Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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Photo of LoRezDave
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow the high marks by prior reviewers really surprises me on this one.

Apperance - the beer pours nearly completely black with just a slight brown rim. The head is brown and lumpy and reminds me of lumpy mashed potatos and gravy. Weird huh. Prolly just me. Medium bubbles, nice retention. As I drink it the beer seems to want to lace but not really.

Aroma - very prominent sweet chocolate aroma, some dark fruit.

Taste - huge taste of roasted chocolate malts and coffee. More dark fruit in the taste. Taste and aroma very similar.

Moutfeel - a bit thin, and a metallic aftertaste (?!)

So I started this sampling waaay too cold. Rookie move. Very interesting how it really opened up as it warmed. Specifically the aroma went from almost nothing to chocolaty plums. The taste opened up too (not as surprising) and the mouthfeel became less thin. Even after it warms it's only a B+ for me.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour, totally opaque black. Beautiful tan head, lacing. Sweet, sweet aroma of chocolate, honey and some molasses.

Taste is also excellent. I feel like chocolate beers can be very overdone, but Rogue strikes a great balance here. The healthy bitterness of this beer definitely contributes to that balance. Malty, not overly sweet as the aroma may suggest. Tons of dark, bittersweet chocolate. Usually I get more coffee with these types of stouts, but here the chocolate is actually an ingredient. Tasty, but the mouthfeel was not as chewy and coating as I wanted it to be. Occasionally the flavor is a little too syrupy-chocolatey, but overall it's very good. Very drinkable for a stout.

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Photo of HatTrick
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Was a very nice and typical black with a creamy head. Reduced down quickly to a very thin fingernail.

S: Smelled like coffee, chocolate, and cloves.

T: Really strong chocolate - very bitter. Mild coffee flavor, weak on the malts. The bitter chocolate was very over-powering and kinda killed the normally yummy malts.

M: Was good mouthfeel for a stout. I liked the thickness of it.

D: Was pretty good with food. Wasn't that fantastic by itself.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black that lets no light escape. Gives rise to a mocha colored head that is retained fairly well. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells like chocolate, roasted malt, and some coffee.

The first taste to hit the tongue is the roasted coffee mixed with the chocolate. Not as sweet as I expected from the nose, but it is rounded out by hop bitterness. This beer is very balanced when I was expecting it to taste like a frappucino.

The mouthfeel is a little thick. Not quite chewy, but fairly viscous.

This is very drinkable. I find the tastes to balance and if you pace yourself it does not take up too much room in the stomach.

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Photo of tjthresh
3.26/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle. Almost opaque black with a lasting frothy light brown head. Nice looking. Pretty light on the aroma side. The chocolate comes of like obvious extract to me. Theres some slight coffee, and a good punch of hops in the flavor. Palate is okay. easy to drink. Not something I'd want to drink again though.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle deep and black like the starless night. Two fingers of malty head. Whoah, this looks great!

Nothing jumps out on the smell, malts, a hint of chocolate like you would expect.

Taste is great, it just sings in your mouth. Lots of roasted malts and even more chocolate, oats, a hint of espresso. Good carbonation helps it spring through the mouth giving you a wide array of flavors. As it warm, it mellows out and the smooth chocolate gives way.

Wow, this is some beer. Super drinkable, complex as the best women always are, at 6% you could have a couple. I have got to go get a couple more of these.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 1pt. 6oz. bottle.

The color is a complete dark black, with a light brown foamy head which sticks to the glass.

The smell is of sweet chocolate. Smells like a chocolate bar of a Hersey kiss.

The taste is very chocolate. Tastes like a Mr. Goodbar, some nutty flavor mixed in with the creamy chocolate.

This is one of the very best stouts I have had. It may be the best stout. It is really easy drinking and very tasty. It also has just enough bitter hops taste to remind you it is a stout. This would make for a very good after dinner beer.

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Photo of biegaman
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Chocolate Stout looks like liquid chocolate - and a good quality dark chocolate at that.
A staunch and secure graphite black body with slender cocoa dusted outline that gallantly unravels itself along the trim. Although inflexibly opaque, the beer is underlined by a very faint beacon of scarlet. A steadfast stream of carbonation continues to amplify what was originally a modest sized almond coloured topping.

This is the kind of smell I wish would stick to my clothes all day. Alluringly bittersweet, it coddles the nose with notes of decadently rich dark chocolate and tropically citric hops. I could also imagine shots of fresh pulled espresso and various nuts (brasil nut, almond, hazelnut) but the coffee would be steeped in hops and the nuts covered in chocolate. Anything this chocolaty *and* this hoppy deserves nothing less than a perfect score.

Heavy roasted cereal grains and sweltered oats meld perfectly with the leafy, highly citric tang of hops. Right on cue a wave of dark chocolate truffles sweep over the palate and settle onto the palate for a long lingering stay. Just when you think the flowery, spicy and citrus character of the hops will overwhelm, right on cue, that graceful finish of dark bittersweet chocolate ushers itself in. In a word: delicious.

Rogue uses both chocolate malt and some kind of 'natural' chocolate flavouring. What ever combination of the two and whatever kind of 'flavouring' (syrup? powder?) it works fantastic. The taste of unrefined cocoa, dark chocolate bars, and gooey baked brownies all show face at one point of another. The essence of chocolate - dry, bitter, rich - is always present.

Of course a number of other flavours are too. I'm tasting primarily chocolate and zesty Cascade hops probably because I'm choosing to, but flavours similar to a mocha latte, sponge cake, custard, creme brulee, whipped cream topped black forest cake, toffee wafers and chocolate chip cookies are all subject to interpretation. The fact of the matter is: if it makes a good dessert, you'll probably taste it at some point.

Rogue's Chocolate Stout is probably best consumed fresh, although I prefer it with a little tiny bit of age (1 year or so). I've found the beer - in typical West Coast USA fashion - to simply be a little too hoppy for its own good when fresh. The tanginess, citrus, and florals of a generous addition of Cascades go well with the decadent chocolate profile but overwhelm it a little at a young age. This is just my personal preference mind you...

An opinion which most would share, however, is that Rogue Chocolate Stout is a titillating beer. It marries roast, chocolate and hops in a delicious, decadent and balanced manner. This should be a staple in the beer fridge of anyone who enjoys stouts, chocolate, or dessert. This Oregon brewery makes some wonderful beers and this particular one still has to be top on my list of favourites. Recommended.

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Photo of Vendetta
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a big, foamy head. Head dissipates quickly, leaves a medium lasting head that eventually fades.

Cold, it has an astringent alcohol aroma. After it warms it displays more of the chocolate and malt in the nose.

Taste is very chocolaty, no real alcoholic presence, which is good. It is full bodied, but there's also a sense of being watered down. Might just be my imagination, but there's a distinct lack of flavor at the end of this beer, right before the smokiness hits on the finish.

This is actually fairly drinkable, a very good stout to demo to non-craft beer drinkers to get their taste acquainted to a stout.

This isn't a kicking stout, but that isn't necessarily bad. Still, I've had better in the past.

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Photo of Brew33
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a Bomber of this at Jungle Jims.

Pours a pitch black with a 1 finger puffy tan head. The smell is all chocolate and some roasted malts.

The taste is CHOCOLATE!!!! Wow. The bittersweet chocolate notes in this beer are very strong. Smooth beer, not too sweet, slight smokiness. Good beer.

The drinkability for me was low due to the over the top chocolate flavor and heavy body. I managed to knock out a bomber in about 1 hour playing cards. Very tasty brew.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at De Koning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a thick creamy two-finger tan head. Color is pretty much pitch black and tar like. Head slowly dissipates into a decent film cap and leaves some immediate lacing. Good film stays and leaves lacing the whole way down. Very appealing.

SMELL: A strong scent of chocolate right off the bat. Roasted and smoky barley malt is there as well, but it's all about the chocolate. It's a little one dimensional, but that's what it's supposed to be I guess.

TASTE: A strong bitter pure chocolate and coffee taste. Some roasted barley malt and a smoky component as well, but chocolate dominates just like the nose and bottle advertise. A long lasting bitter chocolate aftertaste is nice, and a bit of a chalky part there too. Alcohol is not noticeable until the very end. Very enjoyable.

PALATE: Thicker body, medium-high carbonation, and quite creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth and is relatively sticky, coating the mouth.

OVERALL: An excellent chocolate stout that definitely delivers. Drinkable and enjoyable, but it would be hard to drink more than a couple glasses before having to move on to something else. Highly recommended and I'll be getting more next time I see it.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, opaque, chocolaty brown with a thick tan head. Rich aroma is chocolaty and has just a hint of smoke or roast coffee. Flavor is mainly of unsweetened chocolate and has coffee, hoppy and nutty hints; and is slightly bitter. Silky smooth texture leaves a nice aftertaste of unsweet chocolate.

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Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 6 month old 22 oz bomber into Samuel Smith pint glass and allowed to warm for a while and over the course of the tasting. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown with hint of reddish brown in bottom of the glass shown by reflected light from the table lamp. Head is thick and light brown. Coats the side when drinking and loads of fine bubbles persist. A think layer lasts and lasts.

Smell: Aroma dominated by bitter dark chocolate, but is clean and fresh with a hint of milky sweetness.

Taste: Robust taste is of bitter dark chocolate with a hint of something burnt but not unpleasant. As the beer warms more the sweetness becomes more pronounced. So well balanced its hard to detect the hops except that there is a hint of tartness there not from the chocolate or the malts. The after-taste seems to keep going on and on, but becomes mildly unpleasant after a while.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and medium bodied. Gentle carbonation persists for most of the drinking of the beer.

Drinkability: This beer would be great with chocolate dessert or could be dessert all by itself. But given the mildly unpleasant aftertaste I'd probably not drink a second or third in one sitting.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Isaac Newton's in Newtown PA.Poured from a bottle into a PILSNER GLASS ??? Again I am as befuddled as you are. Pours black with a coffee colored creamy heading. Smell is crazy with chocolate and barley. Taste is not much different with overpowering chocolate that balances very well. The easiest stout to drink and by far the best so far. I can't say much more about this but if you want chocolate ecstasy you got it.

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Photo of number1bum
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black in color, not quite completely opaque at the edges but close. Dense and creamy tan head fills the pint glass, settles slowly and leaves a rocky and pretty full lace. Leaves a ton of stick, a real mess, all over the sides. Nice.

Smell is full of semi-sweet milk chocolate, with a nice sweetness but also some more bitter dark chocolate. Very nice and not at all artificial smelling. There is a hint of roasted malt in the nose as well. Quite impressive, and better than the over the top Hershey's chocolate syrup-like nose of ST Choklat.

Taste, too, has a wonderful semi-sweet chocolate flavor. Some dark chocolate bitterness is there along with some roasted malt, but so is some milk chocolate sweetness. There is a bit of hop flavor in the back end, with some citrus and pine, but the chocolate is running the show here. Some bitter dark chocolate lingers in the finish with some hop bitterness and pine.

Mouthfeel is a smooth and creamy medium body and this is extremely drinkable.

This is much more balanced and just plain better than any other chocolate beer I've had (especially you, ST Choklat). A truly exceptional beer.

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Photo of cameraman
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown to black color, with a ton creamy head on top. The head is two inches high and shows tremendous retention, lacing slowly down the glass. The sweet scent of chocolate is apparent with a malty sweetness as well. A touch of grassiness at the end of each scent. The chocolate and malt combine to make an assault on the taste buds, being very dominant. Then it gradually blending to a grapefruit bitterness, that is not to overbearing at the end. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky, with a syrupy clingingness at the end. This maybe a beer for breakfast. WOW! This stout brings the flavor, great aroma, and a silky feel, plus it goes well with chocolate cake.

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Photo of Bootscraper
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This received the most votes in a thread about chocolate stout in another online forum, so I had to pick this up as soon as I discovered my local super market actually carried this.
Served at about 50 degrees F in pint glass listening to Cattle Decapitation's "The Harvest Floor".
This beer is motor oil black, and completely opaque. The pour created a pillowy light-brown head about 2 inches thick that did not disappear until I was halfway down the glass. There was a adequate amount of very sticky lacing as well. Also, on the pour path in my bottle and in the bottom of my glass, there actually was powdery chocolate residue left over.
The smell was very robust of cocoa or dark chocolate. Very inviting! This was backed in larger whiffs by a slight "steely" scent of hops & hint of alcohol.
The flavor started off kinda malty sweet (which surprised me for being a Stout and all), and blended right into a pure dark chocolate taste that snow-balled in momentum towards the finish, and peaked in a moderately-lengthy aftertaste. There was also flavors of tangy hops (this was especially present in burps that served as pleasant interruptions to all that chocolate).
It was medium-bodied. And again, this surprisingly was not your typical dry-ass stout... the fact that is was just a bit malty lent some sticky properties to the mouth-feel, which I enjoyed. Low-carbonation levels too, this kicked ass.
I highly recommend this beer to anyone who loves really dark chocolate. I am not one of said people though, so I personally will not be purchasing this again, but this beer definitely hits what it aims for.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown to virtually black with an aggressive, big chocolaty brown head erupting from the body and eventually giving way to a slight lace. I am expecting big things from this enormously bodied brew.

The chocolate malt floats from the glass, with subtle hints of woody hops and other roasted elements.

Wow, this is like drinking a roasted Hershey's bar, excellent flavor! Big character, but nothing overpowering. Dominant chocolate malt, sweet, slightly burnt oats and balanced in the finish.

Robust body, massive flavor, equally energetic carbonation, creamy and warming.

Excellent all around, I could sip on this Stout all night. Nothing disappoints, every aspect of this beer is great.

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Photo of akokandy
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a pint mug. Very black with a 2+finger dark brown head. Head fades but leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

S- Very chocolatey, sweet smell. More chocolate aroma than any hot chocolate or chocolate milk I've ever had.

T- Starts with sweetness and transitions quickly into bittersweet chocolate. Some coffee/roasty notes in the finish. Sweetness is well-balanced.

M- Thinner than many stouts, with moderate carbonation.

D- The only thing that prevents me from drinking this beer at all times is the price. Otherwise, I would be downing multiple bombers daily.

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Photo of Spikester
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with a small brown head and good amount of lacings. Smell is chocolate fudge cake. Taste is rich bitter chocolate with hints of coffee and a full bitter medium dry finish. Mouthfeel is just the right amount of carbonation. Not normally a big stout drinker but this was was like a dessert. I am thinking this would be a fine companion to a chocolate cheese cake.

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Photo of Tolann
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Poured super black into my globe glass. I didn't get much of a head out of the pour, but it was an almost coffee roast color. Not even a glow is getting though the darkness of this beer.

S - Real chocolate! Some bitter notes. Sweet and not a fake chocolate wanna be. Some dark fruit sweetness and brown sugar. Big time chocolate like a double chocolate cake fresh out of the oven.

T - Sweet and bitterness in the sip. Chocolate hangs on your breath for you to relish in. Bitter chocolate really lingers. Not overly sweet that it would sour your stomach, but something you can really enjoy and you want to sip again.

M - Some sharper carbonation and a little lighter feel than I was anticipating but still a medium mouth feel. I really like the bit of aftertaste. I think that and the nose is where the biggest characteristics shine.

D - I'm not sharing this bottle! I'm not sure why I haven't had this one more often. Very good chocolate stout. What a treat!

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Photo of TMB0424
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into pint glass.

Body pours a completely black capped with a thick, muddy tan head. Retention and lacing are both extremely good.

Aroma is of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, brown sugared darker fruits, with a nice hint of hops in the background. The chocolate smells like the real thing, it's great. Smells like a freshly baked chocolate cake.

Taste is extremely complex and just great. Milk & dark chocolate mixed very well with roasted coffee notes and malts. Smoke, with a tinge of hop bitterness in the finish. The sugary fruits come through somewhere in the middle, just great.

Mouthfeel is rich, thick and creamy. Almost milky. Medium to full bodied. Has a flat feel to it though due to the lack of carbonation. Nothing that hurts the brew too much, though. Drinkability is great, as this is definitely a top notch chocolate stout. The flavors never tire and as it warms, more flavors come out. I will definitely be revisiting this brew. Rogue really did well with this.

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Photo of LunaChick
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great stout.
Pours nearly black. 1.5 finger brown head reduces quickly but allows for lacing in the glass.
Aroma is pure dutch process cocoa powder. Smooth, slightly sweet. Malt hints come thru as well. Flavor starts cocoa--rich, just like the powder. In the middle malts are present, nice roasted flavors, some hints of smoke. Slightly nutty. Finish is similar to a 70% dark chocolate bar. Bitter but not harsh. There is a slight hint of hops which helps to clean the palate. Slightly dry. Not overly carbonated, very full flavors.
Medium on the edge of full body overall. Excellent brew. True chocolate taste that is niether overly sweet, nor artificial. 6% abv makes this easy to enjoy more than a pint. or 2.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black color with a thick, creamy brown head that lasted for almost the entire glass.

S - chocolate and roasted malt.

T - very good chocolate flavor without being overly sweet, hop bitterness provides excellent balance.

F - light/medium bodied with a fizzy carbonation feel.

D - goes down easy, a tasty, enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Stimack
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this brew up the other day, I was not sure what to think based on the amount of chocolate flavor that I figured would be there. The brew poured to a black color with a thick lighter brown head that had great retention and lacing. The aroma was dominated by the chocolate aroma, bittersweet. Also adding to the bitterness was the hops, with 60+ IBUs I figure that this would add to that perceived aroma? Also was a mild aroma of coffee and slightly burnt grains. The taste was dominated by the same bittersweet chocolate that was picked up on the nose, but also there was a nice malt flavor that seemed to add a dryness. That dryness was mixed with an ample hop presence at the tail. I feel that the flavors of this brew where good, it (bomber bottle) was just to much for me. The flavors just seemed to get to me after a while. I made my way through it but it took time and at the end some effort. The feel was a little syrupy with adequate carbonation. This brew is clearly worth trying and probably would be great going along with a chocolate type dessert. For me I would clearly rather have the Shakespeare Stout from Rogue.

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