Shake Chocolate Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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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 BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -7%
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.

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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 ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick, dark tan head. One dimensional aroma of cocoa, but a big, thick chocolate milk flavor and body. Lives up to the name. I'm not normally a fan of nitro stouts, but this may be one where it makes sense.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tall glass at Beelow's.

Can't find a single of this anywhere, so why not get one here while it's on special? It pours a straight black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa powder, mild roasted malts, and a hint of coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a nice twinge of graham cracker. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this beer delivers exactly what it promises: a chocolate-laced porter. It's nothing mind-blowing, but I would definitely have another.

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Photo of jlindros
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a rich and strong milk chocolate flavor as the name implies. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. There are some background flavors of coffee and smoke. The hops presence is very mild but brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent chocolate beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/11/2014. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger light tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, toffee, caramel, fudge, toast, light roast, light vanilla, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and cocoa nib notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, light floral, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, caramel, toffee, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and cocoa nib flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good chocolate porter. Good robustness and balance of malt and cocoa nib flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.33/5  rDev +8%

I couldn't decide if I wanted beer or dessert after pizza, so I chose Shake. From a 22 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Not quite black as ink, but close. There's a hue of reddish brown mixed in, while on top sits a thick, somewhat colored head which retains very well. The aroma smells a lot like dark chocolate and chocolate malt. Unsweetened chocolate. If you like chocolate, something tells me that you are in a treat.

That festival of chocolate that was in the aroma continues onto the taste. There's little doubt here that you can have your beer and your dessert in one consumable. It tasteslike chocolate, but with an edge of earthiness and a dose of grassy, slightly citric hops which remind you that this is beer. Chocolate is a rich food, however here it's a medium bodied beer and surprisingly very easy to drink.

I now have a dark side to attend from Boulder Brewing to compliment Mojo. Well done Boulder!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer has been on my order sheet for a while; Coors finally distributed it today.

Dark brown pour with a giant off-tan head, a bit soapy. Settles to about 1/4 inch with splotchy lacing. Looks good.

Aroma is a tad weak. Chocolate syrup dominates, just short of strong. Slight latte and vanilla in the back gives an odd combination with the cocoa. Sweet

Flavor has a lot going for it. This is a chocolate beer alright and that particular flavor dominates. Again, just shy of strong, but it drowns the vanilla until the end. Something about vanilla that gives me a hollow flavor. Can't quite put my finger on it.

Flavor is at the mercy of the body, which is a touch thin. Boost this up a bit and the flavors, especially the chocolate, would shine.

Good dessert beer

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a deep dark brown with a decent sized mocha head that leaves a bit of spotty lace. Aromas of milk chocolate with hints of caramel and a light non descript fruit. The chocolate overpowers most of the aroma and has a hint of artificial to it. The flavor is heavy with milk chocolate and caramel with bits of earthiness just to shake it up. Hershey's chocolate syrup is mostly what I taste. Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation and a sweet silky almost chalky mouthfeel. Sweet sticky chocolate beer. I like it, its pretty simple, but I like chocolate and it kind of worked for me.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, brown-to-black coloring with a dense, creamy, half inch, cream colored head. Beautiful. Aromas of rich milk chocolate, smooth and sweet, with subtle cream highlights. Smells amazing! Flavors are smooth, with a chocolate milk forward characteristic, mostly sweet, with only hints of bitter and roast. This is like a great glass of chocolate milk. Wow! Smooth and light in mouth, with a light cream and chocolate aftertaste. Lactose linger, with a bittersweet chocolate underlay, in an otherwise smooth finish. Bravo!

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Photo of corby112
3.27/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with dark mahogany edges and a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Smokey aroma with a nice balance of robust roast and sweeter, dessert-like dark malt character. Very roasty at first with hints of burnt malt, espresso bean, charcoal, liquid smoke, dark chocolate and oatmeal. This is countered by sweeter dark malt notes and a prominent silky chocolate presence. Hints of baker's chocolate, toffee, caramel and flour less chocolate cake. A little heavy on the roast but not acrid at all with a decent amount of sweetness for balance.

On the lighter end of medium body with very strong roasted dark malt flavor that overpowers the sweeter chocolate malt flavors. Not as well balanced as the nose suggests with a much stronger, slightly acrid burnt malt presence that lingers over the sweeter notes into a very dry finish. Smokey with hints of ash, burnt toast and charred wood along with bittersweet dark chocolate, oatmeal and spent coffee grinds. There's some lighter malt sweetness toward the end of the palate with hints of milk chocolate, hazelnut and caramel but everything us overwhelmed by the heavy roast. The light mouthfeel and subtle sweetness help drinkability but thus beer is too one dimensional and overly roasted for my preference.

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Photo of biegaman
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shake looks as it smells and tastes: like chocolate liquor. It is dense, gritty, and such a deep, dark shade of brown that we might as well call it black (a good source of light, however, contradicts this by turning the thick-as-paste looking liquid clear and showcases ruddy highlights). And, apropos for the milkshake theme, the surface is coated in creamy white froth.

The aroma of bittersweet chocolate is clear as day and contains notes of both roasted, unrefined cocoa nibs (which are actually used in the brew, by the way) as well as a finely conched, velvety vanilla-accented bar from a top European chocolatier. All in all, it smells a lot like actual cocoa butter. One fully expects a "melt in your mouth" quality to follow on the palate.

Shake is sure to make a huge impression on those trying it for the first time (especially if they've never had a chocolate beer before). After trying it on-tap I went out the very next day to buy a six-pack. But the bloom fell off that rose pretty quickly. The bottled version didn't have the same hazelnut-cream and Swiss wafer notes. And each subsequent bottle was a little less impressive.

That six-pack lasted far longer than I imagined it would. By the time of this final bottle I find it to almost taste more of coffee beans than it does cocoa nibs. That gooey, rich, fudge-y bakers chocolate flavour and the silky vanilla note that lined it has faded substantially. I still consider it delicious, but it's not the decadent indulgence I initially thought of it as.

Shake Chocolate Porter is a beer impossible not to recommend (unless of course the person doesn't like chocolate, in which case they're insane anyhow). While it is admittedly a superficial offering (that can also taste a bit artificial at times), it's still the stuff of a choco-holic's dream. Were they around then, Boulder Beer would certainly have been in the service of Mayan royalty.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a two-finger brown head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Good chocolate nose and flavor is sweet/roasted chocolate. Smooth. $2.35 for a 12oz bottle Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH. Best by Aug 21, 2014.

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Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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