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Shake Chocolate Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Shake Chocolate PorterShake Chocolate Porter

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very good

419 Ratings
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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%

Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cindyjeffsmith on 10-12-2013)
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Photo of alk3kenny


5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a creamy dark color and smells of cocoa... hot chocolate even ... tastes the same way.. Makes this very very easy to drink and well just plain delicious I can't help but order this or buy this every time I see it... fav beer almost sooo close. Pours amazing from the growler and the bottle

Serving type: growler

12-17-2013 03:35:51 | More by alk3kenny
Photo of RVigz


4.81/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nearly black with a beautiful cascading one inch head.

Smell: Sweet/slightly bitter chocolate.

Taste: This may be my favorite chocolate stout/porter that i have ever drank. It has the perfect amount of sweetness/bitter chocolate and the tiniest bit of coffee and roasted smoky flavor. absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel: velvety smooth and super sweet and high drinkability:

Overall: Very sweet, great balance between sweet/bitter dark chocolate flavors. My favorite chocolate stout/porter 100% recommend to anyone!

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-22-2014 15:47:00 | More by RVigz
Photo of keithmurray

New York

4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - dark brown with tan head

Smell - milk chocolate, malted chocolate balls, mocha, coffee

Taste - much like the smell - milk chocolate, fudge, mocha, coffee

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweetness from the chocolate, yet not cloying or overwhelming, flavors linger for a good while, smooth - I feel like this is just like a chocolate shake

Overall - this is a good porter, one that lives up to its namesake. I made a mistake by passing this up in the past, but I look forward to drinking more of this in the future.

Price Point - $2.30/12 oz single

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 00:04:03 | More by keithmurray
Photo of quakeroatmealstout

New York

4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark black color not heavy on the foam.

Smell: This is where this beer is truly unique. You dip your nose into the glass and you can just smell the chocolate. I love the balance between chocolate and coffee on this one.

Taste: While the smell is very heavily chocolate, it doesn't feel overtly chocolatey like other chocolate stouts (e.g. Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout). It's got great balance, light carbonation that wasn't noticeable in the first half of the glass, and a very smooth feel to it.

Mouthfeel: Not very heavy like other stouts and porters. Like a light shake (well hey, it's got shake in the name, so that explains it).

Overall: This is one of those beers you don't have to sip but you can if you want to savor. I almost wanted to chug it down like a shake I was that ready for it, but I restrained myself. It's not too heavy and not too light, so it's a nice change from the more robust porters I've had in the past. What it lacks in complexity it makes up for in its taste and smell.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2013 01:53:27 | More by quakeroatmealstout
Photo of WoodBrew


4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
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!

Serving type: growler

12-22-2013 06:45:33 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of themind

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This porter is a chocolate blast that rivals Sweet Baby J. This beer is underrated here! It's very good! This beer pours super dark, has an incredible chocolate aroma and an awesome chocolate, milkshake beer treat flavor. At 5.9% its super drinkable and I would recommend this beer to chocolate beer lovers. Would I buy again...HECK YEA! $40.00 bucks a case, sign me up.

Bottom Line: Awesome beer from the woods.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 13:21:39 | More by themind
Photo of itsscience


4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a finger of creamy white head. The smell is of chocolate ice cream, cacao nibs, vanilla, and roasted nuts. It tastes like milk chocolate with a good helping of vanilla and finishes with a slight bitterness like you would get from dark chocolate. I'm typically weary of nitro tapping and think that it often detracts from the quality of a beer, but in this case nitro carbonation is the perfect complement: it gives the beer a velvety mouthfeel that works with the rich flavors to produce a chocolate milkshake experience.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-24-2014 23:32:40 | More by itsscience
Photo of OhioRay


4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black in color, but a clear black. No light can get through but no signs of sediment. Half a finger of a pretty tan head fades quickly to a thin film. Good lacing.

S - Very sweet and pleasant smelling. Does this brew come with free wifi? Chocolate, cappuccino, a hint of roasted malts. None of the scents are overpowering.

T - My first sip I thought of a glass of chocolate milk. Rich and chocolatey up front. A malty sweetness follows that and the finish is filled with a good amount if hop bitterness. Very we'll balanced brew.

M - A pleasant bubbliness which is similar to letting your tongue sit in listerine. Creamy and smooth. Leaves a coating everywhere long after you've swallowed.

O - Very well rounded chocolate brew. While the smell is dominated by the chocolate, the flavor is surprisingly well balanced by hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 01:21:58 | More by OhioRay
Photo of Glennlawless

New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is fantastic. It poured a nice dark almost blackish brown with a nice 1 inch head. spotty very little lacing left behind. It smells like amazing hot chocolate. its the most chocolaty beer ive ever encountered. The taste of this is just the same as the nose. great for a winter night. super drinkable. if you love chocolate...and if you love beer. get this. Drink it at room temp as well. If its too cold I feel it could take away from the chocolate character. Finally a beer that tastes as good as its name.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 04:09:21 | More by Glennlawless
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a dark chocolate black with brown coming through the edges in the light. A thick foamy mocha head holds retention well. Massive sheets of foamy lacing!

The beer smells very chocolatey and had a great milky component, like cocoa sort of.

The taste is superb. A lot of great milk chocolate in the front end, followed by a lactose-driven chalky finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, one of my favorite porters ever, this one. Really delicious with great appearance.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 14:49:17 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of BierJager89


4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark brown, basically black, with a short, creamy mocha head.

S: Plums, figs, general dark fruit scents, molasses, chocolate (like fudge) and light/medium roast coffees (particularly roasty notes, citrus and berries) in the nose.

T: Interesting. Roasted malt, milk and dark chocolate, medium and light roast coffees come along first, with citrus rind, plum and lemon following shortly behind as the palate undulates like a sine wave from fruity/tart to roasty flavors and back again, ending where it began, focusing heavily on the chocolate fudge-like flavors in a delicious aftertaste. A bit of dark chocolate lingers for quite a while on the back of the tongue after the sip. Later sips tend to come in quick, singular waves, drying out toward the end with roasty notes.

M: Surprisingly light in that it's medium bodied, and not creamy smooth, but smoothish, and not at all harsh.

O: Delicious. If it were full bodied, had less tart, citric flavor, and were bourbon barrel aged, it'd be incredible. I definitely recommend this beer to anyone who likes a good porter. It's perhaps a bit more like a stout than a porter, as it isn't extremely bitter, but the slight sweetness is cut by the tart, lemony flavors, so I can see this being a very accessible beer to those who don't like sweet beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 04:56:10 | More by BierJager89
Photo of angelmonster


4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a two finger tan head, body is opaque,black with ruby highlights. Head retention and lacing were good.

Smells pretty sweet, first aromas are of a banana split with tons of chocolate syrup on top. Vanilla is very prevalent and roasted dark malts are also in the mix. Hops aren't really present and neither is alcohol.

First taste is very similar to a melted chocolate shake or a beer float. Sweet milk chocolate and vanilla bean dominate this beer. Dark chocolate malts and burnt brownie flavors contribute also. Hops are very light and alcohol is almost undetectable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated for a porter. Head adds a slight creamy texture, finishes nicely

Overall this beer was great. This porter hit the spot and delivered on what it claimed, which was tons of chocolate. Went through a bomber easily, glad its brewed 40 miles from me, will become a staple in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 05:36:44 | More by angelmonster
Photo of kjfinnerty


4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Jet black body, tan one-finger head fades quickly, leaves light lacing.

S - Heavy on the cocoa, smell like brownie batter.

T - dry chocolate up front, becomes creamy in the middle, lingering coffee, no detectable hops.

M - Surprisingly light which helps keep the powerful flavor from becoming too cloying.

O - This was the surprise beer in a variety 12 pack. I enjoy all the other beers I've had from Boulder, so I was happy with this. I would definitely seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 20:38:55 | More by kjfinnerty
Photo of Brad007


4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent garnet-brown with a huge frothy head into my glass. Not an actual chocolate shake, mind you.

Semi-sweet chocolate in the nose just a hint of coffee and cream as well.

Flavors run the gamut, from semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa powder, cream and light coffee.

Mouthfeel is dominated by luscious chocolate notes.

It definitely lives up to the name. This isn't just a porter with a greater emphasis on chocolate malt. This is an actual chocolate beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 02:26:37 | More by Brad007
Photo of FLima


4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black color shadowing all light with a thick beige head with eternal retention and an incredible wall of laces.
Delicious clear aroma of milky chocolate and notes of nuts and vanilla.
Similarly, flavor of milky chocolate with notes of roasted malts, vanilla and nuts. Dry aftertaste with lingering roasted notes.
Full body with low carbonation and a very creamy sensation.
If you are hooked to chocolate, you must taste this.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2013 19:06:25 | More by FLima
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber brown color with an off white, dense foam head. Shake sticks to the glass with a webbed lacing.

Aroma of chocolate, pretty much full on.
The taste is delicious. Malted milk balls, raw, dark and milk chocolate, or just chocolate in general you could say. Shake is an apt title for this milkshake of a beer. Theres a small bitterness and hop tang but really, its chocolate all the way.

Medium bodied, well carbonated brew with a nice cocoa hit at the end and a pretty clean finish.

Overall, this is a nice brew, I would recommend this to lovers of chocolate beer and porter alike.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 01:21:04 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Coffeeroasters


4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great drinkable Chocolate Porter, it could be an everyday Porter for me.
The smell immediately gives an awesome chocolate note.
The taste follows the smell notes all the way to the back of the tongue.
The mouthfeel has an initial coating of the mouth in chocolate but finishes very clean in just a few moments.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2014 03:38:59 | More by Coffeeroasters
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 00:15:13 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of TucsonTom


4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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
Photo of paul_db


4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely smooth and literally tastes like a chocolate milkshake.

I couldn't get over how easy this was to drink. The nitro plays a huge part. While considering the low alcohol content, this still is a dangerous brew to get your hands on since it's easy to go through. I'm not sure how this tastes in a bottle but i'm going have to find out for myself.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2014 16:46:29 | More by paul_db
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 09:36:38 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of barczar


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown with garnet highlights and a creamy, frothy beige head that lingers.

Light roast, sweet cocoa, and nutty, toasted malt form the aroma. The chocolate character is reminiscent of malted milk balls, with marshmallow sweetness. Very decadent!

Flavor does not disappoint. Chocolate is dominant, though the roasty, slightly bitter finish is more pronounced than expected. There's an initial milk chocolate sweetness that ups the indulgence factor. Nutty, toasted malt forms the backbone, but the chocolate really steals the show.

Body is a touch full, with modest carbonation.

Guilty pleasure of a beer, but the slight bitterness at the finish prevents it from being overly dessert-like. Great malt character. The only slight issue I have is a hint of acrid taste at the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 19:16:01 | More by barczar
Photo of Durge


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty much a black colored brew, more so than most porters. The tan head is thick and sturdy and leaves a firm coating of lace. The aroma is pretty darn nice with deep milk chocolate that almost turns to an evergreen malt burst it's so enticing. The flavor is similar but becomes a little more bitter and less of the creamy sweet chocolate that the aroma suggests. The feel is also a little thinner, somewhat aqueous, as compared to the expectations that the aroma conjured. But once you get past expectations the flavor does satisfy the chocolate lover's desire for cocoa flavor and it has a curious grassy, nearly charcoal edge that smooths out after a few tastes. It's solidly medium bodied and seems to gain a creamier feel as you get to the end. Overall, very pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 04:40:18 | More by Durge
Photo of jwc215


4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Panther's Pub in Greendale, WI:

Pours very dark brown with a head that soon becomes wispy. Plenty of lacing sticks.

The smell is like a strong chocolate malted. Robust and full of chocolate.

The taste is very chocolate-laden. It has mild to medium roast through the finish. There is a subtle underlying fruitiness that gives it depth and balance. There is also a mineral touch in the finish.

It could be fuller to fit with the other characteristics of the brew, but it is pretty smooth and the flavor hangs on through the finish and beyond.

A chocolate-y milk shake beer that is not one-dimensional. A great dessert brew!

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2014 17:58:37 | More by jwc215
Photo of ryan1788a5


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: A shade before pitch black. Clarity appears to be good, though it's sometimes hard to tell with dark beers. Tan colored head settles into a thin crown after a short time. Lacing coats the glass in a thin, broken sheet.

S: Roasted grain, semi sweet dark chocolate, mouth-watering cocoa nibs, french roast coffee. Faint grassy hops. Straightforward, but rewarding.

T: Big tide of cocoa nibs and semi sweet dark chocolate. Chocolate bread. Roasted grains, french roast coffee. Mild acidity and balancing bitterness. A touch steely. Understated berry fruits. Roasted barley comes back. Touch of cola. Hint of grassy hop. Chocolate subsides as the roasted grains come forward more on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body. Very full, velvety smooth, and round in the mouth. Mild prick of scrubbing carbonation. Light roasted grain astringency.

O: A very well put together chocolate porter. A medley of different grains provide depth and complexity. The chocolate, while very much the focal point of the beer, lets up just enough to allow the rest of the beer to shine through. This is one of those rare beers that provides a simple hedonistic drinking pleasure, but is also multi-faceted and complex enough to allow the drinker to dissect and think about it more if he or she so chooses. I've never really been wowed by anything Boulder Beer has done, but I can respect the hell out of this effort. Damn good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 01:54:36 | More by ryan1788a5
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Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
88 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.