Sunday, December 2, 2012

Rogue Chocolate Stout review

Rogue Chocolate StoutSpur of the moment beer purchases can be fun and rewarding. While searching for some perfect holiday ales during a recent beer run, this bottle of Rogue Chocolate Stout popped into view and begged for a tasting. This brew has had some excellent reviews on RateBeer and has also also won numerous awards since its debut in late 2000.

The attraction of this beer was the fact that is was made with some natural chocolate flavoring. Wait, what? Flavoring? What in nature has natural chocolate flavor other than cocoa or chocolate? The tasting should answer that question. Turns out the flavoring was indeed from imported chocolate, so nothing imitation here.

Rogue packed in a ton of malts and used some of their own Revolution and Rebel hops from their own hop yard. The even threw in some rolled oats into this brew for extra flavor and substance. Rogue Chocolate Stout weighed in at 6.3% ABV and has about 69 IBU and 189 calories per serving. So how will this beer from Newport, Oregon hold stand up to all its high praise and awards?

Appearance: Rogue Chocolate Stout poured extremely dark brown, not quite black. Very little light got through along the edges and there was plenty of thick brown foam that built up on top in the glass. This is the kind of head that stuck around for a long time and had just enough lacing to leave a mark along the glass. The beer seemed to have a bit of carbonation, but not much.

Aroma: Chocolate! Yes indeed, the first thing you'll pick up is the huge chocolate aroma. Not chocolate malt, although there is a fair amount of that in there, but chocolate as in the sweet dessert kind. Besides the big chocolate bouquet is an underlying roasted malt. It was difficult to pick up much else due to the big chocolate nose, but that's OK. This is what you wanted to smell in this brew.

Taste: Here is where you don't want to expect too much chocolate taste. Rogue Chocolate Stout does have a subtle semi-sweet chocolate flavor, but also a big rich bold stout taste as well. There is a noticeable bitterness underneath all that malt too. The brew felt creamy, yet drying. Be sure to let this brew warm up to around 50 degrees Fahrenheit or else you'll miss out on the full aroma and taste experience.

Overall: Rogue Chocolate Stout is a great example of what a chocolate beer should be. It wasn't heavy on the chocolate, yet still had plenty of roast and bitterness. I would agree with Rogue's recommendation that this beer would pair well with sweet desserts and also beef dishes. May I suggest pairing this with a handful of M&M's or a Ghirardelli chocolate square. This beer will not only warm your heart, but also that of a friend. The 22oz bomber is the perfect size for sharing. There's just enough ABV in this beer to give you a glow as well. This beer was very enjoyable, chocolate lovers take notice!

Disclosure: I paid full retail price for this beer at my local liquor store.

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- Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar review.
- Rogue Shakespeare Stout review.
- Rogue Dead Guy Ale review.

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