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Double Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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393 Ratings

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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 14
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: russpowell on 01-30-2008

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Ratings: 393 | Reviews: 197
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1.5/5  rDev -58.9%

Photo of DoctorDog
1.92/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Presentation: 1 pint, 6 oz. into a snifter.

A- Very dark, nearly black/opaque. ~1 1/2 fingers of light brown head, which fades gradually to but a thin ring. Straight out of the bottle, the liquid looks noticeably thin and watery, which I find a bit worrisome. No lacing noted.

S- Hints of chocolate and coffee, and a bit of molasses. Also, a slightly grassy/earthy quality to the aroma.

T- Some baker's chocolate and slightly burnt espresso. Sweetness is minimal. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Nothing too complex or interesting going on here. As the drink warms slightly, wet cardboard flavors creep in and begin to overtake the palate, and the quality of flavor gradually and substantially decreases. By ~1/2 way through, this thing is nothing but a disgusting mess of wet cardboard.

M- Moderately carbonated and watery. Somewhat drying on the finish. I'm left scratching my head and wondering where all of the 4-4.5 ratings and "creamy" descriptions came from....not my bottle. Looks like I managed to "luck" into another bad bottle.

D- When the last 1/2 of your bottle goes down the drain instead of your throat, the resulting rating is not going to be pretty.

Future outlook: Damn it. I had big expectations for this, only for them to be completely and thoroughly dashed. I might someday give this offering another chance in the distant future, but not anytime too soon.

Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep deep burnt ruby color with what looks like good clarity. 2 finger tan head. First impression of the nose is burnt coffee. As the beer opens up starts to smell better, some milk chocolate, burnt coffee, heavily roasted malts.

Very burnt tasting with a coarse body. Not getting a ton of chocolate but more coffee. Astringent burntness and bitterness. Long tannic finish. Almost no chocolate. Not crazy about it and the price of the 4 pack is high. There might be more flavors that you can dive for and find but I dont really want to, its not making me want to.

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

Photo of Brunite
2.13/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured a nice dark brown with tan head.

S: Smelled good. CHOCOLATE!!

T: Whoa!!! Booze. Big problem. Taste like hershey syrup in vodka.

M: Alcohol burn.

O: Draino. Man...I had high hopes here. I LOVE chocolate stouts but this is a bummer. Ticked off that I paid 5-6.00 for a bomber and poured it.

Photo of DrainBamage
2.32/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours dark black with a thin lace of head. Has bourbon aromas which aren't very strong for 8.5% ABV. Flavor is masked by the extreme bitterness. Bitterness sticks around for awhile and almost seems artificial. In the end it's quite flavorless, masking bitterness, and no discernible chocolate taste to it. Not recommended.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.46/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: 24oz. brown glass bomber, split with my fiancee

Appearance: Ultra dark brown/black, opaque with a nice thick dark tan head with great retention.

Smell: Sweet mocha aromas; it's kind of like fresh coffee with just a TOUCH of chocolate...it's simple, but nice.

Taste: A hint of milk chocolate with SHARP roasted barley bitterness and a medium-high hop bitterness as well; there's a bit of alcohol present as well...this is kiiiind of tasty but it's definitely out of balance; there are sweet/bitter flavors kind of running amok and the bitter edge is almost lip puckering...very odd for the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy

Drinkability: My girl didn't finish hers (and she loves big bold stouts) and I barely got mine down.

Conclusion: I have several problems with this beer, but the biggest is that the website bills this as "perfectly balanced." In a word, "no." I bought this because the dessert beer I'd gone after (DB) was out of stock...I'll probably not buy this again.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

There's chocolate in the name, though the brewery does not talk about brewing with actual chocolate. A decent amount of brown foam forms from a steady pour, good head retention. Nearly pitch black with some ruby edges when put to the light. Roasted grain that suggests unsweetened chocolate and used coffee grounds in the nose, with faint dark cherry and blackberry fruitiness in the back. Burnt flavors come off a little bitter with unsweetened, bitter dark chocolate and more coffee grounds on the taste buds. Mildly warming alcohol, maltiness seems to be stuck on burnt. Hop bitterness doesn't help and lays down an out of place herbal flavor middle to end while the burnt grain tosses a vague smoky note into the mix. Finishes a little astringent and certainly bitter.

They'd be better off removing chocolate from the label as most people will associate sweet flavors with this beer. Overall, it's a muddled mess, and the flavors just mesh together--not completely undrinkable, but the bitter astringent flavors are hard to swallow after a while.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of Avryle
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was a bit of a let-down.

A- Pours a dark brown-black with a ugly poofy tan head. The head almost looks like actively fermenting yeast.

S- Roasted grains are dominant on the nose. Some coffee, but where's the chocolate???

T- Blah. Roast & coffee strong up front with minimal hints of chocolate along with a booziness. Strong unpleasant bitter finish.

M- Ho-hum. Not good, not bad. Some body, but lacking the creaminess expected of a double chocolate stout.

D- I ended up passing off the remainder of my pour. The bitterness in the finish did nothing for me. However, Aerozeppl, who I split the bomber with, thought it was decent & quite drinkable. Not for me, I suppose.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22oz into goblet... Couldn't find any date on bottle

A- Poured a very dark brown/blackish color. Had to pour pretty damn vigorous to get a 1 finger caramel colored head; died quickly and left very little lacing towards the top of the glass.

S- Wow, this is double chocolate for sure! Some of the most chocolate I have gotten from a beer ever. There is another sweetness that is almost more candy/caramel like to go along with the incredible chocolate that balances nicely with a strong roasty and slightly coffee aroma. Amazing...

T/M- Shit shit shit. Damn, this is too much. Maybe my hopes were set way too high after the aroma, but this taste is a hot (literally) mess. I get some dark fruits mixed in with a very slight chocolate flavor. Most of this is overpowered by an intense hop bitterness which then leads directly into a strong boozy burn. I mean, just way too much hop for a stout, even if it is imperial. Nothing balances here. This is all over the place and leaves me wanting to get a roasted malt somewhere- or SOMETHING that reminds me of a decent stout. The mouthfeel is ridiculously syrupy and there is very low carbonation. I love a nice full bodied stout, but this reminds me of nasty cough syrup.

O- I want to like this beer, really I do. But all the flavors clash so much it has no identity. A few of the flavors are decent, but it lacks so much I want in an imperial stout and others are just overpowered by the excessive booze. Its too much, too little, and not enough- all at the same time!

Photo of WildTurkey
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle to snifter

A: Deep brown/black with thick tan head. Pretty dark.

S: Pretty boozy. Mostly burnt coffee and maybe a little bitter chocolate - but not much.

T: Very Boozy. Lot of coffee but no chocolate. Tastes like asparin.

M: Lighter than my expectation. Not very rich or smooth compared to other examples of this style.

D: Not digging it. Too boozy, not enough emphasis on chocolate.

Photo of farrago
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Credible one finger plus head of mixed bubbles, consistent light brown color, moderate stickiness to the lacing. Complete blackness throughout, no suggestion of color at any angle. earns its name, hits your nose with a double barrel shot of milk chocolate, after this raisin, date fruit, butterscotch, malt, no real hops based counterweight, mildly bready as in the texture of banana bread. Full-bodied, like a river of chocolate out of Willy Wonka, unfortunately here the alcohol bursts through with some burn and notes of nail polish. Otherwise, mint, caramel, anise, orange peel adorn the palate. The carbonation tries to churn things up, at moments overanxious. Some hops-like astringency at the end as well as banana peel. Stutter steps through the finish, which may be just as well.

Photo of biglite351
2.74/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - slight red-brown bleed around the edge. Nice tight tall waterfall foam, that lasts a while.

S - mild but nice. Chocolate and malt.

T - So-so. With a name like "double chocolate" I was expecting much more. Not a good after taste, a rather bitter upturn, or down turn if you like.

M - watery and nothing to write home about.

D - there are better options out there.

Photo of Skagnetti
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of pheelingIt
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of match1112
2.81/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a dark brown with a one finger mocha head. smells sweet and boozy. taste is of warming alochol with powered cocoa. thin and watery mouthfeel. overall this was a huge disappointment. first beer in a long time i couldnt finish, had to drain pour and open a youngs.

Photo of benito
2.84/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Opaque, dark brown imperial stout with a thin head and great, pronounced chocolate aromas. The flavor is marred by a harsh, roasted-barley bitterness and a solventy, alcoholic finish. There are nice coffee, cocoa, chicory, and chocolate flavors, but they don't have the time or space to develop given those two flaws.

This was my second bomber of this brew, and I had the same reaction both times. It is slightly more palatable as it warms to room temp, but the biting finish is too overwhelming to make this a recommendable beer.

FCB's lagers are still their best bets; skip this one.

Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a 3 oz sampler glass at Fort Collins Brewing's tasting room. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of good cream, nice thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Light rich chocolate. A very mild strength aroma.

T: Nice chocolate tones, some caramel, and nuts. Pretty simple for the style. Fairly well balanced. Not as much chocolate as expected.

Mf: Smooth and wet until the third act, which is quite dry and coarse. Not suitable for the style. Would be better with cream and/or on nitro-draught.

Dr: Drinkable but lackluster. I wouldn't get it again.

Photo of projectflam86
2.92/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark brown cola like color with a thing off-white head that leaves some lace.

S- The nose is pretty nice with some chocolate sweetness and some roasted bitterness. Not alot else going on though.

T- Very boozy upfront with lots of bitterness in the finish. A bit of smoke and coffee but REALLY hoppy (for an Imperial Stout) and boozy. The flavor profile isn't really working more me.

M- Thin for what I expected and dry. Ok carbonation.

D- Won't pick this one up again.

Photo of 71CrazyOtto
2.94/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Impulse buy for 5 bucks at the store.
Cracked her open and breathed in pleasant chocolate.
Poured dark as expected with very good lacing.
Taste though was of burnt malt. The beer was drinkable but absence of chocolate in taste but only smell (why Fort Collins why?) left me not wanting to try this beer again.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Emerges nearly pitch black with dark cherry highlights. Every other impy stout or double stout I have had has been in the pitch black color department; must mean this one is slightly less chocolatey or roasty? One finger sized cocoa colored head.

Aroma certainly doesnt indicate a double chocolate quality. There is some chocolate and some coffee, typical in most stouts, but nothing in the way of enormous choclate (like Rogue Chocolate Stout). Actually, there is more coffee than chocolate. Not a whole lot of roast either.

Okay flavor. More chocolate than coffee in the flavor. Small amount of roasty quality. Lots of fruit as well. Rather sweet. Alcohol is noticeable.

Not bad. Slightly thin on the mouthfeel. Low carbonation and a little too fruity of a stout for me.

Photo of sjones5045
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of hiphopj5
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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Double Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
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