Shake Chocolate Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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Reviews by TucsonTom:
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
If you're looking for chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate, then Shake is your beer. If you're looking for a complex mix of chocolate, coffee, malt or anything other than chocolate, then you'll be disappointed.
Me? I'm bored with the beer by time I'm finished with it. And I don't really want the rest of the six pack.
So why such a high rating? Well, it looks and has the mouthfeel of a perfect porter. And it was very clear on the bottle that this baby would be chocolate centered, and Boulder hit that goal out of the park. That's why it has such a high rating: its goal is very well executed.
But I'm not a big chocaholic, so I want the malt/coffee/hop complexity found in other porters. That's why Boulder's Shake has no future place in my beer fridge: personal taste (or lack there of <g>).
Serving type: bottle
03-21-2014 21:16:45 | More by TucsonTom
More User Reviews:
3.76/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a tulip. Enjoy by Sep242014 on bottle neck. Purchased at World Market (Charlottesville, VA).
A: Very dark brown with 2-finger beige, foamy head with decent retention and a solid valence of lace around the top of the glass.
S: Huge chocolate aromas with light roast malts and a little bit of caramel in there too. I don't get much of the coffee noted on the label, but the bittersweet dark chocolate and cocoa aromas are heavenly. A touch of earthy hops bitterness comes through.
T: The flavor is good but unfortunately has a chemical nature through the finish. The maltiness is still humongous chocolate, mostly bitter dark but a little caramel sweetness moves through too. There is a touch of bitterness, mostly earthy in nature, keeping this from being syrupy. The finish though has a weird chemical almost sour woody character to it that doesn't finish the beer off as nicely as the rest of it that precedes. Still a good beer. No alcohol and no yeast could possibly push through the chocolate haze this leaves.
M: The lightness is surprising and is sort of a positive and a negative -- the lightness keeps it from seems cloying and syrupy but it also prevents it from being as decadent and sumptuous as it could be.
O: Shake is a good chocolate porter with big chocolate aromas and a good chocolate flavor punch, only done in somewhat by the artificial, chemical character in the finish.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 03:54:04 | More by argock
4.16/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Chocolaty brown beer capped with a khaki foam that recedes into a thin cap with curtains of lace. It smells like a chocolate milkshake with a bit of cold pressed coffee. Excellent. Taste is lightly bitter, milk chocolate, some espresso. Light sweetness is washed away for a clean mild chocolaty finish. Medium body is creamy. This is a tasty beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 22:51:01 | More by JackieTH
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I had this beer on-tap in a big taster glass at Oregon Brewers Festival.
Appearance: dark brown, nearly black with no haze. Quite an attractive beer.
Smell: rich, sweet chocolate with a lot of vanilla -- it's very desserty. However, there's this almost watered-down element to it which kind of takes a little away from the nice chocolate character.
Taste: it's quite sweet, rather like a milk stout. Chocolatey and creamy flavor as well; I like it.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and good creaminess. This works for me.
Overall: a dessert beer, to be sure, but I really like it. I will definitely be looking for it in bottles.
Serving type: on-tap
07-25-2014 20:08:23 | More by flagmantho
Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
88 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.