Double Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

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Double Chocolate StoutDouble Chocolate Stout
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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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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 CrazyDavros
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a dark tan head.
Potent chocolate in the aroma, along with some roasted malt, chocolate liqueur, honey and unroasted coffee.
Big coffee and roasted malt flavours, with a little chocolate underneath and a hit of smooth booze.
Could use more carbonation, seems a little flat.

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Photo of Rbodacious
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my first review posted.
I feel obligated.
After first exposure to micro's in Portland , Oregon in 1985.
All time overall favorite brewery for producing great experiences in a bottle.
This one does justice.
Smell/Taste-Think Hershey's syrup , but higher quality,on oatmeal
and pretty abrupt hop-alcohol finish. ie :nice buzz from 1 bomber over a couple
of hours.
The premium ingredients produce a complete choc/stout journey.
I tried this ,appropriately ,on St. Patrick's Day 2013 , after being slightly
"over served" IPA's (yes I was the bartender) last night. Which I think tells
even more about the power of a beer well done.
Thank you , again.-Rouge.
Buy again?_Definitely

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.9/5  rDev -31.3%
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 iguana1010
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of NateMac13
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Spiegle
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pick this brew up yesterday after work.

A: Pours a nice dark black with a creamy brown one-finger head. The head dissipates to a brown ring around the glass.

S: My nose is kind of stuffy from allergies but definitely getting the chocolate and some fruits.

T: Kind of reminds me of a mocha coffee. Its sweet and has a mild chocolate taste.

M: Its full and sticky. Very syrup like.

O: Overall its a very good. Not one of my favorite stouts but i would buy it again. I think the bottle is pretty cool also. Just a side note, the beer is 9 % ABV not 8 like BA said it is.

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Photo of ripweblo
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of benjamincarter
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of brandon911
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Liana
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Rutager
3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
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 Smextongo
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Matagal
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
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 cuy50
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Serge
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark black brown colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, light brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, cacao, dark chocolate, milk chocolate. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, chocolate, peppery notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

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Photo of BigMikie
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Double Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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