Chocolate Stout | The Fort Collins Brewery

Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout
BA SCORE
29.1%
Liked This Beer
3.45 w/ 1,065 ratings
Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States
fortcollinsbrewery.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by gbontrag on 11-18-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
480
Ratings:
1,065
Liked:
310
Avg:
3.45/5
pDev:
13.91%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
115
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,065 |  Reviews: 480
Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The chocolate reaches your nose as you raise the glass to your lips. It's authentic, like a chocolate bar, and at just the right level of aroma - it doesn't scream CHOCOLATE!, but it's definitely noticeable. And that's true for the flavor as well. All too often the chocolate is overdone in these kinds of beers, making a big splash at the outset, but then hurting drinkability in the end. That's not the case here. This is more of a stout infused with chocolate, as the stout character remains completely intact, hops and all. The chocolate just gives it a little bit of extra character across the middle, and a bump of sweet chocolate at the swallow. It lingers pleasantly in the finish, and then fades fairly quickly, leaving behind a mild, roasty bitterness. It's very nicely done! Very well balanced. It may or may not be the best chocolate beer I've ever had, but it is without question the most drinkable! Worth seeking out.

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Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Stout pub in Atlanta where it is listed as "House Chocolate Stout".
Only had a thin head from the tap and this didn't last long. An appealing aroma filled with chocolate and dark bread.
The flavor had more toffee than usual and less really dark roasted grain. It does have plenty of dark roasted malt flavor but minimal char and smoke and is lightly sweet until the mildly bitter aftertaste.
As per appearance, light carbonation with a body that's a touch too thin.

O: pleasant and recommended stout.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good looking nightcap I've been saving for a night like this.

A: A small creamy dark 1/2 finger head grows and very slowly fades over a pure black colored beer.

N: I could smell the crazy chocolate on the pour. A deeper nose also gives off tons of chocolate. A little black patent malt, dark rich malts, milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, and a touch of raisin.

T: Also loaded with chocolate. It has a little creamy quality, but mostly is bakers chocolate. Some dark malts, black patent malt, a little smoked malt, actually the smoked malt is coming out quite a bit more than I expected. A little chewy malt quality. A slight sweet molasses quality but it's mostly dry. It does have a little bit of a boozy feel to it despite being only 5.3%. A little lactose I think as well adds a weird creamy feel and taste.

M: Semi thick, rich, and a little creamy, and lower but good for the style carbonation.

F: A stout like dryness and stout like earthy dark bitterness from the scorched malts. It remains dry throughout but doesn't hit you with more bitterness on the finish. Long lingering chocolate of course, as well as some molasses. Overall a pretty nice beer, a perfect night cap. Tons of chocolate and black patent malt, smoked malt, and strange creamy lactose. Abv feels a little higher than it is, but still a perfect nightcap. Could have used a lot more body and richness.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate and some hops.

T: The taste malty but not too heavy with a milk chocolate flavor that isn't overdone like a lot of stouts, nor is it overly sweet. There's a decent hops presence for the style and brings a good balance.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, although the name implies otherwise, this is a good beer to drink for a while is you want a stout that isn't going to try to overwhelm you with chocolate, maltiness and sweetness.

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Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One and a half fingers of medium brown head on an opaque black body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Light aroma of chocolate and toffee.

T - Dry, bittersweet chocolate flavor up front. A somewhat nutty, mouth-coating coco character in the middle. The finish is moderately bitter with an increasingly convincing chocolate essence.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The chocolate character is unusually convincing, especially in the finish, but that doesn't necessarily make for a great beer. There is not much going on outside of the chocolate, and while the flavor is nice, the aroma is pretty weak. There is a lot of chocolate here, but not much stout.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown/almost black with some ruby highlights around the bottom of the glass and 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Retains very nicely into a creamy layer that leaves thick rings of lace all down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a fairly sweet presence of chocolate and caramel malts with some roasted coffee notes mixed in.

The taste is once again sweet chocolate up front but the overall taste of it isn't very well defined. This is backed up by additional notes of caramel malts and the tingling feel of dark roasted coffee. The mouthfeel is light medium bodied with an easygoing feel and good carbonation.

When you advertise yourself as a "Chocolate Stout", I shouldn't have to sit there for a second and figure out just where exactly the chocolate notes are at in your beer. They still pack some flavor and easy drinkibility into this package but a little more assertiveness and definition of their main flavor would have gone a long way here if you ask me.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a 2 fingers+ tan head that settles to a 1/2"head. Good lacing and head retention

Smell: Bakers chocolate and graininess

Taste: Chocolate, roasted grains, coffee notes and bitterness. Dry/sweet finish

MF: Nice and rich with slight overcarbonation

Very drinkable despite all the flavors dancing in your mouth. Tasty beer could pass itself off as non chocolate without much trouble IMO

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired as a single 12oz. bottle at Sam's Blue Light in Durham, NC.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a large, fizzy beige head.

Smell: Mostly a roasty scent, but sniff hard enough and hope long enough and you can coax out some unsweetened chocolate and a vague hint of fruit.

Taste: Roasted barley and dark chocolate with a controlled level of sweetness and a puff of sooty air. Touch of fruit. Dash of coffee. Light hops and bitterness. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Flavorful, though not overly chocolatey and a bit light in body, but it's still a decent stout.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours an extremely dark brown with a tight one finger mocha colored head. Semi-slow dissipation to a ring of foam around the edge and splotches in the middle. Spotty lacing down the sides.

S: Some chocolate, but not dark or milk, more like bakers chocolate I guess. Some roasted malts, a little bit of vanilla, caramel, and some lactose sugar.

T: Some chocolate, roasted malt, and a little bit of coffee up front. The flavors then sort of disappear and the finish has a strange flavor, can't really put my finger on it though.

M: Really thin, and the major letdown for this beer. I like any stout thicker, and especially a chocolate stout.

O: It was ok, the aroma and flavors were fine, but the mouthfeel really killed it for me.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque dark chocolate brown with meager highlights of red and gold along the bottom edge of the glass. The golden sand colored head is moderately rumpled-rocky as it slowly deflates and ends up depositing a much better than average amount of attractive lace. This one certainly looks the part.

It smells the part too. Roasted malt is aromatic enough that I don't need to risk inhaling foam in order to appreciate it. Chocolate and coffee are the only aromas present, but then simple and straightforward is often just what I'm looking for when it comes to 'just plain ol' stouts. That is, as long as they smell this roasty good.

There's plenty to like on the palate. Bittersweet chocolate and lightly creamed coffee are present in near equal measure and there's a definite citric hoppy bitterness goin' on. Unlike some stouts that are balanced but neither sweet nor bitter, this one is balanced and is both sweet and bitter. I guess that would make it bittersweet. The flavor was bold right out of the gate and is even more so with warming.

The body/mouthfeel is the one characteristic that causes me to waver about just how good this beer really is when taken as a whole. Simply put, a stout this flavorful deserves a more study vehicle than it has been given. As long as one thinks 'big stout flavor, porter body', all should be well.

Chocolate Stout is a good effort and is one that I have no trouble recommending to those who think they might like a hoppier than usual, full-flavored, light-bodied, session stout. I've only had three Fort Collins beers so far, but this one and Kidd Lager (a schwarzbier) make me think they're on the right track.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

tone77 has managed to send me down an unexpected dark road on Thanksgiving. He dropped off a mess of bottles on our last trade and I am just getting caught up before his next anticipated trade.

It all got me to thinking about what is referred to as "getting some strange", but if you have not embraced the dark and split the black oak, then you may be unaware of what you are missing. Take a hint from the bottle: "A velvety smooth mouthfeel and impeccable flavor make this stout positively seductive. Subtle hop bitterness evens out the character of roasted barley and chocolate malt in our proven classic." Plus, the Incan (?) doll proffering said beer on the current label? Read you lima charlie, o&o. Black is beautiful and Tan is grand! Gimme!

My bartender buddy, Moe, used to say that I took my coffee like my women - hot & black and the sooner the better. Ah, yes. This beer poured fast and back and gave some serious mocha head before moving on to more important things, like the nose. It smelled like Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate and I was thinking of several special treats that I might like from a chocolate stout. Color was a dense deep-brown, not black, but what actually is solid black other than carbon? Mouthfeel was, indeed, velvety smooth, like Marvin Gaye on the turntable. Let's get it on! The lacing was thick and sticky and I was licking my moustache like the flavor saver it had become. The taste was of liquid dark chocolate, no sweet nonsense here. Man, this was cacao being ladled out by one of Montazuma's girls and I was lapping it up like it was going out of style! Finish left me spent and sleepy. Hey, who's going to clean up that mess?!? The sticky lacing left behind in the glass, I mean. I think that I may be compelled to buy a certain young lady a drink come Sunday. Yo, ya feel me?

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Photo of ZEB89
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass and served at cellar temperature.

A - Poured a deep dark brown, essentially opaque with a nice two finger high head of tan colored lace rising up above the top and gradually settling own to just a thin film across the top. The was a little bit of tan colored side glass lace, but nothing really remarkable. The only complaint here was that the pour was a little thin to be honest and just did not have the fullness I would have liked to see.

S - The aroma was very full and quite the intresting blend. It was full of deep dark baker's chocolate with lots of hints at cookie dough mixed in. Very thick aroma of cookie dough actually blended in very well with a nice touch of vanilla and caramel and lactose sugars.

T - The flavor was obviuosly dominated by the deep chocolate tones, but it had enough added into to it that it made it rather intresting to let it warm up and catch some of the other nuances present in it. There were hints of vanilla, not the cookie dough I picked up in the aroma, but rather lots of caramel and a touch of a fresh grass and hoppiness to the finish which was a little extra added bonus and really drew out some of the other flavors inside.

M - The feel really killed this one to be honest. It was just far too thin on the palate. This is supposed to be a stout, but it was so light bodied it came off as more of a lager. Really a dissapointement after the nice aroma and flavor. Not nearly close to being a good stout.

D - This was a session beer only for the fact that it was light enough to be one. It was light profile, light flavor, light ABV, you could drink a few easy, but would you want to?

Overall not bad, but I think I will pass on this one again. It was just not my cup of tea and I really think they could have done some more to really push this through and make it a really solid offering, oh well you win some you lose some.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Edit - previous rating below re-review
enjoyed from the 12oz in a stout glass.

Look -4.5 Smell 4 Taste 4.5 Feel 4 Overall 4Poured cold into my Caracole snifter.
A - Deep brown w/ a thin medium tan head with the appearance of a coffee or chocolate milkshake.

S - Malted milk balls is the dominant odor w/ sweat cream scents and light chocolate odors. Nice roasted mocha scents are noticed.

M - Roasty, malty, sweet, smooth and creamy with a lot of roastiness in the finish.

T - There is a great deal of creamy chocolate flavor in this ale. It is smooth w/ a bit of dry roasted brown malt flavors that come out in full strength as it warms. Subtle cocoa, chocolate as in malted barley is smooth as chocolate. Sweet with subtle roastiness. More creamy than roasty overall. Subtle woody hops keep it from cloying territory - a really well made stout.

D - Smooth and full of chocolate malt taste. The full stout flavor is augmented well by the amount of chocolate tastes. This would go well with chocolate creme brulee. This is one that is definitely worth checking out if you like the flavor of chocolate in beer. I could probably drink at least a case.

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Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Mickey Finn's shaker pint glass.

Pours an opaque black-brown with about a finger of tan head that leaves only the slightest bit of lacing behind. The nose is cocoa, coffee, and roasted malts, with a subtle hint of hoppy pine in a background corner. The taste generally follows very closely, but the cocoa is a bit chalkier on the tongue and definitely more bitter, and there's a lack of expected sweetness, leaving a very dry taste instead. The body is a heavier medium, with limited carbonation and a pretty smooth texture. Overall, a slightly above average brew that stands as fairly highly drinkable.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly black color with redish-brown hue along the edges. Initially has a 1 finger head that quickly dissolves to a tanned lace across the top of the beer. It leaves an interesting amount of lacing on the glass considering the lack of head on the beer. Taste is pleasantly chocolately and has a bitter dry finish. Nose has a bit of dark chocolate in it as well. Has a medium light mouthfeel but is a little too carbinated.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark roasted malt beast that eats all visible light forms in it's path. Head forms thick light tan mocha hue going on. Layers of lacing are left behind thin and unevenly strung in nature. Aromatics offering up more herbal hops than strong chocolate accents, mild cocoa powder and a touch of roasted coffee accents. Flavor has a nice balanced chocolate stout feel no sugary hershey syrup notes this is a stout that finishes with roasted malt and black patent malt without killing me with chocolate sweetness. Dark chocolate cacao maybe, complex herbal hop finish but watery at times not a beer I'm blown away by but it's damn solid. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate to light carbonation levels going on, it's one of those Amerian stouts that doesn't over do it. Drinkability is solid but I'm sure theres's a litle something missing here, but I do love these beers as a collective from Fort Collins.

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Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
Beer rating: 29.1% out of 100 with 1,065 ratings
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