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Rogue Imperial Chocolate Stout

Formerly brewed at Rogue Ales
Style: Imperial Stout
Newport, Oregon USA
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Many foods ignite our passions. Tastes so sophistacated and rich, they dance on the tongue and tantalize the palate so that we cannot help but be drawn into the magic of these flavours. Superb beer, skillfully crafted from the best ingredients is one of these stimulating foods. Chocolate is another. Combining these flavours in just the right balance only serves to enhance their powers. The combination of chocolate and beer is sure to put a smile on your face. Made by Rogue and for sale by Ezo Beer in Japan.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
triodes (7) - California, USA - OCT 2, 2009 does not count
One of Rogue’s best products. Reliable, well made, a real friend in need. One of best stouts in the nation, bar none.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2009
This beer seems to be an enigma. Tough to nail down just what the story is after some net searching. Only other raters seem to be talking about it. Thick and oily brownish black body with a very dark almost rust colored head which soon leaves the oily surface quite clean. Smell is a powerful combination of sweet chocolate, as well as coffee rinds and cocoa. Thick and creamy on the palate, taste of mostly coffee and then chocolate throughout. There is a rounding bitter coco/hop finish, the sweet notes are more in the background I think. Excellent beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JaBier (4854) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle shared by a friend. Black pour with a medium brown head. Aroma of tootsie rolls, chocolate, cream and some roastiness. Dark chocolate and roasted malt flavor with a hint of marshmallow before a sweet, yet bitter milk chocolate and roasted malt finish. If I had to compare it to the regular chocolate stout, I would say the chocolate flavor is a little darker and more dense and there’s more of it. There’s also more pronounced roastiness, which adds some bitterness. Truly amazing stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (6648) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2009
October ‘09 O-Town Throwdown, courtesy of juiceisloose. Pours dark brown, insane thick mocha head, golden lacing. Aroma huge amount of chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor was similar to aroma, a whole mouthful of pure chocolate goodness. Plain chocolate bomb, felt as chewing chocolate. Fairly simple in concept, but thick and tasty. When Rogue said chocolate, they were serious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AmEricanbrew (5800) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Deep brown color with a tan head. Big bakers chocolate and mocha aromas. Smooth medium body. Great blend of sweet milk chocolate, dry bakers chocolate and bitter blackened malts. Intensely tasty stout !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr. Black pour with a small light brown head. Nutso glass staining. Aroma is chocolate, chocolate milk, oatmeal. Flavor is chocolate, oatmeal, and the faintest smoke and ash on the back end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8023) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 Bottle shared by Homerwantsbeer. Pours a very dark brown color with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Yummy chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Rich and smooth body with flavors of sweet milk chocolate, malt and marshmallows (thanks JaBier). The finish is chocolaty and sweet. Good beer that they should distribute here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (903) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2011
12 ounce bottle received a year ago in a face-to-face trade with joetheyounger. Thanks Joe for picking this up at the brewery and letting me try a beer that is not available in the United States. I like the cap with the map of Hokkaido ("Ezo" traditionally refers to Japan’s northern lands) and the blunt statement: "If you can read this, you need to drink a beer." Pours just shy of pitch black with a half finger of creamy dark mocha colored foam which soon dissipates. Aroma of rich cocoa powder and it actually really reminds me of the Hershey’s chocolate syrup I would put in my milk as a kid. Flavor is also full of dark bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate (the Hershey’s syrup again), and chocolate-caramel candy (like a Tootsie Roll), and some vanilla. Finishes with more bitter chocolate. Hard to believe this is 10% as it’s incredibly smooth with no detectable alcohol. So much yummy chocolate...makes for a great dessert beer. Very well crafted impy stout. Just wish it was more readily available. (45, 515)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2009
First off, got this at the Rogue in Astoria, OR and the manager assured me it is not the same recipe as the regular Chocolate Stout. Dark black with medium brown head. Aroma of huge bittersweet chocolate. Taste is all about the sweet chocolate with ashy roasted malts. Bitter finish balances nicely. Really enjoyable. I love their regular Chocolate Stout, and I love this one. Great sipping dessert beer. Hides the alcohol well. I’d take this over the Souther Tier Chokolat any day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1634) - Earth, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2009
Many thanks to derkruk for this one! I had no clue this existed! Dark black pour with brown hints at the edges. Big milk chocolately nose, lots of sweetness. Velvet smooth body, the milk chocolate turns to dark halfway over the palate, and notes of bitter and burnt become present, but add to the cocoa powder flavor that’s happening. 10% not detetacble. Its like the Chokolat’s 2nd cousin, same family, but a tad bit thinner. Really impressive though for Rogue, especially as of late...would love to find some more of this!

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