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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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79
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902 Ratings
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Ratings: 902
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 5
Gots: 43 | 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  rDev -13%

steamboatbrewer, Mar 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

dcellis, Mar 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

EmilySanders, Mar 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

OldTime, Mar 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

perennialpursuit, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of clandestine019
3/5  rDev -13%

clandestine019, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of EricCioe
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ryan Montgomery for passing this one along.

This pours black with a small khaki head that leaves decent lace on the way down. On the nose is dry cocoa powder hanging with some roasted malts. In the mouth the roasted malt takes over and the chocolate mainly shows up in a short finish. The body is quite light, drinkable but definitely lacking in heft, with a pretty vigorous carbonation perhaps a bit too much.

Overall, this is a decent chocolate stout, though I prefer their doubled version of it.

EricCioe, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of corzocl
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

corzocl, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, almost black, except for velvety walnut brown highlights when held to the light. The head is dark almond and fleeting, leaving little lace, but does leave a film on the glass with each swirl.

Rich, roasted malt and coffee is followed by unsweetened chocolate. The exquisite simplicity of the aroma requires warmth to shine as some pine resin makes a nice contrast.

There is a good dose of bitter, black coffee with baker’s chocolate. This is followed by some measure of pine sap and hops. All in all, for a stout, this one is fairly clean. There is a chocolate/coffee confection as well.

Chocolate Stout has a medium body, is dry and more carbonated than most stouts. It has a velvet texture and modest astringency.

A good drinking beer from a pint glass, this is better for social occasions and would easily mix well with bar food. Check the brewery’s website for their great Chocolate Stout chili recipe.

SLeffler27, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of donunrue
3/5  rDev -13%

donunrue, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of StoutHunter
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Fort Collins Chocolate Stout last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I was looking to try a beer from a new a brewery to me and since I have not a had a beer from Fort Collins before I figured I should take a chance on their Chocolate Stout, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label look Ok, but it isn't that eye catching. It poured a dark brown color that had ruby red tint when held to the light and it had two fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little spotty lacing. This Stout doesn't look too bad.

S- The aroma is pretty rich and roasty. It starts off with loads of dark roasted malts that have a lower amount of sweetness and imparts some bready and roasted malt aromas along with a little bit of coffee, Next comes the chocolate which is closer to dark chocolate then milk chocolate. The aroma is ok, and it has enough chocolate aromas to live up to the name.

T- The taste is similar to the aroma just not as robust. It starts out with some dark roasted malts that are low on sweetness and impart a grainy, bready, coffee and roasted flavors. The dark chocolate shows up but it's not bold enough for me to pick it out as the showcase of this beer. There is a little bit of bitterness at the end with a roasty and grainy aftertaste. The flavors was a little lackluster, this is a pretty average tasting Stout.

M- Smooth, slightly dry, on the light side of being medium bodied, and it had a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok but it felt a little watery to me.

Overall I wasn't too impressed with this beer and I thought that it was a pretty average American Stout. This beer was called a Chocolate Stout, but I don't think there was enough chocolate presence to make this stick out from just a regular American Stout. This beer went down smooth but the flavor didn't really hold my interest so I don't think I would want another one. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance, it looked pretty proper for an American Stout. What I liked least about this beer was the lack of chocolate taste and the watery mouthfeel, if those were fixed this beer wouldn't be half bad. I wouldn't buy this beer again and wouldn't recommend it, their are much better Chocolate Stouts to be found. This beer really didn't do it for me and it didn't make for a good first impression for this brewery, I would like to have a couple more beers from them before I fully form an opinion on this brewery, but after having this beer I won't be in a hurry to try their other beers, hopefully they are better then this one, better luck next time guys.

StoutHunter, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

corrrance, Feb 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

BKBrewer, Feb 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

poppyjohn, Feb 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

mcallister, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

jjholt, Feb 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13%

Jamstone714, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of intensify
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired this out of curiosity..didnt curiosity kill the cat? Anyway, poured a half finger head with okay reception. Hints of chocolate and roasted malts which gave away the taste quite easily. Yepp, taste it similar to smell but has a suprisingly good but plain finish. Not sure if thats a good or bad thing? The creamy texture sticks to the palate but probably to the ribs as well. Overall this is an okay stout. Not a lip smacker but was worth a try.

intensify, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of scratch69
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown with a half a fingers worth of tan head. The head disappeared pretty quickly and there is no lacing.

Smell- Weak aroma of roasted malt.

Taste- Weak roasted malt and hop bitterness. I only faintly detect chocolate in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Slightly watery.

Overall- Disappointing, I was hoping for more with this one. It reminded me of a black lager than a stout. Needs more chocolate to be called chocolate stout.

scratch69, Feb 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

ricksrealm, Feb 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13%

jharkins07, Feb 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13%

Kahlerbock, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of zoso1967
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chocolate Stout pours a deep black brown color and has a tan head that barely exists before it disappears back into the beer. Lacing is not much better than the head retention on this brew.

The aroma is much more appealing than the appearance and has a nice mix of bready and roasty dark malts that mingle well with a chalky bitter cocoa aroma. Some chocolate stouts can get a nose that reminds me a bit too much of strait bakers’ chocolate, but this one does not go over that line.

The flavor lets the roasted malt character come out much more and also shows a twinge of astringency come through. The flavor is not as rich as the aroma though, and the chocolate is much more buried aside from some bitter notes.

The mouthfeel is pretty disappointing with this brew. It is medium, but on the thinner edge of medium and almost watery at times. The finish is just slightly roasty and fairly dry.

I had high hopes for this one after the aroma, but the flavor was only so, so and the mouthfeel was a real bummer. Surely not up to par with many of the chocolate stouts that are out there.

zoso1967, Feb 05, 2012
Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 902 ratings.