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Double Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

381 Ratings
THE BROS
60
poor

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 13
Gots: 15 | 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 blakesell
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bomber bottle into a Belgian goblet.

Appearance- Beer pours a thick nearly black with a thin half finger of creamy tan/brown head. Lacing is medium thick and clings to the sides decently.

Smell- Smells like cocoa and jalapeno peppers have been added in the scent. Lots of roasty malts, a bit of chocolate and cream. I also catch a hint of smoked malts. Really a lot going on for a double chocolate stout.

Taste- The hot peppers are gone now, but still lightly warming from the alcohol strength. Roasted black malts and quite a bit of chocolate malt here and light spiciness that I have to attribute to the hops they added to it. Nicely thick and drinkable, something I would expect to see in a 12oz bottle more than in the 22oz.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, lightly thick, somewhat warming, medium in carbonation, and full bodied.

Drinkability- Pretty smooth and drinkable. I would like to see this in a 4 or 6 pack as it seems like something I would drink in a session.

Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a very dark, nearly black color. Very little light getting through at the edges. It's topped with a mocha colored head that's about two fingers deep. Retention was very good and left a nice web of lace lining the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts seem to be the main attraction. There's a healthy dose of chocolate in there, but the roasted malts are stronger. There's a secondary coffee aroma that's a nice touch. It's a little more hoppy than I would've guessed. They seem to be a little earthy in character. A little alcohol is noted, but it's masked pretty well.

Taste: As the nose suggested, roasted malts are the focal point. A little surprising for a "double" chocolate stout. Nonetheless, there's plenty of chocolate in there. Just not as much as expected. There's is a nice coffee/espresso taste that makes it interesting. Hops are again surprisingly strong and give it a nice bitter kick toward the end. Alcohol is blended pretty well, but has a warming effect.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's got a (barely) medium body. It is too thin. That's perhaps the only real flaw it has. That being said, it's relatively smooth and goes down easy. Carbonation's pretty light (which probably saves it from a lower score). Drinkability is good. I'm enjoying the bomber.

Fort Collins did a pretty good job with this one. Frankly, it's better than I expected. I think it could use a little more chocolate to live up to the name. It also needs to be thickened. Other than that, this really is a good beer. Much better than I expected seeing the aggregate grade. Check it out and see for yourself.

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

Dark rich chocolate with minimal head. Smell is malt, coffee, dark bitter choclate. Rich slightly smoky taste...dark chocolate and malts prevail with a nice dry finish. Mouthfeel is rich going from creamy to dry at the finish...very nice. Drinkability is good for the high abv. I would have a couple, but defintely in the sipping category. Could go well with a chocolate cake or similar desert.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Opaque black with a finger of tan head. Moderate retention with some minimal lacing.

S - Chocolate, butter, and caramel. Enticing.

T - At first there's a big wallop of bittersweet chocolate. Flavor mellows into a slight coffee taste with a buttery and caramel component pulling through.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. I actually would've prefered a little more carbonation for this brew.

D - Great tasting, but a bit heavy and somewhat bitter. I split this bomber with a friend and my 11 oz were sufficient before I was ready to move on.

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

1 pint 6 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark brown with a thick medium tan head that stays for a while.

S - Rich milk chocolate smell. Almost like a chocolate milk.

T - Lighter than I expected but really good. Really mild chocolate flavor with a bold stout taste. Good malt. Overall I love the flavor.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer!!!

Photo of shroompod
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark of course. Small mocha head dissipates quickly , no lacing.

Aroma of dark coffee , bitter chocolate , sweet malts.

This beer tastes much like it's aroma. Dark chocolate is bittersweet , some coffee undertones. Slight hop bitterness in finish.

Mouthfeel is medium , not as sweet as I'd expect. Decent carbonation.

Overall a good chocolate stout that's easy drinking. Recommended.

Photo of israel
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into an imperial pint glass...

A - pitch black with very little evidence of a head; there is a very thin caramel colored layer of what should be a head, but other than that I'm staring at oil in a glass.

S - some bitter chocolate notes in the smell along with some sweetness. absolutely zero hops in the nose.

T - Really nice and not over-powering in any aspect. very evident as to why this is called a double chocolate stout as the chocolate is very obvious; however it';s not clear to me if it's due to a large addition of chocolate or malt. very well balanced.

M - A bit syrupy but that should be expected for this style of beer and it actually works well with these flavors. A nice lingering bitterness is on the tail end and hangs on for quite some time.

D - No problem finishing a glass of this and if it were the middle of winter would probably really enjoy a couple of pints..
D -

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

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a dense black with 2 fingers of creamy dark tan head. A thin layer of creamy retention leaves some decent looking spotty lacing behind. The aroma is straight up huge chocolate character that's so powerful, I can smell it lying here with my head at least 2 feet away from the glass. There is also some prominent coffee notes underneath as well as some other underlying sweetness and roasted malts. I'm also picking up a bit of alcohol heft in the bouquet.

The taste is once again heavy chocolate up front that melds into zippy coffee character and a sticky caramel sweetness. Finishes with a combo of light bitterness and some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with an overall smooth and creamy feel. Much like the aroma, there is just a bit of heat in the body that probably helps push it up into the fuller category.

An interesting Stout that surely doesn't skimp on the as advertised Chocolate but it's character seemed just a little too "artificial" to call this anything more than a good effort. I still found this to be fairly tasty though and enjoyed splitting this bottle with the wife.

Photo of klewis
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours dark brown with a bellowing and bubbly head. Good sustain with moderate lacing.

S: An inviting malty smell with aromas of milk chocolate and cappachino.

T: A strong roasted maltiness with dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Slightly astringent in the finish, but nicely balanced for the most part.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. A softer texture would benefit this beer greatly.

D: Far from stellar, but this one is pretty palatable. Worth a try.

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

Dark chocolate brown with generous scarlet and gold accents. The beer isn't a complete light obliterator, but it looks good enough. There's nothing wrong with the pale caramel cap. It's sticking to the glass in multiple spots and is beginning to deposit lace that looks like it'll last until the hot water rinse.

The aroma is nicely roasted. 'Double' is a bit of a stretch, however. Ground espresso beans combine with bittersweet chocolate and a modest spruciness from the hops. Warming, as always, brings things into sharper relief.

Double Chocolate Stout is pretty good beer that isn't in the same league as Southern Tier Choklat or a handful of others. There's no shame in that. Flavor intensity is pretty good, but would benefit from even more malt. Double Stout? Not really. On the other hand, Single-And-A-Half Chocolate Stout doesn't exactly roll off the tongue and probably wouldn't sell very well.

Flavors include lightly creamed coffee, dark chocolate, dark toffee and a few shavings of bitter citrus peel. The bitterness keeps the malt sugars from creating an overly sweet situation. Were coffee beans added? Maybe Coffee Chocolate Stout would be a more appropriate name.

The mouthfeel would be fine if this was a standard American stout. However, once the word 'Double' appears on the label, the bar is immediately raised. FCDCS doesn't quite make it over. It's a tad thin for the style and wanders away more than it should on the finish. Soft, well-integrated carbonation is a plus.

The label claims that Double Chocolate Stout is 'the result of imperializing an already flawless brew'. Uh... not quite. Their Chocolate Stout is good, but it's light years from flawless. In the end, they're both good (not great) versions of their respective styles.

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

A - Opaque black with a good 2 fingers of head and good lacing

S - Lots of chocolate and can definitely pick up on some alcohol

T - Smokey chocolate taste. No alcohol taste like the nose would lead on

M - Smooth clean feel with little carbonation

D - Ideal winter time drink

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouredinto an oversized wine glass a near jet black except for just a tinge of red at the bottome of the glass when held in light,a well formed tan colored head atop.A nice mix of milk chocolate and roast in the nose along with some molasses,flavors are dark roast mocha with a hint of molasses melding into a nice drying earthy finish.Just a solid brew here its flavorful but it goes down smooth and without a hitch.

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

Grabbed this one in a BIF recently. I popped this one open and split it with my mother in law the other night. Poured a very nice, rich dark brwon, essentially opaque with no light shining through at all. Nice one inch tan colored head, had some decent retention, but left behind only a broken crown and some side glass lace.

the aroma was loaded with chocolate as expected, but seemd to be a bit one sided. Nice sweet notes, a hint of alcohol and a woody or eathy tone lying underneath of it. The flavor was more of the same. Decent feel, albeit a touch thinner then I would have likem but adequate carbonation. First flavor to coat the tongue was a hersheys syrup like chocolate flavor which soon melted into a touch of vanilla backed with a slight dry hoppiness, enough to dry it out for the next taste, but overall the chocolate flavor seemed a little bit forced for me.

Overall not a bad stout but it was a little bit artificial for me. Just not the rich chocolate and roasted malt flavor I am used to, but still a good sipper and nothing really wrong with this one at all.

Photo of Kendo
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Dark brown/blackish body with a 1-finger tan head.

S: I wrote, "Whoa - coffee." Roasted coffee, coffee and espresso. I don't get any chocolate at all.

T: Coffee, burnt coffee and roasted barley malt. Hint of chocolate lingering after the finish, but it's mostly roasted coffee beans. Coffee-type bitterness at the end, but again, the dominant flavor profile is coffee and roasted malt.

M: A tad bit watery. Body is medium in heft.

D: OK. Too heavy on the roasted malt flavors, could use some balance.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A vigorous pour produces a three-finger thick, darkly browned, tan colored head. The beer is an almost black, concentrated, deeply burnt brown color that is not quite opaque when held up directly to the light as it shows flashes of ruby hues. Deeply roast as this smells of burnt grain-husks, burnt bread crust, spent overly roasted espresso grounds and just an overall, overly astringent deep burnt character. While this is way to focused on the burn malt aromas there is a touch of bread-like, dark malt character here and perhaps a hint of dark chocolate aromatics. After coming back to the aroma after walking my dogs I notice a burnt cherry note that is quite interesting, but alas fleeting.

Sweet tasting & creamy feeling up front, but then the burnt malt notes swoop in and turn this overly acidic, incredibly burnt tasting and thin. Up front and somewhat in the finish some dark chocolate flavors are noticeable. Acrid, bitter burnt malt notes combine with a touch of warming alcohol in the finish. As the beer warms up a bit it becomes a bit less like sipping on burnt charcoal juice, but doesn't really lose the brunt acidity; basically the burnt, acrid bitterness reduces just a smidge, but not enough to make this much better. Burnt fruit notes of blackened cherries and roasted berries do become noticeable though.

This is a great example of a completely unbalanced roasted grain character; it is like the unbalanced double IPA of roasted grain, this doesn't have nearly enough of the paler malt notes that are needed to hold this amount of roast grain in check. While not undrinkable, this just doesn't really work for me; for those who like heavily roasted things (and I mean heavily roasted as I like a good black espresso) then this might be for you.

Photo of Big78CJ
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown but appears more black when it settles in the glass. A thin layer of tan bubbles remained briefly.

The smell has a rich dark chocolate presence that is joined by roasty malt. None of these ordors is particularly powereful but all are present and pleasant.

Not much subtlety in the flavor. Strong burnt flavor with hints of dark chocolate and loads of alcohol and bitterness. This beer has too much alcohol and hop? flavor for my taste in Imperial Stouts.

The mouthfeel starts out like you would expect and hope for but the bittering and alcohol rip through that.

I brought this back to GA from CO so I am unlikely to easily get more (though distribution is coming soon). I am not sure how much more I would want though. I would, however, try cellaring one for good measure.

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

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a very nice black color, nice small creamy tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is big on malts, chocolate, toffee, and caramel. Some nice tones of vanilla as well. The taste is a big chocolate mess, lol, malts, nice touch of vanilla. Medium body. Very drinkable, I like this one alot, very tasty.

Photo of almychristopher
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black black black. well, with the exception of the tan head. it has a beautiful aroma, chocolate, black, and earthy. the taste is where it fell apart for me. the malts that make that great aroma create a bit too much astringency, and even with the high alcohol, the mouthfeel is a bit heavy for me. I don't think it'll take to many of these to slow me down, despite being a good stout.

Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry roasted malt scent along with a mild chocolate aroma. It's not over the top and it's also more dry than sweet. The taste is decent. It has a very dry and earthy flavor with loads of dark chocolate taste. It's quite thick , but I'm not in love with the taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer, although I'm not in love with it. It's far too thick and roasted with not enough focus on the chocolate flavoring and overall drinkability.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a creamy 1 inch head atop some nice black liquid that gets ruby coloured around the edges when held up to the light.

Smells of chocolate and roasted coffee. Very enticing. Nice dark roasted malts.

Taste is very good, but also a bit of a letdown. The coffee flavor comes through to dominate the taste. The chocolate follows on the backend. In the middle is that roasted malt flavor with a slight (tiny) touch of hops. I expected the chocolate to be more dominant.

It is very smooth in the mouth. Not overpoweringly full, but by no means weak or watery. A little on the weak side for my tastes, as I like 'em big and bold. (Then again, there are times that subtlety is nice, also.)

I certainly could drink quite a few of these pretty easily, but, if I'm buying, there may be a few other bottles in my way before I get to this one again. (Not alot, but a few, to be certain.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Double Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.