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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 925
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 5
Gots: 47 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gbontrag on 11-18-2004)
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Haagis, May 06, 2012
Photo of BMMillsy
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from The Wine Seller in A2. Pours dark brown with a small light brown/cream colored head. Smells like chocolate, a little roast, but taste is lacking. Mouthfeel is too light and watered down for the style. Much like chocolate flavored water, not much else going on beyond that to describe here. Fort Collins tends to underwhelm as a whole with some OK and some not, and this one missed in my book.

BMMillsy, May 03, 2012
Photo of outsider
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

outsider, May 02, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

We pour a dark brown brew. It sports a chocolate brown one finger head of big creamy bubbles. Retention is low, and bits of lacing are left around the glass. This is, however, nicely reproducible with a hearty swirl of the glass. No sediment is noted, and carbonation appears average. The nose sings of roasty chocolate malts and steely coffee. Hop balance and bitterness comes in the form of florals and grass. There is cooling sweetness of vanilla spice and syrup soaked strawberries. Band-Aid phenols seep out a bit with warmth. Our first impression is that this is pretty mild, but that the malts have a nice roast. As we sip, dirty coffee, steel, and bittering grass come through. The malts quickly take on a deep chocolate and char, which really cuts all other flavoring away. There is no real sweetness to the peak, but rather we get hit with a more soothing roasty malt, mixed with medicinal bitters. These, too, quickly wash away, leaving simple watered down chocolate malts, chalk, and a dusty basement muskiness. The aftertaste breathes bitterly, of roasty malts, plastics, musk, and a faint herbal hop. The body is thinner, and the carbonation is medium. The feel is way too thin at times, and the mouth is left wet and unsatisfied. There is a nice slurp and cream, but little else to each sip. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks cleanly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the richness to the malts. These were, however, hard to find at times. They come strong at the start, and give great flavoring, char and roast, but by the end everything is washed with thinness and water, diluting the original strength. Additionally, the coloring is nice, and the head and bubbles upon swirling produced an attractive beer, but the follow through on the sip and the feel fell a little short for us.

TheBrewo, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty nice mostly complete black color, with a dark tan colored head. Looks pretty good.

The aroma is mostly roasted malts, with some light chocolate notes.

The taste is of dry, roasted malts with touches of sweetness and an even dryer chocolate powder kind of taste. Again, pretty average.

The feel has a little creaminess to it, with a mostly medium body. Carbonation is fine.

Overall, it's just an average sort of stout. They don't use actual chocolate, just chocolate malt. It's kind of a rip off to call it a chocolate stout when they only the malts (which is pretty standard for a stout malt bill anyway) and not chocolate...especially when it's pretty weak too.

EgadBananas, Apr 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13%

GoodOmens1986, Apr 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

DrFunkenstein, Apr 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

buckyp, Apr 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

station815, Apr 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

ItsBeer4Me, Apr 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Yummmmiller, Apr 19, 2012
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2/5  rDev -42%

screwcap, Apr 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

dgeebs07, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of fishkab
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

fishkab, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Arborescence
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Virtually black, with a brownish tint. Pours a thick and creamy chocolaty head.

Aroma: Bitter dark chocolate, nice change from the sweetness of some beers of this type.

Taste: Pretty standard chocolate stout, with hints of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Not sweet, more like bitter. I prefer this flavour profile to the sweet type of chocolate stout.

Mouthfeel: Quite light for the style, light to medium bodied.

Overall: Lighter than some of its counterparts, which is nice because sometimes you might want a chocolate stout without an insane ABV and richness/sweetness. A nice beer.

Arborescence, Apr 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

MumboJumbo, Apr 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Hopstimatic, Apr 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Shakerman, Apr 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Blavaq, Apr 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

shiningwizard, Mar 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

rramsey, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single brown bottle, from a Make-Your-Own 6 pack I got in Denver.
From the label: "Sweet is Subjective. 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. Our stout is a proven classic."
Pours dark, almost black, completely opaque when held up to the light. Leaves a short layer of light tan foam, nice looking sticky lacing.
Smells of dark chocolate, coffee. A bit of earthy, herbal hops but more on the sweet side.
Taste is full of roasted malts. Coffee, bitter chocolate, and burnt sugar. Mouthfeel and body are lighter than expected for a stout. Also not as creamy smooth as expected, lots of carbonation bubbles.
Overall, this was a good beer, but not a great one. No one element stuck out, but still very drinkable.

BigBry, Mar 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

FishPondManager, Mar 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Bigben0328, Mar 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

deonreds, Mar 19, 2012
Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 925 ratings.