Double Chocolate Stout | The Fort Collins Brewery

Double Chocolate StoutDouble Chocolate Stout
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by russpowell on 01-30-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 415 |  Reviews: 201
Photo of scruffwhor
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark bown with garnet highlights to a medium blck. Nice brown hed of one fingers width last for about twenty minutes while sipping. I can actually see some pretty cool bubbling when held close to a light. The aroma is a lovely "double" chocolate with lots of heavy roasted malts muted amongst the rich chocolate aroma. Light milk in the dark chocolat that hits the taste buds upfront. Palate up front feels like watered down chocolate syrup. The taste in the middle is a more roasted malt and bitter coffee bean mixed with a more dry chocolate flavor and feel. All in all this is a pretty good beer worth sipping and buying again.

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Photo of stakem
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown that is nearly black in color with a thin layer of darkly tanned head. Not much retension and little to no spotty lacing to be seen. Sweet aroma of chocolate and coffee with a little bit of yeast. Taste is sweet upfront with a nice amount of bitterness to balance it out. Flavors of chocolate and coffee are dominent with some yeast in the profile along with a nice bitter presence from the burnt grain and hops. Lingering taste of bitter chocolate and coffee is left in the mouth. Medium feel and carb level. Pretty decent beer overall.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very, very dark brown, not quite black with a thin mocha head that disappeared and left little lacing.

S-Chocolate is way up front with a nice malty backing. Smells really good.

T-Dark chocolate with charred malt and a bit of coffee. Its not quite as chocolatey as the Rogue chocolate, but I'm tasting quite a bit of chocolate here.

M-A bit thin for an Imperial, its not quite as viscous as others of the style.

D-The bomber was easily enough finished, but I can't see how I could drink another in a sitting. One is enough.

Its worth a try if you're a fan of chocolate stouts. If I see this again I'll probably pick one up to cellar for a while.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on my self for about 3 months before cracking it during Christmas dinner. Got it for 8.50 at 3 sons Sixers and suds.

A - Jet black with little or no head.
S - Bitter chocolate and malts dominate.
T - Kind of a harsh coffee tone with this one. It almost ruined the expectation of the brew and put it sort of to shame. I enjoyed the chocolate indulgence more.
M - It kind of hurt my tongue but I managed to get a creamy sort of burning flavor sensation
D - I had a hard time finishing the bomber. It really wasn't as bad to drain pour but the harsh coffee tones really hurt the "double chocolate" title. One and done.

Overall I really wouldn't try this again. You would think that a beer like this would raise the bar for chocolate flavor but just came off more as a mocha. Good beer if you liked Founders Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of Drew966
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Chocolate Stout pours dark brown/ almost black with a tan head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is malty, chocolate and coffee like notes dominate. The flavor is also quite malty, chocolate being the dominant flavor. This beer is enjoyable, but not spectacular (I guess I had high hopes for this one). Worth a try.

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Photo of veachster
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - It's a very dark brown, almost black with a creamy, medium tan head. Head retention is fairly good.

S - It's over powered by roasted malts, with a coffee undertone. I'm curious whether I will taste amy chocolate at this point simply because of the overpowering malts.

T - As suspected, I did not pick up any chocolate. It's very strong in the roasted malts coffee, and nuts department. There is a little bit of lacing but not impressive by any means.

M - It sits sharp on my tongue and has a very burnt nut type of bite. The after taste is very strong. Roasted malts are superior.

D - Not a party drink. The name doesn't match what the name of the beer. Chocolate is absent and the roasted malts and coffee undertones steal everything. Personally, it's only a good sampler brew.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer served on nitro draft at a local beer bar. Beer is dark black, pitch black. Forms a thick brown frothy head that is made up of tiny tiny bubbles. There is a ton of lacing on the glass as the beer falls away. Cannot determine the level of aeration, the beer is too dark.

The aroma is filled with sweetness from alcohol and some chocolate.

This beer is one of the most chocolatey beers I've ever had, seriously. Its out of control chocolate. I can taste the alcohol, its above 8% but I expect it to be masked better than that. It hurts the drinkability for sure. The beer is overall medium bodied and has a good mouthfeel to it.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a black body with minimal tan head and some lace patches. A subdued sweet smell of chocolate and some oakiness/roasted malts. While the beer is sweet it has a mild sweetness to it, not overly sweet, and the chocolate seems to be just hovering at the surface but barely overpowering some vanilla/roasted mailts as well and is thin for a double stout. A good stout but not what I expected.

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Photo of caddybuyer
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a slightly chilled bomber into a tulip glass.

A-Black as night with a foamy tan head that settles rapidly but laces nicely.

S-Roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Malt. Pretty decent, but nothing to write home about.

T-Taste is exactly like the nose, with a bit of licorice and a lingering bitter aftertaste. Not a big beer, not one that will wow you with complexity, but a solid brew overall.

M-Medium mouthfeel and carbonation

D-This is pretty drinkable, but there are plenty of other stouts that are killer and there is really no reason this is giving me to buy it again (other than it's $3.99 price tag, and it just isn't enough)

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slick brown and near black. Has a fingers worth of nice tan fizzy head. There are some visible bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Smells of dark chocolate malts and a hint of coffee. I am also getting a raisin like aroma and a hint of hops. Taste reminds me of Founders Breakfast Stout, yet with a thinner body. A little thinner than expected. Tastes of dry cocoa and some bittersweet chocolate. The chocolate is strong but not sweet, which is what I think is reminding me of KBS. A little thin on the mouthfeel, and has some bitter, tongue drying effects. An all around average Imp stout, was expecting more sweet tastes and a litte more body. Pretty drinkable beer although I'm not sure if the I'd be willing to pay the steep fee to grab this again.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: The darkest brown in the universe. Easily confused with black.

Smell: Coffee, nutty, toasty, hint of molasses, dark chocolate.

Taste: Black licorice with a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, not very lively.

drinkability: Not real good drinkability. It tastes nothing like it smells. There's a sharp slightly alcoholic bite that's not at all pleasant.

To be fair, I drank this beer while it was a little too warm. FCB Chocolate Stout is one of my all time favorites, but this was a letdown.

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Photo of Gmann
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a near black color with brown highlights around the edges; nice frothy tan head that slowly settles into a sparse cap but left some nice lacing on the glass. Big bakers chocolate aroma, stale coffee, and hints of a meaty soy sauce (umami??). The taste is a mix of bitter and milk chocolates, stale watery mocha, touches of carob and soy sauce. Has a bit of a sour touch at the end. The aftertaste has a strange bitterness. The feel is a bit watery for a stout, soft carbonation. Again, finishes with a strange bitter twang. The stout has some nice chocolate flavors but some odd flavors as well. Decent chocolate flavors for a "chocolate" stout. As it warmed the odd flavors seemed to really come out in the finish. Worth a try but don't think I would purchase again.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into 16 oz pint glass at Fathead's in Pittsburgh

A-beautiful jet black color with a nice two fingers of light khaki head

S-smell of roasted malt up front, a hint of chocolate and licorice

T-strong roasted malt, a little smokey with a a very light chocolate taste

M-very smooth and slightly creamy, low carbonation

D-too roasted and smokey to enjoy the taste but the mouthfeel brings up the drinkability

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Photo of SamN
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber purchased from Wilbur's in the Fort, poured into a tumbler

A- Pours super black, almost totally opaque with just a little light through the edges. Kick ass head, thick and fluffy with staying power.

S- Roast chocolate and malt. That's it. Semi-sweet chocolate and big roasted grains. Very nice.

T- Mmmmm! Classic chocolate stout, big bold taste. Not a huge stout, but definitely no lightweight, simple enough to be enjoyed with a meal. Great tasting brew.

M- Lighter than I expected, but still full bodied. Hardly any carbonation at all, and it has a very smooth feel when you drink it.

D- I could drink this all night long. Superb, great job FCB

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Photo of GarrisWH
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brown with one finger of frothy tan head that slowly drops down leaving some very solid lacing behind. Nice retention as well.

S - Roasted malt with coffee and some bittersweet coffee as well as an earthy quality. Not as much chocolate on the nose as I would have expected, but a pretty nice aroma overall.

T - Similar to the aroma, with roasted dark malts. Coffee and slightly bitter chocolate flavors are also noticeable. Finishes fairly dry with the coffee and chocolate lingering into the aftertaste. It seems that the coffee flavors are a bit dominant for a 'chocolate stout', but a tasty brew nonetheless.

M - Full bodied with a rich, creamy feel. Moderate carbonation lends to the smoothness.

D - Overall, a solid stout with good flavors and a nice chocolate presence that isn't too overbearing. I do get more coffee flavor than chocolate personally, but it doesn't detract too much from this stout. I enjoyed this quite a bit more than their regular chocolate stout.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown-black with creamy tan head that fades to a lumpy thin layer and leaves specks of lace. Nose is roasted and vanilla beans. Nuttiness and clear chocolate malts on tip of tongue which goes into cocoa bean bitterness with mint and bark hops on the end. Tight dry linger. Medium oily body. Some burn.

Not chocolatey enough or double enough to put those words in the name.

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Photo of magnj
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark chocolate. Tan head falls quickly.

S - Roasted grains, chocolate and coffee. Not overwhelmingly chocolate straight out of the fridge like some DCS's tend to be.

T - Smooth roasted grains develop into a rich chocolate body. Fresh cocoa rather than powdered hot chocolate type flavor that some have. Some hint of alcohol but it's not offensive.

M/D - Viscous body borders on chewy but is appropriate for style. Overall really nice and tasteful interpretation of an oft overdone style.

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

Pours black with some red showing around the bottom. Sports a nice coco head about two fingers that falls to a ring of bubbles, lacing is decent.

Aroma is chocolate malts, some coffee notes and light hints of dark fruits.

Taste is chocolate up front, but coffee like bitterness comes up fast. Coffee bitterness lingers through the roasted flavor until the hops take up the bitterness. Finish is lingering chocolate notes and hops.

Mouthfeel is not as big as one would think more medium full then full carbonation is nice and mellow though.

Drinkability is good nothing extra special but a solid good easy drinking stout.

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Photo of beckje01
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a white head ans some lacing enough to be inviting

S - Nice chocolate nose but not much else there.

T - Sweet malt and chocolate up front and then moves to a sweet and subtle ending.

M - Creamy and nice mouth feel.

D - Very drinkable and nice no hint of the 8%

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Photo of ken2cart1
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in my Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A-completely opaque, no hints of any other colors, about ¾ of inch tan head.

S-Very cocoa chocolate like with hints of burnt roasted malt

T- Not a huge chocolate bomb. Burnt, charred character is upfront...probably from a good portion of black patent malt. Some roasted malt create a slight coffee taste. Cocoa comes through middle to end and there is lingering taste of roasted chocolate malt.

As the beer warms to room temp and the more you drink the cocoa and chocolate really take over and the roasted malt or slight coffee flavor come through at the end.

M- smooth, semi-creamy feel, not as creamy as I like stouts to be.

D- decent stout, I enjoyed it at the beginning but chocolate becomes annoying as the beer warms. Wish it was a lil more complex to notice subtle flavors at every sip.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 05/04/2009. 22 oz. bottle. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate milk. Flavor of sweet vanilla, roasted malt, light cocoa. Rather on the sweet side and not very interesting. Meh. I was disappointed by this beer.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: black solid color with dark brown edges, small beige head never quite pulls together & settles to a ring, little lacing
s: roasted, chocolate-y malts dominate
t: sweet chocolate, malts, nice balance with roasted coffee notes, balanced finish
m: creamy with a carbonated finish
d: once it warmed up, a very smooth stout that was well-balanced and full of flavor

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Photo of abrand
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

23 ounce bomber poured into pint glass.

Man do I love this style of beer

Pours a opaque brown/black color with minimal creamy off white head that bubbles to disintegration rapidly. Smells of chocolate, coffee and bitterness malts. Quite a pleasant aroma, very nice. Taste is lots of chocolatey alcohol, is there any possible better combination? Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is high with alcohol being well hidden by the pleasant chocolate taste.

Overall very enjoyable beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of tpd975
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice rich dark black hue with a nice tall tan head. Good retention with nice spider webbed lace.

S: Very roasty with a good dose of chocolate and coffee. Hints of burnt brown sugar and more chocolate.

T: Nice deep roast, not as roasty as some stouts though. Nice chocolate flavor backs it up with just a trace of coffee. Hints of toffee, lactose and caramel as well. A dash of bittering hops in the finish.

M: A bit thin for the style. The taste does cling though which is a good thing.

D: Not bad, not my favorite stout, but one I will purchase again. Expected more chocolate to be honest.

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Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a deep mahogany brown - essentially black unless held directly to light - into my piraat snifter, khaki head quickly recedes to a light spotting and ring

s: body of deeply roasted chocolate malts are predominant, smells like a really nice stout - but nothing to belie its "imperial" stature, regardless it does deserve credit for an excellent roast structure, charred barley, caramel rolled in cocoa, dried black figs, moderate piney hopping

m: carbonation on the full side of medium, and medium-full in body

t: great roast structure here - full of deliciously roasted cocoa and charred wood with a smoky undercurrent - but again, it could easily be mistaken for a standard stout, dark chocolate barley throughout, leathery dried figs, little caramel sweetness, dries quickly after the swallow with an astringent char dominating the finish, moderate bitterness with most hop flavor hidden behind the roast, nice

d: drinks like a lower abv stout, very easy...I expected to be let down, but was most certainly not, and while it may not jive with the standard set of characteristics associated with an imperial/double stout - and since they do claim this as such I have to hold FC to the style to an extent - it's a quality stout nonetheless

bomber from HimerMan in No BS 4

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Double Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
Beer rating: 51.1% out of 100 with 415 ratings
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