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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 925
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 5
Gots: 47 | 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 Chugmonkey
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a total $hit day at work & needed somthing quaffable. This fit the bill perfectly.

Huge brown head, great lacing. Unmistakable chocolaty aroma and taste.

Really chocolaty and smooth, minimal bitterness and other flavors, roastiness is minimal.

Carbonation is perfect. Medium mouthfeel, not as thick as it looks.

A fine drinker, slid right down w/o any lingering off flavors. A nice simple stout here with plenty of chocolate flavor. Well done.

Chugmonkey, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of joepais
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brentk56 for sending this want along in his black booty package. 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter produced two fingers worth of coco head that trailed of to a nice lace. the body on the brew is of course black and bodacious.

Aromas of chocolate are dominate which I guess is good considering it a chocolate stout. The flavor of roasted malts are right up front, a nice almost nuttiness as well. The mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout.

Not the best chocolate stout but a good representation, very drinkable.

joepais, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Very black with some ruby hues. Minimal tan head, that dissipates very quickly.

S-Good nose on this one. It smells like dark chocolate, roasted barley, and some espresso.

T-A touch of hops in the beginning, and then the chocolate malt flovor rushes in. A slight lingering aftertaste, but it is very pleasant.

M-Slick, not thick like other stouts I have had.

D-This beer is very drinkable. I only purchased a single, but I plan on drinking this again.

This beer really surprised me. I wasn't expecting much, but I really enjoyed it. This beer made it official, I am a lover of stouts.

thegodfather2701, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of humanawho
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - nice very dark ruby color with a strong creamy/brown head

S - sweet roasty and some chocolate aromas

T - nice sweet and roasty with some chocolate feeling and flavor some raisin flavor as well

M - nice medium body goes well with the taste

D - very pleasant and drinikable

humanawho, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of gabe23
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep brown color bordering on black. The light brown head faded fast, but left nice lacing.

S - Coffee, chocolate, and molasses. Maybe a slight bit of roasted malt, but it was hidden under the stronger scents.

T - Smoky, bitter malt flavor with only a touch of chocolate present. Honestly there wasn't any particular flavor that stood out for me. The aftertaste was quite bitter and not really that pleasant.

M - Somewhat watery & without the creaminess I'd expect from a stout. Medium carbonation.

D - Easy to drink and fairly light for a stout. But I doubt I'll seek this one out again, as there are many better examples of the style out there.

gabe23, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of OlieIPA
2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a brownish black with absolutely no head. Lacing seemed to be on the thinner side as well.

S: A good amount of hop character and dark roasted malts that didn't muster up much chocolate character.

T: The chocolate wasn't robust at all...it came out more like a water-downed metallic bitter chocolate.

M: The chocolate bitterness seemed to cling to the palate a tad too long, but overall...an okay mouthfeel. Full-body with a decent amount of carbonation.

D: The taste wasn't that great...but sufficient enough to finish the glass. Alcohol wasn't weak as well throughout the sip.

Overall: An average beer. Cheers!

OlieIPA, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of remllof
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bought this beer on a cold day here in North Carolina
appearance- pours a jet back appearance with a nice this head at first that quickly disapates.
smell-could smelled a bit chocolate which was expected but nothing too strong.
taste- could taste the bit of chocolate malts nothing much going on with hops, not too overly sweet but overall great taste
mouthfell-this beer was really on the dry side but felt fiarly smooth but a little on the thinner side and finished somewhat sweet and lingering
drinkablity-overall decent beer, not too high in alcohol and left me filled

remllof, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz from my most recent trade with Wasatch... Thanks John.. a new brewery to me.. Poured into my New Belgium snifter.. shared slightly with Brenda.

3/4" head.. doesn't really last that long... drops fast leaving a mediocre cap with only touches of lace.. the brew is the expected dark brown/black..

The nose is pretty ordinary.. a nice stout presence with some milky chocolate overtones that are more background than in the front.. smells pretty clean with little fruitiness.

The palate is not as good.. pretty weak... more like a lightly hopped porter.. not bad... just not "great". lite coffee and some very subdued dark chocolate essence.. but the "essence" is pretty lite.. really.. not bad.. just sorta average..

I have a hard time reviewing middle of the road stouts and porters.. the dark malts and yeasty overtones make them all sorta taste the same to me.. that said.. this is a descent brew... I probably never would buy it the same way I never buy any of my local porters or stouts.

Thanks John.. but... this one just didn't do it for me.

JohnGalt1, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of charliedango
2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I suppose that in a world of differing descriptions of stout, this particular offering would fall best into the chocolate stout category. Still, having sampled some of the finest chocolate stouts available it's hard for me to consider this in the same league as them. Roasted barley permeated throughout which is overall a much different experience than what I associate to stout. More of a porter taste with a stout mouthfeel.

Fort Collins Chocolate Stout isn't a bad stout by any means, but by labelling it a chocolate stout I feel they are doing themselves a disservice as many people who purchase chocolate stouts have certain expectations in mind and this offering is not that.

charliedango, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of colts9016
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an English Pint at about 55 degrees.

Appearance: A very dark brown almost black there is a tan ring around the glass. The clarity of the beer is opaque. There was a one finger head that dissipated.

Nose: A roasted malt with chocolate, and molasses aroma. There are notes of citrus and caramel.

Taste: A roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, and toffee. There hints of resin, citrus, and floral.

Overall: The burnt taste is a little overwhelming. The mouth feel is coating, carbonated and astringent. The finish lingers on the palate a little long. The taste is not as what I have tried in a chocolate stout. The chocolate seems hidden behind the roasted and burnt malt. It is an okay beer. Need to have more chocolate flavor and the burnt character lowered.

colts9016, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of beveritt
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is different than the one on BA, with the addition of half the face of a blonde peering out over a pint of the enclosed beer. No visible freshness date. I told my self when I first reviewed a beer from this brewery that I would seek out more, and after too long, finally have.

Appearance: Pours with just over 2 fingers of brown head. This settles slowly, compacting down to just under 1 finger. Nice lacing. The beer itself is dark, completely opaque with just the slightest hint of brown around the edges. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Aromas of chocolate malts and roasted barley finish with a slight metallic note.

Taste: Roasted barley bitterness with hints of lactose sweetness and a cola like bite. Finishes with a mild chocolate sweetness which seems to slide down your tongue ever so slowly as it lingers well after the sip.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is excellent.

Drinkability: Well, should not have waited this long to revisit Fort Collins. As expected, another solid style offering.

beveritt, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of gabrielsyme
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown, little tan head.

Dark chocolate in the smell, not much else.

Taste is chocolate, coffee, some bitterness, and something slightly metallic that i don't like at all.

The beer feels too thin/watery for a stout.

Not a great beer, I am regretting getting a sixer of this.

gabrielsyme, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of BretSikkink
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany, a little ruby tinting. The head is pretty meager, with the large bubbles receding to literally nothing. No lacing.

The aroma is much better, with a lot of roasted malt character and a hint of chocolate. Flavors of bittersweet chocolate and coffee are back on the palate as well. Great balance as well, with some citric and piney hops that jump in later but stick around to the end.

The body is medium to maybe a little thin. Not great - this would be a damn good beer if it filled out a bit.

Nice and hoppy, good flavor, light of body. Sessionable, for a stout.

BretSikkink, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of drizzam
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation - 12 oz brown bottle with a nondescript label with lipstick kiss next to the word stout.

A - Black and opaque with a tan foamy head. I poured this one vigorously after reading that many others didn't get much of a head. I got a decent 2 finger head that dissipated rather quickly leaving a tan lacing on the inside of the glass.

S - Malty nose with a remnant of coffee.

T & M - The mouthfeel for this seemed a little light for a stout...I'm used to my stouts being a little heavier. Roasted coffee flavor with a very slight chocolate undertone, I think it was a little light on the coffee as well, but I'm spoiled by Central Waters Coffee Stout.

D - I'm a big fan of coffee stouts and this one didn't disappoint. I've had better but I could see going back to this one.

drizzam, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of StarlightSeraph
2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint mug...

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark brown out of the bottle that appears almost pitch black in the glass. Couldn't see any light coming through at all. Took a pretty vigorous pour to get a one-finger light brown head that dissipated rapidly, before I took my first sip. Left very little lacing.

Smell: Not sure what it is, but whatever that general smell you get when you first sniff a milk stout (lactose, I'm assuming), faint hints of coffee. As the beer warmed, hints of chocolate began to seep into the aroma.

Taste: Very bitter coffee, with only hints of bitter chocolate coming through. Definitely does not taste like a "chocolate stout", as advertised, however. The aftertaste is very bitter as well, like coffee that's been sitting out all day. Some light hopiness.

Mouthfeel: A lot thinner and a lot more carbonated than I was expected. Felt almost like I was drinking a soda, and not a beer.

Drinkability: I was disappointed in this one. It was difficult to finish, despite how light bodied it was.

It's a shame about this beer, especially considering how much I like their Double Chocolate Stout. I will definitely grab the DCS instead of this every day of the week. Probably won't be having this one again.

StarlightSeraph, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of mphopkins99
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Black, small head that disappates quickly

S - Yeasty, bread smell, a hint of cocoa and some hops

T - Light hop taste, but the chocolate is almost non-existent. Not sure I would have known this was a chocolate stout if it hadn't stated so on the bottle

M - A little too much carbonation, almost soda-like

D - Very drinkable and smooth, relatively low ABV

An average chocolate stout that needed a little chocolate flavor.


mphopkins99, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/11/08. Bottle. Pours black with a small light head. Aroma of roast, coffee, dark bitter chocolate. Flavor of sweet sugar, roast, bitter hops with a bitter finish. Weak palate, too sugary. Not very chocolatey either. Meh for me.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 12/20

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of sevopie
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown with a tan head.

Smell - Grainy with hints of cocoa and coffee.

Taste - Again, the grain itself stands out a bit over the milder flavors of the chocolate and coffee. A bit of a bitter hoppy finish to it.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with it being a little heavier than I'd like on the carbonation.

Drinkability - Not too bad, I'd like some of the sweeter coffee/chocolate notes perhaps to show up more, as its mostly bitter, but its still not bad at all.

sevopie, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some toffee/chocolate. The taste is slightly sweet, with toffee/chocolate. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice brew.

Wasatch, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of EdwardStark
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A gorgeous cream colored head with rich and deep accents. The brew itself was dark as to be expected. However I didn't have a decent light to examine for any unique subtleties.

S: A strong and rich aroma. Little chocolate smell to speak of but the flavors of roasted malts and coffee piqued the senses.

T: Wonderful taste, not too heavy on the alcohol although there was a slight presence. I was mostly overwhelmed by the roasted barley much more so than the chocolate. Keeping that in mind I felt that the when the chocolate was present it made for an excellent accent to the roasted flavors.

M: Not too heavy and not too light. Just enough to let you know you're drinking a stout. I found this to be a positive note.

D: Wonderful for a stout. The beer was not filling and went down smooth and easy. I had to pace myself with this one. While I probably wouldn't go for a sixer i'd have a hard time turning down one or two of these.

EdwardStark, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of HardTarget
2.42/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No date on the bottle

A) Black glass that goes ruby with back light to show clarity, but still holds the Black color: I'm used to getting more of a brown with clarity. Gives up some minor lacing.

S) Cocoa nose with a mild lactic/milk sweetness that gives the beer a milk chocolate element that's rather nice.

T) Loads of oxidation that goes papery and cardboard (no date = brewers bad). Under all that is some mild chocolate malt (roasted grain) flavor, some dark chocolate and a ribbon of coffee bitterness in the finish. The paper notes really took the wind out the sails though.

M) Weak body, mild carbonation, dry finish.

O) Not a lot of chocolate in a pretty weak stout. The result is a lack of body and no support for the flavors that are going on. I wish they'd dial this up a few notches.

HardTarget, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Black as midnight with a smooth creamy tan head and good lacing. Roasty chocolate goodness on the nose with a slight herbal hop note.

Flavor is roasty with slight chocolate notes, but pretty watery overall. Way too light and watery for a stout.

Very unsatisfying Stout.

Tasted 8/1/08.

tmitch75, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of kevd193213
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Dark brownish black pour with a nice thick coffee head. Aroma of roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Thin mouthfeel but tasty with roasted nuts and chocolate dominating the overall taste. Nice dry but sweet finish. A good beginner stout in that its fairly simple but still enjoyable.

kevd193213, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Blind Tiger Ale House in New York City. This was about the only beer that they were pouring that I hadn't tried yet or could find on sale via retail. I didn't know anything about this brewery or it's beers, but I can honestly say after giving this a good 40 minutes to warm up in my hand that this has to be the thinnest stout that I've ever had...

The pour was what one would expect - dark, but not black, with just a hint of almond brown at the edges. The head was creamy and not too tall, while the lacing was never anywhere to be seen. That should have been the first sign that something was amiss here, but the taste and mouthfeel sealed the deal. Yeah, there's some black chocolate here with some black coffee and espresso notes, but this was just too weak up front and too repugnantly bitter in the back. This never caught on with me even as my glass warmed up.

I don't expect stouts to be session beers, but this nearly fit the bill. If they're motor-oil thick, full of oatmeal, chocolate, or roasted malt, and smoothly bitter in the back, they can be wonderful. This was the first, and hopefully, "generic stout" that I've ever had and seeing how this beer has a higher rating then what I'm giving it, I have a feeling that something got lost in translation between the Centennial State and here. For some reason, I still refuse to believe that any stout could be this weak...

JerzDevl2000, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark, antique mahogany with dark plum highlights around the edges when held up to the light. A one inch frothy beige colored head sits atop but not for long as it quickly dissipates leaving no visible lacing behind.

S: rich, dark, bitter chocolate with fresh coffee. An earthy humus aroma mixes well with the fresh coffee flavor. Ripe fruit of dark cherries and plums also intertwine adding to the layering of this fine aroma.

T: ripe fruit of plums, raisins, and dates. A soothing bitter chocolate-coffee latte flavor with some vanilla cream hints are well noted. The finish was clean and quick off the tongue. Overall the flavor was very smooth and easy with a nice flavor but found it lacking a bit substance wise.

M: light, smooth with a moderate trace of carbonation. Ok per style but could have been better here, again lacking the fullness and substance.

D: Drinkability was smooth and easy, wont fill you up and light enough to enjoy a few.

beerthulhu, Nov 22, 2008
Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 925 ratings.