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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,065 |  Reviews: 480
Photo of smibroncos
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Poured a dark clear reddish brown with a short lasting light brown head some lacing on the glass.

S. Dark malts, coffee, chocolate

T. Bittersweet eatrhy and sdmokey

M. Medium bodied medium carbonation good duration and well balanced.

O. A good brew.

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Photo of tjkinate
2.56/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew just has no character.

A: 1/2 fingered head with some retention topped this black bodied brew and exhibited some lacing.

S: Water, with some bitter chocolate malts.

T: Same as the smell, but with a metallic aftertaste.

M: Light and thin

O: Not a worthy entry into one of my favorite beer styles.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a creamy dark brown color with a subtle tan head. smells bitter like raw unrefined dark chocolate and even some bittering hops (unusual for the style?) taste is more dark malts than chocolate, not sweet in any way. like semisweet chocolate chips in the finish, slightly thin in the body for what i look for in a stout, but one of the better fort collins brews i have tried. very drinkable and has some potentially exciting cullinary applications. worthy of a try if you can get your hands on it, but dont expect a chocolate knockout. this is a sessionable dry type stout with just a touch of the cocoa.

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Photo of denver10
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown in color with a bit of a head.

S: Malts prevail with a little chocolate to it. To me, it smelt like a chocolate oatmeal stout. I liked the smell it just wasn't as pronounced as it could have been.

T: Taste matched the nose to a T. Having now read some of the reviews for this next time I try this I will definitely let it warm just a tad in hopes of getting more of the chocolate flavor out of it.

M: Definitely too thin. I don't need a super thick mouth feel from every stout I drink but if you are going for a creamy, velvety texture (as this beer claims to be) the body needs to be of at least a certain fullness, imo, and this one wasn't.

O: A decent beer that I did enjoy, will be happy to have again, but not anything to write home about.

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Photo of Valmor88
4.29/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown color with a light brown head. Very little lacing.

S: Roasted malts and coffee/chocolate. Very pleasing.

T: Coffee and dark chocolate with roasted malts. Very expected flavor. As it warms, more sweetness comes out in the flavor, in addition to some fruity citrus tones.

M: Medium body, much lighter than I'd like for the style. Light carbonation. Very creamy texture, especially once warmed.

O: An enjoyable stout. It's not the best, and it's not the most memorable, but I still really enjoyed it. So I can't complain.

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Photo of Rhynes2
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out into a pint glass and was surprised not to see much of a head considering the style. it also didn't have much of an aroma to it. The aroma i did get was like sticking my nose in a fresh bag of toasted malt. Caramel flavor and a hint of dark chocolate are the flavor notes i get from this one. Hops are well balance and stay in the background to provide just a touch of bitterness. I like this beer and might have to pick it up again very soon.

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Photo of Coplains
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up with a pick your own six pack. Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours inky black with little head. Notes of roasted malt with little in way of chocolate. A good American stout but not one that I would seek out, there are a lot of other stouts out there that I like better.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark black with 1/2" of cappuccino head. Great retention. The nose has notes of deep, roasted malts and faint coffee. The taste is roasted malt with hints of toast and caramel. There are also notes of faint coffee and chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with decent carbonation.

Not a bad stout, but there's nothing to separate this one from the pack. It's simple and pleasing, but hardly profound.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is an espresso bean color with a frothy khaki colored head. The head settles to a cirrus cloud layer of foam and leaves nice bands of lacing as the beer goes down. Sticking my nose in this, I get faint milk chocolate before a bigger presence of roasted malt. Earthy hops linger on the back end. It tastes identical to the aroma as only a notion of chocolate can be found up front. A sharper roasted grain body carries the beer before finishing with a little hop bite. The mouthfeel is on the watery side.

Overall: I'm re-reviewing this from long ago, and sadly it doesn't even seem like the same beer to me. I remember it as kind of chalky with a good cocoa presence. This time around it's less chocolate and more roast and hops ... too much bitterness.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter I am met with a black brew with a nice beige head that dissolves quickly and leaves a ring around the glass. The smell has a lot of chocolate going for it with some leather and cocoa also. The taste is filled with dark chocolate, tobacco and roasted malts. Bitter finish. The added hops really distract from the overall beer and create some harshness when I don't feel it's needed. Overall for the style it's not bad but with the RIS all the craze, this American Stout is just average.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip; no dating on the bottle or label, but hopefully not an issue for a stout. Deep, brown, clear body that lets a little light through around the edges. A little more than a one-finger tan head that dissipates rather quickly leaving very little lacing.

The aroma is not complex, but yields primarily roasted malt and a light amount of chocolate.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, but a stronger presence of chocolate comes through as opposed to the aroma. The roasted malt takes a back seat, but still comes through.

The mouthfeel is way too thin for what is expected these days in a stout. I must admit, I may be influenced by the vast array of awesome stouts and imperial stouts available today. This one borders on simple, but may appeal to some.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured in to Founder's tulip glass.

A - Poured a medium to dark brown with half a finger of light brown head that very quickly disappeared.

S - Sweet milk chocolate, some bitterness evident right away and roasted malts.

T - Sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts and a noticeable bitterness throughout that is especially present in the dry finish. Very sweet overall profile.

M - Medium body, light carbonation.

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Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a mug. If there's a freshness date I can't find it.

A- Pours black with a one finger dark beige head. Head takes quite a while to fade leaving good lacing. Shows red highlights when back lit.

S- Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, subdued coffee aroma.

T- Strong roasted malts and chocolate. Chocolate is not as bitter as the nose. I get a lactose note as well making this drink like a carbonated/alcoholic chocolate milk. I also get strong caramel/coffee flavors, reminds me of a caramel macchiato from Starbucks. Just a hint of citric bitterness. This one was much more flavorful when warmer.

M- Medium to light for the style with a nice and creamy mouthfeel. No alcohol present. Very strong carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

O- A tasty well crafted brew at a great price point. Recommended.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the deepest ruddy brown with cream beige foamy head that stood up well.Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
( I always use a Standard Pilsener glass for consistency of tasting condition!)
Not much of a scent/nose to it, malty if anything. taste is a tad more french roast coffee than chocolate and a touch too bitter.

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Photo of olimpia84
2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served the 12oz bottle into a Pint glass.

A: black body with a nice looking two finger tan headed that fades. Some lacing is present.

S: heavy roasted malts, some medicine and earth dirt and roots aromas that bother the nose. Slight chocolate smell but not as much as I was looking for.

T: roasted malts, some dark chocolate but nothing that stands out. Ends with a very sour note.

M: medium body, a bit watery on the mouth. Average carbonation.

O: I was left hoping for some more chocolate in this beer. The roasted malts are too predominant. The watery flavor couple with the aforementioned smell left me a bit disappointed.

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Photo of flexabull
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep black color with a small off white head.

Aromas are of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee beans. The nose is pleasant, but a bit subtle.

Taste starts with heavily roasted malts. Very light body, especially for a stout. There is some light cream, some sweetness, and just barely any chocolate notes. Finish is flat and fleeting, with a touch of mineral hops.

Mouthfeel as mentioned before, is thin, too thin for the style in my opinion.

Overall, this is average at best. Just too thin, overly roasted, and kind of bland for a stout. Pass...

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Photo of Josiah2729
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into tumbler

A- Black, almost no head, extremely thin layer of bubbles remains with very little lacing

S-Coffee, roasted malts, slight hoppiness

T-Coffee, roasted malts, no chocolate taste discernible, some bitterness

M-Smooth, not as thick as would be expected

O-Dissapointing, was expecting a lot from this beer, may have been okay if I wasn't expecting Chocolate from a "Chocolate Stout."

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Photo of JayS2629
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was excited about this one. I love chocolate stouts. You could tell all the flavor came from actual grains in this, and that is to their credit. However, the roasted/coffee flavors were bigger than the chocolate. The cocoa like flavor was very subdued.

It poured a dark brown that had a big head that faded fast into a film that left broken, thin rings of lace.

The aroma was of roasted malt, burnt sugar, and unsweetened cocoa with some earthy hops.

The taste was ok. It was overly roasted and not enough cocoa flavors. Unbalanced and overly hopped.

The mouthfeel was good. It was a bit chalky and porter like instead of stout and smooth.

Overall, it was good quality and drinkable. It was also dissapointing for what I expected. I expected some chocolate flavors.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Brewer's Lunchbox mixed pack.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1/2 inch beige head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Foamy, broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and slight cocoa powder/chocolate aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, burnt coffee, and a subdued bitter chocolate flavor. For being a chocolate stout, there is much more of a coffee flavor in this one. A lower level of carbonation makes for a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good stout but like I said, this is very light on the chocolate with more emphasis on coffee smells and flavors.

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Photo of ReservaPrivada
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type : Bottle, Poured into a Duvel Snifter

A- Black as used motor oil. Aggressive pour gives a good two finger head that quickly leaves. Head is big bubbles and is a capaccuino kind of color. Leaves picture perfect lacing.

S- Very light chocolate smell. I get a slight hop bitterness and mostly roasted malt. Doesn't seem balanced.

T- Not bad. Its good but not great. Pretty simple stout. Chocolate is there but not as pronounced as a chocolate stout should be. Roasted malts dominate this thing. Leaving it unbalanced. If they would have sold this as just a Stout I would believe it more than a Chocolate Stout. Nothing great overall. Will probably not purchase again, especially considering how great the stout market is today.

M- Its nice and smooth but not silky. Kinda light and watery for a stout in my opinion. Body needs to be enhanced to make it a stout, to medium of a body to be a great stout. Finishes with a dirty hop finish.

Overall, A beer that is "meh". Good but not great, and not good enough to warrant a second look or purchase. I feel like this beers grain bill was shorted or cheated and it is flawed in ways a stout typically is'nt. The purpose was a chocolate stout and that is a epic failure.

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Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a very small head. Smell is of chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is good, chocolate,roasted malts, some notes of coffee, very flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Fort Collins Brewery-

A- Dark oily black with a thick white head

S- oak smell, intense chocolate character

T- Intense chocolate flavor, with a heavy aftertaste that is quite good; nice finish

M- A bit less smooth then most stouts, a bit 'meh' going down

O- Decent as far as stouts go, well bodied stout, with a good flavor

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Photo of spinrsx
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Black/brown colour with an average size frothy brown coloured head. I can't make out the carbonation level to the the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, coffee, chocolate, smoke/roasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - There is a slightly below average amount of carbonation and the beer feels slightly thin on the tongue. I can taste lots of chocolate and coffee mixed with malts and roasted nuts. There is also a bit of a smokey flavour. It finishes with a smokey slightly bitter chocolate aftertaste.

Overall – The beer is okay... nothing exciting but quite drinkable. There are lots of better options to drink within this style however. I don't think I'd buy this one again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a deep sepia with a medium off-white head, solid retention, no lace.

S: Milk chocolate, creamed coffee with a hint of smoke.

T: Some dark chocolate flavour and roasted malt. Slight bittering hops on the back end. Lighter than what the nose would suggest.

M: Medium-bodied, a tad over-carbonated, spritzy at times.

O: A nice lower alcohol stout, good flavours here, an enjoyable effort.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a paper cup. Yes, a paper cup.

A: Pours a rich, opaque translucent brown color with a thin tan head and tight bubbles. I can’t get a good read of the color after it settled because I’m drinking it out of a paper cup from the hotel bathroom. Classy, I know.

S: Smell is rife with coffee and chocolate, equally well balanced between the two. There is a hint of bitterness and a lingering sweetness from the chocolate near the end.

T/M: Taste is much more prevalent with coffee than chocolate, which is surprisingly quite faint, replaced by a more prominent bitter profile. The chocolate sweetness becomes more noticeable towards the finish. It has a low to medium amount of carbonation and a thin mouthfeel, not nearly as decadent as other chocolate beers.

It may fall short in comparison, but it’s still pretty good. I’m loving this paper cup, though.

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