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Shake Chocolate Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Shake Chocolate PorterShake Chocolate Porter

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418 Ratings
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Ratings: 418
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:
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(Beer added by: cindyjeffsmith on 10-12-2013)
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Photo of DrDemento456


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
Photo of SamN


3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Shake chocolate porter pours a cloudy, very very dark brown, nearly perfectly black with deep crimson glow to light. Head is decent, a loose foam with spotty bubbles. Foam is tiny, not quite thick enough looking. Smell is surprisingly strong; chocoate covered hazelnuts, Hershey's syrup. Smell nearly identical to Samuel Smith's Chocolate Stout, almost to a worrying degree. Real cocoa aromas, perhaps some vague fruitiness. Taste follows aroma, lots of chocolate and grainy cocoa. Sweetness, a touch of herbaly hop bitterness and a lingering earthy finish, coffe and cocoa powder. Quite good, not what I expected. Equal parts cocoa, complimentary hops and dirty earthy, toasted malts. A very nice beer from Boulder, a brewery who's beer I have not so far enjoyed that much. Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 21:38:51 | More by SamN
Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Attractive to look at. The pour produces a two-finger thick head with frothy, chewy cream-colored head. The head persists well and leaves sticky lace on the sides of the glass the same height as the original head. A thin lace remains atop the liquid long after the pour. The liquid is dark black with some transparency and hues of brown. I don't see much carbonation working through the beer.

Certainly very chocolatey and almost Gnutell-like on the nose. There's sweet malt, vanilla and even tiny hints of coffee. It smells very dessert-like. Interestingly, the beer isn't nearly as sweet as the nose led me to believe. I do still get chocolate, but the beer has a very nutty flavor,similar to a nut brown. I continue to get hints of vanilla and a dark chocolate aftertaste, both of which I enjoy. Perhaps the one limitation of this beer is the thin body, which certainly doesn't resemble a shake and works against the otherwise tasty flavors. The beer is smooth, but lacks the creaminess I'd like.

I like this beer, but would enjoy it much more if the body were thicker.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 19:36:37 | More by ONovoMexicano
Photo of angelmonster


4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a two finger tan head, body is opaque,black with ruby highlights. Head retention and lacing were good.

Smells pretty sweet, first aromas are of a banana split with tons of chocolate syrup on top. Vanilla is very prevalent and roasted dark malts are also in the mix. Hops aren't really present and neither is alcohol.

First taste is very similar to a melted chocolate shake or a beer float. Sweet milk chocolate and vanilla bean dominate this beer. Dark chocolate malts and burnt brownie flavors contribute also. Hops are very light and alcohol is almost undetectable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated for a porter. Head adds a slight creamy texture, finishes nicely

Overall this beer was great. This porter hit the spot and delivered on what it claimed, which was tons of chocolate. Went through a bomber easily, glad its brewed 40 miles from me, will become a staple in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 05:36:44 | More by angelmonster
Photo of Fatehunter


3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin tan head on a black body.
The aroma is mostly chocolate, as expected, with some roasted malt lurking in the background.
The taste is chocolate sweet, milk, mild bitterness middle to end.
The texture is thicker and velvety with moderate carbonation.
The taste is nicely balanced and the texture is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 00:55:20 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of BierJager89


4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark brown, basically black, with a short, creamy mocha head.

S: Plums, figs, general dark fruit scents, molasses, chocolate (like fudge) and light/medium roast coffees (particularly roasty notes, citrus and berries) in the nose.

T: Interesting. Roasted malt, milk and dark chocolate, medium and light roast coffees come along first, with citrus rind, plum and lemon following shortly behind as the palate undulates like a sine wave from fruity/tart to roasty flavors and back again, ending where it began, focusing heavily on the chocolate fudge-like flavors in a delicious aftertaste. A bit of dark chocolate lingers for quite a while on the back of the tongue after the sip. Later sips tend to come in quick, singular waves, drying out toward the end with roasty notes.

M: Surprisingly light in that it's medium bodied, and not creamy smooth, but smoothish, and not at all harsh.

O: Delicious. If it were full bodied, had less tart, citric flavor, and were bourbon barrel aged, it'd be incredible. I definitely recommend this beer to anyone who likes a good porter. It's perhaps a bit more like a stout than a porter, as it isn't extremely bitter, but the slight sweetness is cut by the tart, lemony flavors, so I can see this being a very accessible beer to those who don't like sweet beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 04:56:10 | More by BierJager89
Photo of Mitchster


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
Photo of Beaver13


3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with a medium creamy light tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet fudgy bakers chocolate.

The flavor is sweet milk chocolate with some slight acidic cardboard notes and a little roast. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with prickly carbonation.

Overall, a decent chocolate beer - definitely all chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 00:47:15 | More by Beaver13
Photo of superspak


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
Photo of RVigz


4.81/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nearly black with a beautiful cascading one inch head.

Smell: Sweet/slightly bitter chocolate.

Taste: This may be my favorite chocolate stout/porter that i have ever drank. It has the perfect amount of sweetness/bitter chocolate and the tiniest bit of coffee and roasted smoky flavor. absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel: velvety smooth and super sweet and high drinkability:

Overall: Very sweet, great balance between sweet/bitter dark chocolate flavors. My favorite chocolate stout/porter 100% recommend to anyone!

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-22-2014 15:47:00 | More by RVigz
Photo of baos


3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass.

A: Dark body with very small head that dwindles away to nearly nothing. Not much lace. Good clarity and lovely color, though.

S: Very nice cocoa and toasty malts. Every so slight piny hop buried beneath all the chocolate and malts.

T: Chocolate nibs, toasty malts, and chocolate wheat malts that lend a sweetness to the bitter chocolates. Nice combination here! Nice dry dark chocolate finish.

M: Seems a bit light bodied. I would like a bit more thickness.

O: Many of the beers I have tried with added chocolate have been lopsided with nothing balancing out the chocolate. The brewers here did a good job balancing a bier so chocolaty that I could add some ice cream and make a float! Yummy.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 02:12:27 | More by baos
Photo of 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
Photo of Rifugium


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
Photo of Mojo


3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> snifter

A - Deep brown (not quite black) with a generous light tan head, not a lot of retention but pretty good lacing.

S - As I stuck my nose in the glass (had I closed my eyes) I could easily believed I was smelling milk chocolate. It is a pretty powerful smell.

T - some coffee, some roasted nuts, some caramel and toffee, but make no mistake, this one is all about the chocolate.

M - medium thick with decent carbonation, slight aftertaste

O - This stuff is yummy, but it honestly tastes more like a milk stout instead of a porter. If you like the big chocolate bomb, you'd like this. If you like them bitter, then skip it, it is very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 04:21:49 | More by Mojo
Photo of jlindros


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
Photo of Tehbias


3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like a chocolate milkshake. If that's what you're looking for, then look no further! If you're not into sweet beers, then steer clear. The beer doesn't have much bitterness, which I prefer in a beer - so this is more of an alternative than a standard.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 04:55:03 | More by Tehbias
Photo of Aleks_P


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark brown, chocolatey if you will, light does not pass through it. Head is pretty thin and dissipates quickly with just a couple of millimeters remaining at the top.

Smell: Strongest characteristic of the beer. I pick up some of the coffee and malt notes I'd expect from a porter, but certainly pick up some very sweet chocolate scents. Haven't experienced something like that before but smells as advertised.

Taste: Again I pick up hints of coffee but not the burnt coffee I'd normally expect, and then the chocolate kicks in layering nicely over the rest of the beer. This is a bit sweet but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation gives it a creamy smooth feel which seems to work well with the flavors. Very drinkable.

Overall: I liked this beer. I liked the sweetness and the chocolate works well with all the normal porter flavors. I haven't had a chocolate porter before but could definitely find myself in the mood for another one of these over a heavy holiday meal. Good stuff, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 01:22:43 | More by Aleks_P
Photo of PorterLambic


3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Arrives in a standard pint glass, nearly black with a creamy, thin, cool whip looking, dark tan head. Phenomenal retention and great lace.
Smell is toasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate and a hint of cardboard. Well balanced.
Taste is smooth, creamy, chocolate, roasted malt, light coffee, hint of cardboard. Very well balanced.
Extremely smooth, just over medium body, light effervescence. Creamy. Delicious. More.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-28-2013 22:44:50 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of themind

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This porter is a chocolate blast that rivals Sweet Baby J. This beer is underrated here! It's very good! This beer pours super dark, has an incredible chocolate aroma and an awesome chocolate, milkshake beer treat flavor. At 5.9% its super drinkable and I would recommend this beer to chocolate beer lovers. Would I buy again...HECK YEA! $40.00 bucks a case, sign me up.

Bottom Line: Awesome beer from the woods.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 13:21:39 | More by themind
Photo of WoodBrew


4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed the shake chocolate porter. The beer poured a dark opaque with ecru head that left some lacy. The scent was chocolate....almost semi sweet nestle morsel chocolate. The taste follows the scent and is incredibly delicious. This comes close to the best porter I've ever had. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a great porter...nice job!

Serving type: growler

12-22-2013 06:45:33 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of corby112


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
Photo of WVbeergeek


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
Photo of FLima


4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black color shadowing all light with a thick beige head with eternal retention and an incredible wall of laces.
Delicious clear aroma of milky chocolate and notes of nuts and vanilla.
Similarly, flavor of milky chocolate with notes of roasted malts, vanilla and nuts. Dry aftertaste with lingering roasted notes.
Full body with low carbonation and a very creamy sensation.
If you are hooked to chocolate, you must taste this.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2013 19:06:25 | More by FLima
Photo of alk3kenny


5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a creamy dark color and smells of cocoa... hot chocolate even ... tastes the same way.. Makes this very very easy to drink and well just plain delicious I can't help but order this or buy this every time I see it... fav beer almost sooo close. Pours amazing from the growler and the bottle

Serving type: growler

12-17-2013 03:35:51 | More by alk3kenny
Photo of 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
Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
88 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.