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Double Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

391 Ratings
THE BROS
60
poor

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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 14
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in an English pint]

Poured black with a large light brown creamy head that was fully lasting and had excellent lacing. The aroma was of a burnt cereal malts, a mild does of resin hops and a sweet yeast with notes of dark chocolate, coffee and molasses. It tasted richly sweet and quite malty with a small hint of coffee to start then progressed into a bitter-sweet chocolate-coffee flavor at the finish. Mouthfeel was full in body and creamy in texture with a soft carbonation. Overall a quite satisfying chocolate stout.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured into a snifter. It pours nearly pitch black. It is not as thick as other versions of the style. It has a small white head that dissipates quickly, but does leave some slight lacing.

S-Chocolate, coffee, molasses, brown sugar, and alcohol. Its the best part of this beer.

T-Much like the nose, except not quite as sweet. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and some brown sugar dominate stand out the most.

M-Syrupy, but kind of thin.

D-You could definitely drink a bomber of this with no problems.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. I remember enjoying the American Stout version and this didn't disappoint. Its not the best version of the style, but still good. I would drink this again.

Photo of ajaxivan
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up having never seen it before figured id give it a try.

A: Beautiful black color with nice brown head

S: Burnt coffee and choc.

T: Chocolate, roasty coffee, maybe a little caramel

M: Good creamy feel, smooth

D: For what i paid for this ($7.50ish) i though this is a solid Doub. Choc. Stout. I didnt find it as boozy as others have and would recommend this to anyone who enjoys this style.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a black color, opaque, and has a nice brown head. Sits thick in the glass.

Smells of chocolate and coffee.

I don't know why I'm the only one that tastes the chocolate in this. I know it wasn't exactly made with real chocolate, that anyone knows of, but it has the flavor. The chocolate got my attention right away. Some caramel flavor and a coffee blend in there too. The weak hops lingers on the back of your tongue in the aftertaste.

Creamy, full, and smooth.

I thought this was a good beer. Picked it up on a whim with a friend of mine and gave it a shot, really liked it. Kind of surprised it didn't get much love on here.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#7. Picked out this bottle on a whim. We were craving a Chocolate Stout of any sort, this bottle fit the bill and had a good price tag. Reviews are all over the place. Let's give it a whirl.

Poured from a 1Pt, 6Fl oz bottle into two standard mugs (glassware limited).

(Appearance) One of the darkest beers I have ever seen. There is a good 1-finger inch head that is quite frothy. It leaves a good deal of thin lacing on the side as it gradually dies away. The surface never clears. Head retention is average. I see some light carbonation in the glass, but nothing amazing. It has fairly average visual appeal. 3

(Smell) There's a great deal of bitter smelling chocolate, perhaps with some nutty extracts. It smells slightly creamy and perhaps slightly sour. Roasted malts lie in the background, and I even smell some very light hops hidden deep within this. The bitter smell is the most overwhelming part of this beer. I can't tell whether I am intrigued or repelled by it. 2

(Taste) A fair combination of some bitter and some sweet, somewhat roasted and buttery malts. The slight chocolate smells take a back seat to a dominating coffee-like taste. There is a bold toffee, caramel-like flavor in here too. Luckily it is much clearer that the taste was a better experience than the smells I gathered earlier. There's a somewhat pleasant bitter tingle at the finish from some hops, but this is mostly malty. There's a decent balance of flavors here, making the body robust with toasty flavor. What little aftertaste there is is mostly that of a mocha coffee sweet flavor that fades into a mild lengthy bitterness over time. It is not half-bad. 4

(Mouthfeel) Creamy and rather light, without being watery or dry. The beer is cleaner than the average stout. There is enough substance to make this an enjoyable experience. The beer had pretty average carbonation, just enough to keep it from going flat in my mouth. 4

(Drinkability) A very easy drinker, considering its 8.1 ABV, which conceals itself well. It snuck up on me quick, as at the end of this review I'm feeling it now! It is very filling if taken by one in a single sitting, and for the large size that the bottle comes in, it could (and probably should) be split. Should I be possibly be craving more dark beer beyond this one, it would not be farfetched to assume that I could have a second one of these. 3.5

Verdict: The smell was at first a turn away but the taste was that of a slightly above average Chocolate Stout. There may not be enough reason to warrant me spending money on a second one of these as it was not superb by any means, but I am not disappointed that I have purchased one already. It's worth a shot for the dark beer lovers. B- (3.35)

Photo of SilentSabre
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours up nearly black with dark red highlights and a khaki coloured finger thick head. Looks decent.
Smells faintly of bitter sweet chocolate, but coffee notes dominate.
Taste, too, certainly has *some* chocolate elements, but again, the spent coffee nuances are much more powerful.
Mouthfeel is nice and creamy up front and stays thick and solid all the way through. Nice.
Even at 8,1%, this is quite drinkable with little or no noticeable alcohol.
This is much, much better than their Chocolate Stout.

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 TKEbeerman
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass this brew pours like a dark porter that is over-carbonated. The extremely bubbly head fades away quickly and leaves little lace. Not impressive at all.

S: The aroma is not as rich as the bottle claims. As a matter of fact it is rather bland. There is some roastiness, and some coffee and chocolate, but the aromas are not very pronounced at all.

T: Flavor follows suite. Bland with roast notes and a slight chocolate flavor. A small hop after taste is present. I've had brown ales that were bolder and bigger then this stout.

MF: A little watered down and thin. Carbonation is ok at best.

D: Drinkability is a little rough, even at just over 8.1%.

Over all, this is my first brew from Fort Collins and I'm not impressed at all. This double chocolate stout should be branded as an ok Imperial Porter. Double the chocolate, double the malt, up the hop bill by a quarter, and give this brew some balls.

Photo of emmasdad
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap recently at Fresh Craft in Downtown Denver. Poured a deep dark brown color, with a medium brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee and vanilla. On the palate, this one had a decent body, with roasted malt, some sweetness, and roast. Not really any chocolate in the mouth, however. Overall, not a bad beer, but nothing special.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a remarkably frothy head of toasted light brown cream, although it sinks a little too soon. The color is jet black, and there are some psychedelic lace drippings clinging to the glass.

Chocolate is what the label promises, and chocolate is what the nose gets. All kinds of milky, sweet, comforting chocolate aromas greet the nose, with other candy-like elements coming in, especially caramel and toffee. Some juicy dark fruit too (plum, fig) although not any coffee, which is something the label boasts. Maybe they mean it's in the taste...

There's definitely some coffee in the taste, having a slightly acidic, acrid bitterness...however, this is totally subservient to the chocolate character. The chocolate is of a sweeter, less bitter variety than you get in other chocolate stouts, but never overly saccharine. Has a healthy graham cracker character too. There's a nice layer of fresh cream/milk, lending its own peculiar sweetness, and there's a bit of bittersweet baking chocolate in the finish, which seems to bring back the coffee flavor. Alcohol barely even figures in here.

Smoothness butts right up against tingle, as this is round and sticky on one hand, but healthily carbonated on the other. The balance exhibited here makes it work, and nicely.

I say this with total respect for the Bros.: please don't take their review as gospel, check out some other reviews and check this out for yourself. This is wonderful if you're into big, full-flavored, well-rounded chocolate and/or coffee stouts. I'm hoping the Bros. just got an infected/expired bottle or something.

Photo of robwestcott
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a dark dark brown toward black to a dogfish head signature glass with a big bubbled frothy finger and a half mocha head leaving nice lace.

aroma of milk chocolate and espresso roast.

sweet creamy chocolate forward (as advertised), followed by slightly bitter espresso. later sips slightly acidic (?), but not too distracting.

slightly thin for the style, medium to highly carbonated.

very drinkable.

Photo of Naugros
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dark pour with about an inch of mocha foam. The head disappears and is replaced by a layer of scum with a luscious ring. The nose is roast, toast, bitter unsweetened chocolate and strong coffee.

The taste mirrors the nose with added roasted bitterness that lingers through the finish. The chocolate also feels more bitter, but the coffee is subdued. Alcohol is present and adds a bourbon-like astringency without that flavor.

It seems there is some disagreement on this beer's worth. I imagine there is some variation batch to batch. I really enjoyed this stout and hope that the discrepancies get ironed out. FCB is too good for that.

Photo of mralphabet
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into gobble...

A: Very dark with hints of red and drown. Wonderfully tan head, about a finger and a half worth, head settles to a nice ring with great lacing all the way down the glass.

S: I'm getting more coffee notes here than chocolate, but it is here... more of a bitter dark chocolate. I'm also getting molasses.

T: Just like it smells, more bitter chocolate, with quite a bit of molasses mixed in... Pretty bitter in the aftertaste.

M: Full bodied, thick and creamy, very little carbonation and a little on the warm side.

D: Not a session beer by any means. Little bitter and a little hot... Double Chocolate it is not, more Coffee molasses and dark bitter chocolate for my taste. Not bad for a cool night. But not what I was expecting.

Photo of Jeffo
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My dad grabbed this for me on a trip to Pennsylvania in November 2009. I drank it in August 2010. Cheers dad!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a nice thicker looking two finger light brown head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a good wisp leaving some immediate lacing. Jet black body with zero carbonation evident. Looks good in the glass. A nice wisp remains and leaves some pretty lacing and dots down the glass. Looks good.

SMELL: A somewhat milder nose on this one. Roasted and chocolate malts, both of the pure dark and milky sweet variety. Hints of coffee in there too, but this is mostly about the chocolate here. Nice, but too muted.

TASTE: Some roasted malts off the bat with a solid amount of both pure and milk chocolate here. The chocolate varieties are put together really well; bitter-sweet and well balanced. More bitter chocolate and hints of coffee at the finish. A mild yet lingering aftertaste is plenty roasted and just packed full of chocolate. This is definitely a double chocolate stout.

PALATE: Fuller body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. No bite and feels good.

OVERALL: A very good chocolate stout. I'm kind of surprised this one didn't get the customary A- from the community. It's not a pure chocolate bitter bomb, but instead is a well balanced bitter-sweet chocolate stout that showcases both the pure bitter and milky sweet varieties. The nose could use some beefing up, but the taste profile is definitely up to standards. Recommend trying this one if you still have the chance. Thanks for picking this up for me pops!

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.

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.

Photo of HeckYeah
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer review and a decent brew to kick things off.

A- Pours pitch black with a decent head that quickly dissipated into a thin, mildly-rocky layer. Left sticky lacing at the top after the head vanished.

S- smells of dark roasted malts and chocolate with lots of coffee

T- Very good beer. Starts out with a sweeter chocolate taste that fades to dark, bitter coffee. The flavors are very well balanced and complement each other well. Quite a bit of lingering alcohol taste at the end...and about 20 min after you've drank the whole bottle you still taste a dry bitterness on the back of your tongue as you try to start your homework.

M- In the beginning, thick and very smooth with only a little more carbonation than ideal.

D- easy of course

Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up in Nashville, TN. It was the cheapest of the 650-750ml bottles I bought and I didn't expect much from it.

Appearance: Jet black in appearance, very slight mocha colored head, dissipated quickly

Smell: rich, chocolately roasted aromas

Taste: excellent flavor, delicious, great mix of rich stout flavor with sweet chocolate influences

Mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy, pretty chewy, coats the mouth with chocolate, excellent

Drinkability: very drinkable, delicious flavor, appearance and aromas make this a very drinkable stout

This is probably one of the best chocolate stouts I've ever had. It surprised me and got me to pick up another couple bottles. I'd greatly recommend it.

Photo of Lunch
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz. bottle acquired from a trade with Rake as a generous extra (Thanks!) into my Cigar City snifter at the appropriate temperature (04/14/10)

A: Pours a really dark and deep brown that is nearing black. A large 2 finger head with great retention and lacing. A really nice looking stout that I only docked for looking a bit thin and not quite black.

S: Aroma consists of lots of roasted malt and chocolate with notes of smoke and coffee.

T:The flavor follows that nose and roasted malt and chocolate dominating the profile. Some subtle layers of coffee and smoke add to its complexity. Some nice bitterness is found as well.

M: Medium-bodied with some appropriate carbonation and some creaminess. Perhaps just a bit lighter in body than I would have like, but by no means bad.

D: Very easy to drink and the 8.1% abv is nowhere to be found.

Overall this was a nice Imperial Stout and my first beer from Fort Collins Brewing. Thanks again Joe!

Photo of bruachan
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

good sudsy froth

roasty aroma and not quite chocolatey. a little burntness. kinda lame aroma

this doesn't really taste much like chocolate. let alone double chocolate (whatever that tastes like). robust flavors: strong bitterness, kilning astringency

not bad (could drink a few) but not exciting particularly

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 drpimento
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer, but not as chocolately as one might assume. Poured with a decent fine creamy rich foamy frothy tan head and good lace. Color is a very dark brown almost opaque. Aroma is cocoa roasty a bit of coffee malt. Flavor's the same. Body is good full round and has good carbonation. Finish is like flavor/aroma and short to medium in length. Proly not session.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is strong and smoky with firm tones of fine coffee and unsweetened chocolate. It pours a deep, opaque coffee brown with a nice tan head. Flavor is rich, like a fine and slightly sweet mocha with hints of molasses and licorice. Sublime texture is smooth and tingly, quite pleasing.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to snifter: Black body with minimal ruby highlights, a finger of buoyant mocha head, leaves heavy lacing.

Smells of strong cocoa powder, a restrained coffee kind of roast, slight cheese (?). Some nutty notes, something like buttery pretzels, interesting. Cinnamon shows up later.

Taste is chocolaty & nutty (almond?), a roasted bitterness, mild but present alcohol, very subtle raisin.

Very soft texture, full bodied, with some small heat from alcohol.

The booze presence in the taste feel starts small but builds quickly. I'm very intrigued by that buttery pretzel smell, it lingers & I can go back to it again & again. I realize this might indicate a flaw, but I'm enjoying it. Not what I expected from a chocolate stout -- not better, not worse, just different.

Double Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.