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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Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When I was last in Colorado I drank a lot of CO brews. I think I missed this one. Today I talked myself into a stout mood and when I saw this, it seemed like a good match.

It is indeed a stout that does what it should - it goes pretty close to the edge without going over. Strong and flavorful. Not very chocolately, but that's ok, it doesn't seem like false advertising.

It's pretty drinkable for the style and not nasty. I would buy it again.

A year later, I reiterate. A good stout. Roasty and not too heavy.

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

A - Opaque, letting no light shine through whatsoever. Minimal Carbonation, and very small
(nearly non-existant head. Minimal lacing.

S - Very Subdued. Hints of chocolate, espresso, and barley come through.

T - For a chocolate stout, the taste is very weak. In fact, I think this beer could be considered the first chocolate stout light beer. This isn't to say this beer is unpleasent. In fact, it increases this beers drinkability when compared to so many other chocolate stouts; unlike those, this brew can't be considered a desert beer.

M - The bottle asserts that the mouthfeel of this brew is velvety smooth. I agree. It doesn't leave the aftertaste of many of the oil slick chocolate stouts out there. I guess it depends on what an individual considers the proper mouthfeel for this varity of stout, but I am pleased with it.

D - For a chocolate stout, I have to give this one a five in drinkability. As far as this one is concerned, it's very easy to partake a few more than a couple, if you get my drift.

All in all, the watered down taste of this brew might gift deductions from BAs out there, but not this one. I do think they probably should have included some type of light labeling, though. I can't see giving this beer an A rating by any means, but it is a solid B. Try it sometime, it is interesting.

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

Appearance: Dark and black/brown in hue. Some lace and good head retention.

Smell: Roasted malt and raw cocoa in the nose.

Taste: Bitter hop/chocolate thing going on. The hops meld well with unsweetened chocolate. Lots of roasted malt, not much sweetness. Faint cocoa nibs linger on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a bit thin.

Drinkability: Good overall, could easily drink a few. Leaves me wishing for sweet chocolate, would pair well with a dark chocolate desert.

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

Poured into a pub glass.

Pours a thick, foamy, tan colored head that is two fingers thick. The brew itself, is as expected, about as black as used up motor oil.
The remaining head is thin and wispy; descent lacing...

Smells of roasted malts and dark chocolate.

Tastes chocolatey up front with a nice caramel malt presence and mild hopped bitters at the end. Maybe a hint of faint coffee.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

This is a good chocolate stout. Not too heavy handed in terms of flavor, but there is enough flavor there to make this a can't miss. A case of this would look real good in my fridge. For now, I will just settle with the 6 pack...

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Photo of matjack85
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $9.99 for a six pack of these 12oz brown bottles at Sal's World of Beverages in Addison, IL. There was no freshness date that I could see.

The beer poured a deep dark brown color that made a 1 finger creamy tan head that lasted about a minute before settling down to just a thin rim. It also left quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

The smell had the predictable roasted malt and chocolate cacao powder aroma to it, but what wasn't so predictable was the very noticeable amount of hops in here as well.

The beer had a pronounced burnt flavor to it. Lots of roasted malt and a significant chocolate flavor as well, but also plenty of bitter hops for balance. If you were looking for a sweet chocolate beer, this isn't it. It has more of a bittersweet chocolate flavor to it and is not that sweet at all.

The mouthfeel is rather thin for a stout. It's more crisp and refreshing than smooth and creamy. Carbonation is only moderate, but still on the high side for a stout.

This goes down easy and is not all that filling for a chocolate beer, so you can enjoy a few of these at a time. The 5.3% abv is barely noticeable.

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Photo of Portertime
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a store that looks tiny from the outside but surprisingly big (and with a good beer selection) on the inside. Enojyed this one slightly chilled in my favorite Warsteiner stein. Poured a thin looking dark chocolate brown color with a mini coffee brown head. The smell was chocolate-y with some ground coffee notes. Taste wasn't as robust as I had hoped. The chocolate quickly faded but had decent flavor and good hop balance with a wet, smooth finish that made it quite quaffable. I just wanted a little thicker stout that this one.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Mickey Finn's shaker pint glass.

Pours an opaque black-brown with about a finger of tan head that leaves only the slightest bit of lacing behind. The nose is cocoa, coffee, and roasted malts, with a subtle hint of hoppy pine in a background corner. The taste generally follows very closely, but the cocoa is a bit chalkier on the tongue and definitely more bitter, and there's a lack of expected sweetness, leaving a very dry taste instead. The body is a heavier medium, with limited carbonation and a pretty smooth texture. Overall, a slightly above average brew that stands as fairly highly drinkable.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tasting glass. Part of a mixed 12 pack of Ft. Collins beers.

Pours very dark, almost opaque, but a little light shines through the edges. There is almost no head, and whatever foam there is dissipates quickly without leaving a mark. The nose is subdued, with just some chocolate/coffee maltiness poking though.

There is a good flavor to this beer - mostly dominated by a roasted astringency due to the dark malts. Coffee and chocolate malt flavors come through, and not too much else. I feel like this beer could use a little more sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thin bodied - I prefer my stouts much chewier. But overall it's a decent beer, quite drinkable and I might even consider getting this one again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good looking nightcap I've been saving for a night like this.

A: A small creamy dark 1/2 finger head grows and very slowly fades over a pure black colored beer.

N: I could smell the crazy chocolate on the pour. A deeper nose also gives off tons of chocolate. A little black patent malt, dark rich malts, milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, and a touch of raisin.

T: Also loaded with chocolate. It has a little creamy quality, but mostly is bakers chocolate. Some dark malts, black patent malt, a little smoked malt, actually the smoked malt is coming out quite a bit more than I expected. A little chewy malt quality. A slight sweet molasses quality but it's mostly dry. It does have a little bit of a boozy feel to it despite being only 5.3%. A little lactose I think as well adds a weird creamy feel and taste.

M: Semi thick, rich, and a little creamy, and lower but good for the style carbonation.

F: A stout like dryness and stout like earthy dark bitterness from the scorched malts. It remains dry throughout but doesn't hit you with more bitterness on the finish. Long lingering chocolate of course, as well as some molasses. Overall a pretty nice beer, a perfect night cap. Tons of chocolate and black patent malt, smoked malt, and strange creamy lactose. Abv feels a little higher than it is, but still a perfect nightcap. Could have used a lot more body and richness.

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Photo of avalon07
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a mostly thick consistency. There was a quarter inch of tan-colored, foam head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A faint aroma of malt, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of cocoa, malt, a little coffee and some vanilla. Mainly, it was a thin, less than robust flavor. Very underwhelming.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A decidedly unmemorable stout. Not the worst beer ever, but certainly does not make a positive impression.

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

Served cold into a pint glass, Chocolate Stout has a very dark brown color with good clarity evident as it moves from bottle to glass. The head is creamy smooth but short-lived.

Aroma is pleasant but subtle with mild roasty malts and chocolate.

Flavor is smooth and well-balanced. I worry that beers labeled as "chocolate" whatever are going to be too overly flavored and seem artificial but FVB pulls this one off. Good balance of flavors with nice roasty malts and some hops but also some sweetness in the form of chocolate and caramel.

Mouthfeel is good but could be smoother. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty good for a standard stout.

Overall a tasty stout. Not the dessert beer that I was fearing, it's actually quite drinkable.

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Photo of weeare138
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a near black with dark brown hue when held to the light. A small tan head quickly fades out into a thick collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, vanilla, roast, smoke, and cocoa are all found.
Taste is of the aromas with a punch of cocoa and smoke intermingling along the palate. It almost tastes like I threw some pled beef jerky and a Hershey chocolate in my mouth. Hmmm. Not sure what to think.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, semi dry, bittersweet, and filling.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours nearly black with orangish-red edges. Medium brown head with decent retention.
Smell is malt, hops, chocolate, smoke, soy. Decent balance though a touch heavier on the smoke and soy notes than the rest.
Taste is the same with a better overall balance.
Somewhat dry finish, medium-bodied. Light effervescence. A lingering smoky aftertaste but with insufficient body for a stout. Basically, good smell, presence and taste but thin.

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Photo of jaycount
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

My first chocolate stout, but I enjoyed it!

A - Dark with a tan head.

S - Alot of malt, not as much chocolate as I expected.

T - Alot of roasted malts, a coffee-like taste, then some chocolate to finish it out.

M - Thick, creamy, delish.

D - A tasty beer but I think I'd fill up quick if I tried to session with this one. Still very enjoyable. I'll buy more.

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Photo of arizcards
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up in late September while visiting the Grand Junction area. Part of the Brewer's lunchbox which cost $16.99.

Beer poured jet black with a nice two fingered tan head that is long lasting. Nose is non-descipt other than the malt backbone. Taste is hints of bitter chocolate balanced with a mild bitter hop. Mouthfeel is thinner than hoped, average for the style. Drinkability is good. This is a tasty session beer that is definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of joshstevens87
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-pours a jet black with a generous light tan head
S-chocolate most predominately but also has a bitter coffee smell in the background with just a slight hint of hops
T-nice chocolate upfront giving this beer a rather sweet malt taste which is balanced perfectly by a hint of coffee and a touch of hops just noticable in the background could use a bit more presence though
M-rather light body with medium carbonation makes this beer quite refreshing but has a rather watery mouthfeel to me
D-overall this beer is very drinkable and refrshing the only drawback being that it seems a bit thin overall it is an excellent tasting and very refreshing brew

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Photo of SamN
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A very dark stout, with a great finger width bubbly tan head. Impeccable black handsomeness.

S- Classic burnt chocolate stout, earthy smells edged with strong hops, seamlessly blended into a comfortingly familiar aroma. Vigorous movement releases light fruits, maybe blueberry.

T- The chocolate has become more bitter than sweet and there is a vegetable dimension to the beer. Still the cocoa maltyness is well balanced with the surprisingly bitter hops, as the label foretold. This is not a chocolate stout like Rogue's; this is a more subtle chocolate character. It rides the fence, nicely in the middle between overly sweet and too bitter. A well designed beer.

M- Mouthfeel is a little rough. The carbonation is like Mountain Dew-- waaay to much. The body is a nice medium thickness but lacking the smoothness a stout deserves.

D- More on the bitter end and little too bubbly, IMO this beer could benefit from a few minor tweeks to really come through as a more sessionable stout. It's a good local stout, it could get a lot better.

***Note; the Double Chocolate Stout from FCB was quite excellent; more dessert than it's older, more refined sibling. Check it out, too.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a big tan head that disappears slowly.

S: Faint chocolate and malty, not too strong.

T: Big hit of roasted malts and a bitter chocolate finish.

M: Carbonation seems about right, but mouth feel too thin, overall.

D: It tastes very good, nothing special, but easy to drink.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown/black with a nice thick and firm medium dark tan head. Relatively simple one dimensional nose of sweet dark chocolate and some roasted grain.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Mouthfeel of carbonated coffee with hint of maybe chocolate.

Flavors are of simply roasted grain, simple black coffee/espresso and some hop bitterness.

Finish is bitter coffee character all around but with a nice bitter finish. There is nothing bad about this stout, there is just nothing really very good about it. Taste simply like a decent beer that had some coffee poured into it. Nothing special.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sep 2, 2007

12oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head.

An average stout with typical stout aroma and flavor of roasted malts and some chocolate notes. Unfortunately, the aroma and especially flavor were rather subdued compared to other stouts I've had, so I don't see myself really seeking this out again.

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

Appearance: Jet black color with a fawn colored head. The head is very thin and produces limited lacing.

Smell: This one has chocolate and coffee aromas combined with a hint of hops.

Taste: This beer has an odd sour-like chocolate flavor. Plus, coffee and roasted malts are noted on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Feels silky smooth on the palate. it also has a nice level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Drinkable and would go well with playing darts and pool at the bar.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Formed a tiny ½ finger tan head that was fizzy (large bubbles) and did not hold at all. No lacing what so ever. Dark, opaque, brownish black body that forms deep maroon edges when held at eye level. Good body, bad head (insert joke here!).

The early aromas are coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. There are undertones of yeasty breads and toasted barley.

Very smooth flavoring. Black coffee up front, bitter middle - like bakers chocolate, and finishes with a very thin hop presence. Good balance. Some of the roasted flavors come through when optimal temperature is reached.

Medium mouth feel; semi oily with mild carbonation.

Drinkable. Everything is above average here, but nothing outstanding. Would get more to share with friends!

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I mostly bought it because the fiancee thought the label was pretty. It's a little lighter than some chocolate stouts/bocks I've had but it's nice.

Color is a nice dark brown with a thin dark tan head. The aroma and taste are a mild cocoa/caramel mix with a touch of smoke that comes out as it warms up. It doesn't have the punch of other specimens of this type but is not watered down. A nice mix. It's fairly smooth. I'd go with this one if Young's isn't available

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.39/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, opaque chocolate brown with a fairly thick and somewhat persistent cinnamon tan head. Aroma is rich, smoky, oily and chocolaty with hints of molasses and coffee. Flavor is smoky and chocolaty, slightly sweet, touched with fine roast coffee and molasses. Thick texture is smooth and fizzy, quite lively.

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Photo of ImusBeer
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

At Taco Mac, came in 22oz, black with no head and no lacing

Very little aroma, roasted malt and charcol. 

Tasted sharp almost anticeptic, roasted malt and burnt wood

Mouthfeel was light almost watery not much bitterness.

not really impressed more like a brown ale or porter to me

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Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
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