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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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890 Ratings
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Ratings: 890
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 5
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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 atsprings

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured a very opaque black with almost no head that quickly diminished into a ring. The aroma was of roasted malt followed by some dark chocolate. The beer presented a good chocolate taste that complemented the basic stout roastiness very well. The hops were certainly doing there job in the background, present in a very undertoned way. The carbonation was mild and the beer was not to heavy at all for the style. This is a rather enjoyable beer, not the best, but definitely drinkable.

02-24-2007 06:35:53 | More by atsprings
Photo of Newglarusguy


4.03/5  rDev +16.5%

Serving type one 12 oz longneck bottle.

Appearance: Spectacular creamy tanish foam about 2" high and leaves a wonderful sticky lace behind in my mug.

Smell: Very deep undertones of chocolate and even coffee in this stout, and a hint of hops I do detect as well.

Taste: Decent more of a coffee taste and after taste then a chocolate one.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy swishes around in my mouth like a dream while the flavours just burst out nice hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability: Good but this beer is thick and creamy and I'll stick to just one for tonite.

02-15-2007 01:12:07 | More by Newglarusguy
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +14.2%

Huge, creamy tan head over a deep, reddish black body. Good head retention leaving clumps of lace on the glass. Smells like creamy dark chocolate and coffee grounds. Not super bold and in your face, but appropriately so for a stout of this strength. Flavor is lightly sweet upfront giving way to roasted bitter chocolate malts. Nearly dry stout-like balanced out by a nice hoppiness. Medium body is a little rough around the edges...not terribly big, but pretty much just right for what it is.

This was a nice surprise. I wasn't so sure at first, it seemed a little thin in several aspects. By the end of the glass, as it warmed up, it won me over.

02-06-2007 00:16:44 | More by wedge
Photo of terrabyte


2.88/5  rDev -16.8%

Pours a very dark black/brown, with a medium-sized tan head.

Aroma consists of faint dark chocolate and day-old coffee. Not as strong smelling as I would have expected, which is a shame because it seems unique and I enjoy what I am able to pick up.

Flavor is hard to pin down. It's sweet and reminds me of liquid raisins. Not quite like Raison D'extra, but take away the boozy flavor, add in what I assume contains chocolate and coffee flavors and maybe this is what you get. I feel like the chocolate flavor has been lost here.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily, and quite sticky. Not necessarily a bad thing, but the carbonation is weird and this kind of base just topples what this beer could have been.

Drinkability is low because the beer falls apart. The carbonation is off, the mouthfeel is odd, and the flavor seemed muted (or at least affected by bottling). The label of this beer has the biggest font I've ever seen for the words "CHOCOLATE" and "STOUT" on it, and it seemed anything but.

01-30-2007 16:13:43 | More by terrabyte
Photo of leftmindedrighty

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -16.8%

12oz bottle received in a trade, Can't remember who though.
Poured into a pint glass.

Pours with very little head and no lacing

Smell is in line with the style, chocolate, sweet malt, faint licorce.

Taste is all over the place, I taste a definite hop bite first, then the chocolate, and then the malt. A little too "all over the place" for me, I prefer my chocolate stouts to be simple and to the point. Very unique brew, but not for me. Not that they sell it around my way anyway...

12-30-2006 23:36:17 | More by leftmindedrighty
Photo of rowew


4/5  rDev +15.6%

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. Label is reminiscent of an Old West sign. I noticed that they have updated their six pack to add a set of lip-stick marks and a Marilyn Monroe looking woman. No freshness info.

Appearance: Pours dark with just a hint of red around the edges, and a nice tan colored head that fades very slowly, leaving a bit of lacing.

Smell: Nice roasted aroma with a bit of coffee, and just a hint of burnt sugar. Very nice.

Taste: Lots of roasted flavor, coffee, and a bit of hops. Finishes very dry. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would have expected.

Overall impression: This is a highly drinkable stout with some very nice flavor complexities. A bit lighter bodied than I would expect for the style.

12-06-2006 23:07:53 | More by rowew
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a three finger brown head that fades to a shallow layer leaving a good lace. Solid black color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Chocolate nose. Starts almost as a sweet chocolate that becomes more roasted, slight bitter aftertaste. Nice stout. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

11-27-2006 23:22:30 | More by jdhilt
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.93/5  rDev +13.6%

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a used oil black with a mocha head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smells of roasted malts with light caramel, cocoa, and coffee tones.

Taste of roasted malt upfront with light caramel, cocoa, and coffee tones. Finihses a bit dry with a nice lingering roastedness.

Medium-light body, mild carbonation.

A rather tasty and quite drinkable stout. The label would lead you to believe that this would be more "chocolatey", but that's not so. It's just a nicely done American stout, and I have no complaints about that.

10-25-2006 03:01:50 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +12.7%

Many thanks to jhammerly for sending this beer all the way to NC!

This poured a dark brown, nearly black color into my pint glass. Inch thick, relatively white head lasted for quite a while, and a ring of foam remained all the way down the glass.

Aromas were rather mild. Definite milk chocolate, almost a Hershey's syrup smell, some grain and a slight fruitiness from the hops.

Taste was pleasant. MIldy chocolate and coffee, creamy, with a nice hop bitterness to balance.

Smooth mouthfeel with slight carbonation noted.

Overall, a very easy drinking American Stout.

10-24-2006 01:01:28 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of IntriqKen


3.68/5  rDev +6.4%

Whoa! This is interesting.
Deep dark, almost black, Amber with a full finger medium dark tan head that melts sort of quickly to top coating sticky lace.
Aromas are subdued when cold, but milk chocolate and toasted amber malts with just a hint of coffee. As it warms they are more identifiable, but still very soft and subdued.
Taste is immediately milk chocolate to bitter chocolate and toasted malts changing to smoked malt with a milk chocolate aftertaste and following.
Mouthfeel is creamy as style should be and nothing cloying or sticky remains...only the hint of light chocolate.

10-20-2006 05:38:32 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of brewcrew76


3.73/5  rDev +7.8%

A - Pours a dark brown light black with ruby highlights and a short tan head.

S - Bitter chocolate, coffee and a burnt roasty malt.

T - Extreme roasted maltiness (almost burnt tasting) with some chocolate and a bit of coffee mixed in.

M - Thin and watery. The mouthfeel is more like a light porter than a stout. Dry finish.

D - A nice chocolate stout if you like roasty. It could definitely use a boost in mouthfeel but I would try this one again.

09-26-2006 02:54:53 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of Dizzy


3.05/5  rDev -11.8%

Poured dark brown, almost black into a pint glass. Tan head which receeds quickly.

Aroma of roasted malts, almost like coffee.

Creamy mouthfeel, roasted malts really stand out in taste.

I would drink this again but not more than one in a setting. Worth trying but don't expect something great.

07-28-2006 02:18:10 | More by Dizzy
Photo of RedHaze


3.78/5  rDev +9.2%

Pours black with some reddish/brown highlights peeking through. There's a two finger head that quickly fades to a thin cap, leaving behind some tattered lace.

Smell; chocolate is definitely the dominant aroma as you would expect, but there's also some nice coffee notes as well as some roasted malts.

Taste; in the flavor the coffee and roasted malts stand out much more than I was expecting, with the chocolate being more a complimentary flavor than a dominant one. I don't mind this as I usually prefer a more roasted flavor in my stouts. There's also a bit of a hop bitterness going on. Mouthfeel is very much on the thin side, but the drinkability is very good.

07-23-2006 00:53:41 | More by RedHaze
Photo of jpkoch1962


1.27/5  rDev -63.3%

Poured from 12oz bottle at 40 deg . Pours a dark dirty brown into pint glass. Thin head quickly disappears within 45 seconds. Translucent, dark brown not quite black. Hints of ruby maroon color when put against the light.

The Stout has a light sweet aroma with burnt cirgarette ash/coffee in the background. The taste fits the aroma. Burnt coffe dominates the front end. Thin gruel like body that is composed of a strange tastes of sweet cloying ashes and burnt coffee that is also astringent. Sweetness lingers in the finish. Had to use mouthwash to clean my palate.

I hate to be so hard on this ale, but this chocolate stout is awful.

07-18-2006 14:30:39 | More by jpkoch1962
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +10.7%

The beer poured into the glass thin black with a ruby highligh and a brown frothy head which fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was coffee, coffee and more coffee. The aroma was intensely roasty with some chocolate and a bit of caramel.

The flavor was coffee with some caramel and some chocolate. The flavor was roasty with a nice balance between roasted grains and malt. The beers bittering from grains and hops was enough to keep the balance toward dry, but low enough to allow some malt character to come through.

The finish was dry with a nice lasting impression of coffee and chocolate into the aftertaste. The body was barely medium with a moderate carbonation. I would have taken this to be a bit overly roasty porter instead of a stout.

12 ounce bottle with no label. This one was grabbed out of a sixer and wouldn't you know that I got the one without any label.

06-15-2006 23:25:38 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of maundythirsty


3.33/5  rDev -3.8%

12 oz. bottle, no date. Poured into a fat pilsener glass.

Wet, oily oatmeal-colored head. Falls from the middle in a hurry, but grips the glass. As dark as brown can get. Light has no chance in this stuff.

Bitter baking chocolate and roasted coffee aroma, but not powerful in the least.

If I hadn't read the label, I'd say it was a coffee stout. Cocoa is there, but there's more sugared coffee presence. Banana in there, too. Bitterness builds underneath it to complete the taste well. Drys out, but leaves that baker's chocolate behind.

Tilts toward watery in the mouth. Comfortable carbonation to a little sparky.

Looks better than it drinks, but doesn't drink that bad.

06-03-2006 03:34:40 | More by maundythirsty
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.95/5  rDev +14.2%

Opaque dark chocolate brown with meager highlights of red and gold along the bottom edge of the glass. The golden sand colored head is moderately rumpled-rocky as it slowly deflates and ends up depositing a much better than average amount of attractive lace. This one certainly looks the part.

It smells the part too. Roasted malt is aromatic enough that I don't need to risk inhaling foam in order to appreciate it. Chocolate and coffee are the only aromas present, but then simple and straightforward is often just what I'm looking for when it comes to 'just plain ol' stouts. That is, as long as they smell this roasty good.

There's plenty to like on the palate. Bittersweet chocolate and lightly creamed coffee are present in near equal measure and there's a definite citric hoppy bitterness goin' on. Unlike some stouts that are balanced but neither sweet nor bitter, this one is balanced and is both sweet and bitter. I guess that would make it bittersweet. The flavor was bold right out of the gate and is even more so with warming.

The body/mouthfeel is the one characteristic that causes me to waver about just how good this beer really is when taken as a whole. Simply put, a stout this flavorful deserves a more study vehicle than it has been given. As long as one thinks 'big stout flavor, porter body', all should be well.

Chocolate Stout is a good effort and is one that I have no trouble recommending to those who think they might like a hoppier than usual, full-flavored, light-bodied, session stout. I've only had three Fort Collins beers so far, but this one and Kidd Lager (a schwarzbier) make me think they're on the right track.

05-28-2006 15:20:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Bitterbill


4/5  rDev +15.6%

Poured from 12oz bottle(room temp) an almost pitch black with a medium sized head of foam that dissipated slowly but stayed through out the session.

The smell is all sweet malt with notes of chocolate as in hot chocolate.

The taste is very roasty with smokie and sweet malt notes and just a touch of bitterness/dryness in the finish. Yum. A good drinker!

Bottom line: A very nice Chocolate stout worth seeking out and trying.

04-22-2006 23:39:27 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of Crosling


3.78/5  rDev +9.2%

Dark Brown. Very aromatic and fairly intense in its nose. Roasted, black and chocolate malt waft up through the glass along with a touch of burnt fruits and smoke. Intensity is haulted once the beer is tasted but the malt flavor is still very complex and well balanced. Roasted and chocolate malts combine with a nice dry, cocoa feel and a touch of burnt dark fruits on the finish. Fairly good, but not great.

04-12-2006 01:36:57 | More by Crosling
Photo of alexgash


3.7/5  rDev +6.9%

Dark chocolatey black with a dense, soft cushiony head of cocoa brown. Nice retention. Nose is full of rich, sweet chocolate. Chocolate milk and even some bitter dark chocolate are there. Roasted, peaty malts as well. Roasted and toasted flavors up front. Soon turns chocolate milk sweet with a solid roasted bitterness background. Finish is more reminiscent of dark chocolate. Medium-bodied stout with perhaps a bit too much carbonation. Solid, but not great.

04-05-2006 23:29:19 | More by alexgash
Photo of ZAP


3.35/5  rDev -3.2%

I really get some java or earthy like notes on the nose...not much chocolate...perhaps wet leather is a better description....body is thin to medium...not particularly creamy or smooth...

Taste included some milk chocolate but nothing close to Rogue or even Youngs...not bad but a little artificial...perhaps a slight vanilla note...

Overall this is a beer worth trying but it isn't anywhere near the top chocolate stout...It's not a horrible beer by any means but it just doesn't grab me like I was hoping

03-16-2006 06:10:48 | More by ZAP
Photo of Bighuge


3.23/5  rDev -6.6%

Almost black in appearance. Slight brown head. Lace is minimal. Aroma is a little smoky, a little charred, a little roasted. Decent enough. Slightly watery in the mouth. Thinnish body. Speckled carbonation. Taste is o.k. Nothing wrong here, but nothing makes it stand out either. Light roasted tones of chocolate and charred malts. A little milkiness. Slight hop presence. Average. End of story.

Thanks for throwing one my way ZAP.

03-14-2006 04:46:34 | More by Bighuge
Photo of russpowell


4.45/5  rDev +28.6%

Pours black with a 2 fingers+ tan head that settles to a 1/2"head. Good lacing and head retention

Smell: Bakers chocolate and graininess

Taste: Chocolate, roasted grains, coffee notes and bitterness. Dry/sweet finish

MF: Nice and rich with slight overcarbonation

Very drinkable despite all the flavors dancing in your mouth. Tasty beer could pass itself off as non chocolate without much trouble IMO

03-12-2006 05:40:15 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.78/5  rDev +9.2%

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice roasted, chocolate, and crystal malt scent that is sweet as well as dry and earthy. The taste is decent. It has an earthy chocolate and roasted malt flavor that goes down easy, but finishes slightly sweet and dry in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good brew, but not their best for sure. I think Rogue has the market for this style. I definately prefer sweet to dry and earthy.

01-16-2006 17:28:05 | More by WesWes
Photo of karengarys


4.38/5  rDev +26.6%

pours nice and dark as you would expect from a stout, leaving but a finely bubbled carmel colored ring which laces the glass.

Smell is pure chocolate, with a bit of malt and hop.

Taste is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts with a slight hop dryness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy that lasts and lasts.

Finish is creamy, and completes with a nice dry hop sting which cleans the pallette, leaving no aftertaste.

It is nice and rich and full, not watery at all.

This is one great brew worth trying. An excellent sweeter stout. If you see it, you've got to try it!

Note on stouts: I've got a lot to learn. I used to think that Guiness was it. Nope - there is a lot more to it than that. I hate Guiness, but am learning that there are many SWEET stouts out there that are just glorius. This is one. If you don't like guiness, but want a rich beer, try this - don't be afraid of the word "stout"!

12-30-2005 01:33:12 | More by karengarys
Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
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