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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 863
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 5
Gots: 30 | 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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Photo of HoppyMcStout


3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured the typical opaque dark brown. The head looked thin, though. The taste really lacked the stout bite that I like, which truly disappointed. While this lead to a somewhat creamy mouthfeel and maybe greater overall drinkability, it made for a rather weak style. The chocolate presence was noticeable in smell and taste. The chocolate wasn't overpowering, but it was distinctive either...

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 19:05:20 | More by HoppyMcStout
Photo of ckeegan04


3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Almost solid black with very dark ruby red hues coming through when held up to light. Frothy two finger light brown head slowly fades leaving sheets of lace before settling into a 1/2 inch layer.

S - Bitter chocolate and a faint aroma of roasted coffee. Not much else going on in the aroma.

T - Somewhat watery chocolate taste up front. An earthy bitterness comes through before finishing kind of sweet.

M/D - Full flavored but thin and watery on the feel. Not near as creamy as it looked. Chocolate is a little bitter, but overall a decent chocolate stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 03:41:09 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of n00tz


2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Dark bodied stout with brunette head diminishes slowly leaving behind a light lace.

S - Carmelly, nutty, slightly citrus. Sweet perfumy hops presence.

T - Fomented a mediocre piney hops bite, malty middle, and light chocolate finish. Inchoate chocolate flavor.

M - Smooth on the palate, not thick, but definetly not as light as I've had in the past. Excellent presence. Though, after not having a sip in my mouth after awhile it begins to give me the impression that I've been drinking pine sol.

D - Makes you want to keep some kind of beer in your mouth, though not necessarily finishing with this.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 01:43:10 | More by n00tz
Photo of NEhophead


3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Pours a faint maple with a burgundy hue. A faint, off-white creamy sheet leaves behind a wall of intact, condensed lacing.

Rich coffee-scented, roasted malts. Spicy, roasted nuts: hazlenut, almond. Semi-sweet milk chocolate; faint, musty toffee.

Semi-sweet chocolate and toffee that are quickly overtaken by a gritty, roasted nutty malt character. FLoral hops give way to a slightly thin and creamy middle. Off-flavors of tea accompany a somewhat rough bitterness.

Almost full in body; very mellow for a stout, more of a milk stout. However, this stout is quite thin in spots; not ideal for my taste.

A well-flavored stout, but the flavors are just a little off throughout. Not bad but I'd rather try something else rather than having another.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 13:19:13 | More by NEhophead
Photo of kmeves


3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with a small tannish head. Aroma is medium sweet with nuts toffee and bitter chocolate. The flavor is sweet throughout with just a hint of bitter at the end. Medium bodied, slick texture. Finishes medium and bitter. This one is a confusing one as it appears to try to be both a sweet and a dry stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 13:45:47 | More by kmeves
Photo of Strix


3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark dark not quite opaque brown with decent head.

Smells of roasted malt primarily, a burnt quality. Really lacking in chocolate.

Taste is unfortunately lacking in chocolate too. Decent roasted malt flavors, cola, and burnt wood. Overall, I liked the flavor, but it was muted.

Mouthfeel very thin for the style, which negatively affects my impression of this.

I'd drink one again, but it doesn't stand out.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 01:18:17 | More by Strix
Photo of SteveO1231


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

This beer was 2nd to be cracked during my personal Fort Collins tasting.

12 oz. brown bottle, with a "Old Timey" looking label with that western style font indicative of a WANTED poster hanging in a post office in a John Wayne movie.

The beer pours jet black, with a thin layer of light tan that settles rather quickly. Wispy blobs of lacing are splattered along the inner walls of my glass.

The brew has a very large presence of roasted malts in the aroma, it really overpowers any other smells. There is some chocolate but mostly charred malt.

The texture is medium-bodied with a slick texture.

Not quite what I expected, there was not much in way of malt sweetness, there is almost a charcoal flavor up front, the roasted malt character really asserts itself in this beer. The toasted flavor rides until mid point when a bitter, dark-chocolate takes over until the end where I am left with a dry, bitter, smokey finish like black coffee with one too many scoops.

I guess I was expecting more of a dessert beer. It was a nice stout but the roasted character overshadowed any chocolate. It is a decent stout.


Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 11:21:29 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of peabody


3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark black somewhat opaque with a reddish tint. Little to no head but what bubbles are there are slightly brown and small. Some lacing here.
Smell is chocolate chip cookies dipped into strong coffee. Some hops here but mostly toasted malts and caramel sugars.
Taste is bitter with a coffee flavor and some hops. The aftertaste is of sugary malt and dark chocolate. No alcohol present here.
Mouthfeel is a little oily but very clean otherwise.
Drinkability is good here if I could find this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 22:56:35 | More by peabody
Photo of diabecktic


3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much like other stouts, this beer is quite black (well - dark, dark brown). When you hold it up to a light source you can see hints of a dark red in contrast. Head formation is decent but somewhat lacking relative to other stouts that I've had. Retention is quite good, and the lacing isn't too bad either.

A mocha/coffee aroma seems to be the most discernable smell. It's nicely complimented by milder tones of roasted barley and chocolate. The balance isn't too bad, but I was expecting it to smell a little more like chocolate, given the name.

The mocha and roasted hop flavors combine nicely to emulate a burnt coffee bean type flavor. The aftertaste contains hints of espresso beans and chocolate. Much like the bottle says, the hop flavor is relatively subtle; it compliments the other flavors nicely. It doesn't taste as chocolately as I would expect it to, but what chocolate flavor there is lingers nicely.

Again - like most stouts it's relativley heavy. It also feels pretty creamy, too. Overall, it's not too bad; it's not incredible, but it's not simply "average" either.

Though a bit heavy, it goes down quite smoothly. The first bit of flavor "bites" a little, but the more subtle chocolate flavor lingers and helps to quell the roasted/burnt sensations.

I find it strange that a chocolate stout actually tastes more like coffee than chocolate. This isn't a bad thing (because it's pretty good), but it seems like the balance is a little off. The subtle bitterness nicely compliments the "bite," but I was really expecting more chocolate flavor. I could definately enjoy this beer with company because it's a "sipper," but there are other similarly styled beers that I prefer more.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 04:38:44 | More by diabecktic
Photo of treyrab


3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a deep brown, not black. Ruby hues show when light passes through. Barely no head.

S: Rather light smell. Some minor coffee and roasted malt notes, nothing impressive

T: Very disappointing. The taste is so light with no chocolate whatsoever! There is a mild roasted malt taste, but nothing spectactacular.

M,D: The mouthfeel is so light in this one, but as for the drinkability...one for me is enough!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 02:05:10 | More by treyrab
Photo of jaxon53


3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally, some more new brews in Connecticut. Served this brew slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Fort Collins Chocolate Stout pours out a thin looking charcoal black color, that has some deep reddish brown highlights when held up to a light source. A vigorous pour yielded about a half inch of thin, tan colored head. Head quickly faded into a thin ring of foam in the glass. Very little lace was left behind.

Smell: A bit of a weak nose. Toasted/roasted malts with just a hint of cocoa. Almost a burnt coffee like aroma that is quite faint.

Taste: Taste is a bit on the weak side as well in my opinion. Some nice roasted malt flavors with a slight touch of hops. A bit of bitter burnt coffee. Virtually no chocolate. No noticeable alcohol. Finishes dry with an almost chalky, burnt aftertaste. Not sure I would call this a "chocolate" stout.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel was quite dissapointing in my opinion. Very thin and watery, moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability thanks to the lower ABV. Drinkability may be it's strong point. Not a big fan of this brew. Very middle of the road in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 19:55:04 | More by jaxon53
Photo of Romulus141


3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a very dark color, almost pitch black. There is a little white colored head in the beginning, but it quickly dissipates. The brew leaves behind some lacing. For a stout, nothing really stands out here, but it isn't bad either. I would have liked the head to be stronger though.

Smell: The smell is very malty, with strong overtones of chocolate, as one would expect. The smell is simple, sweet and inviting.

Taste: The initial taste is a mild splash of hops and malts, with a small hint of chocolate in the background. Surprisingly, the chocolate character is subdued, which is a bit disappointing. The finish is malty and a little dry, leaving behind an aftertaste much like that of a mild coffee. Overall, the initial taste is a little underwhelming, but the finish has some variety, which saves the beer from mediocrity.

Mouthfeel: Thin and rather carbonated, which is contrary to what I would expect from a stout. Not quite what I expected.

Drinkability: Since the alcohol content is average, and the taste isn't overly rich, it is easy to put these down.

For some reason I remember the earlier bottles of this having a stronger chocolate taste. It's possible that this beer loses its freshness quicker than normal. For what I had, this is average. I would recommend Young's Double Chocolate Stout over this as a better example.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 01:24:14 | More by Romulus141
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a dark tan head. In the aroma, a small chocolate and roasty malt. In the taste, a small bitter chocolate malt, yet kind of light in flavor. A bitter, and a light to medium body mouthfeel and a dry, bitter chocolate aftertaste. Kind of thin for a stout and faint flavors and aroma, ok, but could be better.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 00:43:19 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a pint willi glass yields a clear dark mahogany body capped with a thick finger of mottled ecru foam that recedes to a ring that leaves plenty of lacing spattered all over the glass.

Smell is dark-chocolatey with a bit of roasted coffee.

The taste of the drink is chocolate-malty, a bit roasty and semi-sweet, with a latte-like creamy bitterness and dark roasted barley. A spicy, tangy kick of hops lurk in the background of the drink.

Light-bodied and extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 02:47:51 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of naterock


2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a deep opaque black with deep red hues looks velvety and delicious
S: nice chocolatey roasty goodness, a bit of coffee lingers in the back
T: burnt toast, that's about it, I guess there could be some coffee in there. totally dissapointed with the taste. why would someone call this a chocolate stout?
M: low carbonation, too bitter for a chocolate stout
D: I won't be buying this in the future. I feel bad cause the look and smell are totally misleading

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 23:11:59 | More by naterock
Photo of SpecialK088


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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Pours a near black with a slight head and decent lace throughout the glass.

Notes of simi sweet chocolate, vinilla with hints of espresso and coffee beans, maybe a mild nuttyness

The beer has some really good qualities good bitter middle like a bittersweet chocolate vinillia notes come through ok in the finish my problem with it came from the watered down taste and the extreme lack of carbonation. It was meant to be a med. bodied brew and just didnt pull it off

I doubt i would but this again, something i may drink if its around

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 15:31:43 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of Donnie2112


2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

translucent dark brown, a small film of head

lots of coacoa on the nose not a lot else there

starts off with some thin malts and a bit of unsweetened chocolate flavor in there, finishs with a little bit of bitter hopiness

very thin and almost watery just a bit of dry astringence as well

it's bitter, doesn't really refresh at all and the flavor doesn't do anything for me

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 00:46:13 | More by Donnie2112
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

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

Single, twelve ounce bottle copped from The Palisade Liquor Store in Jersey City...
Pours a dark, ebony hue with a decent-sized foamy head that quickly dissipated and left a fair amount of lacing around the edge of the glass...
Nice aroma of mild, roasted chocolate, dark malts, a thick, creamy nuttiness...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, with hints of rich mocha, dark espresso, and thick malts with a touch of vanilla...
Not bad...
Worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 23:13:56 | More by dsa7783
Photo of katan


3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz bottle

A - No doubt a stout by its color. Almost pitch black. The carbonation was extremely slight, which left only a light filmy head on top.

S - Very strong roasted malt notes - coffee and chocolate mainly. Very sweet on the nose. The chocolate is pungent, like a dark chocolate.

T - Starts out rather flat - almost watery. Like there isn't anything there. Moves into a sweet malty midstream. The aftertaste is by far the owner of this one. The chocolate and burnt coffee notes linger for some time after each drink.

M - Is a bit watery - missing some body. Nothing sharp here about the carbonation, it coats the mouth without any bite.

D - Sitting a bit heavy on me right now. Not hard to drink, but by no means easy drinking either. I think for the style, a slow drinking beer is not a bad thing.

Solid choice - glad I tried it. I probably would go to other chocolate stouts if I so desired one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 03:59:36 | More by katan
Photo of FightingEntropy


4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black, brown ale that is opaque. No head after a short period, but what started with fluffy and light tan until it fell away completely. Singular roasty nose that is clean and light, which continues well through the mouth plus a smooth grainy taste in the center (oatmeal??). Sweet initially with a dry finish. Good, solid stout that is smooth becuase it's just a little light in the mouth. Good choice. I'd get it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 03:13:22 | More by FightingEntropy
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Pours dark brown to black, translucent in the light with a reddish brown hue. Light to moderate head, about 1/2" thick, of light brown 'sea foam' bubble consistency. Very light lacing.

Aromas are a complex mix of malts with coffee and chocolate notes foremost on the nose and some earthy notes beyond. Quite pleasant.

The initial rush is definitely a malty chocolate flood over the tongue but not as heavy as you might think for a stout. I wouldn't call this on thin but it isn't as chewy as I like 'em. The texture is relatively creamy with a very light and well tamed carbonation. As you roll it around with your tongue, you can really appreciate the malty multitudes. The finish is rather quick but there is a nice long linger of bitter chocolate that clings to the back of the throat before clearing. Beauty.

I found this brew to be very enjoyable and rather drinkable. There is a multitude of richness in the flavor profile without going overboard. It's still relatively balanced but leans toward the sweet by just a bit. Hops clearly seem to be there but do not play an incredibly noticeable part in the taste. Definitely worth checking out and I would have it again anytime.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 23:28:26 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of mntlover


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

Pours a clear darker brown some red notes with a smaller tan head that lasts for a while. Strange to be able to see so easy thru a stout.

Aroma is light smoke, some dark fruit hints, bitter chocolate mingles with coffee, light roasted malt. Almost more like a good porter then stout not much roasted malt in nose.

Taste like aroma light on malt for a stout, coffee notes, light smoke some bitter chocolate. Flavor is not bad again more like a smoked porter not big on malt but flavor good.

Mouthfeel is medium, light medium even smooth clean nice carbonation.

Drinkability is ok not what i was expecting for a chocolate stout. More like a smoked porter with chocolate notes. Needs more roasted malt more body. Still not bad in flavor department.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 21:54:46 | More by mntlover
Photo of shroompod


3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a smallish head , no lacing.

Chocolate in the nose , not much else.

Sweet malt on tasting , rounded out by some chocolate sweetness. Just a bit of hops keeps this interesting.

Mouthfeel is medium , nice balance. Perhaps a bit undercarbonated.

Overall a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 02:32:03 | More by shroompod
Photo of joezak5

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got as part of a "Brewer's Lunchbox" variety pack from Fort Collins; props to them for including 6 varieties and not 4. This was the selling point for me. $14.99 for a 12 pack.

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; black as night, overflowing tan head, good retention and lacing.

Smell: Bone dry roasted cocao, a little cream in the background, but not a drop of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light, bubbly and a little watery... kinda like a chocolate cola; not a hold and savor beer.

Taste: Nice smooth lightly creamed (with skim milk) coffee and some bitter chocolate. I swear there's some nutmeg hints in this; a little smokiness too. Very nice.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, smooth, not quite a session beer because it's different enough where you need to be in the mood for it. I'd have another, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 00:49:03 | More by joezak5
Photo of templar316


4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The head rose nice and tall but didn't stick around long beutiful dark color with a little red around the edges when held up to the light. Delicious malty aroma with a slight hint of burnt barley, gets my mouth watering. Unfortunatly the taste is a slight letdown... A little thin in mouth feel. But strong bitterness from burnt barely and bitter chocolate are well pronounced. Overall an excellent beer and the lightness allows you to drink several in session.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 00:30:38 | More by templar316
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