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Double Chocolate Stout - The Fort Collins Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

392 Ratings
THE BROS
60
poor

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 14
Gots: 19 | 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 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
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
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
3.87/5  rDev +6%
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 luscious....like 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
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Na Zdravje!

Photo of blakesell
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
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
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Double Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.