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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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Photo of mentor
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heard good things about this beer from a local brewery, so I thought I'd give it a try. Strong hiss upon opening and pours a four finger dark tan head over a pitch liquid. Smells ashy, creamy, espresso, chocolate, acidic roasty bite and clean alcohol sting in my nostrils.

Tastes wonderful. Wow. Overall, quite sweet, which is how I like my stouts. Many tasting this beer would say it's too sweet. I find the sweet is balanced by strong roast flavor, a piercing roast bite, and strong carbonation. Some English hop flavor and grassiness with only a touch of hop bitter. Creaminess, but not quite oatmeal. Clean alcohol sting at the end helps dry the palette a bit. Sweet memories remain in the aftertaste with hop aromatics making their statement.

Md body with thick dextrinous character. Strong carbonation was too much for me, so I swirled to reduce.

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Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with virtually no head - just a swirl. A thin ring manages to leave a little lacing.

The smell is of roasted coffee with bittersweet chocolate. They are at about even.

Roasted coffee comes out a bit ahead of the chocolate. I don't know that top-of-the-line chocolate was used. But, that's not my "gripe" with the brew. It is more that I was in a chocolate mood, and while bitterish chocolate is there, the roasted coffee remains just a bit ahead. It doesn't throw the flavor off - in a way, I like it, but not the chocolate stout I had in mind with the name (like ordering a pork dinner and getting half chicken and half pork?)
My other "concern" is - Where's the "double"? But, after having this brewery's chocolate stout, I suppose in their eyes this is "double". Oh. That brings me to my third "issue". There is a bit of metallic to it - a bit like some of the foil was left on a Hershey's kiss (even though it was served appopriately chilled and not cold). It's not very noticeable, even negligable, so my third "issue" is not a major one.
In fact, it turns out to have a nice enough taste with chocolate and coffee flavors that add up to be more than decent (but not great). Well-balanced through the end, with a touch of alcohol breaking through in the rather brief finish for the style.

Almost full-bodied - but, really should hit full-bodied for a double stout. Prickly carbonation puts quite a dent in the palate, relegating the feel (in tandem with relative thinness) to a somewhat generous "average" mark.

An interesting balance of chocolate and coffee. This one had potential, and if it were named Coffee and chocolate stout (and drop the "double" part, I might have not been so disappointed. But, then there were minor detractors and a general thinness (not helped at all by fizziness). It has to go down as "interesting to try once, but nothing special" for me.

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Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber, w/o freshness info. Pours black, under a rich and creamy dark tan head, nice amounts of lacing. Nose is all about the chocolate and cafe au lait. Rich chocolaty notes, gooey browney sensations, milk shake consistency for this yummy full flavor stout. Big and bold, this one went nicely with some pork tenderloin, I'm sure it would be a fine partner to some chocolaty/raspberry type dessert. Stout lovers go get some of this well crafted stuff.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 GPHarris
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one-half finger thick mocha-colored head into a goblet that left nice coating and lace throughout. the body was dark black.
s - roasted oats and malts.
t - dry, semi-sweet chocolate and oats.
m - slick and medium on the tongue.
d - drinks easily enough and is pleasant but overall it seems nondescript. it just doesn't have a lot of punch to it.

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Photo of beavers
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz. poured into a Duvel tulip.
Pours a thin bodied opaque black with a light tan head. A half finger of head rises and falls. This repeats with a good swirl. Smells of some chocolate malt, but I'm getting much more of a strong cereal aroma. Roasted oats, and faint coffee and caramel. Tastes follows suit as well. The chocolate is there but not dominant in any way. Again, cereal. There isn't the creamy mouthfeel that I expect in a good double stout (chocolate or not). Its very thin bodied with considerable carbonation that aids the alcohol in a boozy warmth. Slight bitterness in the finish. 8.1 ABV doesn't hide well and the roasted but shallow taste is huge. Not good, not bad, but its definitely a roasted, cereal-like to me. A struggle to finish the entire 22.

Not really a chocolate stout, and the only thing that makes this a double stout is the booziness. Otherwise, is missing the characteristics of a true Double Chocolate Stout/Double Stout. Overall, not too impressed, as I wasn't with their regular Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'd say this is more double stout than double chocolate. It's there, but in a subdued box - hiding in the wings per se. Lots of roasted malt paired with a burnt toast side. Nothing outstanding, nothing average - a solid, decent double stout. Sturdy, the 8% abv is nowhere to be found.

The pour will help the score - pure black with a cushion of tan floating on top. Leaves a sticky ring around my Bitburger pilsner glass my son got me while in Amsterdam.

Just now looked at BA - yes indeed, this is a "B" beer!

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Photo of atsprings
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep almost opaque black with a decent off-white head the diminished to a thin layer and leaves hardly any lacing. Aroma is baking cocoa, roasted malts and a hint of espresso. The taste has a nice chocolate flavor dominating the other usual Imperial Stout suspects. The beer is on the medium to heavy side with some warming alcohol. This is somewhat enjoyable, but also somewhat run-of-the-mill.

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

22oz bottle from russpowell via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Tight head holds well, with sticky, slow-falling lace. Aroma is rich milk chocolate. Taste is sweet dark malts upfront, not as strong in the chocolate department as the nose saw, and slants slowly towards the bitter. Mouthfeel isn't as smooth as I would expect for the brew, and drinkability is pretty good. Not quite what I was hoping for here, but still an enjoyable offering.

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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 aerozeppl
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bomber.

A: Jet black with no light getting in. Minimal mocha head. Minimal lacing.

S: Ground coffee. Chocolate. Not very complex but it is enjoyable.

T: Bitterness from the roast is up front. Then it goes into the sweet chocolate and malt.

M: Super creamy and thick. Great feel on this beer.

D: Fairly drinkable. The roast really catches up to you and becomes overwhelming after a while but before that a really 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 tempest
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this with a friend, served in a pint glass.

I immediately see a resemblance to Rogue's Chocolate Stout. This beer, however, tastes more like beer, if that's not too vague a statement. There's big chocolate grains with a dark chocolate flavor that I found really appealing. This was a tasty beer, and I didn't find it too thick or cloying. It did seem a bit more like an imperial porter than a stout though. The roasted grains seemed very limited, but I guess that happens when you're trying to amp up the chocolate. Worth a try if you like chocolate beers.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Don't ask if this is a Imp Stout, they get a little pissy stating it's a "Double" Stout. Whatever. Pours a mostly blackish color with some noticeable red hues around the edges. A off darker tan head with bigger sized bubbles although ok retention that didn't last through the whole tasting and limited lacing.

The nose is present but light. Some malty aromas with astringent and coffee notes. Lighter bitter chocolate but very limited. Noticeable solvent alcohol notes. Some yeasty and a feint fruity/cherry finish.

The taste is similar. The malt is more prevalent than the nose indicates. Bitter chocolate and roasted coffee flavors blend nicely. A lactic quality gives more of a milk chocolate quality. Could be oats as well. Some bit from the hops but ok. The yeast and solvent alcohol is still perceivable but toned down from what the nose would indicate.

The body is closer to mid then full. A nice silky flavor but some oily aftertaste is a bit of a deterrent. The solvent alcohol is a bit off but a little time would do it nice. What is the difference between a double and imperial, ah who cares.

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Photo of Riggsy
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into imperial pint.
Purchased at Frontier bottle shop for an apparent steal @ $2.10.

A: Pours an opaque black, creamy appearance as it flows. Dark tan head

S: Strong coffee aroma along with bitter chocolate. Chocoloate doesn't dominate as I would have expected by name. Alcohol is quite apparent as well as a faint orange note.

T: Deep roasted malt, almost overly bitter to me. Backed by coffee and chocolate. Again, alcohol is quite noticeable.

M: Medium-full bodied, light carbonation. Smooth on the tongue, finishes bitter from roast malt.

D: Much bitterness and a bit high on the alcohol this one might benefit with some months on it.

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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 Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in my Brigand goblet. Poured an opaque dark brown (not quite black) with ruby red highlights when the light penetrates. Half-inch coffee-colored head quickly dissipated into an oily skim with a narrow band around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing was somewhat thin and watery during the tasting. Nose was mild, but most distinguishable scents were espresso roast coffee and malt. Flavors of bitter dark chocolate in the mouth as well as a slight hops presence at the finish. Somewhat effervescent; mouthfeel fell somewhere between watery and silky, but tended to smooth out a little more as the brew reached room temperature. Decent drinkability - alcohol is well hidden, but I was expecting something a little more decadent for a double chocolate stout. Not too bad, but not what I would consider as a hallmark of the style.

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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 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 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 homebrewhawk
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a deep brown/black with a couple of fingers of tan head. Fairly carbonated. Chocolate, coffee and some roasted barley in the aroma. Medium body. Heavy roasted barley bitterness. I got more coffee flavors than chocolate. Very long dry malty finish. Alcohol was not very apparent. The roasted bitterness was a little harsh.

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

Pours black with one finger of mocha colored head. The head dissipates quickly with no real lacing.

Aroma showcases some great roasted malt flavors. Strong chocolate as well as coffee in the nose.

Flavors are big. Nice bitter chocolate with a robust roasted cofee. A great hop bitterness and slight alcohol warmth accompany the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Drinkability is good, but a bomber is plenty due to moderately high ABV and strong flavors.

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Photo of bort11
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle poured into a goblet. Dark mocha colored head that gradually recedes to a thin filmy ring. not a lot of stickage.

Smell is pretty boozy with some burnt coffee and bitter chocolate notes. Taste is also pretty boozy, a lot more coffee and only a little bit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is a little lighter than what I would expect for a double stout. Still has some body to it.

I don't know about this one. I have had much better. This one leaves me pretty "Eh"

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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 Domingo
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like the normal Chocolate Stout from Ft. Collins, so this was an easy decision to make.
Pours a dark brown that's heading close to black. For a beer over 8% it actually has a pretty impressive frothy head, too. Looks enticing!
Smells kind of earthy with coffee, chocolate, roasted almonds, and hops. It also has that "signature" Ft. Collins brewing smell. I can't tell if it's the malt, hops, or the yeast, but I could pick anything they brew out of a line-up EASILY. In some cases it doesn't work, but with this brew it does.
Taste is very rich and coffee-based. Dark chocolate, chicory, and a little bit of a brandy note. Much like the smell, you can tell who brewed this immediately...but again, it works with this brew.
The mouthfeel starts off thicker with the head, but it dissipates faster than expected. After only about 10 minutes, it was virtually flat and the lacing was gone.
For a brew of this potency, it went down VERY easily. Probably even too easily.

I liked this. It's not a world beater, but at $4-5 a bottle, it's a no brainer.

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Double Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 414 ratings.
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