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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
Brewed by:
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 KineticKill
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%

Got this for my birthday. Super excited to try it!

A - super dark brown, almost black. Looks smooth as hell, with a a thick head.

S- Very malty and chocolatey. Most chocolate smelling beer I've had, to date.

T- Delicious. The hops stand out more than expected, but Double Chocolate is definitely a chocolate lovers kind of beer.

M- Very smooth. Not as heavy as most flavorful stouts tend to be. Mouthfeel is a lot like Guinness.

O- Wonderful. Enjoyed it with a piece of red velvet cake, and it was a perfect pairing. I suppose this could be enjoyed with a nice steak as well, but I'm quite sure this was meant to be drank with desert. Cheers, gents! Time to pour another glass.

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Photo of uawildcat
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Look: Pours nice, very dark, nice tan head on it. Seems just rightly carbonated

Smell: Very sweet milk chocolate

Taste: Sweetness of the smell does not shine through as strong. There is malt sweetness, but it is strongly counteracted by the bitter chocolate taste. Not exactly what I was expecting, but it was good.

Body: Thicker than your average beer, but to be expected for a 9.0% abv. Lingering finish, yum.

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Photo of barczar
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque onyx with a billowing, dense mocha head that lingers.

Tar, licorice, and milk chocolate form the aroma. Notes of malted milk balls dominate, revealing a lightly nutty malt character.

Flavor is reminiscent of campfire s'mores. Chocolate malt is slightly sweet initially, becoming roasty, slightly charred, and dry at the finish. Soft notes of dark fruit are subtle, and emerge late.

Body is smooth and creamy, fairly full, with minimal carbonation.

As advertised,a very chocolatey beer. There's a dark chocolate malt base, but the really impressive chocolate character is the slightly sweet milk chocolate. Good stuff, but definitely a dessert beer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A most excellent Rogue brew. Ale pours a thick opaque black with a light dissipating tan head and fine beaded lacing. Nose of dark bakers chocolate and fresh black coffee like a fine black Bavarian chocolate cake. Taste is much like the nose, chocolate up front with roasted dark grains and a light coffee taste to the background. SOLID offering. Moderate carbonation and creamy mouthfeel round this beast of a brew out with a nice alcohol kick that is so well hidden it is not detectable till after the glass is done. NICE. A stout lovers dream, better yet in a growler, as compared to a bottle which has a little bit lighter mouthfeel.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice thick black with a tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. You need to agressively pour to produce a head. Smells like a typical chocolate stout. Seeing that this is a "double" chocolate stout I was anticipating a very strong chocolate flavor. More of a coffee flavor. Not as strong as I was expecting. Not too sweet but just a nice decent amount of sweetness. The bitterness is very mild. Overall, a typical chocolate stout but a bit of a letdown with the marketing.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rogue's Double Chocolate Stout. 9% ABV.

A: Just over a finger of cocoa brown head; fades steadily to almost nothing. Black, with dark brown in the dimple. Thin golden brown line at the very bottom. A little lacing, but it slowly slides down.

S: Very dark, powdery cocoa. Dark chocolate. Faint, sweeter coffee. Not a lot of complexity, but it has a strong chocolate aroma!

T/MF: Very soft, almost creamy texture, with some nice carbonation. Flavor is more along the lines of black coffee with a touch of sweetness. Slight licorice. Very slight, very dark chocolate on the finish.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of hardy008
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a one finger tan head which fades quickly and leaves no lacing. The aroma is pure chocolate. Smells like a Hershey bar.

Tastes sweet with dark chocolate, and roasted malt which provides some bitterness for balance. This tastes much better than Rogue's rather bland regular Chocolate Stout, which has very little chocolate flavor.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation, and a chocolate aftertaste. The alcohol is well disguised, I can't even detect it at all, and this is a 9.00 abv beer. A very nice effort by Rogue. Worth trying if you get the chance.

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

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a medium tan/brown head.
The nose is like a fresh baked chocolate cake.
The taste is very chocolatey and has sort of a toasted characteristic to it but finishes with a bit of a bitter hop bite.
I'm not huge on chocolate stouts but this is far and away one of the better ones I've had. Great nose, taste to match, not overwhelming. Rogue just knows what makes a great stout or darker ale.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Black with a large brown head that fades very slow, and leaves a nice lacing
S-Dark chocolate with plums or figs, a very sweet brown sugar smell that could be a honey aroma
T-coco taste with a good hop kick aftertaste that stays with you til the finish. The coco is not sweet and has a slight bitter taste, then the hop kick comes in.
M-sticky and high carbonation
O-Was a very interesting beer . You can smell the very sweet smell, yet it did not taste sweet , it had a nice bitter taste, like you would get if you ate coco with very little sugar in it. You also get the hop kick. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark black with a caramel colored foam layer that subsides down to a soapy looking, but this lacing ring.

S - Predominantly bittersweet cocoa and fudge with faint hop bitterness.

T - Bittersweet chocolate fudge from start to finish with a little earthy bitterness on the back end.

M - Rich, thick, full bodied and velvet smooth on the tongue.

O - Just enough hops to balance things out while still allowing the malts to shine. Not deep or complex, just straight forward chocolate bitterness.

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Photo of mabermud
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding stout.

A: Pours a nice deep, dark brown, almost black, with a creamy brown, minimal head.
S: Chocolate and coffee. Chocolate over the coffee. Mocha.
T: This drink is sweeter than most I have had, and has a pronounced chocolate taste.
M: Its full and somewhat sticky. Very good mouth feel.
O: Overall it is excellent. One of my favorite stouts thus far. Chocolatey.

I prefer this over FBS. Founders has more of a coffee taste, I prefer the double chocolate. To me, the Rogue is smoother.

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Photo of hops202
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Red bomber poured into game of thrones snifter.

Has a good look upon first pour - somewhat decent lacing - nothing to get too excited about. Good aroma - better than other chocolate stouts I have tried, not overpowering and incredibly fake like Choklat or others. Lots of roasted malt and chocolate syrup and cocoa. Taste is similar with a slight bitterness to it. Not bad at all.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From that bright red 750 ml. bomber. Sampled on April 11, 2014.

The pour is a deep dark brown with a lasting tan head. Pretty opaque and no light gets through.

The aroma is clearly of dark, roasted baking chocolate with a muted hop character. Sweet too. Appealing and what one would expect from a double chocolate.

The body is about medium with a slight acidity.

The taste begins with a full chocolate malt attack that is followed momentarily by a slightly bitter and dry finale. This deserves the high ratings it is getting. I'd have it often if I could afford to.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz red paint bottle to my Stone IRS snifter glass
Notes taken from 04/05/14

A: Dark espresso brown body completely impervious to any light. A thick billow of dark khaki cream forms giving quite the impressive hang time. Has a few random large gas bubbles in an otherwise nicely compacted head. Some slippery swaths of lace left sliding down the glass at each sip.

S: Smells of chocolate malts, dark roast grains, and milk chocolate chips. More so like melted Hershey’s chocolate candies. Aroma really does come together like malted milk balls. Delivers as advertised although it is more candy like rather than say raw cacao.

T: Big fake chocolate candy flavor. Like melted candies with a thick and powdery chocolate malt ball presence. Not particularly roasty minus a hint of coffee in there. Fairly sweet but not at all cloying like you would expect. Finishes out with some earthy green bitterness on the back end. Alcohol is well masked and bitterness is moderate to low. Doesn’t taste natural to me has more of a tootsie roll flavor. A little tough to drink in its entirety.

M: Full to medium body. Frothy and smooth for the most part with some of that chalky cocoa powder presence. Finish has a nice drying lift and the retreat is fairly clean.

D: Not a very big fan and looks like I may be in the minority here. I prefer stouts where the chocolate flavor is derived mainly from the specialty dark roast malts and/or natural cocoa. This just comes off as Swiss Miss or something artificial. How is no one else getting that? Even though it states Natural Flavors added who knows what that entails.

The bomber was a bit of a chore to finish. Ice Cream is the correct answer.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pitch black with the suggestion of ruby tinge. The head is chunky however I'd prefer it to be foamy mass rather than a cluster of larger, distinct bubbles.

S - Toffee and fudge brownies. Sweet malted bread with chocolate and raisins.

T - Chocolate does not make any more of an appearance than it does in a non-chocolate stout. I found it astringent and really rather bitter. The sweet touch promised by the nose is absent; if anything it tastes slightly soapy.

M - Lacks that rich, luxurious, velvet-cloak mouthfeel you get with something like Victory at Sea. Carbonation and body are medium.

O - I was hoping for an intensified Young's or Sam Smith's but this is not that beer. It's much more of a regular imperial stout, but sadly not one that I particularly enjoyed.

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