Shake Chocolate Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Reviews: 167
Hads: 1,424
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 67
Gots: 351 | FT: 2
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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 RonaldTheriot
4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Boulder Shake Chocolate Porter has a thick, creamy, beige head, a dark brown appearance, with red highlights, under light, and fairly substantial lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of chocolate, intense malts, dark wheat bread, bread crust, cream, milk, and sugar. Taste is of those elements, with acidity, bitterness, and cocoa powder. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Boulder Shake Chocolate Porter finishes fairly crisp and highly drinkable. The alcohol is not as apparent as 5.9% American-style lagers (such as Natural Ice or Schlitz XL).

RJT (553 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

For what this is designed to be it is outstanding. The closest thing to a chocolate milk shake beer I have had....yet it is not cloying...a dusty milk chocolate type flavor (think shavings from a high quality milk chocolate Easter Bunny.

Excellent aroma as well.

One of the best chocolate forward beers out there. (319 characters)

Photo of DanielMB
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

This beer is like a fudge shake--but not sweet. It smells like fudge, and it tastes like fudge. Yet it is recognizably a beer. This is absurdly good. I would highly, highly recommend it. It tends to be moderately expensive, running at about $12 a 6-pack here in South Carolina--however, it is completely worth the price. (320 characters)

Photo of Randallnh26
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Had this originally on Nitro line at Gingerman in South Norwalk. It had a fantastic nose of chocolate, toasted malt and the sweetness smell that ice cream has. It drank incredibly smooth and had a well balance to it. Now pouring it out of a 12 oz bottle, it has a more bitter smell to it and doesn't smell nearly as sweet or malty. Upon drinking it, it is way more bitter, less smooth and creamy, the malt presence gets lost a bit as well. I recommend having this if you ever see it on nitro line, but I would not buy it again in a bottle. (539 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a finger high, with a mocha shade. I don't think it has good retention, but it does leave behind a bit of lacing on the glass. (3.5)

Smell: The "chocolate" part of this beer isn't lying. But it's also loaded with roasted malt goodness, and some vanilla beneath that. While the general aroma is quite sweet, there also seems to be a healthy roast note to it. (4)

Taste: It starts off with a ton of dark chocolate, and I do mean a ton. Despite this, it finishes with a nice roasted bite, and there's even some hoppiness floating around. Basically, it's chocolate milk without the lingering sweetness. Sure it's simplistic, but who cares? (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Really dry, despite its initial sweetness. Because of the richness of flavor, though, it isn't spectacularly drinkable. I don't really care that it's more of a sipper, though. Carbonation is slightly strong, but not stupid - just like this beer. (3.75)

Overall: Like many chocolate beers, it blends a sweet and chocolaty first half with a dry and roasty second half. That doesn't always work, but here it does, and quite well to boot. It's sweet enough to be a dessert beer and dry enough to be paired with a good steak - it's only hampered by its one-dimensional nature. Still, I'm loving the chocolaty nature. (3.75)

3.79/5: A chocolate porter/stout done right (1,409 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shake pours a black color wiht a small but big lacing head. There is a very creamy chocolate shake like aroma. The taste is also very creamy, big chocolate flavors, and resembles a chocolate shake. Nice feel and nice body, not overly sweet. Overall its a perfect chocolate beer. (283 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Mmm...dessert in a glass. Much better than most other chocolate beers, and worth another round if I find it on tap again. Good balance, not too sweet, but enough to let you know that you're done with your meal. (212 characters)

Photo of blindpiggie
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Picked up a sixer after work today and was pretty impressed. The beer looks very inviting with a thick, lasting foam and the aroma is pleasantly ripe with milk chocolate and some light roasty notes. This beer is more chocolate milk than shake, because of the thin body, but it's got a great milk chocolate flavor that makes you forget about the weakish mouthfeel. Great for the price and availability. (401 characters)

Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.Poured into a 20oz firestone glass.Dark brown with a 1 inch head.Very heavy chocolate smell.Not bad.This has got a good flavor .If your looking for a good Porter this is not that bad.Not near as good as the Alaskan Baltic porter but still a very tasty Porter.Give it a try.Motley out. (297 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4/5  rDev -0.2%

A: nitro draught, black with a big creamy light tan head

S: chocolate and sweet

T: very sweet, chocolate vanilla, Bailey's irish cream, sugary malt

M: creamy and thick

O: very sweet, slight liquor flavor (207 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%

I had the Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Brewing as the last beer of the night at my most recent visit to the Bier Stien in Eugene, OR.

It was in nitro and the beer is served in a Guinness style glass. The beer is dark, dark brown with garnet highlights. It has awesome lacing. It is a very attractive beer.

It as an aroma of chocolate and lightly roasted malts. It is inviting.

The beer leads with milk chocolate and malted milk balls. It has a slightly sour aftertaste which didn’t distract from the beer.

The mouth is silky smooth but thin due to the nitro.

I like this and expect I would like it better on co2 or cask (641 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.33/5  rDev +8%

I couldn't decide if I wanted beer or dessert after pizza, so I chose Shake. From a 22 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Not quite black as ink, but close. There's a hue of reddish brown mixed in, while on top sits a thick, somewhat colored head which retains very well. The aroma smells a lot like dark chocolate and chocolate malt. Unsweetened chocolate. If you like chocolate, something tells me that you are in a treat.

That festival of chocolate that was in the aroma continues onto the taste. There's little doubt here that you can have your beer and your dessert in one consumable. It tasteslike chocolate, but with an edge of earthiness and a dose of grassy, slightly citric hops which remind you that this is beer. Chocolate is a rich food, however here it's a medium bodied beer and surprisingly very easy to drink.

I now have a dark side to attend from Boulder Brewing to compliment Mojo. Well done Boulder! (919 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev -0.2%

From notes on 3/6/14

On tap at Brews Brothers. Smells just like a chocolate malt. We are drinking the nitro version. Doesn't look like your typical nitro beer. Taste is all sweet. Some beer flavor. Mostly chocolate shake/malt. This would have been awesome to drink when I was like 13. Still, a great after dinner beer. (319 characters)

Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.25/5  rDev +6%

I've had many a chocolate porter / stout. But I found this Shake Chocolate Porter especially tasty. Sometimes as these chocolate beers start to warm up, they just get gross tasting. This one kept it's tasty flavor through out the entire hour it took me to sip it down.

Upon my first sip, I definitely got some very nice chocolate, nutty, and coffee notes. The mouthfeel was especially pleasant. But what surprised me the most, was that on the back end, you got a bit of sharp hops. It was unexpected but very enjoyable. (528 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Appearance was dark brown, almost black, with a thin tan head. The smell was full of milk chocolate and toasted malt. The taste was similar but with a crisper finish than I imagined. Very sweet beginning and middle with a mellow finish with chocolate and coffee through out. Very tasty. Mouthfeel was also nice with the consistency of a shake. (344 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a rich and strong milk chocolate flavor as the name implies. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. There are some background flavors of coffee and smoke. The hops presence is very mild but brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent chocolate beer to drink for a while. (782 characters)

Photo of BastardKing24
4/5  rDev -0.2%

I gave this beer a 4 because, well, it tastes quite nice. It has a heavy dose of chocolate, wound up in a tight low alc package. Very sessionable.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a 1 finger head that settles fast to lacing.

Smell is of roasted barley and milk chocolate. Hops are slightly detectable.

Taste is roasty but light. Not really complex, but it does taste good.

Feel is lightly carbed.

Overall a decent beer, but I wouldn't buy it again at 3$ a single. (474 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ok, I feel I'm rating this lower than how much I really liked it. I really did like this one. Lets start with appearance. This beer was a standard looking porter, though more frothy (like a nitro). Head was very silky and creamy, only a couple millimeters thick. The amount of chocolate, both in the nose and the middle of this beer was staggering. Very dark chocolately. The bitterness was mild, and mostly from the toasted burnt caramelized barley flavor and the bitter chocolate that came through. Alcohol was hardly noticeable at all, and the mouthfeel was very creamy. Not a whole lot of carbonation. Thick layer of lacing on the glass all the way at the very end. (669 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this brew up as a sample from a buddy in the liqour store. I love porters, so this should be good. I have expectations. Side poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Pours just like a nice stout of any nationality should, especially an American one. Super dark, cannot see through the glass. Has almost two fingers worth of head with a bit of lacing. Very good presentation.

Smell - Strong chocolate and cocoa aroma, paired up with caramel, coffee, toffee, and some vanilla as well. This has an excellent nose to it for sure. Excited for the beer itself.

Taste - The taste closely follows the nose as well! Strong chocolate flavors throughout, as well as touches of coffee and vanilla. Roasted malts make an apperance as well. Tastes outstanding.

Mouthfeel - Probably the best par tof this beer is the mouthfeel. This beer is so smooth and creamy, its like drinking melted vanilla ice cream with plenty of chocolate syrup. Goes down really easily and is very satisfying.

Overall - This is an excellent brew that I would recommend to all fans of dark beers. Kind of a cross between a chocolate laced porter and a milk stout, I would absolutely buy this again. (1,190 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour reminds me of a nitro with an upward cascading set of bubbles. In the end this looks like a Guinness but with a smaller head. The lace forms like smooth, thin blanket on the glass.

Great semisweet chocolate aroma. You'll be transported to grade school with this one.

Tastes like a chocolate milk. Quite sweet with lots of cocoa. The aftertaste is more of the same. Full bodied and lowly carbonated, this beer comes across as very rich. (448 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a two-finger brown head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Good chocolate nose and flavor is sweet/roasted chocolate. Smooth. $2.35 for a 12oz bottle Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH. Best by Aug 21, 2014. (277 characters)

Photo of argock
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a tulip. Enjoy by Sep242014 on bottle neck. Purchased at World Market (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Very dark brown with 2-finger beige, foamy head with decent retention and a solid valence of lace around the top of the glass.

S: Huge chocolate aromas with light roast malts and a little bit of caramel in there too. I don't get much of the coffee noted on the label, but the bittersweet dark chocolate and cocoa aromas are heavenly. A touch of earthy hops bitterness comes through.

T: The flavor is good but unfortunately has a chemical nature through the finish. The maltiness is still humongous chocolate, mostly bitter dark but a little caramel sweetness moves through too. There is a touch of bitterness, mostly earthy in nature, keeping this from being syrupy. The finish though has a weird chemical almost sour woody character to it that doesn't finish the beer off as nicely as the rest of it that precedes. Still a good beer. No alcohol and no yeast could possibly push through the chocolate haze this leaves.

M: The lightness is surprising and is sort of a positive and a negative -- the lightness keeps it from seems cloying and syrupy but it also prevents it from being as decadent and sumptuous as it could be.

O: Shake is a good chocolate porter with big chocolate aromas and a good chocolate flavor punch, only done in somewhat by the artificial, chemical character in the finish. (1,434 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chocolaty brown beer capped with a khaki foam that recedes into a thin cap with curtains of lace. It smells like a chocolate milkshake with a bit of cold pressed coffee. Excellent. Taste is lightly bitter, milk chocolate, some espresso. Light sweetness is washed away for a clean mild chocolaty finish. Medium body is creamy. This is a tasty beer. (347 characters)

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

I had this beer on-tap in a big taster glass at Oregon Brewers Festival.

Appearance: dark brown, nearly black with no haze. Quite an attractive beer.

Smell: rich, sweet chocolate with a lot of vanilla -- it's very desserty. However, there's this almost watered-down element to it which kind of takes a little away from the nice chocolate character.

Taste: it's quite sweet, rather like a milk stout. Chocolatey and creamy flavor as well; I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and good creaminess. This works for me.

Overall: a dessert beer, to be sure, but I really like it. I will definitely be looking for it in bottles. (647 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium to dark brown in appearance that poured a light but frothy two finger head.

Smells like chocolate syrup...not yet to thrilled.

Wow, they nailed the name right on the head with this one, tastes exactly like a chocolate shake, but not that great.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, not great either.

Overall this is definitely a dessert beer, wouldn't touch it for anything else. (384 characters)

Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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