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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 972
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 5
Gots: 63 | 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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic.
No date or info available.

If I keep going to Beerwolf's house I may never have to buy beer to review again! Thanks Todd!

A - A tall and lour pour leads to a dense three-finger tan head with low to moderate retention and a little bit of left over lacing. Pitch black in color.

S - Balanced and flavorful aroma of dusty mocha, bittersweet chocolate, and roasted malts. Starts off nice but warms up to have a little metallic scent to it.

T - Definite bittersweet chocolate in flavor and mocha give this brew nice nuances but it's really all about heavily roasted malt. The flavor avoids the pesky metallic nose thing.

M - Smooth and rich but medium-bodied, it captures the flavors well without being thick or overbearing. Good carbonation and awesome balance to the finish. Somewhat sweet but nicely acrid bitter.

D - A great every-day stout, it packs the nice chocolate flavor in while remaining very drinkable.

Photo of Shrews629
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A nice dark brown/black color with some faint ruby highlights around the bottom. A tan head with some nice size and pretty good retention. Sort of soapy. Not as creamy as I had hoped. Left some pretty good lacing.

Smell - A rather sharp, robust coffee note jumps out at me first. Smells a bit burnt and roasted. The chocolate is there, but it's not very prevelant. I'm detecting a "red" bean type of aroma also. Like the kind you get in red beans and rice. That's different. Not balanced as well as I had hoped.

Taste - The taste provided the coffee stab with the aforementioned "red" bean flavor. The chocolate seems to be poshed further in the backgound with the taste. Not very well balanced in the taste either. Small amounts of bitterness caressed the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Well, I had hoped this beer was going to be really good. It wasn't horrible, but it paled in comparison to some other Stouts I've had. It was drinkable and I could have another, but I want something a bit more balanced and robust in my Stouts.

Photo of cyrock1
4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep brown to Black with a 1/2 inch creamy looking tan head.

Smell: Chocolate and mocha, raosted malt and toast.

Taste: Bitter sweet chocolate and toasted malt give way to a sweet coffee and hefty toffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very fine carbonation and an almost creamy texture. Very mild hop finish.

Drinkability: Very good for a stout. The best flavors and aromas linger nicely but the bitter qualities fade away.

Photo of claytong
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a six pack of this for my wife who loves chocolate. It's a solid beer. I have no complaints. It's not exceptional. You get a bit of dark malt with a bit of dark chocolate with a mediocre aftertaste. It's a beer I can drink with dinner or drink two or three or clear my pallet with a bit. It's light for a stout but I enjoyed it somewhat. I'm not impressed with FCB so far.

Photo of codsmith
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Very dark black with a slight half-finger tan head

Smell - Incredibly slight and subtle on the chocolate aroma, with nothing else coming through

Taste - Very mellow and mild from beginning to end with really no real impressive malt characteristic and with a slight bit of hop bitterness at the very end

Mouthfeel - A little too light in the grain bill to add substance in being a nice stout

Drinkability - I was expecting more from this beer coming from FCB. A little disappointed and will not be buying another 6-pack of this

Photo of pavandal
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured a (as expected) deep dark brown/near black with a low creamy head. Head quickly dissolved leaving a slight oily layer on top.

Smells pretty awesome, chocolate and citrusy notes, with the a slight hint of malt sweetness.

Taste isn't as good as the smell, but not terrible. Chocolate flavor is almost non-existant, this has more of a Guinness stout flavor. Roasted tastes and carbonation bubbles round out the finish.

Not a bad sipper for a cold day, but there are much better representations of the style out there!

Photo of haddon
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a near black color with a small mocha colored head that doesn't hang around. no lacing down the glass

smells of bitter chocolate, roasted coffee and earthy hop notes.

the taste is imbalanced from the bitterness of the chocolate. harsh espresso bean & back of the throat bitterness. the hops come rushing out of the background to overrun the malts.

feel lacks any creaminess or smoothness which makes it watery and seem over carbonated

beer lacks balance to be a beer I could enjoy regularly. if they would perhaps add a little milk chocolate to keep up with the bitterness, it would help. think I'll pass next time. I'm ruined for Rogue's chocolate stout.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.52/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -- Pours a dark brown hue with a slim sudsy beige head.

Smell -- Chocolate, roast malt, brown sugar, coffee with cream, and a sprinkling of earthy hops. Slightly sweet, but nice.

Taste -- Dark roast malt, coffee grounds, ash, dark chocolate, and some earthy hops to round out the flavor. Finish is burnt and ashy.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with high carbonation.

Drinkability -- Wow, this one left me wanting. Burnt and ashy meets sweet and chocolaty. No thanks.

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
2.21/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: for what its worth, pretty standard looking. midnight black, rocky, kahki colored head, rocky and about one finger high.
S: not much going on here. light aromas of roastiness and mild chocolate. nothing to go crazy about.
T: doesnt do too good here because it tastes kind of burnt. the chocolate is there but i cant get past the burnt aspect. its not an alcohol burn but just like... burnt plastic, or something unpleasant like that. theres a light espresso background, but you have to search to find it. blah chocolate is about it.
M: its on the lighter side for a stout. i still cant get past the feeling of burnt tongue after i swallow. im really not getting into this.
D: take a guess. wont revisit.

Photo of Neecee513
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A: Thick, creamy head, great retention, lacing, deep brown color

S: Hints of chocolate and fruit

T: Chocolate nut, malty backbone, low bitterness

M: Low carbonation, slightly dry finish, moderate body

D: Somewhat smooth beer with a malty backbone. Hints of chocolate appear more so in aroma than taste. Somewhat mild/bland, perhaps a good session stout.

Photo of riored4v
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 12/10/11

Poured in to a pint glass. Black body with a thin tan head. Light lacing.

Smell had subtle roast with a dominate chocolate aroma. Some noticeable bitterness that smell almost like it would come from the dark malts.

Taste had a good blend of roast and chocolate. Bitterness is more of a chocolate bitterness. Light maltiness with very little sweetness. Light, lingering bitterness in finish.

Mouthfeel had a medium body with a medium/high carb. Dry finish with a mildly smooth/velvety body.

Drinkability was good. No signs of ABV. Lightly toasty stout.

Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. Pours a dark, dark brown with a nice tan creamy head. Leaves little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is roasty and smells of chocolate with a hint of alcohol, surprising for a beer with only 5.3% ABV.

Taste is very average. You get your chocolate and roasted barley, but nothing stands out.

It has a decent mouthfeel, coats the mouth nicely. I can drink it, but it's nothing that I would go out of my way to find.

Photo of theboozecruise
2.18/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass. Dark brown with a small white head.

Smells malty and a little bit of chocolate. Not bold at all, a little bit medicinal.

The taste is a little off. Bitter but not in a good way. Not much chocolate flavor.

Thin, bad aftertaste. I'm not a fan. Maybe I just got a bad bottle and if so I'll edit, because I have a few more from this 6-pack to try.

Photo of drtacks37
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark, dark beer. Minimal tan head and little lacing.

Mmmm. Smells good. Definitely smells of chocolate. Sweet.

Light body... too light. Bitter. Bitterness masks any positive flavor that it may have. There is some standard stout flavor, but ultimately it's just too bitter.

I could probably drink a couple of these in a single sitting, but I don't want to.

Definitely won't buy again.

Photo of clark123456
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark color with very little head that doesn't lace.

S: I couldn't pick up on any chocolate smell.

T: Again, I couldn't pick up on the chocolate. An espresso flavor comes through, but not too strong.

M: Alkaline feel.

D: It's drinkable, but not really remarkable (besides the review ;)). I won't buy this again.

Photo of JDFish
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It poured very dark from the bottle to the beer mug. Thin head that quickly disappeared as did any lacing. Smell dominated by molasses, with a hint of dark chocolate. Taste didn't exactly match the smell. Sweet and roasted malts on the front end and dark chocolate on the back end, and it stayed with ya for a bit. Mouthfeel was week and its not complex at all. However, its extremely drinkable and tasted really good. Not the best in class, but easy to drink and enjoyable.

Photo of Bizz88
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown, almost to the point of being black, with a one fingered fast fading tan head, with alot of sticky lacing. On the nose, aromas of semi sweet chocolate, burnt molasses and toffee. Wasn't overly impressed with taste as burnt molasses ruled, but the chocolate came thru on the finish of this medium bodied brew that had desent carbonation.

Photo of Transatlantic
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - Pitch black with dark red lighting on the edges when held against a light. Bubbly head that sticks around a good long while with beautiful patches of lacing.

S - Wow...i'm starting to ask myself if this is a beer or if I just poured myself a pint of chocolate milk. I can't hardly tell a difference.

T - ...what a shame! The smelll was really luring me into this one. I was imagining taking a sip of what would almost taste like chocolate milk, but all I got was a sip of lightly sweetened water. There's a taste of chocolate but it's not real present. There's really not much at all present.

M - Light to medium bodied. Quite disappointing for a stout.

D - It's drinkable, but it's not really something to look forward to. It seems to me that the beer only shines through it's smell.

Photo of FosterJM
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

133rd review on BA
bottle to pint

App- An almost black pour with 3 fingers of pancake batter light brown head.

Smell- Burnt roasty chocolate with some malt and caramel.

Taste- Very small bitter chocolate, it was kind of a creamy taste but lacking the kick it needs.

Mouth- It's smooth and and tasty but a bit thin to me.

Drink- Not too bad a solid effort for a market flooded with stouts.

Photo of BDIMike
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black drink that stays dark even when held to the light. It creates a medium sized tan head that thins out but retains well over time.
Smell has an okay balance. There is a smell of chocolate and oak which I like, but it is taken over by a strong smokey smell.
Taste is above average. There is okay chocolate and oak tastes, but like the smell, they are overtaken by smokiness soon.
Mouthfeel is a little thin for a chocolate stout. There is a bit of a graininess as well.
Drinkability is okay. Taste is nice, but not very good either way. I probably would not turn this beer down, but I would never go out of my way to get one of these.

Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into real pint glass in Denver.

A: Pours a dark brown-black with a two finger head of poor retention and thickness. Little cream.

Sm: A hint of caramel, a note of chocolate, maybe some coffee, malt. Pleasant.

T: Slick open into balanced body of chocolate (shocker!) and roasted barley. Pretty standard fare for a stout. Finish is nicely laced with echoes of the body.

Mf: Nicely coarse and dry, especially at the finish, but refreshing during the open.

Dr: At this price point, I'd have it again, but other offerings may be better.

Photo of acurtis
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
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
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
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

Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
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