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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 826
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 03:06:19 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 00:30:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 15:20:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 00:45:36 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 00:43:28 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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
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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
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 00:37:50 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 22:16:30 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, very black, with a thick, fluffy, lacey cocoa/tanned head.

Aroma, uttered out in quick association: cream, milk, sweet, chocolate, coffee, rich, cocoa, earthy, lush, uplifting, ...nice.

Taste: sweetness, richness, chocolateyness, full-bodied, full-flavored, with a good stretch of cocoa riding it out all the way through. Chunky, chocolatey, and very drinkable. An easy-drinking chocolate stout, not too thick, not too rich, but with plentiful taste. Won't knock anyone off their pedestal, but will bring deliciousness down the throats of any imbiber.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 07:26:43 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate and some hops.

T: The taste malty but not too heavy with a milk chocolate flavor that isn't overdone like a lot of stouts, nor is it overly sweet. There's a decent hops presence for the style and brings a good balance.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, although the name implies otherwise, this is a good beer to drink for a while is you want a stout that isn't going to try to overwhelm you with chocolate, maltiness and sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 02:00:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

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

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice roasted, chocolate, and crystal malt scent that is sweet as well as dry and earthy. The taste is decent. It has an earthy chocolate and roasted malt flavor that goes down easy, but finishes slightly sweet and dry in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good brew, but not their best for sure. I think Rogue has the market for this style. I definately prefer sweet to dry and earthy.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 17:28:05 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to swalden28 for sharing this bottle.

This is my first beer from this brewery. The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a white head. The aroma is pretty basic with chocolate and toffee. The flavor is chocolate with a lot of earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 01:06:15 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 05:19:30 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good looking nightcap I've been saving for a night like this.

A: A small creamy dark 1/2 finger head grows and very slowly fades over a pure black colored beer.

N: I could smell the crazy chocolate on the pour. A deeper nose also gives off tons of chocolate. A little black patent malt, dark rich malts, milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, and a touch of raisin.

T: Also loaded with chocolate. It has a little creamy quality, but mostly is bakers chocolate. Some dark malts, black patent malt, a little smoked malt, actually the smoked malt is coming out quite a bit more than I expected. A little chewy malt quality. A slight sweet molasses quality but it's mostly dry. It does have a little bit of a boozy feel to it despite being only 5.3%. A little lactose I think as well adds a weird creamy feel and taste.

M: Semi thick, rich, and a little creamy, and lower but good for the style carbonation.

F: A stout like dryness and stout like earthy dark bitterness from the scorched malts. It remains dry throughout but doesn't hit you with more bitterness on the finish. Long lingering chocolate of course, as well as some molasses. Overall a pretty nice beer, a perfect night cap. Tons of chocolate and black patent malt, smoked malt, and strange creamy lactose. Abv feels a little higher than it is, but still a perfect nightcap. Could have used a lot more body and richness.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 04:13:59 | More by jlindros
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 05:03:12 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Thanks to nacir69 for this one:

Pours ptich black with a thin tan head that stays around, leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is of chocolate and coffee with earthy, roasty notes and some dark and citric fruitiness.

The taste follows the nose - chocolate and coffee notes with roasted earthy notes with dark and citric fruitiness. Well-balanced being sweet and bitter with a touch of roastiness. The flavors emerge well.

It is smooth, though the carbonation is a bit much and the body is more in the porter category than the stout. It could use more heft and velvety richness.

It's well-balanced - almost to a fault for the style. There are nice flavors going on, though I was expecting a bit more chocolate considering the name.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 14:51:44 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours extremely dark brown. Only when held to light do you see a wee bit of ruby. Even off a firm pour, there is no true head. Nose is dusty. Flavor is so-so. Lack of character. Lack of depth. Mild malt tones. No real strong chocolate character at all. Feel is a bit thin on the liquid, but it does have a strong carbonation. Overall, there isn't much to this one. It just doesn't have any level of punch I'd expect it to.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 19:49:06 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 02:41:25 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a 1" light tan colored head. No significant lacing shows up during the session.

Smell: sweet chocolate and some roasted malt tones.

Taste: grainy roasted malts, chocolate candy, some dark fruit sweetness, and a decent bitterness to balance out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer but it feels very thin on the tongue. Smooth throughout. Aftertaste is filled with chocolate but leaves the tastebuds quickly.

Drinkability: this needs to be a bit heartier on the malt front - it comes across a bit thin for a stout. Decent beer but after having Southern Tier Chokolat, this leaves you wanting a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 14:31:02 | More by Gavage
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Halcyondays

California

3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a deep sepia with a medium off-white head, solid retention, no lace.

S: Milk chocolate, creamed coffee with a hint of smoke.

T: Some dark chocolate flavour and roasted malt. Slight bittering hops on the back end. Lighter than what the nose would suggest.

M: Medium-bodied, a tad over-carbonated, spritzy at times.

O: A nice lower alcohol stout, good flavours here, an enjoyable effort.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 05:28:57 | More by Halcyondays
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 02:47:25 | More by StonedTrippin
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kojevergas

Texas

2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 03:28:57 | More by kojevergas
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Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
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