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Shake Chocolate Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Shake Chocolate PorterShake Chocolate Porter

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195 Reviews
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Reviews: 195
Hads: 1,531
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 31.59%
Wants: 76
Gots: 422 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
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 Marraybay
2.1/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Disappointed: Another that seemingly promises one thing (thick/sweet/fun) and delivers something else. More of a dry, bitter, espresso type taste profile, with only a slight hint or tease of choco in the nose. Definitely in no way sweet or at the very least, something that has some complexity or layers to it. Will compliment its glass look (good head and nice lacing) and had a fairly decent mouthfeel. The niceties notwithstanding, this was close to being a drain pour for me.

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Photo of candcholt
2.28/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Unlike other reviewers, I don't want my beer to taste just like a chocolate shake. I'm fine with chocolate notes in a porter, but this was gross. Perhaps it's better on draught.

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Photo of Moose90
2.49/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served on Nitro Tap

A – Pours a deep rich dark brown, light cream coffee colored head sits atop and leaves great lacing behind, looks great.

S – Smells of sweet chocolate powder and candied caramel. Very sweet nose.

T – Tastes of Hershey's syrup, lots of overly sweet and artificial chocolate tones, little bit of coffee, but it is dominated by syrupy, sweet, cloying, chocolate.

M – Thick, syrupy, sweet, tough to get through.

O – Very, very sweet and chocolaty. At least they didn't lie about the name, this tastes like a chocolate shake, not a very good one, but it does taste like a chocolate shake. Unnatural.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.89/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

$1.89 for a 12oz bottle @ Siciliano's. Brewed with "five different grains, including Chocolate Wheat, that along with cacao nibs create a devilishly delicious chocolate finish with a velvety mouthfeel."
5.9% ABV, 39 IBU.

Pours out to a clear deep brown, forming a nice sized light tan head with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. No sediment in the bottle. Specs per the website and bottle. The aroma starts off with a blend between that fake "tootsie roll" chocolate extract and light cocoa powder (mostly the former), sitting on top of roast grains with a suggestion of black walnut. Cleanly fermented. Mouthfeel is initially prickly cola, then gives way to a strong mineral component (iron and chalk) and finishes a bit soapy in the mouthfeel. No hop nose to speak of. Medium bodied. The taste recaps the aroma. The iron and chalk is pretty strong and somewhat overwhelms the flavors going on here. As a matter of fact, I think this has the strongest iron taste I've ever had in a beer. The kind of water that makes your toilet turn orange in 2 days. Bitterness is mild and overall is slightly sweet. Fair amount of roast with associated acidity. Burnt marshmallows in the finish. More iron and chalk in the aftertaste.

Not really my cup of tea. The minerals are way overboard and combined with the chocolate extract tootsie roll twang, just doesn't sit well with me.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.01/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark Black. Two fingers of light tan head which slowly reduced to one over several minutes.

S: Roasty malt smell. Some cocoa smell.

M: A little too "tingly"

T: No chocolate tase at all. Tastes like a lighter stout with roasty malt flavors but not the coffee/chocolate that I was expecting

O: This is just an okay brew. I would pass over this in favor of trying some

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Photo of maedhros09
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Look: Porter black/brown, on the darker side. Nice fluffy tan head that leaves some lacing and retains a film and bubbles throughout
Smell: Bitter chocolate syrup dominates the nose - not much else to speak of
Taste: Again, the chocolate comes through strong though not as syrupy as in the nose. There are other flavors as well, such as a deep roastiness that goes fairly well with the chocolate and a bit of acidity. There is a dry bitter patch as well.
Feel: Pretty good - enough carbonation but overall pretty smooth with medium body

Overall: The Shake is definitely one of the most chocolatey beers I've had. Being a chocolate lover I wish I could say that was a good thing, but the chocolate has a kind of Hershey's syrup quality and tends to dominate the other flavors and aromas. Considering all the great porters out there I won't be coming back, but still a somewhat enjoyable beer and worth a try for porter/stout fans.

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Photo of Dainslaif
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I grabbed this as part of a tour de sweet porters/stouts. Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Very dark red after being poured into the glass.

S: Upon first opening I got a strong scent of hops. After a few sips that smell was gone, replaced by a very nice chocolate armoa.

T: A strong porter taste. Unfortunately, they made the decision to hop up the beer, blowing out the subtle chocolate flavors.

F: Watery, as is expected.

O: The biggest flaw is the addition of the hops, which completely overshadowed the chocolate taste I was looking for.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.12/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shake nicely announces itself with a very deep, near-lightless ebony appearance, complete with a decent and slow-dissipating creamy, café-au-lait-colored head and a billowing bouquet of cooking cream, unsweetened cocao powder, espresso steam, and a kind of sugary-wood character. On look and luscious aromas, this is a tremendous beer ...

But, sadly, the discussion cannot end there; and the imbalance and impracticality of Boulder's choco-porter significantly weighs down my appraisal. First and foremost, I find Shake entirely too sweet, with the compounding sin that this saccharine quality is not merely excessive, but of an artificial bent—like, say, a mass-produced candy-bar. Moreover, this artificiality is not confined to just the sweetness: as one more recent reviewer noted, the nibs used by Boulder have imparted a "'synthetic' chocolate (think Wendy's frosty, not high quality chocolate)", and I think both the term "synthetic" and the fast-food point of comparison are quite apt. While the beer is called "Shake", I was hoping for something more along the lines of an old-school chocolate malted, not a Frosty.

What there is of porter in this ale cannot really stand up to the aggressive sugar and the synthetic cocoa qualities. There's a bit of medium-palate bitterness that arises late and lingers long, most of which seems derived from the roasted malts, as opposed to the nibs, but it too fails to deliver much pleasure; indeed, this element of Shake largely lacks the good burned-sugar and toasty-grain notes I expect from a good porter, sublimated as they are to the roasted-bitters and sticky-fructose tastes that predominate the finish.

Because of the saccharine nature of Shake, the porter is texturally a bit thick—not a great mouthfeel for a porter (more along the lines of a thinner-leaning stout), but easily forgivable if the flavors themselves were superior.

Ultimately, I'm honestly a somewhat surprised by this porter's relatively lofty rating, as I'm not a big fan of this attempt by Boulder; it's certainly not a beer I can stomach in a single sitting past a single twelve-ounce serving, and even as a desert ale I don't find it too appealing (and I tried). But different stakes like different shakes, I suppose, and it seems like Boulder's Shake is measures to a lot of drinkers' snuff.

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Photo of Cross_Product
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Color is a nice dark, yet transparent, brown. Smell is milk chocolate, or maybe chocolate milk. Flavor just wasn't there. It was more tootsie-roll than actual chocolate, a bit watery, and lacking in complexity. Mouthfeel, likewise, was rather thin. Maybe it was just too sweet for me, but I was a bit disappointed in this one.

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Photo of corby112
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with dark mahogany edges and a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Smokey aroma with a nice balance of robust roast and sweeter, dessert-like dark malt character. Very roasty at first with hints of burnt malt, espresso bean, charcoal, liquid smoke, dark chocolate and oatmeal. This is countered by sweeter dark malt notes and a prominent silky chocolate presence. Hints of baker's chocolate, toffee, caramel and flour less chocolate cake. A little heavy on the roast but not acrid at all with a decent amount of sweetness for balance.

On the lighter end of medium body with very strong roasted dark malt flavor that overpowers the sweeter chocolate malt flavors. Not as well balanced as the nose suggests with a much stronger, slightly acrid burnt malt presence that lingers over the sweeter notes into a very dry finish. Smokey with hints of ash, burnt toast and charred wood along with bittersweet dark chocolate, oatmeal and spent coffee grinds. There's some lighter malt sweetness toward the end of the palate with hints of milk chocolate, hazelnut and caramel but everything us overwhelmed by the heavy roast. The light mouthfeel and subtle sweetness help drinkability but thus beer is too one dimensional and overly roasted for my preference.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It definitely is aptly named. It is reminiscent of a chocolate shake. I almost wish it were even more so, with a creamier and maltier (not beer malts) flavor.

It pours a thin looking deep brown with loads of lacing and moderately weak head. The aroma is sweet chocolate - kind of like a Yoo-Hoo, but not as milky (like a Yoo Hoo is milky).

The taste is like a thin Yoo-Hoo - sweet but not syrupy, thin and not nearly robust enough. The aftertaste is clean but it reminds you of the disappointing chocolate drink you just drank, hoping you were going to drink a porter.

This is not a good example of an American Porter. It should be much more robust than it is. It just does not work for me.

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Photo of DangerZone
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I saw this when I was rapidly filling a make-your-own six pack just before the store closed; the label grabbed my attention and I hoped for a 1950's diner chocolate milkshake experience.

Poured from bottle to glass.

Appearance: Very dark, somewhere between black coffee and ink. Not completely opaque. No head to speak of whatsoever.

Smell: Deep chocolate and malts, not too strong.

Taste: Sweet and creamy. Mostly chocolate milk taste, with some hints of malts and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth. Might have liked a tad more carbonation, or something to make it feel less thin.

A fun treat that was very interesting. I'm not dying for another one, but I really want a chocolate milk now.

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Photo of th0m
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a dark brown almost black, a little transparent, edges fade a little to a dark tan. Head is light and fluffy, but dissipates quickly.

Smell is awesome. Chocolate nibs, hot cocoa, maybe a little vanilla, but just SO much chocolate.

Taste was a bit of a let down. Misses that huge chocolate nose by a large margin. A bit bitter, and a thin mouthfeel. Overall taste was disappointing after such a large nose.

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Photo of Jonbearr
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On first sip I have to say I was a little dissapointed with this beer. I like a nice rich porter, and Shake does not deliver that experience. I got more of a watery chocolate taste, although it was very smooth, and most notably, far more crisp than your average porter. I do not know if this is due in part to the nitrogen, as I am admittedly new to that genre of dark beer. All said and done, per my own taste, I would not order this beer again.

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Photo of dank203
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer is actually pleasant, taste reminds me of milk chocolate, and dark chocolate. feel is smooth and rich with a slight dark caocao bitterness to it. I would recommend for any chocolate infused beer fans.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Pours thin, brown, good clarity. Little to no straw colored head.

Nice smooth silky milky, chocolate nose.

Thin, thin, thin... Watery. It's kinda ok flavored. Missing depth and body. Nothing really to report. Milky chocolate...? Carbonation is about the only redeeming factor. Sweetness is off bitterness is ok.

Gsh. What a mess. Too thin, amazing nose, missing any complexity. Nice (beer) idea, but could be knocked out of the park with simple tweaking.

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Photo of denver10
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours deep brown with a mocha head. They nailed the name for this beer as it totally smells like a chocolate shake. Don't need to explain the aroma at all here....think of a nice, creamy chocolate milkshake and that is what you get. Flavor is super chocolately but not as tightly wound as the aroma. Milk chocolates, dark chocolates, a touch of roastiness, and a little creamy shake in the finish. Good flavor, but I enjoyed the aroma a touch more. A medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, pretty a nice beer from Boulder here. Didn't know they had it in them.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium to dark brown in appearance that poured a light but frothy two finger head.

Smells like chocolate syrup...not yet to thrilled.

Wow, they nailed the name right on the head with this one, tastes exactly like a chocolate shake, but not that great.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, not great either.

Overall this is definitely a dessert beer, wouldn't touch it for anything else.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown in color; with a light shining through, ruby is visible throughout; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a thin, uneven cap; OK lacing;

S: chocolate is clearly dominant, with an earthy quality also present; as it warms, the aroma is strikingly like a chocolate milk shake;

T: earthy up front; chocolate clearly present at mid-palate and gets stronger through the finish; bittersweet chocolate at the end;

M: medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation;

O: the label says chocolate porter and that's exactly what this is; for me, it's pigeon holes as a dessert beer, which isn't bad, but it's limiting;

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a deep dark brown with a decent sized mocha head that leaves a bit of spotty lace. Aromas of milk chocolate with hints of caramel and a light non descript fruit. The chocolate overpowers most of the aroma and has a hint of artificial to it. The flavor is heavy with milk chocolate and caramel with bits of earthiness just to shake it up. Hershey's chocolate syrup is mostly what I taste. Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation and a sweet silky almost chalky mouthfeel. Sweet sticky chocolate beer. I like it, its pretty simple, but I like chocolate and it kind of worked for me.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with some amber hues at the edges. Generous 2 fingers of head form upon pour with plenty of lacing left behind. Nose is straight liquid candy bar. Tons of milk chocolate and a bit of roast. Taste is a bit of a let down camp pared to the nose. The chocolate is very dry and adds a considerable amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin and highly carbonated. Overall, this beer smells great but the taste just doesn't live up to it.

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Photo of far333
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A : pours a dense, dark, chocolate brown body with a large almond colored head. The head leaves a multitude of billowy lacing on the sides of the wheat glass with rings and webs. Beautiful.

S : chocolate Easter candy, some sweaty feet, and roasted cocoa. I'm assuming the feet smell is from the hops, but it's still kinda gross.

T : nutty, a bit hoppy, but it mostly comes out as REALLY stale Nestle chocolate. Like, it's been sitting out in both direct sun and allowed to harden again in cold weather. It's hard to imagine. It's very 2D also. There's not much left behind or much left to think on.

F : watery, light, very carbonated. Ends slightly parched.

O : probably won't be having this again. If it were advertised as a simple Porter, I might be open to it, but it focuses on chocolate and that portion is sorely disappointing.

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Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
90 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.