Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 1,008
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 5
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by Romulus141:
Photo of Romulus141
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a very dark color, almost pitch black. There is a little white colored head in the beginning, but it quickly dissipates. The brew leaves behind some lacing. For a stout, nothing really stands out here, but it isn't bad either. I would have liked the head to be stronger though.

Smell: The smell is very malty, with strong overtones of chocolate, as one would expect. The smell is simple, sweet and inviting.

Taste: The initial taste is a mild splash of hops and malts, with a small hint of chocolate in the background. Surprisingly, the chocolate character is subdued, which is a bit disappointing. The finish is malty and a little dry, leaving behind an aftertaste much like that of a mild coffee. Overall, the initial taste is a little underwhelming, but the finish has some variety, which saves the beer from mediocrity.

Mouthfeel: Thin and rather carbonated, which is contrary to what I would expect from a stout. Not quite what I expected.

Drinkability: Since the alcohol content is average, and the taste isn't overly rich, it is easy to put these down.

For some reason I remember the earlier bottles of this having a stronger chocolate taste. It's possible that this beer loses its freshness quicker than normal. For what I had, this is average. I would recommend Young's Double Chocolate Stout over this as a better example.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown to black, translucent in the light with a reddish brown hue. Light to moderate head, about 1/2" thick, of light brown 'sea foam' bubble consistency. Very light lacing.

Aromas are a complex mix of malts with coffee and chocolate notes foremost on the nose and some earthy notes beyond. Quite pleasant.

The initial rush is definitely a malty chocolate flood over the tongue but not as heavy as you might think for a stout. I wouldn't call this on thin but it isn't as chewy as I like 'em. The texture is relatively creamy with a very light and well tamed carbonation. As you roll it around with your tongue, you can really appreciate the malty multitudes. The finish is rather quick but there is a nice long linger of bitter chocolate that clings to the back of the throat before clearing. Beauty.

I found this brew to be very enjoyable and rather drinkable. There is a multitude of richness in the flavor profile without going overboard. It's still relatively balanced but leans toward the sweet by just a bit. Hops clearly seem to be there but do not play an incredibly noticeable part in the taste. Definitely worth checking out and I would have it again anytime.

Photo of Beaver13
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with deep red highlights. It has a fluffy brown head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

Its aroma is roasted chocolate and cream.

The flavor is chocolate - kind of sweet, yet roasted and kind of chalky. There is a little raisiney fruitiness and some smokiness (almost like cigarettes). It is pretty dry and has a light bitter finish. Medium bodied, a little watery.

Overall, a pretty good chocolate stout.

Photo of TTripp725
2.15/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

First beer that I had from Fort Collins and I thought it lacked flavor, the taste was bitter and it was over carbonated

Photo of dditto2
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer w/o freshnes information. Pours dark and stoutlike, with just a thin dark tan head and leaving just a scant hint of lacing, above a thin tiny bubble film. Dusty dark chocolate nose, dark malts and more dark chocolate up front. Respectable stout, quite dry in the finish, with some lingering chocolate sweetness. Not bad, worth a try for stout/dark beer lovers

Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance:1/4 inch head, black in color

Smell: burnt malt, and dark chocolate

Taste: dark chocolate and burnt malt. It follows the nose but the flavor is not as strong.

Mouthfeel: dry, medium body, bittersweet, smooth, no carbonation

Drinkability: A very average chocolate stout in every way. You can taste the chocolate and malt, but is far from complex. Nothing jumps out unlike other chocolate stouts I have had before. I will not be looking for this again.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to swalden28 for sharing this bottle.

This is my first beer from this brewery. The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a white head. The aroma is pretty basic with chocolate and toffee. The flavor is chocolate with a lot of earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle sevred into a nonic glass.

Opaque,black with brownish highlights. 1" creamy tan head dissapated quickly into a thin coat of foam.

Clean roasty aroma with dusty chocolate. Earthy/mineral with subtle nutty carmelled notes.

Clean taste becoming lightly roasty with bittersweet chocolate.Woody,earthy with good balance has an easy pleasing bitterness.

Light to medium bodied,a touch of grainyness. Very smooth,pleasing/enjoyable has a very good aftertaste,makes me want another. Not a great stout,but not a bad one either. worth a try.

Photo of pat61
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of far333
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany colored with a light brown foamy head that settles out quickly. Low aroma of cocoa and roasted malts.

Flavorf is initially sweet milk chocolate, but quickly gives way to smokiness, some coffee and raisin, hints of molasses, rich dark malt. Finishes with a sharp but clean burnt espresso flavor, and piney hop bitters emerge at the end of the finish and linger. Pretty complex, good mix and balance of flavors, not just over the top chocolate.

Moderate carbonation, fairly even mouthfeel, finishes a bit dry. Very drinkable beer.

Photo of BadBadger
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This American Stout is a pleasant treat. It pours a semi-dark color from the bottle. The head is foamy and tan in color. The smell is of roasted malts, with perhaps a hint of chocolate aroma. The taste is simple yet flavorful. As with the smell, there is a somewhat roasted chocolate sweetness upfront with slight bittering for balance. A nice dry finish. For an American stout, and a break from the higher A.B.V .stouts out there, this is certainly worthy of giving a go taste. Enjoy!!!

Photo of 2cansam
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - nice mocha colored head left a bit of lacing, deep rich brown color

S - couldn't detect much, a bit of chocolate or coffee maybe

T - better than the smell, can taste the roasted chocolate and a bit of caramel but still not all that strong

M - very drinkable, maybe a bit thin but the amount of carbonation is spot on

Overall a bit underwhelming on the flavor but the drinkability of this beer really makes up for it.

Photo of Dizzy
3.07/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured dark brown, almost black into a pint glass. Tan head which receeds quickly.

Aroma of roasted malts, almost like coffee.

Creamy mouthfeel, roasted malts really stand out in taste.

I would drink this again but not more than one in a setting. Worth trying but don't expect something great.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into becker pint glass; black/brown with a thick fluffy tan head that leaves tons of lacing and fades about halfway before sticking. Smell is sweet malt, chocolate and a bit of coffee. Taste is smooth malt, semi-sweet chocolate with a hint of coffee. Barely any bitterness at all, very smooth mouthfeel. Not a standout, but a fine stout.

Photo of mondegreen
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Founders Tulip.

A: Pours cola brown, but looks dark black in the glass. A head appears momentarily, but fades quickly, leaves no lacing.

S: Light roastiness and bitter cocoa. Not much to it.

T: Again, not much going on. A touch of bitterness, but not really chocolate. Nothing offensive, but nothing really exciting either. Just kinda blah.

M: Way too light & watery. While the beer sits on the shoulders of mediocrity in every other category, it falls apart here.

D: I guess this is the beer's strongest point. However, it isn't drinkable in that I want to drink more. Just in that it goes down easy.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark roasted malt beast that eats all visible light forms in it's path. Head forms thick light tan mocha hue going on. Layers of lacing are left behind thin and unevenly strung in nature. Aromatics offering up more herbal hops than strong chocolate accents, mild cocoa powder and a touch of roasted coffee accents. Flavor has a nice balanced chocolate stout feel no sugary hershey syrup notes this is a stout that finishes with roasted malt and black patent malt without killing me with chocolate sweetness. Dark chocolate cacao maybe, complex herbal hop finish but watery at times not a beer I'm blown away by but it's damn solid. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate to light carbonation levels going on, it's one of those Amerian stouts that doesn't over do it. Drinkability is solid but I'm sure theres's a litle something missing here, but I do love these beers as a collective from Fort Collins.

Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this from a mixed 12-pack picked up at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and unsweetened chocolate. As it warms the roasted malt aromas fade a bit.

Tastes almost exactly how it smells. Light amounts of roasted malt flavors are joined almost immediately by unsweetened chocolate. These flavors carry on until a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side but solid carbonation makes it go down smoothly.

Drinkability is alright. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle but I'm not terribly excited about another.

Overall this isn't a terrible stout but it's a good distance from a very good one.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)
A- The jet black body supports a tan head the quickly fades to a bubbly cocoa colored ring that sticks to the glass with sips.
S- The inky chocolate malt aroma has a sweaty/new gym shoe note to it that grows a bit when it warms.
T- The big chocolate malt flavor has a faint smoky quality that turns more roasted as it warms. The finish has a tartness with a roasted malt bitterness that is soft but lingers a bit. There is a creamy note that adds to the rich chocolate malt when the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and no alcohol heat.
D- The chocolate malt flavor is huge with a bit of a sweaty/smoky flavor that is a bit to much. As the beer warms the darker roasted notes cover it a bit but not enough. It is rich in chocolate malt but not much other depth.

Photo of acurtis
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fort Collins Chocolate Stout 12oz bottle poured into sam smith english pint glass. Pours black with slight ruby highlights on the bottom of the glass. One finger tan head with lots of bubbles after a hard pour. Head dissipated quickly, stuck to the glass. Immediate nose of chocolate, roasted malt a touch of coffee. Gets sweeter as it warms. Very clean and smooth taste. If anything, the flavor is subdued compared to the smell but chocolate is present throughout, especially in the beginning. Hops are also very prominent, very noticeable in the middle and creating a slightly bitter finish. Light to medium body for a stout. Medium to high drinkability.

Photo of Brenden
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a little light coming in at the fringes and a hint of thickness in it, this beer fits my expectations in its look. What develops atop it is a tan head one finger tall that displays decent retention and leaves a fair amount of spotting and patching alternately almost to the base of the glass.
Chocolate is in the smell. It's built on a good base of malts that adds lots of roast and coffee grounds, while a little more sweetness is added via notes of vanilla while a good nuttiness rests behind it all.
The chocolate becomes less of the emphasis in the flavor, and it's to its detriment. The roast and coffee grounds take over and it's good to have them, but they displace the chocolate a little too much. The vanilla runs through aided by a note of caramel. Some dryer notes creep into the finish from a leafy light bitterness and some char.
The dryness factors into the feel as well, after an initial smoothness gives way to it. There's a little crispness to it, perhaps just a touch too much, though the smoothness never really dies off.

Photo of Jeffreysan
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of dashirey
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra bottle from a tasting I had with some friends.

A - Pours a very dark cola color with a small amount of red at the very bottom of my pint glass. There was a fluffy one finger tan head that reduced to a very thin layer around the edge of the pint glass nearly the whole pint through.

S - Heavily chocolate with some roasted malts and coffee.

T - Unfortunately not as much chocolate as the smell and name would have you believe. There is coffee in the end, but really not much else defined in the flavor. It was a bit disappointing.

M - Medium body that drinks very smooth and creamy. There is a small prickly sensation on the tongue from the carbonation as you swallow. There is a bit of a drying sensation in the end as well.

D - I would drink another, but not necessarily search out a sixer of this because of the lacking flavor.

Photo of LeoPanna
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful black liquid with a tan head about two fingers thick... medium lacing as the bubbles evenly diminish... this beer is living, the head dissipates with character..

S: Obvious chocolate, more like raw cocoa, pine, roasty malts mixed w alcohol...more complex than it seems at first.. hints of black currant and grape juice.

T. Pure stout at first, then the malts kick in and the "chocolate" flavor emerges. Lingers off with light alcohol bur on the back of the tongue. For 5.3% you can really taste the alcohol, it's not really masked. After a while the chocolate flavor become more of an aftertaste and it turns into a simple but nice stout. All the flavors combine to make a pretty straight-forward chocolate flavored stout.

MF: Nice smooth carbonation... The beer is thinner than I usually like in a stout. I don't mind this, im just spoiled by imperials.

O: Decent chocolate stout. I prefer a stronger one, like the Souther Tier Choklat or Rogue Double Chocolate. Again, there are so many outrageous ones out there that we tend to downplay the simpler ones. This is to the point.

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Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
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