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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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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.74/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a dark tan head. In the aroma, a small chocolate and roasty malt. In the taste, a small bitter chocolate malt, yet kind of light in flavor. A bitter, and a light to medium body mouthfeel and a dry, bitter chocolate aftertaste. Kind of thin for a stout and faint flavors and aroma, ok, but could be better.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
2.75/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$1.50 / ea.

A: Bright deep brown body topped with a small creamy tan had that quickly dissipates leaving moderate foamy lace and a thin bubbly cover.

S: Hints of bitter chocolate over subdued coffee aroma. Strong deep roasted character and only the lightest hop notes.

T: Chocolate flavors are much lighter than I had hoped and the astringent flavor of dark roasted malt pokes through. Bitterness is present but is very light and fleeting. A bit harsh on the back end.

M: Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Strong carbonic bite and not particularly smooth.

D: Stout drinkers will likely not mind the flavor profile, but those looking for a "chocolate" stout will be disappointed. Flavor is average, but the mouth and aroma are a bit week.

O: Not impressed.

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Photo of benito
2.75/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Black. Dark black which under the scrutiny of light remains unforgiving and shows no feebles corners or edges. The nice-sized tan head dissipates quickly, shows sign of good lacing and legs. The bouquet
is a mix of roasted coffee, unsweetened cocoa, and a liquid mud cake. Enticing...

After such an auspicious start, the taste had high expectations to meet...and I found it a little more than disappointing. The choco/moca/Wild Turkey flavors are non-distinct, and the body is light with a slight, pleasing hoppiness that makes it rather refreshing, if underflavored. At the height of tasting, the most distinct flavor I can tease out is weak, cold coffee.

I'm a huge fan of the beers from FBC (they claim to be "the official beer of earth" and may not be too far off), but, for me, this is their most feeble offering. I think that there's good potential here if they can find a way to amp up the palate to match the extrordinary looks and scents of this brew. I'll keep my fingers crossed and check in with another single of these periodically.

A final side note: A little later on, I nursed this while I ate a piece of chocolate cake. The coffee flavors and light hoppiness were a nice match for the sweetness of the cake...maybe this is one to enjoy by association rather than on its own.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.76/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a nearly opaque black color. The head is a solid inch and a half in height, and recedes slowly into thick, sticky lacing. The aroma is of faint roasted malt with an even faint whiff of chocolate. I'm not at all impressed by this aroma. The taste is more forthcoming, but still quite mild. The is some roasted malt, but I can't detect any chocolate. There is also an unpleasant metalic thing going on in the finish. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a watery texture, and high carbonation for a stout. Overall, I do not believe that this is truly a chocolate stout as I can find no chocolate in it. All I can taste is a regular stout which is poorly done.

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Photo of zachary80
2.79/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

No visible date on the bottle. Label indicates the chocolate is from chocolate malt; doesn't seem that there is any actual chocolate added.

Pours black with a very minimal beige head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is primarily chocolate, very enticing.

Flavor is weak for a stout. Hardly anything to note.

Mouthfeel on this stout is way too thin. Watery, low carbonation.

Overall a slightly below average beer. Aroma is good but everything else is lacking. Wouldn't recommend

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Photo of ImusBeer
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

At Taco Mac, came in 22oz, black with no head and no lacing

Very little aroma, roasted malt and charcol. 

Tasted sharp almost anticeptic, roasted malt and burnt wood

Mouthfeel was light almost watery not much bitterness.

not really impressed more like a brown ale or porter to me

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Photo of intensify
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired this out of curiosity..didnt curiosity kill the cat? Anyway, poured a half finger head with okay reception. Hints of chocolate and roasted malts which gave away the taste quite easily. Yepp, taste it similar to smell but has a suprisingly good but plain finish. Not sure if thats a good or bad thing? The creamy texture sticks to the palate but probably to the ribs as well. Overall this is an okay stout. Not a lip smacker but was worth a try.

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Photo of MarzenMan
2.84/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Very impressive. 1 1/2 finger slightly amber head with some lacing.

S - Different than expected. A strong licorice aroma.

T&M - Bitter/dry finish. Dark burnt, chocolate flavor with some licorice. Short burst of flavor comes and goes quickly. Smooth in the mouth.

D - Low. The flavor isn't very developed.

I wasn't a big fan of this beer. It looks good but its flavor is pretty short lived and its almost too dry.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown/black with a nice thick and firm medium dark tan head. Relatively simple one dimensional nose of sweet dark chocolate and some roasted grain.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Mouthfeel of carbonated coffee with hint of maybe chocolate.

Flavors are of simply roasted grain, simple black coffee/espresso and some hop bitterness.

Finish is bitter coffee character all around but with a nice bitter finish. There is nothing bad about this stout, there is just nothing really very good about it. Taste simply like a decent beer that had some coffee poured into it. Nothing special.

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Photo of Donnie2112
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

translucent dark brown, a small film of head

lots of coacoa on the nose not a lot else there

starts off with some thin malts and a bit of unsweetened chocolate flavor in there, finishs with a little bit of bitter hopiness

very thin and almost watery just a bit of dry astringence as well

it's bitter, doesn't really refresh at all and the flavor doesn't do anything for me

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Photo of clark123456
2.86/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark color with very little head that doesn't lace.

S: I couldn't pick up on any chocolate smell.

T: Again, I couldn't pick up on the chocolate. An espresso flavor comes through, but not too strong.

M: Alkaline feel.

D: It's drinkable, but not really remarkable (besides the review ;)). I won't buy this again.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.87/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not bad, but there is a ton of chocolate beers out of there and this beer is just not one of the best. The body is a touch thin, the aroma is pretty good, but the flavor offers, in addition to a good amount of chocolate roastiness, diacetyl and some weird sourness that I've noted before in beers with a lot of dark malt. Mouthfeel is a shade chalky, which is neither good nor bad, and is a touch thin, although it isn't sticky (which is nice).

Not bad, but like I said, just not one of the best when the words "chocolate" and "beer" collide in my mind. I bought this as a single bottle in a mixed 6-pack from the Woodman's in Oak Creek.

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Photo of terrabyte
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark black/brown, with a medium-sized tan head.

Aroma consists of faint dark chocolate and day-old coffee. Not as strong smelling as I would have expected, which is a shame because it seems unique and I enjoy what I am able to pick up.

Flavor is hard to pin down. It's sweet and reminds me of liquid raisins. Not quite like Raison D'extra, but take away the boozy flavor, add in what I assume contains chocolate and coffee flavors and maybe this is what you get. I feel like the chocolate flavor has been lost here.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily, and quite sticky. Not necessarily a bad thing, but the carbonation is weird and this kind of base just topples what this beer could have been.

Drinkability is low because the beer falls apart. The carbonation is off, the mouthfeel is odd, and the flavor seemed muted (or at least affected by bottling). The label of this beer has the biggest font I've ever seen for the words "CHOCOLATE" and "STOUT" on it, and it seemed anything but.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
2.89/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours an impenetrable black with three inches of very frothy large bubbled mocha brown head which lingers for quite a nice amount of time before dissipating and leaving a small amount of lacing
S: nice chocolate malt notes and something that, unfortunately, reminds me of a wet dog
T: chocolate malts, kind of chalky like powdered chocolate, bit of an odd sweetness on the tail end
M: slight carbonation tingle, leaves the mouth feeling oddly caked in chalk, not the best
O: ive had this one in the fridge for about 8 months now, given the style i dont think thats too big of a sin but this is not the best beer in the world to say the least, there are many more beers out there of this style that are much easier to get and much more well rounded, appearance was the best part of this brew, the rest was downhill

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received in a trade, Can't remember who though.
Poured into a pint glass.

Pours with very little head and no lacing

Smell is in line with the style, chocolate, sweet malt, faint licorce.

Taste is all over the place, I taste a definite hop bite first, then the chocolate, and then the malt. A little too "all over the place" for me, I prefer my chocolate stouts to be simple and to the point. Very unique brew, but not for me. Not that they sell it around my way anyway...

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Photo of ewright
2.91/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Vigorous pour into my duck-rabbit stout glass yields a black, watery beer with about 1" of head. The bubbles are large and don't stick around too long. There is little lace sticking to the glass.

S: How odd... I get a sour note that would be more in line for a Flanders red than a stout. There is a bit of smokiness behind the sourness, but no evidence of any chocolate in the aroma.

T: Decent roasty notes up front from the dark malts, with a faint hint of cocoa. The hops show up late and leave a slightly off note in the aftertaste.

M: Too thin for a stout, decent carbonation level.

D: Not the best example of a stout, chocolate or otherwise. Far from a drain pour, but not one I'd actively seek out again.

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Photo of colts9016
2.91/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an English Pint at about 55 degrees.

Appearance: A very dark brown almost black there is a tan ring around the glass. The clarity of the beer is opaque. There was a one finger head that dissipated.

Nose: A roasted malt with chocolate, and molasses aroma. There are notes of citrus and caramel.

Taste: A roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, and toffee. There hints of resin, citrus, and floral.

Overall: The burnt taste is a little overwhelming. The mouth feel is coating, carbonated and astringent. The finish lingers on the palate a little long. The taste is not as what I have tried in a chocolate stout. The chocolate seems hidden behind the roasted and burnt malt. It is an okay beer. Need to have more chocolate flavor and the burnt character lowered.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.91/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent stout overall.. pales in comparison to the few other chocolate stouts I've tried (notably Brookyln's). Pours a nice jet black.. very little head and zero lacing. Taste has some subtle chocolate malt, not much for hops, at least for me anyway. I felt the body was a bit on the thin side, which was a minor disappointment. Average drinkability as it's sort of bland and boring... I liked this breweries IPA and Red Ale but this stout doesn't really impress me.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pretty, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Some notes of roasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked dark bread, mixed with some caramel and brown sugar, some surprising floral notes of piney hops. However, I’m not getting much in the way of chocolate which is more than a little disappointing as this is supposed to be a chocolate stout. You’d think that there’d be quite a bit of chocolate in the aroma, but there isn’t.

Taste: Good, but not great. Strong flavors of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of toasted bread, some slight smoke, some brown sugar-like sweetness and a touch of chocolate, but not a lot, which is disappointing as the beer is labeled as a chocolate stout. The beer finishes with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some low carbonation. With an ABV of 5.3%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a tasty stout, but due to the lack of chocolate flavor in a “chocolate” stout, it’s a little disappointing. If this beer had been labeled just a regular stout or oatmeal stout, it would be a really good stout, but as a “chocolate” stout, it’s not that great. Disappointing.

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Photo of mdwalsh
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours deep brown with a tan head. Not quite black though, not by any means. As the head settles in its maybe slightly darker than tan, and made up of mostly small, tightly packed bubbles. The beer is much to opaque to see through. Head retention is lacking, though lacing is alright.

S: Chocolate and roasted grain are the obvious aromas, but there is a not-indistinct hop aroma as well, maybe too much for the style. I'm not sure if it's the blend of aromas or something off, but I'm not really digging the smell here, though it isn't totally off putting.

T: While it's a better blend than the smell, the taste still is not very attractive to me. It's more roast than chocolate, there's really no perceptible sweetness here, and that roast even borders on burnt plastic the more I drink.

M: Well onto the thin side, but not too far out of the norm.

D: For a huge fan of roast and coffee, doable, but not as attractive to the general public as a Chocolate Stout should be.

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Photo of NODAK
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Has a roasted chocolate malt aroma with a bit of smokiness to it. Definitely not going to be a sweet stout here.

Pours midnight black with a small, dark brown head.

Starts off with roasted dark chocolate malts on the body (not nearly as chocolatey as a person may expect), giving way to a roasted, burnt malt finish that has a bit of smoke on it as well. Mouthfeel seems incredibly thin for a stout. The flavor is there, though it's far from a favorite.

Not a beer I feel that I'd look out on a normal basis. Seems thin, and just too burnt and smoky for my tastes. Not much chocolate in this chocolate stout.

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Photo of TheBrewo
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

We pour a dark brown brew. It sports a chocolate brown one finger head of big creamy bubbles. Retention is low, and bits of lacing are left around the glass. This is, however, nicely reproducible with a hearty swirl of the glass. No sediment is noted, and carbonation appears average. The nose sings of roasty chocolate malts and steely coffee. Hop balance and bitterness comes in the form of florals and grass. There is cooling sweetness of vanilla spice and syrup soaked strawberries. Band-Aid phenols seep out a bit with warmth. Our first impression is that this is pretty mild, but that the malts have a nice roast. As we sip, dirty coffee, steel, and bittering grass come through. The malts quickly take on a deep chocolate and char, which really cuts all other flavoring away. There is no real sweetness to the peak, but rather we get hit with a more soothing roasty malt, mixed with medicinal bitters. These, too, quickly wash away, leaving simple watered down chocolate malts, chalk, and a dusty basement muskiness. The aftertaste breathes bitterly, of roasty malts, plastics, musk, and a faint herbal hop. The body is thinner, and the carbonation is medium. The feel is way too thin at times, and the mouth is left wet and unsatisfied. There is a nice slurp and cream, but little else to each sip. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks cleanly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the richness to the malts. These were, however, hard to find at times. They come strong at the start, and give great flavoring, char and roast, but by the end everything is washed with thinness and water, diluting the original strength. Additionally, the coloring is nice, and the head and bubbles upon swirling produced an attractive beer, but the follow through on the sip and the feel fell a little short for us.

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Photo of crookedhalo
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
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 wiseguy142
2.97/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Having Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout at EBF has sort of put me into stout overdrive recently. Just brewed up a imperial coffee/chocolate stout myself today, so hopefully this will remind me of the sweet deliciousness that is to come in the upcoming weeks.

Pour is unimpressive. Watery looking with an off-white head that dies very quickly. Totally black with some visible carbonation around the rim of the glass forming some residual head. I didn't really think it'd be possible to be unimpressed by a stout's appearance (they're all black right?) but this isn't really working for me.

Aroma, on the other hand, is quite nice. Blended coffee and chocolate hiding deep in the recesses of this beer. A little raw sugar sweetness detracts from the complexity. I imagine that if they made a chocolate stout candy, this is what it would smell like. It's good, but it lacks depth and character.

Taste. Bah. WATERY. This beer is WAY too thin for its own good. During the initial half second of the first sip I was optimistic, but the follow up was horrendous. Like taking a sip from a black pouring drinking fountain. Some chocolate notes, from actual chocolate, not the chocolate malt. Some nice US Williamette or English hops are present which you can pick up on. Other than that, I'm not sure where all the flavor went with this beer. Maybe to some other, cooler beer that tastes better.

Mouthfeel is, again, a water fountain metaphor. Next.

I didn't enjoy drinking, although I did enjoy smelling it. I'm resisting the urge to dismiss it because I'm not observing the strong stout flavors with a nice alcohol bite of an imperial stout. But I think it's definitely possible to brew a quality normal strength stout and still give it character.

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Photo of scratch69
2.97/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown with a half a fingers worth of tan head. The head disappeared pretty quickly and there is no lacing.

Smell- Weak aroma of roasted malt.

Taste- Weak roasted malt and hop bitterness. I only faintly detect chocolate in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Slightly watery.

Overall- Disappointing, I was hoping for more with this one. It reminded me of a black lager than a stout. Needs more chocolate to be called chocolate stout.

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