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

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this chocolate stout in a glass stein.

Appearance- This beer has a fantastic three-finger width head that is incredibly dense and crowned with a smooth lid. It is the color of maple syrup and retains well. The webby lacing is fun to look at.

The body is completely opaque and dark brown. No chance highlights are going to fit through the thick body.

Smell- This nose promises big and roasty malts. I am disappointed I only get a hint of milk chocolate shavings.

Taste- Wow! The roast smacks me in the face immediately. Then the dark chocolate, mocha and fig sweeten the stout up superbly.

The finish rolls on with the chocolate, but also incorporates a little vanilla and more roasted malt.

Mouth feel- Huge, just a huge bodied beer. I am chewing on the roasted malts. I think this is actually getting creamier as time passes.

This may be the most impressive body of any stout I have had yet. And I really dislike hyperbole.

Overall- This is a fantastic stout that hides the alcohol incredibly well. The flavors are great and continue to impress throughout, although that roast is strong.

I will look forward to the day when I have a stout with a body better than this one! I will definitely have this beer again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted near end of summer 2010 (two summers ago) - reviewed from notes that were lost and recently found:

Pours dark brown to black with a thin tan head. It has decent retention for the style. Some spots of lacing appear then vanish.

The smell is of chocolate (dark), anise, dark bread/chocolate cake, and some roast.

The taste is very chocolatey - almost chocolate syrup, with anite, and a touch of booze in the finish. Sweet, but not overly, with a bready character balancing some of the sweetness.

It is pretty velvety and it is certainly full-bodied.

One of the most chocolate-y beers I've had. This is a chocolate-lover's "dessert" brew. A fair amount of subtle complexity is under all the chocolate. A nice chocolate-y sipper!

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Photo of jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a five finger tan head that fades very slowly to a ring leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Chocolate nose and flavor is sweet baked chocolate. Label has the ABV at 9% but its hidden. $12 for a 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of rogueleonardi
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is simply something you must have before you die. The taste is out of this world. The fact that it's almost 10%abv and you can't taste a bit of it makes it that much better. It poured almost like milk. Extemely dark brown with a mocha colored head. Not much lacing. Strong chocolate flavor with a nice hint of coffee left behind.

*I have just started drinking craft beer, and leaving reviews on BA. Once I know more about what I should be looking for I will re-review.

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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 Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, chocolate looking pour with plenty of dark beige head to it, easily commensurate with 2" depth in a pint glass, in a snifter, it was around 1". Luscious dark chocolate aroma, hardly sweet, no alcohol was noticeable in the aroma, big points for being able to do that with a 10% beer, but given that they probably melted about 10 lbs of chocolate per 22oz (joking) it was prolly easy to cover the smell of alcohol!

Taste, decadent, now I know immediately this is going to be a polarizing beer along the lines of Southern Tier's creme brulee. This is nowhere near as sweet, but is still damn good just like ST's just as polarizing offering. Maybe ST's Choklat is a better example I guess, but not as polarizing. If you've ever had the regular Rogue Chocolate Stout offering, well, this is almost the exact double recipe version I would surmise, double chocolate, double malt, double almost the resulting alcohol. That's really all this beer is about, delivering a massive dose of chocolate smoothly and covering 10% abv up in the process. Frankly, if you want a cheap, non barrel aged version of Chocolate Rain, this is the closest thing.

$13 for this is something I would (and have done) over and over again, and I'm kinda cheap. This was the fresh bottle, I'll revisit after I drink the one that has been aging for about 2 years as of now.

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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 isualum12
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yep I finially did it gave a perfect rating. My first beer ever.

I have had this beer in my cellar for two years. I have been a little scared of it from time to time. But what the he'll it's Christmas and a big wonderful steak to drink it with.

Let's do this-

Look. One of the darkestest I have ever seen. It seems like it lumped out of the bottle. It looked amazing. The head was the darkest I have ever seen. It looked like a normal stout head that got burnt a little. Head lasted 2 finger high for at least 4-5 min.

Smell- Carmel at first which moved towards chocolate and cocco. It smelled just like a Hersey syrupe mixed chocolate milk. You know the type you made after school groaning up.

Taste- milk chocolate with a smooth Carmel. Starts with a alcohol bite at first that rolls into honey and milk. Pure joy. The taste is of a strong stout with a pleasant sweetness. Butter.

Feel- yep a full meal in a glass. Thick heavy and smooth.

Overall. Top5 beer of all-time todate. Yes first 5 stout I have ever had.

Damn you rogue. I want to hate you after the way yourcrewtreated me and my family in Newport this summer on our family vacation. Serious I try to find ways to hate them but2 of 5 favorite beers come from them.

Great beer

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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 FosterJM
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

996th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750 ML

Not sure year
Not sure who brought this....Thanks!!

*Shared by those at MrHirschybars*

App- Poured very dark and wasn’t really expecting that from a Rogue beer. Normally has a certain level of clarity or see throughness usually. A small one finger mini bubble head with just a little bit of spotted cling.

Smell- The only way to describe this is to say it smells like a fuller cake batter with some booze in it. It's very chocolatey and rich on the nose. Not overwhelming or complex but still all in all.

Taste- It's a chocolatey bomb and I am okay with that. My rule. If you label something as Vanilla or Double Chocolate, then you better bring it. They did with this one, but didn’t really balance it to the best they could. Still better than 90% of the chocolate stouts out there.

Mouth- Medium bodied and Medium carbonation. All chocolate all the time on this one. Maybe a touch of bitter on the finish with some roast but that was about it.

Drink- I really enjoyed this as we winded down the night. Allowed some other taste buds to be used and allowed palate to reset a little bit. I would probably come back to this one in the future. I think this would be probably the best beer ever put on Nitro.

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

I paid $11.99 for a 750ml bottle at Total Wine. A bit expensive for this bottle. I wish BeerAdvocate would add a "Value" rating to it's system. This would score low on the value side.

This Imperial poured a classic black into my Guinness pint glass and left a crowning 3 finger head that was foamy and dark beige. As it receded to a blanket it was very sticky.

The fragrance was tootsie roll and chocolate milkshake. No great complexity in the nose but then again one shouldn't be expecting a lot of complexity from something billed as 'double chocolate'.

Can you guess what the flavors were? Right - chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Toward the backside of the finish the roasted and burnt malt flavors appeared along with some of the IBUs from the hops.

My only gripe on this one is that the mouthfeel could have been a bit more silky. Still good, just below my expectation.

Overall, very good. Don't go into this looking for some complex masterpiece. Know that you are getting a chocolate bomb and enjoy your dessert.

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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 RedneckBeerz
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a brewery appropriate Rogue Dead Guy Ale pint, this brew is moonless midnight dark with a scrumpteous looking foamy medium chocolate head. It hangs around for a bit and leaves a heavy lacing where the head once was.

The nose is bitter sweet chocolate and dark malts. The flavor is more bitter than sweet on the chocolate side (@ 46° F letting er warm to 52° before I continue). The flavor sweetens slightly on warming, but is still pretty much bitter chocolate and dark roasty malts.

Medium mouth feel, not cloying, not to heavy on the tongue or throat. Minor if any signs of alcohol, well hidden for an 8%.

I like this one, especially on this 28° morning. Not my favorite, but still an A- brew from an A brewery.

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Photo of Jerone
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - very dark, can't see anything through the edges of the glass, this is how I like my stouts. A milk chocolate creamy head that leaves decent lacing.

S - Chocolate! Lots of chocolate, like a bag of bittersweet chocolate chips. Also lots of dark roasted malts.

T - Bam, chocolate everywhere, very tasty beer, it ends with lots of dark roasted malts and a bit of warmth from the alcohol. Not extremely complex, but lots of flavors that are very delicious.

M - Medium to heavy bodied beer with a nice viscous texture as the beer warms up. Light carbonation to balance everything out.

O - Awesome dessert beer or Dessert beer. I would recommend it.

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Photo of Nuke77
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Founders Reserve Snifter the brew is near black in color with a brown/mocha head that appears thick but quickly morphs into just a tiny bit of head floating on the surface. The smell is all Chocolate with just a touch of coffee and it smells as if it would be sweet chocolate and the overall taste reflects this sweetness though not coyingly so. The taste is Chocolate of different varieties...Hershey bar, bittersweet, mocha with a nougat center with a touch of spice. The taste doesn't quite match the nose of this one which is a real downer for me. On the tongue there is some bitterness at the end and a smooth but not chewy mouthfeel. Overall this is a very solid brew. If the taste of this one matched the nose it would be all one could ask for in a chocolate stout. For my taste I would rather have Rogue's regular Chocolate stout but I am glad I had the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. My goodness. Where have YOU been? Rogue doesn't seem to get a lot of love, but this right here is done right. Pours a jet black with but the slightest mocha head that fizzles away and leaves but a thinly veiled layer floating atop the rest of the beer. The nose on this is simply unreal. This smells straight up like a chocolate bar...and not bakers chocolate either. This has a wonderfully sweet bouquet that's just...all chocolate. The taste is over the top on the chocolate side of things. This is one crazy sweet beer. The chocolate melds with a skosh of vanilla and a faint hint of cinnamon. The mouthfeel is real smooth. This has a pretty effervescent quality to it. It's not the thinnest stout I've had, and certainly not the thickest. This leaves a pretty bitter aftertaste on the back of your tongue that lingers for quite a while after each sip. Overall, this is one damn fine beer. I'll certainly look out for more of this in the future.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black, with traces of tan, monster 3+ inch head that took forever to die down, tons of lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, lactose milk, chocolate, nut, dark fruits, spices, coffee, cocoa, carmal, some sugars, not overly strong aroma but still good enough.

Taste - Well, as you guessed, chocolate is main flavor. Thick malts and sugars also in each drink. Vanilla, milk and carmal add even more flavor. Has some good Some alcohol and slight hop bitterness comes at the end.

Mouthfeel - Sweet, very easy on mouth. Tounge gets chocolate and malts, is left tingly and sweetened. Palette gets remaining chocolate, some booze and a little bitterness. Aftertaste is semi-chocolate sweet and dry.

Overall - Tasty, a pure dessert beer, though not as overboard as i was expecting, and a little steep in the price takes away from it. If you like regular chocolate stout, you would love this, but still, not the best dessert beer ive had.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rogue Publick House in PDX. Poured into the Rogue Goblet (a very attractive and heavy piece of stemware!)

Pours a pitch black with a very thick chocolate-brown head that lingers for the entire glass. The pour invites you in immediately.

A milky nose with chocolate and hazelnut aromas. Surprisingly underwhelming.

Wow! The among the smoothest mouthfeels I've encountered. Smooth, smooth, smooth! Like a thick chocolate malt.

Lots of chocolate flavor, but it is a bitter, high-quality chocolate that, though very present, isn't overpowering and is very nicely balanced with the rest of the beer. Milky and a little nutty (hazelnuts and walnuts), there is a pleasant malted finish. It boasts 50 IBU, but this is NOT a hoppy beer: I never tasted the hops at all.

Overall a great winter beer that is perfect for a cold day. Nicely made and well balanced, it is well worth consumption!

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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 steve8robin
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this brew at a local beer competition. 22oz bottle...

A: Pitch black with a 1+ inch deep chocolate colored head. Not as dark as Hunaphu's head, but still dark. It fades at a slow pace to a nice fluffy head atop the brew. Very good.

S: I get some bittersweet chocolate upfront with some mild creamy vanilla in the middle and some faint roasty milk chocolate on the back. Good.

T: A nice acidy chocolate upfront which forms into a deeper milk chocolate as some vanilla and cocoa blend seem to take over. Like mixing Nestle Quik in sparkling water instead of milk. Some mild roastiness buried in the back with some raisin. Good.

M: Medium body with a fantastic carbonation! A creamy chocolate finish. Very good.

O: All in all, this is a very good beer! This beat the Rogue Chocolate Stout by a mile! This still has the heavy acidy taste of chocolate stout, but it also has heavier chocolate tastes to subdue that acid. Good to try if you like big thick stouts.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark as night black in color with a hin brown head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lovely chocolate aroma with slight coffee, caramel, brownie mix, and some lactic character but was roasty as well.

T: it wasn't as rich in flavor but it did have the chocolate flavor alongside caramel, brownie batter mix, coffee notes and roasty accents.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight astringent, roasty, and creamy finish.

D: it did drink pretty good but I was definitely digging the aroma then then the overall flavor. still it was pretty tasty.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours blacker than sin and twice as dark. huge tan head with lots of foam and a few bubbles.

smells like chocolate and roast with a some slight aromas of caramel.

chocolate all over the palette and a bit of roast but nowhere near as much chocolate. chocolate!

very creamy and effervescent. overall medium bodied.



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

2011 Vintage.
Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nicely viscous extremely dark beer. There is a nice 2 inch light tan head. There are some chunky bubbles alongs with some nice very dense sticky bubbles. There is some nice sticky lacing that sticks to the glass as the head slowly recedes.

S - Deep dark chocolate. Nice milk chocolate cake notes as well as some sticky melty milk chocolate bars. There is also some nice dark bitter chocolate notes in the nose. Very delicious with no ABV perceivable. The nose is delicious. There is also some slight roasted malty and bready notes that balance the sweetness of the delicious chocolate. There is some slight caramel mixed in there as well.

T & M - Very oily and delicious. Starts off with some nice dark bitter chocolate. There are some mild coffee notes present early on mixed in with the more bitter bakers-type chocolate. The middle portion is more sweet-milk chocolate as opposed to the bitter dark kind. There is some slight chestnut notes and a bit nuttyness. The beer is pure coca with nice bitterness and sweetness form the chocolate. It is really easy to drink and has a nice smooth oily mouthfeel as well as a nice medium-full body. There is a nice coca driven and slightly hop bitter finish.

O - This is a good offering by Rogue. One of the best I've had in a while by them. Very good flavors, well crafted and awesome chocolaty goodness.

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Photo of MsRif
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Poured a dark brown/black color with a bit of ruby on the peripheral. Had an aroma of rich milk chocolate, sugar and roasty malts. Tastes and feels like a chocolate milkshake. Definitely roasty as well, but hot damn...CHOCOLATE. The 8% ABV is undetectable in this chocolate masterpiece. It basically is as advertised...a double chocolate stout.

Full-bodied with low carbonation. Very syrupy...almost like Hershey's chocolate syrup, a bit watered down and with alcohol. Pretty damn good but also absolutely a dessert beer. Very thick and heavy. Recommended!

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Photo of beer2day
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unabashedly, this is a rich stout. Black pour, even drawing some of the light out of the room. 1.5 fingers of rich, thick, dense, dark coffee head. Thin retention and surprisingly little lace.

Nose is all chocolate. Rich, deep, dark chocolate. A touch of mocha comes in at the bottom of the glass. Fairly one dimensional, but very well done.

Tastes like a cup of dark chocolate. Nice hop surprise in the finish, complimenting the bitters from the dark chocolate. Notes of tobacco leaf and citrus in the bitter end.

Thick, dense body. Hides the abv completely. Wish this came in a 12oz. 22 is just a little (ok, a lot) too much.

Great example of the style. Solid impy stout.

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Double Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
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