Chocolate Stout | The Fort Collins Brewery

Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout
BA SCORE
3.45/5
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
pDev:
13.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
115
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,065 |  Reviews: 480
Photo of blackcompg
3/5  rDev -13%
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.

 1,042 characters

Photo of adkrogue
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Black, mocha head. B+ lacing, really thin head.
S: chocolate malts.
T: Slightly bitter aftertaste. not overly chocolate. Not horrible but really not a lot to say about it.
M: If you care, its a medium body for a stout, not at alltoo heavy.

Mediocre. Sorry FCB. Pains me to say it.

 287 characters

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

Had this on 2012-11-16 in Columbia, PA

A - Opaque brown with a 2-finger mocha head that fades to 1-finger quickly with light-moderate lace.

S - Nutty, milk chocolate and light roasted grain. Not very strong.

T - Initially nutty then a darker chocolate and more bitter roast than the smell. Mild earthy spice and hop bitterness. Aftertaste is a touch metallic, then roasted astringent bitterness. Not bad at all.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Smooth, not thick/creamy, fairly bubbly.

O - A pleasant chocolate stout.

 522 characters

Photo of zachary80
2.79/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

No visible date on the bottle. Label indicates the chocolate is from chocolate malt; doesn't seem that there is any actual chocolate added.

Pours black with a very minimal beige head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is primarily chocolate, very enticing.

Flavor is weak for a stout. Hardly anything to note.

Mouthfeel on this stout is way too thin. Watery, low carbonation.

Overall a slightly below average beer. Aroma is good but everything else is lacking. Wouldn't recommend

 470 characters

Photo of burningsnailman
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of cvm4
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black brown with a one finger head that doesn't waste any time disappearing. Thin lacing once drank down some.

S - Chocolate with a malty character to it.

T - Roasted malts with some smokeyness in the front. Afterwards, hints of coffee appears along with a burst of chocolate.

M - On the lighter side of medium. It's not a heavy bodied stout.

O - It's a well balance stout that I'd consider this a session stout. Just a no frills good drink. One that won't fill ya up because it's so heavy but also won't knock you on the ground with a high abv.

 554 characters

Photo of mastodonj
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a pleasant surprise altogether.

Solidly dark brown with good lacing.

Chocolate with a smokeyness and oaky flavors.
Backed up with good bitterness and some malt.

The best feature is the full creamy mouthfeel.

Definitely worth checking out.

 251 characters

Photo of khargro2
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of IPAylor
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of ohtheguilt
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Mjmoon15
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Luigi
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out almost pitch black with a fluffy two to three finger tan head. The retention is good as it keeps lacing sticking to the glass. As well as, a blanket of foamy/creamy head still the last drop.

The aroma is sure enough semi-sweet chocolate and mild roasted malt up front. I can even pick some leafy bitter hops. The only problem for some people is the aroma is not in your face. I like the balance.

The flavor is full of deep roasted malt, hints of coffee, and of course semi sweet chocolate. There is a bitter hop presence. But, with bitterness of the roasted malt.... they seem balance out well.

This ale is rather lighter bodied than I expected this stout to be. Most chocolate stouts are creamy and thick. This one is medium bodied. Finished dry and mildly bitter. This is a very easy stout to drink and could make a great session beer.

Overall, I would drink this stout again.. and again.

 908 characters

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Black and totally opaque with a 1/2 inch tan head and very good retention that settles a nice collar and some spiderweb lacing

Smell: Cocoa nibs upfront with some sweet vanilla hiding behind the cocoa

Taste: Not at all like the nose. The beer is roasted malt forward with a slight ash note some slight licorice notes mid palate and come coffee picks up the back end

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mild carbonation

Overall: This is a very drinkable and affordable chocolate stout. Definitely recommended and probably my favorite Fort Collins beer

 551 characters

Photo of Grebdioz
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of iBeer16
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a very dark black with a 2" chocolatey head that leaves a lot of lacing when it settles.

S: the smell is of very sting chocolate obviously due to style. Furthermore, it has a sweet, roasty malt aroma

T: most strong taste is cocoa, also has a strong roasted flavor. Malls are very sweet and the roast flavor adds to a great overall flavor. The body is not too light but not too heavy.

M: consistency is very smooth flavor, solid and similar throughout. The roasted flavor really wakes up the palate and is very enjoyable.

Overall, I enjoy this beer. I liked the combination of the sweet chocolatey malts and the roasted malts make for a great overall flavor. Easy to drink and full of flavor.

 734 characters

Photo of gatorbreath
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> pint glass

opaque dark brown pour with a mocha head getting live and leaving a good trace of lacing, milky chocolatey mocha and cocoa notes hitting the nose with the same on the palate, some malty grain offsetting some full bodied chocolate flavor very well carbonated and solid go-to if you dig stouts...actually enjoy it better than the older brother..2x chocolate

 385 characters

Photo of Mario61Aler
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of 1p5v
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of Hoagie1973
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of stealth
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Triples
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Dodo2step
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- AOH

From notes:

A- quite black and a brown head that disspiates rather quickly for a stout. Opaque and no light filters through.

S- light chocolate malts and cocoa powder hints.

T- cocoa, coffee and grain. Not bad for a complement.

M- heavy and creamy. not as smooth though as i would like. rough on the palate and down the throat.

O- a decent chocolate stout. an average stout though.

 394 characters

Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 1,065 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.