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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 5
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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 jpkoch1962


1.27/5  rDev -63.3%

Poured from 12oz bottle at 40 deg . Pours a dark dirty brown into pint glass. Thin head quickly disappears within 45 seconds. Translucent, dark brown not quite black. Hints of ruby maroon color when put against the light.

The Stout has a light sweet aroma with burnt cirgarette ash/coffee in the background. The taste fits the aroma. Burnt coffe dominates the front end. Thin gruel like body that is composed of a strange tastes of sweet cloying ashes and burnt coffee that is also astringent. Sweetness lingers in the finish. Had to use mouthwash to clean my palate.

I hate to be so hard on this ale, but this chocolate stout is awful.

07-18-2006 14:30:39 | More by jpkoch1962
Photo of J2L

1.5/5  rDev -56.6%

10-16-2012 01:11:46 | More by J2L
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1.5/5  rDev -56.6%

09-13-2013 06:03:24 | More by dgfool
Photo of Thullin187


1.5/5  rDev -56.6%

01-29-2012 09:44:55 | More by Thullin187
Photo of Part-D


1.5/5  rDev -56.6%

10-05-2013 00:39:08 | More by Part-D
Photo of drone


2/5  rDev -42.2%

04-07-2014 00:58:12 | More by drone
Photo of VikeMan


2/5  rDev -42.2%

12-01-2011 01:09:34 | More by VikeMan
Photo of cardinals22


2/5  rDev -42.2%

08-11-2014 15:20:45 | More by cardinals22
Photo of screwcap

2/5  rDev -42.2%

04-18-2012 03:40:07 | More by screwcap
Photo of dan027


2/5  rDev -42.2%

05-17-2013 02:48:05 | More by dan027
Photo of paradoxnighthawk

New York

2/5  rDev -42.2%

05-18-2014 04:12:12 | More by paradoxnighthawk
Photo of Lehighace06


2/5  rDev -42.2%

01-18-2014 21:33:12 | More by Lehighace06
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2/5  rDev -42.2%

12-02-2011 00:58:57 | More by Puterguru
Photo of saburky


2/5  rDev -42.2%

08-21-2012 11:16:18 | More by saburky
Photo of AleWatcher


2.05/5  rDev -40.8%

A: dark. Tan head settles quickly and leaves a ring around at the edge of the pint glass. Looks kind of dull.

S: I smell some chocolate but it isn't at the forefront. Coffee and a slight metalic smell are stronger. Surprisingly unpleasant.

T: it is like a bitter coca cola, just not as carbonated. I'm getting more hopps than cocoa or malts. Not like a normal stout at all. Let alone a chocolate stout.

M: Watery body that is highly unsatisfying. Very little carbonation doesn't help it to be smoother. Comes across as almost a tad gritty.

D: not gonna get this one again. I think they missed the mark a little.

11-25-2009 02:32:21 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of theboozecruise


2.13/5  rDev -38.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass. Dark brown with a small white head.

Smells malty and a little bit of chocolate. Not bold at all, a little bit medicinal.

The taste is a little off. Bitter but not in a good way. Not much chocolate flavor.

Thin, bad aftertaste. I'm not a fan. Maybe I just got a bad bottle and if so I'll edit, because I have a few more from this 6-pack to try.

01-17-2011 22:25:52 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of cokes


2.17/5  rDev -37.3%

Dark magenta topped with drooping rings of tan.
Cigarette ash nose, laid on top of stale coffee. Looming in the background are some strange vegetable hues. Like olives or cauliflower or something.
Begins with a washed out, tepid roastedness. Actually, it's more smoky in flavor than anything. Quick and vaque. Baker's chocolate arises along with a flash of vanilla extract. More fleshy vegetables, as clued by the nose, as this rides away suggesting smoked olives, burnt broccoli, and seared cauliflower.
This is a kindegarten stout cursed further with rancid subtleties.
I see they haven't improved the old Berger recipe any. I was hoping freshness was the key....I guess not.
How a brewery can ace a smoked lager and completely fuck up a basic stout is beyond me.

03-29-2005 06:52:33 | More by cokes
Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz


2.17/5  rDev -37.3%

A: for what its worth, pretty standard looking. midnight black, rocky, kahki colored head, rocky and about one finger high.
S: not much going on here. light aromas of roastiness and mild chocolate. nothing to go crazy about.
T: doesnt do too good here because it tastes kind of burnt. the chocolate is there but i cant get past the burnt aspect. its not an alcohol burn but just like... burnt plastic, or something unpleasant like that. theres a light espresso background, but you have to search to find it. blah chocolate is about it.
M: its on the lighter side for a stout. i still cant get past the feeling of burnt tongue after i swallow. im really not getting into this.
D: take a guess. wont revisit.

01-29-2011 21:46:18 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
Photo of scott


2.3/5  rDev -33.5%


I try to never slam a beer, but this was so mediocre-to-bad, that I won't have much that is nice to say about it.
Started out looking good: dark, nicely carbonated with full head. Nose was bland, and the taste was wholly artificial, much like a Sierra Nevada/Saranac dark. Thin, and just hard to drink due to a smoked bitterness. I want a refund. I will trade someone for some Corona.

08-22-2007 21:31:58 | More by scott
Photo of drtacks37


2.38/5  rDev -31.2%

Dark, dark beer. Minimal tan head and little lacing.

Mmmm. Smells good. Definitely smells of chocolate. Sweet.

Light body... too light. Bitter. Bitterness masks any positive flavor that it may have. There is some standard stout flavor, but ultimately it's just too bitter.

I could probably drink a couple of these in a single sitting, but I don't want to.

Definitely won't buy again.

01-10-2011 00:49:31 | More by drtacks37
Photo of FtownThrowDown


2.4/5  rDev -30.6%

Poured a near pitch black with no head to speak of. Smell is rather un-appealing. Some scent of hops and some kind of bad lactose. Taste is pretty much the same, but the hops are more prominent. I think the biggest problem is the flavors don’t meld very well together. They’re both in your face and fighting one another instead of blending together and complimenting one another. It’s very thin and watery for a stout. Good thing it is, because I’m going to make short work of this thing just to get it over with.

06-22-2007 15:28:20 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of HardTarget


2.42/5  rDev -30.1%

No date on the bottle

A) Black glass that goes ruby with back light to show clarity, but still holds the Black color: I'm used to getting more of a brown with clarity. Gives up some minor lacing.

S) Cocoa nose with a mild lactic/milk sweetness that gives the beer a milk chocolate element that's rather nice.

T) Loads of oxidation that goes papery and cardboard (no date = brewers bad). Under all that is some mild chocolate malt (roasted grain) flavor, some dark chocolate and a ribbon of coffee bitterness in the finish. The paper notes really took the wind out the sails though.

M) Weak body, mild carbonation, dry finish.

O) Not a lot of chocolate in a pretty weak stout. The result is a lack of body and no support for the flavors that are going on. I wish they'd dial this up a few notches.

12-01-2008 01:58:36 | More by HardTarget
Photo of antott0523

New Jersey

2.45/5  rDev -29.2%

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.

04-29-2014 00:36:34 | More by antott0523
Photo of yeahnatenelson


2.45/5  rDev -29.2%

Appearance -- Pours a dark brown hue with a slim sudsy beige head.

Smell -- Chocolate, roast malt, brown sugar, coffee with cream, and a sprinkling of earthy hops. Slightly sweet, but nice.

Taste -- Dark roast malt, coffee grounds, ash, dark chocolate, and some earthy hops to round out the flavor. Finish is burnt and ashy.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with high carbonation.

Drinkability -- Wow, this one left me wanting. Burnt and ashy meets sweet and chocolaty. No thanks.

01-30-2011 22:32:48 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of cantfindme

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

12-10-2011 01:28:27 | More by cantfindme
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Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
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