Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,198
Reviews:
1,913
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.14/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I ought to be more critical, but I don't have it in me today...

A- pours a dark brown, almost black into a highball glass. The head is a foamy, rich mocha color. gorgeous.

A- One dimensional, but incredibly distinct. Smells like a chocolate milk that has been sitting out in the sun. A little musty, and buttery. It's a smell you'll never forget... even if you want to.

T- Mirrors the taste. The chocolate notes are there, but they're not becoming of a Stout. I've have "chocolate" Porters and Stouts, but it never tastes like this. This reminds me of artificially sweetened cocoa powder.... not a chocolate stout. DISTINCT American hops. They're not the main feature, but they're unavoidable, particularly in the finish.
If it were competing w/ Aunt Jemima's Syrup, I'd call it a competitive attempt, but I'd pick the syrup.

I'm sounding harsh, but only beause of other beers I have had. I do enjoy drinking this, but it's not a hallmark Stout.

It finishes dry... and it's unoffensive: those are features to its credit.

M- creamy, almost silky. Gives way to dryness.

O- Not my cup of tea. I was expecting more. ROGUE's Oatmeal Stout blows this away!!! I'd pick most any ROGUE beer I have had over this one; though I'm not familiar with more than half their line-up.

This just tastes too one-dimensional, and that flavor isn't overwhelmingly appealing. In fact, I could almost do without it.

I guess this beer can be regarded like lots of visiting family members: they're great at first, but then they just become nagging.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep brown, nearly black, but with some visibility through the very edges. Head grows to about one and a half fingers and appears a beautiful mocha color.

S - Chocolate, like tootsie rolls, but it doesn't linger. A very "brief" aroma. On second thought, I am best reminded of chocolate milk when I take a whiff.

T - Strong chocolate flavor with a clean grainy finish. The finish has a "chemical" component that is off putting. I liken this to Southern Tier's Choklat, but with a less sweet and much more bitter chocolate flavor. Also, it isn't as strongly flavorful or as tasty as that beer. This makes since, as that is an imperial take on the chocolate stout and this is not, but I am left wanting a bit more. The beer is not balanced at all, it is simply chocolate with the weird aftertaste of chemical laced cocoa. Color me a bit disappointed.

M - Medium body and a surprising amount of carbonation. Slightly dry like a dark chocolate bar.

O - Overall this is an average chocolate stout in my mind. It has much more intense flavor than most American Stouts, but the flavor is too tightly focused and honestly not too exciting because of it. A fine beer, but I certainly won't pay the 6-7 dollars it costs to get a bomber of it here. Perhaps if I lived in Portland again I could give it another shot.

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Photo of sevefan
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Beers of Europe. At £7 something per bottle here in N Ireland, I won't be buying too many of these but had to try it out... A fair bit of body with this stout, frothy tan head with excellent lacing on the pint glass. Smells of bittersweet chocolate, bitter coffe, pepper, roasty walnuts evident. I get alot of the walnut taste with this, a little chocolate, very earthy and its getting more earthy / roasty as this pint glass ends. Aftertaste is fairly bitter and nutty. I expected this a bit sweeter but a fine beer to relax with and watch a movie. At 650ml per bottle, when you have finished your pint you have a few more litres to look forward to!! Very pleasent.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bomber into a GL Snifter.

Had a thick creamy off-white head that left no lacing whatsoever. Black as a clear summer night.

Smell was loaded with dark roasty malts, chocolate and a sweet smell that reminds me of dark fruits. The taste was more chocolate than anything. It tastes strongly of powdered semi-sweet chocolate. I even got hints of hoppy bitter the roasty malts that have a slightly smokey taste as well.

Aftertaste was purely the chocolate with bitterness coming through on the back of the tongue in the later stages.

In terms of mouthfeel, the chocolate cuts the aftertaste I expect from a stout, and I like it.

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Photo of jgurley
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black with a thin brown head and thin lace. Milky dark chocolate is forefront in the nose with toasted malt underneath. Taste is very chocolatey throughout. Nice roasted malt on the middle with a dry finish.Thick, milky, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. The milky chocolate comes through strong in the aftertaste. Thickness does not impede the drinkability. Very good. I'm a fan of the chocolate stouts, and this is an excellent example and the most chocolatey I've had. At $4.49 a bomber, this will be my go-to stout for a while.

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Photo of avalon07
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a huge, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing. A fantastic-looking stout.

S: A very chocolatey smell here, with traces of malt and hops as well.

T: The advertised chocolate (dark chocolate, precisely) certainly isn't overhyped It's front and center. Also had some malt, hops and an oaty, grainy quality. A solid flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: This is a very drinkable, easy to like beer.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black as night. Fluffy 1 finger dark mocha head with great retention. Awesome lacing.

S: Chocolate. Chocolate. Slight coffee. Not much else. Just a regular chocolate aroma.

T: Milk chocolate. Slight coffee bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Could be a tad thicker. Creamy.

O: Very decent stout for the chocolate lover. Lacks the body I would like in a stout though still decent.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours beautiful dark black with a thick tan head that has awesome retention and leaves thick walls of creamy lace.

The aroma is simple with lots of cocoa, milk chocolate, a touch of caramel, coffee and roasted malts with a hint of vanilla.

The taste is full, rich milk chocolate, some bitter cocoa, roasted coffee, earthy hops on the end and a hint of vanilla.

Rich, silky, milky, smooth and creamy.

Excellent, easy to down, mild mannered, sweet and chocolately dessert stout. Not too rich, not too roasty, just right and delicious.

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

A - Pours a nice pitch black, two fingers of mocha head with solid retention and some nice chunky lacing.

S - Nice milk chocolate notes, a touch of espresso and dark roasted malts. Touch of leafy hops on the finish, but still quite sweet.

T - The milk chocolate notes are fantastic, super sweet, though not to the point where it would be considered a dessert beer. The roasted characteristics linger nicely on the tongue and the leafy hops are also coming through. A touch of nuttiness also comes through on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and touch of dryness on the finish.

O - I can understand why this is a top rated stout. The flavours are perfectly balanced and offer a great balance between sweetness and dark roasted stout. I could drink this stuff all day.

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Photo of gatorbreath
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Going to try this one again, and again, but for now...

App - Good, dark, brown head...resembles a heavy stout..

Smell - heavy on sweetness and chocolate, roasty/nutty malts to assist

T/MF - Heavy, slick, perfectly carbonated, chocolate tasting with maltiness and notes of nuttiness coming through the palate. This is very well-balanced.

Overall - all good, solid offering, wanna try a stout, grab one of these..

Roots

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

Beautiful dark beer falling short of being complete black in color. The nose carries lots of bittersweet chocolate, getting you excited about what's to come. Really appealing taste, chocolate is fully in effect, as well as a bit of hoppy bitterness that's fairly restrained. The finish lingers but doesn't overstay its welcome. Mouthfeel is medium, thin enough to avoid coating the mouth too much. A nice chocolate stout, not very boozy, thick or syrupy. Pretty drinkable but a shared bomber was all I needed. I liked that this one wasn't too over the top or excessively big.

The booze, hops, sweetness and viscosity of this beer are all pretty low, allowing the bittersweet chocolate flavor and aroma to come to the fore. Well done.

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

22oz bottled (no date) poured into a snifter.

Pitch black with a 1-finger tan head.

Aroma is bitter dark chocolate, cocoa, slight vanilla. Smells like a box of chocolates.

Taste is smooth dark chocolate, roasted malt, hints of vanila.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a slightly bitter finish.

Overall, good but not particularly complex or unique. Even after allowing it to warm for a while, not much changes. I've had several chocolate stouts and this one doesn't really stand out. But not bad either.

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

Poured into a tulip glass out of a bomber with no freshness date.

Appearance: Quite literally, no light passes through the strong, opaque blackness that is this beer. Contains a vividly thick head with brownish hues. As it warms up, most of the head vanishes, which is common with beers like this.

Smell: Strong, vivid smells of chocolate, coffee beans, cream and milk, cane sugar, and even vanilla.

Taste: The taste of dark chocolate is immediately present alongside a roasted, smokey flavor. It's hard to believe that this is a beer, as it strongly resembles a bitter mocha. This is an impressively rich and complex brew: the taste is very overwhelming yet the alcohol is barely noticeable. The hops grant it an extra kick reminiscent of chili spices.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick (and dry) like no stout I've had before. The hops briefly tingle the tongue but do not last. The chocolate flavor is (rightly so) extremely overpowering, but the malts are easily distinguishable. To my surprise, this beer warmed up my throat and forehead.

Overall: Incredible! This is a delectable treat that should be enjoyed on any cold, misty evening. Cheers to Rogue for successfully crossbreeding a hot chocolate and a beer at the same time. The only quarrel I have with this beer is its overwhelming drinking factor. Simply put, it's so rich that I could never have an entire bottle on my own. Due to this, this is a good brew to share amongst friends and acquaintances as a wonderful aperitif - or a good replacement for an after-meal espresso.

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

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown/black colour with a lively brown tinged head that quickly settles down.

Smells like chocolate and malts

The taste is dominated by harsh roasted/burnt notes, with a bitter aftertaste. Some dark chocolate and fruit hints too but they're not huge due to a high level of carbonation. This reduces as you drink.

Overall quite a good beer. The burnt notes are too strong for my liking but it is alright nonetheless.

Edited to add .5 to the taste and mouthfeel because as you drink it seems to get smoother.

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

650 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip; no dating on the bottle. Deep, dark black body with a huge three-finger mocha head and lots of lacing. Looks very good.

Good aroma with, um, chocolate. But, more coming along as well. Some roasted malt and even a hint of earthy hops. Not overpowering but nice.

Mmmmm. The flavor is a potent mix of the aforementioned aromas in even tastier measures. The chocolate seems a little darker in the flavor than I expected from the aroma. Excellent notes of roasted malt, hops, and coffee keep this one from being too sweet. Thank you, Rogue. I don't like overly sweet beers.

Fairly light mouthfeel that is very drinkable. Excellent brew!

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Photo of bogus564
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 6 fl oz, poured into a pint glass.

A - Rogue knows what they're doing when it comes to making a stout look good. This has a beautiful dark chocolate color, with a 3cm head that's a nice caramel shade. The head holds for a good 3 minutes before dissolving into a lace.

S - Wow, that chocolate really comes through in the nose. Smells of dark chocolate with caramel and a hint of coffee beans. Man, that's good.

T - It tastes like a stout should, to be sure. There's the chocolate confirmed, with a hoppy note that's not overdone; I get a fruity more than piney hop sensation, that fruit being graefruit, but it's not overpowering. I am liking this.

M - Good. Medium-bodied, not over-carbonated, with a hoppy finish. I've certainly had worse.

O - Good beer. I could have two bottles this size with my more enlightened friends; three might make the conversation a bit sloppy. This would be spot-on perfect with a well-grilled steak.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

An incredibly dark mahogany brown with deep auburn and ruby edges. Big, thick, pillowy, and creamy head. A thing of beauty. Messy, sticky lacing all over the glass.

A tremendously chocolatey aroma. This smells like real, ooey, gooey, melted, delicious chocolate. Some roasted malt in the background, but the chocolate aroma here is superb! Again, perfect.

A sweet and bitter chocolate stout. It's not as sweet as the nose would suggest, which I actually think is a good thing. Roasted malts and lots of chocolate make up this stunning stout. As advertised. For chocolate lovers: seek this one out!

Unfortunately, the only thing average about this beer is it's mouthfeel. It's simply nothing special, not something poor. It's decidedly average, which is unfortunate because I've had other Rogue stouts with very good mouthfeels. This one simply seems a bit too thin, though it is well carbonated.

The mouthfeel doesn't detract much from this beer. It's nearly perfect. Chocolate lovers all over the world need to be introduced to this beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: jet black pour, dark cocoa head, heavy lacing

S: deep chocolate with a dose of creamy milk and vanilla character, roasted character, rich and decadent

T: starts with bitter bakers chocolate, some roasted character in the middle, rounds out to a creamy vanilla flavor, finish is slightly dry. Nice feature of chocolate.

Mf: medium body, medium carbonation

O: very nice and flavorful chocolate beer, full flavored

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

A: Watched the bartender pour this one from the tap and it came out like mud in comparison to the other beers he poured. Classic frothy nitro head. Beer is very dark-- really surprised this isn't an imperial stout.

S: Sweet chocolate, roasted nuts, grains, slightly curdled vanilla milk and a strong oatmeal character. Again really surprised this is a single stout, lots of aroma flowing from this.

T: Pretty much the same as the nose but less vanilla and the chocolate was a little more bitter than expected, which was actually welcome. Solid taste.

M: Like most nitros I kind of get torn because the head is so creamy it's hard for the body to match. Despite it being a common problem I really felt the beer itself was too watery for the taste and the head, it was really mismatching. Otherwise I thought the tastes spread well and it was pleasant to have in the mouth.

O: I honestly haven't enjoyed the vast majority of rogue beers I've had before but this one caught me off guard. It's not mind blowing, had some small flaws, and none of the tastes were entirely unfamiliar, but for a non-imperial stout I give this high marks.

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Photo of ckollias
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 22oz bomber out of a large snifter glass.

A: Dark pitch black with a thin dark brown 1-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace. Leaves a beautiful trail down the whole glass.

S: Wow – wonderful chocolate roasted malt aroma fills the nose. I could smell this beer all day. Hints of coffee and cocoa powder.

T: Dark rich ale with a great chocolate and coca powder taste. Nice roasted malt stout flavor crosses the palate. Background consists of coffee and mild sweetness.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation

O: Great chocolate stout! Beautifully balanced and flavored. I’m a fan.

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Photo of seabass87
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 650 ML bottle into glass.

A- Opaque black with a short creamy brown head. The head dies down quickly, but it leaves a brilliant swirly, milky topper through the entirety of consuming. Very small bits of carbonation on the sides of the glass. Some isolated lacing around the sides of the glass.

S- As expected, this is predominately sweet chocolate with roasted malts. I'm getting some hazelnut undertones. The advantage this has over its peers is that the chocolate smell is very pronounced without smelling dark, too rich or overbearing. Seems well balanced for the style. Smells absolutely delicious.

T- We first get a dose of milky chocolate, but it doesn't hit as hard as you might think. We are smoothly transitioned into medium roasty malts, hazelnut, and biscuit flavors. Has an incredible aftertaste of chocolate biscotti and just a very small amount of flavorful bitterness. Yum.

M- There is a surprising level of carbonation in this beer. It has a light body for a stout, and finishes neither dry nor wet (just right). The relatively low ABV is what makes these things possible, and I applaud Rogue for being able to make the tradeoff.

O- I enjoyed this beer immensely. It's similar in some ways to the Shakespeare Stout (especially the mouthfeel/carbonation). I like the fact that even though it definitely is a Chocolate stout, the flavoring is balanced and mild enough so that you can drink this without it feeling like you're drinking dessert. I also appreciate the fact that they were able to avoid it getting into mocha/coffee territory - not that I don't enjoy the coffee taste, but it is somewhat commonplace for stouts of this nature to rely too heavily on coffee to cover the alcohol bite. This is a beer that accomplishes it's style with flying colors. I will definitely be coming back to this one.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into snifter

Pours a shrouded dark brown, almost black color. Crop of beige head retains with a filmy residue, leaving some patches of lacing on the glass.

A nice aroma filled with baker's chocolate, cocoa, and slight chalkiness. Some sweetness, milky and creamy.

Slight note of hops up front, quickly brushed away by a deep chocolatey base. Milk and cream mixed with cocoa powder followed by roasted malts. A bit chalky and nutty. Finishes with soft sweetness and dry malt.

Thinner medium body, decent carbonation, a bit sticky and lingering on the palate. A drinkable, well flavored chocolate stout, but not necessarily a favorite of mine.

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

Pours dark with a nice beige head. Good look. Chewy full chocolaty aroma. Some dark roast coffee. Pours opaque black smallish tan head. Long deep milk chocolate finish. Hop bitterness tempers the residual sweetness. Overall, a very fine beer indeed, and I would recommend.

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Photo of Brittmb29
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 650 mL bottle into glass shaker pint:

A- Black body no light comes through, tan head thin over top but staying down the glass and lacing. head is maintained from carbonation.

S- dark roasty chocolate, somewhat nutty and malty notes make a full smell between a chocolate candy or milkshake.

T- bitterness from hops are very present with the dark chocolate flavor settling on the tongue. some malted sweetness mid sip finishing on bitter note from hops once alcohol dries off mild dark chocolate.

M- my least appealing part due to high carbonation w/ large hoppy flavors. bitterness goes well with chocolate but i prefer less carbonation covering the whole tongue. creamy medium body is nice though.

D- Good to split a bottle, maybe the whole one on a longer night. good tastes but the flavors stick on the palate so it would fatigue taste after a couple.

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Photo of bobloblaw22
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Extremely dark, set off by a rich brownish tan head. Nice retention, good lacing.

S: Delicious aroma of dark chocolate with a healthy helping of coffee. Fantastic smell.

T: The chocolate is the most powerful sensation on the taste buds. I was disappointed that the taste wasn't quite as rich as the aroma. Still, very good. A touch of sweet vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Can only describe it as a bit deceptive. I was expecting it to be much heavier but it seemed to almost disappear. Very creamy and smooth, but relatively light.

Overall, very good. I'm glad I was able to try it.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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