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Shake Chocolate Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Reviews: 202
Hads: 1,606
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 80
Gots: 473 | FT: 2
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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States | website

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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Reviews: 202 | Hads: 1,606
Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.12/5  rDev -22.4%
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 +2.2%
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 +0.5%
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 -3.5%
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 -22.6%
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 +0.5%
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 -4%
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 -0.7%
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 +13.2%
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 +0.5%
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%
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 -10.7%
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 +10.9%
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 +5.7%
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 Nyg
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very sweet chocolate stout. Like drinking a coffee milkshake. Pours dark light head. The draft of course is better than the bottle. The malty chocolate roast is out of this world. Top 5 porter all day long .

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Photo of Cheeseboo
4.91/5  rDev +22.1%
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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Photo of arlo19
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow this was tasty. Not much aroma, but maybe because I drank so fast it didn't have time to warm up. Taste is creamy, some malt and amazingly smooth. Slightly dry roasty aftertaste. It would be nice to compare to Vanilla Shake.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Interesting. Incredibly sweet and chocolaty, to the point where it tastes like it was infused with Nesquik. There's no denying that it's incredibly tasty, and would make for a great dessert beer.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

* Drank this two months past the enjoy by date, so take my rating with a grain of cocoa. Honestly smells like a chocolate milkshake. Will be searching for this one to try fresh that is for sure.

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a finger and a half of chocolate/caramel-colored head that dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer. The head leaves a good lacing of foam on the glass as its drunk.

Aroma: Wow! Strong aromas of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, lactose, cream, as well as bready, toasted malt imparting notes of toasted bread and cereal. Very inviting.

Taste: Exactly like the aroma! Very chocolaty, caramel-y, vanilla-y, lactose-y, creamy and bready/cereal-y. Think Cocoa-Puffs, Chocolate Rice Crispies or Count Chocolata cereal, but in a glass! Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly thin, and very creamy and smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.9%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: What a great chocolate porter! Lots of toasted malt and chocolate, wrapped up with a hint of caramel and vanilla, in a very creamy beer. Delicious!

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Photo of guityler83
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


A: Deep brown, nearly black appearance with only the edges showing the color of the snifter glass. Clarity looks good from what I can tell when held to a light. Foam is khaki colored with tight small bubbles that lace the side of the glass as it falls - good retention.

S: Moderate milk chocolate with sweet cocoa powder and cream. Light roast and coffee like malt in the background. No hop aroma. Slight nutty character comes through also.

T: Mild bitterness with low earthy hop flavor. Milk chocolate with cocoa and an underlying nutty malt character give way to a dark chocolate finish - very similar to the aroma. Balance is on the chocolate with the sweetness being moderate. The finish is slightly creamy / dairy like.

M: Soft creamy mouthfeel almost nitro like. Low to mild carbonation with medium / moderate body. A touch of alcohol warming. Very smooth.

O: Just like it says - its a Chocolate Shake, very nice. sweet milk chocolate with a creaminess that makes it very much a dessert beer. I couldn't do more then one but its perfect for after dinner.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

ours and oily black color with dark brown notes. I was unable to force any kind of head out of this one, no matter how vigorous I poured it.

Smells roasted and carmelly up front, followed by a milk chocolate note.

The taste is good. Like that of a porter, with chocolate added. Just what to be expected. I've had one other beer marketed nearly identical to this one, I think that was the better of the two ( I'll leave its name out), but there is nothing wrong with this offering at all. I enjoyed it considerably. This one is quite as sweet, I seem to notice a coffee-like flavor in the backgoround, adding a subtle bitterness.

Moutheel is average. Drinkability a bit better.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.1/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Disappointed: Another that seemingly promises one thing (thick/sweet/fun) and delivers something else. More of a dry, bitter, espresso type taste profile, with only a slight hint or tease of choco in the nose. Definitely in no way sweet or at the very least, something that has some complexity or layers to it. Will compliment its glass look (good head and nice lacing) and had a fairly decent mouthfeel. The niceties notwithstanding, this was close to being a drain pour for me.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Look: Porter black/brown, on the darker side. Nice fluffy tan head that leaves some lacing and retains a film and bubbles throughout
Smell: Bitter chocolate syrup dominates the nose - not much else to speak of
Taste: Again, the chocolate comes through strong though not as syrupy as in the nose. There are other flavors as well, such as a deep roastiness that goes fairly well with the chocolate and a bit of acidity. There is a dry bitter patch as well.
Feel: Pretty good - enough carbonation but overall pretty smooth with medium body

Overall: The Shake is definitely one of the most chocolatey beers I've had. Being a chocolate lover I wish I could say that was a good thing, but the chocolate has a kind of Hershey's syrup quality and tends to dominate the other flavors and aromas. Considering all the great porters out there I won't be coming back, but still a somewhat enjoyable beer and worth a try for porter/stout fans.

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Photo of jwilz8806
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not to bad of a porter has a wonderful chocolate and coffee aroma taste is about the same except it's more of a bitter coco not like milk chocolate if they could get this just a little bit sweeter I think it would be a way better beer

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Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
90 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.