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Boatswain Chocolate Stout - Minhas Craft Brewery

Boatswain Chocolate StoutBoatswain Chocolate Stout

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 16.46%


Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
66 IBU

(Beer added by: mactrail on 11-20-2011)
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Guayaba

California

3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 mL bottle into a snifter. Super dark brown bordering on black color with a golden medium brown finger of head. Head dissipated after a few moments. Little to no lacing occurred.

Rather pleasant nose with a predominately cocoa aroma with a hint of spice.

Decent mouth-feel with taste dominated by sweet chocolate notes, though some vanilla, cream soda, and coffee came through.

Overall a decent chocolate stout, definitely not horrible, with some great characteristics, though not a comprehensive package. Certainly unique and appreciable for it's good appearance and vibrant chocolate taste, but still quite a distance from perfection.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 04:09:49 | More by Guayaba
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 750 ml. bottle obtained from a Trader Joe's. Sampled on March 11, 2014.

The pour is very nice and dark brown to about black with a modest long lasting tan head. It looks the way a stout should.

They boast that it is brewed with cocoa powder as opposed to just cocoa and that is mainly what I get at first along with some dark malts and a slight buttery sensation. Low hop note.

The body is a little under medium.

I am picking up some chocolate malts and a slightly bitter hop bitterness at the end. But the beer really feels like someone sprinkled some Nestle cocoa mix into the beer. That cocoa powder they boast about on the label tends to become its downfall.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 21:38:26 | More by puboflyons
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theteleman

California

3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Purchased from Trader Joes in Carmel Mountain, CA. Pours a dark black with a whiteish coffee colored head that faded quickly. Smell is of chocolate, malts, and kind of an earthy dry malty backbone to round out the nose. First sip, very malty, choclatey, smooth mouthfeel, pretty thin for a stout, but overall pleasant. Some coffee coming through a bit more as it warms up to room temp, balances out nicely with the malts and chocolate. Overall a pretty decent stout, I like that its not too heavy but still has some nice flavors coming through.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 05:57:23 | More by theteleman
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BierJager89

California

4.11/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a mocha head.

S: Vanilla, chocolate and dark roast coffee in the nose. Smells delicious.

T: Begins with tropical fruit, peach and orange, followed by medium and dark roast coffee and dark chocolate.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Definitely recommended if you like a good chocolate stout. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 16:34:02 | More by BierJager89
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Santa
Pours a solid black with a smallish tan head.Aromas heavy on the roast and coffee and light on the chocolate as advertised. Bits of caramel and dark fruit round out the nose. The flavor is a slightly sweet roasty coffee malt beverage. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet roasty mouthfeel. Decent beer, but a bit one dimensional and not nearly enough chocolate of malty sweetness to make me think of chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 17:57:36 | More by johnnnniee
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thedifferencemaker

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Seven words or less: Solid value beer, chocolate coffee not bad

A: Solid black with a one finger head.

S: Chocolate and coffee.

T: I get a little chocolate, a little coffee, and a little bitterness at the end.

M: Pleasurable, semi-creamy.

O: This is a good beer, but great value for the price. $1.99 at Trader Joe's in Columbus, Ohio. Totally worth it!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 16:18:47 | More by thedifferencemaker
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CHickman

New York

3.39/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown to black color with a very thick foamy 3 finger tan head that faded very slowly and left very good foamy lacing and a layer on top. Smells of cocoa powder, grains, oatmeal, caramel, vanilla and peat moss; very nice chocolate nose that smells rich. The flavor is a drop off from the nose as it's a muted version with cocoa powder, grains, oatmeal, caramel, vanilla, herbs, floral hops and peat moss; still pretty good, but very thin for a stout. Mouthfeel is very light and watery with basically no carbonation and a slightly bitter and dry cocoa powder finish. Overall it was decent, above average, but lacked any real flavor excitement.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 03:33:19 | More by CHickman
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Boatswain Chocolate stout pours a black color with a nice large tan head. There is a strong hoppy aroma with good hints of chocolate, but with a metallic note. The taste has a nice strong chocolate flavor, weak beer flavors. A bit watery, but not overly sweet. Overall it has a nice good chocolate flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 01:06:12 | More by vette2006c5r
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing opaque black in the glass. Thin brown head and thick ring around the glass with light lacing. Aroma of sweet toasted malt and light chocolate, pretty nice. Flavor is toasted malt with slight char, coffee and light chocolate with a bitter, somewhat astringent finish. Light to medium bodied. Delivers well what it promises; a cheap, decently made chocolate stout. All the flavor notes are there, but a bit thin on body and sharp and undifferentiated bitterness in the finish. A decent inexpensive light stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 21:38:36 | More by LiquidAmber
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, almost black (just a hint of deep mahogany at the edges). Head was 1 finger of light brown, but it faded fairly quickly and left little lacing.

S: A mixture of aromas, appearing one after the other: Burnt sugar, muscato grapes, coffee, and faint cocoa notes.

T: Initially a strong mixture of sweet malt and acidic coffee; grape jam joins them shortly. Tangy, fruity flavors dominate for a moment, then fade to leave bitter coffee mixing with bitter chocolate, with just a hint of hops tang lingering.

M: Carbonation is fair, but the overall feel is a bit thin for a stout. Just the slightest bit of dryness in the finish.

O: Smell and taste are a mixture of coffee (more than chocolate) stout and imperial stout, although the mouth-feel is more like a medium porter. Good on its own account, and excellent for the price point.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 22:01:53 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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Mavigo

Michigan

3.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured a 650ml bottle of this into my 1L stein.

A: Pours a almost opaque dark brown-black color with a short beige head with minimal lacing.

S: Smells of barley, malts, dark sugars, hints of coffee and chocolate

T: Was really expecting more chocolate flavor, barley predominates, hints of coffee and chocolate at best.

M: Full bodied beer with medium amounts of carbonation, bit lacking on flavor

O: Overall it's alright, bit lacking in most aspects but still it wasn't bad. Could drink quite a few of these but I would keep my socks on. I'd recommend though, well, well worth the price, I only paid $2 for it from trader joes, same amount for a stinky coke from a vending machine.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 19:18:48 | More by Mavigo
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olilitewu

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Doesn't smell of anything. maybe because i cooled the beer too much

T: hoppy bitterness. chocolate, but closer to burned Cocoa, coffee tone. Malty. pleasant sweet after taste

M:very smooth to taste. Not bad mouth feel

Overall: not bad, but i wish there were more richness like European stouts. I would drink this over Iguanita's cappucino stout any day.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 03:46:07 | More by olilitewu
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stonewild

South Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was not expecting much of this Trader Joes beer. Boatswain is a nice balanced stout . Roasted and chocolate malt is there and not too strong. Creamy brown head with a sweet chocolate smell.
I enjoyed drinking the Boatswain beer and will buy it again. If you're looking for a knock you down malt or a hoppy beer, look else where. Boatswain surprised me as an excellent drinking stout beer at a excellent price point.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 21:40:58 | More by stonewild
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scratch69

Missouri

3.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Almost black color with a finger and a half worth of lingering tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Faint aroma of dark roasted malt and chocolate.

Taste- Dark roasted malt flavor with dark chocolate notes and a cocoa aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- On the heavy side of medium bodied and smooth with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- This is not a mind blowing stout but it is a good one especially for the price ($2.50 a bottle).

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 00:09:31 | More by scratch69
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black; huge, frothy light brown head

Aroma: Roasted grains; coffee; slight chocolate

Taste: Light chocolate on start with quick turn to roasted grains; smoky profile in the mid; thin throughout; finishes slightly bitter and semi-sweet; interesting, but not impressive

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 02:21:24 | More by IchLiebeBier
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tito42

Missouri

3.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Trader Joe's purchase poured from 650 mL (22 oz.) bottle to an imperial pint.

A: Color of fresh motor oil, nearly opaque. Thick, foamy cocoa-colored head.

S: Roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, slight molasses.

T: Roasted malt, instant coffee, plum, milk chocolate, grassy hops.

M: Medium bodied with a decently bitter hops finish and a tangible drying of the palate.

O: Overall a decent chocolate stout, but not quite what you would expect in the bomber packaging and for the price, even at Trader Joe's. Brewed with "cocoa powder," and the taste beckons a less than stellar ingredient quality. Nevertheless, nothing is below average about this brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 02:47:06 | More by tito42
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip

A- Pours surprisingly black. A small off brown colored head with little retention.

S- Big chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. A bit of caramel and on the sweet side. A roasted coffee forward flavor. A nice smelling brew.

T- A bitter sweetness up front. A roasted malt takes over and a nice addition of coffee as well. The cocoa isnt very sharp in this beer but does provide a solid base to the beer and adds a lot to the brew overall. Its fairly bitter/sweet and is fairly well balanced.

M- A bit light on feel. A sweeter beer. I think there may be lactose sugar.

O- Don't expect a lot from this beer but I got a bottle for $2.50 which is unbeatable.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 23:00:04 | More by TwelveOunces
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like roasted/grainy malt, bittersweet and milk chocolate, along with a bit of coffee. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but the dominant flavor is roasted/grainy malt, with some cocoa powder/bittersweet chocolate noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. Not a bad overall beer. Can't complain much when it's $1.99 a bomber (from Trader Joe's of course). Worth a try at that price.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 00:33:23 | More by bluejacket74
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yesyouam

New York

4.08/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boatswain Chocolate Stout is a black ale with a slightly reddish cast. The smooth, dense, brown head has decent retention. It has a roasted aroma with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and toffee. It feels smooth and full bodied with a clean, dry finish. A little grit is left on the teeth. There's a hint of sweetness, but it's dry overall. The chocolate flavor is very dark and pretty subtle. There's a bit of caramel going on mid-taste. The chocolate is probably most prominent in the dusty aftertaste. The bitterness is very subdued and is just enough to balance things out. This is a very solid, drinkable and enjoyable stout.Boatswain Chocolate Stout is a black ale with a slightly reddish cast. The smooth, dense, brown head has decent retention. It has a roasted aroma with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and toffee. It feels smooth and full bodied with a clean, dry finish. A little grit is left on the teeth. There's a hint of sweetness, but it's dry overall. The chocolate flavor is very dark and pretty subtle. There's a bit of caramel going on mid-taste. The chocolate is probably most prominent in the dusty aftertaste. The bitterness is very subdued and is just enough to balance things out. This is a very solid, drinkable and enjoyable stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 00:59:14 | More by yesyouam
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.39/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black with tawny brown highlights. Rich head of foamy suds. Thick tree-line lace.

Nose is cocoa. Simply put, cocoa. Not bad at all.

Taste is definitely overwhelmingly chocolate. I get a silky milk chocolate character more as this brew warms up. Not a complex nor multi-dimensional ale, but decent enough.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 22:48:58 | More by secondtooth
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kojevergas

Texas

3.11/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

5.4% ABV confirmed. 650ml brown glass bottle with standard unbranded gold pressure cap and generic bland brown label acquired at Trader Joe's and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. 66 IBU. 14.26 original gravity. "Stout Brewed with Cocoa Powder."

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger dark tan colour head of nice cream, average thickness, and above average (~3 minute) retention. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light even lacing as the head recedes. Head texture is atypical of a good stout; it's not as creamy, frothy, or soft as I'd want. Overall, it's pretty standard fare for a chocolate stout. There's nothing unique or special here, but I don't notice any overt flaws either.

Sm: Cocoa powder, definitely. Chocolate malt. Dark malts. Lightly earthy roasty character is somewhat present, but doesn't bring a lot of depth. Light earthy coffee grains. Cream. Hop presence is imperceptible; maybe some minimal floral character, but hops here are just to preserve. I get light vague hints of a dark fruit, but nothing truly evocative or interesting. Burnt bready grains. A mild strength aroma, overall - and a generally good one for the style. The chocolate malt doesn't stand out - in fact it's rather generic - but it gets the job done. I'm looking forward to trying it. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Lumpy chocolate is there - lacking refinement and any delicacy of execution whatsoever. Very clumsily handled. Cocoa powder, chocolate malt, dark malts, caramel malts, and overdone floral hop character for the style. Quite imbalanced; this one is a real mess. Haphazard; lacks focus. The notes that are here aren't necessarily bad; it's just poorly put together. Good sweetness/bitterness balance though. I get a sort of wine-esque rich tannin character on the back end; it bothered me initially but I'm warming up to it. Hints of burnt bread. Maybe some weak dark fruit buried beneath the poorly layered malts. It's not boozy, hot, or harsh. No yeast character comes through. As it warms, a bit more of that vague dark fruit pokes through; it's hard to identify but I think it's some sort of stonefruit. This is a mess of a brew, but it has some likable flavours. Overall, I do like it. There's just so much potential for this to be far better than it is.

As it warmed, I started noticing metallic notes coming through. That's a definite issue and may explain why other reviewers have disliked this brew so much.

Mf: Too smooth and wet for a stout; it has quite the case of porter envy. Lacks the creamy character I want from a good stout. Pretty good carbonation. Pretty good presence on the palate. Good thickness. Not rough or scratchy. Approachable. Good body. Not at all hot or warm. Not astringent. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but it needs tweaking.

Dr: A drinkable chocolate stout offered at a very fair price point. It has its flaws, but overall it's rather enjoyable. Very easy to drink; I could and would down a few of these in a session. I'll very contentedly finish the whole bomber by meself. I think many are coming down hard on this beer merely because of where they bought it and/or its price point. I could see this doing very well at a blind tasting.

C+

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 03:35:48 | More by kojevergas
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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the folks who gave us "Simpler Times" beer, comes this different imprint...Boatswain! A bomber of this was under $3 at Trader Joe's in Alpharetta, GA. I had to walk past the weirdo stocking guy who always stares at people to get it, so I hope it is worth it.

-Appearance 3.5: Jet black and opaque, like any self-respecting stout should be. Small tan head formed and faded away into swirls on top.

-Smell 3.75: Nice bouquet of toasted grains, cocoa and barley malt. Bouquet is subdued and pleasing.

-Taste 4.0: The front is slightly sour and smoky. Middle is slightly sweet and then fades quickly into a mountain of a finish that hits you with barley, hops and chocolate. This cascades nicely into a very pleasing finish of smoky grains and light hops. Very good.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Very nice, full mouthfeel. Carbonation is just right for this style and the added "oomph" from something (probably maltose) makes this an above average experience.

-Overall 3.75: It may be cheap, but it is really good beer. I have had several expensive stouts that are nowhere near as good as this brew. Unfortunately, I think that many people see the price and immediately let their preconceived prejudices do the tasting. Pay the jerks no mind and gleefully pick up this beer and enjoy it with the full knowledge that you are offending the sensibilities of legions of Buddy Holly glasses-wearing Arcade Fire fans. I like this brew and I bet the weirdo stock guy would, too. I think he would give it four out of five "ughs."

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 02:52:22 | More by BeerDocT
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BucannonXC5

California

2.31/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: April 4, 2013
Consumed: April 6, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a pitch black color with 1-2 fingers of brown head. Light foamy, foggy lacing on the sides. Good retention all the way down.

Smelled dark cocoa, coffee beans, butter and smoky firewood, almost an ashtray.

Got a sharp taste of extremely bitter coffee notes right away. That bitterness lingered on the tongue for quite some time. Still dark cocoa and that smoky fire and ashtray.

Full-to-medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average-to-lively (above average) carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

A bit too smoky, but it was actually better than I thought it would be. And for $1.99 what more can I ask for?

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 05:21:06 | More by BucannonXC5
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

2.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this American Chocolate Stout from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a dark black color produced an average tan head, below average retention and it left some lacing on the glass. The aroma of this ale consists of roasted grain, chocolate and coffee. Medium bodied, a foundation of roasted grain, chocolate and coffee. Overall, decent beer- to thin for my liking- Better Chocolate Stout's out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 16:57:04 | More by GossageBrewery
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viverlee

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Always suspicious of BWBs. No, not BBWs, even if there is reason to be. BWBs – “brewed with” beers. The fruity, barely beer category is littered with these obvious offerings. And somewhere lurking behind there always seems to be some brew conglomerate doing it and doing it poorly. I’ve never heard of Rhinelander (or Minhas or whatever it used to be and can’t be bothered to explain on its website) but my local Trader Joe’s is full of em. And this isn’t so obvious, or poorly done.

STYLE: American Stout

ABV: 5.4%

LOOK: We’re not breaking any ground here. Dark but not oily with a brown-butter head.

NOSE: That delicate balance of sweet and bitter and tang. Chocolate cake, vanilla, subtle orange, medium roast coffee.

MOUTH: If it’s possible, almost too easy drinking. I want and indeed need a little bitter bite, preferably at the middle of the end. Just-warm coffee, wisp of smoke, chocolate. Not a game-changer, just solid.

Beeradvocate Rating: 76

ratebeer Rating: 58

Hayward Abbey Rating: 82

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 03:00:45 | More by viverlee
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Boatswain Chocolate Stout from Minhas Craft Brewery
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