A Mug of Cold Chocolate
Rogue Ales Brewery – Newport, OR
Ah, Rogue. If you’re not familiar, Rogue is an ale brewery in the coastal town of Newport, Oregon. Opened in ’88, they were on the crest of the wave of craft breweries that has rolled in on the US in the last 20 years. Rogue is known for big, hoppy ales, a trademark of the PNW. I’ve heard a traditionalist or two whine about Rogue’s beers being too hoppy or not being balanced enough, but screw that, I see it as a strength when a brewery has a defined style across their line of beers – trademarks are good for business, people. Rogue’s line is relatively easy to find on the East Coast, so I’m posting this review to introduce you to Rogue, and in hopes that you’ll seek out this chocolate stout, or any of their beers that might interest you. Jump le jump for the skinny on Rogue’s Chocolate Stout.
22oz bomber poured into a 14oz mug. No apparent freshness date on the bottle.
Pours an opaque black with a shy khaki head. Head was slow to come even with an aggressive pour. Lacing was thick and strong though.
Whoa, the nose is all semi-sweet chocolate. It’s not bad, but I seriously can’t find anything else in there. Bit milky I guess.
The taste is a pleasant, creamy dark chocolate, backed up quickly by roasted coffee. The rear is brought up by an earthy hop flavor, which provides a nice balance to a truly delicious beer. I’ve had my share of chocolate, vanilla, maple, etc. stouts and porters and this is beautifully strong and balanced at the same time.
The mouthfeel is exceptional. There’s just enough carbonation to cut the thickness, but it’s pleasantly thick and very appropriate for the style.
Drinkability is very good for the style. I’d much rather have several dry well balanced stouts like this than some of the over-done half-candy flavored stouts I’ve had lately.
What a great chocolate stout. While the nose is almost comically strong, don’t be fooled; this is an exceptionally good, balanced beer.