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Chocolate Stout | The Fort Collins Brewery

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Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by gbontrag on 11-18-2004

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Reviews: 480 | Ratings: 1,066
Photo of iBeer16
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a very dark black with a 2" chocolatey head that leaves a lot of lacing when it settles.

S: the smell is of very sting chocolate obviously due to style. Furthermore, it has a sweet, roasty malt aroma

T: most strong taste is cocoa, also has a strong roasted flavor. Malls are very sweet and the roast flavor adds to a great overall flavor. The body is not too light but not too heavy.

M: consistency is very smooth flavor, solid and similar throughout. The roasted flavor really wakes up the palate and is very enjoyable.

Overall, I enjoy this beer. I liked the combination of the sweet chocolatey malts and the roasted malts make for a great overall flavor. Easy to drink and full of flavor.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown-black color with modest tan head. Great retention and perfect lacing.
Smell is abundant with roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.
Taste presents more of the chocolate with going too far.
Finishes with a slight bitterness which balances the sweetness perfectly.
Great, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When I was last in Colorado I drank a lot of CO brews. I think I missed this one. Today I talked myself into a stout mood and when I saw this, it seemed like a good match.

It is indeed a stout that does what it should - it goes pretty close to the edge without going over. Strong and flavorful. Not very chocolately, but that's ok, it doesn't seem like false advertising.

It's pretty drinkable for the style and not nasty. I would buy it again.

A year later, I reiterate. A good stout. Roasty and not too heavy.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
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 gatorbreath
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> pint glass

opaque dark brown pour with a mocha head getting live and leaving a good trace of lacing, milky chocolatey mocha and cocoa notes hitting the nose with the same on the palate, some malty grain offsetting some full bodied chocolate flavor very well carbonated and solid go-to if you dig stouts...actually enjoy it better than the older brother..2x chocolate

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Photo of beeragent
4.09/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer poured a dark brown, almost black, forming a very thin mocha head that quickly faded. The aroma is very light for a stout, mainly consisting of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Light, but what is present, is very inviting. The taste is a simple, yet pronounced combination of roasted malt and dark chocolate flavor. Nothing too complex about the taste, and not as chocolately as expected judging from the name, but still a tasty stout. The mouthfeel was very impressive IMO. Extremely smooth mouthfeel for a stout. Light bitterness allowing for a clean easy swallow. This is a highly drinkable and very sessionable stout. Full flavor and low abv. make for an ideal session stout. Overall, not a bad stout. As far as a chocolate stout is concerned, I would prefer Rogues Chocolate stout, but in a sixer form, this one is hard to beat. Yet another beer that I will keep an eye out for on my out-of-state trips. Recommended!!

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Photo of mynie
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark...black? Almost. Damn near opaque.

Smooth chocolate malt nose. Bakers chocolate with hints of burnt toast. Nice, I guess. Not a chocolatey as I would have liked.

Rich, smooth bitter chocolate malt that stays constant throughout and is accompanied by chewy malt and a kick of grass near the end. Not as sweet as I'd like, nor as complicated, but still pretty darn good.

Better warm. The champagne body is nice and gives the beer more heft. Not hard to drink at all.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.06/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a globe snifter.

Appearance : Dark chocolate body, 100% opaque. Not quite like motor oil, a shade or two lighter. The beige head forms a finger and then recedes to a bubbly ring. Agitation leads to a more fiery red color and a retention of 1/2 finger, lace is spotty and sparse. More head would have given this beer a higher rating.

Smell : Agitating the snifter yields a high hop profile with cocoa plant, cacao nibs, some dark coffee, almond, and charred malts. All of this is about medium strength. What stands out here is the plant and the hop, and then the coffee note is also pretty dominant.

Taste : Very roasted, very dark, and lots of dark chocolate and coffee. A rush of malt comes towards the end and it finishes out with bitter dark chocolate and malt mix. This is one of those chocolate stouts that uses chocolate as an add-in or a prop-up, not a focus.

Feel : Medium bodied, buzzing carbonation, mild dryness on the finish.

Overall : I enjoyed this one. It's not a stout with fruit or milk or oatmeal. Nor is it an imperial stout. It is a coffee stout with high roast presence and dark chocolate enhancements. For what it is, I'd gladly drink it again.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.06/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma of bitter chocolate, lasts
Head small (one cm, aggressive pour), light brown, thin and frothy, rapidly diminishing to broken one to two mm ring and no layer
Lacing – none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of bitter chocolate, not overwhelming; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, not watery but not quite creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 3.75, Overall 4

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Photo of far333
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
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 YourMomDrinksBud
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a mug. If there's a freshness date I can't find it.

A- Pours black with a one finger dark beige head. Head takes quite a while to fade leaving good lacing. Shows red highlights when back lit.

S- Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, subdued coffee aroma.

T- Strong roasted malts and chocolate. Chocolate is not as bitter as the nose. I get a lactose note as well making this drink like a carbonated/alcoholic chocolate milk. I also get strong caramel/coffee flavors, reminds me of a caramel macchiato from Starbucks. Just a hint of citric bitterness. This one was much more flavorful when warmer.

M- Medium to light for the style with a nice and creamy mouthfeel. No alcohol present. Very strong carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

O- A tasty well crafted brew at a great price point. Recommended.

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Photo of Tolann
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark in color, nearly opaque with a reddish hue. Dense head with a little dark color in it. Very stout like...

S - Small sweet chocolate smell. Nothing too heavy or obvious in the nose. Almost a milky chocolate smell. Perhaps more will come out as it warms, but this seems pretty simple.

T - Roasted chocolate malt lays on the tongue. Simple and straight forward. This is a chocolate stout. Nothing too complex about that.

M - Smooth and malty. Cocoa bitters seem to coat your tongue. No carbonation and silky feel. A bit of a heavier feel going down.

D - I'd enjoy another, but this is a beer that is better enjoyed in small quantities or you'd otherwise get that bloated and heavy feel in your gut. Sip and enjoy.

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Photo of templar316
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The head rose nice and tall but didn't stick around long beutiful dark color with a little red around the edges when held up to the light. Delicious malty aroma with a slight hint of burnt barley, gets my mouth watering. Unfortunatly the taste is a slight letdown... A little thin in mouth feel. But strong bitterness from burnt barely and bitter chocolate are well pronounced. Overall an excellent beer and the lightness allows you to drink several in session.

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Photo of biking4beer
4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a foamy, bubbly one finger head. The color is a deep, deep brown to black. Ruby hues around the edges.

The aroma is smoky, grainy, with a touch of coffee. And what the hell, do I smell bacon. I think I smell bacon. Odd, but I like it.

Tastes or roasted and burnt malts. Bitter chocolate and cheap coffee. Good level of hoppiness that I think covers up any sweetness that should be here. Sure as hell, there is the bacon again.

A bit high on the carbonation for my tastes, but this beer still has slight creamy touch to it.

I like this beer. It's not what I would expect from a beer labeled a chocolate stout. Maybe I got a super fresh batch because there was no sweetness to speak off. I would probably label this a breakfast stout if I were in the marketing department.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, part of a mixed sixer. Poured into a pint glass. Consumed during my Fantasy Football draft.

Pours a deep muddy black with no head whatsoever. No lace left behind, unsurprisingly. Scents of chocolate powder, fresh hops, and slight espresso. Smells inviting for sure.

The mouth is full. Carbonation level is moderate. Good feel for the style. Decently hopped beer here. I like the subtle bitterness mixed with the semi-sweet dark chocolate and cold coffee flavor. Good beer. I could have a few of these. Wasn't expecting a whole lot, but I liked it.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black body, slight brown hues show through when held to the light. Nice sized brown head tops it off, and leaves a nice trail behind. Chocolaty malt on the nose, maybe a bit of dark fruit as well. Big chocolate malt flavor. Bit of a bitter hop presence backs it up. Nice full and smooth mouth. Overall a pretty good brew.

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Photo of Newglarusguy
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type one 12 oz longneck bottle.

Appearance: Spectacular creamy tanish foam about 2" high and leaves a wonderful sticky lace behind in my mug.

Smell: Very deep undertones of chocolate and even coffee in this stout, and a hint of hops I do detect as well.

Taste: Decent more of a coffee taste and after taste then a chocolate one.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy swishes around in my mouth like a dream while the flavours just burst out nice hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability: Good but this beer is thick and creamy and I'll stick to just one for tonite.

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Photo of donteatpoop
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark deep brown color, nearly black, the color of dark chocolate; with a nice tan head resting atop it and retaining nicely throughout. This is a very asthetically pleasing stout.

Smells like rich chocolate and pretty much nothing else. It is a very dominant scent.

The taste is much more complex, roasted and toasted malts, coacoa, and an underlying pine hop.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, silky smooth. Appropriate thickness for the style and a very complimentary aspect.

This was a great beer, glad to have picked it up. Would definately drink again.

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Photo of JDFish
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It poured very dark from the bottle to the beer mug. Thin head that quickly disappeared as did any lacing. Smell dominated by molasses, with a hint of dark chocolate. Taste didn't exactly match the smell. Sweet and roasted malts on the front end and dark chocolate on the back end, and it stayed with ya for a bit. Mouthfeel was week and its not complex at all. However, its extremely drinkable and tasted really good. Not the best in class, but easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.01/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fort Collins Chocolate Stout has a thin-to-medium cream-colored head, a dark brown (black, really) appearance with little red-brown highlights at the edges, visible bubble streams on the side of the glass, and a small amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of acidity, dark cherries, sweetness, and dark-roasted barley malt. Taste is of dark brown bread crust, sugar, dark-roasted malt, some chocolate, acidity, and dark cherries at the end of the sip. One will also encounter a balancing hop bitterness at the end, as well. Mouthfeel is pretty light, watery, and slick, and Fort Collins Chocolate Stout finishes semi-dry, rich, sweet, and highly drinkable. This is delicious.


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Photo of BadBadger
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This American Stout is a pleasant treat. It pours a semi-dark color from the bottle. The head is foamy and tan in color. The smell is of roasted malts, with perhaps a hint of chocolate aroma. The taste is simple yet flavorful. As with the smell, there is a somewhat roasted chocolate sweetness upfront with slight bittering for balance. A nice dry finish. For an American stout, and a break from the higher A.B.V .stouts out there, this is certainly worthy of giving a go taste. Enjoy!!!

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Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold into a pint glass, Chocolate Stout has a very dark brown color with good clarity evident as it moves from bottle to glass. The head is creamy smooth but short-lived.

Aroma is pleasant but subtle with mild roasty malts and chocolate.

Flavor is smooth and well-balanced. I worry that beers labeled as "chocolate" whatever are going to be too overly flavored and seem artificial but FVB pulls this one off. Good balance of flavors with nice roasty malts and some hops but also some sweetness in the form of chocolate and caramel.

Mouthfeel is good but could be smoother. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty good for a standard stout.

Overall a tasty stout. Not the dessert beer that I was fearing, it's actually quite drinkable.

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Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a light tan colored head with nice lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is roasted malts with a touch of chocolate and coffee and a hint of some earthy hops as well.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with some roasted malts with a nice sweetness. There is also some notes of bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty solid stout that I enjoyed and wouldn't mind having again. Recommended.

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Photo of SaltyLime
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark with no light penetrating through my glass, tiny tan head

Smell - chocolate, roasted malts, sweet and milky scents jump out before I even got to pour it

Taste - sweet chocolate, only a hint of hops

Mouthfeel - a little sticky on the tongue, but easily forgiven, medium body and creamy, smooth

Drinkability - easy to drink, would buy again easily

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Photo of Mojo
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours up a deep black with ruby highlights a nice one finger caramel colored head, decent retention, and a healthy bit of lacing. Nose is chocolate, roasted nuts, and coffee, very nice. Taset is sweet up front with notes of malt and cola. Finish is chocolate, coffee, caramel, and nuts. Mouthfeel is very pleasant. Loved this one.

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Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
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