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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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892 Ratings
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Ratings: 892
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 5
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gbontrag on 11-18-2004)
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +38.6%

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.

10-11-2007 04:17:45 | More by Kemmerlin
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RegularSam

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +37.7%

05-11-2014 01:02:22 | More by RegularSam
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TexIndy

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +34.2%

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)

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

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +31.3%

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.

12-13-2005 03:59:55 | More by OliasOfSunhillow
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schoon

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

03-19-2012 00:43:24 | More by schoon
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Greg_wingate


4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

07-24-2014 02:02:36 | More by Greg_wingate
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1p5v

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

12-23-2011 20:27:35 | More by 1p5v
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snarksdad

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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...

01-04-2013 22:59:35 | More by snarksdad
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green94


4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

09-27-2012 20:16:44 | More by green94
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ab39z

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

09-30-2012 01:48:26 | More by ab39z
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KS1297

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

04-18-2013 16:46:46 | More by KS1297
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev +29%

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

03-12-2006 05:40:15 | More by russpowell
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iceball585

New York

4.38/5  rDev +27%

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.

11-17-2008 23:20:50 | More by iceball585
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karengarys

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +27%

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"!

12-30-2005 01:33:12 | More by karengarys
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DukeofAle

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +27%

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.

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

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +27%

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.

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

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +26.1%

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.

03-20-2008 05:23:06 | More by mentor
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +26.1%

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.

04-25-2011 19:19:21 | More by hosehead83
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +26.1%

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.

01-03-2010 20:58:46 | More by Cyberkedi
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +25.5%

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.

06-09-2007 12:54:54 | More by NeroFiddled
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +25.5%

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.

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

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +25.5%

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.

Cool.

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.

08-31-2010 15:51:57 | More by rembrant
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +25.5%

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.

07-14-2008 03:13:22 | More by FightingEntropy
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.3/5  rDev +24.6%

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.

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

06-05-2012 05:50:50 | More by megahurts4
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +24.6%

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.

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