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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 970
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 5
Gots: 62 | 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 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
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
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
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
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
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
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
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
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
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to nacir69 for this one:

Pours ptich black with a thin tan head that stays around, leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is of chocolate and coffee with earthy, roasty notes and some dark and citric fruitiness.

The taste follows the nose - chocolate and coffee notes with roasted earthy notes with dark and citric fruitiness. Well-balanced being sweet and bitter with a touch of roastiness. The flavors emerge well.

It is smooth, though the carbonation is a bit much and the body is more in the porter category than the stout. It could use more heft and velvety richness.

It's well-balanced - almost to a fault for the style. There are nice flavors going on, though I was expecting a bit more chocolate considering the name.

Photo of imaguitargod
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Been meaning to try this one for a while because the label's kinda nice (I know, I know. Don't judge a book by it's cover) and I finally bought a bottle. It poured to a small 1/4 inch head that dissipated in about a minute.

It's dark but surprisingly red near the edges. Very carbonated for a stout and more light in taste than most chocolate ones I've had. The chocolate is not very overbearing or harsh and is more a background taste than anything. If you want a "light" chocolate beer, than this is your man. Overall, I'd say this beer is decent, meh.

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

Acquired as a single 12oz. bottle at Sam's Blue Light in Durham, NC.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a large, fizzy beige head.

Smell: Mostly a roasty scent, but sniff hard enough and hope long enough and you can coax out some unsweetened chocolate and a vague hint of fruit.

Taste: Roasted barley and dark chocolate with a controlled level of sweetness and a puff of sooty air. Touch of fruit. Dash of coffee. Light hops and bitterness. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Flavorful, though not overly chocolatey and a bit light in body, but it's still a decent stout.

Photo of Rayek
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep mahogany color. Well formed tan head that leaves little lace.

S: I smelled chocolate, coffee and espresso. Nice overall aroma.

T: Tastes like coffee with a little chocolate thrown in. Acidic, but not very bitter.

M: Nice thick mouthfeel, but a little too much carbonation for this style.

D: I didn't enjoy this beer that much for some reason. A greater level of complexity and less carbonation would have helped. I'd have it again, but there are finer choices.

Photo of Ricochet
2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Black as oil with no head and no real lace to speak of and smelled like strained grains in heavy water, like it was the refuse made when washing grain? Unusual to say the least, but there was nothing else other than a little sweetness from the Chocolate and a little rusty water. Mouth was , well, it formed on the top of the mouth and went down as such with a bitter aftertaste not from the flavor. The sweetness made this seem like swallowing a candy more than a beer. Taste was about Saranac average. Like I've had this stout combo many times, usually in the cheaper types and this was that again. The Chocolate was artifical and sweet and the rounding from the hops did little to help. There was a hole in the finish, leaving sweet and bitter to do battle. There are better Chocolate stouts out there that do the style with more balance and less candy. Okay at best if you like really sweet beers.

Photo of letsgopens
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The Chocolate Stout pours black and appears almost opaque with a frothy tan head that recedes rather quickly. A small amount of lace is left behind on the rim of the glass. A fairly average looking brew.

Bitter cocoa and leafy hops come through initially in the nose along with some mild coffee. Very earthy with just a bit of mild milk chocolate sweetness. Full smelling and robust with a distinct, almost charred/smoky roastiness.

Creamy and thick with bitter cocoa and dark chocolate. A hint of very roasty smoke is present as well. Something like a toasted marshmallow character. Molasses and burnt raisin are present. Overall very roasty and bitter with a mild acidic quality. Creamy with some faint leafy hops. Slightly nutty and mineral-like in the finish. A definite metallic note as well. Fairly average and not terribly chocolaty for its namesake.

At first it seemed that the brew felt thinner only due to the fact that it was fresh from the fridge and a bit too cold, however as the brew warmed a bit its true character was revealed. Thinner and rather disappointing for a stout in my opinion. Moderate to high carbonation doesn't help the thin texture either. Semidry in the finish. At first this brew seemed it may be fairly impressive but as I continued drinking it became more and more evident that it wasn't quite as interesting and I previously thought. Good, not great.

Photo of beerbrains
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Impressively black with only a thin layer of tan head. Auroma of roasted grains.

Taste is roasted malt with a sweet aftertaste, a slight hint of coffee. However, it left me wondering where the chocolate comes in. I poured it straight from the back of the frig so maybe it was to cold, but for me the taste just wasn't there. A decent enough stout otherwise.

Lightly carbonated, very drinkable. It goes down smooth.

I was hoping this would compliment the chocolate raspberry cake I was having but I was left disappointed. I will try it again but I will give it some time come up in temperature.

Photo of getch
2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a-dark black color, no head, some residue on the class

s-some dark coca, little hit of alcohol after taste, little bit of a shiver

t-taste like a avg dark beer, nothing impressive, had many beers better than this

m-can tell it is a beer with the alcohol in it, otherwise a very regular beer

d- ok, will not buy this beer again, if it is offered at a party than will def have this other a macro beer

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a mug at room temperature.

A - Pours a cloudy, deep brown with an off-white head that leaves some sticky lacing.

S - Roasted coffee dominates the aroma...not much else.

T - Flavors of toffee and burnt malt...finishes dry with a coffee aftertaste. Not much for a chocolate stout...the name is affecting my expectations.

M - Dry finish with strong carbonation.

D - Pretty good, but doesn't really jump out at me. Overall, not much chocolate in this stout...more of a coffee flavor. If I saw this again, I'd pick up a bottle, but not much more than that.

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

A: Pours a dark brown/black with a thin layer of foam on top.

S: Lots of roasted grain in the nose. Not much chocolate - maybe a faint hint in the background.

T: Decent, but not what I like in a chocolate stout. The chocolate is really not present. Roasted grains are the dominant flavor, with a bit of coffee in the back. A hint of chocolate, but not much else. Not bad, but I'd hope for more.

M: Smooth, a little grainy, but decent. Good carbonation.

D: It's easy to drink, and tastes pretty good. A solid session beer, but I wouldn't really consider it a chocolate stout. More of a straight-up stout, with a nice roasted flavor. Definitely not much in the way of chocolate in this one.

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

A: Pours a light jet-black color into the pint glass. Very light. Almost no head with no retention.
S: Strong smell of roasted malt. A little coffee. Don't pick up on the chocolate tones at all.
T: Roasted malts, slight hint of dark chocolate, coffee, then a medium hoppy finish. I would love to pick up on more of the chocolate, but I just don't smell / taste them as much as I would like.
M: Too light of a body for the style. Well carbonated, but maybe too light. Still good though.
D: This is still very drinkable, session type ale.

Overall, good beer to grab if you're in the area.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass and served at cellar temperature.

A - Poured a deep dark brown, essentially opaque with a nice two finger high head of tan colored lace rising up above the top and gradually settling own to just a thin film across the top. The was a little bit of tan colored side glass lace, but nothing really remarkable. The only complaint here was that the pour was a little thin to be honest and just did not have the fullness I would have liked to see.

S - The aroma was very full and quite the intresting blend. It was full of deep dark baker's chocolate with lots of hints at cookie dough mixed in. Very thick aroma of cookie dough actually blended in very well with a nice touch of vanilla and caramel and lactose sugars.

T - The flavor was obviuosly dominated by the deep chocolate tones, but it had enough added into to it that it made it rather intresting to let it warm up and catch some of the other nuances present in it. There were hints of vanilla, not the cookie dough I picked up in the aroma, but rather lots of caramel and a touch of a fresh grass and hoppiness to the finish which was a little extra added bonus and really drew out some of the other flavors inside.

M - The feel really killed this one to be honest. It was just far too thin on the palate. This is supposed to be a stout, but it was so light bodied it came off as more of a lager. Really a dissapointement after the nice aroma and flavor. Not nearly close to being a good stout.

D - This was a session beer only for the fact that it was light enough to be one. It was light profile, light flavor, light ABV, you could drink a few easy, but would you want to?

Overall not bad, but I think I will pass on this one again. It was just not my cup of tea and I really think they could have done some more to really push this through and make it a really solid offering, oh well you win some you lose some.

Photo of sjohansen
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this in a mixed case from a holiday party.

Pours with a dark chocolate color. Thin tan head that disappears very quickly. Left ok lacing throughout.

Smells of chocolate and coffee. The coffee dominants the stout throughout, even once it warms up a little.

Good carbonation. Slight bitterness in the finish, but it is pretty smooth throughout. The two main notes in the nose are the same as the taste. Good strong coffee base and a hint of sweet chocolate. I know in 2007, 5.30% abv isn’t anything special, but it’s nice to get a balanced stout that isn’t going to knock you on your ass after 2 or 3 drinks.

The carbonation creates a slick fuzzy mouthfeel. The carbonation gave a nice balance to the strong coffee and chocolate notes.

Pretty solid stout. It’s not going to overwhelm you with chocolate, but it’s definitely something I would get as a dessert or night cap treat.

Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 970 ratings.