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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 825
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.91%

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: gbontrag on 11-18-2004)
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Photo of Kemmerlin


4.78/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark almost mistaken as black but very appealing.

Smell: Has chocolate and coffee aroma's.

Taste: Very chocolatey taste more so than most chocolate stouts I've tasted.

Mouthfeel: A little grainy but still went down well.

Drinkability: It was hard for me to put it down.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 04:17:45 | More by Kemmerlin
Photo of TexIndy


4.63/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this during my recent Denver trip and had it shipped back. Also tried at the brewery in the tasting room. Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating system into a pint glass. It poured a deep black even when held to the light. It had about a finger of tannish foam that settled to a nice thick constant foam with good lacing. The smell was chocolaty with a nice sweetness. It really reminded of a milk stout instead of an American Stout in smell. The mouthfeel was nice and creamy with a smooth finish. The taste was exceptional! From start to finish and front to back it had a great stout taste that for me nailed it. Some may want a more aggressive stout but this hit the spot for me. If this were available in Texas, I'd have a constant 6ixer around. Oh well, guess my buddy in Denver will be doing a little shipping for me. Highly recommend especially if you like milk/sweet stouts like me. (4.5, HR, T, Y)

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 02:39:35 | More by TexIndy
Photo of OliasOfSunhillow


4.53/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours thin but opaque with little to no head. Has a very nice roasty aroma. Flavor is clean and dry, with lots of pleasant roasty toasty goodness in the finish. Big beer snobs take note, this is much more of a dry stout than a big thick impy. I find it to be extremely pleasant and drinkable in the way a good, mellow dry stout should be.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 03:59:55 | More by OliasOfSunhillow
Photo of snarksdad

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one happens to be available year round in my area and has become a staple in my beer cabinet. Maybe I'm a little biased on it but I certainly think it deserves a higher rating then I see here. I think it is close to excellent for a chocolate stout. Maybe it is downrated a bit since it has a relatively low ABV for a stout and that's OK, just means I can drink more of them before I fall down...

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 22:59:35 | More by snarksdad
Photo of russpowell


4.45/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a 2 fingers+ tan head that settles to a 1/2"head. Good lacing and head retention

Smell: Bakers chocolate and graininess

Taste: Chocolate, roasted grains, coffee notes and bitterness. Dry/sweet finish

MF: Nice and rich with slight overcarbonation

Very drinkable despite all the flavors dancing in your mouth. Tasty beer could pass itself off as non chocolate without much trouble IMO

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 05:40:15 | More by russpowell
Photo of karengarys


4.38/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours nice and dark as you would expect from a stout, leaving but a finely bubbled carmel colored ring which laces the glass.

Smell is pure chocolate, with a bit of malt and hop.

Taste is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts with a slight hop dryness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy that lasts and lasts.

Finish is creamy, and completes with a nice dry hop sting which cleans the pallette, leaving no aftertaste.

It is nice and rich and full, not watery at all.

This is one great brew worth trying. An excellent sweeter stout. If you see it, you've got to try it!

Note on stouts: I've got a lot to learn. I used to think that Guiness was it. Nope - there is a lot more to it than that. I hate Guiness, but am learning that there are many SWEET stouts out there that are just glorius. This is one. If you don't like guiness, but want a rich beer, try this - don't be afraid of the word "stout"!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 01:33:12 | More by karengarys
Photo of iceball585

New York

4.38/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, one finger thick tan head that lowered to a lacy cover

S- Chocolate malt, coffee beans, little hint of vanilla

T- Dark chocolate, creamy, black coffee, woody, slight smokey flavor

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, smooth, silky, dry finish

D- Worth buying again

This beer is not very complex and also not too overpowering as some stouts are. Definitely a good American Stout in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 23:20:50 | More by iceball585
Photo of DukeofAle


4.38/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Too me, this seems a cut above most of the stouts I've tried. Yes, its nearly black. Yes, it devlopes a thick, persistant head. The nose is inviting, the mouthfeel pleasing. Best of all, it tastes as good and maybe better than any of dozens of stouts I've tried. Roasty, sweet, and with a bit of a bite.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 15:19:26 | More by DukeofAle
Photo of cyrock1


4.38/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep brown to Black with a 1/2 inch creamy looking tan head.

Smell: Chocolate and mocha, raosted malt and toast.

Taste: Bitter sweet chocolate and toasted malt give way to a sweet coffee and hefty toffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very fine carbonation and an almost creamy texture. Very mild hop finish.

Drinkability: Very good for a stout. The best flavors and aromas linger nicely but the bitter qualities fade away.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 05:59:46 | More by cyrock1
Photo of mentor


4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, solid pffft when opened. Pours a 1.5 finger dark brown head. Slightly fizzy that settles to a hanging layer. To light, beer is clear super-dark mahogheny with brown edgings. Smells like a super-heavy brown ale with williamette hops. Sweet malt over drying chocolate blended elegantly with gentle roast. Touch of vanilla or cream.

Tastes mild sweet with some chocolate and a more dominant roast dry. Bit of molasses or dark fruity character under the stoutish characters adds an interesting complexity. Actually, I think it may be a wood-smoked malt. The drying roast is definitely the main player, but there's quite a bit going on here. Burnt character like the skin from a torched marshmellow.

Md-thick body when sloshed in the mouth, likely due to dextrines. Dries in the finish due to the roast contributions and an alcohol that just reaches into my perception (I'm not particularly sensitive to alcohol). I could easily go for another.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 05:23:06 | More by mentor
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, opaque chocolate brown with a fairly thick and somewhat persistent cinnamon tan head. Aroma is rich, smoky, oily and chocolaty with hints of molasses and coffee. Flavor is smoky and chocolaty, slightly sweet, touched with fine roast coffee and molasses. Thick texture is smooth and fizzy, quite lively.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 20:58:46 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of hosehead83


4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a thick head of tan foam.
Aroma-Roasted coffee and chocolate notes
Taste-Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, nice underlying hop bite stays on to the finish. Smooth, roasty, tasty. A great match for any grilled beef. A must for lovers of flavorfull stouts or robust porters.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 19:19:21 | More by hosehead83
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The chocolate reaches your nose as you raise the glass to your lips. It's authentic, like a chocolate bar, and at just the right level of aroma - it doesn't scream CHOCOLATE!, but it's definitely noticeable. And that's true for the flavor as well. All too often the chocolate is overdone in these kinds of beers, making a big splash at the outset, but then hurting drinkability in the end. That's not the case here. This is more of a stout infused with chocolate, as the stout character remains completely intact, hops and all. The chocolate just gives it a little bit of extra character across the middle, and a bump of sweet chocolate at the swallow. It lingers pleasantly in the finish, and then fades fairly quickly, leaving behind a mild, roasty bitterness. It's very nicely done! Very well balanced. It may or may not be the best chocolate beer I've ever had, but it is without question the most drinkable! Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 12:54:54 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of FightingEntropy


4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black, brown ale that is opaque. No head after a short period, but what started with fluffy and light tan until it fell away completely. Singular roasty nose that is clean and light, which continues well through the mouth plus a smooth grainy taste in the center (oatmeal??). Sweet initially with a dry finish. Good, solid stout that is smooth becuase it's just a little light in the mouth. Good choice. I'd get it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 03:13:22 | More by FightingEntropy
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Very black with some ruby hues. Minimal tan head, that dissipates very quickly.

S-Good nose on this one. It smells like dark chocolate, roasted barley, and some espresso.

T-A touch of hops in the beginning, and then the chocolate malt flovor rushes in. A slight lingering aftertaste, but it is very pleasant.

M-Slick, not thick like other stouts I have had.

D-This beer is very drinkable. I only purchased a single, but I plan on drinking this again.

This beer really surprised me. I wasn't expecting much, but I really enjoyed it. This beer made it official, I am a lover of stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 02:46:49 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of rembrant


4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a bit of a one trick pony,but it's a really cool trick. I have to agree, the base is as close to a Porter or Brown Ale as a Stout. However,the TRICK is how the chocolate somehow merges first with the up front smooth Malt set, then with the follow up hops surge,in such a way that that chocolate CHANGES.

Look....Opaque, very dark brown. Thick one finger head and ample lacing. The head isn't big but is durable.

Aroma...might come up more if warmer. Rather muted scent of roasted malt,a trace of milk chocolate and a little vanilla. A deep sniff catches some hops + alcohol.

Later and warmer the malts are a little more defined.

Taste....Leads with the malts and a nice milk chocolate that's there yet not overdone so it's more cold cocoa than beer...but....and here's the whole concept of this brew,a pretty snappy hops mx steps up,replaces the malts and the chocolate stays, but merges just so,and the effect is the Milk Choc has transformed into a bittersweet dark chocolate.


This does not hit you with a Big Imperial whop. As others note, it's almost too mellowed + hopped to fit the idea of a stout.

Whatever, it's cleverly done and it really does taste good with a fine balance and good finnesse.

Mouth Also shifts as there's some full creamy leadoff that thins out as the hops step up and you get some carbonation.
That goes well with the transition the malt-chocolate-hops do on the flavors. Very lasting aftertaste.

Drinkable? Yeah...real drinkable. It's got something for the BA hardcore,or the casual drinker. It has plenty iof flavor yet isn't just a "sipper". It works well cold. The price is mainstream. I could see a Hop Happy beer geek having his big tingly IIPA and a few of these as a nice bit of variety in the fridge. It ain't KBS but it ain't $6 a bottle either.

At below 6%,you get flavor that works COLD (or warm) and so 3 during a baseball game? Yeah, I can do that.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 15:51:57 | More by rembrant
Photo of DrDemento456


4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice addition to a variety case!

A - Man do I love a viscous black pour. Actually see through if you pour it just right. Slight head but great lacing.
S - Faint semi-sweet chocolate and coffee tickle the nose with slight hops.
T - Again like the Double the roasted barley really is strong but not too strong so bitter chocolate was the main play along with a bitter hoppy finish. Mostly like a coffee.
M - Very light and refreshing. Very drinkable in succession.
D - Well I have 3 more and it really is as close as I expected for a Fort C beer to get to chocolate taste. This milder version I enjoyed better because it balanced the coffee and chocolate malts rather than double them to make them unbearable. Very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 07:19:55 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Valmor88


4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown color with a light brown head. Very little lacing.

S: Roasted malts and coffee/chocolate. Very pleasing.

T: Coffee and dark chocolate with roasted malts. Very expected flavor. As it warms, more sweetness comes out in the flavor, in addition to some fruity citrus tones.

M: Medium body, much lighter than I'd like for the style. Light carbonation. Very creamy texture, especially once warmed.

O: An enjoyable stout. It's not the best, and it's not the most memorable, but I still really enjoyed it. So I can't complain.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 18:57:46 | More by Valmor88
Photo of megahurts4


4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fort Collins Chocolate Stout

Appearance: dark brown, medium-small head, and some lacing.

Smell: sweet chocolate and rich malts.

Taste: hops, chocolate, and a faint malt grain.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This has a nice aroma and even nicer taste. The hops and chocolate mesh well and also balance it out.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 05:50:50 | More by megahurts4
Photo of musicjustintime


4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. My first chocolate stout, and I must say, I LOVE IT!!! Let me tell ya first WHY I bought it! (I do like stouts, but never had the choc. variety) This is usually like $35 a case, or so, right? Well, my distributor had it on a "sale rack" probably 'cause the sell by date was getting close. SO, I got the damn case for $18.99!!! Miller Lite ain't that cheap friends!! I figured "what the hell" and I gave it a shot. SOOO glad I did. This stout is SOOO smooth, and wonderful. Smells of chocolate malt, and tastes much like that, although it has a roasted malt taste at the end.(Almost coffee-like) Very nice. This is SOO much better than Guinness, it's sad. I highly recommend, even if you just have a chance to get just one after dinner somewhere. It's a treat, and a velvety-smooth dance on the tongue! Nice job, Fort Collins. OH, it's not TOO heavy, a bit "thin", but full of flavor...SO, one could polish off a few of these in a sitting without having to unbuckle your belt! Enjoy...cheers...AND SAAALUTE my BA friends!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 19:36:35 | More by musicjustintime
Photo of Slatetank


4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into my Caracole snifter.
A - Deep brown w/ a thin medium tan head with the appearance of a coffee or chocolate milkshake.

S - Malted milk balls is the dominant odor w/ sweat cream scents and light chocolate odors. Nice roasted mocha scents are noticed.

M - Roasty, malty, sweet, smooth and creamy with a lot of roastiness in the finish.

T - There is a great deal of creamy chocolate flavor in this ale. It is smooth w/ a bit of dry roasted brown malt flavors that come out in full strength as it warms. Subtle cocoa, chocolate as in malted barley is smooth as chocolate. Sweet with subtle roastiness. More creamy than roasty overall. Subtle woody hops keep it from cloying territory - a really well made stout.

D - Smooth and full of chocolate malt taste. The full stout flavor is augmented well by the amount of chocolate tastes. This would go well with chocolate creme brulee. This is one that is definitely worth checking out if you like the flavor of chocolate in beer. I could probably drink at least a case.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 00:56:19 | More by Slatetank
Photo of The_1084

4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a black color with a tan head roughly 1 finger in width that dissipates rather quickly, leaving a decent lacing.

S - Has the aroma of roasted malts with hints of chocolate.

T - The hops are present in this stout, but are balanced out nicely with flavors of chocolate and roasted malts.

M - A crisp, full-bodied beer with medium carbonation; very easy to drink.

O - Not my favorite stout, but nonetheless a good stout. It has an easy drink-ability with great taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 07:16:03 | More by The_1084
Photo of palliko


4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown out of the bottle, with a hint of red. Cocoa foam fades after a few minutes, leaving some lace. Nose is roasted grain, chocolate overtones, yeast and coffee. Initial taste is sweet, but finishes with a semi-sweet chocolate that is interesting. Just enough hops to keep this stout from being cloyingly chocolaty. Finish is nicely dry, leaving a whole wheat bread aftertaste. Carbonation is gentle, just right. Body is slightly thick, but goes down easy. A good comparison would be with the standard: Young’s Double Chocolate Stout – with which Ft. Collin’s offering compares favorably.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2005 00:53:56 | More by palliko
Photo of 6thomas3


4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Preface: This is my first Chocolate Stout

Appearance - As dark as the blackest night with zero light penetration and adequate lacing and head retention

Smell - Aromatic blissfulness of chocolate and perhaps drizzled caramel, jutting from a roasted smokey bean all tied together in a beautiful onslaught of malty goodness

Taste - Brilliant pockets of malty roasted coffee and chocolate dance across an earthy wood flavor to end with an uniform snap of alcohol

Mouthfeel - Density is not what I expected from a stout; however, it just lays across my tongue in an effortless manner that continues enticing me to take another sip; I can't put my finger on the exact feel I am getting, it has ample moisture release with phenomenal smoothness

Overall - Synergistic qualities of the coffee/chocolate and alcohol mesh into a elegant beer (if that is possible from a stout)

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 14:35:59 | More by 6thomas3
Photo of humanawho


4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - nice very dark ruby color with a strong creamy/brown head

S - sweet roasty and some chocolate aromas

T - nice sweet and roasty with some chocolate feeling and flavor some raisin flavor as well

M - nice medium body goes well with the taste

D - very pleasant and drinikable

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 23:46:09 | More by humanawho
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