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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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is strong and smoky with firm tones of fine coffee and unsweetened chocolate. It pours a deep, opaque coffee brown with a nice tan head. Flavor is rich, like a fine and slightly sweet mocha with hints of molasses and licorice. Sublime texture is smooth and tingly, quite pleasing.

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Photo of AdamMY
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is typical for a stout, deep nearly pitch black color, with a light brown foam head.

The Smell is nice, though a little simple. Honestly reminds me of a Chocolate milkshake.

Taste is incredible, lots of chocolate, slight hint of nicely roasted coffee, good bit of cream, and a nice hint of chocolate flavored kids ceral.

The mouth feel is so incredibly thick and creamy, I feel like I could cut it with a knife, and stab it with a fork like a nice plump piece of cake.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got from Ummagum. Poured from a 22oz bottle (no dating info) into a pint glass. It was black with red highlights when held against a light. Good carbonation with slow sliding lace that doesn't stick. It had a small brown head that quickly dissipated into a partial carb fed foam and a collar.

The aroma was on the weaker side until it reached room temp. Was very weak and disappointing till halfway thru when the aroma really started to unfold. Roasted dark chocolate malt and coffee. The taste was really good especially as it warmed up and the flavors unfolded. Great chocolate taste with good balance on the coffe. Starts off sweet and then the bitter from the choc and coffee hit and finishes with a not too bitter end. Their regular Chocolate Stout is one of my absolute favorites and this one earns a place next to it. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Good carb levels as well.

Overall, another great beer from a great brewery. FBC is a vastly underrated brewery that hopefully will get it's due one of these days. Highly recommend. Not available here but would be a several bottle purchase per season if it was. For now, I'll have to rely on my best bud Ummagum to ship me some. (Note: this is a perfect example of why it's important to re-review when you can. My original review was from a bottle that I shipped to myself. It must have been bad because the beer was not very good and I gave it a bad review (one and done). Got another shipped to me and it was awesome. Glad I did that or I would have missed out on a great beer)

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Photo of rowew
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber. ABV, but no date. Label is a nice mountain painting, in dark red and brown colors.

Appearance: Very dark, almost no light through. Nice dark tan head. Average retention and lacing.

Smell: Coffee and bitter dark chocolate.

Taste: Interesting - a bit more carbonation than I expected, but a nice full mouthfeel. Lots of chocolate and coffee flavors, as well as a good amount of roasted malt.

Overall impression: Nice, and very drinkable. I enjoy the regular chocolate stout, and this is a nice step up from there.

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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 AMo
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fort Collins Brewery Double Chocolate Stout pours a dense, opaque black with a short stiff tan head. The smell is mild of roasted malts, with a slight coffee like aroma. Taste is mellow with a dark chocolate background. Five minutes into this double duce everything just explodes and gets ten fold better. Mouthfeel is exceptionally silky smooth, medium dense, with a slight carbonation that is just enough for a perfect feel. Every degree this comes up in temperature the drinkability gets better and the flavor begins to fly out. I almost think this would be worth trying room temp, but I thoroughly enjoyed how this just kept getting better and better till done.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a big, thick head of tan foam.
Aroma-Chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted malt
Taste-Big roasted malt flavor, chocolate, coffee with cream, nice hop bite that compliments the milk chocolate sweetness. Warming alcohol in the finish.
Overall, rich, creamy, well-balanced and tasty.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/03/08- Purchased at Chuck's Wine and Spirits in Chagrin Falls, OH. $5.99 price tag.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info found. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep brown colored pour with a 3/4 inch off white head. Lacing is spotty and minimal.

Smell- Nice notes of chocolate malted powder, some roasted malt and maybe even a bit of vanilla.

Taste- Very flavorful for a lower abv double stout. Lots of rich milk chocolate flavor. Malt is medium to a higher roast level. Hops are held in check, but still come out and play a bit. Overall flavor meld is very good.

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel...chcoolate goodness aftertaste with a middle of the road carbonation level.

Drinkability- Really liked this one. Good bang for your buck and a great flavor profile.

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Photo of joepais
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to brentk56 for another fine bottle from black booty. I poured this into a snifter and it produced a good finger worth of tan head that settled to a thick lace. The body was big and black, no light coming through it at all.

Aromas of sweet milk chocolate were the first thing that hit me then a slight roastiness comes into play as it warms. The flavor comes on the same way but with a tinge of bitter toward the end. The mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation that helps out on this one.

Good drinkability I think I like this one better than a few other chocolate stouts I have tried. So I'll give it a must try If I was searching out Chocolate stouts and this one was around it would be in my hands.

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Photo of danielharper
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black body with a slight brownish tinge, opaque, with a moderately-thick brown head.

Smell: Wow. Strong aromas of chocolate and bitter coffee, with a nice dry chocolate malt underneath. Slight hints of caramel. Very strong and unexpectedly aromatic.

Taste: A dry maltiness up front, bitter and dry with hops, with a coffee-tinged sweet aftertaste. It reminds me a lot of Rogue's Chocolate Stout, and coming from me that's high praise. The alcohol is well-hidden, and the flavors just pop right out.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, somewhat thick, proteins coat the tongue.

Drinkability: Dangerous considering the alcohol. Very enjoyable. Worth a try for anyone who's looking for a good impy stout.

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Photo of abrand
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

23 ounce bomber poured into pint glass.

Man do I love this style of beer

Pours a opaque brown/black color with minimal creamy off white head that bubbles to disintegration rapidly. Smells of chocolate, coffee and bitterness malts. Quite a pleasant aroma, very nice. Taste is lots of chocolatey alcohol, is there any possible better combination? Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is high with alcohol being well hidden by the pleasant chocolate taste.

Overall very enjoyable beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 6 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark brown with a thick medium tan head that stays for a while.

S - Rich milk chocolate smell. Almost like a chocolate milk.

T - Lighter than I expected but really good. Really mild chocolate flavor with a bold stout taste. Good malt. Overall I love the flavor.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer!!!

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Photo of SamN
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber purchased from Wilbur's in the Fort, poured into a tumbler

A- Pours super black, almost totally opaque with just a little light through the edges. Kick ass head, thick and fluffy with staying power.

S- Roast chocolate and malt. That's it. Semi-sweet chocolate and big roasted grains. Very nice.

T- Mmmmm! Classic chocolate stout, big bold taste. Not a huge stout, but definitely no lightweight, simple enough to be enjoyed with a meal. Great tasting brew.

M- Lighter than I expected, but still full bodied. Hardly any carbonation at all, and it has a very smooth feel when you drink it.

D- I could drink this all night long. Superb, great job FCB

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a very nice black color, nice small creamy tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is big on malts, chocolate, toffee, and caramel. Some nice tones of vanilla as well. The taste is a big chocolate mess, lol, malts, nice touch of vanilla. Medium body. Very drinkable, I like this one alot, very tasty.

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Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up in Nashville, TN. It was the cheapest of the 650-750ml bottles I bought and I didn't expect much from it.

Appearance: Jet black in appearance, very slight mocha colored head, dissipated quickly

Smell: rich, chocolately roasted aromas

Taste: excellent flavor, delicious, great mix of rich stout flavor with sweet chocolate influences

Mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy, pretty chewy, coats the mouth with chocolate, excellent

Drinkability: very drinkable, delicious flavor, appearance and aromas make this a very drinkable stout

This is probably one of the best chocolate stouts I've ever had. It surprised me and got me to pick up another couple bottles. I'd greatly recommend it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Freshcraft in Denver, CO.

Pours an almost opaque dark brown color with a 1 inch tan head that lasts. Random thick streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malt and milk chocolate candy bars. Taste is of dark roasted malt, milk chocolate, slight coffee, and an alcohol bite. This beer has is very thick and creamy coming off the nitro-tap. Overall, this is a good and very tasty stout that I would get again. My first beer from Fort Collins.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

easily fort collins' best beer. hands down. pours absolutely black with a 3/4 inch off-white head. smells like espresso beans and english toffee. flavor is nto toffee sweet but is buttery like that, with a bitter cocoa/coffee finish. heavily roasted malts provide epic body and mouthfeel. the mouthfeel of this beer just murders it, perfectly balanced, mild carbonation, thick but palatable, smooth as knob creek. 8.1 abv works wonders as well. lookin forward to my next one!!!

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Photo of cjacobsen
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a black color, opaque, and has a nice brown head. Sits thick in the glass.

Smells of chocolate and coffee.

I don't know why I'm the only one that tastes the chocolate in this. I know it wasn't exactly made with real chocolate, that anyone knows of, but it has the flavor. The chocolate got my attention right away. Some caramel flavor and a coffee blend in there too. The weak hops lingers on the back of your tongue in the aftertaste.

Creamy, full, and smooth.

I thought this was a good beer. Picked it up on a whim with a friend of mine and gave it a shot, really liked it. Kind of surprised it didn't get much love on here.

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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Nice black pour with a pretty light head. Smell the chocolate, like a Mocha Starbucks drink. Very heavy and varying tones of chocolate, has a nice bite, covers the ABV well. Like a chocolate RIS, which is what I think they were going for.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From what I understand, this is a relativley new brew to hit the marketplace... just picked up a 650 ML bottle from Gary's in Madison for $4.99... probably the best brew I've sampled from Fort Collins and an overall great example of the Imperial Stout style... pours a jet-black, ebony hue with a minimal tan and reddish frothy head that soon receded... smell was replete with cocoa and dark lattee nuances that really hit home and were noticeable... taste strongly mirrored the smell, with a powerful suggestion of dark, burnt coffee, roasted malts, espresso, cappuccino, and sweet sugars... excellent flavor that really sunk in and lingered on the tongue for quite some time... a very chocolate taste that really makes itself known... excellent stuff... easily drinkable with an equally good mouthfeel... 8.1% ABV is nearly impossible to detect behind a rich combination of thick flavors... Definitely recommended...

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Photo of ajmoody76
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this at the local beer depot. 22 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. black with a thin brown head. the head thins out fairly quick. not much in the way of lacing.

roasted malts. chocolate. coffee. hops. nice smell. no off odors.

sweet taste. chocolate. good hop presence. dark chocolate aftertaste.

full body. adequate carbonation. i like this beer. i could drink two at the most in one sitting. if i have a piece of the mocha cheesecake i made to pair with it i could only drink one. will buy again.

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Photo of Raymond69
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark of course. Small mocha head dissipates quickly , no lacing.

Aroma of dark coffee , bitter chocolate , sweet malts.

This beer tastes much like it's aroma. Dark chocolate is bittersweet , some coffee undertones. Slight hop bitterness in finish.

Mouthfeel is medium , not as sweet as I'd expect. Decent carbonation.

Overall a good chocolate stout that's easy drinking. Recommended.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to pitasoup and the Donald in Mathmagic Land BIF for this bottle!

I thoroughly enjoyed the "Single" Chocolate Stout, so hopefully this one's doubly better. It pours pretty much a straight obsidian topped by at best a finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises quite a bit o' roasted malts, a good amount of cocoa, a small strip o' leather, a small cup o' coffee, and what seems to be a single fig sitting somewhere in the abyss. The taste seems to lean heavily on the roast in the beginning, but is then shown to favor some smooth chocolate, which permeates the body of the flavor. Tiny bits o' coffee and leather try to get noticed, but are o'erwashed by their stronger forebears. The body is a hefty medium, with a light carbonation and a very smooth feel. The somewhat lack of chewiness actually works to this beer's advantage, as it keeps the chocolate and roasted elements from becoming overpowering and even clashing with one another. Overall, a very tasty choco-stout, but still something of a let-down (just not all that much of one). I just had really high expectations, is all.

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Photo of HeckYeah
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer review and a decent brew to kick things off.

A- Pours pitch black with a decent head that quickly dissipated into a thin, mildly-rocky layer. Left sticky lacing at the top after the head vanished.

S- smells of dark roasted malts and chocolate with lots of coffee

T- Very good beer. Starts out with a sweeter chocolate taste that fades to dark, bitter coffee. The flavors are very well balanced and complement each other well. Quite a bit of lingering alcohol taste at the end...and about 20 min after you've drank the whole bottle you still taste a dry bitterness on the back of your tongue as you try to start your homework.

M- In the beginning, thick and very smooth with only a little more carbonation than ideal.

D- easy of course

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Photo of manahansf
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an inky and opaque black color toped with a creamy, one finger, tan head. The brew gives off a bold dark roasted malt aroma which is echoed in the taste. Smooth flavors of roasted coffee and sweet chocolate flow through the viscous body with low carbonation levels. The finish fades into a sweeter and more chocolate flavor as it fades slowly and ends clean.

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