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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 827
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 homebrew311


3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a little bit of light passage, short tan head, significant lacing. Nose is heavily roasted with mild waves of coffee and cocoa. Taste has an astringent chocolate bitterness with bits of sweetness scattered in. Overall a dry flavor with plenty of roast. Mouthfeel is thin and highly carbonated.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2013 21:41:06 | More by homebrew311
Photo of JayS2629


3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was excited about this one. I love chocolate stouts. You could tell all the flavor came from actual grains in this, and that is to their credit. However, the roasted/coffee flavors were bigger than the chocolate. The cocoa like flavor was very subdued.

It poured a dark brown that had a big head that faded fast into a film that left broken, thin rings of lace.

The aroma was of roasted malt, burnt sugar, and unsweetened cocoa with some earthy hops.

The taste was ok. It was overly roasted and not enough cocoa flavors. Unbalanced and overly hopped.

The mouthfeel was good. It was a bit chalky and porter like instead of stout and smooth.

Overall, it was good quality and drinkable. It was also dissapointing for what I expected. I expected some chocolate flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 15:23:27 | More by JayS2629
Photo of MrDonQuixote


3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Fort Collins Brewery-

A- Dark oily black with a thick white head

S- oak smell, intense chocolate character

T- Intense chocolate flavor, with a heavy aftertaste that is quite good; nice finish

M- A bit less smooth then most stouts, a bit 'meh' going down

O- Decent as far as stouts go, well bodied stout, with a good flavor

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 05:45:14 | More by MrDonQuixote
Photo of Schmittymack


3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at my watering hole Thurs, 26 Aug.

This one was a dark brown, not quite black in appearance. Had a creamy head with decent lacing in the shaker glass. Mouthfell was a little on the thinner side but the taste was there: chocolate and perhaps some coffee. I've had this one on several occassions in the bottle but I defiintely like it on tap better. Better chocolate stouts out there but this one is tasty enough.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2010 04:29:19 | More by Schmittymack
Photo of ImusBeer


2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

At Taco Mac, came in 22oz, black with no head and no lacing

Very little aroma, roasted malt and charcol. 

Tasted sharp almost anticeptic, roasted malt and burnt wood

Mouthfeel was light almost watery not much bitterness.

not really impressed more like a brown ale or porter to me

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2010 21:28:34 | More by ImusBeer
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3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. On tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC> Black, thin tan head stays for a while, leaves some lacing. SMELLS roasty, chocolate, malty sweet. Pleasant, but faint. TASTES like roasty coffee, bitter chocolate, hop bitterness and sweet maltiness, all balanced and working well together. FEEL the moderate carbonation and fiz, mildly viscous, thin side of medium body, clean finish. DRINKS very easily, and I've just learned it is only 5+ %, so that is understandable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2009 07:08:49 | More by sprucetip
Photo of dananabanana


3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black, perhaps a little brown in the light. No head, just a little dollop of white foam.

S: Vaguely sweet, not much else.

T: Slightly bitter, but mostly sweet. A little alcoholic tang. Some chocolate, but not as pronounced as the beer's name would lead you to believe.

M: Not really creamy like other stouts, but crisp instead. Carbonation is a little too strong.

D: Easy to drink, but kinda boring. Not too heavy in the stomach.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2009 15:09:22 | More by dananabanana
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Blind Tiger Ale House in New York City. This was about the only beer that they were pouring that I hadn't tried yet or could find on sale via retail. I didn't know anything about this brewery or it's beers, but I can honestly say after giving this a good 40 minutes to warm up in my hand that this has to be the thinnest stout that I've ever had...

The pour was what one would expect - dark, but not black, with just a hint of almond brown at the edges. The head was creamy and not too tall, while the lacing was never anywhere to be seen. That should have been the first sign that something was amiss here, but the taste and mouthfeel sealed the deal. Yeah, there's some black chocolate here with some black coffee and espresso notes, but this was just too weak up front and too repugnantly bitter in the back. This never caught on with me even as my glass warmed up.

I don't expect stouts to be session beers, but this nearly fit the bill. If they're motor-oil thick, full of oatmeal, chocolate, or roasted malt, and smoothly bitter in the back, they can be wonderful. This was the first, and hopefully, "generic stout" that I've ever had and seeing how this beer has a higher rating then what I'm giving it, I have a feeling that something got lost in translation between the Centennial State and here. For some reason, I still refuse to believe that any stout could be this weak...

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2008 08:16:00 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of currysage1


3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Stoney's in South Hadley, Ma.

Appearance is just what a stout should be, dark as night with just some peeking amber red at the corners. Good 1 1/2 finger chocolate milk head, rocky.

Smell was mostly of coffee, not so much of the chocolate I was expecting. Some dark malt and roasted cereal grains as well.

Mocha goodness, like a mocha shake almost. The taste is solid, could be more complex but certainly nice. Quite a drinkable stout, could use a dose more of the cocoa, but other than that a solid brew from Fort Collins. Somewhat like a Milk Stout, for the sweetness and the texture, but a little heavier.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2008 14:25:10 | More by currysage1
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany.

A: Body is dark brown/black (hard to tell exactly in a relatively dark bar) with a small, chocolate milk-colored head. Leaves behind good lacing.

S: Not terribly strong, but pleasant enough for this style -- mainly chocolate and dark roasted coffee.

T: Similar to the nose, only the flavors are stronger. Roasted coffee and dark bakers' chocolate dominate up front. Coffee bitterness and dark chocolate bitterness are there at the end. Finishes very dry, and with a lingering almost metallic taste.

M: Lighter than expected in heft -- I'd say this is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, to be honest; a bit thin for the style and that thinness may have contributed to the perception of a metallic taste at the finish.

D: Good -- it wasn't heavy bodied, yet had some good flavors going on, so it went down pretty easy.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2008 22:05:58 | More by Kendo
Photo of Dogbrick


3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught at Vintage Estates in Boardman. The beer is a dark brown color with a medium thick and rocky beige head that has decent retention. Rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasted malt with touches of chocolate and sweet fruit. Medium, glassy smooth body that feels thin at times with roasted malt and chocolate flavors over top light coffee and hops. The finish is creamy and roasty and leaves a sweet chocolate aftertaste. Although there isn’t really anything wrong with this beer, there are far better Chocolate Stouts out there.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2007 19:53:14 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of paulthebeerguru


3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the brewery. dark rich ruby in color. very light on the flavor, i thought that this would stand up a little bit more than it did. light on the chocolate flavor, compared to other chocolate stouts. on a positive note, it is a good session chocolate stout.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2007 07:53:28 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of BEERchitect


3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With cocoa, more than chocolate, and charred grains at the forefront, a malty-milky flavor and feel rounds out this medium-full Stout.

Pouring with a dark and onyx-like sheen, the dark brown ale builds a creme of foam in a very espresso-like fashion. Light lacing and good retention rounds out the aesthetic attributes.

Bittersweet chocolate, malted milk, nutty coffees, and a light vanilla-caramel blend become the start and stop of aromas. Firm, masculine, and confident in its simplicity.

Sweet with medium maltiness, light caramel, and the flavor of heavy cream and vanilla are all promising, but leaves room for a grainy and char flavor that's a bit acrid and biting. Cocoa powder, coffee grounds, walnuts round out the flavors after the more rounded and richer flavors of malt subside. The bitterness, part from hops and part from roast, both transition from the malty start and into a dry-roasty taste in finish.

Creamy, rich, and lightly velvety to start, the beer turns grainy, astringent with the char, and with accessive powdery burnt textures just after mid palate, thus causing an interrupted finish of grain, char, and bitter cocoa.

All the initial impressions of this Stout are very promising. But as the procession of flavor and texture march across the surfaces of the mouht, the beer seems to waiver and then eventually fall apart, leaving the beer fractured with grain, astringency, and harshness. So it's a tale of two halves. I guess the key is to keep drinking so that the finish has no chance to make an impression.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2007 19:45:06 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on tap on Old Chicago.
Pours a dark black, with off brown/tan head. Smell of light coffee and soft chocolate are noticeable.
Taste is more of roasted malt and coffee, no chocolate to speak of. I rather average stout, but since I like stouts I give a bump in review. Easy drinking, not at all sticky and good finish.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2007 23:07:47 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of tedstriker


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
Photo of ThisWangsChung


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
Photo of Thads324


3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black brew with hues of ruby on the edges. Decent tan head dissipates to a moderate ring leaving good amounts of lacing.
Aromas of light chocolate sauce, mild roasted grains and creamy sweetness. Some bread and a hint of nutty aroma as well.
Taste starts watery and then moves to light chocolately flavor. Bits of coffee and an almost smokey flavor. Finishes just a hint bitter with an easy going lingering bitterness from some earthy hops.
Medium bodied but easy to drink. A bit watery at the beginning. Otherwise good.

A decent brew that could use a bit more umph. Still pretty good, just a tad watery. I like the drinkability though

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 00:19:07 | More by Thads324
Photo of Suds


3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So, the local convenience store near my office put in a few taps and started selling growlers. I picked up this brew to give it a try. It is a dark, opaque brown color with a tan head. It smells like a dry beer...some chocolate, but also lots of roast. Nutty and full. The taste is dry with some malt and a creamy mouthfeel. Solid.

Serving type: growler

02-15-2014 03:09:00 | More by Suds
Photo of TCMike


3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours, a dark, non-translucent walnut brown. Thin, half finger, beige head.

Aroma is somewhat weak. It's of roasted malts, biscuit, and a hint of dark chocolate.

The taste similar to smell, but with a slight coffee note, and a little more hop bitterness than i had anticipated. Thin body for a stout...low side of medium. medium carbonation.

Good, easy drinking, but a bit lackluster.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 22:18:53 | More by TCMike
Photo of metter98

New York

3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer appears black from viewed from afar and is clear very dark red when held up to a bright light. It poured with a half finger high tan head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of chocolate malts are present in the nose.
T: Just like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of chocolate malts.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer might seem a little one-dimensional, but it isn't a bad selection if you really like chocolate malts.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 03:15:49 | More by metter98
Photo of iliotib

New York

3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This came in a bottle which had a promising poor into a pint glass. The finger and a half thick head dissipated quickly into a thin inconsistent topping. Lacing was non existent on the both of the two that I poured.

There was a good aroma at first: definitely chocolate malt, but wasn't as sweet as I had hoped. The flavor was that of too-old coffee.

The mouthfeel of this brew was a little disappointing as it lacked the body I'm used to with stouts.

I probably wouldn't recommend this beer. The appearance and flavor weren't interesting and at 5.3% AbV, neither was the buzz.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 07:39:54 | More by iliotib
Photo of Brenden


3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a little light coming in at the fringes and a hint of thickness in it, this beer fits my expectations in its look. What develops atop it is a tan head one finger tall that displays decent retention and leaves a fair amount of spotting and patching alternately almost to the base of the glass.
Chocolate is in the smell. It's built on a good base of malts that adds lots of roast and coffee grounds, while a little more sweetness is added via notes of vanilla while a good nuttiness rests behind it all.
The chocolate becomes less of the emphasis in the flavor, and it's to its detriment. The roast and coffee grounds take over and it's good to have them, but they displace the chocolate a little too much. The vanilla runs through aided by a note of caramel. Some dryer notes creep into the finish from a leafy light bitterness and some char.
The dryness factors into the feel as well, after an initial smoothness gives way to it. There's a little crispness to it, perhaps just a touch too much, though the smoothness never really dies off.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 21:26:46 | More by Brenden
Photo of EagleTalon


3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin tan head that leaves very little lace and ust hangs around as a tiny ring edging the glass. Color is dark brown-black. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel and coffee, not really chocolatey like many of these chocolate stouts are. Flavor is mild and semi-sweet, much like a good, easy drinking brewpub American style stout. Mild hop bitterness, with sweetness relying on roasted grains for balance. Mouthfeel is smooth and on light side for style. Overall, a stout that I really like, although it looks rather limp and the smell is not strong and chocolaty as I would prefer.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 22:08:06 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of micromaniac129


3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bought on line and no bottlle date.

In the aroma, faint smells of roasted malts and chocolate. I thought the chocolate malts would stand out more but they don't.
The apperance is like a thinned out stout. If this was a blind taste I would guess something like a balck schwazbier. The mocha head never really formed and faded away quickly.
The taste was like the nose with a roasted malt bill and sutle chocolate notes.
Drinks thin and dry with a slight bitterness.
Overall, the flavor is good but the both the aroma and appearance take away from otherwisw could be a desent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 11:56:27 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of minterro


3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A friend brought this over to a party that we were having.

A&S: Caramel maltyness, no chocolate component, some breadyness. Nice look, jet black beer with a tan foamy head, which leaves nice lacing.

T&M: A little overly bitter from the roastyness. Not very flavorful, just hints of chocolate. Medium and crisp bodied. Drinkable.

Overall: Honesty don't have much to say about this beer, its was pretty nondescript.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 04:50:58 | More by minterro
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Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 827 ratings.