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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
Reviews:
1,906
Ratings:
4,160
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
17.9%
 
 
Wants:
432
Gots:
598
For Trade:
5
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.89/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Darkest mahogany. I would call it ebony but I get the sense that there's a reddish tint when the glass is held up to bright sunlight. The generous head is toasted cocoa brown in color, tight-bubbled and semi-firm. It looks like it might be an impressive lacer, but despite maintaining a thick creamy disk, there isn't a lot of glass coverage. A short collar and a few small scraps is it.

There's an undercurrent of dark, roasted malt and citric hops, but the nose is dominated by an enticing, liqueur-like, bittersweet chocolatiness. It smells like an entire bottle of Hershey's syrup was added to the bomber. This is, without question, the most chocolatey nose of any beer that I've ever had. Wow, a beer milkshake!

My impressions after tasting are nearly identical to my impressions after smelling. Sure, you have your roasted black malt and your trademark Rogue hoppiness (Cascade in this case), but man oh man, the sweet, silky, liquid chocolate goodness is exploding over my tongue and is lingering seemingly forever.

The carbonation is under the radar stealthy, which only improves the smooth, impossibly creamy texture. It isn't full and chewy like an Imperial stout, but it really doesn't need to be for maximum enjoyability. This is one amazing beer.

When I saw that Rogue added natural chocolate flavoring (the front of the silk-screened bottle says "made with imported chocolate") I was all set to put on my beer snob hat, invoke purity laws and say things like 'why couldn't they make it taste like chocolate using only roasted malt, etc.' That was before I tasted it.

I don't care what they added to make it taste this delicious, I just hope they keep on brewing it. If ever there was a chocolate beershake, this is it. If that strikes some as heresy then I'll gladly consume their share. Rogue Chocolate Stout is, in my opinion, the definitive chocolate stout and the one by which all others will now be measured. Tremendous stuff!

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

First had: on tap at Rogue, Portland, OR

Poured a dark brown-black with a minimal tan head; no lacing to speak of. Milk chocolate in the aroma and a bit of roastiness. Taste of bakers' chocolate, sweet, but powdery, more subtle hints of coffee and nutshells, with a little bitterness in the finish to offset the sweetness. Mouthfeel was smooth, but a little light for the style, I thought. Still a nice drinker overall.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally got to try this fine Rogue. Poured deep black as night witha big creamy colored, and audibly fizzing head that quickly faded leaving behind a half and inch of thick bubbles that laste almost to the end. Deep thick brown lace dripped down the glass. Very full looking. Smell was off course dark german chocolate, roasted or smoked smells wafted through as well. Roasted coffee and chocolate mousse as it warmed delighted the senses. Rich, smells like a chocolate dessert, very strong. Tastes followed suit well. Strong roasted chocolate, soo much chocolate, incredible, tasted like smoked pudding, Very nice. Carbonation made it very lively, and a dry finish capped it off very well. This is a big dessert bear, easily the most filling beer I have ever tried. I actually felt bloated after this. No real alcohol at all detected in this, and at a low ABV I wouldn't expect one. Suge huge bold flavors in such a low ABV are a welcome treat and make this very drinkable. The smooth, creamy, full flavor and texture and overall chocolate overload make this the perfect night cap, very well done.

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

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some notes of dark brown and amber when held up to the light and some moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a quarter finger tall dark mocha head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering about 50% of the surface of the beer with a small patch of larger bubbles and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, and cocoa powder. There are some subtler hints of dark roasted malts as well.

T: Very similar to the smell, the taste of this beer is dominated by the flavors of chocolate - both milk chocolate and cocoa powder. There is an underlying flavor of dark roasted malt which imparts a light amount of bitterness, which lingers slightly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Easy to drink and very enjoyable, one of the more sessionable chocolate stouts I have tried. There is a very pleasant flavor with just enough complexity. A very enticing aroma to bring you in.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - received the ale cold in a standard pint glass
Thick black body with thin sandstone tan shade head.

S - Bittersweet chocolate and chocolate malt aromas coplimented with sublte citrus odors that lingers with a faint hop aroma. The smell is similar to chocolate cereal.

M - Creamy tip of the tongue sweetness tantalizes. The full body and dry chocolate sweetness finishes with a slight bitterness.

T - Chocolate, the bittersweet variety similar to baking chocolate and cocoa flavors. Nutty and roasty malt with a subtle dry texture. Sweet mixes with bitter or spicy hop tinges toward the end.

D - Decent amount of chocolate in the aroma keeps you coming back. The Cocoa and bittersweet cocoa tastes are the primary flavor with a citric hop quality and a dry stout finish. It is a decent chocolate stout, but not the best chocolate ale overall.

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

A: Very, very dark brown with a thin tan head.

S: Tons of chocolate, a nice nuttiness, chocolate, some coffee, oh and chocolate.

T: As you would hope and expect, chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. A nice blend of bitter and sweeter chocolate tastes.

M: Great body, very smooth.

D: Incredible for a stout, such incredible chocolate flavor. Truly one of the best stouts I've had.

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Photo of russpowell
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pitch black with a fluffy light brown head. Head retention and lacing was phenominal. Head had the appearance of the skin that forms when you make instant pudding. Looked like some sort of dessert or tricked out coffee

Smell: Chocolate malt in the nose with slight hints of grain

Taste: Rich chocolate taste from the get go. Bitterness from baker's choclate? Slight dryness and nuttiness

MF: Slight chewyness and well carbonated

This beer works well by itself or paired with a number of desserts, yum

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Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black colour with a thick bubbly light brown two fingered head, sticks sporadically down the glass. Chocolaty aroma, reminiscent of powdered hot coco … it even goes further with hints of carob with a soft powdery sweetness. Roasted malts are there but restrained in the aroma. Big viscous crispness within the full body and medium carbonation. Big dark chocolate flavours with a dark fruitiness in the middle similar to black berries, maltiness is big but the roasted flavours are humble yet generous with a mild bitterness from the bite. The blend of roasted malts and chocolate flavour make for a bitter sweet flavour likened to baker chocolate. Hops are held to a minimum though are certainly present with earthy undertones that complement the roasted flavours.

As far as flavoured stouts go this is one of the best, very well balanced and quite drinkable for a brew with such a big body.

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Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a deep beige head (light brown?). Three-finger head from the pour, excellent ring lace on the glass side with each sip.

Strong cocoa aromas, almost like hot chocolate mix. Some sweetness to the smell. Some dark malts come through; no discernible hop.

Very chocolatey taste with very little sweetness. I like how the beer transitions to a subtle hop flavor. Perhaps the only flaw is that aftertaste is so brief. Thick body, similar to hot chocolate. Appropriate carbonation. Nice complexity with lots of differing tastes coming through at different points of the taste. The balance at the swallow is something special.

Do you like chocolate? If so, this is a great beer. It does not have the usual overdone flavors, just a wonderfully balanced brew. If you're expecting a dry stout, this will be quite distracting. Go with cocoa flow and enjoy.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic tumbler.

Another revisiting from me during this stretch. It pours a garnet-tinged black-brown topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises, you guessed it, chocolate, along with some seemingly obligatory roasted malts. The taste merely sprinkles on the cocoa powder while simultaneously skimping on the roast as well. And, unfortunately, just like the smell, there ain't nuthin' else happenin' up in here. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, despite this being easy to drink, I really don't have much of an inclination to do so. It's not really bad (meaning offensive), but it's far from very good.

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

A: Pours a dark black, quite opaque, with a mocha colored head on top. Not much head retention, leaving a very thin film on top, but bubbly lacing down the sides.

S: A good bit of chocolate, as I was expecting. There is a little bit of vanilla, some roasted malt, and a little bit of spice, chili like. Rich and inviting.

T: Rich and chocolaty, with a little bit of cream. There is a slight hint of mint actually, that was increased when I took a sip after eating a few chocolate chips. Finish is slightly bitter.

M: A little thin, but not really a problem for me. Nice creamy texture, on the lower end in terms of carbonation.

O: Not the first time I have had this beer, and hopefully not the last. It's easy drinking and smooth with a nice flavor profile. Like the chocolate presence of course.

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Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my brand new Bruery tulip glass. Poured black in color with a big thick tan head taking up 1/3 of the glass. The head settled down a bit and clung to the edges of the glass where it left some great lacing.

The aroma has a distinct milk chocolaty flavor to it. It has a bit of roasted bitterness to it but I keep coming back to that Hershey's chocolate milk like flavor it's giving off. For a beer labeled a chocolate stout it's pretty true to it's name in the aroma at least.

The taste shows the chocolate milkiness that was present in the nose but it has a bit of hop bitterness helping to balance it out a bit. The chocolate has a long lasting effect in the finish. It has a bit of roasty flavors as well but the milk chocolate really comes through more then anything else. It's relatively balanced for a chocolate beer between the sweet chocolate flavors and the bitter hop and roasty flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice chocolate flavored beer. The milk chocolaty, almost chocolate milk like flavor was very nice in the nose and taste. It made a great after dinner drink tonight.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - Pours a dark dark brown, letting no light pass through. Little carbonation evident, but 2 fingers + of a brownish head with very good rentention. Looks great.

s - Smells of dark chocolate, sweet and roasted malts, some hops.

t - Tastes like a dark/bitter chocolate with some roasted malts. Slightly more bitter than I was expecting.

m - Little carbonation and a lighter body than I was expecting, on the medium side.

d - Overall this was a very good chocolate stout. It was a bitter chocolate but you could still taste some roasted malts, so the balance was nice. I would definitely try this again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The appearance is outstanding. The beer appears opaque and jet black, with a towering, thick beige head over an inch thick. After several minutes, the head slowly begins to dissipate, leaving ample lacing all over the tulip glass.

S: The aroma is fabulous, with dominant scents of chocolates and chocolate syrup, followed by a roasted malt character.

T: The taste does not disappoint. Chocolate syrup and melted chocolates consume the palate without ever being overly sweet. Roast and coffee flavors come in behind, creating a wonderful and delicate dance.

M: The feel is great. Smooth and creamy, with just the right carbonation level.

D: I honestly didn't think I could drink so much of this beer and still want more. I drank most of the bomber by myself, and was a bit bummed when it ran out. A superb marriage of chocolate and beer - highly recommended.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ebony just barely letting any ruby highlights through at the edges when held up to the light, seems viscous with the pour and forms a nice sized milk chocolate colored brown head leves behind beautiful uniformed webbed lacing. Aroma: Hints of roasted marshmallows, deep milky chocolate, toasted nuts just one heavenly aroma barely letting some floral notes of hops. Taste: Ladies and gents what a beer, this one is definitely worthy of the Best of BA, with dark roasts blending with hop bitterness in the finish upfront the beer is full of toasted nuts and chocolate pleasure. Nothing compares to this one just awesome I like Brooklyn's Luxury Double Chocolate and Young's as well but this one kicks up a notch in the right direction. Mouthfeel: Full bodied almost chewy definitely pours like motor oil this is one big brew, awesome. Drinkability: Limit yourself to bomber this stuff is flavorful and full in body as lucious as they come an experience that I am going to enjoy for the next 30 to 60 minutes just sipping on it.

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

This is by far the best chocolate stout I have tried to date. (keep in mind that these reviews are off notes from long ago and my palate is much different now than then) The chocolate flavor is smooth and perfect as far as I am concerned. If there is another one out there that is better, I can’t wait to try it. As far as appearance goes it is dark brown with a thick head.

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Photo of stakem
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This chocolate stout was everything I had hoped it would be. Initially, the bitterness reminded me more of an imperial stout. It has a very good mouthfeel with hits of chocolate bitters. Very rich smelling chocolate sent.

On a side note, I was ackwardly surprised by a piece of what appeared to be partially melted glue stick floating in the bottle before I pourded my second glass out of the 650 ml bottle.

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

The color is pitch black with a light-brown head that is incredably thick and creamy. The aroma is of dark baker's chocolate with a nice bit of roastiness thrown in as well. The taste is of an incredably rich, sweet chocolate flavor with a mild roast flavor. The dark chocolate flavors also provide a moderate bitterness that accenuate the incredable chocolatey flavor. A hint of hops gives the flavor a little bit of an edge and reminds you that you're drinking a Rogue product. Anyway, this is world class.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at the store.

Pours a solid black with a thick fluffy tan head that stuck around for most of the experience. Initially the smell was all citrus hops, but as it warmed a bit I started getting some chocolate and some coffee. As I write this the chocolate is taking over, smells like hershey's special dark. There is a roast bitterness in the taste, but I think some of that bitterness comes from the chocolate as well. I once homebrewed a chocolate stout with pure cacao nibs, and this has that taste that I got. Taste has some hops in it as well as that silky chocolate taste. Mouthfeel gets better as it warms, I initially thought it a bit thin. Great brew, I'm glad I chose it today.

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Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pitch black, almost oil-like with a soft, brown head that has decent retention

S - rich, bittersweet chocolate, very faint roasted malts

T - rich, sweet chocolate, faint roasted malts, a little bitterness in the finish

M - full bodied, smooth, lightly carbonated

This is a fantastic dessert beer. It's like drinking Hershey's chocolate. The body and mouthfeel are spot on, and the flavor is almost perfect. The only drawback here is that I probably wouldn't want more than one bottle for myself at a time. That one bottle however will be plenty delicious.

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Photo of jwc215
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 ml bottle, "Made with imported chocolate" stamped on bottle.

Pours almost black with a foamy tan head that descends to a thin cover.

The smell is of sweet chocolate with some cherry notes.

The taste is of bittersweet chocolate truffle upfront. Slightly chalky. Some metallic/plastic notes. Opposite of descriptiion - start off sweeter and ends more bitter. Not too fond of the way the Cascade hops work together with the dark malt and chocolate.

The feel is a bit thinner than expected, but holds up decently. Doesn't quite coat the mouth the way I would like it to.

I love chocolate and stouts, but this one doesn't thrill me. I much prefer the Shakespeare Stout.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Giant head off pour with five fingers of nice light cocoa brown head. Dark brown body off the pour, body is almost a dark reddish brown. Head has lots of retention. Looks like a big beer no fooling. Some sticky lacing.

Smell is primarily chocolate of a nice almost dark in store chocolate counter. Very good quality chocolate it smells like. Nothing much else though. Strangely enough that primary chocolate smell is completely gone after you have a few sips of the beer. This beer needs aeration and a big pour to get the chocolate out, it wont come otherwise.

Taste makes you think a big sweet thing is coming but it's anything but. Hop bitters, and a wet body contribute to a sharp taste that is a little jarring, and also lacking some roast character. Not carbonated either. Very well hidden abv.

I am not exactly blown away by this, but maybe just a little disappointed. However, it does seem right for the style so I can't say this is something I wouldn't drink again or would even pan. It does some things quite well.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with a glimmer of deep ruby red on the edges when backlit. Cream-white head that pours ~2 fingers with medium lacing.

S - Coffee, prunes, sweet milk chocolate, steamed milk.

T - Bitter 85% chocolate. Light roasted coffee. Dark toast.

M - Light body for a stout. Dry finish.

D - If you enjoy the dry bitterness of 70%+ cocoa, then the amazing dark chocolate flavor will keep you sipping

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A mighty stout, and mighty, mighty delicious! Black as the dark night, she is, with a thick, prodigious, bubbly brown head. With a little stirring, it reminds me of Quik cocoa mix, which adequately describes the aroma and the taste!
Aroma is dry and earthy, loaded with cocoa,plus hints of anise and rum. It all gets richer, the more I drink in the nose...so pull it out, and drink already!
Smooth, very smooth, and tasty. Chocolate taste is not shy, and lingers in the mouth.
Goodness gravy, this is delicious!
Oh, yummy...
Any technical knowledge I can pretend to fails me, and with a very good reason. This was the third, and largest, sample in my trio of chocolate stout tastings. I may have gone overboard...

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Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up a while ago at Binnys. Finally got around to it. Served in a Pisgah pint glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of dark mocha foam that dissipates fairly quickly to a thickish cap. There are a few tiny specks of lace. Body is a super dark brown that is only a tiny bit lighter with a touch of reddish glow at the fringes.

S - Huge cocoa smell - reminds me of Hershey's chocolate syrup. There's also a nice amount of roastiness and some floral hops, but milk chocolate is incredibly intense and just takes over. I don't even know if I'd be able to tell if this was beer if you gave it to me blind. It's a little mono-dimensional, but it doers exactly what it sets out to do.

T - The taste is a big step down - light cocoa, roasted malts, and a strange earthy and slightly unpleasant aftertaste. I'm not sure if that's what Rogue describes as "chocolate truffle finish", but it tastes like dirt to me. The initial taste is more of a 3.5/4.0 but the aftertaste drags it down.

M - Higher carbonation than I'd expect - tingles a little and burns a touch at the back end. Medium body that is fairly smooth once the carbonation dies down. Lots of residual stickiness that unfortunately carries that weird aftertaste with it (although I'm not going to punish the mouthfeel for the taste).

D - The ABV is low and well-hidden, and the carbonation, while higher, isn't bloaty. I just can't deal with that weird aftertaste, although it dissipates quickly enough that the beer is still fairly drinkable (and you can always drink more to cover it up!).

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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