I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had no freshness date. It cost $7.49 ($0.34 per ounce).
Appearance: Deep shade of black out of the bottle. Pours to a large, brown, frothy head which retains and laces very well.
Smell: Dark chocolate candy, some roasted malt.
Taste: When a beer is named "Chocolate Stout," you go in with an
expectation. And while Rogue Chocolate Stout is plenty chocolaty, it’s
not all chocolate all the time. It’s more of a strong stout that happens
to have a bitter dark chocolate taste on the finish. It’s also quite
bitter with significant hop presence throughout.
The thing about big stouts is that they’re pretty bitter from the
roasted barley. There’s a taste akin to burnt toast right away here.
It’s dry and slightly astringent, but there’s an underlying sweetness.
It doesn’t change much at the apex, though the second half of the swig
is the best part as that’s when all the chocolate is revealed. It’s a
bitter dark chocolate, and not particularly sweet or milky. A hint of
vanilla can be detected, as well as some minor citrus flavors from the
Cascade hops. At 69 IBUs, there’s a reason the hops are prominent here.
There’s a minor oatmeal sweetness on the aftertaste, though it fades
quickly. A solid, well-balanced stout, though I can’t help but want even
Drinkability: While Rogue Chocolate Stout is no session beer, it’s not
imperial beast, either. It’s a full-bodied beer for sure, though the
mouthfeel seems a little thin for the style. It’s comfortable, though,
and its goes down smooth. A slightly dry residual aftertaste, but it’s
tolerable. At 6% ABV it’s a relatively strong beer, though most drinkers
should have no trouble handling all 22oz themselves.