Double Chocolate Stout | The Fort Collins Brewery

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Double Chocolate StoutDouble Chocolate Stout

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by russpowell on 01-30-2008

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Reviews: 201 | Ratings: 415
Photo of basaywhat
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours black with small dark brown highlights and nice medium brown head. Creamy, low carbonation, and good lacing. Taste is chocolate, some coffee. Very good beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

AROMA: Toasted Malt, chocolate. LOOK: Creamy Tan head over a dark black pour. TASTE: Dark Chocolate…raisin. Slight sour late. FEEL: A tad thin for a stout. Growler pour from Joe Canals…..they were out of Founders Breakfast Stout AGAIN. Beer has quite a kick. Maybe should be called "Imperial Double Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chocolate color. Has a sweet aroma with notes of chocolate. Flavor is some chocolate with a bit of a heavy sweet syrup taste. Leaves a little bit of a light aftertaste. Overall not bad but definitely needs more refinement.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black and opaque, cola-like around the very edges. Seems thick, with fine, filmy, desert mud colored head, not very thick, but retaining well. Smells a little earthy and roasty, coffee more than cocoa, but more grainy than anything. With faint but fake banana-like alcohols/esters, even fainter toffee notes, and substantial boozy and metallic suggestions. Taste is a kick in the teeth. A strange, perhaps overwrought medley of flavor, like a very dark Belgian with too much roastiness and hops but not enough vinegar or alcohol. Sweetish throughout, almost nondescript but similar to the fake banana as described in aroma. A little chocolate and toffee, but decent grain, smoke, and coffee flavors splashing up as it ebbs and flows around the palate. Harsher booze may seem slightly hidden by these sweet and robust qualities, and the carbonation, but it soon comes into its own in the occasional heat or pepper breath while drinking and a mild, lingering warmth after each swallow, building up in mouth as the beer level goes down in glass. Earthy, roasty, and herbal aftertaste. Body is medium or thereabouts, syrupy with suds that aren't too aggressive, only slightly tingly at first before mellowing to almost cream. And as mentioned, at least some warming effects from alcohol. Honestly, it could stand to be more astringent than it is. Not a top shelf Imperial Stout (although I'll likely end up overrating it compared to most), but quite good nonetheless.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black very thin tan head that leaves quickly. You can smell the coffee and some chocolate aroma slight oak smell. Taste is a little odd something there I cant put my finger on on the back end, taste of coffee and chocolate little smoke maybe what ever the back end taste is not very good. The after taste causes the feel to be off as well almost taste like its over carbonated maybe? Overall not a beer I liked much or would have again.

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Photo of DrainBamage
2.32/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours dark black with a thin lace of head. Has bourbon aromas which aren't very strong for 8.5% ABV. Flavor is masked by the extreme bitterness. Bitterness sticks around for awhile and almost seems artificial. In the end it's quite flavorless, masking bitterness, and no discernible chocolate taste to it. Not recommended.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's a decent enough stout, and not too sweet which is a good thing. But if your going to call it Double Chocolate Stout, I expect at least a little chocolate in the flavor profile. Again, not bad, but I won't need to revisit this one again.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, toast, nuttiness, light char, light raisin, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark, roast, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, toast, nuttiness, light char, light raisin, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, caramel, toffee, toast, nuttiness, light char/raisin, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark, roast, and bready malt flavors; with a nice malt bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial stout. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark, roast, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BaalDagon
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Momma said that if you have nothing good to say, don't say anything at all. Simply not my cup of tea, or beer as the case may be. The one thing I will say is that it has a wonderful aroma and the only reason I am saying more is because it is required...

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Photo of DS31
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i liked this stout. Of course, the fact that it was on-tap made a world of difference, as I have found true with most beer tastings. The appearance was dark, it went down smoothly with no bitter aftertaste, and was thoroughly enjoyable. I could detect a slight hint of chocolate, but not enough to say it was a "chocolaty" beer. That 's a good thing; I dislike beers that have flavorings and spices added to them, often to disguise the otherwise uninteresting flavor of the underlying brew. i will seek this one out again, but prefer it on-tap.

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Photo of potatojuice
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- black, thick frothy mocha colored head, good lacing on the glass..

S- roasted malts, cocoa powder, some wood notes

T- taste follows the nose, roasted malts impart flavors of acidic light roast coffee, burnt sweet molasses. cocoa is there but not in anyway I will call this a 'double chocolate'.. it is more of coffee malt taste

M- the best part of this beer.. low carbonation..thick and creamy.. goes down silky smooth.. bittersweet aftertaste.. overall if this beer had more pronounced chocolate flavor as the label says (double chocolate).. I would prolly score this a perfect 5/5

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is espresso bean black. A thick dark tan head retains well and there are thick foamy lines of lacing.

Aroma is silky sweet with cocoa and rich chocolate.

Taste is like melted bittersweet chocolate chips. There's only a faint chalkiness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

Overall, not complex, just extremely delicious and perfectly made. 8.5% ABV is undetectable.

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Photo of punisher1
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Saw a lot of bad reviews on here after I purchased a four pack. I have to say though this is a solid stout for me. Love the thickness/creaminess. I think the only problem with this stout is the name. The chocolate is there but by no means deserving of the title. This has hints of Evil Twins Yin, which is one of my favs. A descent stout for me.

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Photo of BB1313
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with brown hues and light getting through; huge khaki head that fades slowly and leaves great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are very malty. Lots of cocoa and milk chocolate. Some roasted barley in the mix. The flavors are nice, but typical. More milk chocolate. Some hints of vanilla and expresso. It's not too bitter. There's a subtle sweetness to it. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied. It feels light, but it's smooth and creamy. This is an extremely easy drinking stout.

This Imperial Stout is enjoyable, but it's nothing too special or out of the ordinary. It's your typical/safe example of the style. There's nothing wrong with it, but can easily get lost in the shuffle. Chocolate is there, but it's not too roasty. Basic, but fine.

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Photo of 71CrazyOtto
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Impulse buy for 5 bucks at the store.
Cracked her open and breathed in pleasant chocolate.
Poured dark as expected with very good lacing.
Taste though was of burnt malt. The beer was drinkable but absence of chocolate in taste but only smell (why Fort Collins why?) left me not wanting to try this beer again.

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Photo of RickS95
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours mostly black. There are lighter shades of brown peeking around the sides, but it's safe to call it black. The head forms gradually, up to a finger thick, with a light brown shade of multisized bubbles....resembling a root beer head. Retains well and has moderate lacing.

A little smoke in the nose to go with faint licorice, caramel, toffee and chocolate. Nothing in the nose is overwhelming or aggressive.

While the taste isn't bad, there's an artificial note to the chocolate. Maybe that's the 'double' part of the equation. It tastes like chocolate, but more like chocolate syrup. Lots of roasty grain notes. Any hop presence is muted by the malts.

It's fairly creamy and has plenty of sweet, but there's still that aspect of chocolate syrup that I can't get past. It's still got a nice feel to it, plus there's some high ABV to help out. Fairly thick and full bodied, it's got a bitter hotness in the syrupy finish.

It's a decent beer. I bought a four pack and am happy I did. Should be careful as this site lists the ABV as 8.1% as does their website, but the bottle shows 8.5% so sipping is advised.

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Photo of MickeyBeer
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 12 oz bottle from the local beer store

A- Pours a pretty thick dark black color, almost entirely opaque, with just a little light coming through the edges and giving it a beautiful deep red color. One finger of tan head that left some nice lacing.

S- Smell is dominated by coffee and chocolate. Pretty sweet, very nice nose.

T- Good chocolate and coffee flavors. Sweet, but not overwhelmingly so.

M- Really smooth and drinkable. Hardly any presence of alcohol, which makes it dangerous at 8.5% ABV. Medium bodied mouthfeel. I would have no problem downing a few of these.

O- A solid Imperial Stout with some nice nose, tasty flavors, and great mouthfeel. Would make a great session stout, in my opinion.

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Photo of 57md
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, dark brown with a thin layer of beige head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. The chocolate and malt flavors blend well. The nose is far too mild, almost non-existent. The roasted bitterness on the finish is the highlight, particularly because it is accompanied by bittersweet chocolate notes.

The whole offering is a touch thin for a double stout, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is identical to the single version of this brew, brown with some clarity, short head, and significant lacing. Nose is heavier on the roasted malts an dry cocoa notes. Notes of bread come in behind the significant roast. Taste has cereal grain character up front with light chocolate and coffee notes an heavy dry roast. Tastes very light for and imperial and really misses the mark for mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is thin and highly carbonated. A bit of a disappointment in relation to my expectations. There is roast and chocolate but no body or depth.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark brown-black color with some red tones when moved in the light. Rich mocha head, fades fast yet leaves nice lacing.

S-Chocolate, but not 'double' chocolate, dark roasted malts, a hint of coffee in the back. Faint hops.

T- Now the chocolate comes through and blends well with the coffee, some graniness. Earthy.

M- Light roast, thin feel for a stout. The chocolate and hop bitterness keep the alcohol in check so it's quite drinkable.

O- A stout @ 8.1% abv that goes down easy, not bad.

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Photo of frankiepop
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first thing I noticed was when opening this beer, it was low on smoke, hardly any schmoke floated out of this beer. : -( The view was ok but unimpressive. A dark beer with a decent head. A smidgeon above average. My favorite aspect of this beer though is the aroma. Nice chocolatte aromas arose clearly to my senses. It was like sniffing a nice chocolate bar. Pure chocolatte on the mild side....just like I love my women!

There is a let down in flavors. It was chocolate, simply chocolate and it was lightly sweet. The issue here this does not quite measure up to the few double chocolates that I have had in the past. I mean to compare this beer to Young's Double Chocolate or Rogue's Chocolate Stout, this is nowhere in their league. Thus, the lower score was given. Some might like a milder thinner chocolate dominated flavored beer, then this would be a nice one. This rides more like a an ale than a stout in a way. In that regards, one might enjoy it. It reminds me of the New Belgium's dark ale 1554 Enlightened Black Ale which I like to think is pretty good, but this is not a rich thick well bodied smooth chocolate stout.

There is nothing wrong with the texture of the beer. Again I find it a little thin for a stout. Some might even find it a bit watery. This not a bad beer, it just doesn't measure up to my standards.

That's enough on this beer. It is made to go with the music of one of the western United States cool headed nature motivated jazz men from the 60s and 70s. That man is drummer Jerry Grannelli who taught at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO. The specific cds to check out is a duet cd with JAY CLAYTON on Sound Songs or Iron Sky with Jeff Reilly smoking in on bass clarinet. I always thought Jerry might have a performance with some of the Oregon guys.

Jerry Grannelli probably does alright. He gets a cut on the lp 'A Charlie Brown Christmas" ... Yes, Jerry was the excellent drummer on Vincent Guaraldi outstanding album for the classic TV special!

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Photo of stercomm
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my trusty Left Hand Brewing tulip glass

A - Dark coffee/cola color, slight mocha head that recedes quickly leaving very slight lacing on the glass.

S - Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and cream (hint of sweetness)

T - Slightly thick roasted malts, powdered cocoa, coffee, still getting a creamy taste.

M - Medium bodied, strong carbonation, creamy.

O- Not a bad chocolate stout, alcohol is a bit harsh on the finish

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Photo of vfgccp
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Mocha head with nice retention and ok lace. Dark cola body with cranberry highlights.

S - Big nose of dark roast malt, dark chocolate, burnt grains, and touch of cream.

T - Thick milk chocolate, dark roast grains, and sweet mochaccino.

M - Medium light body. Maybe a shade light on carbonation.

O - Definitely on the sweeter side of the style. Almost more of a milk stout than a chocolate stout.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty much black, with a thick and sudsy beige head of an inch or more height in thickness. Lacing in creamy spackle. Looks rich and I want to get right in there.

Smells of dark roasted malts, cocoa powder, blackstrap molasses, earthy/piney hops, and breakfast coffee. Some creaminess, just from the aroma.

Dark cocoa and coffee flavors are rich, but creamy. Lots of robust grains with black malt burnt notes and hints of berries and peatiness. Semi-sweet, but with good bitterness starting right there in the middle. More molasses flavors offer blackening tang, whilst the hops open this up a bit more than I would've expected. I'm pleasantly surprised.

Thinner than appropriate body, with some average carbonation. Alcohol levels are certainly at bay. Very drinkable out of the pint glass.

As a chocolate stout, no-go. It's not a chocolate stout, but then neither is Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. I was hoping it was a strong sweet stout, but BA has this as an imperial stout. After tasting it, I see that that is indeed the closest style represented. For this style, Fort Collins Double Chocolate Stout is very average. Enjoyable, not poor and not exceptional.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thank God I only bought one of these from Buy Rite in Jersey City. I had the Chocolate Stout a long time ago and thought that this would be a more beefed-up version of it. When I first gave it a whiff and taste, I almost thought it was an Irish Dry Stout, because of the burnt flavors and the big glass of water that I needed to wash everything down. This was certainly not like the other Doubles and Imperial Stouts that I had and this was just short of being a disappointment.

Of course, the pour was dark and there was a bit of head and lacing to be seen. The carbonation wasn't really present and there was just a bit of booze in the nose. Once I tasted it, the bitter chocolate was nowhere to be found. No power, no alkali, no cocoa nibs, but just a burnt chocolate that bordered on the edge of a dry espresso. The booze was still there but there wasn't any strong cocoa flavor for it to enhance. This was too creamy and cloying to enjoy and this almost felt like a cordial going down in the back. While I like Amaretto and Black Sambuca on their own, I did not buy this beer in order to have them together in my pint glass.

Sure enough, this was strong but any beer of this style should be and it wasn't even though to warm me up or calm me down. It's officially Winter now and with tons of other examples of this style on the shelf, nearly any one would be a better choice than this. Without any spice, milk chocolate, or nutty flavors to accompany this, this beer got old quick and if you see it, only get one bottle. There truly is nothing else like it on the shelf.

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