GarrettB (1145) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
March 31st, 2011 - Double Chocolate Stouts typically occupy a very special place in my heart, and a rather indiscriminate place around my gut. They afford me the occasional luxury of drinking my beer like it was chocolate milk, and reminding myself how purely delicious and wonderful that ambrosia seemed when I was younger. Now, chocolate milk is a creamy glass of guilt and fat. But where the magic faded for chocolate milk, it’s re-appeared with the Ft. Collins Brewery Double Chocolate Stout. Deep and dark brown and with a tan head and strong lacing with medium bubbles, it looks like it might indeed be made of chocolate, or has some strong chocolate ancestry at least. The aroma is cool and wet, like rain on parched earth, and features some chocolate, but it is neither dark nor dry. I also detect the wholly separate smell of cacao nibs, brighter and more fruity. The aroma is a little chalky, and includes some token smells of charred beef, just to prove its stout credentials. Moving to the flavor, we find it’s not a dark chocolate stout, but semi-sweet and semi-bitter, a bit like high quality Ghiradelli chocolate chips. The moderate carbonation lets a lot of flavor through the carbon dioxide traffic. Bright and acerbic, with a quick drop in the aftertaste to a long, char taste, this brew is desperately trying to show off both its chocolate and its stout sides, but the best it can do is turn left and right quickly enough to make it look like a blur. Even the chocolate side tastes a bit light and restrained. After looking for inspiration on Ratebeer, I’ve found some of the commonly acknowledged hops in the flavor, and maybe some of the caramel other reviewers have reported, and some of that espresso bitterness too, but not much else. Otherwise, this is a stout that’s trying to mask itself with some semi-sweet chocolate, and for the most part it works, even if it tastes a little bit cobbled together.
gnoff (8112) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the restaurant Gravity 1020 next to the brewery on October 9, 2012
Very dark red color, light brown head. Malty, chocolate, alcohol taste. Warming alcohol. Spritzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Roasted aftertaste. Roasted scent.
MacBoost (1422) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to my brother, dougefreezy. Pours a cola black with a brown head. Strong aromas of chocolate, coffee and roast. Taste is a milk chocolate with a nice coffee balance. Some hops present also. Very creamy mouthfeel, almost milkshake like. This beer is very good.
maxwelldeux (4030) - Everett, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours extremely dark and thick with a large brown head. Great balance of chocolate and roasted flavors to this without overpowering each other.
mellocello (43) - - AUG 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drank from a 22 oz. bottle. Very dark color. Has a equal balance of chocolate and coffee notes. Both of which sit nicely in the mouth.
haugeberg (71) - - AUG 17, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into pint glass. Very sweet, Hershey syrup like flavor to the beer. This beer would be best with a nitrogen pour. Quite refreshing and light for a stout.
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crossovert (8484) - Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome chocolate stout. It drinks more like a regular stout but it is full bodied and full flavored, it just is soooo drinkable.
jnkor (320) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice dark black hue with a caramel colored, small-bubbled small head. aroma carries molasses notes and clear cocoa. Had to fight to smell the coffee. Taste was sweet but carried no surprises given the aroma. Perhaps a bit too bitter. It does not conceal a high ABV. It does have a nice cocoa finish.
Nightsky (176) - Lutz, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful sweet cocoa aroma. Minimal head. Dark opaque brown. Has a rush of bitter with a slightly sweet chocolatey finish. I love this beer.
jjgmd (1606) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow ! Pours a beautiful deep chocolate with a nice coffee colored head. Nose deep wonderful chocolate, so much so ! Taste is all malt and full of chocolate, with a very slight hint of alcohol. Ends again on a sweet long note. NICE. Quaff Score 8 / 10