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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 915
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 5
Gots: 46 | 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 ABOWMan
3.38/5  rDev -2%
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.

ABOWMan, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of stakem
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

stakem, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of jsh420
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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

jsh420, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of craftaholic
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

craftaholic, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of Coorskid33
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Coorskid33, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of scottyshades
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

scottyshades, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of riversider76
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

riversider76, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

cjgator3, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of donmonkey1
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

donmonkey1, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

NJpadreFan, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of a4tuurbo
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

a4tuurbo, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of DukeofAle
4.38/5  rDev +27%
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.

DukeofAle, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

nickfl, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -13%
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.

tigg924, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of Beejay
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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...

Beejay, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

ClockworkOrange, May 27, 2009
Photo of Bung
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Bung, May 26, 2009
Photo of Drew966
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Drew966, May 25, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this from a mixed 12-pack picked up at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and unsweetened chocolate. As it warms the roasted malt aromas fade a bit.

Tastes almost exactly how it smells. Light amounts of roasted malt flavors are joined almost immediately by unsweetened chocolate. These flavors carry on until a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side but solid carbonation makes it go down smoothly.

Drinkability is alright. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle but I'm not terribly excited about another.

Overall this isn't a terrible stout but it's a good distance from a very good one.

glid02, May 22, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a thick black body with tan head and contained some aromatic notes of roasted and mild chocolate (hints of caramel and vanilla). A dry malt taste balanced w/ swwet chocolate and caramel. Rather nondescript and no real balance from hops at all. A little stick medium-body that goes down w/o a problem. Not a bad beer by any means, but a rather weak stout.

clayrock81, May 18, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark dark brown look with a light brown head: mocha atop chocolate.

The smell is some slightly sweet raisin-like malts, then some sharply bitter mocha coffee. Pleasant but not much chocolate in the aroma; more coffee really.

The taste is sweet, like rasins or dark berries. Bitter coffee finish. The chocolate is sadly absent. Nothing wrong with the flavor, but it doesn't stand out. More of a sweet porter than a chocolate stout.

The feel is watery but ashy at the end. Not smooth, not dry. Overall it's strictly average, and though drinkable, not something I'd find myself craving.

williamherbert, May 03, 2009
Photo of spointon
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired in a trade with my main man in Alabama, everetends. I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This stout poured a very dark black-brown with cola colored highlights around the edges. At cellar temp the light tan head only rose about 1/2" and eventually dropped to a thin cap. No lacing to speak of.

S= Aromas of roasted grains, sweet chocolate, coffee grounds, carob, and an earthiness that is hard to describe.

T= Taste was more bitter than the smell indicated. Started off with a big husky-grainy roastiness and followed that with flavors of bitter dark chocolate, carob, and a weak coffee note. The earthy hops only made a brief appearance just before the super dry finish.

MF= Just a medium body, lighter than I expected, with a fairly crisp carbonation feel.

D= A decent chocolate stout and certainly quite drinkable. The brewers got more right than wrong here for sure.

spointon, May 01, 2009
Photo of HarleyGirl
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark chocolate brown with about a 1/2in. tan head that fades quickly. Leaves pretty lacing.

S - I smell some roastiness (not too overpowering), some chocolate, and some hops. Also I get a certain "sweetness" to it too.

T - The taste of this beer is actually decent to me (not used to darker beers yet). Doesn't have that overpowering kick-in-the-mouth affect that I usually get from the darker beers, and yet it's not as sweet as it smells. I can taste some malt and a little bit of chocolate, with a bitterness around the end to balance it out. I wouldn't say this one has a "milk chocolate" flavor, but more of a semi-dark chocolate. Very nice either way. Has a slight aftertaste in the back of my mouth, then fades away a few seconds later.

M - Nice and crisp mouthfeel. Relatively smooth, not chewy but not runny, pretty good composition in my opinion.

D - Has a nice kick to it if you're into that sort of thing. I personally wouldn't drink this again until I further develop my tastebuds. Either way, I could see this as a good "enjoyment" beer.

HarleyGirl, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate and some hops.

T: The taste malty but not too heavy with a milk chocolate flavor that isn't overdone like a lot of stouts, nor is it overly sweet. There's a decent hops presence for the style and brings a good balance.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, although the name implies otherwise, this is a good beer to drink for a while is you want a stout that isn't going to try to overwhelm you with chocolate, maltiness and sweetness.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 01, 2009
Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 915 ratings.