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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 871
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 5
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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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gmfessen

Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer appears black in the glass but upon closer inspection has slight hues of crimson. The two-finger, tan colored head is thick and frothy. The nose not overwhelming but is all malt; semi-sweet chocolate with burnt barley and roasted coffee are present. The taste follows suit with the roasty malt flavors being nicely balanced with the hops which are only slightly discernable in flavor. The taste starts out slightly sweet with caramel and semi-sweet chocolate and transitions to the roasty, slightly acrid and mildly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with the carbonation being slightly creamy. It could have used a little fuller body and carbonation. Overall, not a bad stout but not memorable either.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 01:36:56 | More by gmfessen
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ryanonline

Florida

3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to weizen glass.

Appearance is dark with quickly fading head, little if any lacing.

Aroma is bitter but not overpowering, roasty and a little chocolate.

Taste has a very light chocolate flavor mostly roasted malts, i'd say closer to light cocoa than actual chocolate.

Mouthfeel is nice though not really memorable.

The drinkability is there though it doesn't really stand out as a stout (poetry! BRILLIANT!).

All in all a nice beer but as far as a chocolate stout goes...it leaves a little to be desired. American brewers need to know that balance is key, more than outright lack of flavor, to not offending the palette.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 21:05:58 | More by ryanonline
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Goldfish19

New York

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

~ Purchased this 12 oz bottle from New Beer Distributors in Manhattan, NY. Color is dark brown with a small head that fades away quickly. Roasted, smokey aromas are present, but I can also detect hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is the same. A little light for the style, but flavors balance out well. For a beer with the name "Chocolate Stout" I was ready to be bombarded by endless amounts of this delight, but that was not the case. The chocolate is there, but does not overpower in any way.

Overall: a decent chocolate stout and a nice attempt by Fort Collins. ~

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 00:09:48 | More by Goldfish19
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GarrisWH

Colorado

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

A - Pours an opaque, very dark brown with a pretty minimal, dark tan head. Retains a decent cap throughout the beer and leaves decent lacing.

S - Roasted malts with coffee and chocolate tones. Slight smokiness and just a hint of hops hiding in the aroma as well.

T - Roasted malts with chocolate and coffee tones. Hint of smokiness comes through in the flavors a bit as well. Finishes with a dry, crisp hop bitterness with some more chocolate apparent in the aftertaste. Decent flavor profile, although a bit mild and pretty average overall.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, mellow carbonation. Somewhat lighter than many stouts, could perhaps benefit from an increase in body.

D - Decent overall. Pretty good flavors with the hop finish balancing things out a bit. A bit too light bodied for a stout and could use more intensity in the flavor. I would probably drink this again, but there are other stouts I'd go for first. I can't deny it's drinkable though.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 08:03:05 | More by GarrisWH
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a nearly opaque black color. The head is a solid inch and a half in height, and recedes slowly into thick, sticky lacing. The aroma is of faint roasted malt with an even faint whiff of chocolate. I'm not at all impressed by this aroma. The taste is more forthcoming, but still quite mild. The is some roasted malt, but I can't detect any chocolate. There is also an unpleasant metalic thing going on in the finish. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a watery texture, and high carbonation for a stout. Overall, I do not believe that this is truly a chocolate stout as I can find no chocolate in it. All I can taste is a regular stout which is poorly done.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 21:13:17 | More by KarlHungus
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Yeastcakes

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving notes - 45F, imperial pint glass
A - roasted and sweet notes are in nice balance. Chocolate comes through a little as the beer warms.
A - Single finger of tan-white head with small to large bubbles. Very dark red with some nice red highlights around the edges.
M - light body with light carbonation.
T - Subtle coffee roast notes are on the tip of the tongue, but do not dominate the chocolate that comes a split second later and makes it to the middle of the tongue. Some smokiness comes through, although it could be the food I ate before this beer.
D - not as sweet and creamy and I would expect for a chocolate stout but a great beer with a lot going on.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 02:52:22 | More by Yeastcakes
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ABOWMan

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This stout pours a deep mahogany color with one finger of fine bubbled tan head. The head disappates rapidly but gives way to lacing that endures througout.

The aroma is of sweet roasted malt and chocolate.

The flavor is nicely balanced between sweet malt, a mild dark chocolate note and bitter grain flavor.

The mouthfeel is slightly thin for such a flavorful brew and helps the drinkability, but hurts the overall experiance.

All in all, and rather run-of-the-mill Chocolate Stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 21:29:43 | More by ABOWMan
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly black color with redish-brown hue along the edges. Initially has a 1 finger head that quickly dissolves to a tanned lace across the top of the beer. It leaves an interesting amount of lacing on the glass considering the lack of head on the beer. Taste is pleasantly chocolately and has a bitter dry finish. Nose has a bit of dark chocolate in it as well. Has a medium light mouthfeel but is a little too carbinated.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 18:42:42 | More by stakem
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jsh420

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours the darkest brown almost black with a 2+finger tan head that left spotted lacing

smells of coffee cocoa had some hops

taste is thin chalky cocoa some coffee - knda of a let down

mouthfeel is light thin slick

drinkability is ok - a 5% stout that is light and thin with ok flavors - session stout to me

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 03:17:20 | More by jsh420
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craftaholic

New York

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: As dark as night; as a stout would be expected with a minimal lace of foam on top

Smell: A blend of malty chocolate with a faint aroma of hop

Taste: There's an chocolate note right on the first taste, but its not overpowering. The stout presence is noted with a malty syrup nature to it but there is an undertone of coffee bean flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but not thick, almost like velvet with a huge punch of carbonation in the beginning which quickly dissipates towards the end of the bottle.

Drinkability: Definitely drinkable with its low abv, yet I think the consistency would catch up to its flavor to make more than 2 in a sitting just too much.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 01:52:56 | More by craftaholic
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Coorskid33

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Found in fridge buried with the label missing. Probably in there for a year or so.

A~ Pours a nice dark . Like a black coffee at a good coffee shop. Minimal lacing but the head dissappate after 2 mins.

S~ Malt and coffee . Minimal alcohol smell and actually pretty earthy for the style i think. I like this.

T~ This is smooth as a stout i've had. Like Guieness with a lil more crafty - ness to it. Sorry for making up my own word. But yea, minimal after-taste but finding it lacing my palate more than the glass.

MF~ Well this stunk. Kinda powdery in substance. Could be the issue of being old. Not enjoyable though.

D~ Overall solid. I'd try it on tap but not again in a bottle at home. Beer geeks should try.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 15:27:57 | More by Coorskid33
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scottyshades

Florida

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque dark chocolate color that produces a ruby colored head that retains pretty well and leaves amazing lacing along the glass.

S: Very faint and watery aroma, but there is some upside to it. Chocolate malts are dominant, along with a twangy metallic note and faint floral hop presence

T: Similar to the nose...not too impressed. Very watery and plain for a stout, especially a chocolate stout. Chocolate malts and slight hop bitterness comprise the profile. No caramel or molasses or any other classic stout notes...

Mf/D: Slightly over-carbonated for me, light body, long dry malty finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 01:48:40 | More by scottyshades
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riversider76

New York

3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours the darkest of browns with a thin tan head. Not much retention and no lacing.Aroma is of dark roasted malts coffee and chocolate. Body is thin with some carbonation. Taste is coffee and dark chocolate. Malty, but an average example of this style at best.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 00:25:47 | More by riversider76
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cjgator3

Florida

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a light tan colored head with nice lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is roasted malts with a touch of chocolate and coffee and a hint of some earthy hops as well.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with some roasted malts with a nice sweetness. There is also some notes of bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty solid stout that I enjoyed and wouldn't mind having again. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 03:16:04 | More by cjgator3
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donmonkey1

Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black with a thick tan head. Pretty good lacing.

Smell: Chocolate pudding, cocoa, toasted nuttiness.

Taste: Cocoa/tree bark. I like it but it's not very complex. Just a straight taste.

Mouthfeel: Thick but boring.

This is a good beer, easy to drink, but not particularly exciting.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 22:27:30 | More by donmonkey1
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fort Collins- Chocolate Stout

A- Dark chocolate brown with a good thick lacing head.
S- Light dusty chocolate and brown sugar.
T- Light sticky sweet oats and brown sugary malt with a light chocolate body. Slight chalky and sweet hop finish.
M- Lightly sweet up front with a dry chalky chocolate body and a sweet juicyend.

Overall- Light but just enough chocolate to make this easily sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 01:19:18 | More by NJpadreFan
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a4tuurbo

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is actually my first stout so I have nothing to compare it to. Im going to try to review it just on its features and not compare it to any other type of beer Ive had.

A- It poured a dark brown. Almost black. There was just a trace of a head but interestingly there were balls of liquid that would bounce around on the surface for a bit before falling into the beer. It was quite interesting.

S- It smelled very rich. My fairly untrained nose and palate could depict the chocolate and the malt easily.

T- Being that this is my first stout I cant be sure if this is the norm, but the flavors were so complex and satisfying. It has an almost sweet taste at first that was followed by a slight bite. I can really taste the chocolate and maybe even a little coffee.

M- I am not a fan of too much carbonation so this fit the bill very well. Just a slight amount of bubbles that helps carry down this silky smooth elixir. Much better mouthfeel than most Ive tried thus far (though again may be the style that Im not used to).

All in all, this is a very worthy beer and I will be trying many more stouts in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 02:55:57 | More by a4tuurbo
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DukeofAle

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Too me, this seems a cut above most of the stouts I've tried. Yes, its nearly black. Yes, it devlopes a thick, persistant head. The nose is inviting, the mouthfeel pleasing. Best of all, it tastes as good and maybe better than any of dozens of stouts I've tried. Roasty, sweet, and with a bit of a bite.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 15:19:26 | More by DukeofAle
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark roasted malt beast that eats all visible light forms in it's path. Head forms thick light tan mocha hue going on. Layers of lacing are left behind thin and unevenly strung in nature. Aromatics offering up more herbal hops than strong chocolate accents, mild cocoa powder and a touch of roasted coffee accents. Flavor has a nice balanced chocolate stout feel no sugary hershey syrup notes this is a stout that finishes with roasted malt and black patent malt without killing me with chocolate sweetness. Dark chocolate cacao maybe, complex herbal hop finish but watery at times not a beer I'm blown away by but it's damn solid. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate to light carbonation levels going on, it's one of those Amerian stouts that doesn't over do it. Drinkability is solid but I'm sure theres's a litle something missing here, but I do love these beers as a collective from Fort Collins.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 02:41:25 | More by WVbeergeek
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nickfl

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One and a half fingers of medium brown head on an opaque black body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Light aroma of chocolate and toffee.

T - Dry, bittersweet chocolate flavor up front. A somewhat nutty, mouth-coating coco character in the middle. The finish is moderately bitter with an increasingly convincing chocolate essence.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The chocolate character is unusually convincing, especially in the finish, but that doesn't necessarily make for a great beer. There is not much going on outside of the chocolate, and while the flavor is nice, the aroma is pretty weak. There is a lot of chocolate here, but not much stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 02:59:30 | More by nickfl
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance:1/4 inch head, black in color

Smell: burnt malt, and dark chocolate

Taste: dark chocolate and burnt malt. It follows the nose but the flavor is not as strong.

Mouthfeel: dry, medium body, bittersweet, smooth, no carbonation

Drinkability: A very average chocolate stout in every way. You can taste the chocolate and malt, but is far from complex. Nothing jumps out unlike other chocolate stouts I have had before. I will not be looking for this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 15:27:03 | More by tigg924
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Beejay

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very dark black, had some nice head on it, but is has since dissipated while the webpage was loading..

S: Carmel and Chocolate, but mostly roasted coffee.. mm mm good.

T: Oh sad days... smells great.. Not as much with the taste.. Bitter and a little sour.. still some roasted coffee, but now it is bordering on burnt coffee.. and in a bad way...

M: Not as smooth and creamy as other I have had..

D: Over all decent.. but I am not going to be buying cases...

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 02:17:17 | More by Beejay
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic pint glass. The stout appears a clear deep brown color with about an inch of ecru foam. Nose and flavor are of light milk chocolates, a touch of caramel and vanilla, could use a bit more roastiness, some raisins. A tad thin bodied with adequate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 03:59:23 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Bung

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Black/brown pour. Just off white head. Roasted malt aromas, some chocolate, some hop presence. Roasted flavors, mild chocolate, could have been more abundant. Maybe too much hops in this one. A little light bodied, but now watery. Clean finishing. Drinkability is obviously pretty high. If you have a choice, get their Double Chocolate Stout instead.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 00:19:05 | More by Bung
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Drew966

Florida

3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fort Collins Brewing Chocolate Stout pours an opaque black with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is some chocolate and some coffee in the aroma. The flavor also is chocolate and coffee with some citrusy hops mixed in. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but otherwise an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 00:15:48 | More by Drew966
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