Double Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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Double Chocolate StoutDouble Chocolate Stout

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,776 |  Reviews: 396
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best chocolate beers, and takes us a long way forward from Shakespeare chocolate stout. Tremdous treat to the nose of dessert chocolate fondue. Above average mouthfeel, though carbonation right there. American chocolate with its sweetness, and more bittersweet European chocolate. Fairly complex, I found this well balanced between bitter and sweet. Dark brown body.My swingtop bottle from Premier Gourmet.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

not sure why I waited so long to try this wonderful beer. its always on the shelf, and its fairly priced, what have I been doing? anyways, this pours a flat dark brown color with a luxurious creamy head in the tan range, like a nitro pour. the nose is really chocolaty, a lot like youngs or something, its real chocolate, not just chocolate malt. It reminds me of hot chocolate mix or nesquik or something. nice roast, more bitter than sweet on the chocolate in nose and taste. the flavor is really chocolate forward, like a higher end organic dark chocolate bar. its really lovely, especially because its all that flavor with out the sweetness. the feel is velvety smooth, super soft, creamy, and light for the color, although it is full bodied. carbonation is also a lot like a nitro beer, airy and livening. what I like most about this beer is its chocolate intensity without being sugary at all. I think its every bit as good as the regular chocolate stout, and a pretty good bang for your buck. not to be ignored! take it from me.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and chocolate syrup. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness in the flavor. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having the Mocha Porter they put out, and not finding it to be very impressive. I saw this one on the shelves and hoped that it would be better. The beer poured out as a nice deep brown color with a thick creamy tan head on it. The retention was really nice on this one. The smell of the beer had a good amount of chocolate on the nose and some roasted malts also. The taste reminded me of something along the lines of chocolate milk or hot cocoa. The flavors were very creamy and chocolatey. Not quite as much as Southern Tier's Choklat though. The mouthfeel was smooth and had a decent body to it. Not as thick as I was hoping for. Overall I found this beer to be pretty good. Probably one of Rogue's best.

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger and a half high dark tan head that died down and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of cocoa nibs and chocolate malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the aste of the beer is very buch dominated by flavors of cocoa nibs plus bits of sweetness and has notes of darker chocolate malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is deceptively easy to drink because no traces of alcohol are perceptible in the taste.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the candy-apple red ceramic 750ml bottle - hard not to notice this one on the beer store shelves, indeed.

This beer pours a solid black, no edges, no highlights when back-lit, no nothin', spectrum-wise, with a tumultuous fistful of densely foamy and yet bubbly chocolate milk brown head, which settles at a significantly less than torrid pace, eventually rendering a hanging curtain of lace around the glass.

It smells like a semi-sweet milk chocolate bar, laced with a small caramel/toffee streak and oat cereal bits, though some leafy, earthy hops do detract from the convenience store associations. The taste is still big on the bittersweet chocolate, though now more roasted malt-oriented, and less sweet, with some earthy, floral esters moving on in, alongside a wee red vinous character, and sedate leafy, citrus hops.

The carbonation is soft, manifesting in a weakly sassy frothiness, the body a solid medium-full weight, pleasantly smooth, moderately creamy, and best of all, no sugar overdose warning necessary here. It finishes off-dry, bien sûr, but with a rising earthy and leafy hop offset, one which goes a long way toward making this more drinkable than initially presumed.

Well, I like it, I really do. Draw me in with the sexy, silky, and overwrought chocolate confectionery intro, and then spring a more balanced oatmeal stout on me, without losing the cocoa goodness inherent in the "DOUBLE CHOCOLATE" promise. A grand dessert accompaniment, I would imagine, but still pretty damned enjoyable all by its lonesome, as well.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If a Double Stout and a chocolate bar fell in love and had a baby...

This incarnation of delicacy begins with a lushious aroma of cocoa-heavy chocolate bars, milk chocolate and not much else. Arguments can be made for toffee malts and coffee, but in a far and residual way.

Dark brown in color and with an onyx-like sheen, the beer is opaque; just as chocolate flavors should appear. Lightly tanned foam amounts to about 1/2" before settling to a froathy creame across the beer. Low on lacing, moderate in legging, the head has much more persistence than the cocoa oils should allow.

Flavors follow suit with a burst of dark chocolates, milk chocolate, and malted milkshakes. Sweeter early, the beer has a slow and consistent fade to increasing bitterness to resemble cocoa and coffee/lattes late. Never does the roast compete with chocolate. Nor does the malty sweetness or caramel flavor interrupt the chocolatey focus. Any hop bitterness is well disguised as cocoa, coffee, and roasty oils. The roasty Stout-like flavor accents the cocoa without commanding attention.

Creamy and smooth throughout, the upstart is full and lush. As the beer moves through its procession, it finishes considerably lighter, more bitter, drinkable enough to never put the glass down. If anything, the mouthfeel could have been richer, creamier, and a bit more silky for top knotch scores.

I love the focus on chocolate flavor here with no interruption from countering complexities. This beer does one thing- and it does it well. Just a knotch off of the pace of Southern Tier's Chocolate beers.

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Photo of oline73
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here goes my first beer of 2013! Poured from the bottle into a Hunahpu's snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours an almost black color with some light coming through at the edge of the pour. There is almost a half finger of tan head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: This beer smells just like a tootsie roll. A ton of chocolate along with a mild hint of roasted malt. Just a touch of dark malt, but this one is straight up chocolate.

Taste: Just like the smell, there is a ton of chocolate here. Not a whole lot of sweetness, more like bitter dark chocolate. The finish is quite bitter. Lots of roast, chocolate, and some hops. I would have liked the finish to be a bit smoother.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with a good amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought the chocolate note was very nice, but I thought the bitterness was a bit distracting. The chocolate notes didn't stick around as long as I would have liked. Not a bad chocolate stout by any means, but not my favorite.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -19.7%
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 WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, vanilla, fudge, oats, light roast, chocolate syrup, floral, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and chocolate notes; with good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, vanilla, fudge, light roast, oats, chocolate syrup, floral, and roasted earthiness. Light amount of earthy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, vanilla, fudge, light roast, oats, chocolate syrup, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and chocolate syrup flavors; with a fair amount of hop bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial chocolate stout. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and chocolate flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, brown, mocha-like head of foam. It receded to leave sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled like a mocha with dark chocolate and some coffee notes.

T - Good chocolate flavors with some burnt molasses and rich toffee. Just a touch of coffee-like bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied stout with a dry finish.

O - Very tasty chocolate stout. Rogue's best beers are always their stouts.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a rocky tan head that packs on top of the liquid; plenty of lacing drapes the side of the pint glass

Smell: Dark chocolate and more dark chocolate

Taste: Melted dark chocolate, with a developing hint of roast and charred wood; there is a bit of hoppy bitterness, but the beer is all about the huge dark chocolate flavors

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Right up there with the Southern Tier Choklat, this is a true dessert beer for the chocolate lover in all of us

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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