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 beveritt
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is different than the one on BA, with the addition of half the face of a blonde peering out over a pint of the enclosed beer. No visible freshness date. I told my self when I first reviewed a beer from this brewery that I would seek out more, and after too long, finally have.

Appearance: Pours with just over 2 fingers of brown head. This settles slowly, compacting down to just under 1 finger. Nice lacing. The beer itself is dark, completely opaque with just the slightest hint of brown around the edges. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Aromas of chocolate malts and roasted barley finish with a slight metallic note.

Taste: Roasted barley bitterness with hints of lactose sweetness and a cola like bite. Finishes with a mild chocolate sweetness which seems to slide down your tongue ever so slowly as it lingers well after the sip.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is excellent.

Drinkability: Well, should not have waited this long to revisit Fort Collins. As expected, another solid style offering.

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Photo of gabrielsyme
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown, little tan head.

Dark chocolate in the smell, not much else.

Taste is chocolate, coffee, some bitterness, and something slightly metallic that i don't like at all.

The beer feels too thin/watery for a stout.

Not a great beer, I am regretting getting a sixer of this.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany, a little ruby tinting. The head is pretty meager, with the large bubbles receding to literally nothing. No lacing.

The aroma is much better, with a lot of roasted malt character and a hint of chocolate. Flavors of bittersweet chocolate and coffee are back on the palate as well. Great balance as well, with some citric and piney hops that jump in later but stick around to the end.

The body is medium to maybe a little thin. Not great - this would be a damn good beer if it filled out a bit.

Nice and hoppy, good flavor, light of body. Sessionable, for a stout.

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

Presentation - 12 oz brown bottle with a nondescript label with lipstick kiss next to the word stout.

A - Black and opaque with a tan foamy head. I poured this one vigorously after reading that many others didn't get much of a head. I got a decent 2 finger head that dissipated rather quickly leaving a tan lacing on the inside of the glass.

S - Malty nose with a remnant of coffee.

T & M - The mouthfeel for this seemed a little light for a stout...I'm used to my stouts being a little heavier. Roasted coffee flavor with a very slight chocolate undertone, I think it was a little light on the coffee as well, but I'm spoiled by Central Waters Coffee Stout.

D - I'm a big fan of coffee stouts and this one didn't disappoint. I've had better but I could see going back to this one.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint mug...

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark brown out of the bottle that appears almost pitch black in the glass. Couldn't see any light coming through at all. Took a pretty vigorous pour to get a one-finger light brown head that dissipated rapidly, before I took my first sip. Left very little lacing.

Smell: Not sure what it is, but whatever that general smell you get when you first sniff a milk stout (lactose, I'm assuming), faint hints of coffee. As the beer warmed, hints of chocolate began to seep into the aroma.

Taste: Very bitter coffee, with only hints of bitter chocolate coming through. Definitely does not taste like a "chocolate stout", as advertised, however. The aftertaste is very bitter as well, like coffee that's been sitting out all day. Some light hopiness.

Mouthfeel: A lot thinner and a lot more carbonated than I was expected. Felt almost like I was drinking a soda, and not a beer.

Drinkability: I was disappointed in this one. It was difficult to finish, despite how light bodied it was.

It's a shame about this beer, especially considering how much I like their Double Chocolate Stout. I will definitely grab the DCS instead of this every day of the week. Probably won't be having this one again.

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Photo of mphopkins99
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Black, small head that disappates quickly

S - Yeasty, bread smell, a hint of cocoa and some hops

T - Light hop taste, but the chocolate is almost non-existent. Not sure I would have known this was a chocolate stout if it hadn't stated so on the bottle

M - A little too much carbonation, almost soda-like

D - Very drinkable and smooth, relatively low ABV

An average chocolate stout that needed a little chocolate flavor.


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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/11/08. Bottle. Pours black with a small light head. Aroma of roast, coffee, dark bitter chocolate. Flavor of sweet sugar, roast, bitter hops with a bitter finish. Weak palate, too sugary. Not very chocolatey either. Meh for me.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 12/20

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Photo of sevopie
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown with a tan head.

Smell - Grainy with hints of cocoa and coffee.

Taste - Again, the grain itself stands out a bit over the milder flavors of the chocolate and coffee. A bit of a bitter hoppy finish to it.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with it being a little heavier than I'd like on the carbonation.

Drinkability - Not too bad, I'd like some of the sweeter coffee/chocolate notes perhaps to show up more, as its mostly bitter, but its still not bad at all.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some toffee/chocolate. The taste is slightly sweet, with toffee/chocolate. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice brew.

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

A: A gorgeous cream colored head with rich and deep accents. The brew itself was dark as to be expected. However I didn't have a decent light to examine for any unique subtleties.

S: A strong and rich aroma. Little chocolate smell to speak of but the flavors of roasted malts and coffee piqued the senses.

T: Wonderful taste, not too heavy on the alcohol although there was a slight presence. I was mostly overwhelmed by the roasted barley much more so than the chocolate. Keeping that in mind I felt that the when the chocolate was present it made for an excellent accent to the roasted flavors.

M: Not too heavy and not too light. Just enough to let you know you're drinking a stout. I found this to be a positive note.

D: Wonderful for a stout. The beer was not filling and went down smooth and easy. I had to pace myself with this one. While I probably wouldn't go for a sixer i'd have a hard time turning down one or two of these.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.51/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No date on the bottle

A) Black glass that goes ruby with back light to show clarity, but still holds the Black color: I'm used to getting more of a brown with clarity. Gives up some minor lacing.

S) Cocoa nose with a mild lactic/milk sweetness that gives the beer a milk chocolate element that's rather nice.

T) Loads of oxidation that goes papery and cardboard (no date = brewers bad). Under all that is some mild chocolate malt (roasted grain) flavor, some dark chocolate and a ribbon of coffee bitterness in the finish. The paper notes really took the wind out the sails though.

M) Weak body, mild carbonation, dry finish.

O) Not a lot of chocolate in a pretty weak stout. The result is a lack of body and no support for the flavors that are going on. I wish they'd dial this up a few notches.

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Photo of tmitch75
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Black as midnight with a smooth creamy tan head and good lacing. Roasty chocolate goodness on the nose with a slight herbal hop note.

Flavor is roasty with slight chocolate notes, but pretty watery overall. Way too light and watery for a stout.

Very unsatisfying Stout.

Tasted 8/1/08.

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Photo of kevd193213
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Dark brownish black pour with a nice thick coffee head. Aroma of roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Thin mouthfeel but tasty with roasted nuts and chocolate dominating the overall taste. Nice dry but sweet finish. A good beginner stout in that its fairly simple but still enjoyable.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Blind Tiger Ale House in New York City. This was about the only beer that they were pouring that I hadn't tried yet or could find on sale via retail. I didn't know anything about this brewery or it's beers, but I can honestly say after giving this a good 40 minutes to warm up in my hand that this has to be the thinnest stout that I've ever had...

The pour was what one would expect - dark, but not black, with just a hint of almond brown at the edges. The head was creamy and not too tall, while the lacing was never anywhere to be seen. That should have been the first sign that something was amiss here, but the taste and mouthfeel sealed the deal. Yeah, there's some black chocolate here with some black coffee and espresso notes, but this was just too weak up front and too repugnantly bitter in the back. This never caught on with me even as my glass warmed up.

I don't expect stouts to be session beers, but this nearly fit the bill. If they're motor-oil thick, full of oatmeal, chocolate, or roasted malt, and smoothly bitter in the back, they can be wonderful. This was the first, and hopefully, "generic stout" that I've ever had and seeing how this beer has a higher rating then what I'm giving it, I have a feeling that something got lost in translation between the Centennial State and here. For some reason, I still refuse to believe that any stout could be this weak...

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark, antique mahogany with dark plum highlights around the edges when held up to the light. A one inch frothy beige colored head sits atop but not for long as it quickly dissipates leaving no visible lacing behind.

S: rich, dark, bitter chocolate with fresh coffee. An earthy humus aroma mixes well with the fresh coffee flavor. Ripe fruit of dark cherries and plums also intertwine adding to the layering of this fine aroma.

T: ripe fruit of plums, raisins, and dates. A soothing bitter chocolate-coffee latte flavor with some vanilla cream hints are well noted. The finish was clean and quick off the tongue. Overall the flavor was very smooth and easy with a nice flavor but found it lacking a bit substance wise.

M: light, smooth with a moderate trace of carbonation. Ok per style but could have been better here, again lacking the fullness and substance.

D: Drinkability was smooth and easy, wont fill you up and light enough to enjoy a few.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.87/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not bad, but there is a ton of chocolate beers out of there and this beer is just not one of the best. The body is a touch thin, the aroma is pretty good, but the flavor offers, in addition to a good amount of chocolate roastiness, diacetyl and some weird sourness that I've noted before in beers with a lot of dark malt. Mouthfeel is a shade chalky, which is neither good nor bad, and is a touch thin, although it isn't sticky (which is nice).

Not bad, but like I said, just not one of the best when the words "chocolate" and "beer" collide in my mind. I bought this as a single bottle in a mixed 6-pack from the Woodman's in Oak Creek.

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Photo of iceball585
4.37/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, one finger thick tan head that lowered to a lacy cover

S- Chocolate malt, coffee beans, little hint of vanilla

T- Dark chocolate, creamy, black coffee, woody, slight smokey flavor

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, smooth, silky, dry finish

D- Worth buying again

This beer is not very complex and also not too overpowering as some stouts are. Definitely a good American Stout in my opinion.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, almost black. Opaque with only a slight reddish hue around the extreme edge when held to the light. Poured almost a 2 finger light brown head with fair retention. Laced in thick sheets.

S: Bitter chocolate and roasted coffee; that's about it.

T: Chocolate taste up front followed by an earthy bitterness ahead of a slightly sweet finish.

M: Full-bodied flavor, but mouthfeel was a little thin. Not as creamy and smooth as it looks

D: I liked the bitter chocolate coffee in the nose. Sokid choice for a dessert beer.

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Photo of ATPete
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Fort Collins' Chocolate Stout sports a crappy label (different from that pictured above) but pours a good looking beer. Very dark brown, just about black in color with a large, dense but creamy beige head. Bitter bakers chocolate appears in the malt profile. The hops used add to this bitterness while tasting. The chocolate is not as sweet or as prominent as it really should be in a chocolate stout, it comes through on the finish while upfront is mostly just burnt malt with no defining flavor. Charcoal and earthy notes come through just before the finish and a bready yeast feel lingers throughout. The aftertaste is decent and long. Light/medium bodied, with a slightly grainy feel about it, but alas it drinks well. Theres better out there.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - typical stout appearance, dark brownish/black with a half finger of tan clumpy head

S - roasted malts dominate with some light chocolate aromas, maybe a slight vanilla hint, hard to tell, i smell it on some whiffs but not others

T - similar to the aroma, the rich roasted malts dominate the flavor, a bit woody and chocolatey, with a great hop balancing factor, quite a nice layered flavor without being complex

M&D - thinner than expected, almost Irish Dry stout thin, smooth and easy to drink, one of the more sessionable stouts, a most enjoyable beer

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Black as night, opaque. Head is medium brown, 1/2" and textured like rough-grit sandpaper.

S- Light cream, lighter hop aroma. Brown sugar and molasses scents come through. The chocolate factor isn't overpowering to me, so it seems drinkable so far.

T- The tastes are somewhat watered down. It kinda teases you with offering up just a little bit of complexity, but then it's muted by the plain watery taste. Hidden in the muddy water is milk chocolate, cream, just a touch of smoke, and vanilla. Im my opinion, this beer really had a chance. It is a shame that the richness and fullness is not fulfilled as it should be.

M- Creamy in the mouth with just the right touch of carbonation. However, the watery feeling from the taste carries over for me into the feel, making the score I gave slightly lower.

D- It is definitely not too sweet or rich, but it really lacks in the 'wow' department. I would not seek this one out for sure.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had on 10.24.08 at Choc Ave Grille with parents.

great looking beer. dark brown with red hints and a fantastic head. solid 2 finger tan head very foamy and bubbly and lasted quite a while. left a moderate lacing on the glass.

smell had a chocolate roasted malt smell. nothing exciting, but a decent scent going on. taste was kind of watered down. decent flavor, but left my mouth wanting a little more. mouthfeel was quite nice, smooth taste.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Dark brown color, nice beige head.

smell - Roasted malt, cocoa smell here.

taste - Has a roasted chocolate flavor. Thought it would be more of a dark chocolate. Also has some smokey flavors to it too.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Fine drinking beer, thought it would have more of chocolate flavor

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Photo of dacrza1
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-fingered brown head that sits on a black body that offers the slightest glimmer of light to peer through... intimidating as a chocolate a stout should be... bright, mellow milky lactic scents pleasantly mingle with chocolate and coffee--engaging... lively, effervescent between the teeth.. the slightest hints of hops rough up the edges of what one would expect to be a smooth drinker... lively at the throat too, with little lingering presence... chocolate, yes--and smoked accents of peat or somthing darker and sweeter through the nostrils... not as "smooth" as advertised--but still pleasant and chocolaty... completing the sampler I bought a ways back (in the spring!) I feel compelled to revisit the 12-pack at a later date--it was that enjoyable, and balanced the wheat (1) with the lagers (3) and the ales (2)...

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Photo of AleDrinkToThat
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass after cooling from the fridge for about five minutes.

A: Deep, DEEP mahogany hue, near black. Light 1-finger tan head that retained for a pretty good while, and some nice lacing following the brew down the glass with each sip.

S: Definite cocoa aroma up front. It may have been just me, but I really honed in on some floral hop aroma in the background.

T: Not bad on the chocolate, but it seemed a little on the dry side. Lots of chocolate and roasted malt. A bit on the hoppy side, though.

M: Pretty low carbonation, but again, a little on the dry side, and a little weak on the body, too. I was expecting a little more sweetness; I might have even expected it to cloy a little, but not this chocolate stout.

D: I wouldn't choose this for a session, myself, but I could go for a glass with some Devil's Food. I spoiled myself by having Rogue and Young's as my first chocolate stouts, but they are, without a doubt, superior.

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