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Clean Glasses, No. 1: Sweet and Supple, Rogue Chocolate Double Stout is a Must-Drink for Cocoa Lovers

In our inaugural blog post, we're tasting Rogue's devilishly decadent red rover: Double Chocolate Stout.

The always sharp marketing of Rogue's bottling leaves a man slightly piqued. One should never choose his poison based on its label — maybe the opposite should be true. But the simple red, black and white bottle is hard to miss among the glut of brown down the beer aisle.

I don't hold any grudges against Rogue for their ubiquity, that's just good business. You can find their carefully labeled bottles at gas stations along the Erie Canal or amongst finely cultivated selections at chichi wine sellers. So be it; the beer is good. A thoughtful, malty, cream-thick concoction, Double Chocolate Stout is really a dreamy drink for lovers of sweet cocoa-inspired brews.

DCS, freshly poured, carbonates gently, pouring to a profound opaque black with dark ochre suggestions, the deep caramel head absolutely radiant. Its pure chocolate smell mellows as the beer settles.

The first sip betrays its decadence.

Hopheads look elsewhere: this wide, sweet sweep of slightly alkaline flavor rushes forth across the tongue. Its not-so-complex sweetness, though, lingers in the mouth for a dozen or so minutes after your last sip — hints of oak, whimpers of earthy espresso, sense memory evoking a youthful Yoo-hoo tryst. This 9 percent ABV, however, drinks like dessert and cuts like a digestif.

Duh, it's called Double Chocolate Stout.

For a rich, malty, sweet stout, I can't imagine it getting much better than this.

3.9 out of 5

Pairings:

Music: Beastie Boys - Paul Revere
Food: Whole Foods vegan chocolate chip cookies
Weather: Cold, snowy and trapped inside by the fireplace.
Headwear: Baseball cap

Beer suggestions? Beer questions? Email us at cleanglasses2013@gmail.com.

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Hank February 16, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Good stuff Do you happen to know where I can get "Old Viscosity" in the area?

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