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

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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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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 kawilliams81
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Pours black with 2 finger brown head. Little lacing that resides quickly.

S- Coffee, chocolate.

T- Bitter dark chocolate, coffee, maple syrup

M- Medium body but a little thin and watery.

O- Average imperial stout. Needs more body too it which would add some creaminess to it.

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

Poured on-tap and served in a goblet, tbe beer pours a dark, vibrant black color with a thin, slick, foamy, milk chocolate colored head. Looks creamy. The aroma is light coffee, with a bittersweet chocolate tone, as well. Roasted aromas, too. The body is silky smooth. Ridiculously creamy. Leaves a great lacing on the glass, too. The flavors are heavy coffee, which bleeds into the aftertaste, and heavy undertones of bittersweet dark chocolate and cocoa nib, with some dark old world fruit flavors, also. The aftertaste is mostly coffee, but with a creamy characteristic, too. Creamy, round finish. Delicious.

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Photo of matjack85
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this 22oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $7.49. There's a small blurb about the beer on the front label, but no freshness date to be found.

The beer poured a rich dark brown color and made a 4-finger mocha colored head that lasted quite awhile. The beer also left tons of lacing on the glass with every sip.

Big chocolate and roasted malt smell to this one as well as some dark fruit scents.

Surprise surprise. This beer should have been named "double coffee stout" because that would be more accurate. While there are definitely some chocolate notes in here it is not the dominant flavor. The huge coffee flavor, and bitter coffee at that, dominates the taste. A mix of bittersweet chocolate and milk chocolate mix with the coffee along with some tartness and dark fruits. Not sure if the tartness is from the fruit or the hops, but some bittering hops are thrown in as well. All in all it's pretty tasty, although you have to be both a chocolate AND coffee lover to enjoy this.

Very smooth mouthfeel, but thinner than what you would expect from a chocolate stout with just medium carbonation.

I still like Young's version a lot better, but this one's OK, and it hides the 8.1% abv very well, making it easy to drink.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Double Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 415 ratings.
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