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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 946
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 5
Gots: 54 | 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:
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(Beer added by: gbontrag on 11-18-2004)
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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a quick dissipitating off-white head. Roasted malt with secondary of the chocolate. A little thick looking body. Taste is thinner than that though. Maybe a little too carbonated. Decent hoppy bitterness, with a long finish. Drinkable.

Sammy, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

t0rin0, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -13%

spycow, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Brewer's Lunchbox mixed pack.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1/2 inch beige head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Foamy, broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and slight cocoa powder/chocolate aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, burnt coffee, and a subdued bitter chocolate flavor. For being a chocolate stout, there is much more of a coffee flavor in this one. A lower level of carbonation makes for a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good stout but like I said, this is very light on the chocolate with more emphasis on coffee smells and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -13%

djrn2, May 17, 2014
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -13%

zestar, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fort Collins Chocolate Stout 12oz bottle poured into sam smith english pint glass. Pours black with slight ruby highlights on the bottom of the glass. One finger tan head with lots of bubbles after a hard pour. Head dissipated quickly, stuck to the glass. Immediate nose of chocolate, roasted malt a touch of coffee. Gets sweeter as it warms. Very clean and smooth taste. If anything, the flavor is subdued compared to the smell but chocolate is present throughout, especially in the beginning. Hops are also very prominent, very noticeable in the middle and creating a slightly bitter finish. Light to medium body for a stout. Medium to high drinkability.

acurtis, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

nmann08, May 14, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -13%

Texasfan549, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown/black with a nice thick and firm medium dark tan head. Relatively simple one dimensional nose of sweet dark chocolate and some roasted grain.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Mouthfeel of carbonated coffee with hint of maybe chocolate.

Flavors are of simply roasted grain, simple black coffee/espresso and some hop bitterness.

Finish is bitter coffee character all around but with a nice bitter finish. There is nothing bad about this stout, there is just nothing really very good about it. Taste simply like a decent beer that had some coffee poured into it. Nothing special.

GRG1313, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -13%

kjkinsey, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with a rocky beige head that retains fairly well but doesn't leave much lace

Smell: Some roasty elements but not particularly chocolatey; in fact, there is a strange artificial, almost plastic phenolic aroma which is off-putting

Taste: Fortunately, the taste is better than the aroma; opens with a black bread and chocolate flavor that adds a slightly hoppy dimension by mid-palate; after the swallow, some smoked flavors poke through, but still not much of the expected chocolate follow through

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat thin for a stout; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent drinker but pales in comparison to others brewed in this style

brentk56, Apr 08, 2008
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.

BEERchitect, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque dark chocolate brown with meager highlights of red and gold along the bottom edge of the glass. The golden sand colored head is moderately rumpled-rocky as it slowly deflates and ends up depositing a much better than average amount of attractive lace. This one certainly looks the part.

It smells the part too. Roasted malt is aromatic enough that I don't need to risk inhaling foam in order to appreciate it. Chocolate and coffee are the only aromas present, but then simple and straightforward is often just what I'm looking for when it comes to 'just plain ol' stouts. That is, as long as they smell this roasty good.

There's plenty to like on the palate. Bittersweet chocolate and lightly creamed coffee are present in near equal measure and there's a definite citric hoppy bitterness goin' on. Unlike some stouts that are balanced but neither sweet nor bitter, this one is balanced and is both sweet and bitter. I guess that would make it bittersweet. The flavor was bold right out of the gate and is even more so with warming.

The body/mouthfeel is the one characteristic that causes me to waver about just how good this beer really is when taken as a whole. Simply put, a stout this flavorful deserves a more study vehicle than it has been given. As long as one thinks 'big stout flavor, porter body', all should be well.

Chocolate Stout is a good effort and is one that I have no trouble recommending to those who think they might like a hoppier than usual, full-flavored, light-bodied, session stout. I've only had three Fort Collins beers so far, but this one and Kidd Lager (a schwarzbier) make me think they're on the right track.

BuckeyeNation, May 28, 2006
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass and served at cellar temperature.

A - Poured a deep dark brown, essentially opaque with a nice two finger high head of tan colored lace rising up above the top and gradually settling own to just a thin film across the top. The was a little bit of tan colored side glass lace, but nothing really remarkable. The only complaint here was that the pour was a little thin to be honest and just did not have the fullness I would have liked to see.

S - The aroma was very full and quite the intresting blend. It was full of deep dark baker's chocolate with lots of hints at cookie dough mixed in. Very thick aroma of cookie dough actually blended in very well with a nice touch of vanilla and caramel and lactose sugars.

T - The flavor was obviuosly dominated by the deep chocolate tones, but it had enough added into to it that it made it rather intresting to let it warm up and catch some of the other nuances present in it. There were hints of vanilla, not the cookie dough I picked up in the aroma, but rather lots of caramel and a touch of a fresh grass and hoppiness to the finish which was a little extra added bonus and really drew out some of the other flavors inside.

M - The feel really killed this one to be honest. It was just far too thin on the palate. This is supposed to be a stout, but it was so light bodied it came off as more of a lager. Really a dissapointement after the nice aroma and flavor. Not nearly close to being a good stout.

D - This was a session beer only for the fact that it was light enough to be one. It was light profile, light flavor, light ABV, you could drink a few easy, but would you want to?

Overall not bad, but I think I will pass on this one again. It was just not my cup of tea and I really think they could have done some more to really push this through and make it a really solid offering, oh well you win some you lose some.

mikesgroove, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a rich deep brown color that looks to be nearly black. The head is thick and tan at first that fades into a thin ring around the glass. The smell is of burnt toast and chocolate. The taste gives off a roasted bitter chocolate flavor, a slight sweet malt aftertaste. The mouthfeels not as thick as I felt it should be but this was a decent stout overall.

Knapp85, May 31, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired as a single 12oz. bottle at Sam's Blue Light in Durham, NC.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a large, fizzy beige head.

Smell: Mostly a roasty scent, but sniff hard enough and hope long enough and you can coax out some unsweetened chocolate and a vague hint of fruit.

Taste: Roasted barley and dark chocolate with a controlled level of sweetness and a puff of sooty air. Touch of fruit. Dash of coffee. Light hops and bitterness. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Flavorful, though not overly chocolatey and a bit light in body, but it's still a decent stout.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Mickey Finn's shaker pint glass.

Pours an opaque black-brown with about a finger of tan head that leaves only the slightest bit of lacing behind. The nose is cocoa, coffee, and roasted malts, with a subtle hint of hoppy pine in a background corner. The taste generally follows very closely, but the cocoa is a bit chalkier on the tongue and definitely more bitter, and there's a lack of expected sweetness, leaving a very dry taste instead. The body is a heavier medium, with limited carbonation and a pretty smooth texture. Overall, a slightly above average brew that stands as fairly highly drinkable.

TMoney2591, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

JAHMUR, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a black color with a bubbly, caramel-colored, small head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate and roasted malt. It also had a floral hoppy aroma.

T - It tasted bittersweet with a roasted malt taste. There were also hints of toffe and caramel.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good stout. Could use a little more chocolate taste to like up to its name.

zeff80, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a creamy dark brown color with a subtle tan head. smells bitter like raw unrefined dark chocolate and even some bittering hops (unusual for the style?) taste is more dark malts than chocolate, not sweet in any way. like semisweet chocolate chips in the finish, slightly thin in the body for what i look for in a stout, but one of the better fort collins brews i have tried. very drinkable and has some potentially exciting cullinary applications. worthy of a try if you can get your hands on it, but dont expect a chocolate knockout. this is a sessionable dry type stout with just a touch of the cocoa.

StonedTrippin, Oct 29, 2011
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.

NeroFiddled, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark roasted malt beast that eats all visible light forms in it's path. Head forms thick light tan mocha hue going on. Layers of lacing are left behind thin and unevenly strung in nature. Aromatics offering up more herbal hops than strong chocolate accents, mild cocoa powder and a touch of roasted coffee accents. Flavor has a nice balanced chocolate stout feel no sugary hershey syrup notes this is a stout that finishes with roasted malt and black patent malt without killing me with chocolate sweetness. Dark chocolate cacao maybe, complex herbal hop finish but watery at times not a beer I'm blown away by but it's damn solid. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate to light carbonation levels going on, it's one of those Amerian stouts that doesn't over do it. Drinkability is solid but I'm sure theres's a litle something missing here, but I do love these beers as a collective from Fort Collins.

WVbeergeek, Jul 02, 2009
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Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 946 ratings.