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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 938
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 5
Gots: 50 | 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 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.

donteatpoop, Sep 21, 2010
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.

milkbaby9, Sep 09, 2010
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.


CooperEllis, Sep 02, 2010
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.


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.

rembrant, Aug 31, 2010
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.

Onenote81, Aug 31, 2010
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.

DKMonroe, Aug 29, 2010
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.

Schmittymack, Aug 29, 2010
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

thain709, Aug 21, 2010
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.

Bonis, Aug 16, 2010
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.

BlackDogBrews, Aug 08, 2010
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.

jadpsu, Aug 04, 2010
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.

arrangerx, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of mondegreen
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Founders Tulip.

A: Pours cola brown, but looks dark black in the glass. A head appears momentarily, but fades quickly, leaves no lacing.

S: Light roastiness and bitter cocoa. Not much to it.

T: Again, not much going on. A touch of bitterness, but not really chocolate. Nothing offensive, but nothing really exciting either. Just kinda blah.

M: Way too light & watery. While the beer sits on the shoulders of mediocrity in every other category, it falls apart here.

D: I guess this is the beer's strongest point. However, it isn't drinkable in that I want to drink more. Just in that it goes down easy.

mondegreen, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of nickd717
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle via trade thanks to ben4321.

Darkest brown in color with a two-finger light beige head that has decent retention.

Aroma is very nice and chocolatey, like a Tootsie Roll almost. A nice roastiness lending some espresso notes lies in the background.

Flavor also has Tootsie Roll-like milk chocolate. There is some fairly sweet caramel malt, coffee, roast, and earthiness. I pegged this as a sweet stout really, as it is a little sweeter than most, but not cloyingly so. A little bit of coffeeish bitterness or acridness. There is also a little wateriness, for which I'll bump the taste score down from a 3.5-4 to a solid 3.5.

Medium-bodied and fairly slick on the palate, not very dry at all. A very slight watery aspect on the finish. Average level of carbonation.

Good overall but not a standout. Fairly drinkable and nothing is out of balance.

nickd717, Jul 11, 2010
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
Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 938 ratings.