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Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 946
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 5
Gots: 54 | 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 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
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.

biking4beer, Oct 07, 2007
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.

tavernjef, Sep 22, 2007
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!

musicjustintime, Sep 21, 2007
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.

matty, Sep 20, 2007
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.

bluejacket74, Sep 16, 2007
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.

BadRockBeer, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of sacrelicio
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good chocolate stout from a decent Colorado brewery. Looks nice, kind of a lighter colored stout, almost translucent black/brown with reddish highlights. Decent head, good lacing. Smell is chocolately with coffee and some hop flutters. Taste is bascially the same. Very drinkable for a stout, lackluster overall but decent. You can get so much better in Colorado. Too bad for Ft. Collins brewing.

sacrelicio, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black/dark brown body, with ruby highlights. Big foamy tan head showing puncture wounds where beer is poured.

Mild coffee aroma, but the cup has been sitting around awhile. Traes of roast but unassertive. Less chocolate aroma than many stouts, when you would expect more.

Taste begins with coffee, but not fresh roasted, more like the breakfast cup lingering until mid morning. Mild earthy hop notes. Chocolate kiss in the finish, but should last longer.

Mouthfeel is light a stout, even a session stout. No chewiness. Drinkability is served by how quickly this goes down, but there is little to hold your attention on the way.

Another so-so Fort Collins product. No real regrets about trying it, but would not seek it out again.

RonfromJersey, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of drseamus
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

A: Dark black with ruby notes and a mocha colored head. It fell much faster than I would have liked a stout to.

S: Strong roasted aroma dominates and there is a bit of chocolate in there as well. There is an fairly strong off-aroma as well that almost has a sour character.

T: The taste is better than the aroma. It has a pretty strong chocolate flavor and is good and creamy. The flavor gets a bit thin at the end.

M: It is nice and full initially, but thins towards the back.

D: It has some really good points but fails to satisfy properly.

drseamus, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of scott
2.3/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2


I try to never slam a beer, but this was so mediocre-to-bad, that I won't have much that is nice to say about it.
Started out looking good: dark, nicely carbonated with full head. Nose was bland, and the taste was wholly artificial, much like a Sierra Nevada/Saranac dark. Thin, and just hard to drink due to a smoked bitterness. I want a refund. I will trade someone for some Corona.

scott, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into my Caracole snifter.
A - Deep brown w/ a thin medium tan head with the appearance of a coffee or chocolate milkshake.

S - Malted milk balls is the dominant odor w/ sweat cream scents and light chocolate odors. Nice roasted mocha scents are noticed.

M - Roasty, malty, sweet, smooth and creamy with a lot of roastiness in the finish.

T - There is a great deal of creamy chocolate flavor in this ale. It is smooth w/ a bit of dry roasted brown malt flavors that come out in full strength as it warms. Subtle cocoa, chocolate as in malted barley is smooth as chocolate. Sweet with subtle roastiness. More creamy than roasty overall. Subtle woody hops keep it from cloying territory - a really well made stout.

D - Smooth and full of chocolate malt taste. The full stout flavor is augmented well by the amount of chocolate tastes. This would go well with chocolate creme brulee. This is one that is definitely worth checking out if you like the flavor of chocolate in beer. I could probably drink at least a case.

Slatetank, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of Bierguy5
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Very dark brown in color, with some ruby edges. Thick, creamy tan head. Very good retention. Good looker.

Light roasty aroma, milk chocolate, and some artificial sweetner in the nose.

Strart off lightly roasty, some milk chocolate hidden in the middle. There is a strange articically sweet flavor, which seems very distracting. It seems to dominate near the end.

Light bodied, and somewhat fizzy. More body, and less of that artificial flavor would help this a lot.

Bierguy5, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown-black color with modest tan head. Great retention and perfect lacing.
Smell is abundant with roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.
Taste presents more of the chocolate with going too far.
Finishes with a slight bitterness which balances the sweetness perfectly.
Great, easy drinking beer.

tgbljb, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of kirok1999
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown, almost black, very thin brown head that disappears really quick.
Smell is modest, dark roasted malt, slight oily hops, toast.
Taste is pretty much the same but amplified over the smell. Very nice dark malt taste, roasted barley, slight nutty flavor. Feels heavy and oily.
Very easy to drink. A perfect session stout. Nothing outstanding but easy to drink.

kirok1999, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of BeardedSquash
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque black. No head to speak of, doesn't matter how aggressively I empty the bottle. Does not leave any lacing.

S: Smells wonderful. Rich scents of roasted barley and chocolate malts. A touch nutty, with a slight, I mean slight, scent of alcohol at the very end.

T: Just like it smells, rich. Big round flavor, set nicely against a well balanced hop acidity. Chocolate malts shine through without overpowering.

M: This is how I like my stouts, low carbonation, as not to distract you from from the flavors. Oily on the lips.

D: I could drink this all night. Perfect session beer for the end of winter.

BeardedSquash, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.4/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a near pitch black with no head to speak of. Smell is rather un-appealing. Some scent of hops and some kind of bad lactose. Taste is pretty much the same, but the hops are more prominent. I think the biggest problem is the flavors don’t meld very well together. They’re both in your face and fighting one another instead of blending together and complimenting one another. It’s very thin and watery for a stout. Good thing it is, because I’m going to make short work of this thing just to get it over with.

FtownThrowDown, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The chocolate reaches your nose as you raise the glass to your lips. It's authentic, like a chocolate bar, and at just the right level of aroma - it doesn't scream CHOCOLATE!, but it's definitely noticeable. And that's true for the flavor as well. All too often the chocolate is overdone in these kinds of beers, making a big splash at the outset, but then hurting drinkability in the end. That's not the case here. This is more of a stout infused with chocolate, as the stout character remains completely intact, hops and all. The chocolate just gives it a little bit of extra character across the middle, and a bump of sweet chocolate at the swallow. It lingers pleasantly in the finish, and then fades fairly quickly, leaving behind a mild, roasty bitterness. It's very nicely done! Very well balanced. It may or may not be the best chocolate beer I've ever had, but it is without question the most drinkable! Worth seeking out.

NeroFiddled, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of SaltyLime
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark with no light penetrating through my glass, tiny tan head

Smell - chocolate, roasted malts, sweet and milky scents jump out before I even got to pour it

Taste - sweet chocolate, only a hint of hops

Mouthfeel - a little sticky on the tongue, but easily forgiven, medium body and creamy, smooth

Drinkability - easy to drink, would buy again easily

SaltyLime, Jun 05, 2007
Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 946 ratings.