Double Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 13
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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 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?

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.

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.

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.

Photo of danielharper
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black body with a slight brownish tinge, opaque, with a moderately-thick brown head.

Smell: Wow. Strong aromas of chocolate and bitter coffee, with a nice dry chocolate malt underneath. Slight hints of caramel. Very strong and unexpectedly aromatic.

Taste: A dry maltiness up front, bitter and dry with hops, with a coffee-tinged sweet aftertaste. It reminds me a lot of Rogue's Chocolate Stout, and coming from me that's high praise. The alcohol is well-hidden, and the flavors just pop right out.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, somewhat thick, proteins coat the tongue.

Drinkability: Dangerous considering the alcohol. Very enjoyable. Worth a try for anyone who's looking for a good impy stout.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.4/5  rDev -34.2%
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'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 brewintheLou
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost black with a tannish head that leaves slight lacing down the glass.

Smell is very strong chocolate.

Taste of chocolate is a kick in the face on the first drink. After the strong mocha chocolate flavor there is a little bitterness and the it just ends. There is no after taste with this one. Mouthfeel is a little chewy at first, but just like the taste it is quickly gone and finishes off, very oddly, thin. Although the taste and mouthfeel disappear with this one, it is something I would drink again, but I would not go out in search of this one.

Photo of DoctorDog
1.85/5  rDev -49.3%
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 brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008, 22oz bottle at 50 degrees.

Pours opaque black with a two inch head of dense mocha.
Retention is moderate and the foam receded to a partial skim coat, leaving behind some decent strings and dots of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with dark chocolate, nougat, caramel, and roasted malts. Cocoa, coffee grounds, and a hint of bannana skins follow through.

Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Slick and oily.

Rich, dark chocolate and espresso beans start the palate. Bits of char, burnt cocoa, and singed toffee follow through.

Finishes with warming alcohol, lingering burnt roast, bitter chocolate, and a hint of bannana skin.

Pretty tasty and chocolaty for sure. The vegetal-Bannana undertones seem a bit out of place, but it's not offensive.
Definately on the small end of the Imperial Stout spectrum.

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 birchstick
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up from the brewery this summer on a visit to Colorado.

A - pours black with a minimal head
S - smells of chocolate and sweet malts
T - chocolate tones with some faint burnt malts and coffee. There is a nice balance between the two.
M - smooth and creamy. The alcohol is well masked.
D - Drinkability is very high for the abv. This was enjoyable, but left me wanting a little more...

Photo of KI9A
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Coke black, tan head.

S: Chocolate toffee, malt, coffee.

T: Bitter chocolate, sweet malts. Maybe a dark fruit--figs?

M: Slick on the tounge, about right carb.

D: Easy to be a session beer, if not for the larger ABV. If it was around 5%, I can see myself putting these down.

Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got from Ummagum. Poured from a 22oz bottle (no dating info) into a pint glass. It was black with red highlights when held against a light. Good carbonation with slow sliding lace that doesn't stick. It had a small brown head that quickly dissipated into a partial carb fed foam and a collar.

The aroma was on the weaker side until it reached room temp. Was very weak and disappointing till halfway thru when the aroma really started to unfold. Roasted dark chocolate malt and coffee. The taste was really good especially as it warmed up and the flavors unfolded. Great chocolate taste with good balance on the coffe. Starts off sweet and then the bitter from the choc and coffee hit and finishes with a not too bitter end. Their regular Chocolate Stout is one of my absolute favorites and this one earns a place next to it. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Good carb levels as well.

Overall, another great beer from a great brewery. FBC is a vastly underrated brewery that hopefully will get it's due one of these days. Highly recommend. Not available here but would be a several bottle purchase per season if it was. For now, I'll have to rely on my best bud Ummagum to ship me some. (Note: this is a perfect example of why it's important to re-review when you can. My original review was from a bottle that I shipped to myself. It must have been bad because the beer was not very good and I gave it a bad review (one and done). Got another shipped to me and it was awesome. Glad I did that or I would have missed out on a great beer)

Photo of Bung
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Nice black pour with a pretty light head. Smell the chocolate, like a Mocha Starbucks drink. Very heavy and varying tones of chocolate, has a nice bite, covers the ABV well. Like a chocolate RIS, which is what I think they were going for.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. I had a pitcher of this a few weeks back at a Mellow Mushroom, but haven't had it again until now.

Appearance: Very dark, almost black, but when held up to the light can see hints of mahogany coming through. Poured with an off-white head about a finger thick that dissipated quickly, but left a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Alcohol and chocolate. Even with an 8.10 APV, I was surprised at how much alcohol came through in the scent. Lots of chocolate as well, which is, well, what should be expected from a beer labeled "Double Chocolate Stout."

Taste: Wow. A strong alcoholic bite tempered by waves of chocolate. Hints of coffee in the background, but a chocolate flavor dominates. A nice maltiness comes through at the end, and the aftertaste lingers for a few seconds. A beer where every sip is worth savoring. My only criticism is that the alcohol might come through a bit strong, but all that does is make me savor the beer more slowly. I love chocolate beers, and this is one of my favorites.

Mouthfeel: A little bit thinner then I was expecting for such a heavy beer. That being said, it gives an excellent warming sensation going down, and you really feel the alcohol coming through.

Drinkability: Definitely not a session beer, but one that as soon as I finished, it left me wanting more. It is definitely a beer worth drinking slowly, as a lot of the flavor comes through the more it lingers in your mouth.

I like this beer a lot. As I mentioned, I love chocolate beers, and this is one of my favorite so far. It's tough to drink more than one, but it's well worth it.

Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/03/08- Purchased at Chuck's Wine and Spirits in Chagrin Falls, OH. $5.99 price tag.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info found. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep brown colored pour with a 3/4 inch off white head. Lacing is spotty and minimal.

Smell- Nice notes of chocolate malted powder, some roasted malt and maybe even a bit of vanilla.

Taste- Very flavorful for a lower abv double stout. Lots of rich milk chocolate flavor. Malt is medium to a higher roast level. Hops are held in check, but still come out and play a bit. Overall flavor meld is very good.

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel...chcoolate goodness aftertaste with a middle of the road carbonation level.

Drinkability- Really liked this one. Good bang for your buck and a great flavor profile.

Photo of WJVII
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Large 1.6 bottle, poured into a pint glass, this brew is a dark brown, nearly black color with a deep brown head. The nose is a nice chocolate smell with hints of strong roasted caramel. The taste follows with a chocolate front with a mid range roasted malt flavor that finishes a little rough leaving a coffee after taste. The body is full with a moderately high carbonation. A little more than my liking. This is a solid brew, but not the best stout I have ever had. On a lower side based on price, but still a good brew!

Photo of Douglas88
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber. Pours a dark black color with a medium brown head. The aroma is full of roasted chocolates and malt, some alcohol also. The taste is very nice; smooth roasted flavors, some chocolate, but not too much, a noticeable alcohol presence also. Lots of roasted flavors and, overall, a nice brew.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A good two fingers of creamy brown cream sits solidly atop a wood varnish deep brown that looks purely black when not in direct light. Lots of really nice lace is deposited around the edges of the glass, and the head shows staying power for such a high ABV brew. Looks decadent and a chocolate mousse desert.

S - The scent of double chocolate chip cookies straight out of the oven drifts over to me before I even put my nose to the glass. Schnoz to snifter, I smell even more of that fattening 2X choc-o-late chip cookie aroma, with loads of peanut butter and peanut brittle notes too. This smells like one of those chocolate fountains that people have at weddings, or melted chocolate fondue with shortcake and cookie dough hunks to submerse in it. Almonds, walnuts, and cashews drizzled with Hersey's liquid chocolate. I'm gaining weight just smelling this puppy!

T - Not exactly like the nose, this flavor is nonetheless quite extraordinary. There is a lot more hop and roasted coffee flavors than the sweet and dessert like nose suggests. Grassy, almost herbal hops and a dark espresso flavor make this a more balance beer than some other super sweet chocolate stouts.

M - Full bodied with a very small amount of carbonation. This is super sugar coated, but the dry finish and chalky espresso bitterness help keep it our of "cloying" territory.

D - A damn fine dessert beer for a cold winter's night after a fine meal. This has almost no potential as a session beer IMO, but that wasn't the brewer's intention anyhow. Good stuff, but it didn't blow my socks off like I thought it might.

Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a a 1" tan colored head that falls to a thick surface foam. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: chocolate is up front, and a roasted malt tone is in the background.

Taste: roasted malts, bitter chocolate, prune sweetness, and some decent bitterness are the main flavor components. Alcohol is mildly noticable.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start, smoother and dry at the finish. Medium-heavy in body. Aftertaste is long as the chocolates and roasted malts linger on the tongue.

Drinkability: decent big beer here but more than one or two would be a bit much in a session. Split this bottle with a friend.

Photo of smc143
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I took my 22 oz bottle and managed almost 2 pint glasses from it. This is very dark beer. Almost black, but with enough rust around the edge and brown in the sticky foamy head that you realize it is dark, dark, dark oily brown. It reminded me a bit of Rogue's Chocolate, but probably because I wanted THAT.

The bubbly head didn't last through the whole glass. Actually, it didn't even last through the first third. I was yakking on the phone to a friend and took a big swig without really thinking, and was smacked with a mouthful of bitter chocolate and roasted coffee. One glass into my bottle, and I was feeling a little light headed. This isn't a "thick" feeling beer, but it is a tiny bit grainy. There was the typical dry aftertaste, but seemed a little more bitter and greasy than normal.

Photo of Aaron58
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into pint glass.

A- Pours black, good tan head, but the head did not retain well.

S-Like a hershey bar. Very milk chocolatey, just a faint undertone of roasted coffee.

T-Chocolatey and roasty. Really a very tasty beer. Could have more chocolate, but i really enjoyed it.

M-maybe a little thin for me. I like my Imp Stouts to have a heavier mouthfeel than this. It is more carbonated than i expected.

D-Definately something i could have more than one of. Id love to have it on draft. At 8% its not too much to have a couple of.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool label, pours dark into the glass, nice tan head and good lacing, good start. Aroma has decent roasted grains and coffee,

Taste is a bit biting, the coffee and roasted malts, a bit burnt, chocolates, good bitterness, a touch of cream, drying toward the end, with decent body, but thins out and lightens up as it progresses, then comes back with a bit of residual weight. Odd. Anywho, a pretty decent beer, not the greatest, but either I was really thirsty for a beer, or it just kept egging me back.

Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, obtained in the under-100 bif.

appearance: poured into hopleaf tulip, dark chestnut body with a creamy tan head and strong retention

smell: moderate roasty aromas, cocoa powder with some light bitterness, tones of coffee

taste: drinks more like a strong american stout than an imperial but has some nice things going on...lots of roasted flavors, char, bitter semi-sweet chocolate, espresso and cream. It doesnt jump out as a world class stout but its worth a shot

mouthfeel: a bit on the thin side

drinkability: good

Photo of cooncat
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving from a bottle, decanted into my Sam Adams glass.

The pour produces an opaque almost black beer, with mahogany highlights at the edges. The head was a bit disappointing in size as was the retention. It is a nice tan colour, and creamy in texture.

The nose is primarily that of coffee, with a hint of chocolate in the background. As it warms, the chocolate becomes more evident.

Taste follows the nose almost perfectly, with big expresso flavors up front, and chocolate following it up. It's pretty balanced towards the end. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side for the style, but adequate, as is the mild carbonation. The 8.1% ABV doesn't show itself at all, so this is dangerously quaffable.

A very good Impy Chocolate stout ... not great, but very good, and recommended. Seek this one out.

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