Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
12 Ingredients:
Great Western 2-Row, Crystal 135- 165, Chocolate & Rogue Micro Barley Farm DareTM & RiskTM Malts; Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution & Rebel Hops, Rolled Oats, Roasted Barley, Natural Chocolate Flavoring, Free Range Coastal Waters & Pacman Yeast.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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17.9%
 
 
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Photo of allenson21
2.98/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber to pint glass

Had a LONG week of work and couldn't wait to drink this for the first time.

A - Cracked it open and poured (with a slightly heavy wrist) into my pint glass. Looks good. DARK brown - almost black - even in the light. Not much head (1/3 inch even with the slightly agitated pour) but a nice tan color.

S - Maltiness... Chocolate.... Nuttiness... Coffee? In that order. hmmmm, let's see how it performs

T - I left a little dinner on my plate, skipped desert, and passed on sweats all day for this?!? Where's the chocolate? I taste an average-stout, with average maltiness, and some hints of chocolate and nuts. A little too hoppy.

M - Oily / watery stout. Slightly under-carbonated. Not exactly pleasing to the palate.

Look, I understand the paradigm that chocolate stouts should not be over-chocolatey, however, this is will be a disappointment to anyone looking for an even-slightly sweet treat. It was drinkable, but boring. According to the website, this stout is:

"Ebony in color with a rich creamy head. The mellow flavor of oats, chocolate malts and real chocolate are balanced perfectly with the right amount of hops for a bitter-sweet finish."

-Color was ebony, but the creamy head was not.
-Oats? No.
-Chocolate malts and real chocolate? Meh, malts and a hint of chocolate.
-Too much hops making the beer more bitter than sweet.

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Photo of Beer_Runner
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling date: none

A: A fairly aggressive pour into a standard pint glass produced about two fingers of light mocha colored and clumpy head. After several minutes this head dissipated to a collar and did not leave any lacing. The beer is a deep, dark infinite ebony and absolutely opaque.

S: The aroma is very strong and consists of rich chocolate and malt sweetness, roasted oats and barley, and just a little underlying earthy hops.

T: The taste has elements of unsweetened chocolate, dark roasted oats and barley with just a little bit of carbon char; and, there is also some earthy and just slightly spicy hops.

M: The body is fairly light with a very smooth and creamy feel. And, there is only a little carbonation which fits just right with this beer.

O: This is truly a chocolate tasting chocolate stout. Yet, since the chocolate has an unsweetened character it fits really well into really good oatmeal stout. The result of this combination is a pleasing blend and balance of unsweetened chocolate and dark roasted grains along with the some earthy and slightly spicy hops to add complexity.

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

Into my nonic:

A: thick black colored body with a two finger foamy tan head. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising.

S: milk chocolate up front with some nice vanilla entering sweetly in. Some malted roastiness is there as well.

T: bitter but also sweet in different aspects, sometime one or the other.

M: very thick with nothing harsh on the tongue, medium, fairly drinkable for an American Stout.

O: this is pretty good as some nice complex flavors come out yet it doesn't overly excite, though it could pass for a "milk/sweet stout." I'd have this again.

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Photo of BigBarley
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out thick, jet black, with a finger of tan, bubbly head, immediately recedes to foam tracings

S - Sweet, milk chocolate profile, with vanilla right beneath, malt profile of roasted nature sits boldly behind it all. Surprisingly sweet aroma, almost 90% pure chocolate scent

T - Bitter, roasty flavor comes out on top, sort of an oaky black character, with a chocolatey sweetness hovering behind it all. Roasted stout flavor all over, not as much chocolate as a dark coffee stout profile.

M - Plenty thick, somewhat syrupy, active foam carbonation. Good and chewy, doesn't disappoint on mouthfeel.

O - Good beer. Great beer, in fact. Just didn't deliver much on it's promise. Did it smell chocolatey? Oh yes. Did it taste chocolatey? ...perhaps. Same as most stout, it had that roasted, dark chocolate character. But unfortunately, it wasn't much of anything special. The smell was more exciting and new than the flavor, but the flavor still stood up as a strong, enjoyable stout. I will drink this again, but not when I'm in the mood for strong chocolate notes

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Photo of KajII
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a very dark muddy brown almost black with an average (1-2 finger) medium brown rocky head that receded steadily, down to a thin film with a large collar and had fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was loaded with chocolate right up front along with some burnt malts, a light resin hop and a doughy yeast and had notes of coffee, dark chocolate and a mild nutty presence.

Taste was bitter sweet and malty with a note of dark chocolate in the beginning, and then became moderately bitter with a bold dose of coffee and yes more bitter chocolate towards the finish. The flavor hung around for quite a long time after the swallow, with a very bitter mocha coffee taste left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was full in body with a dry, oily texture and a nice soft carbonation.

Overall and simply put, this brew is a Chocoholics dream and I am hooked...

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Photo of hoplover82
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours black with a solid two finger tan head that has excellent retention and beautiful lacing.
S-The aroma has a pronounced toasted oat note to it with some dark chocolate syrup and a very sweet caramel aroma. I can tell this is gonna be sweet and it smells like dessert.
T-Oh my goodness! It's truly like drinking the chocolate truffles rolled in quality cocoa powder I made with some left over gonosh I had, but in liquid form! This is delish! A perfect dessert beer for sure. And there are some earthy hops in the flavor as well along with a perfect bittereness to keep it from being too sweet. WOW
M-The mouthfeel is so balanced as far as dryness and sweetness goes. It has a medium to full body and very creamy because of the oats.
O-I fully enjoyed this beer and is probably the only Rogue beer I would buy again because of their high prices, (not flavor) most of their beers are way over priced, but this one is worth every penny for sure. When I go to a friends house, I'm bringin' this one for dessert. Such a well done chocolate beer. Thanks Rogue for this offering

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

As I pour a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a 1-2" light brown head appears atop an opaque black beer.... Under the brightest light, you can see the slightest tint of brown around the edges.... The head dissipates quickly with minimal retention, but leaves decent lacing.

I take a whiff and get (but of course) super dominant chocolate notes with some toasted malts and the slightest bit of nuttiness.

The taste is very similar to the nose.... Mostly chocolate with a bit of coffee, toasted malts and nuts.... A little bit of oats in there, too.

This is a medium-to-full-bodied brew that is perfectly carbonated.... Very smooth and creamy going down with a chocolatey aftertaste that lingers awhile.

Overall, I love this brew.... One of the best flavored stouts I've ever had.... Leave it to Rogue, which is amongst my top 10 favorite brewers in America, to master a perfectly balanced chocolate stout in every way imaginable.... Once again, they cease to amaze.

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

22 oz bomber pours a near opaque black with a fair amount of floaties, and more than adequate tan head and lacing. Aroma reminds me a lot of Whoppers (hmm, chocolate covered malted milk ball - makes sense). Taste is chocolately, with faint coffee and smoke flavors. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth - this almost drinks too fast. I'm usually a bit of a purist when it comes to flavored beers but this one is very well done!

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Photo of bambam2517
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer for dessert! This stout delivers the chocolate with clear singularity, more so than the other two I tried this week. The others were good in their own right, but both had espresso or smoke or some other flavors muddled in. This is the one that really nails it!

A - Dark coffee brown and dense, less creamy than other stouts I've had lately and the froth dissipates quickly.

S - Slightly nutty, very prominent chocolate tones. No hop or malt character on the nose, nor alcohol.

T - Toasted nuts and chocolate initially, with the chocolate lingering. Sweet and the alcohol is well hidden.

M - Extremely clean for a Stout, no oiliness or burn. Consistent mouthfeel throughout the swallow, nothing surprising in this one. Decent.

O - The perfect beer for dessert, a great 'Mood" beer. Not one to fit in a regular Stout rotation due to the sweet character of this one, but very enjoyable in the appropriate occasion. Also make a great surprise/change of pace, I think I'll gift a couple this year.

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Photo of sarajayne
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: Brownish-Black

Smell: Cocoa, Chocolatey Goodness

Taste: Oh oh it's magicccc. The best part about this beer is it offers a rich satisfying chocolatey flavor without being overwhelmingly sweet. This beer is brewed with oats, chocolate roasted malts, and real chocolate- so there's no tacky artificial flavors here. Everything comes together perfectly and makes this beer enjoyable all the way through.

Overall: Personally, this was a filling beer for me. I would recommend it with dessert or as a night cap. Best served a little warmer than most beers- 50-55 degrees F would be ideal. You will not be disappointed.

Collage girls drink GOOD beer:
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Photo of Greywulfken
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Center pour into tulip produced a shiny, inky black body with dark tan foam a finger thick that trailed lacing as it receded

S: very mellow, smooth espresso and subtle chocolate malts

T: roastiness of barley and smooth mellowness of chocolate malts; moderate espresso coffee flavors; nicely bittered with a little bite on the finish, which made the beer vibe classy; roasty burnt taste on the mid-palate; dry bittersweet chocolate

M: medium-to-full bodied, slick across the tongue; some bitter tingle; gentle chocolate malt/roasty aftertaste

O: a very distinguished-tasting beer - forward in approach, embracing the style with a simple elegance.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome, big stout that is delicious, and really, it's fun to drink. I wish the smell was a little sweeter, maybe let some more malt come through with the chocolate, but it's hard to complain too much about this beer.

This is one that is great for introducing people to beer, or at least helping them realize how diverse beer can be. It is also a great food beer, pairing well with chocolate, but also Ice Cream!

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Photo of Greenjack
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stouts are my style of choice. Being a home brewer, I thought I would try a few 22 oz. bottled brews this weekend for a couple of reasons. First, try something new. Second, invest in some larger bottles for home brew that will cut down on my bottling time.
I have tried some of the other Rogue styles in the past and have not been overly impressed but when I tried the Rogue Chocolate Stout I was blown away. In review, I do not know how this brew can be improved. I have purposely stayed away from some of the other Rogue styles in the past but chocolate stout is a home run.
Rogue, you have changed my mind. Now my quest to emulate this brew at home begins.

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

From notes, Sept. 24, 2012.

From a 22 oz bottle into a nonic.

A-The beer pours coffee-black with brown highlights if you shine a light in there. There was a 1.5 finger, dirty-brown head that recedes slowly leaving a thick ring around the edge of the glass.

S-Cocoa and, uh, chocolate, obviously. Milk chocolate to light-dark chocolate to be exact. The smell is pretty concentrated on those flavors, but I got a whiff of roasted malts and oats.

T-Mostly follows the chocolatey smell, but a bit more bitter. I got a bit of smoke, which makes the chocolate notes almost like semi-sweet chocolate. There was a bit of nutty flavor on the finish.

M-The beer leans toward heavy, but not nearly as oily or heavy as an RIS.

O-As advertised, this is a chocolate stout, and a good one at that. Is this the best chocolate stout out there? No, but if you want to sip on a dessert beer that won't bowl you over with ABV, this is a nice choice in complexity and taste.

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Photo of 57md
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a finger of tan head. The nose is distinctly chocolate. The chocolate flavor is certainly present upfront, but the roast profile is not quite up to the standards of top tier stouts. The finish has a definite cocoa bitterness that makes for a nice ending to a solid offering.

Too often I find that brewers like to hype their "chocolate" beers, but rarely do they deliver on actual chocolate flavor. This offering is one of the few chocolate beers that can be marked "as advertised."

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

This Oregon made stout is the wow of stout beers. I don't know if this is my favorite stout stout, but damn...it knocks me out. This is a contender for first prize of stouts with especially another Oregon stout - Obsidian!

Let's get to the review. Appearance? Black black like purple black with a creamy tan head that won't quit. 5.0.

The aroma of chocolate fills your senses so much that I had to give it a 5.0 too just for its sheer strength.

The taste is a strong stout melded with chocolate. Lotsa chocolate. The chocolate shows up on the first taste. Stronger chocolate flavor than even Young's Double chocolate. I don't know if this is my favorite stout. I don't know if I want this much chocolate, but I rated it at a 4.5 just to give it the proper props that are due to the tremendous effort by the makers of this beer. Hoo-wah.

Complement this beer with a silent watching of Foxxy Brown movie while listening to Grace Jones singing La Vie en Rose and more of her techno punky miracles.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very viscous pour produced a three finger light brown head atop an opaque black body. Laces well.

Aroma: Like an Oatmeal Stout with that added chocolate factor. Sweet and slightly roasty notes.

Taste: Interestingly enough the biggest flavor I get here is a smoky and similar to tobacco. It's not a bad thing per say, just not what I was expecting. I think what I'm tasting is a combination of dark roasted chocolate and the hops. At 69 IBUs the beer leaves a distinct, but by no means overwhelming, bitterness in the finish. As I get further into the beer, that tobacco flavor is fading and the chocolate profile is emerging. 6% ABV actually seems low for how thick and robust this beer drinks.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thick, between medium and full bodied. Average drinkability and a little too much carbonation for the style.

Final Thoughts: Although the flavor profile on this one was not quite what I was expecting, it's a unique change of pace from the usual Chocolate Stout. Would I drink it again? Probably not, an interesting beer but not one I feel the need to revisit.

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Photo of skilaxin1088
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured this from a bomber into a "drink vermont beer" pint glass. had a nice tan 2 finger head that receded to about a quarter inch. not very aromatic, but black as night. feel is good, medium bodied for a stout in my opinion. the taste is what really gets me. it tastes like a chocolate milk with far more chocolate than necessary. its fantastic. but really all chocolate and quite delicious definitely a chocoholics dream.

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Photo of ABisonEgo
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 14 ounce snifter

Appearance - pitch black with a 2 finger tan head. no lacing on glass, head retention is quite lasting.

Aroma - dark chocolate and roasted malts. A sweeter milk chocolate does somewhat cut through on the nose with hints of vanilla making its mark.

Taste - I am more impressed with the aroma on this one. A bittersweet chocolate taste comes through with a semi lingering roasty finish. You do get some hints of vanilla in the middle of the tongue, but the aroma does come off a little sweeter. Not too overpowering of a roasted note to this one, and the bitterness in the finish is balanced enough with the malts that it does not plague the tongue with an overly bitter flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation on this one. Not silky smooth by any means, but with a medium body and a semi creaminess to it, its not bad. Wish it were a little lighter on the carbonation and had a little bit more of a heavier/creamier mouthfeel.

Overall - Not bad. This is rated higher than southern tiers "choklat", but overall, i think choklat does a better job of nailing what i would want out of a chocolate beer. This is definitely better than a lot of stouts advertised as chocolate stouts, and for the price, its pretty damn solid. I do love the vanilla flavor that compliments the chocolate and the lack of overly bitter malts to give it that easy drinking feel. All in all, I would say this is definitely one to take a stab at.

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Photo of Serge
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a dense chocolate brown head. Aroma is dense chocolate with a strange yet nice fruity note - towards berries. I pick up the same distinct berry note in the flavor too. Nicely roasted malt, bitter hops flavor and smooth yet slight dusty chocolate powdery flavor. Solid bitter and roasted finish. Strange with this distinct berry flavor, yet it is very pleasing.

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Photo of dbell23
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a growler. Black in color with a light brown head of about two fingers. The head quickly dissipates and there is good lacing. Looks like a stout.

Smell is light sweet chocolate. It smells like hot cocoa mix. Maybe a hint of vanilla. Really nice.

Taste is a blast of bittersweet chocolate. Kind of crisp in the middle with a lingering malt bitter chocolate finish. There is a mild hop undertone throughout. Delicious.

The only problem I have with this beer is mouthfeel. It's certainly not bad but I would like it with more smoothness. It's a little crisp for a stout.

Overall a really good beer. One of my favorite Rogues. Perfect on a cold day in front of the fire. A definite winter warmer.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/18/12

Appearance: Dark dark brown, almost black - minimal, off white head, fades to nothing, leaves some steaks of lacing

Smell: Lightly roasty, lightly burnt, with chocolate, as the name would imply - both chocolate malts and cocoa - typical Rogue yeast as well

Taste: Yup, chocolate - dark, roasty chocolate malts and dark chocolate - sweet chocolate, too, like Tootsie Rolls - mildly bitter - malt base is a bit one dimensional and oddly mild - some weak coffee notes

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, on the thin side for a stout, but nicely carbonated and drinkable

Overall: Yeah, it has chocolate but not much else

This is a decent offering from Rogue, but not their best, and not outstanding overall. It's a nice use of chocolate, not too sweet. But the overall body could be more interesting.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.44/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Super dark brown, almost black. Non-existent head. Wisps of khaki colored foam ghost as cap and collar. Some tiny streaks of lacing.

Smell: Huge chocolate. Chocolate malts and tons of milk chocolate. Some darker chocolate, but it's mainly and massively sweet milk chocolate. Some roasted malts underneath. Tons of roasted barley. It's a melted Hershey bar. Low-grade chocolate. Distinct Rogue Pacman yeast. Sweet and roasty.

Taste: Roasty dark chocolate and chocolate malts. Bitter cocoa edge. Tannic. Tons of milk chocolate and the missing cocoa powder from the nose. Mildly earthy and distinctly Rogue. Yeasty undertone. roasted barley with an undercurrent of oats. So much chocolate and not necessarily in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Vague notions of carbonation. Body has hints of creamy and smooth. Medium body overall.

Overall: Oh Rogue, you so silly with your gamble chocolate.

Acrid in its roast and sweet in its chocolate. Add to that some Pacman yeast and it falls apart at the seams. Lots of flavor that feels thin and flat.

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Photo of scratch69
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown with a fingers worth of brown head. Nice amount of sticky lacing.

Smell- Milk chocolate aroma dominates with a hint of dark roasted malt.

Taste- Strong chocolate flavor balanced out with a bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, creamy, and smooth. Lightly carbonated.

Overall- Very good stout with lots of chocolate flavor. Just a tad too bitter at the finish but still very delicious.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Alchemy (Madison). The tap version blows doors on the bottle version, which I had rated two years ago at 3.75.

Wonderful all around. Of course cocoa and bread, stone fruits (prune, cherry) and toffee. This was just great stuff on tap. I better try the bottle again...

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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