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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by russpowell on 01-30-2008

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Reviews: 201 | Ratings: 415
Photo of DoctorDog
1.92/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Presentation: 1 pint, 6 oz. into a snifter.

A- Very dark, nearly black/opaque. ~1 1/2 fingers of light brown head, which fades gradually to but a thin ring. Straight out of the bottle, the liquid looks noticeably thin and watery, which I find a bit worrisome. No lacing noted.

S- Hints of chocolate and coffee, and a bit of molasses. Also, a slightly grassy/earthy quality to the aroma.

T- Some baker's chocolate and slightly burnt espresso. Sweetness is minimal. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Nothing too complex or interesting going on here. As the drink warms slightly, wet cardboard flavors creep in and begin to overtake the palate, and the quality of flavor gradually and substantially decreases. By ~1/2 way through, this thing is nothing but a disgusting mess of wet cardboard.

M- Moderately carbonated and watery. Somewhat drying on the finish. I'm left scratching my head and wondering where all of the 4-4.5 ratings and "creamy" descriptions came from....not my bottle. Looks like I managed to "luck" into another bad bottle.

D- When the last 1/2 of your bottle goes down the drain instead of your throat, the resulting rating is not going to be pretty.

Future outlook: Damn it. I had big expectations for this, only for them to be completely and thoroughly dashed. I might someday give this offering another chance in the distant future, but not anytime too soon.

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Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep deep burnt ruby color with what looks like good clarity. 2 finger tan head. First impression of the nose is burnt coffee. As the beer opens up starts to smell better, some milk chocolate, burnt coffee, heavily roasted malts.

Very burnt tasting with a coarse body. Not getting a ton of chocolate but more coffee. Astringent burntness and bitterness. Long tannic finish. Almost no chocolate. Not crazy about it and the price of the 4 pack is high. There might be more flavors that you can dive for and find but I dont really want to, its not making me want to.

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Photo of Brunite
2.13/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured a nice dark brown with tan head.

S: Smelled good. CHOCOLATE!!

T: Whoa!!! Booze. Big problem. Taste like hershey syrup in vodka.

M: Alcohol burn.

O: Draino. Man...I had high hopes here. I LOVE chocolate stouts but this is a bummer. Ticked off that I paid 5-6.00 for a bomber and poured it.

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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 BedetheVenerable
2.46/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: 24oz. brown glass bomber, split with my fiancee

Appearance: Ultra dark brown/black, opaque with a nice thick dark tan head with great retention.

Smell: Sweet mocha aromas; it's kind of like fresh coffee with just a TOUCH of's simple, but nice.

Taste: A hint of milk chocolate with SHARP roasted barley bitterness and a medium-high hop bitterness as well; there's a bit of alcohol present as well...this is kiiiind of tasty but it's definitely out of balance; there are sweet/bitter flavors kind of running amok and the bitter edge is almost lip puckering...very odd for the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy

Drinkability: My girl didn't finish hers (and she loves big bold stouts) and I barely got mine down.

Conclusion: I have several problems with this beer, but the biggest is that the website bills this as "perfectly balanced." In a word, "no." I bought this because the dessert beer I'd gone after (DB) was out of stock...I'll probably not buy this again.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

There's chocolate in the name, though the brewery does not talk about brewing with actual chocolate. A decent amount of brown foam forms from a steady pour, good head retention. Nearly pitch black with some ruby edges when put to the light. Roasted grain that suggests unsweetened chocolate and used coffee grounds in the nose, with faint dark cherry and blackberry fruitiness in the back. Burnt flavors come off a little bitter with unsweetened, bitter dark chocolate and more coffee grounds on the taste buds. Mildly warming alcohol, maltiness seems to be stuck on burnt. Hop bitterness doesn't help and lays down an out of place herbal flavor middle to end while the burnt grain tosses a vague smoky note into the mix. Finishes a little astringent and certainly bitter.

They'd be better off removing chocolate from the label as most people will associate sweet flavors with this beer. Overall, it's a muddled mess, and the flavors just mesh together--not completely undrinkable, but the bitter astringent flavors are hard to swallow after a while.

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Photo of Avryle
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was a bit of a let-down.

A- Pours a dark brown-black with a ugly poofy tan head. The head almost looks like actively fermenting yeast.

S- Roasted grains are dominant on the nose. Some coffee, but where's the chocolate???

T- Blah. Roast & coffee strong up front with minimal hints of chocolate along with a booziness. Strong unpleasant bitter finish.

M- Ho-hum. Not good, not bad. Some body, but lacking the creaminess expected of a double chocolate stout.

D- I ended up passing off the remainder of my pour. The bitterness in the finish did nothing for me. However, Aerozeppl, who I split the bomber with, thought it was decent & quite drinkable. Not for me, I suppose.

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Photo of WildTurkey
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle to snifter

A: Deep brown/black with thick tan head. Pretty dark.

S: Pretty boozy. Mostly burnt coffee and maybe a little bitter chocolate - but not much.

T: Very Boozy. Lot of coffee but no chocolate. Tastes like asparin.

M: Lighter than my expectation. Not very rich or smooth compared to other examples of this style.

D: Not digging it. Too boozy, not enough emphasis on chocolate.

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Photo of farrago
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Credible one finger plus head of mixed bubbles, consistent light brown color, moderate stickiness to the lacing. Complete blackness throughout, no suggestion of color at any angle. earns its name, hits your nose with a double barrel shot of milk chocolate, after this raisin, date fruit, butterscotch, malt, no real hops based counterweight, mildly bready as in the texture of banana bread. Full-bodied, like a river of chocolate out of Willy Wonka, unfortunately here the alcohol bursts through with some burn and notes of nail polish. Otherwise, mint, caramel, anise, orange peel adorn the palate. The carbonation tries to churn things up, at moments overanxious. Some hops-like astringency at the end as well as banana peel. Stutter steps through the finish, which may be just as well.

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Photo of biglite351
2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - slight red-brown bleed around the edge. Nice tight tall waterfall foam, that lasts a while.

S - mild but nice. Chocolate and malt.

T - So-so. With a name like "double chocolate" I was expecting much more. Not a good after taste, a rather bitter upturn, or down turn if you like.

M - watery and nothing to write home about.

D - there are better options out there.

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Photo of match1112
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a dark brown with a one finger mocha head. smells sweet and boozy. taste is of warming alochol with powered cocoa. thin and watery mouthfeel. overall this was a huge disappointment. first beer in a long time i couldnt finish, had to drain pour and open a youngs.

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Photo of benito
2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Opaque, dark brown imperial stout with a thin head and great, pronounced chocolate aromas. The flavor is marred by a harsh, roasted-barley bitterness and a solventy, alcoholic finish. There are nice coffee, cocoa, chicory, and chocolate flavors, but they don't have the time or space to develop given those two flaws.

This was my second bomber of this brew, and I had the same reaction both times. It is slightly more palatable as it warms to room temp, but the biting finish is too overwhelming to make this a recommendable beer.

FCB's lagers are still their best bets; skip this one.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a 3 oz sampler glass at Fort Collins Brewing's tasting room. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of good cream, nice thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Light rich chocolate. A very mild strength aroma.

T: Nice chocolate tones, some caramel, and nuts. Pretty simple for the style. Fairly well balanced. Not as much chocolate as expected.

Mf: Smooth and wet until the third act, which is quite dry and coarse. Not suitable for the style. Would be better with cream and/or on nitro-draught.

Dr: Drinkable but lackluster. I wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of projectflam86
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark brown cola like color with a thing off-white head that leaves some lace.

S- The nose is pretty nice with some chocolate sweetness and some roasted bitterness. Not alot else going on though.

T- Very boozy upfront with lots of bitterness in the finish. A bit of smoke and coffee but REALLY hoppy (for an Imperial Stout) and boozy. The flavor profile isn't really working more me.

M- Thin for what I expected and dry. Ok carbonation.

D- Won't pick this one up again.

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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 SaCkErZ9
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Emerges nearly pitch black with dark cherry highlights. Every other impy stout or double stout I have had has been in the pitch black color department; must mean this one is slightly less chocolatey or roasty? One finger sized cocoa colored head.

Aroma certainly doesnt indicate a double chocolate quality. There is some chocolate and some coffee, typical in most stouts, but nothing in the way of enormous choclate (like Rogue Chocolate Stout). Actually, there is more coffee than chocolate. Not a whole lot of roast either.

Okay flavor. More chocolate than coffee in the flavor. Small amount of roasty quality. Lots of fruit as well. Rather sweet. Alcohol is noticeable.

Not bad. Slightly thin on the mouthfeel. Low carbonation and a little too fruity of a stout for me.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep, dark brown with a little bit of carbonation up front, small tannish head that quickly disappeared. Nose was of some choloate, maybe some espresso. The alcohol was pretty strong for 8.10 ABV. The taste was strong of alcohol and not so much on the chocolate. the alcohol just took control and it shouldnt have for 8.10 ABV. The alcohol was not disguised well and the taste was not that chocolatey. Roasted malts hung in there and it finished rather dry. I know its Imperial but a Rogue Choc Stout blows this away! Would not drink or buy again. Average.

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Photo of Blybloke
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this bomber at Chicone's in Hudson, WI.

This is a rather unremarkable beer. Pours a dark brown to near black with a half-inch sandy cap.

Roasted coffee and, yes, chocolate on the nose. The chocolate isn't as assertive as I'd have liked. It's there, but you have to kind of dig for it.

Same with the flavor. Kind of messy without being intriguing. Chocolate and coffee come through with pinch of alcohol. To me, the chocolate should shine instead of hanging around among the other flavors.

Mouthfeel was average at best. For a double stout, it wasn't very thick. Not a huge complaint, but it was noticable.

Drinkability I thought was average to good. It goes down nicely, but I wouldn't consider having more than a bottle of this at a time (even if it was in 12oz bottles)

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown color; ruby highlights on the edges when up to the light. Poured a 3 finger light brown head with fair retention to a meringue dollop. Laced in thin webs.

S: Toasted malts; mostly coffee with a little bitter chocolate. Earthy and maybe a little dark fruit (dark cherries).

T: Big toasted malts. Burnt caramel and coffee. Dark fruit is a little more prominent than in the nose. The chocolate disappeared unless it was all in the bitter. Medley of flavors lingered well past into finish.

M: Full body. Moderate carbonation. Creamy feel that was thicker than Imperial Stout. Dry and bitter without cleansing.

D: Big and burnt malt flavor is the hallmark. Didn't get the chocolate part.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass this brew pours like a dark porter that is over-carbonated. The extremely bubbly head fades away quickly and leaves little lace. Not impressive at all.

S: The aroma is not as rich as the bottle claims. As a matter of fact it is rather bland. There is some roastiness, and some coffee and chocolate, but the aromas are not very pronounced at all.

T: Flavor follows suite. Bland with roast notes and a slight chocolate flavor. A small hop after taste is present. I've had brown ales that were bolder and bigger then this stout.

MF: A little watered down and thin. Carbonation is ok at best.

D: Drinkability is a little rough, even at just over 8.1%.

Over all, this is my first brew from Fort Collins and I'm not impressed at all. This double chocolate stout should be branded as an ok Imperial Porter. Double the chocolate, double the malt, up the hop bill by a quarter, and give this brew some balls.

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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 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 satowns
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint. Creamy dark brown head which enjoys hanging around.

Aroma of intense bittersweet/dark chocolate, spent coffee grinds, campfire ash. Aromas get less descript as the stout warms.

Mild chocolate, roasted malt flavors and mild bitterness control the profile. The range of flavors appears to be pretty limited. Lacks the richness of other chocolate stouts.

DCS has decent body with slickness to the finish.

I expected a chocolaty, velvety, rich, robust and potent stout, but was let down. Don't get me wrong; the beer isn't flawed, and it doesn't have any ugly characteristics. I think it is very drinkable stout. Double Chocolate; I don't think so. Double stout brewed with some chocolate; more like it. Its funny how semantics can get in the way of a review; just don't let it discourage you from enjoying this beer.

Music enjoyed whilst sampling: Rock Me by the Doors

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Photo of OddNotion
3.09/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From notes.
Split the bomber.
Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: One finger of an oppwhite head and pours a dark brown but a lot of light penetrates. I like my imperial stouts pitch black.

Smell: A little bit of chocolate, some roastiness, but I think I can honestly say that this just smells thin.

Taste: Like the nose there is a little bit of chocolate and some roast, but the taste leaves the mouth really fast. If it were a better taste I would wish it would stick around more, however I am indifferent in this situation. As it warms a little more bitterness comes out and it gets a little more chocolatey, however still nothing amazing.

Mouthfeel: Thin even though there is minimal carbonation.

Overall: It is okay but pales in comparison to so many other great options.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is roasted malt and chocolate with some coffee too. However, the aroma isn't strong at all. The taste is similar but stronger than the aroma, however there's a bit of an "off" taste to it that's hard for me to describe. It's not offensive but not pleasing. The finish is bitter, not very much sweetness at all. I don't know if it's just me, but I certainly don't notice the "double chocolate" in this stout. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and a bit slick with average carbonation. Drinkability is average, it's not hard to drink but it doesn't exactly go down easy either. I don't think this is a bad beer, but I would choose plenty of other stouts before this one. I don't think I'll seek this out again anytime soon.

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