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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 980
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 5
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
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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 Rayek
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
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
2.61/5  rDev -24.1%
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
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
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
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
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
2.65/5  rDev -23%
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
3.75/5  rDev +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
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
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
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours extremely dark brown. Only when held to light do you see a wee bit of ruby. Even off a firm pour, there is no true head. Nose is dusty. Flavor is so-so. Lack of character. Lack of depth. Mild malt tones. No real strong chocolate character at all. Feel is a bit thin on the liquid, but it does have a strong carbonation. Overall, there isn't much to this one. It just doesn't have any level of punch I'd expect it to.

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

Pours an opaque dark brown color with a full finger foamy dark tan head that resists fading. Some lacing present. Through the foam you can smell hints of milk chocolate, but directly off the surface it has an aggressive and strong roasted coffee bean character. Well carbonated, the foam tends to offset the heavily roasted bitter tone. Finishes somewhat dry. The 5.3% ABV isn't a factor. This one isn't grabing my attention.

Photo of beerphan
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle -> pint
no date

Pours dark brown with chestnut highlights. Appears darker in the glass than during the pour. No real head to speak of, just a tiny puddle of dish soap suds. No lace.

Nose: some dark malts. i feel stuffy tonight.

Medium thick feel. Heavy dark chocolate malts, mild coffee, some cocoa like chalkiness. Finishes a bit crisper than I'd like but with a nice bit of bitterness and a little citrus in the finish. Interesting.

A pretty decent chocolate stout that could almost be session able.

Photo of Lupe
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with brown hues. Small tan head quickly settles to a thin ring and leaves sporadic lace.

Sweet roasted aroma - coffee, cocoa powder, and toast. Hints of piney hop.

Malt upfront - roasted barley, unsweetened cocoa, and black coffee. Lots of roasted bitterness balanced by a layer of caramel sweetness. Some grassy hops towards the finish.

Light in body, smooth and thin. Gets sticky after a few sips. Easy drinking, but doesn't hold your interest.

Not bad but not great. I get more coffee than chocolate - kind of like a mild iced coffee.

Photo of twbrewer
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours black in color with a 1\4" brown head and very little lacing.

S-Smell is of Chocolate malt and burnt toast.

T-Slight hop bitterness upfront but it rounds out into a nice chocolate malt and roasted barley finish.

M-Smooth,light bodied(almost too light).Low carbonation that works well for this beer.

D-It is a very drinkable beer that I would buy again.Overall it has a great roased chocolate taste that could make a good session beer.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught at Vintage Estates in Boardman. The beer is a dark brown color with a medium thick and rocky beige head that has decent retention. Rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasted malt with touches of chocolate and sweet fruit. Medium, glassy smooth body that feels thin at times with roasted malt and chocolate flavors over top light coffee and hops. The finish is creamy and roasty and leaves a sweet chocolate aftertaste. Although there isn’t really anything wrong with this beer, there are far better Chocolate Stouts out there.

Photo of Stimack
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.01/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Tolann
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev +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.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
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
3.42/5  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.

Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 980 ratings.