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Shake Chocolate Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Shake Chocolate PorterShake Chocolate Porter

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BA SCORE
88
very good

421 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 421
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cindyjeffsmith on 10-12-2013)
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UCLABrewN84

California

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
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 02:40:54 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 02:11:38 | More by jlindros
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 00:15:13 | More by WVbeergeek
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 17:03:23 | More by StonedTrippin
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-15-2014 21:27:50 | More by Rifugium
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 07:20:48 | More by corby112
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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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Brad007

Vermont

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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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 22:44:38 | More by superspak
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 02:57:03 | More by johnnnniee
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 06:24:31 | More by Mebuzzard
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Brenden

Ohio

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

Shake is a dark brown color, permitting just a little light through at the thinnest parts of the body. It possesses a firm tan head with lots of creaminess and leaves good lacing behind in fairly plentiful patching.
The smell gives up a nice base of chocolate syrup with an essence that's thick and sweet with just a hint of raw bitterness of pure cocoa. It's supported by roast and char in a pretty strong malts foundation. There's a note of kola running through as well.
The taste brings more of the thick chocolate syrup, kola (nut and sort of spiciness), toast and roast with some gently charred woods on the end along with roasted/almost burnt nut. It has a slight tang to it that distracts a little, and a hint of raw green pepper (just a ghost) here and there.
The medium body is perhaps slightly too crisp but evenly smooth with a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 13:45:28 | More by Brenden
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle $1.79. Dark black-brown, good head. Smells like chocolate, tootsie rolls. The flavor was strong chocolate tootsie rolls and Count Chocula cereal. The chocolate is very heavy on this and one bottle was enough for me but this was a pretty solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 03:38:06 | More by ArrogantB
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a dark, almost blackish, brown color. It is capped with a tan head and the liquid has reddish hues when held to the light. The smell is malty, with lots of chocolate overtones. Nutty, with subdued roastiness. There is a sweet and toasted smell to the beer. Think of Nutella on very toasted homemade bread. The taste is moderately sweet, with some mid-taste bitterness to even things out. Somewhat abrupt finish, but lots of chocolate flavor. Full in body, and a thick, smoothness to the mouthfeel. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 23:34:08 | More by Suds
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Durge

Connecticut

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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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a super deep brown, nearly black color, with a very small fizzy cream colored head. The head fades very fast, leaving a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass and a decent bit of spotty foam on the surface of the beer.

Smell – The aroma is quite tasty. It contains lots of dark chocolate and a big dose of coffee. Along with these smells is some vanilla sweetness as well as a bit of grainy chocolate malt and caramel smell. Overall it is deep and dark with lots of roasted coffee and chocolate; like a dark chocolate bar with coffee beans.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet coffee and chocolate flavor. The chocolate is of a dark chocolate flavor mixed with a sweeter vanilla and cane sugar flavor. The coffee starts out a bit lighter but gains more potency as the flavors moves on. Some vanilla flavors develop more in the middle and toward the end creating a very nice chocolate bar flavor. Along with the vanilla, the sweetness of the brew increases with the dark chocolate taking on a more milk chocolate flavor when mixed with the bit of lactose sweetness that comes to the tongue. In the end a rather sweet and coffee, creamy chocolate bar flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly lower side. The slightly thicker body and lighter carbonation are great for all the darker and sweet chocolate/coffee flavors of the brew making for a nice decadent drinker.

Overall - Big and sweet with lots of chocolate and nice roasted flavors. A nice brew when looking for something sweet, chocolaty and coffee like.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 03:57:06 | More by Darkmagus82
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Mitchster

Michigan

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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homebrew311

Illinois

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
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

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
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Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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