Chocolate Stout brewed by the Fort Collins Brewery - Colorado
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. Chocolate Stout
took home the gold at the 2010 U.S. Open Beer Championship. This stout goes
great with a traditional steak and potatoes dinner. ABV: 5.3. IBU's 33.
Beer Review from Beer Advocate:
Very dark, almost black, except for velvety walnut brown highlights when held to
the light. The head is dark almond and fleeting, leaving little lace, but does
leave a film on the glass with each swirl.
Rich, roasted malt and coffee is followed by unsweetened chocolate. The
exquisite simplicity of the aroma requires warmth to shine as some pine resin
makes a nice contrast.
There is a good dose of bitter, black coffee with baker’s chocolate. This is
followed by some measure of pine sap and hops. All in all, for a stout, this one
is fairly clean. There is a chocolate/coffee confection as well.
Chocolate Stout has a medium body, is dry and more carbonated than most stouts.
It has a velvet texture and modest astringency.
A good drinking beer from a pint glass, this is better for social occasions and
would easily mix well with bar food.
Fort Collins Brewery has the only restaurant in a brewery in Northern Colorado
with Gravity 1020. It’s a great starting place with lunch and beer tasting. The
tasting room is open Monday through Thursday 11am-6pm and Friday & Saturday
11am-7pm. Guided brewery tours are offered every Saturday at 1, 2, 3, 4, and
5pm. Tours are free and last 15-20 minutes. Gravity 1020 is open
Tuesday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-10pm, and Sunday 10am-3pm.
The Fort Collins Brewery History
The Fort Collins Brewery made its debut in 2003 as a German lager house. In its
early days FCB concentrated on just three brews, Edgar, Doktor and Z Lagers, all
have since been retired. One year later, in 2004, the Peters family swept FCB
off its feet and proceeded to shake things up a bit. They gave FCB’s brewers the
freedom to experiment with all varieties of yeast and recipes from around the
world while still keeping the emphasis on creating superbly balanced,
distinctive and drinkable lagers and ales.
Since then, the brewery has added five new full time brews and sports an
ingenious line up of seasonal and special release brews. These new products
proved to be exactly what FCB needed to expand distribution locally, to several
other states and even into Sweden.
By 2007, packaging had become a time consuming endeavor and the limiting factor
for production. It was time to bid farewell to our 6 head manual Meheen filler,
we needed an upgrade. So, in the spring of 2007 we received our brand new SBC
bottling line from Europe. This automated system gives us the capacity to
package 120 bottles/ minute, renewed confidence in our shelf life and will serve
us well into the future.
We didn’t sit still for long and in 2010 we moved into our new home, a brand new
30,000 square foot facility on the corner of Lincoln and Lemay; completing the
Fort Collins Brewery Triangle. In May of 2011, Gravity 1020 Modern Tavern opened
its doors offering Fort Collins residents and tourists an atmosphere of
artisanal food and beer inside a full production brewery.
2013 was a banner year for us, we expanded our entire brewhouse. Swapping out
our 20bbl. Newlands brew haus for a shinny new 50bbl. Rolec fully-automated
German brew haus, which allowed us to increase quality, consistency and
production of our full time and seasonal beers. A new 7bbl. Newlands Pilot Brew
Haus was added in November, with a focus on expanding creativity for our Tap
Club Series and collaboration brews. In another step to increase the quality of
our beer, we exchanged our DE filtering process with a GEA Westfalia centrifuge
for superior beer clarification. Finally, just before the new year a Wittemann
Pinpoint Carbonator was placed into production. Whew….what a year.
Our ever-evolving profile of distinctive, hand-crafted Colorado brews can now be
enjoyed by all. Hard work, a love of the craft and a passion for exceptional
beer, food and people is what the Fort Collins Brewery/Gravity 1020 is all