Monday, August 31, 2009

Good Stuff #3: Rogue Chocolate Stout

Time to highlight another star. Time for Good Stuff #3: Rogue Chocolate Stout brewed by Rogue Ales in Newport, Oregon. Following Hop Stoopid Ale and Old Stock Ale 2009, I've had this choice picked out for a few weeks, and it's been chilling in my fridge since then. Keep your eyes out for a feature for this "Good Stuff Series" in the right column here as well. All I need is a little time! Here was my original review of Rogue Chocolate Stout, done around six months ago as I was protecting my good beer from my wife on her way to a party. The review was a little thin, so I'll try to do better today.

Coincidentally, after selecting this beer a few weeks ago, I stumbled on a few interesting tidbits about it in the run-up to today. About a week or so ago, I was looking around this damn funny cooking blog (which not coincidentally also has great food pictures, recipes and tips), on which the dude also does some beer reviews. The sarcasm is top notch! One of the reviews he did on his Cooking for Assholes site was for Rogue Chocolate Stout. Not surprisingly, he loves this beer, too, but the more interesting part of the story is him talking about partying one weekend with the lady on the bottle label, Sebbie Buhler. Apparently that was while he still worked at Rogue, and prior to being fired for being an "arrogant asshole". Read the story, good eavesdropping stuff.

No sooner did I read that story than Sebbie registered at the Beer for Chicks network (guys are welcome too), where she talks about her blog dedicated to this great beer. I introduced myself and she told me about the newest issue of 100% Pure Rogue as well as a tasting session she'll be hosting at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. If you're so lucky to be going, look it up. Anyway, I hope she's reading today as this review is nothing but compliments. Here we go...

Today's review: Lovely milk chocolate aroma, with just a touch of raisins and hops. The flavors also sport a ton of chocolate; however, it is a darker and more bitter chocolate, not sweet like the aroma suggests. Malty with some roasted and nutty flavors, with any sweetness balanced beautifully by some hoppy bitterness. Silky smooth and creamy all the way through. Low to medium carbonation with a medium body. The finish is drier with more bitterness, very pleasant. Tough one not to love, with delicious chocolate goodness all the way.

What the brewery has to say about this beer, which, as is usual with Rogue, is very comprehensive. You can also visit their site to see the long list of awards this beer has won.

Style: American Stout

Food Pairing: Beef, Desserts


Tasting Notes:

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.

10 Ingredients:

Malts: Northwest Harrington & Klages, Crystal 135-165, Beeston Chocolate, Rolled Oats & Roasted Barley.

Hops: Cascade.

Specialty: Imported Dutch Bittersweet Chocolate.

Yeast & Water: Rogue’ s Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

Specs:

15º PLATO

69 IBU

77 AA

135º Lovibond


World Class Package:
Draft, 22oz Bottle

Rogue makes it pretty easy to follow what's going on in the Rogue Nation, with a presence on MySpace, Facebook and Twitter. At the bottom of that page, they go on to talk about all the assets they have which will surely lead to their application approval to join the United Nations. Best of Luck! Of those assets, they have a dozen or so locations, which they call Meeting Halls. If you can't get to the West Coast, though, these guys have terrific distribution so you can surely find a place to drink Rogue, or just do what I do and drink at home.

I've had and reviewed many of the beers that Rogue offers, but certainly not all of them. The rest are on my "to do" list, when I get a chance. Of all of their beers, Rogue Chocolate Stout is probably my absolute favorite. I also absolutely love their Somer Orange Honey Ale. It's so hard to list all of the great ones, but I have enjoyed practically all of the ones I've tasted.

Go get some Rogue Chocolate Stout and indulge. You deserve it!

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