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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 988
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 5
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 988 | Reviews: 473
Photo of mralphabet
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
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 +1.7%
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
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
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
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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 -9.9%
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.

Photo of feelmefoam
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black color with nut brown highlights. About an inch of nice tan head fizzes up, but doesn't leave a whole lot of lacing around the glass, a little less than usual.

Smells mainly of roasted dark malts and dark chocolate, some light coffee notes as well. Pretty fragrant, you don't have to work real hard to discern the different scents.

A nice combination of bittersweet chocolate and sweet coffee flavors balanced out with some slightly bitter hop flavor makes for a tasty stout. Starts out smooth and sweet, then grows a bit more bitter as the beer finishes.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin for a stout, I would like something a bit more thick and syrupy to go with the big flavors happening in the taste. A good bit of carbonation for a stout, as well.

In all, a very drinkable stout that brings a lot of flavor to the forefront without being too overpowering alcohol-wise. Very sessionable, and a pretty solid offering from FCB.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mediu black with very browniesh highlights. Good, light tan head that recedes to a foam that lasts throughout the whole brew. The aroma is a grainy and powdery chocolate bar. Then the toasted malts add some bread to the aroma, maybe just a touch of creamy coffee for sweetness. The front of the palate is dry, and powdery chocolate. The middle lets the hops bitter that chocolate malt to a more coffe like flavor and acidic mouthfeel. The flavor and savory palate slowly thin from the front to the back of the palate. Becoming more and more watery. Pretty good drinkability, but the chocolate fades to more of an acidic coffee from front to the back of this beers palate.

Photo of AleWatcher
2.06/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: dark. Tan head settles quickly and leaves a ring around at the edge of the pint glass. Looks kind of dull.

S: I smell some chocolate but it isn't at the forefront. Coffee and a slight metalic smell are stronger. Surprisingly unpleasant.

T: it is like a bitter coca cola, just not as carbonated. I'm getting more hopps than cocoa or malts. Not like a normal stout at all. Let alone a chocolate stout.

M: Watery body that is highly unsatisfying. Very little carbonation doesn't help it to be smoother. Comes across as almost a tad gritty.

D: not gonna get this one again. I think they missed the mark a little.

Photo of Tballz420
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black body, slight brown hues show through when held to the light. Nice sized brown head tops it off, and leaves a nice trail behind. Chocolaty malt on the nose, maybe a bit of dark fruit as well. Big chocolate malt flavor. Bit of a bitter hop presence backs it up. Nice full and smooth mouth. Overall a pretty good brew.

Photo of Mavajo
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Strange beer.

Pours a dark brown with a two finger thick tan/brown head. Retains for a bit but settles into a thin crown. Little to moderate lacing.

Nose is hoppy with a bit of chocolate, but there's also a bit of a chemical type smell. Taste is very hoppy and roasty with mild bitterness - the hops almost take precedence over the chocolate. I didn't find it particularly enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Somewhat drinkable. The ABV isn't too high and it's not particularly filling, but it's just not tasty. You could down a number of these, but I'm not sure why you'd want to. Maybe a hophead would appreciate this more, but it's just not what I'm looking for from a chocolate stout. It's unfortunate the ABV isn't higher - some cellaring might make this brew more enjoyable.

Photo of angelmonster
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice 2 finger chocolate head. Body is black in color. Head retention and lacing are good

Smell is pretty sweet like most chocolate stouts. Malt dominates with a little smokiness and roasted coffee. Hops arent really present

Taste is light like a porter. Sweetness from the aroma isnt as evident on the palate. Roasted coffee is more present as well as some bitterness. Decent flavors but nothing special

Mouth feel is pretty light, almost watery. Beer is aggressively carbonated. Head slightly contributes to the body but not enough to overlook the thin consistency

Drink ability is above average. It is sessionable but kinda bland. A decent beer but dont think I'd buy again considering the tons of other awesome stouts available in Colorado

Photo of WJVII
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a deep brown color, has a thick pour, and a milk chocolate head that is about 1/2 inch and leaves nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is not that strong. There is roasted malt, some coffee, and a few nutty hints in the nose. The taste is lacking the chocolate in the name, but has a nice roasted malt character and a decent balance of hop in the finish. This is a ok brew, but for it to be called "chocolate stout" I think there should be more chocolate prevalent in the taste.

Photo of tjd112
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Brewer's Lunchbox, purchased at Spirits Unlimited, Lakewood, NJ (Route 9 and 526). Poured into Flying Fish pint glass

A - Off white half-finger head, thick black body
S - mells of roasted chocolate malts, a hint of caramel/toffee
T - taste basically follows smell, except taste more chocolatey.
M - Medium to heavy body, only slightly dry finish
D - A very balanced brew.

Photo of tedpeer
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours black with a huge tan head that subsided to a half inch. A little lacing.

S - Chocolate and coffee.

T - A little chocolate, a lotta roasted, bitter linger.

M - A little thin, lightly carbonated.

D - yeah, but not really as a chocolate stout.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark chocolate brown with a great chocolate milk looking head. The head recedes leaving a healthy ring of sticky lace around the rim.

The aroma is pleasant mix of coffee and chocolate. Hops are definately in there as well. It's slightly muted but I'm sure that would be remedied with some more warming.

The flavor is heavy on the coffee with dark bitter chocolate and some hop bitterness. A hint of earthiness can be picked up in the finish.

The mouthfeel is fairly standard if maybe a bit thinner then most.

A nice american stout. Not a world beater but certainly drinkable.

Photo of gruberbeer
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark as midnight in the glass. Who doesn't crave that dead thick black look in a hearty chocolate stout?

The smell was pleasant, with a soft air of bitter dark chocolate that mirrored the beer itself.

You could certainly taste the chocolate, but it didn't fill the mouth with the heavy, rich bitter chocolate of some other beers in this same vein.

I enjoyed drinking this beer; it went down easily, but if given the choice, I would take the Brooklyn Chocolate Stout, which is more like comfort food in the Fall when it's getting cold and the leaves are dying. This is supposed to be a beer you can snuggle with next to the fireplace while watching Monday night football.

Photo of gmfessen
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer appears black in the glass but upon closer inspection has slight hues of crimson. The two-finger, tan colored head is thick and frothy. The nose not overwhelming but is all malt; semi-sweet chocolate with burnt barley and roasted coffee are present. The taste follows suit with the roasty malt flavors being nicely balanced with the hops which are only slightly discernable in flavor. The taste starts out slightly sweet with caramel and semi-sweet chocolate and transitions to the roasty, slightly acrid and mildly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with the carbonation being slightly creamy. It could have used a little fuller body and carbonation. Overall, not a bad stout but not memorable either.

Photo of ryanonline
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to weizen glass.

Appearance is dark with quickly fading head, little if any lacing.

Aroma is bitter but not overpowering, roasty and a little chocolate.

Taste has a very light chocolate flavor mostly roasted malts, i'd say closer to light cocoa than actual chocolate.

Mouthfeel is nice though not really memorable.

The drinkability is there though it doesn't really stand out as a stout (poetry! BRILLIANT!).

All in all a nice beer but as far as a chocolate stout goes...it leaves a little to be desired. American brewers need to know that balance is key, more than outright lack of flavor, to not offending the palette.

Photo of Goldfish19
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

~ Purchased this 12 oz bottle from New Beer Distributors in Manhattan, NY. Color is dark brown with a small head that fades away quickly. Roasted, smokey aromas are present, but I can also detect hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is the same. A little light for the style, but flavors balance out well. For a beer with the name "Chocolate Stout" I was ready to be bombarded by endless amounts of this delight, but that was not the case. The chocolate is there, but does not overpower in any way.

Overall: a decent chocolate stout and a nice attempt by Fort Collins. ~

Photo of GarrisWH
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque, very dark brown with a pretty minimal, dark tan head. Retains a decent cap throughout the beer and leaves decent lacing.

S - Roasted malts with coffee and chocolate tones. Slight smokiness and just a hint of hops hiding in the aroma as well.

T - Roasted malts with chocolate and coffee tones. Hint of smokiness comes through in the flavors a bit as well. Finishes with a dry, crisp hop bitterness with some more chocolate apparent in the aftertaste. Decent flavor profile, although a bit mild and pretty average overall.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, mellow carbonation. Somewhat lighter than many stouts, could perhaps benefit from an increase in body.

D - Decent overall. Pretty good flavors with the hop finish balancing things out a bit. A bit too light bodied for a stout and could use more intensity in the flavor. I would probably drink this again, but there are other stouts I'd go for first. I can't deny it's drinkable though.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.76/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a nearly opaque black color. The head is a solid inch and a half in height, and recedes slowly into thick, sticky lacing. The aroma is of faint roasted malt with an even faint whiff of chocolate. I'm not at all impressed by this aroma. The taste is more forthcoming, but still quite mild. The is some roasted malt, but I can't detect any chocolate. There is also an unpleasant metalic thing going on in the finish. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a watery texture, and high carbonation for a stout. Overall, I do not believe that this is truly a chocolate stout as I can find no chocolate in it. All I can taste is a regular stout which is poorly done.

Photo of Yeastcakes
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving notes - 45F, imperial pint glass
A - roasted and sweet notes are in nice balance. Chocolate comes through a little as the beer warms.
A - Single finger of tan-white head with small to large bubbles. Very dark red with some nice red highlights around the edges.
M - light body with light carbonation.
T - Subtle coffee roast notes are on the tip of the tongue, but do not dominate the chocolate that comes a split second later and makes it to the middle of the tongue. Some smokiness comes through, although it could be the food I ate before this beer.
D - not as sweet and creamy and I would expect for a chocolate stout but a great beer with a lot going on.

Photo of ABOWMan
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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