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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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951 Ratings
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Ratings: 951
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 5
Gots: 54 | 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 acurtis
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fort Collins Chocolate Stout 12oz bottle poured into sam smith english pint glass. Pours black with slight ruby highlights on the bottom of the glass. One finger tan head with lots of bubbles after a hard pour. Head dissipated quickly, stuck to the glass. Immediate nose of chocolate, roasted malt a touch of coffee. Gets sweeter as it warms. Very clean and smooth taste. If anything, the flavor is subdued compared to the smell but chocolate is present throughout, especially in the beginning. Hops are also very prominent, very noticeable in the middle and creating a slightly bitter finish. Light to medium body for a stout. Medium to high drinkability.

Photo of midwestbrewers
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer was pretty much black in color. Very small tan head and very little lacing.

S: Immediately you are hit with roasted malt smells and chocolate followed by coffee There is a slight after-smell that I can't put my finger on. (maybe a bit of hops at the end I'm not used to smelling in a stout)

T: Amazing chocolate malty flavor with just the right amount of carbonation. Very good stout! The roasted coffee smell comes through in the flavor as well.

Over all this is a great beer. It is a very good Stout. I has all the good characteristics of a good American stout. The only thing that I wasn't really a fan of was the after-smell. Other than that the beer was amazing. GREAT BEER FORT COLLINS BREWING!!!

Photo of garymuchow
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No freshness dating, so I have no idea, which is a little dangerous, I suppose, for a beer of this size. Nonetheless, let's give 'er a go.
Boy, this is a black beer, with little hints of garnet on the edges. Fast developing head that settles to a ring very quickly.
Flavor is a nice mix of mild roast and sweet chocolate - although not too sweet. Pretty simple and straightforward.
Unfortunately, taste doesn't match aroma. The roast is too astringent and the hops are too bright. Body doesn't match the expected richness that was seen in the pour. Nice touch of flavor up front (a little sweet, chocolate and maybe a touch of fruit), but the not so pleasing bittereness kicks in with the astringency.
Way too light of body (and I know and have liked some light body stouts - but is doesn't work for me here).
There are some nice flavors here, but as a whole it just doesn't cut it very well. Really kinda' boring and simple when taken all together.
I'm not really inclined to desire another.

Photo of ScottyC
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App. - Jet black w/ a hearty 1" tan head. Looks like a big stout. 4/5

Smell - Roasty/toasty. Slightly bittersweet. A tad grainy. 3.5/5

Taste - Only slightly chocolaty (and the bittersweet sort). More of a coffee flavor. Very smooth, though. Well balance, a slight bitterness comes up at the end of the taste and lingers. A bit bready. Really nice flavor -- doesn't overwhelm you. 4/5

Mouthfeel - Perhaps not quite as dense as some stouts, but I feel like this heps it maintain some smoothness and drinkability. 4/5

Drinkability - Very good for a stout. I was surprised how fast it went. 4.5/5

Photo of tugdriver7
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The next in my Brewer's Lunchbox sample pack. Poured a deep brown to black in the glass, nearly opaque, with a frothy tan head that laced nicely all the way down. Good example of the style. Roasted, slightly smoky malt in the nose. Same flavor present in the first sips, with a subtle hops bitterness to round out the flavor. Some residual smoke flavor--a tad more than you'd normally get in a stout--and it tarnished (for me anyway) what could have been a much better rating. Worth trying, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: black, dark brown around the edges. decent tan head and lacing.
S: chocolate and roasty coffee. chocolate not so prevalent that i'd guess that they used actual chocolate, however.
T: light to medium sweet dark chocolately malts, but again, chocolate not really jumping out. chocolate character seems derived from the malts rather than actual chocolate. enough roasty and smooth bitterness to bring balance. finishes almost dry.
M: just under medium bodied, roundish. not getting that chocolate feel at the back of the palate.
D: not bad, and i like the modest abv.

Photo of WAN2RIDE
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into red wine glass.

A moderately vigorous pour reveals a rather thin texture, looks like cola being poured, with a one finger beige head that leaves a nice ring around the glass at the level of the brew. A translucent black, a little (very little) light leaks through around the edges revealing a much browner tinge than I'm used to. Most stouts are reddish when held to the light.

Smell...almost none. A slight hint of bitterish roasted malts

Taste is good, but nothing spectacular at all. Roasted malts not really sweet or bitter just somewhat caramel. Nothing objectionable I just expect there to be more flavor there in a stout. <edit> After it warmed and I got a little further in, and started paying attention to other things, I started to notice a milk chocolate flavor. Nothing blatant but nice when it came out.

Mouthfeel is ok. I expected it to be thinner after watching the pour, but it is viscous enough to be stout worthy for me...on the light end but better than a Guinness. The carbonation is higher than I'd like and I'll definitely pour more vigorously next time.

On the plus side I could drink these all night. Not too heavy in body or flavor and absolutely nothing objectionable.

It's great to have the multitude of choices that make this just an average beer. I love American microbrew culture!

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It has a pretty nice look going on. Deep (near-) black hued body with a big sudsy tan head leaves huge articles of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - The nose reveals a bit of roast, some oat and really no chocolate. It smells somewhat like a Brown Ale of the American variety, as opposed to a Stout.

T - A very small nuance of chocolate does appear in the flavor profile, so it is not entirely false advertising. Mostly this brew tastes like something out of the American Brown Ale style. There are some minor roasted characteristics, some oat, it is lightly hopped and it has a refreshingly bright quality. Missing is the depth of roast as well as fullness of flavor and character that I would expect from a Stout. I think it tastes good, just perhaps mis-catergorized in a realm where the many subdivisions' demarcations intersect blurringly.

M - Quite nice. Thinner and still very creamy.

D - Easy drinking, if not crazy-exceptional.

Photo of yuriruley
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Black with darker brown hues, light cream head that sticks around, very little lacing.

Smell - coffee and some bitter chocolate, not getting much else.

Taste - Not getting chocolate really, seems more coffee forward with a little sweetness and coffee bitterness on the end.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is a little high, it is pretty thick.

Drink - pretty easy to drink, despite not being that interesting.

Kind of boring flavor profile for a stout, not a lot of chocolate to speak of. Not a terrible beer though, just not super interesting.

Photo of deaconoflove
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ap. Dark like black coffee. A small and very brief tan head.
Sm. like a candy bar at first thought. Chocolate and roasted malts?
Ta. roasted malts, then chocolate, then roasted malts again. Smooth and mild finish with a very little bitterness.
Mf. Full and smooth.
Dr. One after dinner is good.

Photo of dpnelson1978
2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.
45°F

$1.50 / ea.

A: Bright deep brown body topped with a small creamy tan had that quickly dissipates leaving moderate foamy lace and a thin bubbly cover.

S: Hints of bitter chocolate over subdued coffee aroma. Strong deep roasted character and only the lightest hop notes.

T: Chocolate flavors are much lighter than I had hoped and the astringent flavor of dark roasted malt pokes through. Bitterness is present but is very light and fleeting. A bit harsh on the back end.

M: Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Strong carbonic bite and not particularly smooth.

D: Stout drinkers will likely not mind the flavor profile, but those looking for a "chocolate" stout will be disappointed. Flavor is average, but the mouth and aroma are a bit week.

O: Not impressed.

Photo of mbusster88
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really like this version of the style. Nice head at the pour with good tan color. Aroma of dark chocolate malts and roasted oats are in the nose. The nice chocolate malts really make this beer taste good, bit of hops in the end and some roasted notes in the mouth. Overall I would get this brew again, not a bad price and really a good show for this style.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

This beer looks a dark brown with ruby fringes when held to the light with a fast dissolving beige foam head. The smell is of a nice coffee and some brown sugar/molasses sweetness. There is the mocha aroma that does appear with the mixture of the coffee it makes a nice mocha aroma. The flavor is fairly similar, but not as potent on any of the flavors. There is a chocolate backer. For the most part the flavors are weak, but none of them are off-putting. The mouthfeel is extremely watery for a stout, and I blame the thinness of this stout as to the main reason that I don't much care for it. It does drink really nicely, so it has that going for it, It's a good beer, but it's not great.

Photo of donteatpoop
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark deep brown color, nearly black, the color of dark chocolate; with a nice tan head resting atop it and retaining nicely throughout. This is a very asthetically pleasing stout.

Smells like rich chocolate and pretty much nothing else. It is a very dominant scent.

The taste is much more complex, roasted and toasted malts, coacoa, and an underlying pine hop.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, silky smooth. Appropriate thickness for the style and a very complimentary aspect.

This was a great beer, glad to have picked it up. Would definately drink again.

Photo of milkbaby9
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (coded 10058/21N/1500, drank 8-30-2010) into Samuel Adams sensory glass. A bit of a vigorous pour yielded a tall 4 finger creamy-looking tan head that reduces down to 1/2 finger with nice lacing. Color not-quite-opaque black with brown highlights.

Aromas of dark chocolate, earthy liquorice, and a lightly buttery toast smell too. First thing that hits on drinking is a super creamy milkshake mouthfeel, almost rootbeer float-like. Initial tastes of dark chocolate and cafe au lait then a lightly roasty sour bitterness accompanied by a sweet maltiness comes through. In my imagination from the feel of the carbonation and the tastes it seems like there's a tinge of mint leaf in there.

Very mellow and smooth, surprisingly good.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into DFH snifter

The color is a bit on the light side for a stout, though the head from a bottle pour was solid and it retained it through the midway point of the glass.

There is a light aroma of malt, not much beyond that.

Initially I tasted no chocolate. I suppose this is a reflection of the anticipation of 'chocolate stouts' that are so full on chocolate in the nose that you feel a bit underwhelmed when this chocolate stout is not on par. However, once I stopped 'looking for' the big chocolate flavor I found a very pleasant light milk chocolate flavor. I'm not sure if my mind was playing tricks on me, or if the flavor was so hidden beneath the malt it took a while to draw out.

The mouthfeel was not unpleasantly watery, but it was not a full mouthfeel the way a stout typically is.

I'd say it is drinkable in that it runs counter to a lot of stout characteristics. It is lighter, more watery than a typical stout, and has very mild flavors. While I wouldn't pick it up when I wanted A stout, I wouldn't pass it over if I was looking to enjoy two or three beers without having to put to much effort into that enjoyment.

(elevenses)

Photo of rembrant
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a bit of a one trick pony,but it's a really cool trick. I have to agree, the base is as close to a Porter or Brown Ale as a Stout. However,the TRICK is how the chocolate somehow merges first with the up front smooth Malt set, then with the follow up hops surge,in such a way that that chocolate CHANGES.

Look....Opaque, very dark brown. Thick one finger head and ample lacing. The head isn't big but is durable.

Aroma...might come up more if warmer. Rather muted scent of roasted malt,a trace of milk chocolate and a little vanilla. A deep sniff catches some hops + alcohol.

Later and warmer the malts are a little more defined.

Taste....Leads with the malts and a nice milk chocolate that's there yet not overdone so it's more cold cocoa than beer...but....and here's the whole concept of this brew,a pretty snappy hops mx steps up,replaces the malts and the chocolate stays, but merges just so,and the effect is the Milk Choc has transformed into a bittersweet dark chocolate.

Cool.

This does not hit you with a Big Imperial whop. As others note, it's almost too mellowed + hopped to fit the idea of a stout.

Whatever, it's cleverly done and it really does taste good with a fine balance and good finnesse.

Mouth Also shifts as there's some full creamy leadoff that thins out as the hops step up and you get some carbonation.
That goes well with the transition the malt-chocolate-hops do on the flavors. Very lasting aftertaste.

Drinkable? Yeah...real drinkable. It's got something for the BA hardcore,or the casual drinker. It has plenty iof flavor yet isn't just a "sipper". It works well cold. The price is mainstream. I could see a Hop Happy beer geek having his big tingly IIPA and a few of these as a nice bit of variety in the fridge. It ain't KBS but it ain't $6 a bottle either.

At below 6%,you get flavor that works COLD (or warm) and so 3 during a baseball game? Yeah, I can do that.

Photo of Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, part of a mixed sixer. Poured into a pint glass. Consumed during my Fantasy Football draft.

Pours a deep muddy black with no head whatsoever. No lace left behind, unsurprisingly. Scents of chocolate powder, fresh hops, and slight espresso. Smells inviting for sure.

The mouth is full. Carbonation level is moderate. Good feel for the style. Decently hopped beer here. I like the subtle bitterness mixed with the semi-sweet dark chocolate and cold coffee flavor. Good beer. I could have a few of these. Wasn't expecting a whole lot, but I liked it.

Photo of DKMonroe
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as part of a built 6'er. Poured dark, but not totally black. From a chimay goblet it had a pretty good head but went away after a bit, and laced some as the glass was finished. Smell was of course of chocolate, and some hits of coffee. As the smell suggests was transfered in the taste, wanted a little more creaminess.

Like it OK.

Photo of Schmittymack
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at my watering hole Thurs, 26 Aug.

This one was a dark brown, not quite black in appearance. Had a creamy head with decent lacing in the shaker glass. Mouthfell was a little on the thinner side but the taste was there: chocolate and perhaps some coffee. I've had this one on several occassions in the bottle but I defiintely like it on tap better. Better chocolate stouts out there but this one is tasty enough.

Photo of thain709
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A very dark brown body...it doesn't even show the ruby highlights...a light brown head that stands about two fingers...slowly receeds and leaves decent lacing

S - There are some roasted malt notes with a touch of caramel sweetness...not much chocolate action

T - The chocolate and coffee flavor comes out on the palate...the roasted malts really stand out...they never come across as being burnt though...there is again a touch of caramel sweetness...the chocolate and coffee combine in the end to provide a roasted bitterness

M - Medium bodied...thin, not very creamy

D - This was a decent chocolate stout...not much coming off the nose but there are some chocolate flavors...try if you get the chance but there are better chocolate stouts out there

Photo of Bonis
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Note: I am reviewing this as what it says it is, an American Stout, although to me it looks and tastes more like a porter.

Appearance - Dark dark dark brown. This one is almost black, but too much light gets through to call it black. Fat head dies quickly and leaves no lace.

Nose - Roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate.

Taste - Pretty hoppy for a "stout", also roasted malts and chocolate come out. Has an earthlike quality to it. Too light tasting to be called a stout, but tastes pretty good.

Mouthfeel - A little thin and watery for me. Also heavily carbonated, which adds an intense unpleasant tingling in the mouth. Mouthfeel may be the biggest turn off for me in this beer.

Drinkability - Sure I could have a couple of these in a night, but not often. I like it as a porter, so I'd advise Ft Collins to keep bottling this one and change the name to Fort Collins Porter. It is an easy drinking "stout", but not one I'd reccommend if you are primarily a fan of stouts! I would've scored this better as a porter, but that's just me.

Photo of BlackDogBrews
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of this style and was overall very pleased with this offering by FCB. Taste and smell is not as chocolatey as others i have tried, but still pleasing to the palate. I was quite surprised by the burst of hops that comes through in this beer. Can't recall another chocolate stout that had a similar aftertaste, but being a hophead I didnt mind. FCB makes some really great brews and this is one that I go back to time and time again.

Photo of jadpsu
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deepest and darkest brown with alight brown head that has average to decently good retention.

Aroma is more of toffee/coffee, molasses and bready malts than chocolate.

Taste: still little chocolate, not saying it is totally absent just that it is distant to coffee, molasses and toasty malts.

A ittle on the thin side but overall an interesting taste that is worthy.

Photo of arrangerx
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another wordy review. . . for non-techies. . .

Certain expectations exist in a Chocolate Stout. . . smooth, creamy, thick, etc., etc., . . .

Fort Collins' Chocolate Stout meets them to a certain degree, but I haven't had anything that was this bright in terms of the afterburn of hops! Maybe it's out there, but I haven't had it yet.

The thing is, the first time I drank a bottle, the initial flavor was fulfilling, chocolaty, inviting. Then the hops kicked in, and I thought I was drinking an IPA mislabeled. What an odd combination!

Since I bought the 6 pack, I let it sit for a couple of days, wondering how to best enjoy this beer -- and the result? I came back to it, this time with some Van Gogh Gouda cheese, and this was absolutely the perfect complement to the dark flavors, and the hoppy bite.

Needless to say, this is an "acquired taste" beer, which I personally would only pair with food, as opposed to some other stouts out there that "ARE" food.

Be adventurous, and try this one. . . but find some Gouda first.

Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 951 ratings.