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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 924
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:
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(Beer added by: gbontrag on 11-18-2004)
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Photo of cdkrenz
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Frothy head of medium brown starting a couple inches tall. It fades at a moderately slow pace leaving a nice sticky lacing on the inner-edge of my Norway Pine Ping Pong League pint glass from season two.

S - Bitter coffee aroma with a trace of cocoa.

T - Rich, long roasted grain and dark dark chocolate. Not quite as sweet at I had anticipated but none-the-less, a solid stout.

M - It starts out soft and silky and then moves onto a slightly coarse middle and a finish of near evaporation, which in my experience is quite rare in a stout.

~ This is drinkable brew with some fine qualities. The beer is brewed to style requirements with nothing overwhelming or outragious.

cdkrenz, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a very dark brown, nearly black with a half finger mocha colored head. Head fades pretty quickly but leaves some really nice lacing behind.

S- mostly chocolate. A good bit of chocolate, actually. Thats all I'm getting though...would like to see a little more depth.

T- the first thing I'm getting...floral hops? Huh? Very bizarre. Getting some roasted malts in there, and very little chocolate and coffee...very disappointing.

M- feel is good. maybe a little thin. Whatever. I still can't get over that taste issue.

D- if you're looking for a thick rich stout of chocolate and coffee goodness, do not come here. This one is different from anything I've had before...more hoppy. Thin. Blegh. Won't buy again with superior stouts on the market

bigfnjoe, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of CheapHysterics
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm getting very little chocolate from this chocolate stout. Not sure why they call it a stout either, but it's a solid brew. I would just call it Fort Collins Porter if it were my brewery.

Pours deep brown, almost black, with a little white head and not much lacing.

Aroma is appealing, roasty malts and maybe the slightest hint of chocolate or coffee if you looked for it.

Taste was completely lacking of any chocolate, but it was still yummy. Roasty malty goodness with a little caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel was a little thin for the style but still good.

Drinkability was high. It went down smooth with a pleasing taste and aroma and I could easily down 3 or 4 in one sitting.

CheapHysterics, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of Swalden28
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with tan head. Aroma of dark roast and baking cocoa. Flavor has nice dark roasted grain and semi-sweet cocoa. Mouth feel is medium body with medium-high carbonation. Overall, an enjoyable stout. Picked this up in Oklahoma at a small liquor store.

Swalden28, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of biglite351
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - tall tan head that leaves a nice amount of lace. Considerable red around the edges, more than I would expect from a chocolate stout.

S - Strong malts with some chocolate, quite nice.

T - mild chocolate and malts, not very deep.

M - very thin, watery. No coating. Very slight tingle in throat.

D - you could drink this in place of a flavored water, but I would not buy it again.

biglite351, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice addition to a variety case!

A - Man do I love a viscous black pour. Actually see through if you pour it just right. Slight head but great lacing.
S - Faint semi-sweet chocolate and coffee tickle the nose with slight hops.
T - Again like the Double the roasted barley really is strong but not too strong so bitter chocolate was the main play along with a bitter hoppy finish. Mostly like a coffee.
M - Very light and refreshing. Very drinkable in succession.
D - Well I have 3 more and it really is as close as I expected for a Fort C beer to get to chocolate taste. This milder version I enjoyed better because it balanced the coffee and chocolate malts rather than double them to make them unbearable. Very nice brew.

DrDemento456, May 25, 2010
Photo of dbossman
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Near black with redish tint and tan foamy head with great retention

S: Subtle dark chocolate and roasted malts; grainy and slightly funky; really subtle aromas

T: Chocolate is subtle but dark roasted malts are not and they make this beer; it's far too watery on the back end but the grainy and roasted burnt malts are pleasant; subtle hop characteristics as well

F: Not nearly creamy enough; good mouth feel on front end but the beer slides way too quickly down the throat-thin and watery

D: A decent little stout; nothing spectacular but worth drinking a pint or two

dbossman, May 10, 2010
Photo of schoolboy
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When I was last in Colorado I drank a lot of CO brews. I think I missed this one. Today I talked myself into a stout mood and when I saw this, it seemed like a good match.

It is indeed a stout that does what it should - it goes pretty close to the edge without going over. Strong and flavorful. Not very chocolately, but that's ok, it doesn't seem like false advertising.

It's pretty drinkable for the style and not nasty. I would buy it again.

A year later, I reiterate. A good stout. Roasty and not too heavy.

schoolboy, May 09, 2010
Photo of SimplySinister
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Opaque, letting no light shine through whatsoever. Minimal Carbonation, and very small
(nearly non-existant head. Minimal lacing.

S - Very Subdued. Hints of chocolate, espresso, and barley come through.

T - For a chocolate stout, the taste is very weak. In fact, I think this beer could be considered the first chocolate stout light beer. This isn't to say this beer is unpleasent. In fact, it increases this beers drinkability when compared to so many other chocolate stouts; unlike those, this brew can't be considered a desert beer.

M - The bottle asserts that the mouthfeel of this brew is velvety smooth. I agree. It doesn't leave the aftertaste of many of the oil slick chocolate stouts out there. I guess it depends on what an individual considers the proper mouthfeel for this varity of stout, but I am pleased with it.

D - For a chocolate stout, I have to give this one a five in drinkability. As far as this one is concerned, it's very easy to partake a few more than a couple, if you get my drift.

All in all, the watered down taste of this brew might gift deductions from BAs out there, but not this one. I do think they probably should have included some type of light labeling, though. I can't see giving this beer an A rating by any means, but it is a solid B. Try it sometime, it is interesting.

SimplySinister, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Stinkypuss, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of ujsplace
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pub glass.

Pours a thick, foamy, tan colored head that is two fingers thick. The brew itself, is as expected, about as black as used up motor oil.
The remaining head is thin and wispy; descent lacing...

Smells of roasted malts and dark chocolate.

Tastes chocolatey up front with a nice caramel malt presence and mild hopped bitters at the end. Maybe a hint of faint coffee.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

This is a good chocolate stout. Not too heavy handed in terms of flavor, but there is enough flavor there to make this a can't miss. A case of this would look real good in my fridge. For now, I will just settle with the 6 pack...

ujsplace, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of matjack85
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $9.99 for a six pack of these 12oz brown bottles at Sal's World of Beverages in Addison, IL. There was no freshness date that I could see.

The beer poured a deep dark brown color that made a 1 finger creamy tan head that lasted about a minute before settling down to just a thin rim. It also left quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

The smell had the predictable roasted malt and chocolate cacao powder aroma to it, but what wasn't so predictable was the very noticeable amount of hops in here as well.

The beer had a pronounced burnt flavor to it. Lots of roasted malt and a significant chocolate flavor as well, but also plenty of bitter hops for balance. If you were looking for a sweet chocolate beer, this isn't it. It has more of a bittersweet chocolate flavor to it and is not that sweet at all.

The mouthfeel is rather thin for a stout. It's more crisp and refreshing than smooth and creamy. Carbonation is only moderate, but still on the high side for a stout.

This goes down easy and is not all that filling for a chocolate beer, so you can enjoy a few of these at a time. The 5.3% abv is barely noticeable.

matjack85, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of Portertime
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a store that looks tiny from the outside but surprisingly big (and with a good beer selection) on the inside. Enojyed this one slightly chilled in my favorite Warsteiner stein. Poured a thin looking dark chocolate brown color with a mini coffee brown head. The smell was chocolate-y with some ground coffee notes. Taste wasn't as robust as I had hoped. The chocolate quickly faded but had decent flavor and good hop balance with a wet, smooth finish that made it quite quaffable. I just wanted a little thicker stout that this one.

Portertime, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of FickleBeast
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tasting glass. Part of a mixed 12 pack of Ft. Collins beers.

Pours very dark, almost opaque, but a little light shines through the edges. There is almost no head, and whatever foam there is dissipates quickly without leaving a mark. The nose is subdued, with just some chocolate/coffee maltiness poking though.

There is a good flavor to this beer - mostly dominated by a roasted astringency due to the dark malts. Coffee and chocolate malt flavors come through, and not too much else. I feel like this beer could use a little more sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thin bodied - I prefer my stouts much chewier. But overall it's a decent beer, quite drinkable and I might even consider getting this one again.

FickleBeast, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of jlindros
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.

jlindros, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of avalon07
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a mostly thick consistency. There was a quarter inch of tan-colored, foam head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A faint aroma of malt, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of cocoa, malt, a little coffee and some vanilla. Mainly, it was a thin, less than robust flavor. Very underwhelming.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A decidedly unmemorable stout. Not the worst beer ever, but certainly does not make a positive impression.

avalon07, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold into a pint glass, Chocolate Stout has a very dark brown color with good clarity evident as it moves from bottle to glass. The head is creamy smooth but short-lived.

Aroma is pleasant but subtle with mild roasty malts and chocolate.

Flavor is smooth and well-balanced. I worry that beers labeled as "chocolate" whatever are going to be too overly flavored and seem artificial but FVB pulls this one off. Good balance of flavors with nice roasty malts and some hops but also some sweetness in the form of chocolate and caramel.

Mouthfeel is good but could be smoother. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty good for a standard stout.

Overall a tasty stout. Not the dessert beer that I was fearing, it's actually quite drinkable.

GilGarp, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

weeare138, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of PorterLambic
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours nearly black with orangish-red edges. Medium brown head with decent retention.
Smell is malt, hops, chocolate, smoke, soy. Decent balance though a touch heavier on the smoke and soy notes than the rest.
Taste is the same with a better overall balance.
Somewhat dry finish, medium-bodied. Light effervescence. A lingering smoky aftertaste but with insufficient body for a stout. Basically, good smell, presence and taste but thin.

PorterLambic, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of jaycount
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

My first chocolate stout, but I enjoyed it!

A - Dark with a tan head.

S - Alot of malt, not as much chocolate as I expected.

T - Alot of roasted malts, a coffee-like taste, then some chocolate to finish it out.

M - Thick, creamy, delish.

D - A tasty beer but I think I'd fill up quick if I tried to session with this one. Still very enjoyable. I'll buy more.

jaycount, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of arizcards
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up in late September while visiting the Grand Junction area. Part of the Brewer's lunchbox which cost $16.99.

Beer poured jet black with a nice two fingered tan head that is long lasting. Nose is non-descipt other than the malt backbone. Taste is hints of bitter chocolate balanced with a mild bitter hop. Mouthfeel is thinner than hoped, average for the style. Drinkability is good. This is a tasty session beer that is definitely worth a shot.

arizcards, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of joshstevens87
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-pours a jet black with a generous light tan head
S-chocolate most predominately but also has a bitter coffee smell in the background with just a slight hint of hops
T-nice chocolate upfront giving this beer a rather sweet malt taste which is balanced perfectly by a hint of coffee and a touch of hops just noticable in the background could use a bit more presence though
M-rather light body with medium carbonation makes this beer quite refreshing but has a rather watery mouthfeel to me
D-overall this beer is very drinkable and refrshing the only drawback being that it seems a bit thin overall it is an excellent tasting and very refreshing brew

joshstevens87, Jan 25, 2010
Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 924 ratings.