Chocolate Stout
The Fort Collins Brewery

Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout
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Style:
American Stout
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
79
Avg:
3.47 | pDev: 13.83%
Reviews:
482
Ratings:
1,066
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The Fort Collins Brewery
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  10
Gots
  115
SCORE
79
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Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout
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Reviews by Coorskid33:
Photo of Coorskid33
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Found in fridge buried with the label missing. Probably in there for a year or so.

A~ Pours a nice dark . Like a black coffee at a good coffee shop. Minimal lacing but the head dissappate after 2 mins.

S~ Malt and coffee . Minimal alcohol smell and actually pretty earthy for the style i think. I like this.

T~ This is smooth as a stout i've had. Like Guieness with a lil more crafty - ness to it. Sorry for making up my own word. But yea, minimal after-taste but finding it lacing my palate more than the glass.

MF~ Well this stunk. Kinda powdery in substance. Could be the issue of being old. Not enjoyable though.

D~ Overall solid. I'd try it on tap but not again in a bottle at home. Beer geeks should try.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black, seems opaque. Can hold it right up to a light source in snifter and get none shining through. A little more translucent and brown around the edges as it goes down. Head is fine and creamy and tannish brown. Forms film, but otherwise not the greatest retention. Nice legs, but don't last. Strongest aroma is black olives. There's roasty and sweet stout character here if you care to look for it, but not much for distinct chocolate or cocoa. Olive note is still strong in flavor, but is nicely balanced by very dark chocolate flavor. It's about as sweet as nose would indicate, favoring roast, olive, cocoa, coffee, and smokey tang. Full bodied but on the lighter side of it. Chock full of fine, mellow, tingly carbonation. Astringent, semi-dry.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, very black, with a thick, fluffy, lacey cocoa/tanned head.

Aroma, uttered out in quick association: cream, milk, sweet, chocolate, coffee, rich, cocoa, earthy, lush, uplifting, ...nice.

Taste: sweetness, richness, chocolateyness, full-bodied, full-flavored, with a good stretch of cocoa riding it out all the way through. Chunky, chocolatey, and very drinkable. An easy-drinking chocolate stout, not too thick, not too rich, but with plentiful taste. Won't knock anyone off their pedestal, but will bring deliciousness down the throats of any imbiber.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of ninaturner
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Pookie
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of TBCE
3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of far333
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany colored with a light brown foamy head that settles out quickly. Low aroma of cocoa and roasted malts.

Flavorf is initially sweet milk chocolate, but quickly gives way to smokiness, some coffee and raisin, hints of molasses, rich dark malt. Finishes with a sharp but clean burnt espresso flavor, and piney hop bitters emerge at the end of the finish and linger. Pretty complex, good mix and balance of flavors, not just over the top chocolate.

Moderate carbonation, fairly even mouthfeel, finishes a bit dry. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Bung
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Black/brown pour. Just off white head. Roasted malt aromas, some chocolate, some hop presence. Roasted flavors, mild chocolate, could have been more abundant. Maybe too much hops in this one. A little light bodied, but now watery. Clean finishing. Drinkability is obviously pretty high. If you have a choice, get their Double Chocolate Stout instead.

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Photo of ab39z
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of bob_d_j
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Schneider26
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TexIndy
4.58/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this during my recent Denver trip and had it shipped back. Also tried at the brewery in the tasting room. Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating system into a pint glass. It poured a deep black even when held to the light. It had about a finger of tannish foam that settled to a nice thick constant foam with good lacing. The smell was chocolaty with a nice sweetness. It really reminded of a milk stout instead of an American Stout in smell. The mouthfeel was nice and creamy with a smooth finish. The taste was exceptional! From start to finish and front to back it had a great stout taste that for me nailed it. Some may want a more aggressive stout but this hit the spot for me. If this were available in Texas, I'd have a constant 6ixer around. Oh well, guess my buddy in Denver will be doing a little shipping for me. Highly recommend especially if you like milk/sweet stouts like me. (4.5, HR, T, Y)

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Photo of DontCallMeSurly
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a basic black color with about 1/4 inch of off-white tan head. Retention was minimal. Not much lacing on the side of the glass.

Bold chocolate scent, roasted malts, and roasted coffee. Also there is just a faint smell of caramel as well.

Taste is of..what else dark chocolate. This is followed up by a robust burnt-coffee flavor, but that isn't meant to be a bad thing. It reminds me of a good cup of mocha. Not exactly over-powering for this style of beer as it felt slightly watered-down; it just had a thin feel to it.

It's an above average beer, but not what I was hoping for. Still, very drinkable.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ryan Montgomery for passing this one along.

This pours black with a small khaki head that leaves decent lace on the way down. On the nose is dry cocoa powder hanging with some roasted malts. In the mouth the roasted malt takes over and the chocolate mainly shows up in a short finish. The body is quite light, drinkable but definitely lacking in heft, with a pretty vigorous carbonation perhaps a bit too much.

Overall, this is a decent chocolate stout, though I prefer their doubled version of it.

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Photo of JoannaFL
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of mullehs
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mitchster
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to a clear, near black mahogany, eeking out a small cocoa dusted soapy head with poor retention and no lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is really wonderful...deeply roasted malts, black walnut, vanilla, cocoa powder, dark chocolate and some lightly dusted hops. The mouthfeel is brisk and zippy with a nice roasted pungency, medium body and clean ferment. No appreciable off-flavors. The taste is much like the nose, however I notice the body isn't quite as hefty as the nose would expect and there is a mild amount of green leafiness in the finish and aftertaste. A touch of cardboard also looms there.

All in all, this is an OK porter, but I would be hard pressed to call it a chocolate stout. As a matter of fact, this initially reminds me quite significantly of what Bell's Porter used to taste like back in the day, but the green leafiness and slightly thinner body hamper it's enjoyment in the end. Still, I would drink this semi-regularly if I lived out in Colorado.

Re-reviewed 2/11/12-Newly available to our area. $16.99 for a mixed 12pack sampler. Calling a beer a chocolate stout when it contains no chocolate is called a cheap marketing gimmick. I stand by my original review. This is a flimsy stout, more of a porter. It's a bit too acidic and minerally, herbal hops, flimsy body, burnt finish. I have to add, now that it is available in our area, I'm not inclined to buy it again. There are much better porters (and stouts, for that matter) for the same price-point, and it doesn't taste at all like Bells Porter or what it used to be. Hrmmm.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a thick black body with tan head and contained some aromatic notes of roasted and mild chocolate (hints of caramel and vanilla). A dry malt taste balanced w/ swwet chocolate and caramel. Rather nondescript and no real balance from hops at all. A little stick medium-body that goes down w/o a problem. Not a bad beer by any means, but a rather weak stout.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rockclimberscott1
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich dark brownish black smells of light coffee aroma. Taste is slightly smokee and like a light roast of coffee, barely a detectable chocolate flavors in this beer. It's not bad but doesn't make the very good list in my book.

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Photo of crookedhalo
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a opaque deepest brown/black with a short-lived light tan head. Aromas are faintly of chocolate, black patent and chocolate malts and a slight tinge of low-alpha hops. Not extremely impressed with the aroma but it's not off-putting. It goes downhill from here, as after first sip I can only think of the wierd smokiness that is totally out of place. I did initially sense a bit of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts, but it's completely gone with subsequent sips due to the overwhelming smokiness. This would work well for a smoked stout or even porter. Mouthfeel is medium to thinner bodied with a carbonation level that might be slightly higher than it needs to be. The smoky flavor does not entirely turn me off to this beer, but it seems horribly out-of-place when the label says that what I'm consuming is supposed to be a chocolate stout. I've never tasted smokiness in any chocolate I've ever tasted... I seroiusly doubt I'd ever try this one again.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. On tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC> Black, thin tan head stays for a while, leaves some lacing. SMELLS roasty, chocolate, malty sweet. Pleasant, but faint. TASTES like roasty coffee, bitter chocolate, hop bitterness and sweet maltiness, all balanced and working well together. FEEL the moderate carbonation and fiz, mildly viscous, thin side of medium body, clean finish. DRINKS very easily, and I've just learned it is only 5+ %, so that is understandable.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark black with 1/2" of cappuccino head. Great retention. The nose has notes of deep, roasted malts and faint coffee. The taste is roasted malt with hints of toast and caramel. There are also notes of faint coffee and chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with decent carbonation.

Not a bad stout, but there's nothing to separate this one from the pack. It's simple and pleasing, but hardly profound.

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Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 1066 ratings