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Double Chocolate Stout (Rogue)

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Double Chocolate Stout (Rogue)

Thursday, 20 February 2014 12:00

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The Buzz:

        No description is given on this bright red bottle, besides a list of ingredients including 2-Row, C120, rolled oats, roasted barley, honey, chocolate, Pacman yeast, and Rogue's special malts and hops. This roughly $13 bottle (Northern VA price) is a super heavy, super rich, and super tasty brew ringing in at a very respectable 9% ABV.

 

 Life of the Party:

        The best way I can describe this beer, in my opinion, is that it's not JUST a beer; it's an event you have to plan in your life. And so to properly describe this beer, I feel like I must do a paragraph per “phase” of the drinking, starting with the pour.

        This Rogue brew comes out of the bottle jet black, with that reddish-white head I normally associate with birch beer. And the Double Chocolate bit DEFINITELY makes its presence known in the aroma, with a rich cocoa smell, which almost forces you just relax a little as you take it in. I used a tulip style glass, which really helped to focus those aromas in a really pleasant way.

        Now I admit that my fridge that this was stored in was probably a little too cold (since it's not just a beer fridge), so take my first taste with a small grain of salt. My first impression of this beer was that of raw, bitter dark chocolate, with a mildly smooth finish that helped to balance out the overall flavor. Delicious (if you like super dark chocolate), but not quite as smooth and creamy as I might have expected.

        Then as it warmed up, things changed quite a bit. As the temperature came up, the beer still kept that bitter, dark chocolate hit, but then the middle and the finish took on a more milk chocolate, creamy, smooth characteristic that really brought this beer alive.  

 

My bottle/pour

Potential Hangovers:

        Now, for me, what I'm about to say are very much positives, and that may be the case for you. However, I know that not all beer drinkers are the same, so I'm listing these aspects here.

        I wasn't kidding when I said this beer is an event that you need to plan. I like to consider myself a fairly seasoned beer drinker, and it took me just over an hour to work my way through this bottle. It's so thick, heavy, and flavorful that it's pretty much physically impossible to drink this quickly (that's not a challenge; doing so would be, in my eye, disrespectful).

        Also, like I alluded to earlier, it's doesn't really conform to what you may think makes a chocolate stout. If you think a double chocolate stout is all milk chocolate and cream (which I admit some are), then you're gonna be surprised by this brew. Even when it warms and smooth out, there's still that raw cocoa bitterness to deal with, which I loved, but I know some people just can't get behind.  

 

The Vibe:

        There is only one situation appropriate for Double Chocolate Stout by Rogue, and that is (in my opinion) the late-night dessert beer. Well after dinner, when you're settling down with...whatever your late-night entertainment of choice might be (we don't judge), pour this brew out in a proper glass (I swear if I ever see one of my friends pulling straight from the bottle I'll slap 'em), and pay some good attention to what this beer is doing as it evolves in the glass.

        If you like thick, chocolatey stouts, then Double Chocolate Stout by Rogue very much deserves a spot on your to-drink list.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ Flagship beer of the style

+ Super thick, chocolatey, dessert beer

+ Did I mention you can't taste that 9% ABV?

+/- It's not just a beer, and a gastronomic event that must be planned and respected accordingly

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