Gravity 1020 at the Fort Collins Brewery

Chocolate Stout


Chocolate Stout

A velvety smooth mouthfeel, satisfyingly roasty flavor and medium body make this brew positively seductive. Subtle hop bitterness rounds out the character of roasted barley and chocolate malt in this proven classic.


2010 US Open Beer Championship, Gold, Chocolate/ Cocoa Beer category.


All Year.


12oz bottles (6 packs), 1/2 bbls, 1/6 bbls


Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 5.3%
Hop Bitterness (IBU): 33
Color (SRM): 43

General Food Pairings

Pot pie, or a classic with raw oysters. And don’t forget tiramisu, cheesecakes, and soufflés for dessert!

Recipe: Chocolate Stout Mushroom Gravy

12 oz white mushrooms sliced thin
12 oz porcini or other wild mushrooms sliced thin
2 shallots minced
4 oz butter
6 oz flour
5 oz chocolate stout
28 oz stock (vegetable, chicken or beef)
10 oz Heavy Cream
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Caramelize mushrooms in a hot wide pan with butter. Add shallots and cook until tender. Add flour to make roux, and cook roux until a light brown color appears. Do this over medium heat and stir constantly for about 5 minutes. Deglaze with Chocolate Stout, then add stock and bring up to a boil to thicken. Once thickened, remove from heat and add cream. Season with Salt and Pepper.


“Breweries that try their hand at chocolate beers walk a very fine line between genuine craft beer and gimmicks. Sometimes the gimmick is the supposed craftsmanship. This is not true of Fort Collins Chocolate Stout, which has all the makings of a high-quality beer with the addition of a great chocolate taste.

Handbook of Porters & StoutsThis beer pours extremely smoothly to a dark, seemingly opaque black body that is actually dark ruby red. The body is rather tepid with little to no carbonation noticeable and only a small soapy light brown head. There isn’t much chocolate noticeable in the nose, but there is an aroma of roasted malts that is typical of high-end stouts.

Often the first thing one notices about a chocolate beer is, not surprisingly, the chocolate flavor. However, with Fort Collins Chocolate Stout, the first thing one notes is an intense hoppy composition. If you are a fan of hoppy beers such as India Pale Ales, this can be pleasantly surprising. This beer has a strong hop bite and a bitterness to match.

The chocolate is much more noticeable in the finish than in the initial approach. Many chocolate beers tend to have chalky character reminiscent of confectioner’s sugar, but Fort Collins has a delicious palate of sweet dark chocolate without any sugary or gimmicky taste. The subtle choco- late taste complements the hop character well, making this a very robust beer. Dark roasted malts are also evident and balance the beer perfectly.

For such a hoppy brew, Fort Collins Chocolate Stout is ridiculously smooth. It has a gentle mouthfeel that’s as soft as a pillow, and it finishes just as comfortably. This probably is due to the well-balanced palate and the surprisingly thin body. The only caveat is that it leaves a dry aftertaste, which is a small price to pay for an otherwise outstanding performer.

At only 5.3% ABV, Fort Collins Chocolate Stout isn’t close to being an Imperial beer. It’s probably a little heavy in calories and carbs, though. From our experience, it certainly doesn’t feel like a hefty beer and one could go through many bottles of it quickly and easily.”  –Handbook of Porters & Stouts







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