Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery
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Reviews by WAN2RIDE:
3.18/5 rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle into red wine glass.
A moderately vigorous pour reveals a rather thin texture, looks like cola being poured, with a one finger beige head that leaves a nice ring around the glass at the level of the brew. A translucent black, a little (very little) light leaks through around the edges revealing a much browner tinge than I'm used to. Most stouts are reddish when held to the light.
Smell...almost none. A slight hint of bitterish roasted malts
Taste is good, but nothing spectacular at all. Roasted malts not really sweet or bitter just somewhat caramel. Nothing objectionable I just expect there to be more flavor there in a stout. <edit> After it warmed and I got a little further in, and started paying attention to other things, I started to notice a milk chocolate flavor. Nothing blatant but nice when it came out.
Mouthfeel is ok. I expected it to be thinner after watching the pour, but it is viscous enough to be stout worthy for me...on the light end but better than a Guinness. The carbonation is higher than I'd like and I'll definitely pour more vigorously next time.
On the plus side I could drink these all night. Not too heavy in body or flavor and absolutely nothing objectionable.
It's great to have the multitude of choices that make this just an average beer. I love American microbrew culture!
Serving type: bottle
11-12-2010 00:59:13 | More by WAN2RIDE
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2.68/5 rDev -22.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2014 03:35:28 | More by tedstriker
2.7/5 rDev -21.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 19:29:54 | More by ThisWangsChung
Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 825 ratings.