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Double Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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356 Reviews
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Reviews: 356
Hads: 1,616
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 22.43%
Wants: 211
Gots: 366 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Summer

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

10 Ingredients:
C120, Chocolate and Rogue Micro Barley Farm Risk™, Cascade and Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution Hops, Rolled Oats, Honey, Natural Chocolate Flavoring, Rogue's Pacman Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water

50 IBU
74 AA
135º Lovibond
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Reviews: 356 | Hads: 1,616
Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured almost black body with two finger head and no lace. Aroma is dominated by dark chocolate, bordering on Hershey's chocolate syrup from when I was a kid (I guess there is some milk/lactose or something in there). Not bready but sticky and chewy, full-bodied, wouldn't characterize this beer as chocolate milk with booze added to it but this is definitely a sweet beer that also has a husky, dry bitter chocolate, roasted even, malt presence to balance the beer and give it a dry, warming edge.

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Photo of Colt45
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An excellent example of the chocolate stout category, it just displays chocolate in every aspect. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 is one can never have enough chocolate in a brew that represents such a amazing food. Definitely recommend this whether your a fist time tester or weathered veteran in the micro brew field

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Photo of Swedgin_Wu
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served into a snifter

A: jet black, minimal lacing and head. Just like you'd want an 8% ish stout to be

S: Plenty of chocolate, some toffee. One of the best smelling chocolate stouts out there

T: Chocolate chocolate chocolate. Similar to the nose, but with a perfect minimal hop balance. I prefer it MUCH more than Rogue's regular chocolate Stout. The ABV is hidden extremely well and it's a treat to drink. Coffee aspect is minimal. Dark chocolate is dominant

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Not too thick but just right for the style. An excellent representation

Overall: This is one of my favorite double chocolate stouts. it's a shame it's only seasonal. This is one of Rogue's best beers. It's a fantastic representation of a double chocolate stout, with a little bit of west coast hoppage but not to the point of overbearing. It can be considered a dessert beer, but it's so much more than that. It's just delicious all the way.

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

Appearance: Pours a thick dark black with high carbonation. It has a finger of tan head which dissipated rather quickly.

Smell: I didn't get any overwhelming smell, so cant say either way.

Taste: A strong chocolate taste, smooth and thick which ends with a slight bitterness.

Mouth feel: Thick and smooth again, I enjoy a thicker beer, wouldn't go as far as milkshake which was what the salesman told me but very enjoyable none the less.

Overall: As one of my first double chocolate stouts this is a winner. I would recommend this beer and with a 9%ABV its a shake rattle and roll baby.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle at 41 F poured into a pair of large chalices. Surprisingly, I can't find a bottle code or date

Pours black, not much head -- just a light brown ring. Not much carbonation. Looks thick. Smell is chocolate and black licorice, slightly sweet.

Taste is more of the smell. Chocolate and black licorice, Something tealike, much more coffee. Nice sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thick but not heavy, slight grit. Overall, very tasty.

Belatedly: Vanilla. Definitely some vanilla. Maybe it came out more as it warmed.

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Photo of Jmitchell3
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Black, dark chocolate black. Dark brown head, medium-fine bubbles. Thick.
S: Smells of strong chocolate, some dankness. A bit of alcohol smell. I get just a hint of red-wine type aroma in this.
T: Rich chocolaty flavors. Knock you over the head chocolate.
M: Full, milky feel. Sweet up front with a very dry finish.
O: Enjoyable, but very chocolaty. Knock over the head chocolaty. I'd recommend for a special occasion to share. Drinking the entire 750 was a bit strenuous. (haha, just a bit)

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The appearance is a close to perfect as you can get for an american stout. The color is black and darker than the center of a black hole. The head is rich, thick and effervescent with a nice dark chocolate tan head that settles at a reasonable pace with little to no lacing down that glass. The appearance is perfect for any category of stout.

The nose is pleasant and complex but not as strong as I expect from Rogue. That said, and relatively speaking, the dominant nose tones are sweet malt followed by caramel, chocolate coffee. Overall the blend on nose notes is splendid, but the strength of the overall nose is weak. I really had to make an effort to get the nose at all. It is there, but very subtle. Their complex hoping is beyond subtle in this mix.

The taste is not that of a chocolate stout, definitely not a double chocolate stout. This is more of an imperial stout with an excessive amount of hops. Not that this hop head is complaining about too much hops. But this is a technical review of a double chocolate stout and it really isn't a double chocolate stout.

That said there are very complex flavors that are far stronger than the nose. There are strong coffee, chocolate and toast notes that are dominated by the strong hopping that is a signature of the boys and gals at Rogue. I am really torn here because I really like this stout. I just don't think they pulled off a Double Chocolate Stout. This is very imperial in it's flavors and nose. If Rogue marketed this as an Imperial stout I would give much higher marks.

The Imperialism of this attempt is also reflected in the mouthfeel which is typically more watery than other stouts and can also be reflected int he lack of lacing down the glass as I think there is an area you can definitely draw some direct correlations. Again not bad and great for an imperial but not a Double Chocolate Stout.

Overall I really like this "Imperial Stout" and will definitely drink it again. They have a great beer here but they need to reclassify and market it as it really is.

Pints High!

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Photo of BradC
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle opaque black with a thick dark tan head and minimal lacing.

Smells of cocoa, milk chocolate

Tastes of creamy cocoa, dark bitter chocolate, not much sweetness and finishes with a hop bitterness.

Full bodied creamy mouthfeel, fairly low carbonation

Overall, good chocolate stout, not amazing, the bitter finish kind of takes away from the dessert appeal for me

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Photo of dar482
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer has a wonderful aroma of huge chocolate. Nonstop of dark and bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, light roasted malt, just a pure chocolate aroma.

The flavor follows of roasted malt and tons of chocolate. Not much lactose or "creamy" character, but a good amount of stout and malt character. The beer just explodes of cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate. There's an bitter kick to the finish.

The beer has a smooth medium to thick body.

Definitely one of, or maybe the best chocolate stouts I have had.

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Photo of brureview
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark chocolate color with a 1F head into snifter.

A strong chocolate-coffee aroma from the head. This weakens within a few minutes,
but the aroma continues during the tasting.

Mouth feel- moderately carbonated.

The taste is dark chocolate, coffee, and light vanilla finished with a hoppy light bitterness.

Overall- an excellent imperial stout. However, I would have preferred the aroma to continue, and the pronounced chocolate-coffee taste to linger.

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Photo of Nostrajonus
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours pitch black with a moderate head that fades rather quickly. I didn't notice the lacing others spoke of, maybe something to do with the glass.

S-The smell is fantastic. Chocolate overwelms, while oatmeal and rich malts sit in the background. This definitely is close to the top of my chocolate stout list.

T- Like the smell, the chocolate stands out front...as it should. Very little flavor from the hops, also some subtle oatmeal sweetness Mmmmhm.

M- The texture and mouthfeel are not quite as full as they could be. It feels rather light compared to look smell and taste.

O- I will have this again. So, it is good. It has a much heavier chocolate flavor than their regular chocolate stout. It reminds me of the Rouge Voodoo Donut Chocolate Peanut Butter, Banana...minus all the extras. Good job Rouge.

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

A: deep brown, a couple shades off black; thick fluffy head; intricate spiderweb lacing
S: cocoa, malt, cardboard
T: sweet and bitter, syrupy, vanilla and cocoa
M: creamy, full-bodied, dry
O: Like a lot of rich stouts, better in small quantities. A 750mL like this would serve five people well. Bittersweet, relatively simple, certainly not sessionable. Excellent masking of the 9% abv,

750mL / Pint Glass

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Photo of ISmith87
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 4 - Dark brown/black beer with a nice dark mocha half finger head that leaves a nice lacing.
S - 4 - Chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, espresso, vanilla, cream.
T - 4 - Dark roasted notes, chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, espresso, vanilla, cream, very rich but simple at the same time.
M - 4 - Medium-heavy mouthfeel, creamy, alc is completely covered, aftertaste is roasty chocolate coffee.
O - 4 - Good beer. It's not too overpowering but not too simple. I like it. It's almost like a better version of Old Raspy.

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Photo of darthvohn
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glass Used: Nonic pint

Appearance: Thick pour revealing a near onyx darkness blocking out all visible light. The head is a big three finger mocha head.

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts headline this stout.

Taste: Follows the nose pretty closely except the flavors pop a lot more along with a bittersweet finish. All of these attributes mingle together to create a balanced, luscious chocolate stout.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, heavy, thick and effervescent. Very milk shake like.

Overall: A damn delicious chocolate stout that I would love to enjoy more often, however at the current price point I doubt I would make a multiple purchase within a year. Chocolate stout lovers should give this one a shot.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a dark brown ring of head.

S: Bittersweet dark chocolate and some coffee and roasted malt in the nose.

T: Tons of dark chocolate, roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate.

M: Smooth and full bodied, a bit creamy.

O/Note: A great chocolate stout, though it's been a while since I had it.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades to nothing and leaves faint spotty lace.

Smell is of chocolate... Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and cocoa with just a hint of vanilla.

Taste is of dark malt up front, then bitter dark chocolate completely takes over.

Mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium bodied with high carbonation.

This is a somewhat one-dimensional effort, but somehow it all works out in the end. Nice chocolate aroma and flavor that never becomes cloying.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a decent amount of head that has some retention. The head is a medium to dark beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate brown. Lacing is pretty good and has elements of sheeting but does not extend far.

Nose- Pretty much what you should expect from a chocolate stout. Mostly milk chocolate notes, some cocoa. Elements of milk and cream. Slight bittersweet notes from the glass but seems more lactose overall. Swirling shows a slight sourness.

Taste- Big bittersweet chocolate that turns so bitter it starts to suggest coffee and even a little bit of cardboard. Some cocoa. Slightly woody with a bit of an alcohol burn on the back of the throat. Slight bit of sweet/sour that I got on the nose. I'm getting way too many undesirable/possible off notes- maybe this is a little too warm but it can't really be much above 55 degrees if that. Lots of cardboard- which shouldn't be oxidized hops as this beer was just released. There's a good amount of sweetness that will work for a lot of people but is bothering me at the moment. Some brown bread, toast. It does mellow out a bit but the bittersweet aspects of the chocolate do duel to mostly positive results. Compared to the Evil Twin and Mikkeler beers I've had (or even Southern Tier) this doesn't match up as a dessert beer. It's more in league with Brooklyn's take or Barley Brown's Disorder Stout but this does start to show a deeper cacao like finish on the palate as I continue. Those other stouts seemed to bore me and wear me down with bittersweet chocolate. This beer does work a little better and seems to reiterate the consistent aspects of flavor profile to a good end. It may be the balance with chocolate stouts that bothers me. This seems to counter that with some notes of cream and milk. A slight buttery quality that suggests undercurrents of vanilla, toffee, and butterscotch. Nothing profound enough to suggests its rating but still quite enjoyable. Good to really good beer. Basically in between. Notes of vanilla that then mostly translate as oak start to come out- I'd rather they just be vanilla.

Mouthfeel- Between medium and heavy bodied. A good amount of carbonation but the substantial body is sufficient to counteract it. Just a touch of smoothness makes me wonder what this beer would be like on nitro.

Drinkability- Starts off a little harsh and some of the off qualities do still suggest themselves at the back of the throat but over time, the palate does begin to congeal. Heat is pretty noticeable. 12 bucks is way too much for this beer. A Rogue flaw. Please spend less time on the packaging on more on the beer.

Overall- A good to really good, but mostly good. Definitely worth a try if money is not an issue or you like beers similar to the Brooklyn variation. I'd save some money and go for a Samuel Smith's.

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

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on or vintage date present, but I know the local beer store just got this bottle in this week, so I'm confident that this beer is fresh as can be. My first encounter with the red ceramic painted bottle that is Rogue Double Chocolate Stout. Excited to finally have it. Expectations are moderately high.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a thick oily black; opaque in the glass. Three big fluffy fingers of dark mocha colored head with lots of tightly packed bubbles. Head has some excellent staying power for a 9.00% abv. Some thick scattered mocha lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Oh wow, this thing smells pretty damn delicious. Fudgey chocolate, cream, vanilla, honeyed graham cracker, brown sugar, maple syrup. There is seriously a lot going on here.

T - Taste is pretty nice also. Bittersweet dark baking chocolate, syrupy fudge, vanilla, cream, brown bread, brown sugar, sticky maple, a hint of cola & some dark roasted coffee bean bitterness. Again, there is a lot going on here.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with perfect low lying carbonation.

Overall, an excellent beer from Rogue. One of the best, if not the best beer I've had from these guys as of yet, hands down. Much better than the original Rogue Chocolate Stout. This thing is seriously packing on several layers of deliciousness. Why they can't focus on making many more of their beers this good, I will never know. Until then, I say this beer comes highly recommended.

Rogue Double Chocolate Stout ---4.5/5

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Photo of KTeamLSU
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass

A: Inky black pour with nice toffee colored head that dissipates after a few minutes.

S: A little malt and dark chocolate but not much else in the nose

T: WOW lots of bitter chocolate ... i mean A LOT

MF: Nice thick milkshake feel, low carbonation

O: A pleasure to drink, one of my favorite dessert beers.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a thick dark black with a one finger light brown hard.
Aroma is milk chocolate, milky and sweet with hints of coffee.
Flavor is coffee and chocolate, milk and dark chocolate.
Some bittersweet flavors and a little dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is a tad creamy and smooth. Little bitter flavor on the finish.
Good quality dessert beer.

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Photo of South2NW
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber to pint.

A: Dark, almost black, with a tan head.

S: Huge chocolate aroma, some vanilla/oak.

T: Tastes like it smells, huge chocolate upfront. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: Very thick.

O: Very good chocolate stout. Rogue actually surprised me with this one.

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

750 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, vanilla, fudge, oats, light roast, chocolate syrup, floral, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and chocolate notes; with good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, vanilla, fudge, light roast, oats, chocolate syrup, floral, and roasted earthiness. Light amount of earthy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, vanilla, fudge, light roast, oats, chocolate syrup, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and chocolate syrup flavors; with a fair amount of hop bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial chocolate stout. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and chocolate flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jaycar06
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick black, with a mocha head. Slight lacing.

S - Chocolate and vanilla. Sweet and a little smoky.

T - CHOCOLATE, toasted malts at the end. Slight bitterness but pretty smooth.

M - Creamy with minimal carbonation.

O - Pretty good chocolate stout. One of the better ones I've tried. Subtly strong.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

draft at beer study in chapel hill. into a snifter.

pours a pitch black with a slight head. smell is insanely chocolatey..Damn!! taste is very chocolately as well but actually ends with a good amount of bitterness. impressive! full bodied, low carbonation

overall the name promise definitely rings true in this beer. love it.

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Photo of brewtus
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- pours oil black with a dark two finger head, laces like a nitro
S- lots of milky chocolate, some coffee, chocolate, some cinnamon, chocolate, some marshmallow
T- tons of chocolate, but not bitter, some vanilla, some marshmallow, slight cinnamon, not too sweet, roasty notes, some hop presence in the aftertaste
M- nice subtle carbonation, creamy mouthfeel
O- best chocolate stout I've had, consistency is great, plenty of amazing chocolate notes, a great rogue offering. I hope I see this one nitro one day.

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