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Shake Chocolate Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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89
very good

1,153 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,153
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 43
Gots: 203 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

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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Photo of nate19red
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biegaman
4.02/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of SJ-IABrews
4.64/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kevin_malo
4.79/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

tastes and smells like cocoa puffs, love it, great desert beer. overwhelmingly chocolatey and i love it!

Photo of hop_trotter
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite in recent memory. Smells of fresh cut wheat fields, Tastes like coco crispies-a must try for port lovers!

Photo of saburky
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of slipperysoup
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of far333
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown and opaque, with ruby highlights where the light gets through. An oatmeal colored head settles quickly leaving a fine head of dimpled bubbles. Low aroma of chalk and dusty cocoa. Rich and sweet chocolate flavor right up front, some dark malt, a bit toasty, notes of coffee come through. Low hop profile, but some floral notes offset the richness. Some roasty bitterness also emerges. Even and full mouthfeel, creamy and rich. Good beer, but leans more towards chocolate than porter.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brewstraveler
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On Nitro tap delicious at wob

Photo of NolanWilliamson
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jlabs
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of halo3one
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beer advocates New system is ridiculously stupid

Photo of PvtSnowball
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Faunland
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of xos
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of fountainofyouth
3.36/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IGOTASIXPACK
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nose to the glass reminds of opening a can of ovaltine or yes a box of coco puffs. Fantastic chocolate finish with amazing mouthfeel. I can only imagine on tap. 12 oz bottle was great.

Photo of batch19
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had in on nitro, smooth and delicious chocolate taste.

Photo of Beefstroganoff
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Poloplaya
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Matt_Felix
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bkenis
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
89 out of 100 based on 1,153 ratings.