Boatswain Chocolate Stout | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Boatswain Chocolate StoutBoatswain Chocolate Stout
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Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
66 IBU

Added by mactrail on 11-20-2011

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Photo of jwc215
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Paid @ $2.50 at the Trader Joe's in Silverdale, WA:

Pours very dark brown with a wispy head. A bit of trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of grain, dark bread, cocoa powder (think Ovaltine).

The taste is of grain, tinny roast, cocoa powder. A touch of lactose-like sour mixes in. Well, then...considering the brewery and price it's not bad...not "good" either. The cocoa powder actually helps it.

Keeping price point in mind. (Very inexpensive) I can't trash it... For what it is it is. It could be worse. It has an odd artificial tinny taste, but even with that it's not drainpour. Okay - enough with this review...moving on...
(Scored with price and brewery in mind). It's really not that good...

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the bottle, it pours very dark, almost black with a thin tan head, dissipating rapidly to a ring around the glass. The scent includes a bit of dark chocolate. The taste includes chocolate along with some roast malt.

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Photo of metter98
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—slight traces of dark brown are visible near the corner of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, but left a large patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with some hints of chocolate sauce.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of dark and nutty malts along with some hints of chocolate sauce.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate, but is rather thin in body for a stout. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink, but is quite watery compared to other beers in the style and isn't as chocolatey as I would expect.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of chiefoaktree
2.53/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

We like trying most things Trader Joe's and we mostly rave about the products. We took this to a St. Patrick's Day Party where we offered it to several mildly sophisticated beer drinkers. My year 'round Stout/Imp. Stout drinking wife thought it was limp, one friend called us cheap for bringing it and the others thought it was weak and flavorless. It was sort of dark and it was cheap so I can't say we was robbed. For sure we got exactly what we paid for it which was not so much. We won't let this deter us - we'll be back at Trader Joe's before long. The host said she possibly will ask to next year's celebration.

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Photo of Sconnie25
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I purchased a bomber of this from the Trader Joe's in Rochester, MN. Boatswain Chocolate Stout pours a dark hue with a moderate head that leaves a decent lacing. The scent is fainter than other stouts I have had. I can detect some roasted malt and cocoa. Tastewise this gets better. Roasted malt and cocoa come together decently. This isn't the best stout I have ever had for sure but for the price this was decent.

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Photo of ckornmannn
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bomber: nearly black color, not much light getting through. Excellent aroma, mostly dark fruit. Taste is mostly toast and dark fruit; the chocolate is subtle. A surprising amount of hops. The feel is thin, despite an excellent and tenacious head of foam. This is a good beer and a really good value but not quite what I would think of as a stout.

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Photo of grumpygerman
2.84/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

So, this is the cheapest bomber that I ever bought. Yeah for Trader Joe's!
So, this is a boring Chocolate Stout. Not bad, not offensive, just cheaply made. For the price not bad but I am a snob (old, fat, and the need to spend my calorie and alcohol budget on great stuff).
Little bit of cocoa but more coffee ground. Argh it was just very non-exciting.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: [3.75] Looks like a stout! Dark brown to black beer. Forms 1 finger of tan head with dense bubbles. The bottle lists the ABV (5.4%). There is a date code which I would guess says this was made (09/21/15).

S: [2.75] Pungent dark fruits initially. I recoiled a bit on the first whiff. I thought it was an off smell from the glass so I smelled the bottle. The bottle smells like tobacco. Nothing resembling chocolate.

T: [3.50] Nothing like the nose. There are hints of cocoa, roasted malts, vanilla.

M: [2.75] Thin and watery. There is a bit of a bitter twang on the end which is an interesting twist on a coffee stout.

O: [3.00] This beer looks like a stout, tastes like a chocolate stout. Those are the good things. The CONs are the nose (something funky is happening) and the body (it is really lacking any heft). The taste is decent enough to plow ahead. I would not recommend this to a friend because I'd be afraid the nose would put them off.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.69/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this bottle at my local Trader Joe's.

With a near-black ruby color, it’s malt forward with a sweet dark cocoa espresso taste and a nice amount of carbonation, like drinking a good chocolate phosphate! The taste follows the aroma, right down to the dark cocoa aftertaste.

There is no way this tastes like 66 IBUs on the label! It’s more within 16-20 IBUs, which is perfect for the style. This beer is very comparable to the Chocolate Ale from Boulevard Brewing, Eugene Porter from Revolution Brewing and the Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewing. Other similar beers are the Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing and the Coconut Molasses Brown Ale from Duck Foot Brewing.

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Photo of SFNC
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look; pretty decent actually
Smell; Meh, not much, though not unpleasant
Taste; Pretty good, nice subdued chocolate, not very bitter, quite drinkable
Feel, Thin lightly carbonated
Overall; A pretty good bargain, though not a classic example of the style.

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Photo of myelo
2.79/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Picked this up at Trader Joe's. 650 ml bottle with no freshness date, poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Opaque mahogany, with 1 inch rocky light brown head that dissipates quickly leaving moderate lacing.

Aroma: Not a lot coming through -- maybe some mild milk chocolate, a little alcohol and sort of an ash-like roast malt aroma. Not particularly pleasant.

Taste: initial sweet milk chocolate, with a lingering coffee-like bitterness. Most similar to a sweet/milk stout. But as with the nose, there's a mild ash-like astringency in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderately high carbonation that lends a crispness that's not particularly appealing in a stout.

Overall: Looks great and pretty drinkable. But I would prefer more body, more roast malts, and less carbonation. And if you're looking for a lot of chocolate there are better choices. At this price, you're not expecting much more.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was extremely cheap for such a large bottle of dark beer. Brewed by Rhinelander. Served this in a large globe snifter.

A : Pours a fully opaque chocolate black color, throwing some faint cranberry hues through as its held up to the light. The head starts of large with a brownish tint at 2 fingers in the snifter (which would take up most of the pint glass if it were poured in one).

S : Mostly earthy coffee grounds, a lot of dirt here in the aroma. Faint cocoa as well. For the most part, even in a snifter, this beer has a very weak aroma.

T : Lots of sour coffee grounds, with the bitterness of dark chocolate, and a slight milk presence. Overall it's very dirty, I don't get much chocolate, just milk and coffee with a small chocolate-flavored creamer thrown in. As it warms it takes on a slight metallic quality.

F : Fiercely buzzing carbonation right out front, in fact I have to think that the electric charge here is trying to hide lesser quality ingredients/flavors. Lighter bodied for a stout, probably more in the Porter range (medium bodied) but still fills the mouth. It ends semi-dry with a sunburned parch to it.

O : This was less than exciting. I'm getting a headache/stomach ache from this beer. The price tag was definitely par for the course. The price is right, but everything else is wrong. I've had worse beers, and worse stouts, but this was far from impressive. Chocolate? Forget it. Even as a basic stout this one fails.

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Photo of katybee
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown, pours thin, with quickly dissipating head. Not overpoweringly malty or hoppy, yet definitely a beer.... and the bittersweet cocoa was very realistic and not overly sweet. A very "real" beer, and very drinkable.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep brown with tan head. Smells lightly of roasted malts, bit of cocoa. Tastes a bit bitter forward, roasted malts (weak) and the barest hint of unsweetened cocoa. Mouthfeel with strong carbonation, very thin for a stout, fairly clean finish.

For the price point, not bad - could use a lot of improvement - I doubt I would purchase again despite the price

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Photo of jburris64
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown almost black with a rawhide colored head.
Has a bitter bite on first taste that gives way to a smooth chocolate/ coffee flavor.
Served in a pint glass.
Not bad.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Thin black liquid with medium to heavy bubbles on the body. Head is your average tan maybe rising to about one third of an inch .

Smell: Light scent, with notes of mocha but wish there was more to it. Smells more of malt and hops than cocoa.

Taste: Heavy malted for most stouts, light cocoa taste but lacks

Mouth: Not as sticky s I would hope, more bitter towards the direction of a lager with a touch of chocolate.

Overall: Ehh it's okay...has much room for improvement. Not bad but not great either. Nice dinner beer as opposed to the dessert that i would normally crave. Salud!

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Photo of Tonedef
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good beer in my book..nice appearance with a khaki head and lots of lacing..smells chocolatey and and a little roasty..taste is the same with a thin to medium mouthfeel..B to B-Depending on the mood I'm in

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Photo of dave_p93
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at Trader Joes for 2.49 in a 650ml bottle. Pours a very dark black with a nice creamy head. Faint smell of chocolate and roasted coffee. Tastes pretty good, picking up notes of chocolate and coffee. Thin mouthfeel. Not the best chocolate stout, but for 2.49 i'm not disappointed,

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Photo of polloenfuego
2.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer poured nicely, a nice deep brown with a two finger root beer head that broke leaving fair lacing. From there things go a little sideways. The smell is very muted. Some chocolate, but faint. Roasts are also faint. There isn't much else going on. The taste is bitter and ashy. No chocolate came through on my palate. Very fizzy, yet a thin feel.

I paid $2.50 for a bomber of this at Trader Joe's. I figured it was a great deal. Now I realize I overpaid.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought at Trader Joe's with a couple other Boatswain bombers. At 2.29 a piece I thought I'd found a steal, now I'm not so sure. Bomber gets split between a traditional pub pint and a snifter. Two fingers of fizzy, active mocha head that quickly folds back into the brew. Some sticky lacing. Tons of carbonation, a ridiculous amount, looks like pop rather than beer.

Smells like booze, some bitter chocolate, Nestle Quik powder mix, and a twinge of regret. Stouts are some of my favorites, so I tend to give them a little more benefit of the doubt. Not this one, not right now.

Mouthfeel is thin, watery. There's a taste of bitter coffee and booze, and not much else. I wanna like it, for 2.29 I really wanna like it. But it's not happening.

It's not offensive, it's just bleh. And that's a terrible thing for a stout to be. This is a stout for people who want to drink something brown, drink a lot of it, and drink it quick. I can't fault it too much because, y'know, 2.29. For a bomber.

Long story short: Inoffensive and cheap stout-like beverage.

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Photo of bluehende
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not bad at all for the pricepoint. 2.29 a bomber. Mine was brewed by Rhinelander. The coffee was very prominent with a very smooth roasty bitterness behind it. I actually enjoyed this.

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Photo of hophugger
3.07/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep chocolate brown with decent head and ok lacing. Smell is of a bit of chocolate. Taste has a touch of chocolate but the malt presence is way too high and renders this beer to the bottom of its style....

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Photo of MartyMaltose
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Not bad. Would happily drink anytime. Good enough value for me to not regret buying a bomber (Trader Joe's, $2.29), despite it being a watery/carbonated stout rather than a creamy/dense one like I usually prefer. There seems to be some debate here about how chocolatey it is. I found it to be delightfully less chocolatey than the overt claims on the label might imply.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice two finger mocha colored head, body is pitch black. Head retention was above average, started dying halfway through, lacing was average.

Smell is of bakers chocolate, chocolate malt powder, and sweet caramel malt. Hops and alcohol aren't present.

Taste is of chocolate malt, slight cocoa powder also. Sweetness was cut by a hint of burnt metallic coffee. Hops were muted and alcohol was very light.

Mouthfeel was good for a light stout. Wish head contributed more to the body. Theres a slight chalky aftertaste.

Overall this was a decent representation of the style but nothing outstanding. There was something that tasted off but i couldn't pinpoint that thing. Glad I tried it but its far from the best in a crowded market.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.19/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

For $2.29 at Trader Joe's, it's a must try...Unfortunately, you get what you pay for.

Looks good..But taste and aroma are quite lacking. And without a payoff kick, it's not so stout.

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