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Shake Chocolate Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Shake Chocolate PorterShake Chocolate Porter

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very good

416 Ratings
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Ratings: 416
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

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(Beer added by: cindyjeffsmith on 10-12-2013)
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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 Jadjunk


3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Our twist on the traditional robust American Porter, Shake Chocolate Porter is black in color with rich, dark chocolate aromatics and flavors and subtle coffee-like notes. This unique brew blends five different grains, including Chocolate Wheat, that along with cacao nibs create a devilishly delicious chocolate finish with a velvety mouthfeel." Shake is brewed in the style of an American Porter, and released as a new year-round beer in late 2013. Available in 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 58º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) The beer pours a creamy frothed light mocha brown head over a deep brown body. Retention is good, lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Aroma consists of moderately roasted caramel with a strong hazelnut bitterness and lactose sweetness. Light cocoa nibs provide a subtle earthy note to pair. Potency is medium/high. 3.5

(Taste) Light roasted malt with some earthy bitterness, finishes with a heavy roasted malt note with a dash of chocolate. The balance is primarily in favor of bitter, earthy notes over sweetness. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, slick, oily. Carbonation adds some froth and creaminess. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Alcohol presence is low. 3.5

(Overall) While Shake manages to bring a moderate chocolate flavor that many American Porter fans crave, there is a great deal of earthy bitterness and roast that rounds this beer out well to keep it from being a sugar bomb. A fairly enjoyable porter. 3.75

Boulder Beer Company's
Shake Chocolate Porter

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 03:07:25 | More by Jadjunk
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Boulder Shake Chocolate Porter, porter with natural flavors added. 12 oz. bottle, alc. 5.9% ABV. Brewed and bottled by Boulder Beer Company, Boulder, Colorado.

Appearance: solid brown body, utterly opaque, with a rich, frothy tan head. Very tempting.

Aroma: bittersweet cocoa, and nothing but. If I added anything else, I'd be lying.

Taste: dark, rich, and slightly sweet. Full-bodied, and perfectly drinkable. Ever more so, with this delicious added chocolate flavor. We don't get too many chocolate porter, as the stout gets that treatment more often. This one does it all, holds it's own in the depth and body department, never quits on the flavor, lasts a long, long time.

I'm glad I bought a single of this, though. A little bit of cocoa goes a long way for this guy, and I might have grown weary of it if I had a whole 6-pack to go through.

Let's see what the label tells us: "Our twist on the traditional robust American Porter, Shake Chocolate Porter is black in color with rich, dark chocolate aromatics and flavors and subtle coffee-like notes. This unique beer blends five different friars, including Chocolate Wheat, that along with cacao nibs create e a devilishly delicious chocolate finish with a velvety mouthfeel."

Sure, I'd go for that. Chocolate fiends, get this one, it's good.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 22:39:16 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep cola brown, near black in depth, with a 2 finger tan head. Fair retention gives way to a broken layer of suds across the surface. Fine lacing around the glass with good stick.

Smell - Malted chocolate at the forefront. Well, that's basically it. Malted chocolate. Nothing complex, just straight forward malted chocolate.

Taste - Follows the nose. Chocolate milk shake quality, but more along the line of one of them "fake shakes", like the ones they used to serve at Carl's Jr. Maybe faint traces of vanilla? Yeah, think low-tier quality fast food chocolate shake and you have this beer in the bag.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and thick, but with velvety finesse. Goes down stupid easy.

Overall - Looking for an alternative to a Mudslide in beer form, or a chocolate shake with booze? This is it. Not a whole lot of complex chocolate flavors, just straight malted chocolate. Truly, a one note wonder. Good. Not great. You'd really have to be in the mood for a chocolate shake to love this beer in the moment.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 03:34:58 | More by TheSixthRing
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 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 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 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 schoolboy


3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 18:56:46 | More by schoolboy
Photo of SHODriver


3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: pours black with a finger and a half of dense and rocky light tan head that is slow to fade and leaves good lacing
S: smells of chocolate, slight coffee, and a bit of caramel sweetness
T: tastes like chocolatey goodness with a bit of coffee. swallow is more chocolate, some roasted malt and coffee
M: This beer drinks thick and viscous. Good carbonation as well. It does have a shake like texture and a nice refreshing finish
O: This beer is very solid. it's a little one noteish but they set out to do it like that.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 05:39:35 | More by SHODriver
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 Alextricity


3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Man, chocolate is right. Massive chocolate and quite a lot of coffee flavors in this beer. The malts melding with it all give off a caramel chocolate vibe... almost like a caramel mocha latte or something along those lines. Pretty nice sweet/bitter balance. The aroma is the stand out with this beer though, as it really smells like, like I said, a caramel mocha latte -- almost exactly. Would make a great candle. There's a good flavor here, but I wouldn't want more than a couple just because the caramel chocolate flavor I pull out of it would get old fairly quickly. Regardless of that, still an outstanding brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 22:27:29 | More by Alextricity
Photo of th0m

North Carolina

3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 12:59:11 | More by th0m
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 4/4/14

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted malt, cocoa powder, and chocolate covered banana aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and chocolate syrup flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with tasty flavors, but the mix of various aromas is the highlight of this beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 05:34:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of homebrew311


3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 01:09:48 | More by homebrew311
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 thecheapies


3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out dark as sin with over an inch of khaki foam. Big bubbles burst in lacey clasps.

Hershey's Syrup, cocoa nib dryness, chalky roast character, spent grounds, milk chocolate, and a dusting of orange zest. Very nice. Good ol' sweet chocolatey nose, with solid portery tones in mind.

Rich dark and milk chocolate milk flavors that offer decadence without compromising what is a good porter. Pecan Sandies finish, after the cocoa and mocha in the front. Malts are roasty and batter-like, like devil's food cake. Fleeting vanilla gives way to some good earthiness in the finish with traces of American hopping. Some coffee, some buckwheat. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel is decent. Smooth, but on the light side for what I yhought should be a stocky chocolate porter. Doesn't live up to the name 'Shake'. Carbonation is swift and right, but not tight. A step above pedestrian.

Good beer. Boulder did a pretty good job with this one, I must say.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 22:16:42 | More by thecheapies
Photo of fscottkey

New York

3/5  rDev -23.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 02:24:20 | More by fscottkey
Photo of DrDemento456


4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single for $2.50 at Carnavores in Oakmont. Into a pint glass.

A - Looks pretty sweet it's a fairly deep shade of brown black with little see through. The head is pretty decent just a 1/2 inch that settles to a thick lace ring.
S - Ow man wow! Hershey's syrup, cocoa nibs, and milk chocolate almost reminds me of Chocolat by ST. Sweet malts mostly with little roast or herbal hops.
T - Well its pretty balance not overall sweet so not full blown milk chocolate but it taste mostly like someone dumped a packet of swiss miss in my beer. Not a bad thing!
M - For a low ABV it is quite slick and not watery.

Overall I would pick this up again it seems to have more body than my local breweries "Chocolate Meltdown"

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 03:27:48 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of SamN


3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Shake chocolate porter pours a cloudy, very very dark brown, nearly perfectly black with deep crimson glow to light. Head is decent, a loose foam with spotty bubbles. Foam is tiny, not quite thick enough looking. Smell is surprisingly strong; chocoate covered hazelnuts, Hershey's syrup. Smell nearly identical to Samuel Smith's Chocolate Stout, almost to a worrying degree. Real cocoa aromas, perhaps some vague fruitiness. Taste follows aroma, lots of chocolate and grainy cocoa. Sweetness, a touch of herbaly hop bitterness and a lingering earthy finish, coffe and cocoa powder. Quite good, not what I expected. Equal parts cocoa, complimentary hops and dirty earthy, toasted malts. A very nice beer from Boulder, a brewery who's beer I have not so far enjoyed that much. Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 21:38:51 | More by SamN
Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Attractive to look at. The pour produces a two-finger thick head with frothy, chewy cream-colored head. The head persists well and leaves sticky lace on the sides of the glass the same height as the original head. A thin lace remains atop the liquid long after the pour. The liquid is dark black with some transparency and hues of brown. I don't see much carbonation working through the beer.

Certainly very chocolatey and almost Gnutell-like on the nose. There's sweet malt, vanilla and even tiny hints of coffee. It smells very dessert-like. Interestingly, the beer isn't nearly as sweet as the nose led me to believe. I do still get chocolate, but the beer has a very nutty flavor,similar to a nut brown. I continue to get hints of vanilla and a dark chocolate aftertaste, both of which I enjoy. Perhaps the one limitation of this beer is the thin body, which certainly doesn't resemble a shake and works against the otherwise tasty flavors. The beer is smooth, but lacks the creaminess I'd like.

I like this beer, but would enjoy it much more if the body were thicker.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 19:36:37 | More by ONovoMexicano
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 Fatehunter


3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin tan head on a black body.
The aroma is mostly chocolate, as expected, with some roasted malt lurking in the background.
The taste is chocolate sweet, milk, mild bitterness middle to end.
The texture is thicker and velvety with moderate carbonation.
The taste is nicely balanced and the texture is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 00:55:20 | More by Fatehunter
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 Mitchster


2.86/5  rDev -27%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 04:39:33 | More by Mitchster
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Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
88 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.