Hazelutely Choctabulous

Sweet Stout Rogue Ales

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Hazelutely Choctabulous, a Sweet Stout by Rogue Ales

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Hazelutely Choctabulous is a Sweet Stout brewed by Rogue Ales, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a nonic pint glass from a bottle.

Appearance

The stout pours an opaque black that bleeds ruby red at the edges. It’s capped by an inch-thick head of dense tan foam that shows fine retention. The head reduces slowly to leave a soapy collar.

Aroma

Just after the pour, the aroma is very sweet with a scent of hazelnut and dark chocolate. As the beer warms, a pleasant coffee roast mixes with chocolate.

Flavor

The collision between hazelnut and chocolate is a beautiful drinking experience. Begins with a taste of burnt toast, floral hops, some dark fruit, and then the sweetness takes over. Palate turns positively nutty in the middle; hazelnut muddled with toffee and roast. Finishes sticky sweet with fig and milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel

The feel is smooth and creamy with a moderate body and less-than-moderate carbonation.

Overall

Mm, mm, mm. What’s best about this beer is that its sweetness could easily run amok but instead is grounded brilliantly with the roast and hops. Even drinkers who wouldn’t usually care for a sweet stout are likely to find this brew enjoyable.

Sweet Origin

Fans of Rogue Ales used to mix two of Rogue’s brews: their Chocolate Stout and Hazelnut Brown Nectar. The result was a flavor so popular that eventually, Rogue Ales recreated that blend as the Hazelutely Choctabulous Sweet Stout.

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About the Sweet Stout

The Sweet Stout and Milk Stout originated in England in the early 20th century and were marketed as a tonic for invalids and nursing mothers. The Sweet Stout is very similar to the Milk Stout but its use of unfermentable sugars doesn’t include lactose. Like other stouts, its color ranges from dark brown to black and is either opaque or clear. Full body or nearly so with a creamy feel and low carbonation. Roasted grain combined with the sugars give the aroma and palate a coffee and cream or sweet espresso character. Chocolate and fruity esters may be present. Hops typically lend an earthy or floral flavor. The Milk Stout and Sweet Stouts are sweeter than other stouts with a milder roast character. Its balance is similar to that of an Oatmeal Stout.