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Shake Chocolate Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Shake Chocolate PorterShake Chocolate Porter

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418 Ratings
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Ratings: 418
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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3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This poured a nice, rich, black with an big one finger mocha colored head that lasted quite long. Decent lacing too.

Smell was milk chocolatey, vanilla, and very pleasant.

Taste of chalky chocolate, and mouthfeel was full on. I think tootsie roll comes to mind, but in a glass, and in a very positive way. Incredibly satisfying.

This is a beer I would definitely have again. Might be more a last beer of the night, but an excellent one to end with after a long day. Very drinkable. Probably could have had two.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2014 22:57:24 | More by BeerDazed
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New York

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

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark brown, nearly opaque, with a tight-looking one inch foamy brown head on top. Significant streaks of lacing down the glass.

Strong chocolate wafts into my nose, more of the creamy milk chocolate variety than dark bitter variety.

The tastes follows- dark chocolate flavors up front, melted chocolate ice cream flavors in the back. All chocolate, all the time. Some vanilla is present in small amounts. Very lush and creamy all around.

Silky, creamy mouthfeel, would taste very good on nitro I feel. Pretty thick, really does have the feel of a milkshake.

An excellent chocolate porter. It's a little one-dimensional, but they nail everything chocolate well here.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2014 16:58:54 | More by GreesyFizeek
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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
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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
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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
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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
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am not a fan of chocolate or porters, but this stuff was great...just like a chocolate shake. The aroma didn't make me too excited, but everything after that was great. My favorite part is that it's not too heavy...drinkability is great. Could put down a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2013 22:43:55 | More by LimpHarness
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery and served in a Shaker pint glass.

Shake arrived with a slightly hazy dark chocolate (how appropriate) hue and a small cream cap. Head retention is just OK, but a nice sheet of lace was left behind.

Someone on the boards here likened the taste of this beer to Cocoa Pebbles. I’d amend that to Cocoa Pebbles for Grownups. Bittersweet baking chocolate dominates the proceedings. A light roasted edge and a mild bitterness keep the beer from becoming one-dimensional. A subtle caramel sweetness is along for the ride as well. The beer’s body is right around medium and has a little too much tingle for my tastes.

Boulder’s latest offerings have been a pleasant departure from their regular lineup. I hope they keep up the good work.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2013 20:41:05 | More by Rayek
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3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's the session of "shake". Every song that has the word comes to mind. She shook me all night long to shake, shake, shake that bootie... I'll just chalk all that up to a character flaw on my behalf.

Boulder shake kicks off with the standard Porter appearance for the most part. Its deep brown body is medium-brown hue. Piercing garnet highlights shine through its filtered clarity. Its creamy froth swirls into a lather that retains resonably well after reducing to a delicate lace on the surface and glass.

Strong chocolate aromas become the star of the show. But peeling back the layers, other, more sound beer aromas arise- toffee, toast, pecans, coffee and cola also come out to play as the beer warms. With little hop influence, fruit or spice, the aroma promises a malty-sweet session.

Its pure chocolate character is both lush and robust with both a bittersweet and milk chocolate dovetail in taste. Unatural to the Porter-world, the chocolate overtones completely overwhelm the beer- but in the best way possible. Its toasty and lightly grainy backbone introduces toasted nut flavors, coffee grounds and a cola-like finish that's modestly distracting. Its mild alcohol flavor is somewhat spicy but without going all peppercorn on the palate.

Medium through and through, the Porter has a creamy, semi-sweet feel on the mouth but lightens considerably through the middle for a surprisingly high rate of drinkability. Warm in its finish, its alcohol spiciness is the only real reprieve from such sweetness; even as its woodish hop bitterness does so mildly in taste. Perhaps a bit watery as it trails, its aftertaste reveals that cola-like tact.

Shake is a delightful Porter that really pushes the chocolate flavors to an absurd level. Much like Samuel Smith's Chocolate Stout and Southern Tier's Choklat, this dark ale is the latest in that chain of chocolate beers. Its relatively lighter body is somewhat its savior and its curse.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 19:14:06 | More by BEERchitect
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3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a color as deep and bright as a black pearl, this porter holds genuine stout like characteristics. The head was thick a the top and balanced on a layer of bubbles before it edged to a frothy collar.

The aromas were sugary sweet chocolate, like candy. The chocolate is so rich and thick, like a creamy milk chocolate bar. The creaminess then moves into a marshmallow like sweetness only to end with a dry maltiness.

The flavors are great but miss the mark, just a bit, from the rich aromas. The chocolate is drier, with more marshmallow or vanilla. Than there is more of a Graham cracker like malt flavor. There is a hop bitterness near the finish.

The feel is silky smooth, like velvet on the tongue, with a low carbonative fullness.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2013 22:44:36 | More by KYGunner
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3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a dark brown with ruby edges and a finger of tan head that enjoyed retention of some length. The nose had chocolate notes and there is chocolate flavor upfront. The roast profile is rather timid to say the least, but at least it finishes with a decent roasted bitterness.

This offering delivers on the chocolate, but it leaves a bit to be desired as a porter.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2013 18:54:56 | More by 57md
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a thinnish, sandy-tan head. Slim, slick coat of lacing.

Smell: Strong chocolate aroma. Yeah, you could maybe try to glean other notes of what-have-you here and there, but it's almost all chocolate here. Almost.

Taste: The flavor akin to chocolate syrup instantly grabs you, not surprising after the aroma. Coffee-edged roast soothed by the sweet chocolate quality. Incredibly low darkened malt astringency. Drying, roasty and still quite chocolaty on the smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Solid, enjoyable. Even the 5.9% ABV is a likable feature. An almost personable chocolate brew. Almost.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2013 15:44:37 | More by ChainGangGuy
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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
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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
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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
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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
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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz poured on-tap nitro at Romans' Pub in Milwaukee today, 3/26/2014.

App- medium dark brown body, lovely nitro bubbles. One and half finger white head that's mostly large bubbles, surprisingly so. Not much lacing, good retention.

Smell- milk chocolate, sweet vanilla ice cream. Not super strong by any means but definitely smells sweet and tasty.

Flavour- chocolate milk shake flavours for sure. A bit artificial tasting, like a Wendy's frostee. Kind of like Neapolitan ice cream. Definitely loves up to it's name.

Mouthfeel- typical nitro creamy, thinner bodied but very drinkable and tasty.

Overall- very cool chocolate milkshake drinking experience that isn't too sweet or bitter or dense or thin. Done just about what I'd like a chocolate milkshake beer to be.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-27-2014 02:43:46 | More by Stevedore
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
88 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.