I will be entering a homebrew competition very soon (my first) and I would like to submit a chocolate stout for one of my 2 entries. However, I have no idea which category I should put it in. The beer is very similar to Stone's bitter chocolate oatmeal stout, unintentionally, though it has a more rounded chocolate aroma and flavor.
I was originally thinking of submitting the beer as a specialty beer, but I was told by a 'supposed' BJCP judge whom I met recently that chocolate stouts usually don't fare well in the specialty category. okk...wtf?
Does anyone have any experience submitting chocolaty tasting stouts in competition? Or should I just submit it as a robust porter and hope for the best?