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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 983
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 5
Gots: 69 | 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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Photo of DontCallMeSurly
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a basic black color with about 1/4 inch of off-white tan head. Retention was minimal. Not much lacing on the side of the glass.

Bold chocolate scent, roasted malts, and roasted coffee. Also there is just a faint smell of caramel as well.

Taste is of..what else dark chocolate. This is followed up by a robust burnt-coffee flavor, but that isn't meant to be a bad thing. It reminds me of a good cup of mocha. Not exactly over-powering for this style of beer as it felt slightly watered-down; it just had a thin feel to it.

It's an above average beer, but not what I was hoping for. Still, very drinkable.

Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from russpowell via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head above the almost opaque dark brown brew. Thick head falls slowly, with ample lacing. Aroma is malted chocolate. Taste follows along, but a bit more sedate than I expected, with a balancing bitter close. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, only the lightest prickling of carbonation, and drinkability is pretty good. Not all I was hoping for, but still an acceptable brew.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an average looking almost black colour with a thinnish tan head that has minimal retention time and leaves little to no residue on the glass.

Aroma has a bit of sweet chocolate to it, along with a healthy dose of burnt malt and a bit of caramel as well. All blend fairly well.

The flavour is much like the aroma, but there's a bit more blandness to it. Nothing really stands out and grabs hold of you. Chocolate it present throughout and mixes well with a subtle caramel flavour. Overall sweetness is up a bit here as the roasted/burnt malt notes fall more toward the back of each sip. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied but a bit too thin for a stout.

This was just an average stout overall. No glaring missteps but no glaring triumphs either. Aside from a slightly above average aroma, this one is really middle of the road.

Photo of JamesS
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark opaque, but with very little head (fizzy, too) and no lacing. Has a nice chocolate stout scent, though, a nice hint of burnt grains with an excellent chocolate overtone. Good taste, predominatly chocolate, but with a slight roasted barley undertone, and a nice chocolate/coffee bitter aftertaste. Goes down fine, although not the smoothest I've ever had. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Phillyduke
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Riedel stemless wine glass. Thanks to session1979 for sending this to me to try.

Pours thin and dark brown, nearly black. A lackluster one-finger khaki head fades quickly leaving a faint layer of bubbles on the surface, but did exhibit some decent lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell is of chocolate, what else? There's also some toasted malt and hints of roasted chestnuts. Sadly, the chocolate flavor isn't as prevalent as I would have hoped. There's a nice malt base here, but it seems weak and somewhat watered down for a stout. Mouthfeel is thin as well, and overly carbonated for the style. Not nearly as "velvety smooth" as the label indicates. Low ABV makes it easy to have more than one. Not a bad beer, overall, but one I probably wouldn't reach for with so many other outstanding chocolate stouts out there. Might be a nice beer to pair with a cigar, as it's likely to complement the tobacco without overpowering it and taking over.

Photo of Kegatron
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown/almost black with some ruby highlights around the bottom of the glass and 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Retains very nicely into a creamy layer that leaves thick rings of lace all down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a fairly sweet presence of chocolate and caramel malts with some roasted coffee notes mixed in.

The taste is once again sweet chocolate up front but the overall taste of it isn't very well defined. This is backed up by additional notes of caramel malts and the tingling feel of dark roasted coffee. The mouthfeel is light medium bodied with an easygoing feel and good carbonation.

When you advertise yourself as a "Chocolate Stout", I shouldn't have to sit there for a second and figure out just where exactly the chocolate notes are at in your beer. They still pack some flavor and easy drinkibility into this package but a little more assertiveness and definition of their main flavor would have gone a long way here if you ask me.

Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with a rocky beige head that retains fairly well but doesn't leave much lace

Smell: Some roasty elements but not particularly chocolatey; in fact, there is a strange artificial, almost plastic phenolic aroma which is off-putting

Taste: Fortunately, the taste is better than the aroma; opens with a black bread and chocolate flavor that adds a slightly hoppy dimension by mid-palate; after the swallow, some smoked flavors poke through, but still not much of the expected chocolate follow through

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat thin for a stout; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent drinker but pales in comparison to others brewed in this style

Photo of grees20
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My contribution to a beer tasting with a few friends. The Fort Collins Chocolate Stout came highly recommended. The pour produces a near pitch black body with a two-finger tan head. When you hold the glass to the light, you can see a rich shade of ruby red coming through.
A nice chocolate aroma with some roasted malts. A slightly thinner mouthfeel than what I expected. The chocolate taste is there, but it just doesn't dominate. Also, it doesn't give you that chocolate milk sensation. A good, dry finish. Chocolate Stout doesn't crack my top 10 list of stouts.

Photo of BigRedN
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is black, with my pour producing a somewhat thin (about 1/2 an inch) brownish head. Head fades to a thin partial cover and leaves little lace. It's dark, but beyond that not much.

Smell: As to be expected, roasted malt, chocolate aroma with some roasted coffee (light scent).

Taste: Taste is better than the look and scent to me. Malty, roasted malt. Bitter chocolate and roasted coffee beans. This also has a nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Feels well carbonated and is prickly on the tongue and throat. A touch dry on the finish.

Drinkability: Tasty, relatively low ABV, I could set down to some serious beer drinking with this. Alas, I only bought one as part of a mixed six. I would go back for a full six. A definite must try.

Photo of Beertracker
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fort Collins Brewing's Chocolate Stout pours up with a light carbonation that creates a small tannish brown head that tops a very dark brown-reddish black body. Great clarity. The slightly fruity aroma has a nice toastiness, some sweet caramel, and lots of roast with hints of espresso, vanilla bean, and cocoa nibs. The flavor starts off with a grainy sharpness with some dark malt acidity which carries into a slight sweetness, but isn't quite as generous as the aroma. The bittersweet chocolate finish is off-dry with an acrid/burnt, almost minerally harshness that detracts. Medium-light bodied with some creaminess and undesirable astringency. Overall, this is a solid offering from the Ft. Collins Brewery that is much improved over the H.C. Berger version. Buy a sixer and support your local (or not so local) brewery!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of JDV
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle courtesy of bitterbill as an extra, from BA.
Pours black with a light ruby edge on it and a beige moderate lasting head. Smooth creamy roasted smell with some chocolatey notes. Kind of candy bar like. Taste is roasty malt, and chocolatey, but not overwhelmingly so at all. Moderate to light body and medium to high carbonation. Good, but I'm not blown away. Pretty balanced and easy drinking and at least doesn't have an artificial "we added some crazy chemical" chocolate taste to it.

Photo of latercol
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of these yesterday. Had a couple last night. Poured one into a pint glass for this review.

Very dark brown not quite black though. Medium density head. Not a lot of carbonation, but enough. Not much lace. An average looking Stout.

At first when I smelled this I didn't think I would like it. I smelled the usual malty stout smells, but something unfresh was lurking in here. The smell was the worst on the first bottle when I first poured it. It didn't seem as noticible later on though. It seemed that when the head dissipated so did the nasty smell.

I actually thought this tasted pretty good, despite the smell. It is a lighter bodied stout compared to some of the russian imperials I have tried. Not bad to drink in the springtime.

Mouthfeel is probably this beers strongest attribute. Smooth and creamy.

This stout is not as robust as other stouts, but this stout is fairly easy to drink. Probably wont go looking for this one again but overall it is not bad. I will happily finish this six pack with no complaints.

Photo of mentor
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, solid pffft when opened. Pours a 1.5 finger dark brown head. Slightly fizzy that settles to a hanging layer. To light, beer is clear super-dark mahogheny with brown edgings. Smells like a super-heavy brown ale with williamette hops. Sweet malt over drying chocolate blended elegantly with gentle roast. Touch of vanilla or cream.

Tastes mild sweet with some chocolate and a more dominant roast dry. Bit of molasses or dark fruity character under the stoutish characters adds an interesting complexity. Actually, I think it may be a wood-smoked malt. The drying roast is definitely the main player, but there's quite a bit going on here. Burnt character like the skin from a torched marshmellow.

Md-thick body when sloshed in the mouth, likely due to dextrines. Dries in the finish due to the roast contributions and an alcohol that just reaches into my perception (I'm not particularly sensitive to alcohol). I could easily go for another.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle a very dark brown with ruby highlights and a very light tan head.

Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, and hot chocolate.

Tastes of roasted malts and a bit of vanilla. Overall, a light tasting and light bodied stout.

Light and watery mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

This stout is drinkable but not so much enjoyable. Too washed out and wet.

Photo of morebeergood
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack at Blanchard's in Allston to go along with a chocolate torte that we had for dessert. Pours a jet black color into the pint glass. Large head and no carbonation noticeable. Smell was of roasted barley and licorice. The taste left something to be desired though. As this is a chocolate stout, it would be nice to actually taste some chocolate. All I got was a mouth full of bitter roasted coffee flavor. No sweetness whatsoever. It's a decent beer, but perhaps I just missed it's point. Not too impressed with my first try of Ft. Collin's brews.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours basically black, a hint of dark ruby when held to strong light. Thick chunky lace left in the wake of a receding mocha head. A spotty covering but the patches of cover are thick.

Aroma - roasty grains dominate. No coffee or chocolate yet, just lots of toasty, bready grain. Some coffee presence makes its way through after the beer sets up.

Taste - darkly roasted grain, definite char element there. Some burnt espresso with a strange wateriness to it. A light bitterness on the swallow, more char character. A simple stout with limited development yet still plenty tasty.

Mouthfeel - a little thin, the carbonation doesn't help much there. Good body though and some light smoothness.

Drinkability - a decent way to support local craft brewing. A good pick with some chili or smoked/grilled meat.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Looks like an ink black when on my coffee table, but when held up to the sunlight is actually a deep, brown. A tan head bubbled up and diminished rather quickly. Little to no lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, cocoa powder, with a slight coffee presence. Not too much else going on here.

Taste mirrors the smell with an added caramel malt presence.

Pretty well-balanced, smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of caminiti
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured thin, with perhaps a bit too much of an orange head. Taste was a bit disappointing, did not seem to match the aroma, which was a decent mix of chocolate and a bit of malt. Kind of reminded me of the Ommegang, with almost a bit of a metalic "ping", though not as ridiculously overpriced as the Ommegang

Photo of trpng0bily
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BadBadger for this, among others.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with some burnt orange highlights. Small head with some light lacing. The smell is immediate and becoming, of chocolate and sweet roasted malts. Tastewise, there aren't any surprises - chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of hops, with a dry finish. This is a pleasant tasting and well-balanced brew. Smooth, as the label claims. It is heavily carbonated for a stout, which is not automatically a bad thing, except that in this case it is to mask a way-too-thin body. This beer is highly drinkable, what with the pleasant flavor, thinness and low ABV.

Photo of TYE
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours pretty much black with a creamy tan head 1.5 fingers thick that holds for a while, but eventually fades to a covering with just a slight lace.
S - Definitely dark chocolate, almost a coffe aroma, with a roasted malt undertone. Maybe a slight oaky hint, too.
T - A lot of bitter chocolate with a burnt nut kick. A little bitterness, but nicely balanced. Pretty much what the smell indicates.
M - Medium body, slight bite, coates the mouth a little, medium carbonation (could have been a little less).
D - If bitter, dark chocolate is your thing, this is a good one. Good flavor, but the mouthfeel is a little off. Too light and a little too carbonated, IMO. Overall good, though.

Photo of BACTAdam
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a very dark brown/ black with a chocolately brown head. Decent head retention. From its appearance I was expecting some good things.

S- Smells of semi-sweet chocolate, a little coffee. Initial impressions, good.

T- Started off strong I thought. Some very nice semi-sweet chocolate notes and a tinge of black coffee. Started to disappoint by mid-glass as I tasted mostly roasted malts and not much else.

M- This beer was too thin for a stout and way too carbonated. I thought the carbonation interfered with what could have been a better tasting beer.

D- It's drinkable. I finished the first 3/4 rather quickly but saved the last 1/4 for it to warm. I've never had a stout like this where it tasted worse as it warmed. Should have drank it all cold.

Photo of Kendo
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany.

A: Body is dark brown/black (hard to tell exactly in a relatively dark bar) with a small, chocolate milk-colored head. Leaves behind good lacing.

S: Not terribly strong, but pleasant enough for this style -- mainly chocolate and dark roasted coffee.

T: Similar to the nose, only the flavors are stronger. Roasted coffee and dark bakers' chocolate dominate up front. Coffee bitterness and dark chocolate bitterness are there at the end. Finishes very dry, and with a lingering almost metallic taste.

M: Lighter than expected in heft -- I'd say this is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, to be honest; a bit thin for the style and that thinness may have contributed to the perception of a metallic taste at the finish.

D: Good -- it wasn't heavy bodied, yet had some good flavors going on, so it went down pretty easy.

3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An inch of dark tan almost brown head forms with mixed bubbles. Body is a oily blackness like ink from a vintage pen. Nose has shades of smokey malt and coco and maybe even some dill seed. Enters the mouth creamy and smooth with big up front coco and vanilla. Most of the flavor is upfront on this one. You do get a little bit of a burnt malt feel on the back of the tongue. As it warms a little you get notes of dark fruit also. Mouthfeel is chocolatey thickness with a tit of bitter on the finish. Decently drinkable.

Photo of BadBadger
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This American Stout is a pleasant treat. It pours a semi-dark color from the bottle. The head is foamy and tan in color. The smell is of roasted malts, with perhaps a hint of chocolate aroma. The taste is simple yet flavorful. As with the smell, there is a somewhat roasted chocolate sweetness upfront with slight bittering for balance. A nice dry finish. For an American stout, and a break from the higher A.B.V .stouts out there, this is certainly worthy of giving a go taste. Enjoy!!!

Photo of Gavage
3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a 1" light tan colored head. No significant lacing shows up during the session.

Smell: sweet chocolate and some roasted malt tones.

Taste: grainy roasted malts, chocolate candy, some dark fruit sweetness, and a decent bitterness to balance out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer but it feels very thin on the tongue. Smooth throughout. Aftertaste is filled with chocolate but leaves the tastebuds quickly.

Drinkability: this needs to be a bit heartier on the malt front - it comes across a bit thin for a stout. Decent beer but after having Southern Tier Chokolat, this leaves you wanting a bit more.

Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.