Shake Chocolate Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Shake Chocolate PorterShake Chocolate Porter

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Reviews: 167
Hads: 1,424
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 67
Gots: 352 | 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 brentk56
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A most excellent bubble show presents three fingers of beige foam on top of the chocolate fudge colored liquid; excellent retention but the lacing action was not as impressive

Smell: Chocolate shake, with milk and dark chocolate qualities

Taste: Dark chocolate, up front, with some hops adding subtle piney tones, in the middle; more chocolate elements build into the finish and linger in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A fun beer and one that would delight the non-beer geeks, too (544 characters)

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro at Showboat Saloon in WI Dells.

As advertised...typical nitro look, settled with a finger of frothy white to off-white head.

Smells extremely close to a chocolate shake. Taste is the same - amazingly similar to a chocolate shake. Such a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel from the nitro was so thick and creamy...perfection (334 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on nitro today in Daleville,VA.Came in a standard pint a deep chocolate brown with the nitro creamy head that never really settled completely.Milk chocolate and mild roast in the nose,very dessert-like.Creamy smooth with great chocolate flavors without getting overly sweet,a touch of vanilla and roast comes into play as well.One of the better Boulder beers i have had,good stuff. (385 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint from Growl Movement Salem $4 Dark cola brown with small tan head. Very chocolate malt aroma...astonishing great. Taste is similar but with a bit of bite. Nice smooth mouth feel..not too complicated. A very nice drink indeed (228 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Soo nice. Ultra smooth and immensely drinkable. The thick creamy light tan head lasts forever. No off tastes whatsoever. Perfectly balanced. Fairly dry until the very end of the finish where there's a bit o' sweet. (215 characters)

Photo of cherche
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on nitro. Smells just like a chocolate shake. And with the nitro pour the thick head and mouth feel really make it seem like you are drinking a chocolate shake. Really enjoyed this one on a hot day. (205 characters)

Photo of arlo19
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow this was tasty. Not much aroma, but maybe because I drank so fast it didn't have time to warm up. Taste is creamy, some malt and amazingly smooth. Slightly dry roasty aftertaste. It would be nice to compare to Vanilla Shake. (228 characters)

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Interesting. Incredibly sweet and chocolaty, to the point where it tastes like it was infused with Nesquik. There's no denying that it's incredibly tasty, and would make for a great dessert beer. (197 characters)

Photo of Antg8989
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

* Drank this two months past the enjoy by date, so take my rating with a grain of cocoa. Honestly smells like a chocolate milkshake. Will be searching for this one to try fresh that is for sure. (194 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
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! (1,036 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle

A: Deep brown, nearly black appearance with only the edges showing the color of the snifter glass. Clarity looks good from what I can tell when held to a light. Foam is khaki colored with tight small bubbles that lace the side of the glass as it falls - good retention.

S: Moderate milk chocolate with sweet cocoa powder and cream. Light roast and coffee like malt in the background. No hop aroma. Slight nutty character comes through also.

T: Mild bitterness with low earthy hop flavor. Milk chocolate with cocoa and an underlying nutty malt character give way to a dark chocolate finish - very similar to the aroma. Balance is on the chocolate with the sweetness being moderate. The finish is slightly creamy / dairy like.

M: Soft creamy mouthfeel almost nitro like. Low to mild carbonation with medium / moderate body. A touch of alcohol warming. Very smooth.

O: Just like it says - its a Chocolate Shake, very nice. sweet milk chocolate with a creaminess that makes it very much a dessert beer. I couldn't do more then one but its perfect for after dinner. (1,075 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

ours and oily black color with dark brown notes. I was unable to force any kind of head out of this one, no matter how vigorous I poured it.

Smells roasted and carmelly up front, followed by a milk chocolate note.

The taste is good. Like that of a porter, with chocolate added. Just what to be expected. I've had one other beer marketed nearly identical to this one, I think that was the better of the two ( I'll leave its name out), but there is nothing wrong with this offering at all. I enjoyed it considerably. This one is quite as sweet, I seem to notice a coffee-like flavor in the backgoround, adding a subtle bitterness.

Moutheel is average. Drinkability a bit better. (686 characters)

Photo of Marraybay
2.1/5  rDev -47.6%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
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. (934 characters)

Photo of jwilz8806
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not to bad of a porter has a wonderful chocolate and coffee aroma taste is about the same except it's more of a bitter coco not like milk chocolate if they could get this just a little bit sweeter I think it would be a way better beer (234 characters)

Photo of Rutkiller
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Incredible Porter! Pours a pitch black with a creamy, tan head that leaves lots of lacing. HUGE chocolate aromas! Hints of chocolate, caramel, coffee and everything that's good. Smooth velvet feel in the mouth, but perhaps just a bit thin for a porter. Taste is similar to the smell. Huge chocolate notes. An excellent Porter! (333 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (996 characters)

Photo of justinp444
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A thick foamy off white head with tons of retention and a dark black body. Chocolate, coffee, and malt. Nice drinkable smooth mouthfeel with a great amount of foam to provide additional flavor. Taste is of milk chocolate and slight malt, very light overall but right in line with a porter. Really surprised with this beer, it's great. (334 characters)

Photo of candcholt
2.28/5  rDev -43.1%
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. (220 characters)

Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at a bar in Flagstaff, AZ. Right off the bat it was delicious, nice and heavy with a classic chocolate porter feel. The chocolate flavor was immediately present and enjoyable. It felt and tasted like I was drinking a chocolate milkshake. As the beer warmed up (half way through) the chocolate notes became even more pronounced and even more enjoyable. I'm springing for a six pack of this next time I want a glass of chocolate milk. I highly recommend it. (473 characters)

Photo of jazzbass92
4.69/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the better porters I've had. Delicious and sweet without losing the malt flavor. I strongly recommend waiting until you can find this on nitro. (150 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

A: Pours murky deep brown with a frothy light tan head that settles and laces well.

S: Big sweet cocoa powder, vanilla, and a little roasted malt.

T: Roasted malt, big milk chocolate cocoa that dominates, a little spice, vanilla, and some toffee malt sweetness.

M: On the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy smooth and drinkable.

O: Not overly complex, but it delivers on the chocolate big time. (462 characters)

Photo of Ashed27
4.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite overall beer. Superb drinkability for a "dark" beer. Smells and tastes like a glass of chocolate milk. It combines the bitterness of dark chocolate, with the smooth taste of milk chocolate. 5/5 I recommend this to anybody, looking for something different. (267 characters)

Photo of Cory_Brown
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is real tasty. If you wanna get someone into craft beer, this is a good one to start with. My dad loves some miller, but he actually enjoyed a few sips of this one. As an experienced beer drinker, I enjoy it myself too. Great beer for when you're looking for something sweet. (280 characters)

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Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
89 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.