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Beer – #499 – Rogue – Double Chocolate Stout

A beer I’ve been looking forward to so much, it’s been in the  fridge ages, this is  the Rogue – Double Chocolate Stout. Beer #499. So Great beer, Great Music, Great scores and Great Nights out.

Double Chocolate Stout is an evolution of Rogue Chocolate Stout. 

“Double the legend.”

This is Brewed by Rogue Ales in the style that is an  Imperial Stout and they are NewportOregon  USA

The big red painted bottle could have beer that is  50, 68 or 72 IBU, depending where you read, I can affirm the bottle I have is 50*, and at the 750ml in size, the bottle, containing beer that is 9% ABV,  is 271 calories a serve, and 5.33 standard drink units. A big night in! *50 IBU things is high for a Stout, and it’s less than a low IPA.

Big and Red and #499 !!!

Big and Red and #499 !!!

Double Chocolate Stout is an evolution of Rogue Chocolate Stout, which is flavored with imported Dutch bittersweet chocolate.

The winner of three World Beer Championships Gold Medals.

In 2010, Double Chocolate Stour received a Gold Medal at the World Beer Championships. 

That was then, this is now, what could possibly go wrong!

A beer that appears to be liked by a wide range of people, it rates 100/99 on Ratebeer and has 4 stars on Untappd where people are harsher because it’s easier to mark from 5 than to mark 5 categories for an overall score I think.

Bitter bitter chocolate on opening, and it sounded well carbonated, The aroma is like a bar of dark dark chocolate, if you like that sort of thing this is the thing!

That is a thick pour, and it develops a fantastic foamy and thick head that is chocolate tan colour. Followed by a party going on in my mouth!

Rogue Double Chocolate StoutDelightfully but not overly sweet, which is nice balance to the underlying bitterness with each mouthful, the chocolate aroma moves to more of those raisin type sugar things, and in turn they begin to show through as this warms in the glass.

I would like though for this to have more body, more punch in the middle, and I do think that it finishes towards a slight sourness that I found distracting.

Second pour was just as much fun as the first, it has a thickness of pour and delivered up the same decent head. I’m now getting a bit of palate fatigue though, the finish is moving from sour to dry, the chocolate aroma has also tailed off.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8.5 of its unknowable things from the thing. I wanted something thick, punchy, but soft, and full in the mouth, and with a sweetish finish. I got most of them. I could be being picky, as I wanted this to be the home-run the out-of-the-park experience. Be careful for what you wish.

This has been in my fridge for a while and I have been building towards my own exciting and self imposed 500 celebration that is just another number, and I’m glad this was the beer that gets me to the brink, as it were. Thanks the nice people at Liquorland Forrest Hill @LiquorlandFH and those clever people at @RogueAles.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? It’s like I’m not but after I got over that let-down feeling I actually am enjoying it, although differently to what I wanted or expected to.
  2. Would I have another? I might, I built up my hopes for this, and I might have made a rod for my own back.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes of course, this has some real experience and engagement going on, but it’s also a beer that you can have and not be distracted by it that it becomes intrusive in your thinking.

I’m listening to what is a very good album of music that surprised me with the way that I engaged with with, the band Mono Town, this track “Peacemaker” from the Album “In the eye of the storm.” Mono Town is an Icelandic musical band from Reykjavík  with alternative pop and ambient influences formed in 2012 by brothers Börkur and Daði Birgisson (earlier from the Icelandic funk band Jagúar) and singer/guitarist Bjarki Sigurdsson on lead vocals.

They’re on Spotify, Pandora, iTunes and all the usual places probably.


Imperial stouts are usually extremely dark brown to black in color with flavors that are intensely malty, deeply roasted and sometimes with accents of dark fruit (raisin, fig) or milk sourness. The bitterness is typically medium and often the low sie of that. Imperial stouts are strong and often exceed 8% by volume.


2 comments on “Beer – #499 – Rogue – Double Chocolate Stout

  1. Brandon Fischer
    December 16, 2014

    When can we expect #500? I’m in awe that you have reviewed so many brews. I haven’t even had 500 unique beers let alone reviewed so many. Looking forward to #500.


    • Philip Walter
      December 16, 2014

      I know, it’s getting quite tense here, #500 has no real significance other then well, 500.

      It is the giving season and I’m waiting on receipt of my secret santa gift, It might be amusing to have that as beer #500, but that presumes that it’ll be beer.

      I have a very good back up plan and it’ll resolve itself shorty, if only you were the first one to ask i’d feel less silly.

      Also OCD me won’t allo me to post 501, 502 etc and go back.

      Stand by.


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