocolates, milk chocolate, and malted milkshakes. Sweeter early, the beer has a slow and consistent fade to increasing bitterness to resemble cocoa and coffee/lattes late. Never does the roast compete with chocolate. Nor does the malty sweetness or caramel flavor interrupt the chocolatey focus. Any hop bitterness is well disguised as cocoa, coffee, and roasty oils. The roasty Stout-like flavor accents the cocoa without commanding attention.

Creamy and smooth throughout, the upstart is full and lush. As the beer moves through its procession, it finishes considerably lighter, more bitter, drinkable enough to never put the glass down. If anything, the mouthfeel could have been richer, creamier, and a bit more silky for top knotch scores.

I love the focus on chocolate flavor here with no interruption from countering complexities. This beer does one thing- and it does it well. Just a knotch off of the pace of Southern Tier's Chocolate beers.

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Photo of warmstorage
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Extraordinary. Takes an excellent beer and makes it better.

12 ounce goblet on tap $5 at Yard House Honolulu (happy hour pricing).

Appearance: opaque brownish black, limited head, brown having and crown.

Smell: chocolate roast sweet. Yum.

Taste: Delicious! Strong sweet thick chocolate goodness. Flight hints of roast and just a tiny bit of alcohol warmth to balance the thick chocolate goodness. The guy next to me at the bar eating Cherry Rolaids is easily ignored with each drink.

Mouthfeel: Full and thick without being overwhelming: perfect for the style.

Drinkability: off the charts. I'm no Rogue obsessivist, and they have their occasional airballs, but this one is a Jordan slam dunk.

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Photo of commish374
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of jal30
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a new favorite of mine. Perfect beer to enjoy in the winter--I'm saving two for the first big snow storm of the year. If you don't like chocolate, stay away, but if you do, you're in for a treat. Pours extremely dark and heavy with little head. Smell is almost all chocolate. Very chocolatey, more so than any beer I can remember, and yet delicately balanced. A nice hint of hop bitterness tames the richness of this beer. Hides the alcohol amazingly, but very heavy, so definitely not sessionable. Still, this one is a treat, and should be enjoyed over an hour or so, all by itself.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured black with brown hues with good carbonation and a tannish head

S: Loads of chocolate

T: Double? This tasted like the standard chocolate to me, nothing double about it. Plenty of cocoa, bitter chocolate on the finish

M: Nice, cocoa, medium body, thin mouthfeel for an imperial version

D: Good

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Photo of aventinus829
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Growler's in the NoDa arts district of Charlotte.

A: Pitch black
S: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate (guess that would make it a triple chocolate stout, though...)
T: Creamy smooth chocolate with roasted alts and just a hint of coffee
M: Silky smooth.
D: Very rich, but that didn't really make it all that hard to finish. Surprised to find out that it was 8% abv, though. It hides it well

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Photo of atsprings
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Woody's City Market served in a standard pint glass a deep opaque black with a thin light tan head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is a nice amount of milk chocolate in front of smooth roasted malts. The taste is smooth milk chocolate alongside roasted malts and mild coffee. The beer is medium bodied with mild carbonation and well hidden alcohol. This is a very enjoyable Chocolate Stout, one I would certainly have again if price wasn't a factor.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I was sort of back and forth with this one... At moments I loved it and at others I was ready for it to be over. With that in mind...

Pours the standard jet black with an extremely slow forming head. Thought it was going to be dead still but it eventually foamed up... Very thick and viscous...

Loads of chocolate as expected... Blend of sharp bitter dark chocolate and smooth creamy milk chocolate along with the roasted malt/coffee influences... I'll hand it to them, this beer does smell like a chocolate bomb...almost like Hershey's syrup..

Thick creamy chocolate fills the senses with each sip.. Its delicious for sure....at times.. As I said, its like Hershey's syrup. We all love it but no one wants to drink a whole glass of it... Its almost like too much of a good thing... I should have shared this bomber for sure..

Liked the beer, but it grew tiresome towards the end.. Too much of a good thing, I guess...

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A standard pour into my Lost Abbey XXXX glass produces a thick, darkly brown tinged, three-finger thick head. AS the head slowly subsides it leaves some layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a concentrated brown color that is almost pure black; it remains quite opaque when held up to the light, but does show a touch of dark amber hue. The beer smells amply of brandy scented chocolate liquor that has been spiked by sweet coffee liquor. It sort of reminds me of a tootsie roll and it has a solid vanilla character to it as well. If you really dig into the nose the alcohol becomes more apparent and this smells even more liquor like. There is not a whole lot going on here, but it is pretty dessert smelling.

The beer is a lot drier tasting than the aroma would have suggested and this accentuates flavors of roasted dark coffee. As my palate gets a bit used to the beer more of the dark chocolate notes start to come out. The beer has a very bitter finish to it, actually very bitter and even in an unbalanced way. A touch of present alcohol adds a hint of spiciness and heat to the finish. This definitely seems to be more of a coffee beer than a chocolate beer in the flavor. It finishes with quite a roasted character, which also accentuates the bitter chocolate and hop notes. A hint of chocolate richness comes out as the beer warms up and the texture of this is actually fairly lush without being overly thick; the beer definitely clings to the palate a bit with a viscous feeling to it. Much of this viscousness is wiped clean by the huge bitterness in the finish.

I can't believe I am saying this, but this beer could use a bit more sweetness to it as it is a bit unbalanced without the sweetness. Interestingly enough if they hadn't so over bittered this beer it actually has enough residual sweetness to carry the chocolate, it is just that the huge bitterness completely dominates the sweetness such that it isn't very noticeable. Not bad, but could certainly use some recipe development.

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Photo of bierguru
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A -
ink black head pours thick laces out after a while its foamy brown

S -
smells like a Hershey's bar with a small malt background

T -
Chocolate!!! and lots of it something on the backend (which from reading the ingredients i would guess its the honey) and a slight hops taste

M -
thick like weak syrup but smooth over all like liquid chocolate

D -
very drinkable very taste however the abv in my opinion might be to high for the beer but im not marking it down for it

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with a dark brown/copper head. Head disappears rather quick, but it laces nicely.

S: It is almost as if molten oozy chocolate were dripped right into this beer. Chocolate is the major smell; however, there are dark roasted and smoky malts as well. After a few minutes a bit of sweet vanilla appears... The beer also has a fresh hint of hops.

T: The beer mainly consists of dark bitter-sweet chocolate malt flavour offset by some piny, spicy hops. The beer also has a bit of a smooth character and has some cream to it. This comes from the oatmeal :) On the negative side... after a while, the chocolate flavour has a hint of chemical sharpness to it.

M: Smooth, the beer coats your mouth and goes down nicely. The hops create a nice crisp finish. It is actually quite refreshing for a beer of such high ABV.

D: I read the ingredients list. There is honey in this beer. You actually notice it after you know that it is there. Really a nice beer; however, it almost assaults your senses with its potency.

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Photo of Strix
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chocolatey brown with a brown head.

Serious chocolate in the smell, a bit of coffee and malted milk with a touch of vanilla.

This is so chocolatey. Like chocolate ice cream with chocolate syrup. Really more like chocolate milk than a beer. A hint of vanilla in there. Cascade hops kick in during the finish providing some dark chocolate/coffee notes. Surprisingly not at all cloying or fake. Yum.

Smooth mouthfeel.

I really enjoyed this. I'm not sure if the double series is going to stick around, but this was an excellent dessert beer.

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Photo of BeerTwigs
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap recently at the Golden Rail in Newburgh. I have to say this is one of the best Chocolate Stouts I have ever had. It pours jet black and smooth with little carbonation and a nice burnt brown head. It has a nice chocolate smell with just a hint of the alcohol in there. The taste is as chocolate as you could possibly get but is balanced well with the higher alcohol content of the double. I would definitely recommend this beer on tap, especially with the cold winter months ahead. Enjoy!

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Willard's

A - Pours black, oily, and capped with a mocha head. I like the obvious viscosity.

S - The nose is heavily laden with notes of fudge and Tootsie Rolls. Everything else takes a backseat to this super-confectionery desert beer.

T - The taste is, again, pure desert. It is much akin to Southern Tier's Mokha, Jahva, and Choklat; the comparison cannot be avoided. The main flavor can be described as Hershey's Syrup of a higher order. For what it is, a serving of delicious chocolate-y desert, it is phenomenal.

M - Very viscous and oily.

D - Too sweet for more than one (well, two...) though it does makes a great blending beer, too.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW! Great job to el Bait Shop for carrying this on one of their 105 taps. It's served in a smaller snifter because of the price and alcohol content. It's a super-dark brown with dark-tan foam floating gently on the top. The aroma and taste are a very pleasant chocolate that is thick and rich. It hides the alcohol very well. Forget Hershey, this is a Ghirardelli level of chocolate taste. This is a definite repeat buy.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle provided by Alex at the WLV Pig Roast...A black beer with a light tan head. Not much retention, ok lacing....The aroma is mostly sweet chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Not balanced with any hops but it smells good...The taste brings out some balance to the sweetness with some nice roasty bitter coffee notes, the balanced brought however may swing the balance too far to the other spectrum as I wish more of the sweetness stayed.

A ton of chocolate going on, just not very successfully, above average beer but don't break the bank getting it.

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Photo of oberon
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of bluecollarss
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First off, let me just say that I'm a fan of Rogue brews. I had the chance to visit Oregon last year and the majority of the stores carry more Rogue brews the Budweiser and Coors. For the most part it's hit and miss with their brews (more of a hit then a miss). But this creation... it's not to be passed up. If you see it in the store, BUY IT!

A- It Pours out of the bottle with a thick viscosity. When done pouring, it leaves a dense, thin head. The color is... well... BLACK! Probably one of the darkest brews I've encountered. Even the head of the beer is of the darkest brown.

S- A definite chocolate aroma rises from a glass of this brew. Instant dark chocolate and roasted coffee. A hint of toffee.

T- Well, I had to do a double take on the taste because of the enjoyment from the first sip. Dark chocolate fills the taste buds and a light bitterness gives the aftertaste life. Toffee and Fresh roasted coffee trail behind the intense chocolate.

M- Such a heavy brew, this one. You can feel the chocolate in the brew. the only thing that cuts through the thickness of it all it the perfectly measured hops they marry with the creation of this chocolate beast.

D- It's very easy to get carried away drinking this bottle of greatness. It's like a liquefied box of See's chocolates. Before you know it, your left with nothing but an empty bottle... and a bit of a buzz. Alcohol presence is not a factor in this brew. There is just too much flavor hiding it. But believe me... it's there... 8.7% is nothing to laugh at.

This reminded me... You can take a Russian imperial stout and pour it into a glass with vanilla ice cream for a great dessert. This would be a PERFECT brew for that.


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Double Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.