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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Ratings: 415 |  Reviews: 201
Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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 twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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 CrookedStill
5/5  rDev +37%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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 +12.9%
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 +9%
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 -3.3%
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 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 ummswimmin
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I first had this beer in a bastion of craft brewing: Knoxville, Tennessee! I remembered enjoying the beer... so I bought it again.

I aged the bottle for about 7 months to bring out the flavors in the beer.

The beer poured with a one and a half finger head. Off the pour I get lots of coffee in the aroma. There is a little fruitiness, like black berries. I didn't smell any chocolate.

The coffee really comes through in the first sip. I took a quick second and third sip to get other flavors.... not much more came through. The acidity was pretty strong.

I guess absence made the heart grow fonder because this beer came out average for taste.

I plan to try more from Fort Collins. I heard good things about this brewery.

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Photo of match1112
2.81/5  rDev -23%
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 OddNotion
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
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 Brunite
2.13/5  rDev -41.6%
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 steve8robin
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one on a trip to OH. I think this is my first taste of Fort Collins Brewing. 22oz bottle...

A: A dark black with small light highlights around the edges. A thick 1+ iinch tan head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: Smells of some nice thick chocolate upfront with hints of cocoa and vanilla. A small hint of bitter hop in the middle and light molasses on the back. Good.

T: A bitter heavily carbonated chocolate upfront with a hint of grassiness. A light watery roast on the backend. Good.

M: Full bodied but way too over-carbonated. A bitter creamy finish. Ok.

O: This beer is ok. Not great, and worth trying if you have access and like stouts, but not worth hunting down by any means.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a big, thick head of tan foam.
Aroma-Chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted malt
Taste-Big roasted malt flavor, chocolate, coffee with cream, nice hop bite that compliments the milk chocolate sweetness. Warming alcohol in the finish.
Overall, rich, creamy, well-balanced and tasty.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
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 mavbrew
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz. bottle into DFH snifter.

A: Pours a deep brown color with a finger thick, light brown head that leaves slight lacing down the side of the glass.

S: There are major roasted notes in the nose up front. Slightly masked is the subtle chocolate scent that tries to break past the roasted malts. There is also slight dark fruits in the scent as well.

T: The upfront taste is as expected, some serious roasted flavors bursting into the palate. Following is a combination of burnt coffee beans, semi-sweet dark fruits and bitters that lead to the finish of coffee notes and roasted malts.

M: Full bodied, creamy with average carbonation.

D: This is a decent beer, but what keeps it from being good is the roasted/burnt flavor throughout and hardly a hint of chocolate, contrary to what that label would lead you to believe. I liked the beer, but the lack of chocolate hindered my review.

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Photo of projectflam86
2.92/5  rDev -20%
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 KajII
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in an English pint]

Poured black with a large light brown creamy head that was fully lasting and had excellent lacing. The aroma was of a burnt cereal malts, a mild does of resin hops and a sweet yeast with notes of dark chocolate, coffee and molasses. It tasted richly sweet and quite malty with a small hint of coffee to start then progressed into a bitter-sweet chocolate-coffee flavor at the finish. Mouthfeel was full in body and creamy in texture with a soft carbonation. Overall a quite satisfying chocolate stout.

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Double Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 415 ratings
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