by John Ellis
The bright red bottle calls out for you, especially over this holiday weekend. All that’s missing from the bottles of Rogue Double Chocolate Stout that line store shelves are plush, white teddy bears with their cute, teddy bear arms wrapped around each bottle. Look, Valentine’s Day may or may not be a made up holiday; I don’t really care. In fact, I’m of the opinion that the only people who disdain this holiday are those who resent wonderful things like heart-shaped boxes filled with chocolate nuggety goodness, P.D.A., and the excuse to take your wife to a hotel room far away from the kids who make a habit of bursting into your bedroom at the worst possible moments. Valentine’s Day is a day for partying and excess with the one you love; Rogue Double Chocolate Stout is excessive in all the right ways, and definitely lends itself to partying.
AROMA: Chocolate. Dark Chocolate. Sensuous Chocolate. Valentine’s Day Chocolate. A Double Chocolate Stout should be predominately chocolate notes, and Rogue’s version does not disappoint. The chocolate is not overwhelming in a cloying way, though. In fact, complexity shines through with malt flavors beyond chocolate. Some rich espresso, dark fruits, and toasted nuts and breads mingle with the swirls of dark chocolate. 11/12
APPEARANCE: Rich, thick, and black with a caramel-colored head that froths and bubbles during its slow dissipation. The lacing is delicate and is reminiscent of the froth left behind by a thick chocolate milkshake. 3/3
FLAVOR: Plenty of luscious chocolate, of course; but, like the aroma, the brewers at Rogue Ales do an excellent job of making room for the rich flavors that characterize big, bad-ass stouts – espresso, roasted pecans, and juicy plums are all present. The finish has a beautiful bitterness that rests in your mouth and causes you to long for the next sip. The Rogue Double Chocolate Stout is the adult version of chocolate milk.
MOUTHFEEL: Not quite full-bodied, but close enough to not matter. The Rogue Double Chocolate Stout is creamy with the right amount of carbonation. The astringency is excellent, especially considering the 9% abv. 5/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: It’s Valentine’s Day weekend, and this week’s Beer for the Weekend is a great beer to take to that hotel room mentioned above. Delicious, complex, and a high enough abv to be a great aphrodisiac, Rogues Double Chocolate Stout will pair well with whatever activities you have planned this weekend. 9/10
Outstanding (45-50), Excellent (38-44), Very Good (30-37), Good (21-29), Fair (14-20), Problematic (0-13)
 Rogue, if you do this next year, I don’t need payment, per se. Free cases of your beer and a shout-out on Twitter will suffice. Unless you see your sales figures go way up. At that point, I’m contacting a lawyer.
 On the plus side, those embarrassing moments make great segues to the “sex talk.”
 Don’t push back on that, you know what I mean.