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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 EagleTalon
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -4%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of minterro
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.01/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fort Collins Chocolate Stout has a thin-to-medium cream-colored head, a dark brown (black, really) appearance with little red-brown highlights at the edges, visible bubble streams on the side of the glass, and a small amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of acidity, dark cherries, sweetness, and dark-roasted barley malt. Taste is of dark brown bread crust, sugar, dark-roasted malt, some chocolate, acidity, and dark cherries at the end of the sip. One will also encounter a balancing hop bitterness at the end, as well. Mouthfeel is pretty light, watery, and slick, and Fort Collins Chocolate Stout finishes semi-dry, rich, sweet, and highly drinkable. This is delicious.

RJT (686 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Fort Collins Chocolate Stout pours a midnight black hue, with only a thin ring of tan foam sitting on top. The aroma is fantastic, giving of scents of coffee, creamy milk chocolate, a slight smokiness, and a hint of citrus esters as well. The flavor is pretty nice , with a fair balance of the creamy chocolate and coffee, and the aforementioned smoked and hoppy characteristics. Not overly complex but that's perfectly alright. Very soft feel and a thin finish unfortunately. Overall though, it's pretty flavorful for a low ABV Stout. (535 characters)

Photo of jesster64
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark color. smoky smell and taste. Nice finish. Just the right beer by a fire on a winter day. No complaints, will buy again which is one of my best compliments. I rate this very good. I can barely taste chocolate, smoke flavor is just the right amount. (258 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into becker pint glass; black/brown with a thick fluffy tan head that leaves tons of lacing and fades about halfway before sticking. Smell is sweet malt, chocolate and a bit of coffee. Taste is smooth malt, semi-sweet chocolate with a hint of coffee. Barely any bitterness at all, very smooth mouthfeel. Not a standout, but a fine stout. (344 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark black, tan foam, mostly settles. Light chocolate malt with hints of coffee. Coffee bitter taste. Very bitter. Light carbonation. Chocolate aftertaste. Pretty good stout, not earth shattering. But I enjoyed it. (262 characters)

Photo of Roland45s
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The appearance is a dark heavy rich chocolate stout with a frothy 1" head. Poured smooth into a glass to enjoy. While the appearance was very dark and heavy, the mouth feel was smooth and light. I could definitely smell and taste the chocolate (heavy). But it was pretty carbonated for a chocolate stout. I would recommend this to someone who is trying to break into the chocolate stout world as it probably would be a brew that isn't too heavy for the newbie. (460 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a nearly pitch black color with a one finger tan colored head. The head fades relativity fast leaving a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of a heavy roasted malt smell mixed with a sweet chocolate/cocoa aroma as well as some sweeter notes of vanilla and some caramel.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor with some lighter dark chocolate flavors. The flavor is lightly sweet upfront with it growing even slightly sweeter as the flavor advances toward the middle of the taste. The sweeter flavors are mainly of a chocolate and light vanilla flavor but have hints of an almost lighter fruit like sweetness and a bit of caramel mixed within. Toward the end a bit of bitterness comes to the tongue in the form of a more earthy and herbal hop flavor leaving a rather roasted, moderately dry and chocolaty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium side with a nice smoothness and a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are rather nice for the darker flavors of the brew and make for a fairly nice fuller feel overall.

Overall – A rather nice stout with a good chocolate and roasted malt flavor which still maintains a rather easy drinking character. (1,315 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (952 characters)

Photo of Mojo
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours up a deep black with ruby highlights a nice one finger caramel colored head, decent retention, and a healthy bit of lacing. Nose is chocolate, roasted nuts, and coffee, very nice. Taset is sweet up front with notes of malt and cola. Finish is chocolate, coffee, caramel, and nuts. Mouthfeel is very pleasant. Loved this one. (340 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love the color of this stout as it seems more radiant than most almost to an opal like finish. A four goes to the color because the body is just weak with loads of bubbles and a thin head.

The scent is nice with dry chocolate highlights, tinges of coffee, light Graham cracker and chalky malt.

The taste is rather uneventful, thin in taste and feel and a touch watery. Roast coffee, dry powdered chocolate and burnt, smoky embers touch the tongue but never really grab you. I feel like there's more to be done here, perhaps an Imperial style to really impress but this is somewhat disappointing. (599 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.49/5  rDev 0%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of snarksdad
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one happens to be available year round in my area and has become a staple in my beer cabinet. Maybe I'm a little biased on it but I certainly think it deserves a higher rating then I see here. I think it is close to excellent for a chocolate stout. Maybe it is downrated a bit since it has a relatively low ABV for a stout and that's OK, just means I can drink more of them before I fall down... (400 characters)

Photo of Shagtastic
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my new Christmas Pint Glass

A: Just looks alright, not much head visible. Loses points for me for no ABV on the label.

S: Your standard chocolate stout. Really not overly chocolate but I do like the fact that it isn't artificial smelling.

T: Pretty smooth which I like in my stouts. Bits of chocolate and roastiness here and there but nothing overwhelming.

M: After looking into the abv level this beer gets bonus points. It is really drinkable right now and I think I could knock out a sixer of this pretty easily.

Overall: Pretty much the definition of average for me. Not bad at all but nothing mind blowing here. Grab it if you need an easy stout fix (671 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Caramel brown colored with a half finger tan head. Decent retention. Frothy lacing.

S: Licorice, leather, malts

T: Coffee start with a semi-sweet chocolate finish. A good malt presense. Light hops in the mix. Smooth.

M: Medium with light carbonation. A bit watery.

O: A good stepping stone chocolate stout. Nothing overwhelming. (358 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brown, almost black color with a nice one finger fluffy eggshell colored head, decent retention.

The scent is of roasted malt, sweet chocolate, and some notes of coffee.

The taste is first of dark, roasted malts, some sweet chocolate and some cocoa, slight notes of burnt coffee.

Full body, smooth but a little too crisp for the style.

This was a slightly above average stout, nice balanced flavor and pretty easy to drink. (459 characters)

Photo of kagent777
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Denver during a trip in February of 2012. I poured this beer into my CCB snifter. Did not have a bottled on date.

Appearance: I cannot see through this beer because it is very black. The one finger head settled rather quickly but left a swirly sort or film atop the beer that looks somewhat like a bowling ball :)

Smell: Roasted malts with a hint of bittersweet chocolate with the smallest touch of earth herbal hops. Actually pretty straight-forward.

Taste: The whole taste seems a little thin on flavor. The chocolate and roasted notes are first, followed by an odd metallic sort of taste. A lingering semi-sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is smooth, but all in all feels quite thin. Carbonation is OK.

Overall: Sorry Fort Collins, I would reach for other beers before this one again. (821 characters)

Photo of The_1084
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a black color with a tan head roughly 1 finger in width that dissipates rather quickly, leaving a decent lacing.

S - Has the aroma of roasted malts with hints of chocolate.

T - The hops are present in this stout, but are balanced out nicely with flavors of chocolate and roasted malts.

M - A crisp, full-bodied beer with medium carbonation; very easy to drink.

O - Not my favorite stout, but nonetheless a good stout. It has an easy drink-ability with great taste. (478 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
2.89/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours an impenetrable black with three inches of very frothy large bubbled mocha brown head which lingers for quite a nice amount of time before dissipating and leaving a small amount of lacing
S: nice chocolate malt notes and something that, unfortunately, reminds me of a wet dog
T: chocolate malts, kind of chalky like powdered chocolate, bit of an odd sweetness on the tail end
M: slight carbonation tingle, leaves the mouth feeling oddly caked in chalk, not the best
O: ive had this one in the fridge for about 8 months now, given the style i dont think thats too big of a sin but this is not the best beer in the world to say the least, there are many more beers out there of this style that are much easier to get and much more well rounded, appearance was the best part of this brew, the rest was downhill (841 characters)

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle was part of a 6pk picked up at Wegmans in Warrington, PA

Poured and enjoyed in a DFH pint glass

A - Pour pours a very dark brown with a beige colored 1-2 finger head. Moderate lacing left after drinking.

S - A roasted malt aroma.

T - The initial sip greets you with a slightly bitter, slighly roasted malt flavor. It's rather creamy even though the beer itself it not what I'd consider heavy. After it warms a bit, a real nice sweetness come through. I don't get a lot of chocolate taste per se, but it is good. The alcohol is barely noticable.

M - Thin to moderate consistency. Light carbonation.

O - I enjoyed this beer. I'm sort of surprised by the lower ratings on this beer as I thought it was quite tasty. An easy drinking, easy sessionable stout. Not the best stout I've ever had but decent none the less. Give it a try!

Cheers! (849 characters)

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

Poured into a glass mug. Pours dark brown with a miniscule tan head that dissipates quickly. There are aromas of dark roasted barley malts, chocolate, coffee, and some hops. The taste follows the nose. There are dark roasted malts, bitter coffee, bitter chocolate, and bitter hops. It has that charred malt characteristic in the flavor. The carbonation helps chase the bitter aftertaste from the mouth. The body is light with plentiful carbonation. The drinkability is very good. Overall, this is a good beer that is worth a try. (529 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
4.27/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fort Collins Chocolate Stout

Appearance: dark brown, medium-small head, and some lacing.

Smell: sweet chocolate and rich malts.

Taste: hops, chocolate, and a faint malt grain.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This has a nice aroma and even nicer taste. The hops and chocolate mesh well and also balance it out. (314 characters)

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Bottle with a fun logo and no freshness or bottle on date, although the guy at the store said it had just come in so... Pours a dark reddish brown with a big creamy tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Lots of bubbles.

S: Chocolate, creamy, a little roasty. Somewhat subdued.

T: Sweet, light, some chocolate. Something stale tasting floating around there. I'm a little bit at a loss. It doesn't taste bad per se but there isn't really a lot of complexity here. Very subdued flavors.

M: Sits medium light then the carbonation really starts to make it sour.

Overall an ok beer. There isn't a lot of complexity with the flavor and it sits a little light. I'm usually a fan of stouts but this one is a little disappointing. (735 characters)

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