Shake Chocolate Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
Picked this beer up in Totowa yesterday, hearing good things about this and excited to have a Chocolate Porter. Who ever heard of such a thing? After having this beer, I actually wondered why weren't there more of these? This was really good and enjoyable and with the alcohol being just above the threshold for a session beer, it would be easy to enjoy a few of these in a sitting. Now that it nearly feels like Winter outside, this was great to kick off the cold weather with without feeling too heavy, spicy, or filling.
Of course, the pour to this was nice and dark, with a hint of garnet around the edges and a pretty tan head to this that wasn't thick, but certainly present before fading away. Not a strong aroma but what was there held its own - coffee, dark chocolate, some burnt notes, and a hint of soda. That sweetness and mouthfeel was repeated in the taste as the carbonation was strong and the balance spot-on. It's not often that I can taste some espresso in a beer with as much filling as this but that certainly turned out to be the case with this. A nice creamy texture helped this go down easily and only some oatmeal-like malt lingered in the aftertaste, before slowly fading away to a bit of roasted smokiness.
Alcohol? It's here somewhere but it was tough to find - not that I particularly cared. Porters are great when done right and with the chocolate and coffee notes here, they have a range that was previously unknown to me. No matter - this was a great beer that pushes the edge out a bit more without being too radical by seeming so old and familiar. Perfect for dessert, cool nights this season, or those looking for something different that feels like it's been around forever. Nice job on Boulder's part!
11-21-2013 09:36:38 | More by JerzDevl2000
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3.4/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
01-31-2014 00:47:15 | More by Beaver13
4.16/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
12-18-2013 00:15:13 | More by WVbeergeek
Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
88 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.