Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Chocolate Stout | The Fort Collins Brewery

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
480 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States

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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 480 | Ratings: 1,066
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.

 306 characters

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.

 594 characters

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.

 179 characters

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

 1,372 characters

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.

 462 characters

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.

 471 characters

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.

 803 characters

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.

 1,552 characters

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

 648 characters

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.

 331 characters

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.

 387 characters

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.

 595 characters

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.

 582 characters

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.

 1,056 characters

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.

 583 characters

Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bought on line and no bottlle date.

In the aroma, faint smells of roasted malts and chocolate. I thought the chocolate malts would stand out more but they don't.
The apperance is like a thinned out stout. If this was a blind taste I would guess something like a balck schwazbier. The mocha head never really formed and faded away quickly.
The taste was like the nose with a roasted malt bill and sutle chocolate notes.
Drinks thin and dry with a slight bitterness.
Overall, the flavor is good but the both the aroma and appearance take away from otherwisw could be a desent beer.

 580 characters

Photo of minterro
3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A friend brought this over to a party that we were having.

A&S: Caramel maltyness, no chocolate component, some breadyness. Nice look, jet black beer with a tan foamy head, which leaves nice lacing.

T&M: A little overly bitter from the roastyness. Not very flavorful, just hints of chocolate. Medium and crisp bodied. Drinkable.

Overall: Honesty don't have much to say about this beer, its was pretty nondescript.

 416 characters

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.


 686 characters

Photo of Neorebel
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Fort Collins Chocolate Stout pours a midnight black hue, with only a thin ring of tan foam sitting on top. The aroma is fantastic, giving of scents of coffee, creamy milk chocolate, a slight smokiness, and a hint of citrus esters as well. The flavor is pretty nice , with a fair balance of the creamy chocolate and coffee, and the aforementioned smoked and hoppy characteristics. Not overly complex but that's perfectly alright. Very soft feel and a thin finish unfortunately. Overall though, it's pretty flavorful for a low ABV Stout.

 535 characters

Photo of jesster64
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark color. smoky smell and taste. Nice finish. Just the right beer by a fire on a winter day. No complaints, will buy again which is one of my best compliments. I rate this very good. I can barely taste chocolate, smoke flavor is just the right amount.

 258 characters

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into becker pint glass; black/brown with a thick fluffy tan head that leaves tons of lacing and fades about halfway before sticking. Smell is sweet malt, chocolate and a bit of coffee. Taste is smooth malt, semi-sweet chocolate with a hint of coffee. Barely any bitterness at all, very smooth mouthfeel. Not a standout, but a fine stout.

 344 characters

Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark black, tan foam, mostly settles. Light chocolate malt with hints of coffee. Coffee bitter taste. Very bitter. Light carbonation. Chocolate aftertaste. Pretty good stout, not earth shattering. But I enjoyed it.

 262 characters

Photo of Roland45s
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The appearance is a dark heavy rich chocolate stout with a frothy 1" head. Poured smooth into a glass to enjoy. While the appearance was very dark and heavy, the mouth feel was smooth and light. I could definitely smell and taste the chocolate (heavy). But it was pretty carbonated for a chocolate stout. I would recommend this to someone who is trying to break into the chocolate stout world as it probably would be a brew that isn't too heavy for the newbie.

 460 characters

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a nearly pitch black color with a one finger tan colored head. The head fades relativity fast leaving a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of a heavy roasted malt smell mixed with a sweet chocolate/cocoa aroma as well as some sweeter notes of vanilla and some caramel.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor with some lighter dark chocolate flavors. The flavor is lightly sweet upfront with it growing even slightly sweeter as the flavor advances toward the middle of the taste. The sweeter flavors are mainly of a chocolate and light vanilla flavor but have hints of an almost lighter fruit like sweetness and a bit of caramel mixed within. Toward the end a bit of bitterness comes to the tongue in the form of a more earthy and herbal hop flavor leaving a rather roasted, moderately dry and chocolaty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium side with a nice smoothness and a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are rather nice for the darker flavors of the brew and make for a fairly nice fuller feel overall.

Overall – A rather nice stout with a good chocolate and roasted malt flavor which still maintains a rather easy drinking character.

 1,315 characters

Photo of smakawhat
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A nice styrofoam like looking head, three fingers tall with lots of staying power and a light cocoa cream faint tan color, that clumps and hangs. Body is a very dark dark walnut brown, with a good ability to see some fast rising plentiful carbonation if you look closely.

Nose brings a nice powdery whiff of dark chocolate, but it's fleeting and gives way more to a real nice light roasty malt grain. Good husky big thick grain quality, with a nice mixing chocolate angle. Basic, not varied, but simple and solid.

Palate even for a light stout comes off quite wet still, really doesn't coat well. Grainy tasting finish mixing with a light bitterness of chocolate. No sweetness. Roast character is more akin to a light coffee but with no cream action. Good roast quality with a matching chocolate bitterness.

Overall a nice light chocolate stout, not bad, kind of interesting. I could have this again.

 952 characters

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!