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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 901
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 5
Gots: 42 | 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 GCBrewingCo
3.83/5  rDev +11%

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.

GCBrewingCo, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of maundythirsty
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

maundythirsty, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

BuckeyeNation, May 28, 2006
Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

Bitterbill, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of Crosling
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

Crosling, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of alexgash
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

alexgash, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of ZAP
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%

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

ZAP, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

Bighuge, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +29%

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

russpowell, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of WesWes
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

WesWes, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of karengarys
4.38/5  rDev +27%

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"!

karengarys, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of SwillinBrew
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%

A - poured an ink black coffee w/o cream color and a solid finger of light caramel colored head. Letf a nice lace. No light penetrated when i held it up to the lamp.... Nice!
S - roasted malt, cocoa powder and more roastiness. Very strong and solid bouquet. I like it. I know what type of beer i'll be drinking.
T - Feint chocolate taste with a small amount of coffee then ending on a burnt popcorn flavor. Solid and robust flavors.
M&Dr - NIcely carbonated and a good medium body but i liked this brew less than my rating. I would prefer a bit more sweeter or chocolate taste on something called a chocolate stout, but as a stout it was tasty so i had to give it a 4.

SwillinBrew, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of OliasOfSunhillow
4.53/5  rDev +31.3%

Pours thin but opaque with little to no head. Has a very nice roasty aroma. Flavor is clean and dry, with lots of pleasant roasty toasty goodness in the finish. Big beer snobs take note, this is much more of a dry stout than a big thick impy. I find it to be extremely pleasant and drinkable in the way a good, mellow dry stout should be.

OliasOfSunhillow, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of Mitchster
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours out to a clear, near black mahogany, eeking out a small cocoa dusted soapy head with poor retention and no lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is really wonderful...deeply roasted malts, black walnut, vanilla, cocoa powder, dark chocolate and some lightly dusted hops. The mouthfeel is brisk and zippy with a nice roasted pungency, medium body and clean ferment. No appreciable off-flavors. The taste is much like the nose, however I notice the body isn't quite as hefty as the nose would expect and there is a mild amount of green leafiness in the finish and aftertaste. A touch of cardboard also looms there.

All in all, this is an OK porter, but I would be hard pressed to call it a chocolate stout. As a matter of fact, this initially reminds me quite significantly of what Bell's Porter used to taste like back in the day, but the green leafiness and slightly thinner body hamper it's enjoyment in the end. Still, I would drink this semi-regularly if I lived out in Colorado.

Re-reviewed 2/11/12-Newly available to our area. $16.99 for a mixed 12pack sampler. Calling a beer a chocolate stout when it contains no chocolate is called a cheap marketing gimmick. I stand by my original review. This is a flimsy stout, more of a porter. It's a bit too acidic and minerally, herbal hops, flimsy body, burnt finish. I have to add, now that it is available in our area, I'm not inclined to buy it again. There are much better porters (and stouts, for that matter) for the same price-point, and it doesn't taste at all like Bells Porter or what it used to be. Hrmmm.

Mitchster, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a black color with half an inch of brown head. Roasted malt and chocolate aroma, with some unexpected ham-like smokiness. Roasted malt flavor, but I don't detect any chocolate. More smokiness. Slightly astringent. Some hops in the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Decent drinkability. I was hoping there would be more chocolate in the flavor, but this is a decent beer anyway. The smokiness sort of works.

beveragecaptain, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of benito
2.63/5  rDev -23.8%

Black. Dark black which under the scrutiny of light remains unforgiving and shows no feebles corners or edges. The nice-sized tan head dissipates quickly, shows sign of good lacing and legs. The bouquet
is a mix of roasted coffee, unsweetened cocoa, and whiskey...like a liquid mud cake. Enticing...

After such an auspicious start, the taste had high expectations to meet...and I found it a little more than disappointing. The choco/moca/Wild Turkey flavors are non-distinct, and the body is light with a slight, pleasing hoppiness that makes it rather refreshing, if underflavored. At the height of tasting, the most distinct flavor I can tease out is weak, cold coffee.

I'm a huge fan of the beers from FBC (they claim to be "the official beer of earth" and may not be too far off), but, for me, this is their most feeble offering. I think that there's good potential here if they can find a way to amp up the palate to match the extrordinary looks and scents of this brew. I'll keep my fingers crossed and check in with another single of these periodically.

A final side note: A little later on, I nursed this while I ate a piece of chocolate cake. The coffee flavors and light hoppiness were a nice match for the sweetness of the cake...maybe this is one to enjoy by association rather than on its own.

benito, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%

Dark ruby brown with small tan head that fades but leaves a good ring and nice lacing all the way down.

Pronounced and very nice smell of coffee and dark chocolate is followed up by taste of the same, though not so pronounced. Sourness is very up front (a bit surprising), with a bit of sour-cherry taste throughout. Not exactly what I expected.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Long roasty-bitter finish.

Very drinkable for a chocolate stout.

Overall, a fairly decent brew, but a bit thin and sour.

ColoradoBobs, Nov 13, 2005
Photo of mynie
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%

Very dark...black? Almost. Damn near opaque.

Smooth chocolate malt nose. Bakers chocolate with hints of burnt toast. Nice, I guess. Not a chocolatey as I would have liked.

Rich, smooth bitter chocolate malt that stays constant throughout and is accompanied by chewy malt and a kick of grass near the end. Not as sweet as I'd like, nor as complicated, but still pretty darn good.

Better warm. The champagne body is nice and gives the beer more heft. Not hard to drink at all.

mynie, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%

Picked up a six at Liquor Mart (awesome store by the way). The beer pours a dark black hue that does well on the tip test. Meaning little to no color changed when you tip it or hold it to the light. The head retention is good and pours a tan color with some off white tints. The lacing is comparable but both decrease over time and don't last through the whole drink. The smell is as advertised with good chocolate bouquet. A slight milky quality is limited but could be associated with the chocolate.

The taste is a good strong malty stout. Strong roasted malt and chocolate tones are noticeable. The chocolate taste is very good and has a great coco taste to it. A stronger roasted taste comes out more then the smell would indicate. The hops are minor but do a great job extenuating the chocolate feel. The beer has a medium body but is very enjoyable to taste.

I used to drink HC Berger's beers in college and I'm glad he's back in business. This is a good beer from a good brewer.

Oxymoron, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%

Picked up a single at Badger Liquor on State St. here in Madison.

Pours a standard stout black with a disappointing total lack of head, a few tan wisps of foam are all there is to see here. Smell is actually quite nice - rich chocolate and coffee malt aromas with an underlying hop presence. Taste is another let down after the promising nose - some bitter burnt coffee, and a substantial hop bite. Quite a bit hoppier than I would have guessed, and hoppier than I like in a stout, let alone a chocolate stout. Mouthfeel is enjoyably carbonated and smooth. This is by no means a bad stout, but disappointing as chocolate stout. Worth a try if you like a hoppier stout though, just not sweet or matly enough for my tastes.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%

Received the 12 oz bottle fro prAna.
I am sampling at room temp in a pint glass.
The beer pours pitch black with a tan fluffy head of 1 cm floating on the surface. The head retention is good as it remains throughout sampling with only very gradual slight fading leaving tight latticework.
Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate, almost like cocoa powder.
First sip reveals a very silky smooth body with fine gentle carbonation. Flavor is deep chocolate sweetness and some roasted malt on the finish. There is a very faint grassy hop that pokes through the chocolate very briefly but is quickly overtaken by the chocolate sweetness. Very easy to drink and smooth. A nice beer. Not quite as thick as I would expect though.

sulldaddy, May 07, 2005
Photo of cokes
2.17/5  rDev -37.1%

Dark magenta topped with drooping rings of tan.
Cigarette ash nose, laid on top of stale coffee. Looming in the background are some strange vegetable hues. Like olives or cauliflower or something.
Begins with a washed out, tepid roastedness. Actually, it's more smoky in flavor than anything. Quick and vaque. Baker's chocolate arises along with a flash of vanilla extract. More fleshy vegetables, as clued by the nose, as this rides away suggesting smoked olives, burnt broccoli, and seared cauliflower.
This is a kindegarten stout cursed further with rancid subtleties.
I see they haven't improved the old Berger recipe any. I was hoping freshness was the key....I guess not.
How a brewery can ace a smoked lager and completely fuck up a basic stout is beyond me.

cokes, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of palliko
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%

Dark brown out of the bottle, with a hint of red. Cocoa foam fades after a few minutes, leaving some lace. Nose is roasted grain, chocolate overtones, yeast and coffee. Initial taste is sweet, but finishes with a semi-sweet chocolate that is interesting. Just enough hops to keep this stout from being cloyingly chocolaty. Finish is nicely dry, leaving a whole wheat bread aftertaste. Carbonation is gentle, just right. Body is slightly thick, but goes down easy. A good comparison would be with the standard: Young’s Double Chocolate Stout – with which Ft. Collin’s offering compares favorably.

palliko, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of Skidz
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours out a raspberry tinted dark brown and sits a deep crimson brown in the glass with a good sized brown head. Fades to a light skim, holding on to the sides leaving few lacings around the glass.

Smells big and roasty, rich grainy presence. Silky chocolate bits paired with a doughy, dark grain bread base. Some burnt coffee aroma.

Tastes lightly sweet up front, big on the roasted end. Semi-soured appearance off the tannins. Mild chocolatey flaovrs. Hop bitterness is in check, slightly sharp and astringent. Finish is fairly dry, still pushing out big roasty flavors.

Smooth and creamy in the mouth with a fine and silky carbonation. Medium-full body, very easy going.

It's quite easy to drink, but not exactly what I would call flavorful; it's fairly one sided. On the other hand, it's not bad, and this 6 pack will find its place.

Skidz, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -2%

Pours black with deep red highlights. It has a fluffy brown head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

Its aroma is roasted chocolate and cream.

The flavor is chocolate - kind of sweet, yet roasted and kind of chalky. There is a little raisiney fruitiness and some smokiness (almost like cigarettes). It is pretty dry and has a light bitter finish. Medium bodied, a little watery.

Overall, a pretty good chocolate stout.

Beaver13, Nov 25, 2004
Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
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