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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 942
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 5
Gots: 51 | 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 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
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.

ghebel, Mar 31, 2009
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.

tr4nc3d, Mar 12, 2009
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.

daliandragon, Mar 06, 2009
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.

htomsirveaux, Mar 06, 2009
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!

pokesbeerdude, Mar 04, 2009
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.

wiseguy142, Mar 02, 2009
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.

webbcreative, Mar 01, 2009
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.

confer, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of sprucetip
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. On tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC> Black, thin tan head stays for a while, leaves some lacing. SMELLS roasty, chocolate, malty sweet. Pleasant, but faint. TASTES like roasty coffee, bitter chocolate, hop bitterness and sweet maltiness, all balanced and working well together. FEEL the moderate carbonation and fiz, mildly viscous, thin side of medium body, clean finish. DRINKS very easily, and I've just learned it is only 5+ %, so that is understandable.

sprucetip, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of Buebie
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to Wasatch for this bottle.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date, into a tulip.
Color is black with some ruby glowing at the edges of the glass. Less then a finger of off white bubbly head. Quickly receeding to multople bubble clumps of retention. Spotty thin lace.

Aroma os chocolate grains husky aroma and hints of liquid chocolate extract. A nice nutty roasted nib aroma fills my nasal pharynx up with sweet nutty cocoa.

Very thick and cream filled with a thin feeling. Its weird, like the thickness falls to the bottom of my mouth and the thin watery texture sits ontop and creams up again with carbonation. Carbonation comes through beginning to end. Any sweetness detected in aroma is now gone in taste.
Bitter chocolate and lods of roasted coffee beans, as well as more chocolat roasted grain flavors. Its mostly bitter, all the chocolate flavor for me seems to come from the grains and nibs.

This is very porter like, definatly a good chocolate stout. The downside for me was the lack of lace and retention, as well as too much carbonation for the style.
Still happy I could give this a whirl.

Buebie, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of aletales
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fort Collins Chocolate Stout poured almost black into the glass leaving a small tight head with good lacing. The aroma was of Dove Dark Chocolate. The flavor was chocolaty of course but there was also a strong taste of cola. It was sweet and smooth with a pleasant mouthfeel.

aletales, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany colored with a light brown foamy head that settles out quickly. Low aroma of cocoa and roasted malts.

Flavorf is initially sweet milk chocolate, but quickly gives way to smokiness, some coffee and raisin, hints of molasses, rich dark malt. Finishes with a sharp but clean burnt espresso flavor, and piney hop bitters emerge at the end of the finish and linger. Pretty complex, good mix and balance of flavors, not just over the top chocolate.

Moderate carbonation, fairly even mouthfeel, finishes a bit dry. Very drinkable beer.

far333, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of dananabanana
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black, perhaps a little brown in the light. No head, just a little dollop of white foam.

S: Vaguely sweet, not much else.

T: Slightly bitter, but mostly sweet. A little alcoholic tang. Some chocolate, but not as pronounced as the beer's name would lead you to believe.

M: Not really creamy like other stouts, but crisp instead. Carbonation is a little too strong.

D: Easy to drink, but kinda boring. Not too heavy in the stomach.

dananabanana, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of oriolesfan4
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent stout overall.. pales in comparison to the few other chocolate stouts I've tried (notably Brookyln's). Pours a nice jet black.. very little head and zero lacing. Taste has some subtle chocolate malt, not much for hops, at least for me anyway. I felt the body was a bit on the thin side, which was a minor disappointment. Average drinkability as it's sort of bland and boring... I liked this breweries IPA and Red Ale but this stout doesn't really impress me.

oriolesfan4, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of treehugger02010
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought the Fort Collins Brewery variety case from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Bryn Mawr, PA and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a deep opaque brown, almost black, color. The head is 3 fingers tall, tan, with superb retention and thin, sticky lacing.
Smell: The aroma is of chocolate powder and chocolate milk.
Taste: The flavors are roasted coffee, nutty and sweet taffy.
Mouthfeel This beer has stiff mouthfeel.
Drinkability: This beer is pretty drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Feb 04, 2009
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
Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 942 ratings.