Friday, July 9, 2010

Rogue Chocolate Stout Review

Brewery: Rogue Ales Brewery | Beer: Chocolate Stout
Style: American Stout | ABV: 6.0%
| IBUs: 69
Serving Method: 22 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

Rouge Chocolate StoutAccording to their Web site, Rogue originally created Chocolate Stout for export to Japan. Apparently a success there, the brewery released the beer in the American market back in 2001. Since then, the beer has built up a loyal following and rather deep trophy case. In fact, Rogue notes that it's the only American beer to win an award at the prestigious Mondial de la bière festival in Strasbourg, France.

As you'd hope from a cholatey beer, actual chocolate is added to the beer, in this case imported Dutch bittersweet chocolate.Its backbone is built from Northwest Harrington and Klages, Crystal 135-165, Beeston Chocolate, rolled oats and roasted barley. Cascade is the only hop variety employed and it uses the house Pacman yeast.

Here's how Rogue describe the finished product:

Ebony in color with a rich creamy head. The mellow flavor of oats, chocolate malts and real chocolate are balanced perfectly with the right amount of hops for a bitter-sweet finish.
I love a well-made chocolaty beer, so hopes are pretty high here. Let's see if it can live up.

Appearance: An intensely dark brown body with only the barest hints of brown highlights around the edges. Up top, two fingers of creamy tan head that sticks around a long time and leaves good sheets of lacing.

Aroma: Wow, this is certainly a chocolate themed beer! The aroma profile is absolutely dominated by creamy milk chocolate that reminds me of premium chocolate powder. There's also some dark roasted malt, coffee, and faint alcohol notes to be found, but it's mostly about the chocolate in the nose.

Taste: A big dark-roasted malt profile with plenty of the chocolate powder flavors going on throughout. Certainly one of the most chocolaty beers I've ever tried. As for the Cascade hops, they certainly let their presence be known. It's sweet, and yet nicely bitter at the same time, making it a very balanced beer. The aftertaste is roasty and chocolaty with good bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and wonderfully creamy with smooth carbonation. The finish is sweet at first with the hops drying it a little as it goes on.

Drinkability: About average; you won't be pounding it like a light lager, but it's hardly a sipper either.

Verdict: Here's a chocolate beer that really delivers in the chocolate department. But, it's not just a one-dimensional beer though, there's enough complexity here to make this a real winner.

Grade: A

1 comment:

Royce said...

I've liked the Rogue Dead Guy Ale, but never seen this Chocolate Stout before. As a fan of chocolate stouts generally, I will have to pick this up. I'm very interested in it because you say it's balanced and not one-dimensional... too many chocolate beers become chocolate-only and have no other facets to their flavor profile.

Thanks for the review, keep em coming.