Shake Chocolate Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Ratings: 1,387
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 65
Gots: 333 | FT: 2
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cindyjeffsmith on 10-12-2013

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Photo of biegaman
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shake looks as it smells and tastes: like chocolate liquor. It is dense, gritty, and such a deep, dark shade of brown that we might as well call it black (a good source of light, however, contradicts this by turning the thick-as-paste looking liquid clear and showcases ruddy highlights). And, apropos for the milkshake theme, the surface is coated in creamy white froth.

The aroma of bittersweet chocolate is clear as day and contains notes of both roasted, unrefined cocoa nibs (which are actually used in the brew, by the way) as well as a finely conched, velvety vanilla-accented bar from a top European chocolatier. All in all, it smells a lot like actual cocoa butter. One fully expects a "melt in your mouth" quality to follow on the palate.

Shake is sure to make a huge impression on those trying it for the first time (especially if they've never had a chocolate beer before). After trying it on-tap I went out the very next day to buy a six-pack. But the bloom fell off that rose pretty quickly. The bottled version didn't have the same hazelnut-cream and Swiss wafer notes. And each subsequent bottle was a little less impressive.

That six-pack lasted far longer than I imagined it would. By the time of this final bottle I find it to almost taste more of coffee beans than it does cocoa nibs. That gooey, rich, fudge-y bakers chocolate flavour and the silky vanilla note that lined it has faded substantially. I still consider it delicious, but it's not the decadent indulgence I initially thought of it as.

Shake Chocolate Porter is a beer impossible not to recommend (unless of course the person doesn't like chocolate, in which case they're insane anyhow). While it is admittedly a superficial offering (that can also taste a bit artificial at times), it's still the stuff of a choco-holic's dream. Were they around then, Boulder Beer would certainly have been in the service of Mayan royalty.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a finger high, with a mocha shade. I don't think it has good retention, but it does leave behind a bit of lacing on the glass. (3.5)

Smell: The "chocolate" part of this beer isn't lying. But it's also loaded with roasted malt goodness, and some vanilla beneath that. While the general aroma is quite sweet, there also seems to be a healthy roast note to it. (4)

Taste: It starts off with a ton of dark chocolate, and I do mean a ton. Despite this, it finishes with a nice roasted bite, and there's even some hoppiness floating around. Basically, it's chocolate milk without the lingering sweetness. Sure it's simplistic, but who cares? (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Really dry, despite its initial sweetness. Because of the richness of flavor, though, it isn't spectacularly drinkable. I don't really care that it's more of a sipper, though. Carbonation is slightly strong, but not stupid - just like this beer. (3.75)

Overall: Like many chocolate beers, it blends a sweet and chocolaty first half with a dry and roasty second half. That doesn't always work, but here it does, and quite well to boot. It's sweet enough to be a dessert beer and dry enough to be paired with a good steak - it's only hampered by its one-dimensional nature. Still, I'm loving the chocolaty nature. (3.75)

3.79/5: A chocolate porter/stout done right

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer advocates New system is ridiculously stupid

Photo of samantha_solis_9008
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome beer. It tastes just like chocolate shake. It's awesome.

Photo of Beaver13
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with a medium creamy light tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet fudgy bakers chocolate.

The flavor is sweet milk chocolate with some slight acidic cardboard notes and a little roast. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with prickly carbonation.

Overall, a decent chocolate beer - definitely all chocolate.

Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

1/2 growler filled at Yorktown Bev, Yorktown NY

Lucius waves of chocolate ... well crafted and well worth a try

Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.Poured into a 20oz firestone glass.Dark brown with a 1 inch head.Very heavy chocolate smell.Not bad.This has got a good flavor .If your looking for a good Porter this is not that bad.Not near as good as the Alaskan Baltic porter but still a very tasty Porter.Give it a try.Motley out.

Photo of far333
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown and opaque, with ruby highlights where the light gets through. An oatmeal colored head settles quickly leaving a fine head of dimpled bubbles. Low aroma of chalk and dusty cocoa. Rich and sweet chocolate flavor right up front, some dark malt, a bit toasty, notes of coffee come through. Low hop profile, but some floral notes offset the richness. Some roasty bitterness also emerges. Even and full mouthfeel, creamy and rich. Good beer, but leans more towards chocolate than porter.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark chocolate hue with a hint of cola ruby highlights, tan fluffy textured head, with speckled lacing left behind. Aroma creamy cocoa powder, herbal anise like character, with toffee and other nearly burnt sugars, a really soft nice smelling cocoa porter. Flavors just work, creamy toffee, bitterness from the cocoa nibs, again very soft creamy texture I would have guessed oatmeal, the label doesn't mention that but they do use chocolate wheat. It's a more drinkable version of something like Southern Tier Choklat, I can only do 4 ounces of that one, this one however, I could throwback at least two or three bottles. The powdered cocoa, and cocoa nib additions really help balance the sweetness, finishes semi dry in the end, well brewed masterfully done , medium bodied I'm guessing they're comparing it to a malty shoppe chocolate shape it's that creamy and dessert like. Overall killer brew, I will be picking up more for the wife to try.

Photo of Brenden
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shake is a dark brown color, permitting just a little light through at the thinnest parts of the body. It possesses a firm tan head with lots of creaminess and leaves good lacing behind in fairly plentiful patching.
The smell gives up a nice base of chocolate syrup with an essence that's thick and sweet with just a hint of raw bitterness of pure cocoa. It's supported by roast and char in a pretty strong malts foundation. There's a note of kola running through as well.
The taste brings more of the thick chocolate syrup, kola (nut and sort of spiciness), toast and roast with some gently charred woods on the end along with roasted/almost burnt nut. It has a slight tang to it that distracts a little, and a hint of raw green pepper (just a ghost) here and there.
The medium body is perhaps slightly too crisp but evenly smooth with a dry finish.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Enjoy by Feb 06 2014 stamped on the neck.

A: Pours a clear dark brown appearing black in the glass with a khaki tan head sitting on top. Leaves some real nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Upon first whiff you really get that chocolate aroma. Coffee isnt far behind with a touch of vanilla in there as well. Focus is on the milk chocolate which come across very nicely.

T: As anticipated from the aroma this is a chocolate heavy beer. Sort of a dry milk chocolate that is reminiscent of a milk stout with some lactose qualities. Could have a bit more depth.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Perhaps a tad watery but not too bad for a porter. Real easy drinking.

Overall this is a satisfying beer that gets the chocolate flavor right. Something you could easily knock back a six pack of.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a finger and a half of chocolate/caramel-colored head that dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer. The head leaves a good lacing of foam on the glass as its drunk.

Aroma: Wow! Strong aromas of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, lactose, cream, as well as bready, toasted malt imparting notes of toasted bread and cereal. Very inviting.

Taste: Exactly like the aroma! Very chocolaty, caramel-y, vanilla-y, lactose-y, creamy and bready/cereal-y. Think Cocoa-Puffs, Chocolate Rice Crispies or Count Chocolata cereal, but in a glass! Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly thin, and very creamy and smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.9%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: What a great chocolate porter! Lots of toasted malt and chocolate, wrapped up with a hint of caramel and vanilla, in a very creamy beer. Delicious!

Photo of aavila813
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

very smooth and it does taste like chocolate

Photo of MikeSkaz
2.3/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very flat and no body.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Attractive to look at. The pour produces a two-finger thick head with frothy, chewy cream-colored head. The head persists well and leaves sticky lace on the sides of the glass the same height as the original head. A thin lace remains atop the liquid long after the pour. The liquid is dark black with some transparency and hues of brown. I don't see much carbonation working through the beer.

Certainly very chocolatey and almost Gnutell-like on the nose. There's sweet malt, vanilla and even tiny hints of coffee. It smells very dessert-like. Interestingly, the beer isn't nearly as sweet as the nose led me to believe. I do still get chocolate, but the beer has a very nutty flavor,similar to a nut brown. I continue to get hints of vanilla and a dark chocolate aftertaste, both of which I enjoy. Perhaps the one limitation of this beer is the thin body, which certainly doesn't resemble a shake and works against the otherwise tasty flavors. The beer is smooth, but lacks the creaminess I'd like.

I like this beer, but would enjoy it much more if the body were thicker.

Photo of brother_rebus
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

phenomenal stouty porter. Actually tastes like a chocolatey shake.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep cola brown, near black in depth, with a 2 finger tan head. Fair retention gives way to a broken layer of suds across the surface. Fine lacing around the glass with good stick.

Smell - Malted chocolate at the forefront. Well, that's basically it. Malted chocolate. Nothing complex, just straight forward malted chocolate.

Taste - Follows the nose. Chocolate milk shake quality, but more along the line of one of them "fake shakes", like the ones they used to serve at Carl's Jr. Maybe faint traces of vanilla? Yeah, think low-tier quality fast food chocolate shake and you have this beer in the bag.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and thick, but with velvety finesse. Goes down stupid easy.

Overall - Looking for an alternative to a Mudslide in beer form, or a chocolate shake with booze? This is it. Not a whole lot of complex chocolate flavors, just straight malted chocolate. Truly, a one note wonder. Good. Not great. You'd really have to be in the mood for a chocolate shake to love this beer in the moment.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Black with light tan lacing.
S- Like hot cocoa powder
T- Chocolate, sweet then bitter
F- As a porter, just about right but not perfect
O- Good, but not great

Photo of secondtooth
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark with ruby highlights. Sizeable head of tan bubbles. Thick wall of solid lace.

Nose is delicious cacao, mocha, and more chocolate. Delicious!!!

Taste is definitely, first and foremost, heavy in the chocolate. There's a roast, even nutty character that comes forward near the finish. Very nice, and perfect for serious chocolate fans.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed the shake chocolate porter. The beer poured a dark opaque with ecru head that left some lacy. The scent was chocolate....almost semi sweet nestle morsel chocolate. The taste follows the scent and is incredibly delicious. This comes close to the best porter I've ever had. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a great porter...nice job!

Photo of RickS95
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lovely dark brown pour, almost black with some lighter shades of dark around the edges. The light tan head forms slowly, cascading from bottom to top. Once formed, it's a thick sticky meringue of different sized bubbles that retain well and leave a plaster of lace behind.

The beer is well-named as Shake smells like a chocolate shake. Not sure if there's lactose involved, but you can almost smell the dairy. Think dessert.

While the chocolate is obvious from the nose, the taste buds tell a slightly different story as the chocolate is off the bittersweet variety. It's an evil trick as you're prepared for an onslaught of sweet only to be surprised by a different form of chocolate.

The palate doesn't appreciate the deception and never fully appreciates the beer. Medium bodied and well bittered, the lack of sweetness is hard to forgive.

I have a six pack and I'm sure I'll enjoy the remaining five, but this first one leaves a poor taste in my mouth literally and figuratively.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin tan head on a black body.
The aroma is mostly chocolate, as expected, with some roasted malt lurking in the background.
The taste is chocolate sweet, milk, mild bitterness middle to end.
The texture is thicker and velvety with moderate carbonation.
The taste is nicely balanced and the texture is outstanding.

Photo of Avila1
5/5  rDev +25%

Well done and a Gold Winner

Photo of LimpHarness
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am not a fan of chocolate or porters, but this stuff was great...just like a chocolate shake. The aroma didn't make me too excited, but everything after that was great. My favorite part is that it's not too heavy...drinkability is great. Could put down a few of these.

Photo of Sleightball
4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tastes like a chocolate milk shake. Gotta love a beer that is true to its name.

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Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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