Sunday, February 15, 2009

Rogue Chocolate Stout


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chad9976 (569) - Albany, USA - APR 3, 2010
Until now, I’ve been a little under whelmed (and sometimes flat-out disappointed) by the selection of so-called “chocolate beers” on the market today. Most seem to be regular stouts that happen to have a chocolate finish, rather than being chocolate-flavored beers. Well, I can finally rest easy because Rogue Chocolate Stout is exactly the chocolate beer I’ve been looking for all this time. It’s a rich, sweet, delicious beer with authentic chocolate taste without the gimmicks of the others of the style.

POUR, COLOR AND AROMA

There’s something very ironic by finding appeal in a beer that pours and looks like motor oil as it flows out of the bottle. This beer has an absolutely opaque black body with a dark brown, foamy head. The head lingers for quite a while and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is typical for a stout, and surprisingly subdued compared to the taste. A faint chocolate scent is detectable, but otherwise this beer is playing it incognito.

TASTE

Probably the reason I’ve been so unimpressed by other “chocolate beers” to date is due to the fact their chocolaty taste isn’t noticeable until the finish and in the aftertaste. The difference with Rogue Chocolate Stout is noticeable immediately as soon as the head touched my tongue. Once the liquid itself hit my palate it was simply a chocolate orgy of flavor.

This is exactly the taste I’ve been hoping for. Sure, a dark, roasty beer with a chocolate/coffee component is quite tasty, but sometimes it’s fun to make chocolate the first and foremost ingredient. Although Rogue claims this beer is made with “natural chocolate flavors” among other high-quality brewing ingredients, it seems rich and authentic to me.

And yet the beer still has all the makings of a great beer. Piney, cascade hops are very noticeable in the flavor, so much so that I might even go as far as to describe it as citrusy. This also gives the beer more of bitter, dark chocolate taste than a sugary, gimmicky taste.

FINISH

I’ve yet the find a stout that is anything other than silky smooth. Needless to say, Rogue Chocolate Stout is an extremely easy beer to drink, which is made all the more impressive considering how strong its flavor is.

BODY

The caveat to this beer might be its weight, which feels a lot heavier than its statistics make it out to be. At 6.3% ABV, Rogue Chocolate Stout is only an above-average brew as far potency, but in terms of sheer volume is certainly feels heavier than it probably is. I drank my 22oz bomber bottle rather quickly, and it felt as though I had drank 3 or 4 regular beers. That’s why this works well as a dessert beer, rather than any kind of session brew.

FINAL THOUGHTS

In a way, I’m actually glad I’m just now trying Rogue Chocolate Stout. Because if I had tried this first, all those other chocolate beers would have seemed a lot worse than simply average in comparison. This is definitely one of the tastiest beers I’ve ever drank, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone that likes chocolate and beer.

Grade: 10/10