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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Photo of scott
2.36/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2


I try to never slam a beer, but this was so mediocre-to-bad, that I won't have much that is nice to say about it.
Started out looking good: dark, nicely carbonated with full head. Nose was bland, and the taste was wholly artificial, much like a Sierra Nevada/Saranac dark. Thin, and just hard to drink due to a smoked bitterness. I want a refund. I will trade someone for some Corona.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Bierguy5
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Very dark brown in color, with some ruby edges. Thick, creamy tan head. Very good retention. Good looker.

Light roasty aroma, milk chocolate, and some artificial sweetner in the nose.

Strart off lightly roasty, some milk chocolate hidden in the middle. There is a strange articically sweet flavor, which seems very distracting. It seems to dominate near the end.

Light bodied, and somewhat fizzy. More body, and less of that artificial flavor would help this a lot.

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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 kirok1999
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown, almost black, very thin brown head that disappears really quick.
Smell is modest, dark roasted malt, slight oily hops, toast.
Taste is pretty much the same but amplified over the smell. Very nice dark malt taste, roasted barley, slight nutty flavor. Feels heavy and oily.
Very easy to drink. A perfect session stout. Nothing outstanding but easy to drink.

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Photo of BeardedSquash
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque black. No head to speak of, doesn't matter how aggressively I empty the bottle. Does not leave any lacing.

S: Smells wonderful. Rich scents of roasted barley and chocolate malts. A touch nutty, with a slight, I mean slight, scent of alcohol at the very end.

T: Just like it smells, rich. Big round flavor, set nicely against a well balanced hop acidity. Chocolate malts shine through without overpowering.

M: This is how I like my stouts, low carbonation, as not to distract you from from the flavors. Oily on the lips.

D: I could drink this all night. Perfect session beer for the end of winter.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.43/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a near pitch black with no head to speak of. Smell is rather un-appealing. Some scent of hops and some kind of bad lactose. Taste is pretty much the same, but the hops are more prominent. I think the biggest problem is the flavors don’t meld very well together. They’re both in your face and fighting one another instead of blending together and complimenting one another. It’s very thin and watery for a stout. Good thing it is, because I’m going to make short work of this thing just to get it over with.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
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 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 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 barleywinebrewer
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich and dark, almost totally black, medium dark tan head
S - roasted malts, some light coffee and a light touch of hop spice.
T - similar to the aroma but well balanced. Didn't notice much of any chocolate flavor.
M - light to medium bodied. creamy smoot.
D - a pleasant american stout. easy drinking - I paired it with indian food and was pleased.

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Photo of meatyard
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black without any color highlights at the edges when pointed towards a light. The head is a mocha color that leaves considerable lacing.
The smell is a smokey chocolate (kind of interesting in that).
The taste is of toasted malts and smokey coffee.
Mouthfeel is medium to thin (I wished it was thicker) and a bit of carbonation.
Drinkability is good, an easy drinking stout that has an interesting quality.
Not nearly one of my favorite stouts but still a solid one.

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Photo of Graebner
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a obsidian black, no light gets through. No head to speak of, doesnt appear too thick.

Smell is roasted coffee and chocolate. Hints of prune. Barely hints of tobacco.

Taste is lots of coffee and dark chocolate bitter, a little sour like fruit, a little hops at the end. Not extremely complex, but quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is ok. Thinner than I would have expected, and the carbonation seems almost too lively, but it's good and quite drinkable. Not a session beer, too sour I think, but a good brew nonetheless.

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

Found this on tap on Old Chicago.
Pours a dark black, with off brown/tan head. Smell of light coffee and soft chocolate are noticeable.
Taste is more of roasted malt and coffee, no chocolate to speak of. I rather average stout, but since I like stouts I give a bump in review. Easy drinking, not at all sticky and good finish.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.58/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this during my recent Denver trip and had it shipped back. Also tried at the brewery in the tasting room. Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating system into a pint glass. It poured a deep black even when held to the light. It had about a finger of tannish foam that settled to a nice thick constant foam with good lacing. The smell was chocolaty with a nice sweetness. It really reminded of a milk stout instead of an American Stout in smell. The mouthfeel was nice and creamy with a smooth finish. The taste was exceptional! From start to finish and front to back it had a great stout taste that for me nailed it. Some may want a more aggressive stout but this hit the spot for me. If this were available in Texas, I'd have a constant 6ixer around. Oh well, guess my buddy in Denver will be doing a little shipping for me. Highly recommend especially if you like milk/sweet stouts like me. (4.5, HR, T, Y)

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Photo of atsprings
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very opaque black with almost no head that quickly diminished into a ring. The aroma was of roasted malt followed by some dark chocolate. The beer presented a good chocolate taste that complemented the basic stout roastiness very well. The hops were certainly doing there job in the background, present in a very undertoned way. The carbonation was mild and the beer was not to heavy at all for the style. This is a rather enjoyable beer, not the best, but definitely drinkable.

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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 wedge
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge, creamy tan head over a deep, reddish black body. Good head retention leaving clumps of lace on the glass. Smells like creamy dark chocolate and coffee grounds. Not super bold and in your face, but appropriately so for a stout of this strength. Flavor is lightly sweet upfront giving way to roasted bitter chocolate malts. Nearly dry stout-like balanced out by a nice hoppiness. Medium body is a little rough around the edges...not terribly big, but pretty much just right for what it is.

This was a nice surprise. I wasn't so sure at first, it seemed a little thin in several aspects. By the end of the glass, as it warmed up, it won me over.

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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 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 rowew
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. Label is reminiscent of an Old West sign. I noticed that they have updated their six pack to add a set of lip-stick marks and a Marilyn Monroe looking woman. No freshness info.

Appearance: Pours dark with just a hint of red around the edges, and a nice tan colored head that fades very slowly, leaving a bit of lacing.

Smell: Nice roasted aroma with a bit of coffee, and just a hint of burnt sugar. Very nice.

Taste: Lots of roasted flavor, coffee, and a bit of hops. Finishes very dry. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would have expected.

Overall impression: This is a highly drinkable stout with some very nice flavor complexities. A bit lighter bodied than I would expect for the style.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger brown head that fades to a shallow layer leaving a good lace. Solid black color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Chocolate nose. Starts almost as a sweet chocolate that becomes more roasted, slight bitter aftertaste. Nice stout. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a used oil black with a mocha head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smells of roasted malts with light caramel, cocoa, and coffee tones.

Taste of roasted malt upfront with light caramel, cocoa, and coffee tones. Finihses a bit dry with a nice lingering roastedness.

Medium-light body, mild carbonation.

A rather tasty and quite drinkable stout. The label would lead you to believe that this would be more "chocolatey", but that's not so. It's just a nicely done American stout, and I have no complaints about that.

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Photo of doppelmeup
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to jhammerly for sending this beer all the way to NC!

This poured a dark brown, nearly black color into my pint glass. Inch thick, relatively white head lasted for quite a while, and a ring of foam remained all the way down the glass.

Aromas were rather mild. Definite milk chocolate, almost a Hershey's syrup smell, some grain and a slight fruitiness from the hops.

Taste was pleasant. MIldy chocolate and coffee, creamy, with a nice hop bitterness to balance.

Smooth mouthfeel with slight carbonation noted.

Overall, a very easy drinking American Stout.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa! This is interesting.
Deep dark, almost black, Amber with a full finger medium dark tan head that melts sort of quickly to top coating sticky lace.
Aromas are subdued when cold, but milk chocolate and toasted amber malts with just a hint of coffee. As it warms they are more identifiable, but still very soft and subdued.
Taste is immediately milk chocolate to bitter chocolate and toasted malts changing to smoked malt with a milk chocolate aftertaste and following.
Mouthfeel is creamy as style should be and nothing cloying or sticky remains...only the hint of light chocolate.

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