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Double Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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361 Ratings

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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 13
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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:
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(Beer added by: russpowell on 01-30-2008)
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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color with a big tan head after a hard pour. Lots of lace left behind. Aroma is sweet chocolate, burnt sugar, coffee, and roastd and toasted malt. Taste is not nearly as chocolately as expected. A little sweet chocolate up front with a strong espresso like roastedness dominating through out. Body of this beer is not nearly as big as you would hope for an imperial stout, a little dry and over carbonated also. They hide the 8% pretty well. This is nothing special, not terrible but a disappointment.

hckyfn9999, May 27, 2008
Photo of bluejacket74
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is roasted malt and chocolate with some coffee too. However, the aroma isn't strong at all. The taste is similar but stronger than the aroma, however there's a bit of an "off" taste to it that's hard for me to describe. It's not offensive but not pleasing. The finish is bitter, not very much sweetness at all. I don't know if it's just me, but I certainly don't notice the "double chocolate" in this stout. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and a bit slick with average carbonation. Drinkability is average, it's not hard to drink but it doesn't exactly go down easy either. I don't think this is a bad beer, but I would choose plenty of other stouts before this one. I don't think I'll seek this out again anytime soon.

bluejacket74, May 21, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this on my last trip to Colorado.

This pours black with a 2 finger head of tan foam. Some lacing and above average head retention.

The smell is mostly of roasted malt with a light chocolate smell. There's also some coffee that becomes stronger the more whiffs I take.

The taste has the coffee bitterness up front that's supported by roasted malt and a fairly light chocolate flavour. The bitterness is also very noticeable right before the finish which itself, has a bit of sweetness to it.

It has a medium mouthfeel and the alcohol is hidden pretty well; nice job done here as it has some good flavours going on and is fairly drinkable.

Bitterbill, May 19, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber and shared with my wife. Actually it was her beer and she shared it with me. This was better than I expected by most metrics. The beer's appearance was really nice color-wise (dark brown black and very opaque) but had a fairly meager head (about 2mm of foam). The aroma was roasted and malty, maybe a little nutty. The flavor was full and rich, roasted and bitter, a little sweetness in the after-taste adding contrast to the bitterness. Not much chocolate in the taste, but still very nice. Full bodied and tasty.

TurdFurgison, May 12, 2008
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 mentor
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heard good things about this beer from a local brewery, so I thought I'd give it a try. Strong hiss upon opening and pours a four finger dark tan head over a pitch liquid. Smells ashy, creamy, espresso, chocolate, acidic roasty bite and clean alcohol sting in my nostrils.

Tastes wonderful. Wow. Overall, quite sweet, which is how I like my stouts. Many tasting this beer would say it's too sweet. I find the sweet is balanced by strong roast flavor, a piercing roast bite, and strong carbonation. Some English hop flavor and grassiness with only a touch of hop bitter. Creaminess, but not quite oatmeal. Clean alcohol sting at the end helps dry the palette a bit. Sweet memories remain in the aftertaste with hop aromatics making their statement.

Md body with thick dextrinous character. Strong carbonation was too much for me, so I swirled to reduce.

mentor, May 02, 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
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber, w/o freshness info. Pours black, under a rich and creamy dark tan head, nice amounts of lacing. Nose is all about the chocolate and cafe au lait. Rich chocolaty notes, gooey browney sensations, milk shake consistency for this yummy full flavor stout. Big and bold, this one went nicely with some pork tenderloin, I'm sure it would be a fine partner to some chocolaty/raspberry type dessert. Stout lovers go get some of this well crafted stuff.

Billolick, Apr 24, 2008
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 GPHarris
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

GPHarris, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of beavers
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

beavers, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

Vancer, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of atsprings
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

atsprings, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  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.

ppoitras, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of Avryle
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Avryle, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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.

aerozeppl, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of rowew
4.38/5  rDev +20%
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.

rowew, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

tempest, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Oxymoron, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of Riggsy
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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.

Riggsy, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

barleywinefiend, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Jwale73, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of Blybloke
3.03/5  rDev -17%
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)

Blybloke, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of AMo
4.38/5  rDev +20%
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.

AMo, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of benito
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

benito, Mar 05, 2008
Double Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.