Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 958
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 5
Gots: 59 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Photo of biking4beer
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a foamy, bubbly one finger head. The color is a deep, deep brown to black. Ruby hues around the edges.

The aroma is smoky, grainy, with a touch of coffee. And what the hell, do I smell bacon. I think I smell bacon. Odd, but I like it.

Tastes or roasted and burnt malts. Bitter chocolate and cheap coffee. Good level of hoppiness that I think covers up any sweetness that should be here. Sure as hell, there is the bacon again.

A bit high on the carbonation for my tastes, but this beer still has slight creamy touch to it.

I like this beer. It's not what I would expect from a beer labeled a chocolate stout. Maybe I got a super fresh batch because there was no sweetness to speak off. I would probably label this a breakfast stout if I were in the marketing department.

Photo of tavernjef
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice solid dark brown color with a bit of ruby getting through at the edges. Tall inch capping of tan froth sits firm and fluffy and sits for a good stint before fading to an always present thick skim and collar ring. Tons of thickly patched lacing glues itself to the glass.

Aroma is pretty solid here with a broad roast and fluffy chocolate cake sense. Tenderly dryish and breadish with a fair portion of dark malty sweetness residing deep. Mostly stays pretty forward with a very nice display of adequate chocolate roastyness. Luckily the finish kinda helped pull things together for me, otherwise the middle area is in need of a boost.

Taste is good with dry chocolate roast playing well across the palate with a cookie sense and a touch of burntness and sweetness at the hilt. Nice fluffy slow finish of cocoa powder and roast. Not overly complex but well worth each sip.

Perhaps the feel is where I sense the most need for something. Shy of medium and closing in on getting there. But It has an emtpyness in the mid area that's puzzling. Starts well with a nice snappy clean roastyness and a bit of carbonation. Flattens out, goes dry and fluffy and slowly builds and makes an impression from there with cocoa leftovers really sticking around in the finish late.

Drinakability is fine, pretty sesionable stuff here, but lacks a certain depth and character that I may be searching for out of a chocolate stout.

Photo of musicjustintime
4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. My first chocolate stout, and I must say, I LOVE IT!!! Let me tell ya first WHY I bought it! (I do like stouts, but never had the choc. variety) This is usually like $35 a case, or so, right? Well, my distributor had it on a "sale rack" probably 'cause the sell by date was getting close. SO, I got the damn case for $18.99!!! Miller Lite ain't that cheap friends!! I figured "what the hell" and I gave it a shot. SOOO glad I did. This stout is SOOO smooth, and wonderful. Smells of chocolate malt, and tastes much like that, although it has a roasted malt taste at the end.(Almost coffee-like) Very nice. This is SOO much better than Guinness, it's sad. I highly recommend, even if you just have a chance to get just one after dinner somewhere. It's a treat, and a velvety-smooth dance on the tongue! Nice job, Fort Collins. OH, it's not TOO heavy, a bit "thin", but full of flavor...SO, one could polish off a few of these in a sitting without having to unbuckle your belt! Enjoy...cheers...AND SAAALUTE my BA friends!

Photo of matty
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Prune juice colored beer with a rich chocolate aroma.The taste is chocolate with a toasted aftertaste.Smooth beer that goes down pretty easy.I will buy this beer again and recommend it to my buddies.Overall a decent beer although 2 or 3 at a sitting probably will be plenty.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, served in the new Sam Adams Boston Lager glass the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both low. The aroma is very malty, it smells like chocolate, roasted malt and some coffee. Taste is the same as the aroma, but unfortunately the taste seems a little weak to me. It doesn't taste bad, but I wish the taste was stronger. I figured with it being a "chocolate stout", the taste would be stronger than it is. Mouthfeel is light/medium, it's a bit thinner than I'd like my stouts to be. With that being said the drinkability is decent, it is smooth and easy to drink. Overall it's an OK beer, but there's certainly a lot of better stouts out there.

Photo of BadRockBeer
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving Type Sampled: 12fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. Without freshness date

Appearance: Black in color with dark ruby hue. Fluffy 2 finger mocha head that ligers for quite sometime.

Smell: Burnt chocolate malts, slightly biscuity.

Taste: Mild sweetness, followed by a large punch of burnt malt. Mild chocolate and vanilla notes. Nice hop balance with out any apparent hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Heavy in body. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: Fair. This is a great beer but chances are your only going to enjoy a couple before becoming overloaded.

Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 958 ratings.