Rogue Ales Chocolate Stout in International Stout Day
International Stout Day has come to the grateful beer-loving masses, and what a fake holiday it is. But what stout to choose? I stared to the selection of fine beers at Worden’s Market in Missoula, MT. My hand eventually reached out and snatched a bottle of inky goodness in the form of Rogue Ales Chocolate Stout. The stout is one of my favorites, and I thought it would be fitting for this evening. Like most of the Rogue Ales, this one achieves fermentation with the apt use of the Pacman yeast. Pacman yeast is Rogue’s own strain and it is the chameleon of yeasts. Very mild fruit complements a dry, mineral finish making this a fairly neutral strain. Pacman’s flavor profile and performance makes it a great choice for use in many different beer styles.
Chocolate Stout Particulars
Great Western 2-Row, Crystal 135- 165, Chocolate & Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare™ & Risk™ Malts, Rolled Oats, and Roasted Barley in the grain bill
Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution & Rebel Hops
Chocolate Stout Notes
Appearance: Poured like carbonated motor oil with a thick dark tan head.
Aroma: Roast, coffee, and some cocoa notes.
Mouthfeel: Think, yet thinner than the impression from the pour would have you believe. Adequate carbonation to cleanse the palette.
Taste: Huge flavors…welcomed assaults of smoke, coffee, chocolate, dark breads, and some floral backends tastes. This beer is approachable and drinkable, while providing some unique flavors and subtlety.
Overall: The intensity of the chocolate gradually increases with each sip, moving from a heavier roast and coffee profile. As I said before, Rogue Ales Chocolate Stout was one of my favorite stouts, and it still is.
Purchased from Worden’s Market