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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Reviews: 471
Hads: 1,023
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 5
Gots: 93 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
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: 471 | Hads: 1,023
Photo of jpkoch1962
1.31/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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. (642 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
2.06/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (619 characters)

Photo of Marraybay
2.13/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

A dark pour with a decent mocha head that presented well in the glass, but not much to like here beyond that. Initial smell isn't bad upon opening - maybe some chocolate in the nose. However, the taste leaves much to be desired. Harsh, bitter, no sweetness or balance. Certainly nothing resembling chocolate. No redemption or uniqueness in terms of mouthfeel either. Disappointing: Won't be back. (401 characters)

Photo of theboozecruise
2.18/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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. (406 characters)

Photo of cokes
2.21/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (773 characters)

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
2.21/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (708 characters)

Photo of scott
2.36/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

V.07

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. (393 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.43/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (517 characters)

Photo of drtacks37
2.48/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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. (388 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
2.51/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (801 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
2.51/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a snifter. A dark brown/black color with coca cola brown around the edges. little head.

S: Not much going on, more roasty then chocolate, To me it smells like a 16oz latte with just one shot.

T: Light roasted watery coffee, a bit of chocolate, but maybe the name is making me imagine it there. Alot like a milk stout but a bit roastier.

M: thin & watery. that's all that can be said.

D: These could be drank all night, as you could probally guess from reading the rest of the review.

I bought this when i was out with the GF hopeing she would find another style besides lambics she loves(girls love chocolate, right?),she thought it was nothing special, so did I. I wont buy this again. (707 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.52/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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. (486 characters)

Photo of antott0523
2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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. (471 characters)

Photo of tjkinate
2.56/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew just has no character.

A: 1/2 fingered head with some retention topped this black bodied brew and exhibited some lacing.

S: Water, with some bitter chocolate malts.

T: Same as the smell, but with a metallic aftertaste.

M: Light and thin

O: Not a worthy entry into one of my favorite beer styles. (310 characters)

Photo of StarlightSeraph
2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint mug...

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark brown out of the bottle that appears almost pitch black in the glass. Couldn't see any light coming through at all. Took a pretty vigorous pour to get a one-finger light brown head that dissipated rapidly, before I took my first sip. Left very little lacing.

Smell: Not sure what it is, but whatever that general smell you get when you first sniff a milk stout (lactose, I'm assuming), faint hints of coffee. As the beer warmed, hints of chocolate began to seep into the aroma.

Taste: Very bitter coffee, with only hints of bitter chocolate coming through. Definitely does not taste like a "chocolate stout", as advertised, however. The aftertaste is very bitter as well, like coffee that's been sitting out all day. Some light hopiness.

Mouthfeel: A lot thinner and a lot more carbonated than I was expected. Felt almost like I was drinking a soda, and not a beer.

Drinkability: I was disappointed in this one. It was difficult to finish, despite how light bodied it was.

It's a shame about this beer, especially considering how much I like their Double Chocolate Stout. I will definitely grab the DCS instead of this every day of the week. Probably won't be having this one again. (1,250 characters)

Photo of Ricochet
2.61/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Black as oil with no head and no real lace to speak of and smelled like strained grains in heavy water, like it was the refuse made when washing grain? Unusual to say the least, but there was nothing else other than a little sweetness from the Chocolate and a little rusty water. Mouth was , well, it formed on the top of the mouth and went down as such with a bitter aftertaste not from the flavor. The sweetness made this seem like swallowing a candy more than a beer. Taste was about Saranac average. Like I've had this stout combo many times, usually in the cheaper types and this was that again. The Chocolate was artifical and sweet and the rounding from the hops did little to help. There was a hole in the finish, leaving sweet and bitter to do battle. There are better Chocolate stouts out there that do the style with more balance and less candy. Okay at best if you like really sweet beers. (901 characters)

Photo of charliedango
2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I suppose that in a world of differing descriptions of stout, this particular offering would fall best into the chocolate stout category. Still, having sampled some of the finest chocolate stouts available it's hard for me to consider this in the same league as them. Roasted barley permeated throughout which is overall a much different experience than what I associate to stout. More of a porter taste with a stout mouthfeel.

Fort Collins Chocolate Stout isn't a bad stout by any means, but by labelling it a chocolate stout I feel they are doing themselves a disservice as many people who purchase chocolate stouts have certain expectations in mind and this offering is not that. (684 characters)

Photo of getch
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a-dark black color, no head, some residue on the class

s-some dark coca, little hit of alcohol after taste, little bit of a shiver

t-taste like a avg dark beer, nothing impressive, had many beers better than this

m-can tell it is a beer with the alcohol in it, otherwise a very regular beer

d- ok, will not buy this beer again, if it is offered at a party than will def have this other a macro beer (402 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into real pint glass in Denver.

A: Pours a dark brown-black with a two finger head of poor retention and thickness. Little cream.

Sm: A hint of caramel, a note of chocolate, maybe some coffee, malt. Pleasant.

T: Slick open into balanced body of chocolate (shocker!) and roasted barley. Pretty standard fare for a stout. Finish is nicely laced with echoes of the body.

Mf: Nicely coarse and dry, especially at the finish, but refreshing during the open.

Dr: At this price point, I'd have it again, but other offerings may be better. (545 characters)

Photo of OlieIPA
2.67/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a brownish black with absolutely no head. Lacing seemed to be on the thinner side as well.

S: A good amount of hop character and dark roasted malts that didn't muster up much chocolate character.

T: The chocolate wasn't robust at all...it came out more like a water-downed metallic bitter chocolate.

M: The chocolate bitterness seemed to cling to the palate a tad too long, but overall...an okay mouthfeel. Full-body with a decent amount of carbonation.

D: The taste wasn't that great...but sufficient enough to finish the glass. Alcohol wasn't weak as well throughout the sip.

Overall: An average beer. Cheers! (629 characters)

Photo of gabrielsyme
2.71/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown, little tan head.

Dark chocolate in the smell, not much else.

Taste is chocolate, coffee, some bitterness, and something slightly metallic that i don't like at all.

The beer feels too thin/watery for a stout.

Not a great beer, I am regretting getting a sixer of this. (290 characters)

Photo of n00tz
2.71/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Dark bodied stout with brunette head diminishes slowly leaving behind a light lace.

S - Carmelly, nutty, slightly citrus. Sweet perfumy hops presence.

T - Fomented a mediocre piney hops bite, malty middle, and light chocolate finish. Inchoate chocolate flavor.

M - Smooth on the palate, not thick, but definetly not as light as I've had in the past. Excellent presence. Though, after not having a sip in my mouth after awhile it begins to give me the impression that I've been drinking pine sol.

D - Makes you want to keep some kind of beer in your mouth, though not necessarily finishing with this. (607 characters)

Photo of tedstriker
2.71/5  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. (803 characters)

Photo of biglite351
2.72/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - tall tan head that leaves a nice amount of lace. Considerable red around the edges, more than I would expect from a chocolate stout.

S - Strong malts with some chocolate, quite nice.

T - mild chocolate and malts, not very deep.

M - very thin, watery. No coating. Very slight tingle in throat.

D - you could drink this in place of a flavored water, but I would not buy it again. (385 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
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. (1,552 characters)

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Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.