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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
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 -12.3%
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 -23.2%
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 -15.6%
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 -41.8%
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 +6.6%
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 +18.3%
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 -17.8%
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 -6.3%
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 -20.2%
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 -4.9%
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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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured into a snifter. It pours nearly pitch black. It is not as thick as other versions of the style. It has a small white head that dissipates quickly, but does leave some slight lacing.

S-Chocolate, coffee, molasses, brown sugar, and alcohol. Its the best part of this beer.

T-Much like the nose, except not quite as sweet. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and some brown sugar dominate stand out the most.

M-Syrupy, but kind of thin.

D-You could definitely drink a bomber of this with no problems.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. I remember enjoying the American Stout version and this didn't disappoint. Its not the best version of the style, but still good. I would drink this again.

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Photo of ajaxivan
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up having never seen it before figured id give it a try.

A: Beautiful black color with nice brown head

S: Burnt coffee and choc.

T: Chocolate, roasty coffee, maybe a little caramel

M: Good creamy feel, smooth

D: For what i paid for this ($7.50ish) i though this is a solid Doub. Choc. Stout. I didnt find it as boozy as others have and would recommend this to anyone who enjoys this style.

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Photo of cjacobsen
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a black color, opaque, and has a nice brown head. Sits thick in the glass.

Smells of chocolate and coffee.

I don't know why I'm the only one that tastes the chocolate in this. I know it wasn't exactly made with real chocolate, that anyone knows of, but it has the flavor. The chocolate got my attention right away. Some caramel flavor and a coffee blend in there too. The weak hops lingers on the back of your tongue in the aftertaste.

Creamy, full, and smooth.

I thought this was a good beer. Picked it up on a whim with a friend of mine and gave it a shot, really liked it. Kind of surprised it didn't get much love on here.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#7. Picked out this bottle on a whim. We were craving a Chocolate Stout of any sort, this bottle fit the bill and had a good price tag. Reviews are all over the place. Let's give it a whirl.

Poured from a 1Pt, 6Fl oz bottle into two standard mugs (glassware limited).

(Appearance) One of the darkest beers I have ever seen. There is a good 1-finger inch head that is quite frothy. It leaves a good deal of thin lacing on the side as it gradually dies away. The surface never clears. Head retention is average. I see some light carbonation in the glass, but nothing amazing. It has fairly average visual appeal. 3

(Smell) There's a great deal of bitter smelling chocolate, perhaps with some nutty extracts. It smells slightly creamy and perhaps slightly sour. Roasted malts lie in the background, and I even smell some very light hops hidden deep within this. The bitter smell is the most overwhelming part of this beer. I can't tell whether I am intrigued or repelled by it. 2

(Taste) A fair combination of some bitter and some sweet, somewhat roasted and buttery malts. The slight chocolate smells take a back seat to a dominating coffee-like taste. There is a bold toffee, caramel-like flavor in here too. Luckily it is much clearer that the taste was a better experience than the smells I gathered earlier. There's a somewhat pleasant bitter tingle at the finish from some hops, but this is mostly malty. There's a decent balance of flavors here, making the body robust with toasty flavor. What little aftertaste there is is mostly that of a mocha coffee sweet flavor that fades into a mild lengthy bitterness over time. It is not half-bad. 4

(Mouthfeel) Creamy and rather light, without being watery or dry. The beer is cleaner than the average stout. There is enough substance to make this an enjoyable experience. The beer had pretty average carbonation, just enough to keep it from going flat in my mouth. 4

(Drinkability) A very easy drinker, considering its 8.1 ABV, which conceals itself well. It snuck up on me quick, as at the end of this review I'm feeling it now! It is very filling if taken by one in a single sitting, and for the large size that the bottle comes in, it could (and probably should) be split. Should I be possibly be craving more dark beer beyond this one, it would not be farfetched to assume that I could have a second one of these. 3.5

Verdict: The smell was at first a turn away but the taste was that of a slightly above average Chocolate Stout. There may not be enough reason to warrant me spending money on a second one of these as it was not superb by any means, but I am not disappointed that I have purchased one already. It's worth a shot for the dark beer lovers. B- (3.35)

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours up nearly black with dark red highlights and a khaki coloured finger thick head. Looks decent.
Smells faintly of bitter sweet chocolate, but coffee notes dominate.
Taste, too, certainly has *some* chocolate elements, but again, the spent coffee nuances are much more powerful.
Mouthfeel is nice and creamy up front and stays thick and solid all the way through. Nice.
Even at 8,1%, this is quite drinkable with little or no noticeable alcohol.
This is much, much better than their Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of WildTurkey
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle to snifter

A: Deep brown/black with thick tan head. Pretty dark.

S: Pretty boozy. Mostly burnt coffee and maybe a little bitter chocolate - but not much.

T: Very Boozy. Lot of coffee but no chocolate. Tastes like asparin.

M: Lighter than my expectation. Not very rich or smooth compared to other examples of this style.

D: Not digging it. Too boozy, not enough emphasis on chocolate.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass this brew pours like a dark porter that is over-carbonated. The extremely bubbly head fades away quickly and leaves little lace. Not impressive at all.

S: The aroma is not as rich as the bottle claims. As a matter of fact it is rather bland. There is some roastiness, and some coffee and chocolate, but the aromas are not very pronounced at all.

T: Flavor follows suite. Bland with roast notes and a slight chocolate flavor. A small hop after taste is present. I've had brown ales that were bolder and bigger then this stout.

MF: A little watered down and thin. Carbonation is ok at best.

D: Drinkability is a little rough, even at just over 8.1%.

Over all, this is my first brew from Fort Collins and I'm not impressed at all. This double chocolate stout should be branded as an ok Imperial Porter. Double the chocolate, double the malt, up the hop bill by a quarter, and give this brew some balls.

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

On tap recently at Fresh Craft in Downtown Denver. Poured a deep dark brown color, with a medium brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee and vanilla. On the palate, this one had a decent body, with roasted malt, some sweetness, and roast. Not really any chocolate in the mouth, however. Overall, not a bad beer, but nothing special.

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

Pours a remarkably frothy head of toasted light brown cream, although it sinks a little too soon. The color is jet black, and there are some psychedelic lace drippings clinging to the glass.

Chocolate is what the label promises, and chocolate is what the nose gets. All kinds of milky, sweet, comforting chocolate aromas greet the nose, with other candy-like elements coming in, especially caramel and toffee. Some juicy dark fruit too (plum, fig) although not any coffee, which is something the label boasts. Maybe they mean it's in the taste...

There's definitely some coffee in the taste, having a slightly acidic, acrid bitterness...however, this is totally subservient to the chocolate character. The chocolate is of a sweeter, less bitter variety than you get in other chocolate stouts, but never overly saccharine. Has a healthy graham cracker character too. There's a nice layer of fresh cream/milk, lending its own peculiar sweetness, and there's a bit of bittersweet baking chocolate in the finish, which seems to bring back the coffee flavor. Alcohol barely even figures in here.

Smoothness butts right up against tingle, as this is round and sticky on one hand, but healthily carbonated on the other. The balance exhibited here makes it work, and nicely.

I say this with total respect for the Bros.: please don't take their review as gospel, check out some other reviews and check this out for yourself. This is wonderful if you're into big, full-flavored, well-rounded chocolate and/or coffee stouts. I'm hoping the Bros. just got an infected/expired bottle or something.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a dark dark brown toward black to a dogfish head signature glass with a big bubbled frothy finger and a half mocha head leaving nice lace.

aroma of milk chocolate and espresso roast.

sweet creamy chocolate forward (as advertised), followed by slightly bitter espresso. later sips slightly acidic (?), but not too distracting.

slightly thin for the style, medium to highly carbonated.

very drinkable.

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Photo of Naugros
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dark pour with about an inch of mocha foam. The head disappears and is replaced by a layer of scum with a luscious ring. The nose is roast, toast, bitter unsweetened chocolate and strong coffee.

The taste mirrors the nose with added roasted bitterness that lingers through the finish. The chocolate also feels more bitter, but the coffee is subdued. Alcohol is present and adds a bourbon-like astringency without that flavor.

It seems there is some disagreement on this beer's worth. I imagine there is some variation batch to batch. I really enjoyed this stout and hope that the discrepancies get ironed out. FCB is too good for that.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into gobble...

A: Very dark with hints of red and drown. Wonderfully tan head, about a finger and a half worth, head settles to a nice ring with great lacing all the way down the glass.

S: I'm getting more coffee notes here than chocolate, but it is here... more of a bitter dark chocolate. I'm also getting molasses.

T: Just like it smells, more bitter chocolate, with quite a bit of molasses mixed in... Pretty bitter in the aftertaste.

M: Full bodied, thick and creamy, very little carbonation and a little on the warm side.

D: Not a session beer by any means. Little bitter and a little hot... Double Chocolate it is not, more Coffee molasses and dark bitter chocolate for my taste. Not bad for a cool night. But not what I was expecting.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My dad grabbed this for me on a trip to Pennsylvania in November 2009. I drank it in August 2010. Cheers dad!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a nice thicker looking two finger light brown head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a good wisp leaving some immediate lacing. Jet black body with zero carbonation evident. Looks good in the glass. A nice wisp remains and leaves some pretty lacing and dots down the glass. Looks good.

SMELL: A somewhat milder nose on this one. Roasted and chocolate malts, both of the pure dark and milky sweet variety. Hints of coffee in there too, but this is mostly about the chocolate here. Nice, but too muted.

TASTE: Some roasted malts off the bat with a solid amount of both pure and milk chocolate here. The chocolate varieties are put together really well; bitter-sweet and well balanced. More bitter chocolate and hints of coffee at the finish. A mild yet lingering aftertaste is plenty roasted and just packed full of chocolate. This is definitely a double chocolate stout.

PALATE: Fuller body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. No bite and feels good.

OVERALL: A very good chocolate stout. I'm kind of surprised this one didn't get the customary A- from the community. It's not a pure chocolate bitter bomb, but instead is a well balanced bitter-sweet chocolate stout that showcases both the pure bitter and milky sweet varieties. The nose could use some beefing up, but the taste profile is definitely up to standards. Recommend trying this one if you still have the chance. Thanks for picking this up for me pops!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

There's chocolate in the name, though the brewery does not talk about brewing with actual chocolate. A decent amount of brown foam forms from a steady pour, good head retention. Nearly pitch black with some ruby edges when put to the light. Roasted grain that suggests unsweetened chocolate and used coffee grounds in the nose, with faint dark cherry and blackberry fruitiness in the back. Burnt flavors come off a little bitter with unsweetened, bitter dark chocolate and more coffee grounds on the taste buds. Mildly warming alcohol, maltiness seems to be stuck on burnt. Hop bitterness doesn't help and lays down an out of place herbal flavor middle to end while the burnt grain tosses a vague smoky note into the mix. Finishes a little astringent and certainly bitter.

They'd be better off removing chocolate from the label as most people will associate sweet flavors with this beer. Overall, it's a muddled mess, and the flavors just mesh together--not completely undrinkable, but the bitter astringent flavors are hard to swallow after a while.

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Double Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 414 ratings.
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