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Shake Chocolate Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Shake Chocolate PorterShake Chocolate Porter

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Reviews: 186
Hads: 1,492
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 32.17%
Wants: 71
Gots: 394 | FT: 2
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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Reviews: 186 | Hads: 1,492
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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;

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Photo of far333
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
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. Found it later on nitro tap. It's like a milkshake. Try it. Omg nitro makes it milky like a.....

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Photo of almostjay
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the best "dessert" beer I've ever had. I'm afraid that might mean that I don't really like stouts or porters, but man, I don't care. The chocolate milk of beers. So good.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.25/5  rDev +6%

A - Very dark brown, light brown head, lots and lots of cling.

S - Malt and cocoa.

T - The best part. Delicious 'chocolate shake' type flavor. Tons of cocoa, fatty, round chocolate. It's very much like a shake.

M - Medium body, creamy, good carb and balance.

D - Love this beer. Wish I had more to share.

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Photo of M_J_Z
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Had this on draft last night at The Hourglass Brewery in Longwood, Florida. It also was the nitro version.

The nitro elevated this beer to a different level, IMO. I've had both the regular and nitro now and thought that the nitro was better than the regular, though both are very good. The nitro increased the beer's creaminess, and the roastiness and chocolate flavor really stood out. Very good stuff.

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Photo of xxxcjbcxxx
4/5  rDev -0.2%

If you like chocolate flavor in beer, then you will absolutely love this beer. I'm not a huge fan, but it's a perfect execution of what it was going for.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tall glass at Beelow's.

Can't find a single of this anywhere, so why not get one here while it's on special? It pours a straight black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa powder, mild roasted malts, and a hint of coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a nice twinge of graham cracker. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this beer delivers exactly what it promises: a chocolate-laced porter. It's nothing mind-blowing, but I would definitely have another.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%

On-tap. Pours very dark. Dark tan head as well. This beer does not require long, detailed descriptions. It smelled of pure chocolate. It tasted the same. This beer has got to be using a bunch of artificial flavor because the chocolate is that stressed. I don't really frown upon the use of artificial flavoring all the time. I just think that this one is "too chocolatey to be true". If your looking for a chocolate beer, go after this one because it will not disappoint. Very creamy on the mouth, too.

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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).


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
89 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.