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 adkrogue
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of zachary80
2.79/5  rDev -19.8%
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

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Photo of cvm4
3.27/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of mastodonj
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Luigi
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
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

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Photo of iBeer16
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of gatorbreath
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
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

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


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.

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Photo of Dmart1223
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gotta be quick about this one.

I've never had a bad experience with this brew, and I'd definitely rate it as "better than average."

Pours almost completely black with a mocha head that fades to nearly nothing. Smells like dark chocolate and malt, which comes out in the taste as well. Well balanced. It has a good mouthfeel, but not as much as I'd like from a stout, especially if it's chocolate. Finishes clean, but leaves roasted coffee and malt flavors hanging around.

This is a warm, tasty beer for sure. For some reason I think it'd go really great with a mocha-esque dessert, like Tiramisou (is that a mocha dessert?) Also, S'mores, for some reason. Maybe it's the toastyness.

Definitely would buy this again. It might be one of my favorite beers from Fort Collins Brewery.

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Photo of logmacschlog15
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours about one finger of tan, toffee colored head. A dark, burnt black. Looks like a stout.

S: Deep notes of cocoa, milk chocolate, and also some really subtle roastier hints. Overall the aroma is on the sweeter side of things.

T: Cocoa dominates the taste, but the roastier side of the grains comes out near the finish. Hints of coffee and tobacco in the finish. Not much for hops, just enough to balance the sweetness and add a slight bitterness to the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is just a tad bit watery/thin right as the beer hits your tounge, but then it smoothes out, becoming richer and creamier in the finish.

O: Overall this is a good example of a straight forward, no frills, chococlate stout. At 5.3% it would make a good session beer if you wanted something dark and sweet.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I scored a finger of head on an aggressive pour. Head is tan over a black body. In less than two minutes I am left with a ring that clings strongly to the glass.

Dark chocolate and malt are the first and strongest aromas apparent in this brew. Dark fruit does peek its head in when you look for it.

The first flavor is actually a mineral bite, then it transitions into you roasted malt and chocolate.

Carbonation is high on this guy. It bites the tongue upon sipping and helps the mineral taste make the beginning of the sip less pleasant than it could be. Once the bite from this 1-2 punch passes its a lot more drinkable, but it's too thin.

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Photo of LeoPanna
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful black liquid with a tan head about two fingers thick... medium lacing as the bubbles evenly diminish... this beer is living, the head dissipates with character..

S: Obvious chocolate, more like raw cocoa, pine, roasty malts mixed w alcohol...more complex than it seems at first.. hints of black currant and grape juice.

T. Pure stout at first, then the malts kick in and the "chocolate" flavor emerges. Lingers off with light alcohol bur on the back of the tongue. For 5.3% you can really taste the alcohol, it's not really masked. After a while the chocolate flavor become more of an aftertaste and it turns into a simple but nice stout. All the flavors combine to make a pretty straight-forward chocolate flavored stout.

MF: Nice smooth carbonation... The beer is thinner than I usually like in a stout. I don't mind this, im just spoiled by imperials.

O: Decent chocolate stout. I prefer a stronger one, like the Souther Tier Choklat or Rogue Double Chocolate. Again, there are so many outrageous ones out there that we tend to downplay the simpler ones. This is to the point.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

tone77 has managed to send me down an unexpected dark road on Thanksgiving. He dropped off a mess of bottles on our last trade and I am just getting caught up before his next anticipated trade.

It all got me to thinking about what is referred to as "getting some strange", but if you have not embraced the dark and split the black oak, then you may be unaware of what you are missing. Take a hint from the bottle: "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 in our proven classic." Plus, the Incan (?) doll proffering said beer on the current label? Read you lima charlie, o&o. Black is beautiful and Tan is grand! Gimme!

My bartender buddy, Moe, used to say that I took my coffee like my women - hot & black and the sooner the better. Ah, yes. This beer poured fast and back and gave some serious mocha head before moving on to more important things, like the nose. It smelled like Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate and I was thinking of several special treats that I might like from a chocolate stout. Color was a dense deep-brown, not black, but what actually is solid black other than carbon? Mouthfeel was, indeed, velvety smooth, like Marvin Gaye on the turntable. Let's get it on! The lacing was thick and sticky and I was licking my moustache like the flavor saver it had become. The taste was of liquid dark chocolate, no sweet nonsense here. Man, this was cacao being ladled out by one of Montazuma's girls and I was lapping it up like it was going out of style! Finish left me spent and sleepy. Hey, who's going to clean up that mess?!? The sticky lacing left behind in the glass, I mean. I think that I may be compelled to buy a certain young lady a drink come Sunday. Yo, ya feel me?

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Photo of smibroncos
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
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 -26.4%
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 +1.4%
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 -0.9%
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 +23.3%
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 -4.6%
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 -3.4%
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 +2.9%
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 +1.1%
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 -4.6%
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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