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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 SamN
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber purchased from Wilbur's in the Fort, poured into a tumbler

A- Pours super black, almost totally opaque with just a little light through the edges. Kick ass head, thick and fluffy with staying power.

S- Roast chocolate and malt. That's it. Semi-sweet chocolate and big roasted grains. Very nice.

T- Mmmmm! Classic chocolate stout, big bold taste. Not a huge stout, but definitely no lightweight, simple enough to be enjoyed with a meal. Great tasting brew.

M- Lighter than I expected, but still full bodied. Hardly any carbonation at all, and it has a very smooth feel when you drink it.

D- I could drink this all night long. Superb, great job FCB

SamN, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of GarrisWH
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brown with one finger of frothy tan head that slowly drops down leaving some very solid lacing behind. Nice retention as well.

S - Roasted malt with coffee and some bittersweet coffee as well as an earthy quality. Not as much chocolate on the nose as I would have expected, but a pretty nice aroma overall.

T - Similar to the aroma, with roasted dark malts. Coffee and slightly bitter chocolate flavors are also noticeable. Finishes fairly dry with the coffee and chocolate lingering into the aftertaste. It seems that the coffee flavors are a bit dominant for a 'chocolate stout', but a tasty brew nonetheless.

M - Full bodied with a rich, creamy feel. Moderate carbonation lends to the smoothness.

D - Overall, a solid stout with good flavors and a nice chocolate presence that isn't too overbearing. I do get more coffee flavor than chocolate personally, but it doesn't detract too much from this stout. I enjoyed this quite a bit more than their regular chocolate stout.

GarrisWH, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of StJamesGate
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown-black with creamy tan head that fades to a lumpy thin layer and leaves specks of lace. Nose is roasted and vanilla beans. Nuttiness and clear chocolate malts on tip of tongue which goes into cocoa bean bitterness with mint and bark hops on the end. Tight dry linger. Medium oily body. Some burn.

Not chocolatey enough or double enough to put those words in the name.

StJamesGate, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of magnj
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark chocolate. Tan head falls quickly.

S - Roasted grains, chocolate and coffee. Not overwhelmingly chocolate straight out of the fridge like some DCS's tend to be.

T - Smooth roasted grains develop into a rich chocolate body. Fresh cocoa rather than powdered hot chocolate type flavor that some have. Some hint of alcohol but it's not offensive.

M/D - Viscous body borders on chewy but is appropriate for style. Overall really nice and tasteful interpretation of an oft overdone style.

magnj, Oct 24, 2009
Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with some red showing around the bottom. Sports a nice coco head about two fingers that falls to a ring of bubbles, lacing is decent.

Aroma is chocolate malts, some coffee notes and light hints of dark fruits.

Taste is chocolate up front, but coffee like bitterness comes up fast. Coffee bitterness lingers through the roasted flavor until the hops take up the bitterness. Finish is lingering chocolate notes and hops.

Mouthfeel is not as big as one would think more medium full then full carbonation is nice and mellow though.

Drinkability is good nothing extra special but a solid good easy drinking stout.

mntlover, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of beckje01
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a white head ans some lacing enough to be inviting

S - Nice chocolate nose but not much else there.

T - Sweet malt and chocolate up front and then moves to a sweet and subtle ending.

M - Creamy and nice mouth feel.

D - Very drinkable and nice no hint of the 8%

beckje01, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of ken2cart1
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in my Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A-completely opaque, no hints of any other colors, about ¾ of inch tan head.

S-Very cocoa chocolate like with hints of burnt roasted malt

T- Not a huge chocolate bomb. Burnt, charred character is upfront...probably from a good portion of black patent malt. Some roasted malt create a slight coffee taste. Cocoa comes through middle to end and there is lingering taste of roasted chocolate malt.

As the beer warms to room temp and the more you drink the cocoa and chocolate really take over and the roasted malt or slight coffee flavor come through at the end.

M- smooth, semi-creamy feel, not as creamy as I like stouts to be.

D- decent stout, I enjoyed it at the beginning but chocolate becomes annoying as the beer warms. Wish it was a lil more complex to notice subtle flavors at every sip.

ken2cart1, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 05/04/2009. 22 oz. bottle. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate milk. Flavor of sweet vanilla, roasted malt, light cocoa. Rather on the sweet side and not very interesting. Meh. I was disappointed by this beer.

LilBeerDoctor, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: black solid color with dark brown edges, small beige head never quite pulls together & settles to a ring, little lacing
s: roasted, chocolate-y malts dominate
t: sweet chocolate, malts, nice balance with roasted coffee notes, balanced finish
m: creamy with a carbonated finish
d: once it warmed up, a very smooth stout that was well-balanced and full of flavor

belgbeerdrinker, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of abrand
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

23 ounce bomber poured into pint glass.

Man do I love this style of beer

Pours a opaque brown/black color with minimal creamy off white head that bubbles to disintegration rapidly. Smells of chocolate, coffee and bitterness malts. Quite a pleasant aroma, very nice. Taste is lots of chocolatey alcohol, is there any possible better combination? Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is high with alcohol being well hidden by the pleasant chocolate taste.

Overall very enjoyable beer from a great brewery.

abrand, May 26, 2009
Photo of tpd975
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice rich dark black hue with a nice tall tan head. Good retention with nice spider webbed lace.

S: Very roasty with a good dose of chocolate and coffee. Hints of burnt brown sugar and more chocolate.

T: Nice deep roast, not as roasty as some stouts though. Nice chocolate flavor backs it up with just a trace of coffee. Hints of toffee, lactose and caramel as well. A dash of bittering hops in the finish.

M: A bit thin for the style. The taste does cling though which is a good thing.

D: Not bad, not my favorite stout, but one I will purchase again. Expected more chocolate to be honest.

tpd975, May 24, 2009
Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a deep mahogany brown - essentially black unless held directly to light - into my piraat snifter, khaki head quickly recedes to a light spotting and ring

s: body of deeply roasted chocolate malts are predominant, smells like a really nice stout - but nothing to belie its "imperial" stature, regardless it does deserve credit for an excellent roast structure, charred barley, caramel rolled in cocoa, dried black figs, moderate piney hopping

m: carbonation on the full side of medium, and medium-full in body

t: great roast structure here - full of deliciously roasted cocoa and charred wood with a smoky undercurrent - but again, it could easily be mistaken for a standard stout, dark chocolate barley throughout, leathery dried figs, little caramel sweetness, dries quickly after the swallow with an astringent char dominating the finish, moderate bitterness with most hop flavor hidden behind the roast, nice

d: drinks like a lower abv stout, very easy...I expected to be let down, but was most certainly not, and while it may not jive with the standard set of characteristics associated with an imperial/double stout - and since they do claim this as such I have to hold FC to the style to an extent - it's a quality stout nonetheless

bomber from HimerMan in No BS 4

blackie, May 12, 2009
Photo of damienblack
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First perceptions of this beer aren't that great. Pours black, the color of licorice. Doesn't seem all that thick though, seems on the lighter side of DIStouts. Not much head or lacing, what is there is quickly gone. Smell is abrasive, like bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, and a midden heap all rolled into one. Like a sweet manure almost, not quite that offensive, but not pleasant either.

The taste, fortunately, is a major step up. This is a sweet stout for the style, almost like Belgian sugars crossed with some licorice. Almost like the sweetness from a barrel aged beer, without the overly boozey flavor. Chocolate flavors are perfect, not too sweet yet not overly bitter. They come out a lot more as the beer warms to room temp. Not as much coffee as I expected there would be. Just a touch of balancing hops at the end keep the liingering aftertaste slightly roasty, slightly hoppy, slightly chocolatey. Mouthfeel is almost perfect for what I expect they were going for, roasty yet creamy, just enough carbonation to keep things fresh. So far as drinkability goes, this is a very light imperial stout, thin for the style, almost medium overall. Very drinkable, however. I could (and am!) session(ing) this.

If you're expecting a huge, complex imperial stout, this isn't it. It is on the border of imperial or double as it is. It does, however, pack a lot of flavor in. Don't prejudge it, give it a fair shot, and I bet you will be impressed. As a lighter alternative, like a 1.5Stout, this hits the mark perfectly. The price was also right, I paid under $5 for the bomber, which is great up here.

damienblack, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of PoolhouseRebel
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from its bomber into a snifter.

New to Fort Collins but the label was inviting and I'm always interested to try different takes on the style since chocolate is such a renowned flavor yet these beers seem to have a greatest disparity of taste amongst brands.

Pours a dark chocolaty brown but seems a bit thin to bear the "double" title. Off white, almost tan head with decent retention but would've looked a lot more inviting if it were darker.

Smell is roasty. Toffe and coffee are there but the chocolate is kind of masked with this perfumy orange/citrus peel smell. Kind of threw me off at first but definitely unique and integrates well.

Taste suggests the same as the nose but more upfront on the chocolate without the the citrus peel. Lingering light hop bitterness at the end. Could use a bit more malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is typical stout, but not too sure about a Double Stout. Semi dry finish.

Wasn't really in the mood to drink beer tonight, kind of getting a headache finishing this first glass but on any other night drinkability would be decent; better than Southern Tier but not as easy going as Rogue. Good beer, but probably wouldn't buy again since Rogue is only $6.

PoolhouseRebel, Apr 08, 2009
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 beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark roasted coffee nature with a one finger, frothy dark sandstone colored head that was 1 finger high while leaving a thin film covering and concentric rings for a lacing.

S: The aroma was very nice thou a little light, fresh roasted grounds with a dark chocolate.

T: acidic dark coffee roast, bitter, rich, with an earthy soil bitterness. A light smooth, wet charred campfire minerality and chalkiness stands out. Dark fruit, with only slight hints of its 8.1%abv is experienced on the finish blending beautifully with the roasted coffee beans. A slight hint of bitter sweet chocolate also weaves in and out of the flavor but was expecting much more. Overall a very nice blend and balance provides a smooth and rich roasted experience.

M: smooth with a little edginess from the carbonation felt on the sides of the tongue. A dark roasted bitterness lingers about on the back of the tongue as well.

D: A good drink and no problem downing a bomber. Smooth and never overpowering or bitter provides a good drinking experience. My only gripe is that this was labeled as a desert beer which led me to believe it would be sweeter with much more of a chocolate presence.

beerthulhu, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Awesome lace--practically coats the entire glass. The beige head is minor but tightly packed. Dark brown color where no light shines through.

There's some strong dark chocolate aroma, but I'd also say there's the smell of overcooked green vegetables--perhaps a sign of DMS.

Dark chocolate with some light bitter coffee flavor in the background. The body is lighter than most Imperial Stouts. Reminds me of chocolate milk--taste and mouth feel.

smcolw, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of joepais
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to brentk56 for another fine bottle from black booty. I poured this into a snifter and it produced a good finger worth of tan head that settled to a thick lace. The body was big and black, no light coming through it at all.

Aromas of sweet milk chocolate were the first thing that hit me then a slight roastiness comes into play as it warms. The flavor comes on the same way but with a tinge of bitter toward the end. The mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation that helps out on this one.

Good drinkability I think I like this one better than a few other chocolate stouts I have tried. So I'll give it a must try If I was searching out Chocolate stouts and this one was around it would be in my hands.

joepais, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of farrago
2.7/5  rDev -26%
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.

farrago, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Naugled
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into chalis

A - Almost black opaque, can only see light around the edges of the beer. Deep brown head that is short lasting.

S - Aroma is powerful and nice, certainly roasty and sweet chocolate notes present

T - Same roast, choco sweet notes carry over into the taste, well balanced with the malt sweetness and hop flavor. However there is a lingering bitterness

M - Very rich and thick as expected and good carbonation for how heavy it is.

D - Tasty indeed, but hard to drink much of it due to size.

A good example of a very fortifying double stout

Naugled, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of Jayli
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep opaque jet black. Small tan head that was foamy but recedes rapidly leaving wisps of lacing throughout the entire beer. Nose was slightly muted though very distinct of chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is great - where the smell lacked, the taste makes up for. Chocolate notes hit you up front blended in nicely with the roasted malts. Finish to this is more on the bitter side - perhaps baker's chocolate like finish. Alcohol is definitely prevalent in the taste but not distracting. Mouthfeel was slightly high on the carbonation, but it is definitely full bodied. Overall, I enjoyed this beer quite a bit.

Jayli, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of jraycee
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice with a small head that fades quickly, leaving a light scattered lacing.
Smell is nice roasted malts, bringing in slight coffee tones. Overall dark cocoa smell is evident.
Taste is a nice balance sweet cocoa and malts pairing against a darker bitter chocolate taste and hops.
Mouthfeel is a strange category still for me. It feels like it should... I guess that's a good.
Drinkability is high. Feels more like a 5-6% range from an 8.1%.
Leave me alone now so i can go drink my beer...'kay?

jraycee, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of ajmoody76
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this at the local beer depot. 22 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. black with a thin brown head. the head thins out fairly quick. not much in the way of lacing.

roasted malts. chocolate. coffee. hops. nice smell. no off odors.

sweet taste. chocolate. good hop presence. dark chocolate aftertaste.

full body. adequate carbonation. i like this beer. i could drink two at the most in one sitting. if i have a piece of the mocha cheesecake i made to pair with it i could only drink one. will buy again.

ajmoody76, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of StoutHearted
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks great from the get-go: an inky black with a small amount of foam so you can dive right in. Not much for aroma, but has a nice promise of chocolate with a heavy malt smell. Taste is fantastic, everything you'd want from a chocolate stout. Nothing unexpected or experimental, just a good, all-around choco-stout here. Nice mouthfeel with a full body for savoring, a little gritty at the back of the throat. Pleasant drinkability, but I'd recommend saving it for dessert alongside a plate of brownies.

StoutHearted, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, jet black with a tanish head that didn't last all that long. Spots of lacing, but mostly a few errant bubbles stuck to the side. The nose is the best thing this beer has going for it. Rich, yet soft notes of sweet chocolate, wet brown sugar, and perhaps a slight note of sweet rolled oats. The taste was a little thin and indistinct. There was some hint of sweet chocolate again, slightly bitter finish, but no explosion of flavors like the name would imply. The mouthfeel was also thin but I don't think that detracted from this one. I think that for the ABV this beer is quite sessionable, but not something to pull out of your cellar and impress that friend who you haven't seen in 20 years.

GreatPondBrewer, Feb 14, 2009
Double Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.