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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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476 Reviews
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Reviews: 476
Hads: 1,042
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 20.69%
Wants: 5
Gots: 101 | 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: 476 | Hads: 1,042
Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Stout pub in Atlanta where it is listed as "House Chocolate Stout".
Only had a thin head from the tap and this didn't last long. An appealing aroma filled with chocolate and dark bread.
The flavor had more toffee than usual and less really dark roasted grain. It does have plenty of dark roasted malt flavor but minimal char and smoke and is lightly sweet until the mildly bitter aftertaste.
As per appearance, light carbonation with a body that's a touch too thin.

O: pleasant and recommended stout.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.48/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours an extremely dark brown with a tight one finger mocha colored head. Semi-slow dissipation to a ring of foam around the edge and splotches in the middle. Spotty lacing down the sides.

S: Some chocolate, but not dark or milk, more like bakers chocolate I guess. Some roasted malts, a little bit of vanilla, caramel, and some lactose sugar.

T: Some chocolate, roasted malt, and a little bit of coffee up front. The flavors then sort of disappear and the finish has a strange flavor, can't really put my finger on it though.

M: Really thin, and the major letdown for this beer. I like any stout thicker, and especially a chocolate stout.

O: It was ok, the aroma and flavors were fine, but the mouthfeel really killed it for me.

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Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly black color with redish-brown hue along the edges. Initially has a 1 finger head that quickly dissolves to a tanned lace across the top of the beer. It leaves an interesting amount of lacing on the glass considering the lack of head on the beer. Taste is pleasantly chocolately and has a bitter dry finish. Nose has a bit of dark chocolate in it as well. Has a medium light mouthfeel but is a little too carbinated.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark black with 1/2" of cappuccino head. Great retention. The nose has notes of deep, roasted malts and faint coffee. The taste is roasted malt with hints of toast and caramel. There are also notes of faint coffee and chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with decent carbonation.

Not a bad stout, but there's nothing to separate this one from the pack. It's simple and pleasing, but hardly profound.

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

tone77 has managed to send me down an unexpected dark road on Thanksgiving. He dropped off a mess of bottles on our last trade and I am just getting caught up before his next anticipated trade.

It all got me to thinking about what is referred to as "getting some strange", but if you have not embraced the dark and split the black oak, then you may be unaware of what you are missing. Take a hint from the bottle: "A velvety smooth mouthfeel and impeccable flavor make this stout positively seductive. Subtle hop bitterness evens out the character of roasted barley and chocolate malt in our proven classic." Plus, the Incan (?) doll proffering said beer on the current label? Read you lima charlie, o&o. Black is beautiful and Tan is grand! Gimme!

My bartender buddy, Moe, used to say that I took my coffee like my women - hot & black and the sooner the better. Ah, yes. This beer poured fast and back and gave some serious mocha head before moving on to more important things, like the nose. It smelled like Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate and I was thinking of several special treats that I might like from a chocolate stout. Color was a dense deep-brown, not black, but what actually is solid black other than carbon? Mouthfeel was, indeed, velvety smooth, like Marvin Gaye on the turntable. Let's get it on! The lacing was thick and sticky and I was licking my moustache like the flavor saver it had become. The taste was of liquid dark chocolate, no sweet nonsense here. Man, this was cacao being ladled out by one of Montazuma's girls and I was lapping it up like it was going out of style! Finish left me spent and sleepy. Hey, who's going to clean up that mess?!? The sticky lacing left behind in the glass, I mean. I think that I may be compelled to buy a certain young lady a drink come Sunday. Yo, ya feel me?

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A nice styrofoam like looking head, three fingers tall with lots of staying power and a light cocoa cream faint tan color, that clumps and hangs. Body is a very dark dark walnut brown, with a good ability to see some fast rising plentiful carbonation if you look closely.

Nose brings a nice powdery whiff of dark chocolate, but it's fleeting and gives way more to a real nice light roasty malt grain. Good husky big thick grain quality, with a nice mixing chocolate angle. Basic, not varied, but simple and solid.

Palate even for a light stout comes off quite wet still, really doesn't coat well. Grainy tasting finish mixing with a light bitterness of chocolate. No sweetness. Roast character is more akin to a light coffee but with no cream action. Good roast quality with a matching chocolate bitterness.

Overall a nice light chocolate stout, not bad, kind of interesting. I could have this again.

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Photo of Billolick
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer w/o freshnes information. Pours dark and stoutlike, with just a thin dark tan head and leaving just a scant hint of lacing, above a thin tiny bubble film. Dusty dark chocolate nose, dark malts and more dark chocolate up front. Respectable stout, quite dry in the finish, with some lingering chocolate sweetness. Not bad, worth a try for stout/dark beer lovers

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Photo of Gavage
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark and black/brown in hue. Some lace and good head retention.

Smell: Roasted malt and raw cocoa in the nose.

Taste: Bitter hop/chocolate thing going on. The hops meld well with unsweetened chocolate. Lots of roasted malt, not much sweetness. Faint cocoa nibs linger on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a bit thin.

Drinkability: Good overall, could easily drink a few. Leaves me wishing for sweet chocolate, would pair well with a dark chocolate desert.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poursa somewhat thin black with an okay initial head that fades quickly. Smell is somewhat light, and mostly cocoa and vanilla. Smooth. Chocolate malt and milk chocolate in the mouth. Smooth with a slight roastiness and tiny bit of hop bitterness at the end. Smooth and somewhat thin mouthfeel. Not bad, but a little lacking in body and punch.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured in to Founder's tulip glass.

A - Poured a medium to dark brown with half a finger of light brown head that very quickly disappeared.

S - Sweet milk chocolate, some bitterness evident right away and roasted malts.

T - Sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts and a noticeable bitterness throughout that is especially present in the dry finish. Very sweet overall profile.

M - Medium body, light carbonation.

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Photo of weeare138
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a near black with dark brown hue when held to the light. A small tan head quickly fades out into a thick collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, vanilla, roast, smoke, and cocoa are all found.
Taste is of the aromas with a punch of cocoa and smoke intermingling along the palate. It almost tastes like I threw some pled beef jerky and a Hershey chocolate in my mouth. Hmmm. Not sure what to think.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, semi dry, bittersweet, and filling.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some toffee/chocolate. The taste is slightly sweet, with toffee/chocolate. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice brew.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz from my most recent trade with Wasatch... Thanks John.. a new brewery to me.. Poured into my New Belgium snifter.. shared slightly with Brenda.

3/4" head.. doesn't really last that long... drops fast leaving a mediocre cap with only touches of lace.. the brew is the expected dark brown/black..

The nose is pretty ordinary.. a nice stout presence with some milky chocolate overtones that are more background than in the front.. smells pretty clean with little fruitiness.

The palate is not as good.. pretty weak... more like a lightly hopped porter.. not bad... just not "great". lite coffee and some very subdued dark chocolate essence.. but the "essence" is pretty lite.. really.. not bad.. just sorta average..

I have a hard time reviewing middle of the road stouts and porters.. the dark malts and yeasty overtones make them all sorta taste the same to me.. that said.. this is a descent brew... I probably never would buy it the same way I never buy any of my local porters or stouts.

Thanks John.. but... this one just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger brown head that fades to a shallow layer leaving a good lace. Solid black color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Chocolate nose. Starts almost as a sweet chocolate that becomes more roasted, slight bitter aftertaste. Nice stout. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)
A- The jet black body supports a tan head the quickly fades to a bubbly cocoa colored ring that sticks to the glass with sips.
S- The inky chocolate malt aroma has a sweaty/new gym shoe note to it that grows a bit when it warms.
T- The big chocolate malt flavor has a faint smoky quality that turns more roasted as it warms. The finish has a tartness with a roasted malt bitterness that is soft but lingers a bit. There is a creamy note that adds to the rich chocolate malt when the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and no alcohol heat.
D- The chocolate malt flavor is huge with a bit of a sweaty/smoky flavor that is a bit to much. As the beer warms the darker roasted notes cover it a bit but not enough. It is rich in chocolate malt but not much other depth.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 3/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, chocolate, slight roasted malt, slight piney hops, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness from the roasted malt. Tastes of chocolate, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, and slight hops. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma with a slightly better feel. The body is slightly weak.

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Photo of akorsak
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle purchased as part of a Fort Collins variety case at Westy's.

A: The stout is dark chocolate brown, a brown so dark that it is mistaken for black. Even at the narrower parts of the glass, no light escapes the beer.

S: A roasted malt aroma, toasted bread really, dominates the nose, allowing small scents of chocolate to escape and soften things up.

T: The body is thin, featuring a fleeting graininess that quickly evaporates into the carbonation. The cereal flavors lack roasted character that might breath in some life. Only after a sip has been swallowed do the fuller burnt notes re-emerge (too bad it's too late to enjoy 'em then). There are some chocolate flavors that augment the roasted finish.

M: The thin flavors are distracting, preventing me from truly enjoying any chocolate element that exists.

D: This was the last bottle of the six pack, and the only one that I had. That doesn't disappoint me too much, this stout seems to fall a little short.

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Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.