Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 957
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 5
Gots: 58 | FT: 1
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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Photo of SamN
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A very dark stout, with a great finger width bubbly tan head. Impeccable black handsomeness.

S- Classic burnt chocolate stout, earthy smells edged with strong hops, seamlessly blended into a comfortingly familiar aroma. Vigorous movement releases light fruits, maybe blueberry.

T- The chocolate has become more bitter than sweet and there is a vegetable dimension to the beer. Still the cocoa maltyness is well balanced with the surprisingly bitter hops, as the label foretold. This is not a chocolate stout like Rogue's; this is a more subtle chocolate character. It rides the fence, nicely in the middle between overly sweet and too bitter. A well designed beer.

M- Mouthfeel is a little rough. The carbonation is like Mountain Dew-- waaay to much. The body is a nice medium thickness but lacking the smoothness a stout deserves.

D- More on the bitter end and little too bubbly, IMO this beer could benefit from a few minor tweeks to really come through as a more sessionable stout. It's a good local stout, it could get a lot better.

***Note; the Double Chocolate Stout from FCB was quite excellent; more dessert than it's older, more refined sibling. Check it out, too.

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

A: Dark brown with a big tan head that disappears slowly.

S: Faint chocolate and malty, not too strong.

T: Big hit of roasted malts and a bitter chocolate finish.

M: Carbonation seems about right, but mouth feel too thin, overall.

D: It tastes very good, nothing special, but easy to drink.

Photo of GRG1313
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown/black with a nice thick and firm medium dark tan head. Relatively simple one dimensional nose of sweet dark chocolate and some roasted grain.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Mouthfeel of carbonated coffee with hint of maybe chocolate.

Flavors are of simply roasted grain, simple black coffee/espresso and some hop bitterness.

Finish is bitter coffee character all around but with a nice bitter finish. There is nothing bad about this stout, there is just nothing really very good about it. Taste simply like a decent beer that had some coffee poured into it. Nothing special.

Photo of elgiacomo
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sep 2, 2007

12oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head.

An average stout with typical stout aroma and flavor of roasted malts and some chocolate notes. Unfortunately, the aroma and especially flavor were rather subdued compared to other stouts I've had, so I don't see myself really seeking this out again.

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

Appearance: Jet black color with a fawn colored head. The head is very thin and produces limited lacing.

Smell: This one has chocolate and coffee aromas combined with a hint of hops.

Taste: This beer has an odd sour-like chocolate flavor. Plus, coffee and roasted malts are noted on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Feels silky smooth on the palate. it also has a nice level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Drinkable and would go well with playing darts and pool at the bar.

Photo of mgbickel
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Formed a tiny ½ finger tan head that was fizzy (large bubbles) and did not hold at all. No lacing what so ever. Dark, opaque, brownish black body that forms deep maroon edges when held at eye level. Good body, bad head (insert joke here!).

The early aromas are coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. There are undertones of yeasty breads and toasted barley.

Very smooth flavoring. Black coffee up front, bitter middle - like bakers chocolate, and finishes with a very thin hop presence. Good balance. Some of the roasted flavors come through when optimal temperature is reached.

Medium mouth feel; semi oily with mild carbonation.

Drinkable. Everything is above average here, but nothing outstanding. Would get more to share with friends!

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I mostly bought it because the fiancee thought the label was pretty. It's a little lighter than some chocolate stouts/bocks I've had but it's nice.

Color is a nice dark brown with a thin dark tan head. The aroma and taste are a mild cocoa/caramel mix with a touch of smoke that comes out as it warms up. It doesn't have the punch of other specimens of this type but is not watered down. A nice mix. It's fairly smooth. I'd go with this one if Young's isn't available

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

Pours a dark, opaque chocolate brown with a fairly thick and somewhat persistent cinnamon tan head. Aroma is rich, smoky, oily and chocolaty with hints of molasses and coffee. Flavor is smoky and chocolaty, slightly sweet, touched with fine roast coffee and molasses. Thick texture is smooth and fizzy, quite lively.

Photo of ImusBeer
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

At Taco Mac, came in 22oz, black with no head and no lacing

Very little aroma, roasted malt and charcol. 

Tasted sharp almost anticeptic, roasted malt and burnt wood

Mouthfeel was light almost watery not much bitterness.

not really impressed more like a brown ale or porter to me

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

Pours very dark brown but not quite black. A large sand colored head forms and has good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. More or less average after appearance. Malty aroma of chocolate and coffee. Pleasant but is a bit timid and lacks complexity. The flavor trys not to offend with any big flavors. Malt up front with hints of chocolate and a touch of smoke. Pleasant but I want some big flavor in a stout. The body lacks depth. Feels fairly thin. Nice enough of a beer to drink. Seems Fort Collins Brewing puts out middle of the road beer that will appeal to a wide audience. That is fine but it is also overpriced by a couple dollars a 6-pack in this market and that will prevent me from drinking anymore of their beer.

Photo of ChadQuest
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a snifter. A dark brown/black color with coca cola brown around the edges. little head.

S: Not much going on, more roasty then chocolate, To me it smells like a 16oz latte with just one shot.

T: Light roasted watery coffee, a bit of chocolate, but maybe the name is making me imagine it there. Alot like a milk stout but a bit roastier.

M: thin & watery. that's all that can be said.

D: These could be drank all night, as you could probally guess from reading the rest of the review.

I bought this when i was out with the GF hopeing she would find another style besides lambics she loves(girls love chocolate, right?),she thought it was nothing special, so did I. I wont buy this again.

Photo of mralphabet
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours Dark black color with a nice light tan colored head about a fingers worth of head... Not much retention but pretty good lacing.

S: First thing I'm getting is dark chocolate & coffee... I'm also getting a hint of roasted malt and a little hops.

T: The first taste I'm getting is sweet roasted malts, then the chocolate and coffee follows quickly... It finishes a little on the bittersweet side.... with a little coffee after taste....

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation for the style.

D: Overall, not a bad stout... Not a killer stout but not a bad stout.... Pretty average... I'd say it improves as it warms....

Photo of kegger22
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fort Collins Chocolate Stout is a deep, dark brown with a half inch, tan head with fair retention.

The aroma consists of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, all weak though.

The taste is roasted malt and bitterness, it's watery and no appreciable coffee or chocolate flavor.

The feel appears medium bodied but is still watery, carbonation is sufficient but does nothing to add or detract from the beer.

Drinkability is so-so due to poor taste and aroma.

For a beer billing itself as "Chocolate Stout" there wasn't much chocolate, or any flavor as far as that goes. In general, disappointing and not recommended.

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

Appearance: Black, ok head.

Smell: Coffee, roasted bitterness.

Taste: Coffee, a little dark chocolate, mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Seems pretty light in body.

Drinkability: I could have a few due to the light body, but not particularly interesting.

For a beer called chocolate stout, I was expecting a little more chocolate flavor in this one. It was mostly coffee flavors instead. A decent stout but a little misleading in the name.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Pitch black color. One finger of frothy tan head that dies very quickly, but leaves a decent amount of lacing.

4.0 S: This certainly does not disappoint on the chocolate. Big whiff of sweet chocolate with a healthy roasty burntness in the background. Well done.

2.5 T: Not horrible, but severly lacking. I thought, based on the nose, that I'd be getting a host of complex dark malt flavors. Instead there is a dilute chocolate taste and not much else.

2.5 M: Light body. I think it should be a crime to have a light body for a chocolate stout (or any stout really). Body ruins the mouthfeel. Carbonation is alright, but could use a lot more creaminess.

3.0 D: I tried it. Won't be drinking again.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)
A- The jet black body supports a tan head the quickly fades to a bubbly cocoa colored ring that sticks to the glass with sips.
S- The inky chocolate malt aroma has a sweaty/new gym shoe note to it that grows a bit when it warms.
T- The big chocolate malt flavor has a faint smoky quality that turns more roasted as it warms. The finish has a tartness with a roasted malt bitterness that is soft but lingers a bit. There is a creamy note that adds to the rich chocolate malt when the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and no alcohol heat.
D- The chocolate malt flavor is huge with a bit of a sweaty/smoky flavor that is a bit to much. As the beer warms the darker roasted notes cover it a bit but not enough. It is rich in chocolate malt but not much other depth.

Photo of maddogruss
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this from a friend.

A: Pours a dark brown body with a fairly tan head with decent retention and lacing.

S: A fairly chocolate smell with some roasted coffee notes. Nothing too overbearing, but still nice on the nostrils.

T: A fairly roasted, coffee taste with some chocolate notes. Ok tasting beer overall. As it warmed up, the chocolate notes started to recede and it became more of a roasted malt/burnt toffee taste.

M: Medium bodied and pretty smooth. Nice mouthfeel on the palette overall.

D: pretty drinkable bock. Nice mouthfeel and taste; nothing too filling; decent drinking beer overall.

Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 957 ratings.