Double Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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BEER INFO

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

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

22º PLATO
50 IBU
74 AA
135º Lovibond

Added by Brad007 on 08-03-2010

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1,748
Reviews:
386
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Some beers are better than the sum of their individual parts; here, the individual parts were nice enough but, together, it just didn't work that well. Not very well balanced; and wreaking (literally and figuratively) of artificiality. OK, but not great.

A: Pours black, with tan/caramel head. Dissipates quickly, leaving some nice lacing and "bubble clusters." Crimson ring, red hue when held up to light; can see fingers through the glass. Suds stick to the sides of the glass well.

S: My initial thought was "WOW, this is tops!" It was like smelling a pack of Ho-Hos (RIP) -- chocolate fudge, cream filling. Some toffee notes as well. Rounds out to a frothy chocolate milk smell, bordering on the scent of a refrigerated tin of Hershey's Syrup. The challenge with this bear is that the nose misleads the mouth -- far too potent and sweet for the surprisingly bitter taste the follows. Discord.

T: This has some roasted/ashed bitterness to it, delivering some heat to the throat and gut. That's not bad at all; I like bold RIS and high ABS pours; this was just a bit of a disconnect because, with each sip, the nose was suggesting "cupcake" and the mouth was getting bitters.

M: Crisp, nce. Maybe it's because of the discord between the nose and the mouth that I actually preferred to quaff this brew, swish it around, and enjoy the taste for what it was -- WITHOUT the correspondng unharmonious scent that went with each sip. Smooth overall.

O: Again, each "part" was solid -- the smell was fun (at least initially; then it got old and tiresome); the taste & feel were good. They just didn't go together in my book. An exaggerated/forced "sweet" aroma, then bitter taste. Not "too" bitter, mind you; just disproportionate to the smell -- leaving what I would call a DISTRACTING experience.

Repeat? Sure, for a party, it would be fun to incorporate -- b/c the bottle is an eye-catcher and the scent is uniquely potent; but probably not agan for myself.

Two Word Recap: Bitter Ho-Ho (or Imbalanced Cupcake)

Open Question: I wonder if the "single" chocolate tones down the overbearing smell a bit and is more in line with the taste the beer actually delivers...

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beautiful appearance. The head was very small yet stayed nicely on top the entire time. The bubbles were small and there was a little cloud to it.

Aroma: Smell reminded me exactly of the smell of milk chocolate with aromas of vanilla. It had a little bit of a burnt smell as well as a little spiciness. Overall, the smell was subtle.

Flavor: Tasted just like it smelled - like milk chocolate! Roasty, lots of vanilla and cream, some nutiness as well as nutmeg. Like the smell, the flavor was also not very strong.

Mouthfeel: The one part of the beer that really brought it down for me. The beer tasted a little flat and I wished it could be a lot thicker.

Overall: Nice beer but I feel it could use some aging. It was slightly off balance it'd be nice for it to smoothen out.

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Double Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,748 ratings.
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