Shake Chocolate Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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3.86/5 rDev -2%
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.
03-05-2014 05:34:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.85/5 rDev -2.3%
A: The beer is close to being jet black in color—traces of brown are visible near the corners of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that died down, but never completely faded away, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell resembles a chocolate malted milkshake.
T: Much like the smell, the taste tastes like a malted milkshake with notes of chocolate and fudge. A slight amount of sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer very much tastes like a chocolate malted milkshake and would probably be a good base if you wanted to make a float out of this and drop in a scoop of ice cream, similar to what is done with some stouts. Nonetheless, it is a good dessert beer.
01-19-2014 02:40:54 | More by metter98
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
11-10-2013 19:14:06 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
11-02-2013 15:44:37 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.16/5 rDev +5.6%
Dark chocolate hue with a hint of cola ruby highlights, tan fluffy textured head, with speckled lacing left behind. Aroma creamy cocoa powder, herbal anise like character, with toffee and other nearly burnt sugars, a really soft nice smelling cocoa porter. Flavors just work, creamy toffee, bitterness from the cocoa nibs, again very soft creamy texture I would have guessed oatmeal, the label doesn't mention that but they do use chocolate wheat. It's a more drinkable version of something like Southern Tier Choklat, I can only do 4 ounces of that one, this one however, I could throwback at least two or three bottles. The powdered cocoa, and cocoa nib additions really help balance the sweetness, finishes semi dry in the end, well brewed masterfully done , medium bodied I'm guessing they're comparing it to a malty shoppe chocolate shape it's that creamy and dessert like. Overall killer brew, I will be picking up more for the wife to try.
12-18-2013 00:15:13 | More by WVbeergeek
3.99/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
03-29-2014 22:39:16 | More by feloniousmonk
3.6/5 rDev -8.6%
Pours a mocha colored fluffy thick 1/2 finger head that fades semi slowly with lots of lacing everywhere, pitch black beer.
Nose is just all chocolate, mostly American chocolate bar, milk choc like, and a ton of fudge as well, thick chewy fudge and chocolate, a little creamy and fudgesicle like, hint of dark malts and touch bitter, not much else.
Taste starts with more chocolate and continues with the fudge, lots of creamy milk chocolate and fudgesicle, chewy fudge and quite rich, a bit of a fake chocolate taste as well, but pretty much all chocolate flavored. Mild bitterness and roast like dark malt as well, but not much of either. Also, chocolate ice cream. That's, that's all Ihave to say about that. Finish is a bit more bitterness, little earthy grassy hop surprisingly, but again just mostly lingering chocolate and fudge.
Mouth is med to fuller bod, little creamy, thick and a bit chewy too, fudgey, decent carb.
Overall, um, well it's not too bad, not the type of chocolate I like in a beer, this almost tasted like a gimic or fake beer with so much chocolate and fudgesicle there is nothing left to make this beer like.
01-04-2014 02:11:38 | More by jlindros
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
best thing ive had from boulder beer maybe ever. looks thin and translucent from the bottle, but amounts to a pretty dense chocolate brown liquid in my globe with just less than an inch of soapy off white head. I wish it stayed heady longer, more cream, more sex appeal, but it is what it is. smells really chocolaty, which I adore. cocoa powder and melted milk chocolate are both present. nice medium roast malt base, slightly sweet, but bitter enough to balance the chocolate. very pleasant, not over the top at all. the flavor is a mix of so many chocolates. dark and white chocolate both flash in here, buttery and soft, distinctly flavored, long wintery finish. its warming in a comforting way, not an alcoholic one. I bought a single because I thought six would bee to much, but I am regretting that choice now. this is highly drinkable, and it is the perfect season for beer like this. I am most impressed by the way the various chocolate layers are woven into a porter that would be excellent as a standalone. I will be drinking plenty of this in the coming months.
11-08-2013 17:03:23 | More by StonedTrippin
3.99/5 rDev +1.3%
First had: on nitro at Broad Axe, Ambler, PA
Like many beers of this kind, I'd venture to say that nitro is the way to go. Served in a shaker, a dark brown-black pour, thick creamy tan head that evolved from a luscious cascade; full retention right to the end and blankets of lacing on the glass. Aroma of cocoa, dark malts, cream. Flavors of bittersweet chocolate and cream, mildly roasty, with some light herbal tea in the finish. Nothing overly complex going on, but just a solid and damn tasty porter overall. Thanks to the nitro, the body was full, the mouthfeel silky and smooth. Quite enjoyable. I wouldn't recommend a bottle based on other reviews, but if you see it on nitro, give it a try!
01-15-2014 21:27:50 | More by Rifugium
4.04/5 rDev +2.5%
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!
02-24-2014 17:58:37 | More by jwc215
3.94/5 rDev 0%
The pour reminds me of a nitro with an upward cascading set of bubbles. In the end this looks like a Guinness but with a smaller head. The lace forms like smooth, thin blanket on the glass.
Great semisweet chocolate aroma. You'll be transported to grade school with this one.
Tastes like a chocolate milk. Quite sweet with lots of cocoa. The aftertaste is more of the same. Full bodied and lowly carbonated, this beer comes across as very rich.
08-03-2014 19:58:03 | More by smcolw
Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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