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 Marraybay
2.13/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

A dark pour with a decent mocha head that presented well in the glass, but not much to like here beyond that. Initial smell isn't bad upon opening - maybe some chocolate in the nose. However, the taste leaves much to be desired. Harsh, bitter, no sweetness or balance. Certainly nothing resembling chocolate. No redemption or uniqueness in terms of mouthfeel either. Disappointing: Won't be back.

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Photo of mjwellman
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours black with Carmel color head. Aroma of coffe & chocolate sweet smell. Taste is strong coffee but I don't taste the chocolate. There is a little bitterness to it It's an ok stout but I'm a little disappointed. Was expecting better from this brewery

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with thin khaki head; almost no retention or lacing. Aromas of chocolate and toasted bread. Dark bittersweet chocolate and toasted malt; some bittering hop on the finish. Lite, dry cracker-like mouthfeel. Bittersweet chocolate linger with a little bitter hop to keep this from straying into sweet.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 3/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, chocolate, slight roasted malt, slight piney hops, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness from the roasted malt. Tastes of chocolate, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, and slight hops. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma with a slightly better feel. The body is slightly weak.

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Photo of rockclimberscott1
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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 superspak
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness for a good bit. Good complexity and robustness of dark/roasted/bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good American stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of pat61
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: dark brown, ½” foamy tan small bubbled head, intricate lacing.
S: chocolarte, dark malts and sweet malt, no hop
T: coffee, caramel are more predominant than chocolate. Chocolate flavors are more dark bitter than sweet chocolate. Aftertaste is chocolate and a slight sweetness.
F: Mouthfeel, creamy, smooth, fine carbonation, medium but very soft fine bubbles.
O: The beer is easy to drink with a nice texture but nothing really stands out.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep brown with bright ruby highlights, producing 1.5 fingers of deep tan, shortlived, frothy head that leaves a thin wash of lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, coco, roasted malt, toffee & a hint of roasted nuts. Taste is Tootsie Roll & bittersweet chocolate, roast, pepper & a little char or smoke. Finishes dry with a kick of peppery spice. Aftertaste is dry & drawing, lightly bitter coco, toffee & roast nuts with a hint of char. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, creamy but prickly, a little chewy, dry & drawing.

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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 chinchill
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
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 dditto2
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks good. Smells hoppy. Tastes Hoppy. Very little sweetness and even less chocolate. While the beer was not too bad, its not what I expect from this style. I wanted a desert beer for turkey day, this doesn't cut it. Fiancee is bringing me Sam Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout n I'll be happy and thankful.

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Photo of REGreenBTRB
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%

A: 5 - Looks like a stout. It poured about a finger of foamy off-white head. Leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

S: 3.5 - Not a very strong scent. I pretty much only get chocolate and malt. Maybe a little caramel.

T: 3.5 - For being a chocolate stout there really isn't a strong chocolate flavor. I mostly get the roasted barley and a little malt. For a chocolate stout you would expect there to be an obvious abundance of chocolate. Not so much here.

M: 3.75 - It's not the smoothest beer I've ever had.

O: 3.93 - It's a beer. Not one to hate on, but not one to go out of your way for.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brewery does a decent chocolate stout, though it's not at the top of my list. Tends to be a little more expensive too for some reason. But it's worth a shot if you find it.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My first beer from The Fort Collins Brewery, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Expectations aren't amazing due to this beer's current ratings.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a dark chocolate brown colored body; appears opaque black in the glass with about a finger and a half of tan head. Leaves behind some decent strands of lacing. Looks well enough for what it is. 4

S - The smell is pretty faint and neutral for a chocolate stout, but a brief whiff of authentic chocolate / cocoa does strike me at first. After that, it is basically all chocolate malt roast / char. Inoffensive, but it needs to be amped up. 3

T - The taste follows the nose - roasty, bitter chocolate malt, notes of char, cold coffee, and perhaps a very faint hint of milk sugar / lactose, but it could just be the impression. 3.5

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, roasty, and bitter. Goes down easy, especially with the moderately light abv. Nice carbonation. Nice for what it is. 3.5

Overall, a simplistic and generic approach to a lighter abv stout, but it's not the kind of beer that leaves a lasting impression. Nice to have tried it, and I look forward to trying more from this brewery, but this isn't an offering I would seek out again.

The Fort Collins Brewery Chocolate Stout -----3.5/5

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty black with a real good head and fair lace, head was lasting.

Aroma is a bit muted compared to the taste. In fact aroma is WAY muted compared with taste. I'm only getting hints of what I'm getting in the taste. Flavors include some coffee, a touch of roasty and burnt, and quite a bit of chocolate, no hops.

Body is less than I'd expect for a chocolate stout. Thin, more like a brown ale, lingering mix of semi-sweet and milk chocolate flavored finish.

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Photo of antott0523
2.53/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Black coffee with an espresso foam colored head that settles to a thin veil.

Smell: Soft notes of malt including coffee, chocolate, and oatmeal. No apparent hop notes.

Taste: Flat, coffee-flavored seltzer water.

Mouthfeel: Watery with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This one started strong with an attractive appearance and nose, but fell flat on taste and mouth feel. Lacks the depth of malt notes and round mouth feel that I was hoping for.

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Photo of tedstriker
2.71/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Ugh. So not that long ago, I'm pounding Coors Light, Keystone, High Life, whatever. Then, ALL OF THE SUDDEN, the people I drink with decide we can do better and I'm drinking stouts, porters, imperial whatevers, double chocolate somethings, and who knows what. Now, I'm all like, "this chocolate stout is too thin. Waaa." Tell you what, if you like beer, but aren't a total snob about it, then this beer will do you fine. But if you obsess about "mouthfeel" and "lacing" and "who cares, Doug, let's just get wasted already!"....sorry that one doesn't apply....this beer will disappoint you. Not much body to it, kind of seems like they took a Heineken and threw a couple Hershey's Kisses in the wort. Ok, not a Heinie, that was mean, but you get my drift. Expected better, not thoroughly pissed about it.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.73/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is about a finger high, with a khaki shade. It's somewhat soft and creamy, but not impressively so. Retention isn't fantastic, either. A decent ring of lacing is left behind, which seems to fade away with time.

S: Well, there is some chocolate...just not a lot of it. I pick up a mild note of floral hops, too. There's also some roasted malt, and even more in the way of nuts and caramel. Closer to a brown ale than a stout (much less a porter), but really not bad at all. I kind of expected worse.

T: Just like the nose suggested - it feels like I'm drinking a brown ale. A mild wave of brown sugar and chocolate opens it up, transforming into a gently roasted dryness on the finish. Touches of floral hops appear at times. Since they didn't add actual chocolate (just chocolate malt), I can forgive the mildness of the chocolate flavor. There just isn't anything here to 'wow' me, though.

M: I like how dry and crisp it is. It just isn't very substantial feeling. I believe a great stout should dry AND luxurious feeling; frankly, this is a bit watery. Come to think about it, it's not even that dry, either - I'm feeling some residual sugar on the palate. Only when the semi-zesty carbonation fades does this really make it feel any richer.

O: Rather bland and unassuming. I knew this wouldn't be Choklat, but did it have to be this boring to drink? It's an okay gateway craft beer, though.

EDIT: It's becoming more watery as I drink it. Time to drop the scores some.

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Photo of Thads324
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black brew with hues of ruby on the edges. Decent tan head dissipates to a moderate ring leaving good amounts of lacing.
Aromas of light chocolate sauce, mild roasted grains and creamy sweetness. Some bread and a hint of nutty aroma as well.
Taste starts watery and then moves to light chocolately flavor. Bits of coffee and an almost smokey flavor. Finishes just a hint bitter with an easy going lingering bitterness from some earthy hops.
Medium bodied but easy to drink. A bit watery at the beginning. Otherwise good.

A decent brew that could use a bit more umph. Still pretty good, just a tad watery. I like the drinkability though

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Photo of Suds
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So, the local convenience store near my office put in a few taps and started selling growlers. I picked up this brew to give it a try. It is a dark, opaque brown color with a tan head. It smells like a dry beer...some chocolate, but also lots of roast. Nutty and full. The taste is dry with some malt and a creamy mouthfeel. Solid.

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Photo of TCMike
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours, a dark, non-translucent walnut brown. Thin, half finger, beige head.

Aroma is somewhat weak. It's of roasted malts, biscuit, and a hint of dark chocolate.

The taste similar to smell, but with a slight coffee note, and a little more hop bitterness than i had anticipated. Thin body for a stout...low side of medium. medium carbonation.

Good, easy drinking, but a bit lackluster.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer appears black from viewed from afar and is clear very dark red when held up to a bright light. It poured with a half finger high tan head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of chocolate malts are present in the nose.
T: Just like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of chocolate malts.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer might seem a little one-dimensional, but it isn't a bad selection if you really like chocolate malts.

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Photo of iliotib
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This came in a bottle which had a promising poor into a pint glass. The finger and a half thick head dissipated quickly into a thin inconsistent topping. Lacing was non existent on the both of the two that I poured.

There was a good aroma at first: definitely chocolate malt, but wasn't as sweet as I had hoped. The flavor was that of too-old coffee.

The mouthfeel of this brew was a little disappointing as it lacked the body I'm used to with stouts.

I probably wouldn't recommend this beer. The appearance and flavor weren't interesting and at 5.3% AbV, neither was the buzz.

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Photo of Brenden
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a little light coming in at the fringes and a hint of thickness in it, this beer fits my expectations in its look. What develops atop it is a tan head one finger tall that displays decent retention and leaves a fair amount of spotting and patching alternately almost to the base of the glass.
Chocolate is in the smell. It's built on a good base of malts that adds lots of roast and coffee grounds, while a little more sweetness is added via notes of vanilla while a good nuttiness rests behind it all.
The chocolate becomes less of the emphasis in the flavor, and it's to its detriment. The roast and coffee grounds take over and it's good to have them, but they displace the chocolate a little too much. The vanilla runs through aided by a note of caramel. Some dryer notes creep into the finish from a leafy light bitterness and some char.
The dryness factors into the feel as well, after an initial smoothness gives way to it. There's a little crispness to it, perhaps just a touch too much, though the smoothness never really dies off.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin tan head that leaves very little lace and ust hangs around as a tiny ring edging the glass. Color is dark brown-black. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel and coffee, not really chocolatey like many of these chocolate stouts are. Flavor is mild and semi-sweet, much like a good, easy drinking brewpub American style stout. Mild hop bitterness, with sweetness relying on roasted grains for balance. Mouthfeel is smooth and on light side for style. Overall, a stout that I really like, although it looks rather limp and the smell is not strong and chocolaty as I would prefer.

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Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
3.48 out of 5 based on 1,066 ratings.
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