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Double Chocolate StoutDouble Chocolate Stout

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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
10 Ingredients:
C120, Chocolate and Rogue Micro Barley Farm Risk™, Cascade and Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution Hops, Rolled Oats, Honey, Natural Chocolate Flavoring, Rogue's Pacman Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water

50 IBU
74 AA
135º Lovibond

Added by Brad007 on 08-03-2010

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
2.27/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bomber with a few months age on it poured into a wine glass.

A: Pours a dark slightly caramelish brown color with a 1-1.5 finger mocha colored head. Not a lot of lacing or creamy look to it. Actually a bit of a coke like body.

S: Smells of nice milk chocolate, reminds me a bit of a whopper actually. Pretty one note, but accomplishes what the name sets out for.

T: Oh man, what a disappointment. I had fond memories of single chocolate stout and this doesn't live up to that memory at all. Tastes like flat coke, with a harsh chemical feelign going down. The after taste is very swiss miss hot coco flavor.

M: Thin bodied, the after taste makes my teeth feel like they're rotting. Very chemical, sticky, just gross.

O: Rogue's done it again. I always forget there is a reason I stay away from Roguie but every once and a while they suck me in. Do you like an old vanilla coke with Swiss Miss poured in? Me either. Stay away from this one.

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Photo of dlello2
2.83/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I just drank a milkshake... It was a beer that tasted like a milkshake. Similar to southern tier but not so hersheys. Wow. Not terrible but not wonderful. Sorry for the short review...

Characters require... I'll cone back to this later and edit.... Ooooh it is not the best

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Photo of Beaver13
2.9/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy brown head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet baker's chocolate with some roast and a touch of alcohol.

The flavor is a bit thin and subdued. It's some slightly chalky, very sweet, roasted chocolate malts, with some vegetal notes. The finish is some strong roast bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery with soft carbonation.

Overall, it had promise as a sweet dessert beer, but it had too many flaws.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.9/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle says 9%. Portion of a 22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours an opaque black color. The head is a one finger tan shade that retains fairly poorly.

S: Though chocolaty, it perhaps lacks the vibrant intensity of, say, Choklat. Actually, the more it opens up, the stronger the chocolate note becomes. Hard to smell anything else here, as expected. I'm docking points because something here's rubbing me the wrong way - perhaps an artificial tone? Still a likable aroma.

T: Drier than the nose would lead me to believe. The opening is pure chocolate while the midtaste tries to balance it out with an upsurge of strong roasted barley and coffee. Finish has a bit of hoppiness to it, as well...and some strange chemical flavors. Honestly - and I say this as a HUGE fan of Choklat - the chocolaty flavors clash with the roasted and burnt bitterness. It's not fantastic, or even good, but it's easy to drink at least.

M: Like I said in the flavor, this is very dry. Seems like the aim here was for drinkability, and it does succeed here somewhat. Not as cloying as expected - maybe its because I'm not drinking a whole bottle of this solo.

O: This is NOT a true dessert beer, as any sweetness the chocolate provides (and it does provide a good deal) is scrubbed clean by the roasted and hop bitterness. And yet, it still comes off as being wildly out of whack. Cool bottle, meh beer, horrible price - basically, just another Rogue product.

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Photo of Finatic
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a Large Duvel Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark brown hue with a finger brown head that quickly resides leaving little to no lacing.

S: Tons of chocolate and more chocolate. Actually does smell like a chocolate milk shake.

T: Tastes like it smells. It's almost like drinking an alcoholic chocolate milk shake. Has bitter aftertaste which is somewhat surprising given the chocolate this beer has in it.

M: Medium bodied with no hint of alcohol.

O: Not something I would seek out again, but I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of justinp444
3.01/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter, it has a 2 and a half inch thick two tone beige and slight khaki head with a black body. Smell of hot chocolate, cocoa powder, some citrus, grapefruit, light light roasted malt, and slight coffee. Taste is chocolate, a nice amount of grapefruit hops, dry cocoa powder, slight roasted malt, some metallic, citrus, and maybe a tad bit of nectarine. Mouth feel is overly dry, moderate to full with a moderate body. Really disappointed with this one, I expected a high abv chocolate bomb and ended up with something that resembles a lower abv hoppy stout with a fine (as in thin) chocolate addition. A slight metallic from what I assume is the oats, too much citrus that retracts from the chocolate flavor, and a overall light not stout-y mouth feel leave much to desire.

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Photo of Derek
3.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I absolutely love their regular chocolate stout. I use to buy it by the case when the LCBO brought it in. Although I thought this probably wouldn't measure up, it still came up short.

Black with a tan head, thin ring of retention, barely any lace.

Aroma has a bit of dark roasted coffee/espresso and hints of bakers chocolate, but the alcohol really dominates.

The alcohol is really upfront in the flavour as well, detracting from the subtle chocolate and espresso. Bitterness is solid but the hopping seems restrained by Rogue standards.

This is highly attenuated with a very drying alcohol finish. I'd prefer a little sweetness with the chocolate.

Maybe the alcohol would diminish with a little time, but this actually seems bigger than it actually is. I've brewed bigger brews that seemed like they had MUCH less alcohol.

I'm not a fan, but it seems I'm in the minority.

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Photo of kjlued
3.18/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I find that many chocolate stouts just load their brew up with the tastes of cheap chocolate and this one is no different.

To me, Rogue is one of those companies that always almost makes it there to great beer but never quite hits the mark.
Unfortunately their price points clearly states that they think they have achieved the likes of companies like Great Divide, Stone, Founders, Bells, Goose Island and a few others when in reality they are not nearly as good as these companies which offer much better beers at the same or even lower prices.

Advice to rogue is to stop relying on your advertising and bottling to sell your beer and step up your brewing.

On average your bottles = A+ but your beers are a C+
If you insist on this price point, please give me a cheap paper wrapped bottle with a good B+ to A+ beer.

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Photo of gunpwdr
3.19/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The attack on this beer is where all the action is - chocolaty, malty, good bitter notes. The mid-palate, however, is where the beer takes a turn for the worse and is not ameliorated by the finish. Nothing but medicinal bitterness from the mid-palate onwards... buttressed by an unsmooth texture. I had high hopes for this stout but re-purchase it I will not.

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Photo of 2378GCGTG
3.21/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bomber into a Duvel tulip at 48 degrees. This seems to be the 2010 release, but it's not dated so I can't be sure-in either case the flavors seem to have faded, which might be why I found this beer lacking

Appearance: 1.5 inch head with a mocha colored foam containing some large bubbles, good retention but very little lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, and burnt malt

Taste: Chocolate, marshmallow, roasted maybe even burnt grains (give it a decent body) followed by some honey, and a coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Good feel, this has a good body to it and a light carbonation. It's smooth and flowing on the tongue

Overall: A fair stout, very mediocre in my opinion, as I previously stated, this seems to be a year old, and I think thats why the chocolate has faded along with some of the other flavors. The body is good, but could be heavier for a double.

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.23/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Presentation: 750mL bottle with a red coating. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Two finger dark tan head that fizzles out rather quickly. It's pretty much black in color and it leaves some good lacing.

Smell: A sweet chocolate smell dominates, with some hints of roasted malt in the background.

Taste: Tastes of dark and milk chocolate, with some smokiness from the roasted malt. It's very sweet. There's some bitterness at the end but it's not really that noticeable.

Mouthfeel: There's very little carbonation. It's creamy, smooth, full bodied and rather strong. After drinking about half a glass it starts getting cloying because of the sweetness.

Overall: It's a sweet treat, best to have it in small doses. You'll enjoy it a lot more if you pair it with any chocolate dessert, because by itself it'll just feel like too much sweetness after a while.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a bomber, poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice deep, sludgy brown. Decent head, but not a lot of retention.

Smell is chocolate, but it's a bit tilted towards the bitter. Hmm...I don't need sweetsy cloying, but geez, either make a dessert beer or do not.

The chocolate sensation comes across better in the taste, but the alcohol sensation is far too pronounced and forward for this type of beer.

Good thick consistency, reasonable carbonation, but again, the alcohol and its attendant burn runs interference with the overall experience.

This is a passable beer, nothing more, and something of a letdown. Rogue's pretty easy to find, but other than their Hazelnut Brown, I haven't had any tour-de-force offerings from them. I plan on taking a Rogue hiatus while I explore other breweries.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.39/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served from a growler, purchased at Corks & Tops, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a nonic pint glass

Rogue Double Chocolate Stout pours out pretty close to black. There's some chestnut brown towards the bottom/edges of the glass. A nice 1.5 fingers of mocha colored head sit on top. Pretty decent lacing comes out of such a decent head, with such nice mix of large and small bubbles. Very nice looking beer.

Look, I'll admit my reviewing bias right up front here: I think overly-sweet, candy-flavored dessert beers are a gimmick Southern Tier's so-called "candy stouts?" I think that they are fun drinks, even enjoyable drinks, but not good beers. Rogue Double Chocolate Stout is not to the level of a Southern Tier Choklat or Creme Brulee. But it's close. The aroma is awash with milk chocolate and especially vanilla bean. That's about it. This isn't a beer that has nuance. It's all blunt-force sweetness.

Which describes the flavor as well: blunt-force sweetness. There is SO MUCH vanilla here, laced of course with milk chocolate for days. A bit of grainy nuttiness, but the malt bill is mostly big and chocolaty. It's incredibly sweet, but not so much that I didn't want to have three glasses full of this growler. It's tasty. It is. I just can't condone calling such a gimmicky beer "good."

The mouthfeel is decently thick, which informs the sensation here that you are drinking a milkshake. It's a very sweet beer, obviously; more sweet than the average imperial stout. Overall, this is just an average imperial stout. It's so one-note, so uncomplex. This is the rare beer that I enjoy drinking more than I rate it.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750ml red-painted brown glass bottle with stylish unique label art (I mean, it's painted red...) and branded pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given current ratings. I've also liked stouts from this brewery before. 9% ABV according to my bottle; I guess the 2013 release is a little higher in ABV. Looking forward to this one.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger dark rich tan colour head of lovely cream, good thickness, and rather good (~5+ minute) retention for the high ABV. The head colour is appealing, but it isn't quite as rich as I expect for a truly great stout. Still, it's damn appealing. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque dark black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Thin lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. Overall, it's right on the money for a so-called "double chocolate stout." I'm excited to try it. It's not unique or special, but it's definitely appealing.

Sm: Milk chocolate - what a surprise. Chocolate malt. Oats. Cream. Dark malts. Any roasted character is buried by the heavy chocolate - which itself evocative and inviting. Not the best chocolate aroma I've encountered, but it's very natural and genuine. A moderate strength aroma. I'm a bit worried about the sweetness, but I'm quite excited to try it. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

T/Mf: Lots of creamy milk chocolate - luscious and rich and anything but artificial. Reminds me a bit of Southern Tier's Choklat. Creamy and pleasant. Not overbearing in terms of body; it's full and enjoyable without really weighing heavy on the palate. Carbonation is almost ideal. Smooth and wet. I'd really love some roasted character here. It should be coarser and dryer, ideally from the roast - and the oats would balance it. Sadly, roast flavour is missing here. Depth of flavour is decent; it's not a horribly complex or subtle beer, but it is rather well balanced. They've succeeded in their aim; this delivers heavy enjoyable chocolate flavours up front with nothing else getting in the way. There's no booziness or yeast character here. Just a straightforward chocolate beer with no strings attached. I rather like it. Not too sweet like I suspected it might be. Any hop character is minimal and floral. Malt selection seems good for the most part (excepting the lack of roast). I'm curious what effect the honey listed as an ingredient had here; I imagine it helped smooth it out while lending body and cohesion. In any case the flavours work well, even if it does come off a bit one or two note. Tasty stuff.

Dr: Very drinkable; I'll have little trouble killing this bomber by myself. Hides its ABV quite well. The sweetness will start to bother me after a while, but I'll still enjoy this one. I'd get this again. Might make a great beer for easing newcomers into craft beer. A solid brew from Rogue, and one I might recommend to friends.


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Photo of biglite351
3.41/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Stunningly dark brew with a tall dark creamy head.

S - Overall mild (but I was painting today). Hershey chocolate syrup and a bit of roasted malt.

T - Variable chocolates. From milk chocolate, to dark chocolate to powder. Malts underneath it all. There is a bitterness that i do not care for. Not a bitter list dark chocolate, just a beer bitter.

M - Not as thick as I would have expected, but decent coating. Mild tingle on sides of tongue.

O - Nt bad but there are many other brews that I would go for first. The bitter aftertaste nearly ruins it.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.44/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a simple, satisfying chocolate stout. Smooth, slightly bitter, not too sweet. Could be a go-to if not for the bomber size and the immense availability of this style from many other brewers in my area.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap. ½ pt Glass. Enjoyed on mar´13. Pours pitch black headed by a brownish foam. Crown is creamy & lasting. Roasted malt, fudge chocolate & dried nut aromas. Creamy & malting sensation touched by dry bitterness. Full body. Soft to moderate carbonation. Sharp bitter cocoa in the middle gets along with dried nut astringency & linger into a long bitter finish. Chocolate hues on the aftertaste. ABV is shown by gentle warming sensation in the back. Very well balanced sweet vs bitter flavors.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of mentor
3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A bottle left over after GABF judging and given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Pours a three finger dark brown head over a pitch liquid, even when held to light. The head holds wonderfully and cascades slowly down. Smells of hot cocoa, mild-roast coffee, toffee, hop grassiness, and the house alcohol character contributed by pacman yeast (ie, yuck!). A bit vinous.

Tastes rich chocolate with light vanilla coffee, hazelnut, and cream. Decent hop bitterness and a delicious caramel that quickly falls victim to alcohol edginess. Some lemony and orange citrus, likely hop flavors. Has the typical edgy alcohol profile of most Rogue beers (which I find unpleasant, and which is found in most Rogue beers, hence I don't buy Rogue beers). Some people like it, to each his own. Finishes with a rich milk chocolate that is then overrun by the grassy/edgy alcohol. The aftertaste, in addition to the alcohol, is lingering hop grassiness with a bit of citrus pith.

Light, but silky when sloshed in the mouth. Moderate carbonation. When refilling my glass, this was a gorgeous beer. Judged to style, not my particular preferences.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark, opaque black with a soapy medium dark tan head.

Smell: Intense chocolate and roasted malt.

Taste: A combination of semi-sweet and cocoa powder tasting chocolate that started out velvety but then turned grainy, chalky and I found it more semi-sweet than sweet...I see many other members found this one candy bar sweet..I did not.

Mouthfeel: Creamy initially however there is a chalky finish.

Drinkability: Yes it's a chocolate bomb and it hides the ABV completely, but it just doesn't seem well integrated. Rogue's chocolate stout is better.

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Photo of Getalegup
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Maybe a bit oxidized. Not a lot of chocolate, coffee smell or taste. Medium feel. To avoid disappointment I added rum-based vanilla extract and coconut milk which brings it up to a 4.25.

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Photo of Rutager
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a deep chestnut brown, almost black with 2+ fingers of thick tan head.

Smell. Sweet chocolate syrup, some roasted nuts, a very slight bit of fruitiness and a hint of metallic hops.

Taste. Milk chocolate and cocoa powder, those metallic hops I was smelling, some dark malts and a bit of mixed fruits.

Mouthfeel. On the lower side of full bodied with low+ carbonation. A little bit sticky.

Overall. A decent chocolate beer but I'm not finding it especially tasty. Good, but not amazing and not as desert-like as I was kind of hoping for.

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

Rogue's Double Chocolate Stout. 9% ABV.

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

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

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

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

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Photo of jrallen34
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle provided by Alex at the WLV Pig Roast...A black beer with a light tan head. Not much retention, ok lacing....The aroma is mostly sweet chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Not balanced with any hops but it smells good...The taste brings out some balance to the sweetness with some nice roasty bitter coffee notes, the balanced brought however may swing the balance too far to the other spectrum as I wish more of the sweetness stayed.

A ton of chocolate going on, just not very successfully, above average beer but don't break the bank getting it.

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Photo of d4114
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Pitch black with this mocha colored head.

Really picking up a lot of alcohol, big malt and grain. I have it in a snifter and I'm not getting any chocolate on the smell but smelling it out of the bottle there is tons of chocolate.

Got big chocolate on the taste much like the regular version. Has a bitter bite and is more roasty.

Medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Bigger mouthfeel on this one.

Pretty good. I was really excited about this after trying the regular. It was still a good stout but the smell was a big let down and it just fell a bit shorter than normal chocolate stout.

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Double Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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