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 yeahnatenelson
2.52/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -- Pours a dark brown hue with a slim sudsy beige head.

Smell -- Chocolate, roast malt, brown sugar, coffee with cream, and a sprinkling of earthy hops. Slightly sweet, but nice.

Taste -- Dark roast malt, coffee grounds, ash, dark chocolate, and some earthy hops to round out the flavor. Finish is burnt and ashy.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with high carbonation.

Drinkability -- Wow, this one left me wanting. Burnt and ashy meets sweet and chocolaty. No thanks.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
2.21/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: for what its worth, pretty standard looking. midnight black, rocky, kahki colored head, rocky and about one finger high.
S: not much going on here. light aromas of roastiness and mild chocolate. nothing to go crazy about.
T: doesnt do too good here because it tastes kind of burnt. the chocolate is there but i cant get past the burnt aspect. its not an alcohol burn but just like... burnt plastic, or something unpleasant like that. theres a light espresso background, but you have to search to find it. blah chocolate is about it.
M: its on the lighter side for a stout. i still cant get past the feeling of burnt tongue after i swallow. im really not getting into this.
D: take a guess. wont revisit.

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Photo of Neecee513
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A: Thick, creamy head, great retention, lacing, deep brown color

S: Hints of chocolate and fruit

T: Chocolate nut, malty backbone, low bitterness

M: Low carbonation, slightly dry finish, moderate body

D: Somewhat smooth beer with a malty backbone. Hints of chocolate appear more so in aroma than taste. Somewhat mild/bland, perhaps a good session stout.

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Photo of riored4v
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 12/10/11

Poured in to a pint glass. Black body with a thin tan head. Light lacing.

Smell had subtle roast with a dominate chocolate aroma. Some noticeable bitterness that smell almost like it would come from the dark malts.

Taste had a good blend of roast and chocolate. Bitterness is more of a chocolate bitterness. Light maltiness with very little sweetness. Light, lingering bitterness in finish.

Mouthfeel had a medium body with a medium/high carb. Dry finish with a mildly smooth/velvety body.

Drinkability was good. No signs of ABV. Lightly toasty stout.

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

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. Pours a dark, dark brown with a nice tan creamy head. Leaves little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is roasty and smells of chocolate with a hint of alcohol, surprising for a beer with only 5.3% ABV.

Taste is very average. You get your chocolate and roasted barley, but nothing stands out.

It has a decent mouthfeel, coats the mouth nicely. I can drink it, but it's nothing that I would go out of my way to find.

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Photo of theboozecruise
2.18/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass. Dark brown with a small white head.

Smells malty and a little bit of chocolate. Not bold at all, a little bit medicinal.

The taste is a little off. Bitter but not in a good way. Not much chocolate flavor.

Thin, bad aftertaste. I'm not a fan. Maybe I just got a bad bottle and if so I'll edit, because I have a few more from this 6-pack to try.

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Photo of drtacks37
2.48/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark, dark beer. Minimal tan head and little lacing.

Mmmm. Smells good. Definitely smells of chocolate. Sweet.

Light body... too light. Bitter. Bitterness masks any positive flavor that it may have. There is some standard stout flavor, but ultimately it's just too bitter.

I could probably drink a couple of these in a single sitting, but I don't want to.

Definitely won't buy again.

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Photo of clark123456
2.86/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark color with very little head that doesn't lace.

S: I couldn't pick up on any chocolate smell.

T: Again, I couldn't pick up on the chocolate. An espresso flavor comes through, but not too strong.

M: Alkaline feel.

D: It's drinkable, but not really remarkable (besides the review ;)). I won't buy this again.

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Photo of JDFish
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It poured very dark from the bottle to the beer mug. Thin head that quickly disappeared as did any lacing. Smell dominated by molasses, with a hint of dark chocolate. Taste didn't exactly match the smell. Sweet and roasted malts on the front end and dark chocolate on the back end, and it stayed with ya for a bit. Mouthfeel was week and its not complex at all. However, its extremely drinkable and tasted really good. Not the best in class, but easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of Bizz88
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown, almost to the point of being black, with a one fingered fast fading tan head, with alot of sticky lacing. On the nose, aromas of semi sweet chocolate, burnt molasses and toffee. Wasn't overly impressed with taste as burnt molasses ruled, but the chocolate came thru on the finish of this medium bodied brew that had desent carbonation.

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Photo of Transatlantic
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - Pitch black with dark red lighting on the edges when held against a light. Bubbly head that sticks around a good long while with beautiful patches of lacing.

S - Wow...i'm starting to ask myself if this is a beer or if I just poured myself a pint of chocolate milk. I can't hardly tell a difference.

T - ...what a shame! The smelll was really luring me into this one. I was imagining taking a sip of what would almost taste like chocolate milk, but all I got was a sip of lightly sweetened water. There's a taste of chocolate but it's not real present. There's really not much at all present.

M - Light to medium bodied. Quite disappointing for a stout.

D - It's drinkable, but it's not really something to look forward to. It seems to me that the beer only shines through it's smell.

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

133rd review on BA
bottle to pint

App- An almost black pour with 3 fingers of pancake batter light brown head.

Smell- Burnt roasty chocolate with some malt and caramel.

Taste- Very small bitter chocolate, it was kind of a creamy taste but lacking the kick it needs.

Mouth- It's smooth and and tasty but a bit thin to me.

Drink- Not too bad a solid effort for a market flooded with stouts.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black drink that stays dark even when held to the light. It creates a medium sized tan head that thins out but retains well over time.
Smell has an okay balance. There is a smell of chocolate and oak which I like, but it is taken over by a strong smokey smell.
Taste is above average. There is okay chocolate and oak tastes, but like the smell, they are overtaken by smokiness soon.
Mouthfeel is a little thin for a chocolate stout. There is a bit of a graininess as well.
Drinkability is okay. Taste is nice, but not very good either way. I probably would not turn this beer down, but I would never go out of my way to get one of these.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into real pint glass in Denver.

A: Pours a dark brown-black with a two finger head of poor retention and thickness. Little cream.

Sm: A hint of caramel, a note of chocolate, maybe some coffee, malt. Pleasant.

T: Slick open into balanced body of chocolate (shocker!) and roasted barley. Pretty standard fare for a stout. Finish is nicely laced with echoes of the body.

Mf: Nicely coarse and dry, especially at the finish, but refreshing during the open.

Dr: At this price point, I'd have it again, but other offerings may be better.

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Photo of acurtis
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fort Collins Chocolate Stout 12oz bottle poured into sam smith english pint glass. Pours black with slight ruby highlights on the bottom of the glass. One finger tan head with lots of bubbles after a hard pour. Head dissipated quickly, stuck to the glass. Immediate nose of chocolate, roasted malt a touch of coffee. Gets sweeter as it warms. Very clean and smooth taste. If anything, the flavor is subdued compared to the smell but chocolate is present throughout, especially in the beginning. Hops are also very prominent, very noticeable in the middle and creating a slightly bitter finish. Light to medium body for a stout. Medium to high drinkability.

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

A: The beer was pretty much black in color. Very small tan head and very little lacing.

S: Immediately you are hit with roasted malt smells and chocolate followed by coffee There is a slight after-smell that I can't put my finger on. (maybe a bit of hops at the end I'm not used to smelling in a stout)

T: Amazing chocolate malty flavor with just the right amount of carbonation. Very good stout! The roasted coffee smell comes through in the flavor as well.

Over all this is a great beer. It is a very good Stout. I has all the good characteristics of a good American stout. The only thing that I wasn't really a fan of was the after-smell. Other than that the beer was amazing. GREAT BEER FORT COLLINS BREWING!!!

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Photo of garymuchow
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No freshness dating, so I have no idea, which is a little dangerous, I suppose, for a beer of this size. Nonetheless, let's give 'er a go.
Boy, this is a black beer, with little hints of garnet on the edges. Fast developing head that settles to a ring very quickly.
Flavor is a nice mix of mild roast and sweet chocolate - although not too sweet. Pretty simple and straightforward.
Unfortunately, taste doesn't match aroma. The roast is too astringent and the hops are too bright. Body doesn't match the expected richness that was seen in the pour. Nice touch of flavor up front (a little sweet, chocolate and maybe a touch of fruit), but the not so pleasing bittereness kicks in with the astringency.
Way too light of body (and I know and have liked some light body stouts - but is doesn't work for me here).
There are some nice flavors here, but as a whole it just doesn't cut it very well. Really kinda' boring and simple when taken all together.
I'm not really inclined to desire another.

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Photo of ScottyC
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App. - Jet black w/ a hearty 1" tan head. Looks like a big stout. 4/5

Smell - Roasty/toasty. Slightly bittersweet. A tad grainy. 3.5/5

Taste - Only slightly chocolaty (and the bittersweet sort). More of a coffee flavor. Very smooth, though. Well balance, a slight bitterness comes up at the end of the taste and lingers. A bit bready. Really nice flavor -- doesn't overwhelm you. 4/5

Mouthfeel - Perhaps not quite as dense as some stouts, but I feel like this heps it maintain some smoothness and drinkability. 4/5

Drinkability - Very good for a stout. I was surprised how fast it went. 4.5/5

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The next in my Brewer's Lunchbox sample pack. Poured a deep brown to black in the glass, nearly opaque, with a frothy tan head that laced nicely all the way down. Good example of the style. Roasted, slightly smoky malt in the nose. Same flavor present in the first sips, with a subtle hops bitterness to round out the flavor. Some residual smoke flavor--a tad more than you'd normally get in a stout--and it tarnished (for me anyway) what could have been a much better rating. Worth trying, but nothing to write home about.

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

A: black, dark brown around the edges. decent tan head and lacing.
S: chocolate and roasty coffee. chocolate not so prevalent that i'd guess that they used actual chocolate, however.
T: light to medium sweet dark chocolately malts, but again, chocolate not really jumping out. chocolate character seems derived from the malts rather than actual chocolate. enough roasty and smooth bitterness to bring balance. finishes almost dry.
M: just under medium bodied, roundish. not getting that chocolate feel at the back of the palate.
D: not bad, and i like the modest abv.

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Photo of WAN2RIDE
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into red wine glass.

A moderately vigorous pour reveals a rather thin texture, looks like cola being poured, with a one finger beige head that leaves a nice ring around the glass at the level of the brew. A translucent black, a little (very little) light leaks through around the edges revealing a much browner tinge than I'm used to. Most stouts are reddish when held to the light.

Smell...almost none. A slight hint of bitterish roasted malts

Taste is good, but nothing spectacular at all. Roasted malts not really sweet or bitter just somewhat caramel. Nothing objectionable I just expect there to be more flavor there in a stout. <edit> After it warmed and I got a little further in, and started paying attention to other things, I started to notice a milk chocolate flavor. Nothing blatant but nice when it came out.

Mouthfeel is ok. I expected it to be thinner after watching the pour, but it is viscous enough to be stout worthy for me...on the light end but better than a Guinness. The carbonation is higher than I'd like and I'll definitely pour more vigorously next time.

On the plus side I could drink these all night. Not too heavy in body or flavor and absolutely nothing objectionable.

It's great to have the multitude of choices that make this just an average beer. I love American microbrew culture!

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It has a pretty nice look going on. Deep (near-) black hued body with a big sudsy tan head leaves huge articles of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - The nose reveals a bit of roast, some oat and really no chocolate. It smells somewhat like a Brown Ale of the American variety, as opposed to a Stout.

T - A very small nuance of chocolate does appear in the flavor profile, so it is not entirely false advertising. Mostly this brew tastes like something out of the American Brown Ale style. There are some minor roasted characteristics, some oat, it is lightly hopped and it has a refreshingly bright quality. Missing is the depth of roast as well as fullness of flavor and character that I would expect from a Stout. I think it tastes good, just perhaps mis-catergorized in a realm where the many subdivisions' demarcations intersect blurringly.

M - Quite nice. Thinner and still very creamy.

D - Easy drinking, if not crazy-exceptional.

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

Appearance - Black with darker brown hues, light cream head that sticks around, very little lacing.

Smell - coffee and some bitter chocolate, not getting much else.

Taste - Not getting chocolate really, seems more coffee forward with a little sweetness and coffee bitterness on the end.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is a little high, it is pretty thick.

Drink - pretty easy to drink, despite not being that interesting.

Kind of boring flavor profile for a stout, not a lot of chocolate to speak of. Not a terrible beer though, just not super interesting.

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ap. Dark like black coffee. A small and very brief tan head.
Sm. like a candy bar at first thought. Chocolate and roasted malts?
Ta. roasted malts, then chocolate, then roasted malts again. Smooth and mild finish with a very little bitterness.
Mf. Full and smooth.
Dr. One after dinner is good.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
2.75/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$1.50 / ea.

A: Bright deep brown body topped with a small creamy tan had that quickly dissipates leaving moderate foamy lace and a thin bubbly cover.

S: Hints of bitter chocolate over subdued coffee aroma. Strong deep roasted character and only the lightest hop notes.

T: Chocolate flavors are much lighter than I had hoped and the astringent flavor of dark roasted malt pokes through. Bitterness is present but is very light and fleeting. A bit harsh on the back end.

M: Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Strong carbonic bite and not particularly smooth.

D: Stout drinkers will likely not mind the flavor profile, but those looking for a "chocolate" stout will be disappointed. Flavor is average, but the mouth and aroma are a bit week.

O: Not impressed.

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Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
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