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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Reviews: 476
Hads: 1,041
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 20.69%
Wants: 5
Gots: 101 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: gbontrag on 11-18-2004

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black, seems opaque. Can hold it right up to a light source in snifter and get none shining through. A little more translucent and brown around the edges as it goes down. Head is fine and creamy and tannish brown. Forms film, but otherwise not the greatest retention. Nice legs, but don't last. Strongest aroma is black olives. There's roasty and sweet stout character here if you care to look for it, but not much for distinct chocolate or cocoa. Olive note is still strong in flavor, but is nicely balanced by very dark chocolate flavor. It's about as sweet as nose would indicate, favoring roast, olive, cocoa, coffee, and smokey tang. Full bodied but on the lighter side of it. Chock full of fine, mellow, tingly carbonation. Astringent, semi-dry.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a nice level white to off white foamy head that dissipated within about less than a minute. Minimal light lacing strings itself around the glass.
The smell had some dark chocolate up front and then a light amount of roasty coffee beans.
The taste was somewhat bitter through the dark chocolate. It seems to allow the roastiness of the coffee beans to be forward in the flavor.
The mouthfeel was about light to medium in body with a light carbonation to it. Therefore, it seems the dark chocolate and roastiness hits a bit more on my tongue in the harshness category, I don't mind that.
Overall, not a bad stout, for a so called "chocolate stout," I'd say closest style on BA is definitely an American Stout, but is lacking a bit in the hops, oh I don't know. Just drink it and be merry, this is good. I'd have again.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.06/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma of bitter chocolate, lasts
Head small (one cm, aggressive pour), light brown, thin and frothy, rapidly diminishing to broken one to two mm ring and no layer
Lacing – none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of bitter chocolate, not overwhelming; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, not watery but not quite creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 3.75, Overall 4

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.06/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a globe snifter.

Appearance : Dark chocolate body, 100% opaque. Not quite like motor oil, a shade or two lighter. The beige head forms a finger and then recedes to a bubbly ring. Agitation leads to a more fiery red color and a retention of 1/2 finger, lace is spotty and sparse. More head would have given this beer a higher rating.

Smell : Agitating the snifter yields a high hop profile with cocoa plant, cacao nibs, some dark coffee, almond, and charred malts. All of this is about medium strength. What stands out here is the plant and the hop, and then the coffee note is also pretty dominant.

Taste : Very roasted, very dark, and lots of dark chocolate and coffee. A rush of malt comes towards the end and it finishes out with bitter dark chocolate and malt mix. This is one of those chocolate stouts that uses chocolate as an add-in or a prop-up, not a focus.

Feel : Medium bodied, buzzing carbonation, mild dryness on the finish.

Overall : I enjoyed this one. It's not a stout with fruit or milk or oatmeal. Nor is it an imperial stout. It is a coffee stout with high roast presence and dark chocolate enhancements. For what it is, I'd gladly drink it again.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This chocolate stout pours a medium blackish brown with a light tan head of lacing that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and excellent lacing. Nose of a touch of chocolate, light coffee, and a dash of smoke. Flavors follow the nose with a touch of dark cocoa that melds with a cola flavor and subtle notes of coffee on all sides with a watery hops and bitter malt finish. Mouth feel is medium high carbonation that has a watery mouth feel and watery milk chocolate aftertaste. One dimensional, but still a decent session brew for the stout lover.

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Photo of akolb
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Brown-black with a light tan head. Poured into a pint glass.
S: Mostly coffee, with a little dark chocolate
T: Fairly dry with some coffee flavor and a balanced, but noticeable bitterness.
F: Not as smooth as I expect from a stout, perhaps because of the bitterness.
O: I don't get a lot of chocolate out of this, as the name would suggest, but it's a tasty and drinkable, if not particularly groundbreaking, stout.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.13/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

A dark pour with a decent mocha head that presented well in the glass, but not much to like here beyond that. Initial smell isn't bad upon opening - maybe some chocolate in the nose. However, the taste leaves much to be desired. Harsh, bitter, no sweetness or balance. Certainly nothing resembling chocolate. No redemption or uniqueness in terms of mouthfeel either. Disappointing: Won't be back.

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Photo of mjwellman
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours black with Carmel color head. Aroma of coffe & chocolate sweet smell. Taste is strong coffee but I don't taste the chocolate. There is a little bitterness to it It's an ok stout but I'm a little disappointed. Was expecting better from this brewery

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with thin khaki head; almost no retention or lacing. Aromas of chocolate and toasted bread. Dark bittersweet chocolate and toasted malt; some bittering hop on the finish. Lite, dry cracker-like mouthfeel. Bittersweet chocolate linger with a little bitter hop to keep this from straying into sweet.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 3/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, chocolate, slight roasted malt, slight piney hops, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness from the roasted malt. Tastes of chocolate, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, and slight hops. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma with a slightly better feel. The body is slightly weak.

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Photo of rockclimberscott1
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich dark brownish black smells of light coffee aroma. Taste is slightly smokee and like a light roast of coffee, barely a detectable chocolate flavors in this beer. It's not bad but doesn't make the very good list in my book.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness for a good bit. Good complexity and robustness of dark/roasted/bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good American stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of pat61
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: dark brown, ½” foamy tan small bubbled head, intricate lacing.
S: chocolarte, dark malts and sweet malt, no hop
T: coffee, caramel are more predominant than chocolate. Chocolate flavors are more dark bitter than sweet chocolate. Aftertaste is chocolate and a slight sweetness.
F: Mouthfeel, creamy, smooth, fine carbonation, medium but very soft fine bubbles.
O: The beer is easy to drink with a nice texture but nothing really stands out.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep brown with bright ruby highlights, producing 1.5 fingers of deep tan, shortlived, frothy head that leaves a thin wash of lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, coco, roasted malt, toffee & a hint of roasted nuts. Taste is Tootsie Roll & bittersweet chocolate, roast, pepper & a little char or smoke. Finishes dry with a kick of peppery spice. Aftertaste is dry & drawing, lightly bitter coco, toffee & roast nuts with a hint of char. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, creamy but prickly, a little chewy, dry & drawing.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pretty, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Some notes of roasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked dark bread, mixed with some caramel and brown sugar, some surprising floral notes of piney hops. However, I’m not getting much in the way of chocolate which is more than a little disappointing as this is supposed to be a chocolate stout. You’d think that there’d be quite a bit of chocolate in the aroma, but there isn’t.

Taste: Good, but not great. Strong flavors of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of toasted bread, some slight smoke, some brown sugar-like sweetness and a touch of chocolate, but not a lot, which is disappointing as the beer is labeled as a chocolate stout. The beer finishes with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some low carbonation. With an ABV of 5.3%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a tasty stout, but due to the lack of chocolate flavor in a “chocolate” stout, it’s a little disappointing. If this beer had been labeled just a regular stout or oatmeal stout, it would be a really good stout, but as a “chocolate” stout, it’s not that great. Disappointing.

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Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Stout pub in Atlanta where it is listed as "House Chocolate Stout".
Only had a thin head from the tap and this didn't last long. An appealing aroma filled with chocolate and dark bread.
The flavor had more toffee than usual and less really dark roasted grain. It does have plenty of dark roasted malt flavor but minimal char and smoke and is lightly sweet until the mildly bitter aftertaste.
As per appearance, light carbonation with a body that's a touch too thin.

O: pleasant and recommended stout.

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Photo of dditto2
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks good. Smells hoppy. Tastes Hoppy. Very little sweetness and even less chocolate. While the beer was not too bad, its not what I expect from this style. I wanted a desert beer for turkey day, this doesn't cut it. Fiancee is bringing me Sam Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout n I'll be happy and thankful.

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Photo of REGreenBTRB
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%

A: 5 - Looks like a stout. It poured about a finger of foamy off-white head. Leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

S: 3.5 - Not a very strong scent. I pretty much only get chocolate and malt. Maybe a little caramel.

T: 3.5 - For being a chocolate stout there really isn't a strong chocolate flavor. I mostly get the roasted barley and a little malt. For a chocolate stout you would expect there to be an obvious abundance of chocolate. Not so much here.

M: 3.75 - It's not the smoothest beer I've ever had.

O: 3.93 - It's a beer. Not one to hate on, but not one to go out of your way for.

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Photo of dcscientist
3/5  rDev -13.8%

This brewery does a decent chocolate stout, though it's not at the top of my list. Tends to be a little more expensive too for some reason. But it's worth a shot if you find it.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My first beer from The Fort Collins Brewery, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Expectations aren't amazing due to this beer's current ratings.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a dark chocolate brown colored body; appears opaque black in the glass with about a finger and a half of tan head. Leaves behind some decent strands of lacing. Looks well enough for what it is. 4

S - The smell is pretty faint and neutral for a chocolate stout, but a brief whiff of authentic chocolate / cocoa does strike me at first. After that, it is basically all chocolate malt roast / char. Inoffensive, but it needs to be amped up. 3

T - The taste follows the nose - roasty, bitter chocolate malt, notes of char, cold coffee, and perhaps a very faint hint of milk sugar / lactose, but it could just be the impression. 3.5

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, roasty, and bitter. Goes down easy, especially with the moderately light abv. Nice carbonation. Nice for what it is. 3.5

Overall, a simplistic and generic approach to a lighter abv stout, but it's not the kind of beer that leaves a lasting impression. Nice to have tried it, and I look forward to trying more from this brewery, but this isn't an offering I would seek out again.

The Fort Collins Brewery Chocolate Stout -----3.5/5

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty black with a real good head and fair lace, head was lasting.

Aroma is a bit muted compared to the taste. In fact aroma is WAY muted compared with taste. I'm only getting hints of what I'm getting in the taste. Flavors include some coffee, a touch of roasty and burnt, and quite a bit of chocolate, no hops.

Body is less than I'd expect for a chocolate stout. Thin, more like a brown ale, lingering mix of semi-sweet and milk chocolate flavored finish.

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Photo of antott0523
2.53/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Black coffee with an espresso foam colored head that settles to a thin veil.

Smell: Soft notes of malt including coffee, chocolate, and oatmeal. No apparent hop notes.

Taste: Flat, coffee-flavored seltzer water.

Mouthfeel: Watery with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This one started strong with an attractive appearance and nose, but fell flat on taste and mouth feel. Lacks the depth of malt notes and round mouth feel that I was hoping for.

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Photo of tedstriker
2.71/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Ugh. So not that long ago, I'm pounding Coors Light, Keystone, High Life, whatever. Then, ALL OF THE SUDDEN, the people I drink with decide we can do better and I'm drinking stouts, porters, imperial whatevers, double chocolate somethings, and who knows what. Now, I'm all like, "this chocolate stout is too thin. Waaa." Tell you what, if you like beer, but aren't a total snob about it, then this beer will do you fine. But if you obsess about "mouthfeel" and "lacing" and "who cares, Doug, let's just get wasted already!"....sorry that one doesn't apply....this beer will disappoint you. Not much body to it, kind of seems like they took a Heineken and threw a couple Hershey's Kisses in the wort. Ok, not a Heinie, that was mean, but you get my drift. Expected better, not thoroughly pissed about it.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.73/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is about a finger high, with a khaki shade. It's somewhat soft and creamy, but not impressively so. Retention isn't fantastic, either. A decent ring of lacing is left behind, which seems to fade away with time.

S: Well, there is some chocolate...just not a lot of it. I pick up a mild note of floral hops, too. There's also some roasted malt, and even more in the way of nuts and caramel. Closer to a brown ale than a stout (much less a porter), but really not bad at all. I kind of expected worse.

T: Just like the nose suggested - it feels like I'm drinking a brown ale. A mild wave of brown sugar and chocolate opens it up, transforming into a gently roasted dryness on the finish. Touches of floral hops appear at times. Since they didn't add actual chocolate (just chocolate malt), I can forgive the mildness of the chocolate flavor. There just isn't anything here to 'wow' me, though.

M: I like how dry and crisp it is. It just isn't very substantial feeling. I believe a great stout should dry AND luxurious feeling; frankly, this is a bit watery. Come to think about it, it's not even that dry, either - I'm feeling some residual sugar on the palate. Only when the semi-zesty carbonation fades does this really make it feel any richer.

O: Rather bland and unassuming. I knew this wouldn't be Choklat, but did it have to be this boring to drink? It's an okay gateway craft beer, though.

EDIT: It's becoming more watery as I drink it. Time to drop the scores some.

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Photo of Thads324
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black brew with hues of ruby on the edges. Decent tan head dissipates to a moderate ring leaving good amounts of lacing.
Aromas of light chocolate sauce, mild roasted grains and creamy sweetness. Some bread and a hint of nutty aroma as well.
Taste starts watery and then moves to light chocolately flavor. Bits of coffee and an almost smokey flavor. Finishes just a hint bitter with an easy going lingering bitterness from some earthy hops.
Medium bodied but easy to drink. A bit watery at the beginning. Otherwise good.

A decent brew that could use a bit more umph. Still pretty good, just a tad watery. I like the drinkability though

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Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.