As you know, weâ€™ve reviewed several different beers from Rogue Ales so far. With one exception, weâ€™ve focused primarily on their IPAs. Well, not everyone likes to get all hopped up. As a matter of fact, before I switched to IPAs, dark porters and stouts were my favorite. Today, weâ€™ve got a double-whammy, taking a look at two different Rogue Chocolate Stouts.
As you might surmise, the Rogue Chocolate Stout and Double Chocolate Stout have a good deal in common. If you check out the ingredient list down below, theyâ€™re practically identical (the double has honey added to the mix). It does make for some markedly different beverages, however. The Rogue Chocolate Stout pours like you would expect a stout to, and does not have an overly-pronounced nose to it. On the tongue, thereâ€™s a sharp bitterness to it (reflected by that 69 IBU rating) that you might not expect from a stout. When you get to the flavors, the chocolate addition reminded me of a malty flavor, sort of like the hot cereal Iâ€™d have as a kid with some chocolate syrup mixed in.
When you change over to the Rogue Double Chocolate Stout you know youâ€™re onto something different when you pour it out of the bright red bottle. This has a noticeably thicker, more viscous, movement to it. While there is not much head, what there is of it has a slight reddish tinge. To my taste buds, it was definitely the sweeter of the two (I think we have the honey to thank for it) and I also picked up a slight hint of coffee. The overall flavor is different, though I still came up with a cereal association for it. The chocolate is there, but this one had a sort of caramel, Sugar Smacks reminder to it. Hard to put that into words, but it was an interesting note. And yeah, of the two, I did end up preferring the Double a bit more.
Either way you go, if youâ€™re a fan of stouts and chocolate, I donâ€™t think you would be disappointed by either the Rogue Chocolate Stout or Rogue Double Chocolate Stout. Finding it now may be a bit tricky, however, as it seemed like it was a bit more of a seasonal thing they were releasing back in February. Well, at least for the Double – thatâ€™s just available in Jan and February (so mark your calendars). For the regular Rogue Chocolate Stout , however, thatâ€™s a year-round tipple you should be able to find at your local craft beer shop for $7.99. rogue.com
- Rogue Chocolate Stout
- Malty chocolate, like a hot cereal with chocolate flavor
- Nose is not pronounced
- Sharp on tongue
- Rogue Double Chocolate Stout
- Thick pour
- Slight reddish tinge to the little head
- Not as chocolates
- Slight coffee
- A slightly sweet stout. Smooth
- Slight caramel / sugar smacks cereal flavor
- Thick pour
Specs from Rogue
- Chocolate Stout
- ABV (alcohol by volume): 5.8%
- IBU: 69
- 15Â° PLATO (*)
- 135Â° L (**)
- 77 AA
- Ingredients: 2-Row, C120, Chocolate & Rogue Farms Dareâ„¢ and Riskâ„¢ Malts; Rogue Farms Rebel Hops; Rolled Oats, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Free Range Coastal Water and Pacman Yeast
- Double Chocolate Stout
- ABV (alcohol by volume): 8.7%
- IBU: 50
- 22Â° PLATO (*)
- 135Â° L
- 74 AA
- Ingredients: 2-Row, C120, Chocolate & Rogue Farms Dareâ„¢ and Riskâ„¢ Malts; Rogue Farms Rebel Hops; Rolled Oats, Roasted Barley, Honey, Chocolate, Free Range Coastal Water and Pacman Yeast.
*: plato is a measure of the percentage of fermentable sugars in the wort prior to fermentation (wikipedia)
**: L(ovibond) is an indication of the color of the beer