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Afternoon Beer Break: Getting chocolatey with Rogue

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

Tasting Notes

Specs from Rogue

*: 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