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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 brewskifan55
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Caramel brown colored with a half finger tan head. Decent retention. Frothy lacing.

S: Licorice, leather, malts

T: Coffee start with a semi-sweet chocolate finish. A good malt presense. Light hops in the mix. Smooth.

M: Medium with light carbonation. A bit watery.

O: A good stepping stone chocolate stout. Nothing overwhelming.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brown, almost black color with a nice one finger fluffy eggshell colored head, decent retention.

The scent is of roasted malt, sweet chocolate, and some notes of coffee.

The taste is first of dark, roasted malts, some sweet chocolate and some cocoa, slight notes of burnt coffee.

Full body, smooth but a little too crisp for the style.

This was a slightly above average stout, nice balanced flavor and pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of kagent777
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Denver during a trip in February of 2012. I poured this beer into my CCB snifter. Did not have a bottled on date.

Appearance: I cannot see through this beer because it is very black. The one finger head settled rather quickly but left a swirly sort or film atop the beer that looks somewhat like a bowling ball :)

Smell: Roasted malts with a hint of bittersweet chocolate with the smallest touch of earth herbal hops. Actually pretty straight-forward.

Taste: The whole taste seems a little thin on flavor. The chocolate and roasted notes are first, followed by an odd metallic sort of taste. A lingering semi-sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is smooth, but all in all feels quite thin. Carbonation is OK.

Overall: Sorry Fort Collins, I would reach for other beers before this one again.

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Photo of The_1084
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a black color with a tan head roughly 1 finger in width that dissipates rather quickly, leaving a decent lacing.

S - Has the aroma of roasted malts with hints of chocolate.

T - The hops are present in this stout, but are balanced out nicely with flavors of chocolate and roasted malts.

M - A crisp, full-bodied beer with medium carbonation; very easy to drink.

O - Not my favorite stout, but nonetheless a good stout. It has an easy drink-ability with great taste.

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

Bottle was part of a 6pk picked up at Wegmans in Warrington, PA

Poured and enjoyed in a DFH pint glass

A - Pour pours a very dark brown with a beige colored 1-2 finger head. Moderate lacing left after drinking.

S - A roasted malt aroma.

T - The initial sip greets you with a slightly bitter, slighly roasted malt flavor. It's rather creamy even though the beer itself it not what I'd consider heavy. After it warms a bit, a real nice sweetness come through. I don't get a lot of chocolate taste per se, but it is good. The alcohol is barely noticable.

M - Thin to moderate consistency. Light carbonation.

O - I enjoyed this beer. I'm sort of surprised by the lower ratings on this beer as I thought it was quite tasty. An easy drinking, easy sessionable stout. Not the best stout I've ever had but decent none the less. Give it a try!


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

Poured into a glass mug. Pours dark brown with a miniscule tan head that dissipates quickly. There are aromas of dark roasted barley malts, chocolate, coffee, and some hops. The taste follows the nose. There are dark roasted malts, bitter coffee, bitter chocolate, and bitter hops. It has that charred malt characteristic in the flavor. The carbonation helps chase the bitter aftertaste from the mouth. The body is light with plentiful carbonation. The drinkability is very good. Overall, this is a good beer that is worth a try.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.27/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fort Collins Chocolate Stout

Appearance: dark brown, medium-small head, and some lacing.

Smell: sweet chocolate and rich malts.

Taste: hops, chocolate, and a faint malt grain.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This has a nice aroma and even nicer taste. The hops and chocolate mesh well and also balance it out.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Bottle with a fun logo and no freshness or bottle on date, although the guy at the store said it had just come in so... Pours a dark reddish brown with a big creamy tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Lots of bubbles.

S: Chocolate, creamy, a little roasty. Somewhat subdued.

T: Sweet, light, some chocolate. Something stale tasting floating around there. I'm a little bit at a loss. It doesn't taste bad per se but there isn't really a lot of complexity here. Very subdued flavors.

M: Sits medium light then the carbonation really starts to make it sour.

Overall an ok beer. There isn't a lot of complexity with the flavor and it sits a little light. I'm usually a fan of stouts but this one is a little disappointing.

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Photo of divineaudio
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

tulip glass.

a - pours dark brown with a thin cap of tan head that dissipates quick. leaves some thin leggy lacing in the glass.

s - milk chocolate, molasses, faint cola.

t - roasty with dark chocolate and faint burnt malt notes. has an odd mineral or metallic quality, almost like i just sucked on a penny. ample bitterness in the finish.

m - lighter side of medium bodied, adequate carbonation, coarse co2 profile. doesn't feel substantial like a stout should.

o - not bad but nothing to go chase after either. definitely adds another dimension to the style though.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.99/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from The Wine Seller in A2. Pours dark brown with a small light brown/cream colored head. Smells like chocolate, a little roast, but taste is lacking. Mouthfeel is too light and watered down for the style. Much like chocolate flavored water, not much else going on beyond that to describe here. Fort Collins tends to underwhelm as a whole with some OK and some not, and this one missed in my book.

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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 EgadBananas
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty nice mostly complete black color, with a dark tan colored head. Looks pretty good.

The aroma is mostly roasted malts, with some light chocolate notes.

The taste is of dry, roasted malts with touches of sweetness and an even dryer chocolate powder kind of taste. Again, pretty average.

The feel has a little creaminess to it, with a mostly medium body. Carbonation is fine.

Overall, it's just an average sort of stout. They don't use actual chocolate, just chocolate malt. It's kind of a rip off to call it a chocolate stout when they only the malts (which is pretty standard for a stout malt bill anyway) and not chocolate...especially when it's pretty weak too.

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

Appearance: Virtually black, with a brownish tint. Pours a thick and creamy chocolaty head.

Aroma: Bitter dark chocolate, nice change from the sweetness of some beers of this type.

Taste: Pretty standard chocolate stout, with hints of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Not sweet, more like bitter. I prefer this flavour profile to the sweet type of chocolate stout.

Mouthfeel: Quite light for the style, light to medium bodied.

Overall: Lighter than some of its counterparts, which is nice because sometimes you might want a chocolate stout without an insane ABV and richness/sweetness. A nice beer.

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Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single brown bottle, from a Make-Your-Own 6 pack I got in Denver.
From the label: "Sweet is Subjective. 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. Our stout is a proven classic."
Pours dark, almost black, completely opaque when held up to the light. Leaves a short layer of light tan foam, nice looking sticky lacing.
Smells of dark chocolate, coffee. A bit of earthy, herbal hops but more on the sweet side.
Taste is full of roasted malts. Coffee, bitter chocolate, and burnt sugar. Mouthfeel and body are lighter than expected for a stout. Also not as creamy smooth as expected, lots of carbonation bubbles.
Overall, this was a good beer, but not a great one. No one element stuck out, but still very drinkable.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ryan Montgomery for passing this one along.

This pours black with a small khaki head that leaves decent lace on the way down. On the nose is dry cocoa powder hanging with some roasted malts. In the mouth the roasted malt takes over and the chocolate mainly shows up in a short finish. The body is quite light, drinkable but definitely lacking in heft, with a pretty vigorous carbonation perhaps a bit too much.

Overall, this is a decent chocolate stout, though I prefer their doubled version of it.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, almost black, except for velvety walnut brown highlights when held to the light. The head is dark almond and fleeting, leaving little lace, but does leave a film on the glass with each swirl.

Rich, roasted malt and coffee is followed by unsweetened chocolate. The exquisite simplicity of the aroma requires warmth to shine as some pine resin makes a nice contrast.

There is a good dose of bitter, black coffee with baker’s chocolate. This is followed by some measure of pine sap and hops. All in all, for a stout, this one is fairly clean. There is a chocolate/coffee confection as well.

Chocolate Stout has a medium body, is dry and more carbonated than most stouts. It has a velvet texture and modest astringency.

A good drinking beer from a pint glass, this is better for social occasions and would easily mix well with bar food. Check the brewery’s website for their great Chocolate Stout chili recipe.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Fort Collins Chocolate Stout last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I was looking to try a beer from a new a brewery to me and since I have not a had a beer from Fort Collins before I figured I should take a chance on their Chocolate Stout, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label look Ok, but it isn't that eye catching. It poured a dark brown color that had ruby red tint when held to the light and it had two fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little spotty lacing. This Stout doesn't look too bad.

S- The aroma is pretty rich and roasty. It starts off with loads of dark roasted malts that have a lower amount of sweetness and imparts some bready and roasted malt aromas along with a little bit of coffee, Next comes the chocolate which is closer to dark chocolate then milk chocolate. The aroma is ok, and it has enough chocolate aromas to live up to the name.

T- The taste is similar to the aroma just not as robust. It starts out with some dark roasted malts that are low on sweetness and impart a grainy, bready, coffee and roasted flavors. The dark chocolate shows up but it's not bold enough for me to pick it out as the showcase of this beer. There is a little bit of bitterness at the end with a roasty and grainy aftertaste. The flavors was a little lackluster, this is a pretty average tasting Stout.

M- Smooth, slightly dry, on the light side of being medium bodied, and it had a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok but it felt a little watery to me.

Overall I wasn't too impressed with this beer and I thought that it was a pretty average American Stout. This beer was called a Chocolate Stout, but I don't think there was enough chocolate presence to make this stick out from just a regular American Stout. This beer went down smooth but the flavor didn't really hold my interest so I don't think I would want another one. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance, it looked pretty proper for an American Stout. What I liked least about this beer was the lack of chocolate taste and the watery mouthfeel, if those were fixed this beer wouldn't be half bad. I wouldn't buy this beer again and wouldn't recommend it, their are much better Chocolate Stouts to be found. This beer really didn't do it for me and it didn't make for a good first impression for this brewery, I would like to have a couple more beers from them before I fully form an opinion on this brewery, but after having this beer I won't be in a hurry to try their other beers, hopefully they are better then this one, better luck next time guys.

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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 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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Photo of zoso1967
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chocolate Stout pours a deep black brown color and has a tan head that barely exists before it disappears back into the beer. Lacing is not much better than the head retention on this brew.

The aroma is much more appealing than the appearance and has a nice mix of bready and roasty dark malts that mingle well with a chalky bitter cocoa aroma. Some chocolate stouts can get a nose that reminds me a bit too much of strait bakers’ chocolate, but this one does not go over that line.

The flavor lets the roasted malt character come out much more and also shows a twinge of astringency come through. The flavor is not as rich as the aroma though, and the chocolate is much more buried aside from some bitter notes.

The mouthfeel is pretty disappointing with this brew. It is medium, but on the thinner edge of medium and almost watery at times. The finish is just slightly roasty and fairly dry.

I had high hopes for this one after the aroma, but the flavor was only so, so and the mouthfeel was a real bummer. Surely not up to par with many of the chocolate stouts that are out there.

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Photo of BrewBre
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look = extremely dark brown and virtually non-transparent with a bit of tan head.

Smell = rich chocolate with some roasted malts and coffee and a hint of bitter.

Taste = very chocolatey and bold with some roasted malt just as it smells.

Feel = medium to full bodied and smooth, not thick or creamy.

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

The roast aroma on this beer is beyond good. It doesn't smell bitter, or astringent, or tannic, but rather just a nice clean roast coffee with just a touch of chocolate.

This beer looks quite good! It is black in color with deep red highlights where the light penetrates it. The head formed as a nice thick mocha-colored whip.

Tasting the beer, I can tell it's well-balanced. The bitterness is assertive, but not overly such. After the bitterness fades, the chocolate comes through in the mid palate and lasts through the end where there is a subtle roast. Quite the opposite of the smell.

Interesting mouthfeel on this one, it's carbonation level is low, and full-bodied.

Overall I would say this beer is better than average, it is quite drinkable with some subtle enjoyable qualities.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brom bottle to pint glass.

A - A deep dark brown with a tiny 1/4 inch tan colored bubbly head with no retention or lacing. I mean zero lacing.

S - A pretty average weak aroma of chocolate and raosted barley. Not much to report here.

T/M - Similar to the nose I found the flavor lacking and subdued. The beer starts rather thin and slowly develops with a slight chocolate flavor that melds with a mild bitterness and roasted grains. Not a lot of after taste. The beer finishes clean and crisp though leaves you wanting more. It is medium bodied and adequately carbonated. In my opinion the mouthfeel is the beer's best attribute.

D - Drinkable, but average.

Overall this is a pretty average representation of a chocolate stout and left me wanting more roast, more chocolate, more nose, and a different beer.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-13-2011 21:46:09

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Photo of blackcompg
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured nearly 2 fingers of medium brown head, color of the beer is a transparent deep mahogany. I'm getting some fairly decent lacing here, nice.

Smell - Roasted grains with sweet chocolate.

Taste - Hmmm, there are some slight roasted and char flavors, slight black coffee and a touch of chocolate, but all of these flavors are light and watered down.

Mouthfeel - This feels like a light beer, medium+ carb. It nearly has the look of a stout, but the mouthfeel is lacking on this one. There is some slight sweetness at the center and some drying at the finish which is nice, but all seems too muted for a stout. *let the last half warm to room temp, actually added a creaminess to the mouthfeel, raising this to a 3.5.

Overall - I'm a bit dissapointed with this one - there are some decent flavors here, but its all watered down. The light mouthfeel and higher carb accentuate this, cleaning the palate of any flavors that may have tried to linger. Better than a macro, but not by very much.

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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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