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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of ghebel
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a one inch light brown head that recedes slowly to a 1/8 inch ring leaving some legs on the glass.

S - The strongest oomponent of the aroma to me is dark fruit, followed by sugary chocolate, with roasted malts in the background.

T - Roasted, almost burnt coffee with chocolate aftertaste. Sweet, but with a bitter finish.

M - Smooth. moderate to full feeling. Leaves a lingering bitterness in the mouth and chocolate on the breath.

D - Drinkable.

Overall - Flavor is great and I enjoy the bitterness. I was a bit disappointed in the aroma, but the flavor and mouthfeel more than make up for it.

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Fl. OZ bottle

Poured a dark brown/velvet like color with a 1/2 inch tan head that dissapears quickly. Some lacing is left on my glass.

Smells like plums, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, roasted barley, burnt wood chips, oak.

Roasted burnt malts hits the palate first with a cross into a sharp hop bitterness that does not last, which you can then feel it goes a bit watery in the end with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Basically its lacking flavor and it doesnt follow through all the way.

Medium body with a slightly watery sweet aftertaste. Sticky mouth feeling.

Overall Im not too excited but I could see it being a session beer and having more then one due to its alcohol content. I would recommend to try it at least once.

Photo of daliandragon
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is probably one of the last stouts of the winter season; despite the snow last weekend, the temperature is supposed to hit the high seventies tomorrow. This American stout looks okay with a mostly black hue (tiny brown sliver at bottom), but very little head. There are some milk chocolate and coffee notes with some slight bitterness and a touch of licorice.

Surprising in that it's not straight malt but features some moderate hopping to accessorize the coffee and unsweetened chocolate notes. The texture is a bit thinner than I prefer, which leads to a dry but grainy aftertaste. Not a bad attempt but needs some fine tuning before this breaks into the rotation.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 5 Mar 2009.

Poured in Hub City pint glass. Medium sized tight brown head. Well carbonated. Very dark brown color, almost black, nearly opaque. Aroma is smoky, cocoa, and pumpernickel. Starts with roasted malt, bittersweet cocoa. Some cinnamon and cola. Slightly acrid coffee aftertaste. Silky mouthfeel, medium light body. Moderate ethanol.

Wanted a little more chocolate falvor in this, finish was a little too acrid.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this one in trade!

A: Dark brown, not quite black, with a cream/tan colored head, somewhat opaque, okay lacing, almost no head retention though. Pretty standard looking stout, tasty looking.

S: Chocolate milk, burnt malts, and a faint hint of more chocolate, chocolate really stands out in this one, really not much else. Smells tasty enough.

T: Chocolate and coffee, burnt malts, cocoa powdery, piney clean hop finish, that is kind of odd, but fits in nicely, that really sums it up, really tasty beer, nice balance really, not too terribly sweet, which I was afraid of from the name.

M: For a stout, its just about right, maybe a little thicker would be nice. Really dry finish, pretty sticky too. Not too shabby at all.

D: It isn't overbearingly sweet, but it is still just a tad too sweet for me to sit down and drink more than one of these. Has a great stout flavor and profile that is amped on chocolate. I'd recommend it, and maybe keep some on hand. Tasty beer. Thanks John!

Photo of wiseguy142
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Having Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout at EBF has sort of put me into stout overdrive recently. Just brewed up a imperial coffee/chocolate stout myself today, so hopefully this will remind me of the sweet deliciousness that is to come in the upcoming weeks.

Pour is unimpressive. Watery looking with an off-white head that dies very quickly. Totally black with some visible carbonation around the rim of the glass forming some residual head. I didn't really think it'd be possible to be unimpressed by a stout's appearance (they're all black right?) but this isn't really working for me.

Aroma, on the other hand, is quite nice. Blended coffee and chocolate hiding deep in the recesses of this beer. A little raw sugar sweetness detracts from the complexity. I imagine that if they made a chocolate stout candy, this is what it would smell like. It's good, but it lacks depth and character.

Taste. Bah. WATERY. This beer is WAY too thin for its own good. During the initial half second of the first sip I was optimistic, but the follow up was horrendous. Like taking a sip from a black pouring drinking fountain. Some chocolate notes, from actual chocolate, not the chocolate malt. Some nice US Williamette or English hops are present which you can pick up on. Other than that, I'm not sure where all the flavor went with this beer. Maybe to some other, cooler beer that tastes better.

Mouthfeel is, again, a water fountain metaphor. Next.

I didn't enjoy drinking, although I did enjoy smelling it. I'm resisting the urge to dismiss it because I'm not observing the strong stout flavors with a nice alcohol bite of an imperial stout. But I think it's definitely possible to brew a quality normal strength stout and still give it character.

Photo of webbcreative
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Feb 22, 2009
Dark pour, with a tan head. smells sweet, malty, coffee, chocolate. Tastes like espresso, and some chocolate in there also. touch of hops for balance. overall just okay, nothing special about it really. I could drink this again, but I dont see me ever seeking this one out.

Photo of confer
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark dark brown. Can barely see any light through it. Tan head , one finger.

S-Sweet and malty.

T-Malty and a little bit smokey.

M-Not as creamy as i would have expected.

D- This is one of my least favorite styles, but it came in a sampler pack. I suppose as the the style goes this one is easy to drink.

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79 out of 100 based on 957 ratings.