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Monday, August 8, 2011

Rogue Chocolate Stout

Rogue Chocolate Stout is an American Stout by Rogue Ales of Oregon. Stouts get their name from being Stout or Strong Porters. The Rogue website says this brew was first made as an export to Japan under the name Chocolate Bear Beer. I would have been down with that Care Bear.

I bought this at the Curtis Park Market in Sacramento for $4.69 for a 22oz bottle. It has an ABV of 6%.

It pours a dark color with thick chocolate milk head that leaves plenty of sticky lacings. The aroma is strong with beautiful roasted chocolate malts and coco. The taste is a well balanced mix of sweet, roasted, and chocolate flavors with a slight bitter earthy hop finish. The roasted chocolate taste lingers pleasingly. The body is surprisingly light for a stout and well carbonated, which gives the beer an almost refreshing finish.

I was really surprised by this Stout. This is a Must Have It. I've had a lot of Stouts as it's one of my favorite styles, and this had to be one of, if not the best. This make sense as Beer Advocate has it ranked #2 after 1743 reviews. I haven't heard of #1.

If you like Stouts then you will love this. If you don't like Stouts this may change your mind. The flavor was balanced by a skilled brewer. As for the body, I don't think I've ever had a refreshing Stout like this. Most Stouts have great taste but are thick bodied and filling. Rogue's is far from that.

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