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Shake Chocolate Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Shake Chocolate PorterShake Chocolate Porter

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175 Reviews
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Reviews: 175
Hads: 1,452
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 3.99%
Wants: 67
Gots: 370 | FT: 2
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 175 | Hads: 1,452
Photo of RickS95
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lovely dark brown pour, almost black with some lighter shades of dark around the edges. The light tan head forms slowly, cascading from bottom to top. Once formed, it's a thick sticky meringue of different sized bubbles that retain well and leave a plaster of lace behind.

The beer is well-named as Shake smells like a chocolate shake. Not sure if there's lactose involved, but you can almost smell the dairy. Think dessert.

While the chocolate is obvious from the nose, the taste buds tell a slightly different story as the chocolate is off the bittersweet variety. It's an evil trick as you're prepared for an onslaught of sweet only to be surprised by a different form of chocolate.

The palate doesn't appreciate the deception and never fully appreciates the beer. Medium bodied and well bittered, the lack of sweetness is hard to forgive.

I have a six pack and I'm sure I'll enjoy the remaining five, but this first one leaves a poor taste in my mouth literally and figuratively. (996 characters)

Photo of justinp444
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A thick foamy off white head with tons of retention and a dark black body. Chocolate, coffee, and malt. Nice drinkable smooth mouthfeel with a great amount of foam to provide additional flavor. Taste is of milk chocolate and slight malt, very light overall but right in line with a porter. Really surprised with this beer, it's great. (334 characters)

Photo of candcholt
2.28/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Unlike other reviewers, I don't want my beer to taste just like a chocolate shake. I'm fine with chocolate notes in a porter, but this was gross. Perhaps it's better on draught. (220 characters)

Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at a bar in Flagstaff, AZ. Right off the bat it was delicious, nice and heavy with a classic chocolate porter feel. The chocolate flavor was immediately present and enjoyable. It felt and tasted like I was drinking a chocolate milkshake. As the beer warmed up (half way through) the chocolate notes became even more pronounced and even more enjoyable. I'm springing for a six pack of this next time I want a glass of chocolate milk. I highly recommend it. (473 characters)

Photo of jazzbass92
4.69/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the better porters I've had. Delicious and sweet without losing the malt flavor. I strongly recommend waiting until you can find this on nitro. (150 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

A: Pours murky deep brown with a frothy light tan head that settles and laces well.

S: Big sweet cocoa powder, vanilla, and a little roasted malt.

T: Roasted malt, big milk chocolate cocoa that dominates, a little spice, vanilla, and some toffee malt sweetness.

M: On the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy smooth and drinkable.

O: Not overly complex, but it delivers on the chocolate big time. (462 characters)

Photo of Ashed27
4.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite overall beer. Superb drinkability for a "dark" beer. Smells and tastes like a glass of chocolate milk. It combines the bitterness of dark chocolate, with the smooth taste of milk chocolate. 5/5 I recommend this to anybody, looking for something different. (267 characters)

Photo of Cory_Brown
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is real tasty. If you wanna get someone into craft beer, this is a good one to start with. My dad loves some miller, but he actually enjoyed a few sips of this one. As an experienced beer drinker, I enjoy it myself too. Great beer for when you're looking for something sweet. (280 characters)

Photo of Lezlibelle
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is what it says. It's a fun beer to drink. Goes in beer and goes down leaving hints of chocolate behind.
Not to imply sweetness.. It's not, but it has replaced dessert more than once. I like it! (206 characters)

Photo of Moose90
2.49/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served on Nitro Tap

A – Pours a deep rich dark brown, light cream coffee colored head sits atop and leaves great lacing behind, looks great.

S – Smells of sweet chocolate powder and candied caramel. Very sweet nose.

T – Tastes of Hershey's syrup, lots of overly sweet and artificial chocolate tones, little bit of coffee, but it is dominated by syrupy, sweet, cloying, chocolate.

M – Thick, syrupy, sweet, tough to get through.

O – Very, very sweet and chocolaty. At least they didn't lie about the name, this tastes like a chocolate shake, not a very good one, but it does taste like a chocolate shake. Unnatural. (630 characters)

Photo of everyman
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Intensely chocolate in taste and smell. Only lightly bitter. Malty but not sweet. Excellent mouth feel, easy to drink. There's little roasted malt flavor and smell which seems to help the chocolate come through. Honestly, it's not just a one time bit. Often beers like this are something I would try once. However, this is a true Porter – tasty and not a gimmick. (365 characters)

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

My first 5/5 rating. It only took 189 beers prior to find it. When I think of a milkshake version of a beer, this exemplifies that thought. A chocolate fudge punch to the palate and wonderful aromas to boot. Not high in alcohol so you can certainly session out on this. Light body doesn't fill you up. I took a girl out to World of Beer and she got this and I opted for the Brooklyn Blast!. Granted, I really enjoyed the Blast! but I had some beer envy when I tried hers. I had to seek it out and luckily I remembered seeing it at a local store. I'll probably buy their last two six packs. (589 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a Imperial pint glass.

A- Very dark brown, almost black, color. Opaque with ruby brown highlights. The big 2f head, airy and fluffed, is dirty linen-white colored, and holds up to a thick film leaving sticky web lacing.

S- The chocolate that I expected is barely there. Instead I get too much grain. mineral, and artificial porter smokiness. Maybe some milky sweetness.

T- It sure tastes like it was brewed with 5 grains, as advertised. Chocolate, cocoa, and lots of grainy malt.

M-Smooth and drinkable. Not heavy. I can't escape the mineral taste and feel, though.
Milky sweet chocolate finish.

O- I had hope for this one when I saw the 89 score. To me, it doesn't measure up. (702 characters)

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. (206 characters)

Photo of beerfootfreak
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Delicious brew, rich chocolate in the nose, taste follows. Rather quick finish leaving the same chocolate flavors. Overall good beer and was what I thought I was buying but I will say the mouth feel kind left me wanting more. I wish it was a little thicker like a chocolate shake, instead I feel as though I got chocolaty skim milk. (332 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, Enjoy By APR152014
A - thin tan head dissipates quickly atop a dark brown body
S - chocolate and cocoa nib
T - plenty of chocolate, background biscuit malt, spicy hop
M - medium body, creamy and smooth
O - very good overall, but I just don't think I'd get it again. It's definitely something recommendable for someone who likes their beer to taste like chocolate. (376 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at beachwood seal beach, half size poured into snifter. Dark brown body with ruby highlights and a tan fluffy head that shows good retention and consistent lacing. Aroma is immediately reminiscent of a chocolate malt. Taste is slightly sweet chocolate syrup and roasty malts followed by coffee-like bitterness. Medium body, creamy texture, medium-low carbonation, and a semi-sweet, slightly leafy bitter finish. (418 characters)

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.74/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

NOW THIS IS A CHOCOLATE BEER. drank out of keg.

L-It pours a dark brown with a slightly off-white head that stays with the beer. Almost looks like a guness.
S-Lots of chocolate off the bat.
T-Some roasted chocolate hints with an earthy taste that really works well with the chocolate.
F-No feel
O-Awesome sweet stout. (318 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1/13...pours very dark brown with smidges of brown foam sitting a top. Strong chocolate nose, sweet. Smooth milk chocolate taste, sweet and bitter (semisweet). A touch milky. Taste evolves to darker chocolate. Very flavorful! (225 characters)

Photo of bwood06
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro on tap into a pint glass

A - Opaque black in color with a very creamy head that dissipates to a thin lacing. Very creamy in appearance with cascading bubbles in the head. Head is khaki in color. 4.5/5

S - Smells just like a chocolate shake. Bittersweet chocolate with a bit of caramel sweetness. Maybe just a hint of coffee but heavily dominated by the chocolate. 4/5

T - Once again, just like drinking a chocolate shake. Virtually no bitterness. I could drink this beer all day long or drink it to get a chocolate fix. That is how chocolaty this beer is. Seems like a bit of lactate as well to give it that chocolate shake flavor. 4.5/5

M - Extremely creamy and thick. Does not linger overly long in the mouth, just long enough to make you want to take another sip right after just having taken one. 4.5/5

O - Excellent chocolate porter offering. Probably my favorite chocolate beer to date. Will definitely seek this one out again. Even my wife, who does not like dark beers, thought that this beer was excellent. 4.5/5 (1,049 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown in color; with a light shining through, ruby is visible throughout; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a thin, uneven cap; OK lacing;

S: chocolate is clearly dominant, with an earthy quality also present; as it warms, the aroma is strikingly like a chocolate milk shake;

T: earthy up front; chocolate clearly present at mid-palate and gets stronger through the finish; bittersweet chocolate at the end;

M: medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation;

O: the label says chocolate porter and that's exactly what this is; for me, it's pigeon holes as a dessert beer, which isn't bad, but it's limiting; (625 characters)

Photo of FreytagK
4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Tastes like a chocolate milkshake. Great aroma, great taste and finish, and absolutely perfect whether beginning your evening or finishing with a night cap. (156 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown with khaki colored head. Chocolate shake, it smells like a chocolate shake; same for the palate. Finishes with just a touch of roasted malt. Interestingly good. (184 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Black with light tan lacing.
S- Like hot cocoa powder
T- Chocolate, sweet then bitter
F- As a porter, just about right but not perfect
O- Good, but not great (163 characters)

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. (1,915 characters)

Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
90 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.