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:
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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 damienblack
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First perceptions of this beer aren't that great. Pours black, the color of licorice. Doesn't seem all that thick though, seems on the lighter side of DIStouts. Not much head or lacing, what is there is quickly gone. Smell is abrasive, like bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, and a midden heap all rolled into one. Like a sweet manure almost, not quite that offensive, but not pleasant either.

The taste, fortunately, is a major step up. This is a sweet stout for the style, almost like Belgian sugars crossed with some licorice. Almost like the sweetness from a barrel aged beer, without the overly boozey flavor. Chocolate flavors are perfect, not too sweet yet not overly bitter. They come out a lot more as the beer warms to room temp. Not as much coffee as I expected there would be. Just a touch of balancing hops at the end keep the liingering aftertaste slightly roasty, slightly hoppy, slightly chocolatey. Mouthfeel is almost perfect for what I expect they were going for, roasty yet creamy, just enough carbonation to keep things fresh. So far as drinkability goes, this is a very light imperial stout, thin for the style, almost medium overall. Very drinkable, however. I could (and am!) session(ing) this.

If you're expecting a huge, complex imperial stout, this isn't it. It is on the border of imperial or double as it is. It does, however, pack a lot of flavor in. Don't prejudge it, give it a fair shot, and I bet you will be impressed. As a lighter alternative, like a 1.5Stout, this hits the mark perfectly. The price was also right, I paid under $5 for the bomber, which is great up here.

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Photo of PoolhouseRebel
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from its bomber into a snifter.

New to Fort Collins but the label was inviting and I'm always interested to try different takes on the style since chocolate is such a renowned flavor yet these beers seem to have a greatest disparity of taste amongst brands.

Pours a dark chocolaty brown but seems a bit thin to bear the "double" title. Off white, almost tan head with decent retention but would've looked a lot more inviting if it were darker.

Smell is roasty. Toffe and coffee are there but the chocolate is kind of masked with this perfumy orange/citrus peel smell. Kind of threw me off at first but definitely unique and integrates well.

Taste suggests the same as the nose but more upfront on the chocolate without the the citrus peel. Lingering light hop bitterness at the end. Could use a bit more malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is typical stout, but not too sure about a Double Stout. Semi dry finish.

Wasn't really in the mood to drink beer tonight, kind of getting a headache finishing this first glass but on any other night drinkability would be decent; better than Southern Tier but not as easy going as Rogue. Good beer, but probably wouldn't buy again since Rogue is only $6.

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a charcoal brown color with a big and rocky tan head that fades rather quickly but dots the pint glass

Smell: Roasty char, with chocolate and coffee underneath

Taste: Opens with a black bread flavor that heads in a chocolatey direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate comes through much more directly; lengthy, moderately sweet chocolate aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not bad, but there are quite a few other chocolate beers out there that I prefer to this one; sampling this again in 2012 shows considerable improvement over the one I had back in 2009

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark roasted coffee nature with a one finger, frothy dark sandstone colored head that was 1 finger high while leaving a thin film covering and concentric rings for a lacing.

S: The aroma was very nice thou a little light, fresh roasted grounds with a dark chocolate.

T: acidic dark coffee roast, bitter, rich, with an earthy soil bitterness. A light smooth, wet charred campfire minerality and chalkiness stands out. Dark fruit, with only slight hints of its 8.1%abv is experienced on the finish blending beautifully with the roasted coffee beans. A slight hint of bitter sweet chocolate also weaves in and out of the flavor but was expecting much more. Overall a very nice blend and balance provides a smooth and rich roasted experience.

M: smooth with a little edginess from the carbonation felt on the sides of the tongue. A dark roasted bitterness lingers about on the back of the tongue as well.

D: A good drink and no problem downing a bomber. Smooth and never overpowering or bitter provides a good drinking experience. My only gripe is that this was labeled as a desert beer which led me to believe it would be sweeter with much more of a chocolate presence.

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Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Awesome lace--practically coats the entire glass. The beige head is minor but tightly packed. Dark brown color where no light shines through.

There's some strong dark chocolate aroma, but I'd also say there's the smell of overcooked green vegetables--perhaps a sign of DMS.

Dark chocolate with some light bitter coffee flavor in the background. The body is lighter than most Imperial Stouts. Reminds me of chocolate milk--taste and mouth feel.

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

Big thanks to brentk56 for another fine bottle from black booty. I poured this into a snifter and it produced a good finger worth of tan head that settled to a thick lace. The body was big and black, no light coming through it at all.

Aromas of sweet milk chocolate were the first thing that hit me then a slight roastiness comes into play as it warms. The flavor comes on the same way but with a tinge of bitter toward the end. The mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation that helps out on this one.

Good drinkability I think I like this one better than a few other chocolate stouts I have tried. So I'll give it a must try If I was searching out Chocolate stouts and this one was around it would be in my hands.

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Photo of farrago
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Credible one finger plus head of mixed bubbles, consistent light brown color, moderate stickiness to the lacing. Complete blackness throughout, no suggestion of color at any angle. earns its name, hits your nose with a double barrel shot of milk chocolate, after this raisin, date fruit, butterscotch, malt, no real hops based counterweight, mildly bready as in the texture of banana bread. Full-bodied, like a river of chocolate out of Willy Wonka, unfortunately here the alcohol bursts through with some burn and notes of nail polish. Otherwise, mint, caramel, anise, orange peel adorn the palate. The carbonation tries to churn things up, at moments overanxious. Some hops-like astringency at the end as well as banana peel. Stutter steps through the finish, which may be just as well.

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

22oz bottle into chalis

A - Almost black opaque, can only see light around the edges of the beer. Deep brown head that is short lasting.

S - Aroma is powerful and nice, certainly roasty and sweet chocolate notes present

T - Same roast, choco sweet notes carry over into the taste, well balanced with the malt sweetness and hop flavor. However there is a lingering bitterness

M - Very rich and thick as expected and good carbonation for how heavy it is.

D - Tasty indeed, but hard to drink much of it due to size.

A good example of a very fortifying double stout

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

This beer pours a deep opaque jet black. Small tan head that was foamy but recedes rapidly leaving wisps of lacing throughout the entire beer. Nose was slightly muted though very distinct of chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is great - where the smell lacked, the taste makes up for. Chocolate notes hit you up front blended in nicely with the roasted malts. Finish to this is more on the bitter side - perhaps baker's chocolate like finish. Alcohol is definitely prevalent in the taste but not distracting. Mouthfeel was slightly high on the carbonation, but it is definitely full bodied. Overall, I enjoyed this beer quite a bit.

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Photo of jraycee
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice with a small head that fades quickly, leaving a light scattered lacing.
Smell is nice roasted malts, bringing in slight coffee tones. Overall dark cocoa smell is evident.
Taste is a nice balance sweet cocoa and malts pairing against a darker bitter chocolate taste and hops.
Mouthfeel is a strange category still for me. It feels like it should... I guess that's a good.
Drinkability is high. Feels more like a 5-6% range from an 8.1%.
Leave me alone now so i can go drink my beer...'kay?

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Photo of ajmoody76
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this at the local beer depot. 22 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. black with a thin brown head. the head thins out fairly quick. not much in the way of lacing.

roasted malts. chocolate. coffee. hops. nice smell. no off odors.

sweet taste. chocolate. good hop presence. dark chocolate aftertaste.

full body. adequate carbonation. i like this beer. i could drink two at the most in one sitting. if i have a piece of the mocha cheesecake i made to pair with it i could only drink one. will buy again.

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Photo of StoutHearted
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks great from the get-go: an inky black with a small amount of foam so you can dive right in. Not much for aroma, but has a nice promise of chocolate with a heavy malt smell. Taste is fantastic, everything you'd want from a chocolate stout. Nothing unexpected or experimental, just a good, all-around choco-stout here. Nice mouthfeel with a full body for savoring, a little gritty at the back of the throat. Pleasant drinkability, but I'd recommend saving it for dessert alongside a plate of brownies.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, jet black with a tanish head that didn't last all that long. Spots of lacing, but mostly a few errant bubbles stuck to the side. The nose is the best thing this beer has going for it. Rich, yet soft notes of sweet chocolate, wet brown sugar, and perhaps a slight note of sweet rolled oats. The taste was a little thin and indistinct. There was some hint of sweet chocolate again, slightly bitter finish, but no explosion of flavors like the name would imply. The mouthfeel was also thin but I don't think that detracted from this one. I think that for the ABV this beer is quite sessionable, but not something to pull out of your cellar and impress that friend who you haven't seen in 20 years.

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

Appearance: Black body with a slight brownish tinge, opaque, with a moderately-thick brown head.

Smell: Wow. Strong aromas of chocolate and bitter coffee, with a nice dry chocolate malt underneath. Slight hints of caramel. Very strong and unexpectedly aromatic.

Taste: A dry maltiness up front, bitter and dry with hops, with a coffee-tinged sweet aftertaste. It reminds me a lot of Rogue's Chocolate Stout, and coming from me that's high praise. The alcohol is well-hidden, and the flavors just pop right out.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, somewhat thick, proteins coat the tongue.

Drinkability: Dangerous considering the alcohol. Very enjoyable. Worth a try for anyone who's looking for a good impy stout.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.46/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: 24oz. brown glass bomber, split with my fiancee

Appearance: Ultra dark brown/black, opaque with a nice thick dark tan head with great retention.

Smell: Sweet mocha aromas; it's kind of like fresh coffee with just a TOUCH of's simple, but nice.

Taste: A hint of milk chocolate with SHARP roasted barley bitterness and a medium-high hop bitterness as well; there's a bit of alcohol present as well...this is kiiiind of tasty but it's definitely out of balance; there are sweet/bitter flavors kind of running amok and the bitter edge is almost lip puckering...very odd for the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy

Drinkability: My girl didn't finish hers (and she loves big bold stouts) and I barely got mine down.

Conclusion: I have several problems with this beer, but the biggest is that the website bills this as "perfectly balanced." In a word, "no." I bought this because the dessert beer I'd gone after (DB) was out of stock...I'll probably not buy this again.

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Photo of brewintheLou
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost black with a tannish head that leaves slight lacing down the glass.

Smell is very strong chocolate.

Taste of chocolate is a kick in the face on the first drink. After the strong mocha chocolate flavor there is a little bitterness and the it just ends. There is no after taste with this one. Mouthfeel is a little chewy at first, but just like the taste it is quickly gone and finishes off, very oddly, thin. Although the taste and mouthfeel disappear with this one, it is something I would drink again, but I would not go out in search of this one.

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Photo of DoctorDog
1.92/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Presentation: 1 pint, 6 oz. into a snifter.

A- Very dark, nearly black/opaque. ~1 1/2 fingers of light brown head, which fades gradually to but a thin ring. Straight out of the bottle, the liquid looks noticeably thin and watery, which I find a bit worrisome. No lacing noted.

S- Hints of chocolate and coffee, and a bit of molasses. Also, a slightly grassy/earthy quality to the aroma.

T- Some baker's chocolate and slightly burnt espresso. Sweetness is minimal. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Nothing too complex or interesting going on here. As the drink warms slightly, wet cardboard flavors creep in and begin to overtake the palate, and the quality of flavor gradually and substantially decreases. By ~1/2 way through, this thing is nothing but a disgusting mess of wet cardboard.

M- Moderately carbonated and watery. Somewhat drying on the finish. I'm left scratching my head and wondering where all of the 4-4.5 ratings and "creamy" descriptions came from....not my bottle. Looks like I managed to "luck" into another bad bottle.

D- When the last 1/2 of your bottle goes down the drain instead of your throat, the resulting rating is not going to be pretty.

Future outlook: Damn it. I had big expectations for this, only for them to be completely and thoroughly dashed. I might someday give this offering another chance in the distant future, but not anytime too soon.

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

Vintage 2008, 22oz bottle at 50 degrees.

Pours opaque black with a two inch head of dense mocha.
Retention is moderate and the foam receded to a partial skim coat, leaving behind some decent strings and dots of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with dark chocolate, nougat, caramel, and roasted malts. Cocoa, coffee grounds, and a hint of bannana skins follow through.

Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Slick and oily.

Rich, dark chocolate and espresso beans start the palate. Bits of char, burnt cocoa, and singed toffee follow through.

Finishes with warming alcohol, lingering burnt roast, bitter chocolate, and a hint of bannana skin.

Pretty tasty and chocolaty for sure. The vegetal-Bannana undertones seem a bit out of place, but it's not offensive.
Definately on the small end of the Imperial Stout spectrum.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Emerges nearly pitch black with dark cherry highlights. Every other impy stout or double stout I have had has been in the pitch black color department; must mean this one is slightly less chocolatey or roasty? One finger sized cocoa colored head.

Aroma certainly doesnt indicate a double chocolate quality. There is some chocolate and some coffee, typical in most stouts, but nothing in the way of enormous choclate (like Rogue Chocolate Stout). Actually, there is more coffee than chocolate. Not a whole lot of roast either.

Okay flavor. More chocolate than coffee in the flavor. Small amount of roasty quality. Lots of fruit as well. Rather sweet. Alcohol is noticeable.

Not bad. Slightly thin on the mouthfeel. Low carbonation and a little too fruity of a stout for me.

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Photo of birchstick
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up from the brewery this summer on a visit to Colorado.

A - pours black with a minimal head
S - smells of chocolate and sweet malts
T - chocolate tones with some faint burnt malts and coffee. There is a nice balance between the two.
M - smooth and creamy. The alcohol is well masked.
D - Drinkability is very high for the abv. This was enjoyable, but left me wanting a little more...

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Photo of KI9A
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Coke black, tan head.

S: Chocolate toffee, malt, coffee.

T: Bitter chocolate, sweet malts. Maybe a dark fruit--figs?

M: Slick on the tounge, about right carb.

D: Easy to be a session beer, if not for the larger ABV. If it was around 5%, I can see myself putting these down.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got from Ummagum. Poured from a 22oz bottle (no dating info) into a pint glass. It was black with red highlights when held against a light. Good carbonation with slow sliding lace that doesn't stick. It had a small brown head that quickly dissipated into a partial carb fed foam and a collar.

The aroma was on the weaker side until it reached room temp. Was very weak and disappointing till halfway thru when the aroma really started to unfold. Roasted dark chocolate malt and coffee. The taste was really good especially as it warmed up and the flavors unfolded. Great chocolate taste with good balance on the coffe. Starts off sweet and then the bitter from the choc and coffee hit and finishes with a not too bitter end. Their regular Chocolate Stout is one of my absolute favorites and this one earns a place next to it. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Good carb levels as well.

Overall, another great beer from a great brewery. FBC is a vastly underrated brewery that hopefully will get it's due one of these days. Highly recommend. Not available here but would be a several bottle purchase per season if it was. For now, I'll have to rely on my best bud Ummagum to ship me some. (Note: this is a perfect example of why it's important to re-review when you can. My original review was from a bottle that I shipped to myself. It must have been bad because the beer was not very good and I gave it a bad review (one and done). Got another shipped to me and it was awesome. Glad I did that or I would have missed out on a great beer)

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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Nice black pour with a pretty light head. Smell the chocolate, like a Mocha Starbucks drink. Very heavy and varying tones of chocolate, has a nice bite, covers the ABV well. Like a chocolate RIS, which is what I think they were going for.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. I had a pitcher of this a few weeks back at a Mellow Mushroom, but haven't had it again until now.

Appearance: Very dark, almost black, but when held up to the light can see hints of mahogany coming through. Poured with an off-white head about a finger thick that dissipated quickly, but left a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Alcohol and chocolate. Even with an 8.10 APV, I was surprised at how much alcohol came through in the scent. Lots of chocolate as well, which is, well, what should be expected from a beer labeled "Double Chocolate Stout."

Taste: Wow. A strong alcoholic bite tempered by waves of chocolate. Hints of coffee in the background, but a chocolate flavor dominates. A nice maltiness comes through at the end, and the aftertaste lingers for a few seconds. A beer where every sip is worth savoring. My only criticism is that the alcohol might come through a bit strong, but all that does is make me savor the beer more slowly. I love chocolate beers, and this is one of my favorites.

Mouthfeel: A little bit thinner then I was expecting for such a heavy beer. That being said, it gives an excellent warming sensation going down, and you really feel the alcohol coming through.

Drinkability: Definitely not a session beer, but one that as soon as I finished, it left me wanting more. It is definitely a beer worth drinking slowly, as a lot of the flavor comes through the more it lingers in your mouth.

I like this beer a lot. As I mentioned, I love chocolate beers, and this is one of my favorite so far. It's tough to drink more than one, but it's well worth it.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/03/08- Purchased at Chuck's Wine and Spirits in Chagrin Falls, OH. $5.99 price tag.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info found. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep brown colored pour with a 3/4 inch off white head. Lacing is spotty and minimal.

Smell- Nice notes of chocolate malted powder, some roasted malt and maybe even a bit of vanilla.

Taste- Very flavorful for a lower abv double stout. Lots of rich milk chocolate flavor. Malt is medium to a higher roast level. Hops are held in check, but still come out and play a bit. Overall flavor meld is very good.

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel...chcoolate goodness aftertaste with a middle of the road carbonation level.

Drinkability- Really liked this one. Good bang for your buck and a great flavor profile.

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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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