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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Ratings: 1,065 |  Reviews: 480
Photo of Cylinsier
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours jet black, minimal tan head retains as a lacing.

Smells of rich coffee and chocolate notes with a hint of nuttiness.

Taste is bready with a bit of cocoa to it. Some coffee-like bitterness and acidity follow.

Mouth is medium to thin and a bit on the watery side. A sting of carbonation hits the roof of the mouth.

Overall, not bad but not great stout. Manages to avoid the pitfall of having a weak taste while being a lower abv stout, but this still hurts it in the mouthfeel. It just needs to be thicker. Other than that, the taste is a bit on the papery side. Could have been better. Would like to try to the double version of this to see if that improves the experience.

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Photo of mdwalsh
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours deep brown with a tan head. Not quite black though, not by any means. As the head settles in its maybe slightly darker than tan, and made up of mostly small, tightly packed bubbles. The beer is much to opaque to see through. Head retention is lacking, though lacing is alright.

S: Chocolate and roasted grain are the obvious aromas, but there is a not-indistinct hop aroma as well, maybe too much for the style. I'm not sure if it's the blend of aromas or something off, but I'm not really digging the smell here, though it isn't totally off putting.

T: While it's a better blend than the smell, the taste still is not very attractive to me. It's more roast than chocolate, there's really no perceptible sweetness here, and that roast even borders on burnt plastic the more I drink.

M: Well onto the thin side, but not too far out of the norm.

D: For a huge fan of roast and coffee, doable, but not as attractive to the general public as a Chocolate Stout should be.

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Photo of SMortiL987
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Inky black with brown tint. A thin, fast fading brown head. Sporadic, occasional lacing as the beer is drunk.

S - A mild rauchbier, with coffee and roastiness on the nose.

T - Sweet on the tip of the tounge, smokiness in the middle, followed by bitterness in the end with slight touch of alcohol. A touch of mushrooms and earthiness in the after. Smoke, roast, caramel, vanilla, and coffee prevail. Hops are subtle to the point of being undetectable due to the overpowering of the smokiness.

M - Medium-light body with decent mouth feel. Fair coating of the tounge as it's swallowed. Slightly astringency from liberal use of patent malts. Light, loose carbonation.

O - Decent beer with an odd use of smoked malts. Patent malts add a good bit of over the top astringency and acridity but is made up in the beers smoothness. Good beer with a nice robust cigar perhaps.

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Photo of wingman14
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with brown tints, a mocha head that fades fast. The smell is amazing, the chocolate smell mixes with a heavy smoky malt. The smoky malt comes through big up front with the chocolate finishing. The smoke lasts throughout. The mouthfeel is lighter than expected, a light medium. This one could have been thicker to add to the smoothness. The overall beer is enjoyable, good flavors dominate the lack of thickness. Worth checking out.

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Photo of NODAK
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Has a roasted chocolate malt aroma with a bit of smokiness to it. Definitely not going to be a sweet stout here.

Pours midnight black with a small, dark brown head.

Starts off with roasted dark chocolate malts on the body (not nearly as chocolatey as a person may expect), giving way to a roasted, burnt malt finish that has a bit of smoke on it as well. Mouthfeel seems incredibly thin for a stout. The flavor is there, though it's far from a favorite.

Not a beer I feel that I'd look out on a normal basis. Seems thin, and just too burnt and smoky for my tastes. Not much chocolate in this chocolate stout.

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Photo of bayougutter
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to a tulip, dark brown color with a one finger tan head that left too soon. The smell is not too bad, dark baking choclate, roasted coffee,malts. Taste was semi sweet dark baking chocolates with coffee notes, a little hop bitterness on the end with some coffee bitterness as well. I don't like a lot of sweetness is my chocolate stouts and this is about right for my taste, maybe a little under sweet for some. Mouthfeel was too thin and watery for me. Overall the appearance and mouthfeel were off for me but the smell and taste were pretty good and that it more important to me. I bought a sixer and will age a few and see.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a rich deep brown color that looks to be nearly black. The head is thick and tan at first that fades into a thin ring around the glass. The smell is of burnt toast and chocolate. The taste gives off a roasted bitter chocolate flavor, a slight sweet malt aftertaste. The mouthfeels not as thick as I felt it should be but this was a decent stout overall.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

A - It pours dark brown with dark amber highlghts. It has an inch of tan head.

S - The aroma is milk chocolate

T - The taste is burnt chocolate with a slightly bitter finish. It has an ashy taste.

M - It feels smooth and creamy with little carbonation.

O - It is alright. I just can't get past the ashy taste.

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

Poured a really dark brown color from a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date. One finger tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma is a blend of milk chocolate and malt, with hints of coffee.
Taste upfront is sweet and of chocolate with slight hint of bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied stout with a dry finish.
This is a decent stout, not the best, but not bad either.
Drinkability is good. Worth a try, but also not a stout I would go out of my way to get a hold of.

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Photo of 6thomas3
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Preface: This is my first Chocolate Stout

Appearance - As dark as the blackest night with zero light penetration and adequate lacing and head retention

Smell - Aromatic blissfulness of chocolate and perhaps drizzled caramel, jutting from a roasted smokey bean all tied together in a beautiful onslaught of malty goodness

Taste - Brilliant pockets of malty roasted coffee and chocolate dance across an earthy wood flavor to end with an uniform snap of alcohol

Mouthfeel - Density is not what I expected from a stout; however, it just lays across my tongue in an effortless manner that continues enticing me to take another sip; I can't put my finger on the exact feel I am getting, it has ample moisture release with phenomenal smoothness

Overall - Synergistic qualities of the coffee/chocolate and alcohol mesh into a elegant beer (if that is possible from a stout)

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Photo of 2cansam
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - nice mocha colored head left a bit of lacing, deep rich brown color

S - couldn't detect much, a bit of chocolate or coffee maybe

T - better than the smell, can taste the roasted chocolate and a bit of caramel but still not all that strong

M - very drinkable, maybe a bit thin but the amount of carbonation is spot on

Overall a bit underwhelming on the flavor but the drinkability of this beer really makes up for it.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a thick head of tan foam.
Aroma-Roasted coffee and chocolate notes
Taste-Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, nice underlying hop bite stays on to the finish. Smooth, roasty, tasty. A great match for any grilled beef. A must for lovers of flavorfull stouts or robust porters.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours an extremely dark brown with a tight one finger mocha colored head. Semi-slow dissipation to a ring of foam around the edge and splotches in the middle. Spotty lacing down the sides.

S: Some chocolate, but not dark or milk, more like bakers chocolate I guess. Some roasted malts, a little bit of vanilla, caramel, and some lactose sugar.

T: Some chocolate, roasted malt, and a little bit of coffee up front. The flavors then sort of disappear and the finish has a strange flavor, can't really put my finger on it though.

M: Really thin, and the major letdown for this beer. I like any stout thicker, and especially a chocolate stout.

O: It was ok, the aroma and flavors were fine, but the mouthfeel really killed it for me.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Dark black color, typical of a stout.

Smell is rather hoppy with a mix of stout and caramel.

Taste is very smooth, easy drinking for such a dark stout. Taste a mellow milk chocolate, some bitterness as well. Goes down nice and easy.

While I enjoyed the stout, it is a little thin. If you're not a huge stout fan, you'll probably like this one. It's a good entry-level stout.

Overall, I like.

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Photo of rawfish
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a faint bit of brown highlights, just enough of a half finger head, light tan but with bad retention. Lacing is solid and falls well down the glass.

Weak aroma, even when warm. High end of molasses and syrup followed by roasted coffee tones and faint chocolate though not really, that could just be the name giving me the impression that there is chocolate smell in this. Some floral hops gives off a slightly fruity note as well.

Dark roasted malts take over this beer reminiscent of toast in coffee, not much chocolate detectable, a little bit of bittersweet cocoa as the drink progresses. Earthy hops detectable on the finish, slightly drying but sticky on the finish.

Watery body, very little heft behind this one, carbonation is muted but appropriate. Slick mouthfeel as it goes down, with a sticky coating. Average drinkability.

Another average check on the stout list, it contained all the elements of a stout but left me wanting more boldness and body.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gorgeous midnight pitch-black, with luscious creamy,light-tan head, almost a finger thick. Impressive sticky lacing.

Can smell dark roasted malt, coffee or coffee-like grains.Very light aromas,though. Kind have to sniff hard to get it.

The medium carbonation hits the tongue first,then the roasted malt and chocolate-like flavors come through,to be balanced by a surprising yet subdued hop bite at the end. Not bad at all. Though the body comes off maybe a little thin.

Very good,quite surprised by the hop bite at the end. Would have again.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is an almost opaque black; a little light passed through when I held it to a lamp. One finger of tan head developed and dissipated to leave a thin, bubbly lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Pretty weak. It is mostly cocoa, a little dark chocolate, mocha, vanilla, and caramel. It has a nice roasted character, but it blends well with the other aromas and does not dominate.

Taste: The roasted character shines through in the taste. Roasted dark chocolate, mocha, and a little caramel. In the end it leaves a hoppy bite lingering on the cheeks and tongue.

Drinkability: Straight forward and the mouthfeel is a little watered down. Decent stuff, but not extraordinary.

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Photo of jpro
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a sixer last weekend at a Greensboro Total Wine, to take over to the Coliseum for a little pre-ACC Tourney sippin' - seemed like a good early afternoon / late morning beer.

A: Pours a molasses, black-brown with a one-finger, pecan head; nice retention and a lot of lace sheets and patches stick to the sides of the glass.

S: Semi-sweet chocolate; some brownie batter; roasty malts, but not too much... more sweet than roasty.

T: Roasted / black malts; not as chocolately as I was expecting; a nice bit of bitterness on the finish... nowhere near as rich as I was hoping for...

M: Medium-bodied and creamy; low carbonation; the thin taste takes away from the experience, though.

D / O?? (first time I've noticed the change!): Not the most exciting, but good / average. It got the job done, and far more enjoyable than the "beer garden" swill.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic.
No date or info available.

If I keep going to Beerwolf's house I may never have to buy beer to review again! Thanks Todd!

A - A tall and lour pour leads to a dense three-finger tan head with low to moderate retention and a little bit of left over lacing. Pitch black in color.

S - Balanced and flavorful aroma of dusty mocha, bittersweet chocolate, and roasted malts. Starts off nice but warms up to have a little metallic scent to it.

T - Definite bittersweet chocolate in flavor and mocha give this brew nice nuances but it's really all about heavily roasted malt. The flavor avoids the pesky metallic nose thing.

M - Smooth and rich but medium-bodied, it captures the flavors well without being thick or overbearing. Good carbonation and awesome balance to the finish. Somewhat sweet but nicely acrid bitter.

D - A great every-day stout, it packs the nice chocolate flavor in while remaining very drinkable.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A nice dark brown/black color with some faint ruby highlights around the bottom. A tan head with some nice size and pretty good retention. Sort of soapy. Not as creamy as I had hoped. Left some pretty good lacing.

Smell - A rather sharp, robust coffee note jumps out at me first. Smells a bit burnt and roasted. The chocolate is there, but it's not very prevelant. I'm detecting a "red" bean type of aroma also. Like the kind you get in red beans and rice. That's different. Not balanced as well as I had hoped.

Taste - The taste provided the coffee stab with the aforementioned "red" bean flavor. The chocolate seems to be poshed further in the backgound with the taste. Not very well balanced in the taste either. Small amounts of bitterness caressed the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Well, I had hoped this beer was going to be really good. It wasn't horrible, but it paled in comparison to some other Stouts I've had. It was drinkable and I could have another, but I want something a bit more balanced and robust in my Stouts.

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Photo of cyrock1
4.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep brown to Black with a 1/2 inch creamy looking tan head.

Smell: Chocolate and mocha, raosted malt and toast.

Taste: Bitter sweet chocolate and toasted malt give way to a sweet coffee and hefty toffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very fine carbonation and an almost creamy texture. Very mild hop finish.

Drinkability: Very good for a stout. The best flavors and aromas linger nicely but the bitter qualities fade away.

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Photo of claytong
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a six pack of this for my wife who loves chocolate. It's a solid beer. I have no complaints. It's not exceptional. You get a bit of dark malt with a bit of dark chocolate with a mediocre aftertaste. It's a beer I can drink with dinner or drink two or three or clear my pallet with a bit. It's light for a stout but I enjoyed it somewhat. I'm not impressed with FCB so far.

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

Appearance - Very dark black with a slight half-finger tan head

Smell - Incredibly slight and subtle on the chocolate aroma, with nothing else coming through

Taste - Very mellow and mild from beginning to end with really no real impressive malt characteristic and with a slight bit of hop bitterness at the very end

Mouthfeel - A little too light in the grain bill to add substance in being a nice stout

Drinkability - I was expecting more from this beer coming from FCB. A little disappointed and will not be buying another 6-pack of this

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Photo of pavandal
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured a (as expected) deep dark brown/near black with a low creamy head. Head quickly dissolved leaving a slight oily layer on top.

Smells pretty awesome, chocolate and citrusy notes, with the a slight hint of malt sweetness.

Taste isn't as good as the smell, but not terrible. Chocolate flavor is almost non-existant, this has more of a Guinness stout flavor. Roasted tastes and carbonation bubbles round out the finish.

Not a bad sipper for a cold day, but there are much better representations of the style out there!

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Photo of haddon
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a near black color with a small mocha colored head that doesn't hang around. no lacing down the glass

smells of bitter chocolate, roasted coffee and earthy hop notes.

the taste is imbalanced from the bitterness of the chocolate. harsh espresso bean & back of the throat bitterness. the hops come rushing out of the background to overrun the malts.

feel lacks any creaminess or smoothness which makes it watery and seem over carbonated

beer lacks balance to be a beer I could enjoy regularly. if they would perhaps add a little milk chocolate to keep up with the bitterness, it would help. think I'll pass next time. I'm ruined for Rogue's chocolate stout.

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Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
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