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Double Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

377 Ratings
THE BROS
60
poor

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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 13
Gots: 12 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: russpowell on 01-30-2008)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Freshcraft in Denver, CO.

Pours an almost opaque dark brown color with a 1 inch tan head that lasts. Random thick streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malt and milk chocolate candy bars. Taste is of dark roasted malt, milk chocolate, slight coffee, and an alcohol bite. This beer has is very thick and creamy coming off the nitro-tap. Overall, this is a good and very tasty stout that I would get again. My first beer from Fort Collins.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

djrn2, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

acurtis, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -17.8%

GRG1313, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a charcoal brown color with a big and rocky tan head that fades rather quickly but dots the pint glass

Smell: Roasty char, with chocolate and coffee underneath

Taste: Opens with a black bread flavor that heads in a chocolatey direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate comes through much more directly; lengthy, moderately sweet chocolate aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not bad, but there are quite a few other chocolate beers out there that I prefer to this one; sampling this again in 2012 shows considerable improvement over the one I had back in 2009

brentk56, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown with generous scarlet and gold accents. The beer isn't a complete light obliterator, but it looks good enough. There's nothing wrong with the pale caramel cap. It's sticking to the glass in multiple spots and is beginning to deposit lace that looks like it'll last until the hot water rinse.

The aroma is nicely roasted. 'Double' is a bit of a stretch, however. Ground espresso beans combine with bittersweet chocolate and a modest spruciness from the hops. Warming, as always, brings things into sharper relief.

Double Chocolate Stout is pretty good beer that isn't in the same league as Southern Tier Choklat or a handful of others. There's no shame in that. Flavor intensity is pretty good, but would benefit from even more malt. Double Stout? Not really. On the other hand, Single-And-A-Half Chocolate Stout doesn't exactly roll off the tongue and probably wouldn't sell very well.

Flavors include lightly creamed coffee, dark chocolate, dark toffee and a few shavings of bitter citrus peel. The bitterness keeps the malt sugars from creating an overly sweet situation. Were coffee beans added? Maybe Coffee Chocolate Stout would be a more appropriate name.

The mouthfeel would be fine if this was a standard American stout. However, once the word 'Double' appears on the label, the bar is immediately raised. FCDCS doesn't quite make it over. It's a tad thin for the style and wanders away more than it should on the finish. Soft, well-integrated carbonation is a plus.

The label claims that Double Chocolate Stout is 'the result of imperializing an already flawless brew'. Uh... not quite. Their Chocolate Stout is good, but it's light years from flawless. In the end, they're both good (not great) versions of their respective styles.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1.5 finger milk chocolate head with lots of lace on a very dark body with light getting through. Light chocolate and smokey aroma with coffee notes. Flavor is a nice balanced mix of both chocolate and coffee, nearly perfect. A somewhat tangy finish. Full body and light to moderate carbonation. Very drinkable for a double with the flavor being very balanced. A nice beer.

kylehay2004, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one in a BIF recently. I popped this one open and split it with my mother in law the other night. Poured a very nice, rich dark brwon, essentially opaque with no light shining through at all. Nice one inch tan colored head, had some decent retention, but left behind only a broken crown and some side glass lace.

the aroma was loaded with chocolate as expected, but seemd to be a bit one sided. Nice sweet notes, a hint of alcohol and a woody or eathy tone lying underneath of it. The flavor was more of the same. Decent feel, albeit a touch thinner then I would have likem but adequate carbonation. First flavor to coat the tongue was a hersheys syrup like chocolate flavor which soon melted into a touch of vanilla backed with a slight dry hoppiness, enough to dry it out for the next taste, but overall the chocolate flavor seemed a little bit forced for me.

Overall not a bad stout but it was a little bit artificial for me. Just not the rich chocolate and roasted malt flavor I am used to, but still a good sipper and nothing really wrong with this one at all.

mikesgroove, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice dark looking brew with a creamy brown head on top. The smell of the beer was chocolaty like it should be with some roasted malt aromas. The taste of the beer right from the fridge was a little metallic. Once it warmed up though the sweetness came out nicely and was rather good. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad, I think it should have been a little more oily and less carbonated. Overall it's not a bad brew to try.

Knapp85, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a matte black body with a finger of pillowed, ecru foam. Sheet-inducing, coating lace on the descent.

Smell: Moderately sweetish scent of caramel, chocolate, and roast -- it seems less coarse, roastwise, than I recall it being in previous years. Little hints of fruit, little hints of the alcohol within.

Taste: A sweet flavor of caramel paired with roasted, coffee-accented malts, almost ahead of the chocolate quality. Roasty astringency, but there's a moderate hop bitterness in there as well. Small hint of fruitiness underneath the maltiness. Semi-sweet, chocolaty (though not necessarily semi-sweet chocolate) finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Doesn't have the Mister Wonka confectionery quality of a Rogue Double Chocolate or Southern Tier Choklat and is more akin to a Brooklyn Chocolate Stout, particularly as there's no actual chocolate used. I liked it well enough and like the aforementioned stouts as well, so, it's really just up to what you want: candy bars or no candy bars.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouredinto an oversized wine glass a near jet black except for just a tinge of red at the bottome of the glass when held in light,a well formed tan colored head atop.A nice mix of milk chocolate and roast in the nose along with some molasses,flavors are dark roast mocha with a hint of molasses melding into a nice drying earthy finish.Just a solid brew here its flavorful but it goes down smooth and without a hitch.

oberon, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to pitasoup and the Donald in Mathmagic Land BIF for this bottle!

I thoroughly enjoyed the "Single" Chocolate Stout, so hopefully this one's doubly better. It pours pretty much a straight obsidian topped by at best a finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises quite a bit o' roasted malts, a good amount of cocoa, a small strip o' leather, a small cup o' coffee, and what seems to be a single fig sitting somewhere in the abyss. The taste seems to lean heavily on the roast in the beginning, but is then shown to favor some smooth chocolate, which permeates the body of the flavor. Tiny bits o' coffee and leather try to get noticed, but are o'erwashed by their stronger forebears. The body is a hefty medium, with a light carbonation and a very smooth feel. The somewhat lack of chewiness actually works to this beer's advantage, as it keeps the chocolate and roasted elements from becoming overpowering and even clashing with one another. Overall, a very tasty choco-stout, but still something of a let-down (just not all that much of one). I just had really high expectations, is all.

TMoney2591, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, deep, dark brown color with a small, fizzy/creamy, light=-brown head. I left some nice lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, rich roasted malt, and a coffee/expresso aroma.

T - It tasted bittersweet and a great roasted malt flavor. Good chocolate taste, too.

M - It was crisp and very smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good imperial stout. It doesn't taste that much different than their Chocolate Stout, just more powerful.

zeff80, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

easily fort collins' best beer. hands down. pours absolutely black with a 3/4 inch off-white head. smells like espresso beans and english toffee. flavor is nto toffee sweet but is buttery like that, with a bitter cocoa/coffee finish. heavily roasted malts provide epic body and mouthfeel. the mouthfeel of this beer just murders it, perfectly balanced, mild carbonation, thick but palatable, smooth as knob creek. 8.1 abv works wonders as well. lookin forward to my next one!!!

StonedTrippin, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears dark burnt black roasted malt absolutely no ruby highlights making it through, deep tan khaki head forms thick rises above the rim of my Allagash chalice. Aroma is full of cocoa, dark roasted malt bitterness, and minimal coffee roasts. Mild fruit notes and minimal hops would wrap up the rest of the aroma in this beer. A bit of cedar and smoked malt even though I know it's not smoked come through a bit as it warms. Flavor has deep dark chocolate and creamy cocoa layers as well in the same breath. Oxymoron you say, it's a chocolate beer with depth, like somebody actually used it in the boil. Goes well with kettle cooked salty chips to give a ying to the yang of sweet and sultry you need salty and fatty. Mouthfeel is creamy at first with a finishing bitter dark chocolate tone, it all goes down fairly well for me. I can't complain at all about this brew dark malts and hops brings out the best of the parts of a double chocolate stout. Full bodied softly carbonated smooth big chocolate beer from CO. Drinkability overall was solid from front to back do share this one or it becomes a bit of a dessert beer better in the 7 oz zone than the 22 oz portion size. Overall tasty but super chocolate infusion equals more friends to the tasting.

WVbeergeek, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a dense black with 2 fingers of creamy dark tan head. A thin layer of creamy retention leaves some decent looking spotty lacing behind. The aroma is straight up huge chocolate character that's so powerful, I can smell it lying here with my head at least 2 feet away from the glass. There is also some prominent coffee notes underneath as well as some other underlying sweetness and roasted malts. I'm also picking up a bit of alcohol heft in the bouquet.

The taste is once again heavy chocolate up front that melds into zippy coffee character and a sticky caramel sweetness. Finishes with a combo of light bitterness and some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with an overall smooth and creamy feel. Much like the aroma, there is just a bit of heat in the body that probably helps push it up into the fuller category.

An interesting Stout that surely doesn't skimp on the as advertised Chocolate but it's character seemed just a little too "artificial" to call this anything more than a good effort. I still found this to be fairly tasty though and enjoyed splitting this bottle with the wife.

Kegatron, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

RblWthACoz, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with 2+ fingers of tan colored head. Great lacing & average head retention

S: Huge coffee nose, plus ample roasty malt, plus some iron & cocoa as this warms.

T: Roasty malt, dryness, & chocolate up front. Slight boozeyness as this warms, a touch of iron, singed grain & molasses surface once this warms. Finishes dry, a bit warm booze-wise, with much roastyness,plus a touch of iron . My one question: Where's the chocolate??

Very chewy, low carbonation with just a touch of oilyness

Drinks pretty easy, coffee slanted Imp stouts aren't in my wheelhouse, but I could put a few down on a cold morning, where's the grits & bacon?? Glad to see this brewery spread it's alewings again!

russpowell, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +9.6%

oline73, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer served on nitro draft at a local beer bar. Beer is dark black, pitch black. Forms a thick brown frothy head that is made up of tiny tiny bubbles. There is a ton of lacing on the glass as the beer falls away. Cannot determine the level of aeration, the beer is too dark.

The aroma is filled with sweetness from alcohol and some chocolate.

This beer is one of the most chocolatey beers I've ever had, seriously. Its out of control chocolate. I can taste the alcohol, its above 8% but I expect it to be masked better than that. It hurts the drinkability for sure. The beer is overall medium bodied and has a good mouthfeel to it.

drabmuh, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fort Collins Double Chocolate Stout
Oh, my, it finally happened, a beer label that uses the phrase "imperializing". I didn't know that was acceptable terminology yet. Lovely watercolors on the imagery, though.
Deep black, slim cocoa-tinged head.
Roasty, toasty aromatics, full flowering of the cocoa bean.
On the tongue, it's pleasure aplenty, rich, delicious, full bodied, long finish, chocolate lingering long, with coffee flavors below.
Tasty, tasty stuff!
"Imperialized", though? ...maybe...

e 8.1% is a stretch for a chocolate stout, but, hey, whatever. This is a humdinger.

feloniousmonk, May 09, 2008
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +9.6%

MarkyMOD, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry roasted malt scent along with a mild chocolate aroma. It's not over the top and it's also more dry than sweet. The taste is decent. It has a very dry and earthy flavor with loads of dark chocolate taste. It's quite thick , but I'm not in love with the taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer, although I'm not in love with it. It's far too thick and roasted with not enough focus on the chocolate flavoring and overall drinkability.

WesWes, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with virtually no head - just a swirl. A thin ring manages to leave a little lacing.

The smell is of roasted coffee with bittersweet chocolate. They are at about even.

Roasted coffee comes out a bit ahead of the chocolate. I don't know that top-of-the-line chocolate was used. But, that's not my "gripe" with the brew. It is more that I was in a chocolate mood, and while bitterish chocolate is there, the roasted coffee remains just a bit ahead. It doesn't throw the flavor off - in a way, I like it, but not the chocolate stout I had in mind with the name (like ordering a pork dinner and getting half chicken and half pork?)
My other "concern" is - Where's the "double"? But, after having this brewery's chocolate stout, I suppose in their eyes this is "double". Oh. That brings me to my third "issue". There is a bit of metallic to it - a bit like some of the foil was left on a Hershey's kiss (even though it was served appopriately chilled and not cold). It's not very noticeable, even negligable, so my third "issue" is not a major one.
In fact, it turns out to have a nice enough taste with chocolate and coffee flavors that add up to be more than decent (but not great). Well-balanced through the end, with a touch of alcohol breaking through in the rather brief finish for the style.

Almost full-bodied - but, really should hit full-bodied for a double stout. Prickly carbonation puts quite a dent in the palate, relegating the feel (in tandem with relative thinness) to a somewhat generous "average" mark.

An interesting balance of chocolate and coffee. This one had potential, and if it were named Coffee and chocolate stout (and drop the "double" part, I might have not been so disappointed. But, then there were minor detractors and a general thinness (not helped at all by fizziness). It has to go down as "interesting to try once, but nothing special" for me.

jwc215, Apr 27, 2008
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Double Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.