Shake Chocolate Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Shake Chocolate PorterShake Chocolate Porter

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Reviews: 185
Hads: 1,490
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 31.92%
Wants: 71
Gots: 392 | 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 DangerZone
3.45/5  rDev -14%
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 ryho
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this one.
Extremely dark.
Smells of chocolate.
Tastes more of chocolate and is sweet.
I let three other non-beer loving people try it and they liked it as well.

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Photo of eskildow
4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It is a dark, brownish-black, very opaque, but solidly coloured. Pleasing to look at with a pale tan head, very creamy. It smells very malty, with chocolate and coffee. Indeed, it smells precisely like a mocha-latte from a high-end coffee house. Has a sweet smell, standard for a porter. The taste is similar, mixed notes of chocolate and coffee.

Heavy, might not want more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by Dec 22 2015 poured from a 12 oz bottled into a pint glass (should be a snifter i think but Idc). Black in color with a small head that coats the glass with foam that slowly slides down the glass. Smell is strong with roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste follows suit. Not much more to it. A great beer! So far "Boulders" best beers out of the half dozen that I've had. Cheers!

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 bottle into a tumbler glass. Best before 11/11/15.

LOOK: Very dark brown, almost completely black, with a thin tan head.

SMELL: Dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, burnt sugar, and licorice.

TASTE: Dark chocolate and milk chocolate candy, followed by caramel, licorice, molassess, brown sugar, and burnt toast.

FEEL: Medium-bodied. Super creamy and smooth. Drinks like chocolate milk.

OVERALL: Very tasty. I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes chocolate or any type of dark beer.

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Photo of dank203
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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 Cross_Product
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
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 FickleBeast
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. Enjoy by Sep 30 2015 on neck.

Pours very black with a finger of sticky foam that coats the glass. Aroma is purely sweet milk chocolate. Smells like a milkshake. The first sip is a huge rush of sweet milk chocolate flavor. Substantial body and malt backbone. But this beer tastes all cocoa, all the time. A slight tinniness on the aftertaste.

This is a CHOCOLATE porter, and a chocolate porter done well. You must have a bit of a sweet tooth to truly enjoy this beer. It feels like a baby version of Southern Tier's Choklat. Well done all around.

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an extremely deep brown, bordering on black, with a nice thick cap of tan head that settles down but doesn't disappear. The aroma has a distinct chocolate note to it, pleasant but a little one-dimensional and missing or overpowering some of the other porter traits. The taste is more nuanced and varied but the chocolate is still the heavy-hitter, with just faint hints of roasted malt and hops. The body is lighter and smooth, with just a little hint of carbonation on the finish.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had two bottles at the one year anniversary (or pre-hurricane) party at Lakeland's Beer Revolution. Nice dark porter with tastes of chocolate - not overpowering, just nice. Not a lot of boozy flavor, either. A nice sipping beer.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.12/5  rDev -22.2%
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 DoctorD
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells just like chocolate milk and the first taste is the familiar sweet "synthetic" chocolate (think Wendy's frosty, not high quality chocolate). But the hops follow abruptly and cause an unbalanced bitterness, which decreases a little bit as it warms. Very little mouthfeel - Shake is quite watery and the flavors wash away quickly. Worth a try but not great.

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Photo of bonesTdog
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First the bad news - It is not as complex as I would like and a bit thin in texture. As noted in other reviews, the chocolate makes it bring to mind hot chocolate or a candy bar which somewhat dominates the flavor.
The good news - That said, this is a tasty chocolaty brew with some roasted malt and hop flavors to keep it interesting. Good with dessert.
Not hitting my favorites list but I had no trouble finishing the growler with a smile.

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Photo of frozyn
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is exactly what it says it is - a chocolate porter. I had this on tap, nitro, and it was chocolate all over the place in terms of aroma and taste. The aroma was a bit subdued, though. It was a dark, deep brown with a typical nitro-style head. The feel was full and creamy. This would make a great dessert beer and will hit any chocolate hankering you might be having.

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Photo of Dainslaif
3.11/5  rDev -22.4%
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 leantom
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, I've heard good things about this beer (and its brewery). I hope it doesn't disappoint. Here goes:

A: Very black, but it appears dark brown on the pour. Produces a very large and linger head with good lacing.

S: Good. Hints of milk chocolate and sweet coffee. Very mild scents but still very enjoyable smell-wise overall.

T: Very nutty. Lots of peanut. Disappointingly, the milk chocolate and espresso are relegated to the back of the palate. It's not as robust as I hoped it would be. The beer still tastes good, however, despite being somewhat lacking taste-wise.

F: Very light and watery. Not that great, but not bad either.

O: A solid beer. Some flaws, but still good overall.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Summary: this is a better beer than I'd expect from having coooa nibs in it. Not too heavy, almost sessionable.

Medium dark brown, pale tan/oatmeal colored head.

Smells a bit like hot chocolate - subtle - nice, not off-putting.

Taste is mildly malty, hints of chocolate, clean, not intense.

Mouthfeel is moderately rich. Bubbles are a bit big, could have rated it a notch lower.

Mild, bitter finish with good integrity.

Update: chocolate flavor builds over the course of the bottle. Becomes a bit too much.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Cheeseboo
4.91/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this last night and enjoyed the taste a lot. I would highly recommend this if you like a smooth porter with a mild chocolate flavor. One of my favorite chocolate stouts.

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Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
89 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.