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 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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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 darrmitchell
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a small tan head without much lace. Smells like most porters with a hint of coffee and chocolate. Taste starts out with a very light metallic coffee and finishes with more of the chocolate and a hint of bitterness. Different at first, but enjoyable once you know what to expect. Nice thick feel with low carbonation and excellent warming. An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The brew pours nearly pitch black, with a decent sized tan head that leaves a good lacing. You can smell where this be
er gets its name. BIG aromas of chocolate dominate the nose, with roasty characters and a touch of alcohol hiding underneath. Rich, sweet chocolate flavors erupt on the pallet and pull through all the way into the finish. Hidden in the chocolaty deliciousness, a slight bitterness is met with roasty flavors (both are still in the realm of chocolate), and just a touch of alcohol. Medium in body and carbonation, this 8.1% beer is truly a chocolate lovers dream!


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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 cindyjeffsmith
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Dark brown with garnet highlights. Small wispy mocha head.
smell: creamy cocoa. Not as rich and deep as ST Chokolat but similar.
taste: Again, nice semi-creamy cocoa. Not as in your face as a Chokolat.
overall: hate to keep comparing but this has a lot of similarities to Chokolat though imo not the depth. Good, and a tasty beer, not great.

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Steve, 650ml into a tulip.

Dark brown, lighter brown head with light retention decent lace. Nose has rich chocolate notes with some light fruity and roasty character. Taste has some bitter bakers chocolate, some caramel, medium roasted coffee. Medium full feel and satisfying body for the style (even though it's on the lower end for an imperial stout). Quite a nice beer all round.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a frothy, dark tan head 2" high. It drops to a solid, well retained 1/2" borderline creamy topper. Good lacing.
Smell is heavy on the cardboard with baking chocolate, toast and a couple of very faint notes that might have been malt and pepper but I couldn't be certain of that.
Taste is more balanced with roasted malt, dark chocolate, light rum note in the aftertaste.
Full bodied, smooth, drying slightly in the finish. Warming throughout. Nice beer overall though the nose needs some work.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black body beneath the thin tan head which caps lively bubbles of carbonation and disappears quickly to leave only faint lacing.

Aromas of semi sweet milk chocolate float from the glass, as well as some faint earthy hops.

The flavor consists of milk chocolate malts and bitter roasted coffee as it warms. There are also faint woody notes or earthy hops.

This beer is fuller in body and almost chewy with medium carbonation and a bitter finish.

More of an American Double with hints of chocolate than a traditional chocolate stout but still pretty tasty.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber with no apparent freshness dating. Pours a deep black body with a two-finger light tan head. The head dissipates fairly quickly but leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is faint; light notes of chocolate, malt, and dark fruit.

The flavor is a little better than the aroma and follows it closely. The roasted malt flavor steps up and brings a slight bitterness to the mix, while the chocolate takes a step backwards. Some other light notes of raisin and toffee complete the taste mix.

A bit light in the mouthfeel for a "double" stout. Not impressive enough for me to revisit in the future, but worth a try if you're a big fan of chocolate brews.

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

A - poured a dark brown almost black with a 1/2" of foamy light brown head. great lacing.

S - grapes, chocolate, caramel, toasted grains, coffee, tabacco

T - a hint of initial bitterness, followed up by a black coffee taste.. hints of chocolate, definitely tasting a lot of toasted grains. leaves a sweet bitter after taste

M - slightly creamy, coats the roof of your mouth. a hint of bitterness causes the cheeks to cringe a bit now and then throughout the session

O - overall, this is a solid stout. it could use a bit more character, but you can't beat it for the value (picked up a bomber a little under $5). have to remember to pick up another bottle next winter.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours an opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that doesn't retain much before plummeting to a thin, wispy ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly patch of surface foam. Average lacing.

S- Full-on dark chocolate along with some coffee. Mostly on the roasted side.

T- Deep, dark chocolate malts that aren't sweet, but rather bitter and make a good backdrop for the drink as a whole. The coffee flavor also surfaces after a few sips.

M- Quite chewy and smooth, but not slick enough to be considered creamy. Medium carbonation.

O- Kind of one-sided, but it's one of the more enjoyable brews I've had from FCB.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber into my tulip.

A – Poured out black with a half finger of light mocha head that stayed around and left a nice lacing down the glass.

S – Light and sweet smell with cocoa powder, milk chocolate and vanilla.

T – Very smooth tasting brew. Definite milk chocolate and cocoa immediately run up. It’s sweet but definitely not overpowering. Lingering vanilla in the taste is very nice. Light roasted malts are there. Finishes with just a small amount of bitterness.

M – Medium bodied with lovely carbonation. Feels tingly on the palate. Leaves a mix of sweet and bitter behind.

O – Was afraid this would be overpowering on the chocolate side bit it is not. Has a very nice chocolate taste with just the right amount of sweetness. Bitterness finishes it well and makes it a great smooth drink.

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

Had on tap at 12 South Tap Room.

Beer pours a nice dark chocolate color with a bit of tan head that laces throughout.

Beer smells very faintly of chocolate, but not very much.

Beer tastes very creamy, but frankly not much taste is here. Very faint chocolate flavors and slight coffee, but very little.

Mouthfeel is very rich and creamy.

Dissappointing with not much flavor.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is dark brown, almost black. The head is light brown and luxurious; milkshake thick. The lacing is superior.

Nose is toasted malt with some acidity. There is also wood and chicory. And, of course, some chocolate.

Taste is very chocolatey; milk chocolate. There is also a bit of coffee, as well as campfire; toasty like s'mores. It has a slight hop finish and a tangy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel has a good bit of carbonation. It is almost too much; as it does not mesh well with the decadent flavors. Unless, of course, you like chocolate egg creams. It is more smooth than creamy.

Overall, this is a great brew. The flavors never overwhelm, and it is easy to drink. You do not notice the high ABV at all.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 kylehay2004
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
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 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 tdm168
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark black with a mountain of dense, brown head that has great retention. The nose has notes of roasted malts and coffee. The taste is dominated by coffee and roasted malts with only the slightest chocolate notes coming through in the finish. This is actually pretty bitter for a stout. There's a pretty intense hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but thin and dry. It's well carbonated and drinkable though.

I'm disappointed in this one. The name says chocolate but it's hardly there. The coffee notes dominate throughout, the bitterness is a little much, and the mouthfeel is far too dry for me. It is ultimately drinkable, and not a bad stout by any means. I just don't think I'll seek this one out again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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 siradmiralnelson
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Pours 2 fingers of light tan colored head. thick lacing. Good retention. Color is all black.

S. Smell is roasted malt. A little bitter coffee smell. Some dark chocolate aroma. Pretty traditional stout smell. Nothing amazing, and not overly chocolate smelling.

T. Taste is roasted malt. A strong bit of bitter coffee and black chocolate. Some smoother milk chocolate flavors come out as the beer warms. Tastes like a pretty average stout. Not a lot of any flavor going on. Bittersweet taste with the little bit of chocolte flavor there is providing the sweeet, balanced against some bitter coffee flavor.

M. Medium/full bodied. Medium carbonation.

O. Doesnt really stack up as an Imperial Stout. As a regular stout this is a decent enough beer. With a name of Double Chocolate stout, I was expecting quite a bit of chocolate flavor which this did not deliver.

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Double Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 415 ratings.
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