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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 939
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 5
Gots: 50 | 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 Stimack
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was able to give this brew a try the other night. This is the first time that I have had any of the brews from Fort Collins so was not sure what to expect but my love of stouts directed me to it. This brew poured from the bottle to a very dark brown color, hedging on black with a smallish lighter tan head. The retention was pretty good though and left some nice lacing at the upper sections of the glass. The aromas are pretty good, with some roasted and chocolate scents coming to mind from the start. I say that it is pretty good as I would have expected a little more robustness but all being said it is not making me turn away. The taste is also pretty solid, chocolate and roasted malt flavors seem to be the dominant flavors but in a way that it seems light. The feel of the brew is quite smooth as no flavors come across as being harsh. Over all this is a pretty easy drinking brew but feel that this is pretty pedestrian compared with others in the same category, Nice try, just come up short.

Stimack, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of aerozeppl
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Picked this up after enjoying the Z Lager

A: Super dark brown black color on this one. Minimal tan head. I would have liked to have seen move given the style.

S: Roasted barley. Not much of a nose on this one at all.

T: Roasted barley and malt up front. Almost like bitter coffee. Very slight hop note at the end.

M: Light to medium body. Rather thin for the style. Little carbonation as well. Beer is almost flat 2 min after pouring it.

D: Unremarkable either way. I am enjoying the beer but I would not actively seek it out again. Try the Z Lager though. Really unique beer.

aerozeppl, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a chalice

Pours a plum brown body with an ephemeral, bubbly tan head. Retention is below average, but the carbonation level is decent. As for the aroma, some cocoa & spicy, beef notes pair with an earthy hop presence.

The flavor is mediocre: notes of powdered dark chocolate, some fig, prune, beef, and a bit of hops. Mouthfeel is dry, medium-bodied, and the carbonation is okay. All in all, this isn't that great of a beer, but it's worth a try I suppose. I won't be having it again, though.

wagenvolks, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of Tolann
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark in color, nearly opaque with a reddish hue. Dense head with a little dark color in it. Very stout like...

S - Small sweet chocolate smell. Nothing too heavy or obvious in the nose. Almost a milky chocolate smell. Perhaps more will come out as it warms, but this seems pretty simple.

T - Roasted chocolate malt lays on the tongue. Simple and straight forward. This is a chocolate stout. Nothing too complex about that.

M - Smooth and malty. Cocoa bitters seem to coat your tongue. No carbonation and silky feel. A bit of a heavier feel going down.

D - I'd enjoy another, but this is a beer that is better enjoyed in small quantities or you'd otherwise get that bloated and heavy feel in your gut. Sip and enjoy.

Tolann, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this because I figured I need to sample more Colorado beers. Very dark black with a tea colored head. Smells a little roasty and coffee. Taste is nice roasty flavor with some hop bitterness at the end. pretty drinkable but not my favorite stout.

ArrogantB, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A two finger creamy head the color of chocolate milk rises above an obsidian black brew that lets no light through whatsoever. Where the head meets the beer, there is a little trace of rhubarb or burgundy. The head shows some really nice retention, and little speckles of lace are left all over the glass. Flawless really.

S - Rich dark chocolate and bitter espresso are the two major components, and some roasty fireplace ash and woodsmoke notes are there too. This has the smell of an old log cabin, and I love that about it! Rich creamy milk chocolate is there too, along with some Count Chocula marshmallow notes and strong chocolate milk. I can hear Forrest Gump saying..."This beer smells like a box of choc-o-lates."

T - Strong espresso and dark chocolate shavings. Some bourbon and BBQ flavors are surprising given the super-chocolate nose, but I like bourbon, and I like BBQ....no qualms there. Chocolatey, but not as much so as the exquisite nose. A slightly sour note is a bit odd.

M - Slightly creamy, but not as much as it could be. Feels a bit flat and lifeless. I'm being harsh, but this needs to be much more full bodied IMHO. The finish is sour and confusing, with a poor aftertaste.

D - It's my experience that there are just some beers that look and smell amazing and then fall short on the flavor....like a straight A high school student who graduates at the top of his class and then becomes a pot-smoking booze hound and flunks out of college. This is one of those unfortunate beers. It's really not at all bad, I'm giving this a pretty high score. I'm just a little let down by the flavor.

pmcadamis, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of bigdeuce
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boy, a tad more syrup would make this one a forever keeper. Pours a nice tan head and a beautiful looking body and an opaque black color. Smells and tastes of coffee, toffee, and chocolate. Not sweet at all. I like my stouts with a bit more alcohol, but this is a nice session brew. Washes down with nice malts and slight hops. A good overall brew.

bigdeuce, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of Winter
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a bubbly tan head. Sugary aroma of chocolate malt and cocoa. Medium in body, but seems a little thin for a stout. Flavor has chocolate malt and roasted barley on the front. Some smokiness emerges toward the back in addition to a hop bitterness that tries to balance out the chocolate flavors.

I tried this beer with a chocolate cake that had a raspberry filling. The cake was very sweet compared to this beer. The chocolate stout didn't hold up at all to the sweetness of the chocolate cake. The beer by itself, this might have been a different experience. I suppose this is a dessert beer, but don't try and pair it with anything TOO sweet or it will fail.

Winter, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a black color with a bubbly, caramel-colored, small head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate and roasted malt. It also had a floral hoppy aroma.

T - It tasted bittersweet with a roasted malt taste. There were also hints of toffe and caramel.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good stout. Could use a little more chocolate taste to like up to its name.

zeff80, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer w/o freshnes information. Pours dark and stoutlike, with just a thin dark tan head and leaving just a scant hint of lacing, above a thin tiny bubble film. Dusty dark chocolate nose, dark malts and more dark chocolate up front. Respectable stout, quite dry in the finish, with some lingering chocolate sweetness. Not bad, worth a try for stout/dark beer lovers

Billolick, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poursa somewhat thin black with an okay initial head that fades quickly. Smell is somewhat light, and mostly cocoa and vanilla. Smooth. Chocolate malt and milk chocolate in the mouth. Smooth with a slight roastiness and tiny bit of hop bitterness at the end. Smooth and somewhat thin mouthfeel. Not bad, but a little lacking in body and punch.

Georgiabeer, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of AMo
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fort Collins Chocolate Stout pour a pitch black with a small tan head. Its smell is faint, but it does have a slight chocolate aroma that is rather nice. There is a hop bitterness that seems to take presidence in the taste; chocolate and malt flavors as well, but they don't stand out quite as strong. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth, making it very drinkable, especially if you like a bit of bitter taste to your beer.

AMo, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle sevred into a nonic glass.

Opaque,black with brownish highlights. 1" creamy tan head dissapated quickly into a thin coat of foam.

Clean roasty aroma with dusty chocolate. Earthy/mineral with subtle nutty carmelled notes.

Clean taste becoming lightly roasty with bittersweet chocolate.Woody,earthy with good balance has an easy pleasing bitterness.

Light to medium bodied,a touch of grainyness. Very smooth,pleasing/enjoyable has a very good aftertaste,makes me want another. Not a great stout,but not a bad one either. worth a try.

jcdiflorio, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of Contra
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty good stuff. Deep black color, with a fainter tan color surrounding the center. Not quite as thick of a body as I tend to like out of chocolate stouts, but the flavor is all there. Great aroma, pretty much chocolate throughout. It's good enough that it makes me want to check out some of Fort Collins other brews.

Overall, there are stouts out there that prefer over this one, but it's still excellent. Like I said before, I would prefer a thicker body, a bit creamier, but that's just me. Worth checking out.

Contra, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of MarzenMan
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Very impressive. 1 1/2 finger slightly amber head with some lacing.

S - Different than expected. A strong licorice aroma.

T&M - Bitter/dry finish. Dark burnt, chocolate flavor with some licorice. Short burst of flavor comes and goes quickly. Smooth in the mouth.

D - Low. The flavor isn't very developed.

I wasn't a big fan of this beer. It looks good but its flavor is pretty short lived and its almost too dry.

MarzenMan, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of beeragent
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer poured a dark brown, almost black, forming a very thin mocha head that quickly faded. The aroma is very light for a stout, mainly consisting of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Light, but what is present, is very inviting. The taste is a simple, yet pronounced combination of roasted malt and dark chocolate flavor. Nothing too complex about the taste, and not as chocolately as expected judging from the name, but still a tasty stout. The mouthfeel was very impressive IMO. Extremely smooth mouthfeel for a stout. Light bitterness allowing for a clean easy swallow. This is a highly drinkable and very sessionable stout. Full flavor and low abv. make for an ideal session stout. Overall, not a bad stout. As far as a chocolate stout is concerned, I would prefer Rogues Chocolate stout, but in a sixer form, this one is hard to beat. Yet another beer that I will keep an eye out for on my out-of-state trips. Recommended!!

beeragent, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of jackorain
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-not quite pitch black. Some brown/burgundy higlights creep in around the edges. Big bubbles tan head that had a decent retention and leaves attractive lace as it fades. This lace is wiped away in sheets the beer is drank

S-Roasted malt, dark chocolate and mild coffee.

T-Roasted malt, charcoal, dark choclate, a little hop bitterness pokes through in the middle. There is some noticable alcohol.

M-Medium b ody, fizzy carbonation (too fizzy)

D-I will be moving to something else.

jackorain, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the brewery. dark rich ruby in color. very light on the flavor, i thought that this would stand up a little bit more than it did. light on the chocolate flavor, compared to other chocolate stouts. on a positive note, it is a good session chocolate stout.

paulthebeerguru, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of crookedhalo
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a opaque deepest brown/black with a short-lived light tan head. Aromas are faintly of chocolate, black patent and chocolate malts and a slight tinge of low-alpha hops. Not extremely impressed with the aroma but it's not off-putting. It goes downhill from here, as after first sip I can only think of the wierd smokiness that is totally out of place. I did initially sense a bit of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts, but it's completely gone with subsequent sips due to the overwhelming smokiness. This would work well for a smoked stout or even porter. Mouthfeel is medium to thinner bodied with a carbonation level that might be slightly higher than it needs to be. The smoky flavor does not entirely turn me off to this beer, but it seems horribly out-of-place when the label says that what I'm consuming is supposed to be a chocolate stout. I've never tasted smokiness in any chocolate I've ever tasted... I seroiusly doubt I'd ever try this one again.

crookedhalo, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of bort11
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Chunky mocha colored head that has a nice retention. Color is a deep dark brown with ruby red highlights when held to the light.
Smell is a little weak. It is a dry cocoa powder. Taste has much more body to it. Mildly bitter bakers chocolate, some coffee beans, and just the tiniest hint of hops in the finish.
Mouthfeel is light bodied with a mild creaminess to it. Very much like an Irish stout. Goes down very smooth, I could probably put a six pack away easily.

bort11, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of whynot44
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, virtually black, no light pentrates, small ruby highlights on the edges against the light.

Nice milk chocolate colored head that disipates fairly quickly to just a ring but does manage a bit of sticky lace.

The aroma is mild roasted malts with hints of coffee, chocolate and smoke. The taste is also a bit mild. It starts out with a good dark roast/burnt note, a bit of coffee and hints of chocolate, then a bit of a fruity note comes in. The finish is burnt toast and dark chocolate with some floral hop notes. Lingering burnt chocolate aftertaste.

A little shy of medium bodied, a bit creamy and smooth, easy to drink. Altogether a pleasant brew, a little lighter on taste and body than I'd prefer (kind of a chocolate stout 101) still enjoyable and well worth a try.

whynot44, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With cocoa, more than chocolate, and charred grains at the forefront, a malty-milky flavor and feel rounds out this medium-full Stout.

Pouring with a dark and onyx-like sheen, the dark brown ale builds a creme of foam in a very espresso-like fashion. Light lacing and good retention rounds out the aesthetic attributes.

Bittersweet chocolate, malted milk, nutty coffees, and a light vanilla-caramel blend become the start and stop of aromas. Firm, masculine, and confident in its simplicity.

Sweet with medium maltiness, light caramel, and the flavor of heavy cream and vanilla are all promising, but leaves room for a grainy and char flavor that's a bit acrid and biting. Cocoa powder, coffee grounds, walnuts round out the flavors after the more rounded and richer flavors of malt subside. The bitterness, part from hops and part from roast, both transition from the malty start and into a dry-roasty taste in finish.

Creamy, rich, and lightly velvety to start, the beer turns grainy, astringent with the char, and with accessive powdery burnt textures just after mid palate, thus causing an interrupted finish of grain, char, and bitter cocoa.

All the initial impressions of this Stout are very promising. But as the procession of flavor and texture march across the surfaces of the mouht, the beer seems to waiver and then eventually fall apart, leaving the beer fractured with grain, astringency, and harshness. So it's a tale of two halves. I guess the key is to keep drinking so that the finish has no chance to make an impression.

BEERchitect, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of number1bum
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with two inches of tan head that fill the top of the pint glass. Head retention is very good, with a thick lace and lots of stick hangin around.

Smells of bakers chocolate and roasted malt, with a nice sweetness to it but not overdone.

The taste, like the smell has a nice sweet chocolate flavor that is very pleasing but is not overdone. It's a semisweet chocolate flavor with some roasted malt, as well. There is a bitter element to the roasted malt, as well, that balances out the chocolate sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, but it's a tad thin and the carbonation is a little too aggressive. I wish it were smoother and softer on the palate, as well as a little fuller in the mouth; both would really complement the smooth chocolate flavor more.

This is another solid brew from Fort Collins. Definitely worth a shot!

number1bum, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of Kemmerlin
4.78/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark almost mistaken as black but very appealing.

Smell: Has chocolate and coffee aroma's.

Taste: Very chocolatey taste more so than most chocolate stouts I've tasted.

Mouthfeel: A little grainy but still went down well.

Drinkability: It was hard for me to put it down.

Kemmerlin, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle purchased as part of a Fort Collins variety case at Westy's.

A: The stout is dark chocolate brown, a brown so dark that it is mistaken for black. Even at the narrower parts of the glass, no light escapes the beer.

S: A roasted malt aroma, toasted bread really, dominates the nose, allowing small scents of chocolate to escape and soften things up.

T: The body is thin, featuring a fleeting graininess that quickly evaporates into the carbonation. The cereal flavors lack roasted character that might breath in some life. Only after a sip has been swallowed do the fuller burnt notes re-emerge (too bad it's too late to enjoy 'em then). There are some chocolate flavors that augment the roasted finish.

M: The thin flavors are distracting, preventing me from truly enjoying any chocolate element that exists.

D: This was the last bottle of the six pack, and the only one that I had. That doesn't disappoint me too much, this stout seems to fall a little short.

akorsak, Oct 07, 2007
Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 939 ratings.