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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1.5 finger milk chocolate head with lots of lace on a very dark body with light getting through. Light chocolate and smokey aroma with coffee notes. Flavor is a nice balanced mix of both chocolate and coffee, nearly perfect. A somewhat tangy finish. Full body and light to moderate carbonation. Very drinkable for a double with the flavor being very balanced. A nice beer.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
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 +15.9%
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 GRG1313
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of spycow
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice dark looking brew with a creamy brown head on top. The smell of the beer was chocolaty like it should be with some roasted malt aromas. The taste of the beer right from the fridge was a little metallic. Once it warmed up though the sweetness came out nicely and was rather good. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad, I think it should have been a little more oily and less carbonated. Overall it's not a bad brew to try.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
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 oline73
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a charcoal brown color with a big and rocky tan head that fades rather quickly but dots the pint glass

Smell: Roasty char, with chocolate and coffee underneath

Taste: Opens with a black bread flavor that heads in a chocolatey direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate comes through much more directly; lengthy, moderately sweet chocolate aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not bad, but there are quite a few other chocolate beers out there that I prefer to this one; sampling this again in 2012 shows considerable improvement over the one I had back in 2009

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, deep, dark brown color with a small, fizzy/creamy, light=-brown head. I left some nice lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, rich roasted malt, and a coffee/expresso aroma.

T - It tasted bittersweet and a great roasted malt flavor. Good chocolate taste, too.

M - It was crisp and very smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good imperial stout. It doesn't taste that much different than their Chocolate Stout, just more powerful.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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 oberon
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouredinto an oversized wine glass a near jet black except for just a tinge of red at the bottome of the glass when held in light,a well formed tan colored head atop.A nice mix of milk chocolate and roast in the nose along with some molasses,flavors are dark roast mocha with a hint of molasses melding into a nice drying earthy finish.Just a solid brew here its flavorful but it goes down smooth and without a hitch.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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 Kegatron
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a dense black with 2 fingers of creamy dark tan head. A thin layer of creamy retention leaves some decent looking spotty lacing behind. The aroma is straight up huge chocolate character that's so powerful, I can smell it lying here with my head at least 2 feet away from the glass. There is also some prominent coffee notes underneath as well as some other underlying sweetness and roasted malts. I'm also picking up a bit of alcohol heft in the bouquet.

The taste is once again heavy chocolate up front that melds into zippy coffee character and a sticky caramel sweetness. Finishes with a combo of light bitterness and some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with an overall smooth and creamy feel. Much like the aroma, there is just a bit of heat in the body that probably helps push it up into the fuller category.

An interesting Stout that surely doesn't skimp on the as advertised Chocolate but it's character seemed just a little too "artificial" to call this anything more than a good effort. I still found this to be fairly tasty though and enjoyed splitting this bottle with the wife.

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Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Awesome lace--practically coats the entire glass. The beige head is minor but tightly packed. Dark brown color where no light shines through.

There's some strong dark chocolate aroma, but I'd also say there's the smell of overcooked green vegetables--perhaps a sign of DMS.

Dark chocolate with some light bitter coffee flavor in the background. The body is lighter than most Imperial Stouts. Reminds me of chocolate milk--taste and mouth feel.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with 2+ fingers of tan colored head. Great lacing & average head retention

S: Huge coffee nose, plus ample roasty malt, plus some iron & cocoa as this warms.

T: Roasty malt, dryness, & chocolate up front. Slight boozeyness as this warms, a touch of iron, singed grain & molasses surface once this warms. Finishes dry, a bit warm booze-wise, with much roastyness,plus a touch of iron . My one question: Where's the chocolate??

Very chewy, low carbonation with just a touch of oilyness

Drinks pretty easy, coffee slanted Imp stouts aren't in my wheelhouse, but I could put a few down on a cold morning, where's the grits & bacon?? Glad to see this brewery spread it's alewings again!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a matte black body with a finger of pillowed, ecru foam. Sheet-inducing, coating lace on the descent.

Smell: Moderately sweetish scent of caramel, chocolate, and roast -- it seems less coarse, roastwise, than I recall it being in previous years. Little hints of fruit, little hints of the alcohol within.

Taste: A sweet flavor of caramel paired with roasted, coffee-accented malts, almost ahead of the chocolate quality. Roasty astringency, but there's a moderate hop bitterness in there as well. Small hint of fruitiness underneath the maltiness. Semi-sweet, chocolaty (though not necessarily semi-sweet chocolate) finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Doesn't have the Mister Wonka confectionery quality of a Rogue Double Chocolate or Southern Tier Choklat and is more akin to a Brooklyn Chocolate Stout, particularly as there's no actual chocolate used. I liked it well enough and like the aforementioned stouts as well, so, it's really just up to what you want: candy bars or no candy bars.

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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jparkanzky for sending me this bottle!

A: Poured a dark brown/black with a one finger tan head on top. Moderate retention with some thin lacing that sticks around.

S: Some chocolate for sure, and some roasted malt, but on the lighter side for "double chocolate stout".

T: Lightly roasted, light dark fruit, some chocolate, some dark fruit too. There is an earthy component as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, a little thinner than expected, can't tell that the beer is 8.10%.

O: Not bad, was hoping for a bit more chocolate considering its name, and not as sweet as I was hoping either. Not a bad beer, but nothing I would be clamoring to drink again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown with generous scarlet and gold accents. The beer isn't a complete light obliterator, but it looks good enough. There's nothing wrong with the pale caramel cap. It's sticking to the glass in multiple spots and is beginning to deposit lace that looks like it'll last until the hot water rinse.

The aroma is nicely roasted. 'Double' is a bit of a stretch, however. Ground espresso beans combine with bittersweet chocolate and a modest spruciness from the hops. Warming, as always, brings things into sharper relief.

Double Chocolate Stout is pretty good beer that isn't in the same league as Southern Tier Choklat or a handful of others. There's no shame in that. Flavor intensity is pretty good, but would benefit from even more malt. Double Stout? Not really. On the other hand, Single-And-A-Half Chocolate Stout doesn't exactly roll off the tongue and probably wouldn't sell very well.

Flavors include lightly creamed coffee, dark chocolate, dark toffee and a few shavings of bitter citrus peel. The bitterness keeps the malt sugars from creating an overly sweet situation. Were coffee beans added? Maybe Coffee Chocolate Stout would be a more appropriate name.

The mouthfeel would be fine if this was a standard American stout. However, once the word 'Double' appears on the label, the bar is immediately raised. FCDCS doesn't quite make it over. It's a tad thin for the style and wanders away more than it should on the finish. Soft, well-integrated carbonation is a plus.

The label claims that Double Chocolate Stout is 'the result of imperializing an already flawless brew'. Uh... not quite. Their Chocolate Stout is good, but it's light years from flawless. In the end, they're both good (not great) versions of their respective styles.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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