Double Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

197 Reviews
THE BROS
60
poor

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Reviews: 197
Hads: 398
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 14
Gots: 22 | 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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Reviews: 197 | Hads: 398
Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one-half finger thick mocha-colored head into a goblet that left nice coating and lace throughout. the body was dark black.
s - roasted oats and malts.
t - dry, semi-sweet chocolate and oats.
m - slick and medium on the tongue.
d - drinks easily enough and is pleasant but overall it seems nondescript. it just doesn't have a lot of punch to it. (358 characters)

Photo of beavers
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz. poured into a Duvel tulip.
Pours a thin bodied opaque black with a light tan head. A half finger of head rises and falls. This repeats with a good swirl. Smells of some chocolate malt, but I'm getting much more of a strong cereal aroma. Roasted oats, and faint coffee and caramel. Tastes follows suit as well. The chocolate is there but not dominant in any way. Again, cereal. There isn't the creamy mouthfeel that I expect in a good double stout (chocolate or not). Its very thin bodied with considerable carbonation that aids the alcohol in a boozy warmth. Slight bitterness in the finish. 8.1 ABV doesn't hide well and the roasted but shallow taste is huge. Not good, not bad, but its definitely a roasted, cereal-like to me. A struggle to finish the entire 22.

Not really a chocolate stout, and the only thing that makes this a double stout is the booziness. Otherwise, is missing the characteristics of a true Double Chocolate Stout/Double Stout. Overall, not too impressed, as I wasn't with their regular Chocolate Stout. (1,036 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'd say this is more double stout than double chocolate. It's there, but in a subdued box - hiding in the wings per se. Lots of roasted malt paired with a burnt toast side. Nothing outstanding, nothing average - a solid, decent double stout. Sturdy, the 8% abv is nowhere to be found.

The pour will help the score - pure black with a cushion of tan floating on top. Leaves a sticky ring around my Bitburger pilsner glass my son got me while in Amsterdam.

Just now looked at BA - yes indeed, this is a "B" beer! (512 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep almost opaque black with a decent off-white head the diminished to a thin layer and leaves hardly any lacing. Aroma is baking cocoa, roasted malts and a hint of espresso. The taste has a nice chocolate flavor dominating the other usual Imperial Stout suspects. The beer is on the medium to heavy side with some warming alcohol. This is somewhat enjoyable, but also somewhat run-of-the-mill. (403 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from russpowell via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Tight head holds well, with sticky, slow-falling lace. Aroma is rich milk chocolate. Taste is sweet dark malts upfront, not as strong in the chocolate department as the nose saw, and slants slowly towards the bitter. Mouthfeel isn't as smooth as I would expect for the brew, and drinkability is pretty good. Not quite what I was hoping for here, but still an enjoyable offering. (548 characters)

Photo of Avryle
2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bomber.

A: Jet black with no light getting in. Minimal mocha head. Minimal lacing.

S: Ground coffee. Chocolate. Not very complex but it is enjoyable.

T: Bitterness from the roast is up front. Then it goes into the sweet chocolate and malt.

M: Super creamy and thick. Great feel on this beer.

D: Fairly drinkable. The roast really catches up to you and becomes overwhelming after a while but before that a really great beer. (436 characters)

Photo of rowew
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber. ABV, but no date. Label is a nice mountain painting, in dark red and brown colors.

Appearance: Very dark, almost no light through. Nice dark tan head. Average retention and lacing.

Smell: Coffee and bitter dark chocolate.

Taste: Interesting - a bit more carbonation than I expected, but a nice full mouthfeel. Lots of chocolate and coffee flavors, as well as a good amount of roasted malt.

Overall impression: Nice, and very drinkable. I enjoy the regular chocolate stout, and this is a nice step up from there. (544 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this with a friend, served in a pint glass.

I immediately see a resemblance to Rogue's Chocolate Stout. This beer, however, tastes more like beer, if that's not too vague a statement. There's big chocolate grains with a dark chocolate flavor that I found really appealing. This was a tasty beer, and I didn't find it too thick or cloying. It did seem a bit more like an imperial porter than a stout though. The roasted grains seemed very limited, but I guess that happens when you're trying to amp up the chocolate. Worth a try if you like chocolate beers. (564 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Don't ask if this is a Imp Stout, they get a little pissy stating it's a "Double" Stout. Whatever. Pours a mostly blackish color with some noticeable red hues around the edges. A off darker tan head with bigger sized bubbles although ok retention that didn't last through the whole tasting and limited lacing.

The nose is present but light. Some malty aromas with astringent and coffee notes. Lighter bitter chocolate but very limited. Noticeable solvent alcohol notes. Some yeasty and a feint fruity/cherry finish.

The taste is similar. The malt is more prevalent than the nose indicates. Bitter chocolate and roasted coffee flavors blend nicely. A lactic quality gives more of a milk chocolate quality. Could be oats as well. Some bit from the hops but ok. The yeast and solvent alcohol is still perceivable but toned down from what the nose would indicate.

The body is closer to mid then full. A nice silky flavor but some oily aftertaste is a bit of a deterrent. The solvent alcohol is a bit off but a little time would do it nice. What is the difference between a double and imperial, ah who cares. (1,106 characters)

Photo of Riggsy
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into imperial pint.
Purchased at Frontier bottle shop for an apparent steal @ $2.10.

A: Pours an opaque black, creamy appearance as it flows. Dark tan head

S: Strong coffee aroma along with bitter chocolate. Chocoloate doesn't dominate as I would have expected by name. Alcohol is quite apparent as well as a faint orange note.

T: Deep roasted malt, almost overly bitter to me. Backed by coffee and chocolate. Again, alcohol is quite noticeable.

M: Medium-full bodied, light carbonation. Smooth on the tongue, finishes bitter from roast malt.

D: Much bitterness and a bit high on the alcohol this one might benefit with some months on it. (662 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep, dark brown with a little bit of carbonation up front, small tannish head that quickly disappeared. Nose was of some choloate, maybe some espresso. The alcohol was pretty strong for 8.10 ABV. The taste was strong of alcohol and not so much on the chocolate. the alcohol just took control and it shouldnt have for 8.10 ABV. The alcohol was not disguised well and the taste was not that chocolatey. Roasted malts hung in there and it finished rather dry. I know its Imperial but a Rogue Choc Stout blows this away! Would not drink or buy again. Average. (565 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in my Brigand goblet. Poured an opaque dark brown (not quite black) with ruby red highlights when the light penetrates. Half-inch coffee-colored head quickly dissipated into an oily skim with a narrow band around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing was somewhat thin and watery during the tasting. Nose was mild, but most distinguishable scents were espresso roast coffee and malt. Flavors of bitter dark chocolate in the mouth as well as a slight hops presence at the finish. Somewhat effervescent; mouthfeel fell somewhere between watery and silky, but tended to smooth out a little more as the brew reached room temperature. Decent drinkability - alcohol is well hidden, but I was expecting something a little more decadent for a double chocolate stout. Not too bad, but not what I would consider as a hallmark of the style. (833 characters)

Photo of Blybloke
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this bomber at Chicone's in Hudson, WI.

This is a rather unremarkable beer. Pours a dark brown to near black with a half-inch sandy cap.

Roasted coffee and, yes, chocolate on the nose. The chocolate isn't as assertive as I'd have liked. It's there, but you have to kind of dig for it.

Same with the flavor. Kind of messy without being intriguing. Chocolate and coffee come through with pinch of alcohol. To me, the chocolate should shine instead of hanging around among the other flavors.

Mouthfeel was average at best. For a double stout, it wasn't very thick. Not a huge complaint, but it was noticable.

Drinkability I thought was average to good. It goes down nicely, but I wouldn't consider having more than a bottle of this at a time (even if it was in 12oz bottles) (788 characters)

Photo of AMo
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fort Collins Brewery Double Chocolate Stout pours a dense, opaque black with a short stiff tan head. The smell is mild of roasted malts, with a slight coffee like aroma. Taste is mellow with a dark chocolate background. Five minutes into this double duce everything just explodes and gets ten fold better. Mouthfeel is exceptionally silky smooth, medium dense, with a slight carbonation that is just enough for a perfect feel. Every degree this comes up in temperature the drinkability gets better and the flavor begins to fly out. I almost think this would be worth trying room temp, but I thoroughly enjoyed how this just kept getting better and better till done. (665 characters)

Photo of benito
2.84/5  rDev -22.6%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a deep brown/black with a couple of fingers of tan head. Fairly carbonated. Chocolate, coffee and some roasted barley in the aroma. Medium body. Heavy roasted barley bitterness. I got more coffee flavors than chocolate. Very long dry malty finish. Alcohol was not very apparent. The roasted bitterness was a little harsh. (371 characters)

Photo of Goliath
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with one finger of mocha colored head. The head dissipates quickly with no real lacing.

Aroma showcases some great roasted malt flavors. Strong chocolate as well as coffee in the nose.

Flavors are big. Nice bitter chocolate with a robust roasted cofee. A great hop bitterness and slight alcohol warmth accompany the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Drinkability is good, but a bomber is plenty due to moderately high ABV and strong flavors. (488 characters)

Photo of bort11
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle poured into a goblet. Dark mocha colored head that gradually recedes to a thin filmy ring. not a lot of stickage.

Smell is pretty boozy with some burnt coffee and bitter chocolate notes. Taste is also pretty boozy, a lot more coffee and only a little bit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is a little lighter than what I would expect for a double stout. Still has some body to it.

I don't know about this one. I have had much better. This one leaves me pretty "Eh" (470 characters)

Photo of satowns
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint. Creamy dark brown head which enjoys hanging around.

Aroma of intense bittersweet/dark chocolate, spent coffee grinds, campfire ash. Aromas get less descript as the stout warms.

Mild chocolate, roasted malt flavors and mild bitterness control the profile. The range of flavors appears to be pretty limited. Lacks the richness of other chocolate stouts.

DCS has decent body with slickness to the finish.

I expected a chocolaty, velvety, rich, robust and potent stout, but was let down. Don't get me wrong; the beer isn't flawed, and it doesn't have any ugly characteristics. I think it is very drinkable stout. Double Chocolate; I don't think so. Double stout brewed with some chocolate; more like it. Its funny how semantics can get in the way of a review; just don't let it discourage you from enjoying this beer.

Music enjoyed whilst sampling: Rock Me by the Doors (913 characters)

Photo of Domingo
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like the normal Chocolate Stout from Ft. Collins, so this was an easy decision to make.
Pours a dark brown that's heading close to black. For a beer over 8% it actually has a pretty impressive frothy head, too. Looks enticing!
Smells kind of earthy with coffee, chocolate, roasted almonds, and hops. It also has that "signature" Ft. Collins brewing smell. I can't tell if it's the malt, hops, or the yeast, but I could pick anything they brew out of a line-up EASILY. In some cases it doesn't work, but with this brew it does.
Taste is very rich and coffee-based. Dark chocolate, chicory, and a little bit of a brandy note. Much like the smell, you can tell who brewed this immediately...but again, it works with this brew.
The mouthfeel starts off thicker with the head, but it dissipates faster than expected. After only about 10 minutes, it was virtually flat and the lacing was gone.
For a brew of this potency, it went down VERY easily. Probably even too easily.

I liked this. It's not a world beater, but at $4-5 a bottle, it's a no brainer. (1,050 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From what I understand, this is a relativley new brew to hit the marketplace... just picked up a 650 ML bottle from Gary's in Madison for $4.99... probably the best brew I've sampled from Fort Collins and an overall great example of the Imperial Stout style... pours a jet-black, ebony hue with a minimal tan and reddish frothy head that soon receded... smell was replete with cocoa and dark lattee nuances that really hit home and were noticeable... taste strongly mirrored the smell, with a powerful suggestion of dark, burnt coffee, roasted malts, espresso, cappuccino, and sweet sugars... excellent flavor that really sunk in and lingered on the tongue for quite some time... a very chocolate taste that really makes itself known... excellent stuff... easily drinkable with an equally good mouthfeel... 8.1% ABV is nearly impossible to detect behind a rich combination of thick flavors... Definitely recommended... (918 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 22oz bottle into a Smokestack goblet. Pours a dark brown with almost grape tones when held up to the light and a tight, thin beige head that disappeared rapidly. Aroma was weaker than I expected. Hints of dark chocolate with a hoppy finish on the nose. Taste is fudge and day old coffee with a rummy finish. Mouthfeel is thin with no real lingering finish. Good but not as good as many of the other seasonals that FCBC does. (433 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin light tan head that quickly diminishes to a thin film.

The aroma is grains, fudgy chocolate, and acidic coffee.

The flavor is sweet and roasted chocolate malts with a balancing acidic coffee finish. The alcohol is well hidden. As it warms, some bitter black licorice comes out. The mouthfeel is medium to full with low but sharp carbonation.

Overall, a very nice stout - one of FCB's better efforts. (447 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown black color with almost no head. The first whiff from the bottle is slight dark chocolate and then hops, oddly enough. There is also a hint of roasted something in there. The taste does not quite match the smell. Bitter like old coffee and not much chocolate at all. The mouthfeel is very thin. I would rather have the regular chocolate stout from Ft. Collins. (371 characters)

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83 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.