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Boatswain Chocolate Stout - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 107
Hads: 381
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 30.06%
Wants: 5
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mactrail on 11-20-2011

66 IBU
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Photo of beerman21
5/5  rDev +48.8%

Appearance- pours a deep dark brown, nearly opaque black, with a tan frothy expresso like head, two fingered in height.

Smell-not surprised but chocolate! Lots of it, hint of bitterness aroma from the hopes.

Taste/mouthful- nice and smooth great body lives up to the stout style, almost creamy in texture, bitter sweet chocolate malt, hopped perfectly, just a hint of tanginess from the hops but sits back to let the chocolate take the fore front of the flavor. For 2.99 I was a sceptic, you could charge way more. Must try, would par Nicely with any desert.

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Photo of lou50rp
4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

Nice dark chocolate color with tan head
Milk chocolate smell
Taste is heavily chocolate with a touch of hops at the end
Mouthfeel is smooth with definite carbonation feel
Overall a good brew for the cost. A good session beer.

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Photo of pkalix
4.33/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

wow! very nice. very chocolate-y. very under-rated, I think... i'm not afraid to call it what it is- a Trader Joe's Special! okay..... but it's pretty darned good. low abv, but that transfers to taste (hopefully). I do not understand the "75" rating.... maybe because it IS Trader Joe's stuff... but this is pretty good, in my opinion, on a neutral evening, and with un-biased taste buds...

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Photo of BierJager89
4.14/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

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Photo of jlmlvsbrew
4.11/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured fine and had nice head. flavor very nice, fresh chocolate or cocoa and bold. This is as good if not better than Guinness extra stout and for the price is amazing. It did lose the foamy head but was perfect with the last gulp of beer. So stout lovers drink up!

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Photo of yesyouam
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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Photo of iSunMonkey
4.01/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For $2 a bottle at Trader Joe's, I feel like this is definitely worth trying at least once. I'm a big fan of chocolate and of stouts. So, when I saw this on the shelf I snatched two bottles.

I really enjoyed the chocolatey, dark bitterness. Definitely will have again.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.86/5  rDev +14.9%
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."

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Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle with a Boatswain label from TJ’s served in a De Koninck snifter at about 55F.
Pours a very dark brown, clear but looks black in the glass excepting the brown edges. The dark tan head has decent retention and the glass is nicely coated with lacing after each tip. Plenty of dark and medium chocolate in both the aroma and the flavor [near 4]. Excellent sweet/bitter balance, if a tad more hoppy and bitter than usual for a chocolate stout. A hint of licorice lingers into the slightly smoky aftertaste. Creamy smooth medium-full body with excellent carbonation.

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Photo of stonewild
3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is now being sold by Fresh & Easy in California under a different name.

Labeled "Underworld Brewing Chocolate Stout" it is the same beer.

Nearly lightproof beer with a small brown colored head.

Smell is strongly of coca powder with a fairly sweet scent. Smells like a Milk Stout patent malt and coffee in addition to the coca powder. Little bit of toasted grain scent but mostly this smells of chocolate.

Starts out mildly sweet with a strong charred grain flavor. Get sweeter as you drink it and the chocolate taste really comes on strong. Tastes like Milk Stout with a slight smoke and coffee taste, but this is really a chocolate beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall the best beer yet from Fresh & Easy. Two bombers of this for $5.99, a good deal on a tasty beer.

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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 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 mactrail
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Brewed with cocoa powder," which seems to accentuate the malty sweetness. Has a nice dose of hops, though I would question the 66 IBU claimed on the label. Modest bitter aftertaste. Nice appearance, from the dark mahogany color to the lacing swirling along the tulip glass. Really quite well balanced, from the touch of candy to the hoppy bite. Light body with a pleasant carbonation in the mouth. Nose of chocolate and burnt barley. Really not a bad beer.

From the 22 oz bottle. Another beer sold by Trader Joe's and brewed at the old Huber brewery in Monroe, Wisconsin. Label says "Rhinelander Brewing Co."

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Opaque black with a small brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a thick, foamy ring of lace.

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and a slight hint of grassiness.

Taste: Begins with sweet chocolate, which rounds out to more of a dark chcocolate/coffee bitterness before finishing with more sweet chocolate with a faint hop bitterness that balances everything out.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with balanced carbonation and a watery finish that gets a bit stickier as more sips are taken. Not bad at all, but something might be missing in this category.

Overall: The best of the three Boatswain beers I had. Not outstanding, but a solid all-around stout and well worth a drink, especially for $1.99. This would be a great go-to beer when on a budget.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Boatswain Chocolate Stout
22 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "15 339 15"
$2.49 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

Although this beer appears to be contract brewed at the mighty Minhas Brewery, the label reads "BREWED & BOTTLED BY: RHINELANDER BREWING CO., LLC. MONROE WI 53566". I've contacted Rhinelander about the illegality of this labeling but have not heard back.

Notes: Distinctly chocolatey with a decisive bittersweet dark chocolate character. Some fruit and roasted character appears as well, both in the aroma and the flavor. The grassy and leafy hops, as might be expected for the style, are relegated to a background role. Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level that leaves it with a delicate caress before smoothly passing. Balanced. Pleasant but still somehow lacking.

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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 UnknownKoger
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$2 at Trader Joe's? I couldn't not try it. Poured from bottle into Bruery tulip

Appearance is motor oil black with a little bit of brown at the top. Decent carbonation yields a good head that settles down into a nice ring around the glass

Smell is as it should be. Slight roasted chocolate goodness. There is also just the slightest hint of sweetness

Taste is good. It could use a bit more body, but it's definitely an easy drinker. The chocolate is there, but it's not overwhelming. Sweetness is there as well.

Since this is pretty light bodied, the mouthfeel is great. Goes down clean and smooth.

Overall, for $2 this is a steal. I would absolutely buy this again for that price.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark roasted color, almost black. Head did not retain well at all as it flattened almost immediately but left a nice lasting lace on the side of the glass.
S: smells like a coffee truffle with whiskey in it! Very boozy and warm smelling for a 5.4% beer, cocoa and roasted coffee are prevalent, some burnt toast.
T: taste follows the nose with burnt coffee and dark chocolate favors at the forefront. There is a boozy, hard alcohol bite that is peculiar for a beer that is only 5.4%.
M: Medium-heavy mouthfeel, slightly syrupy. Carbonation is good for the style.
O: Not a big fan of the style but surprisingly good and more complex than a $1.99 beer deserves to be.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


A - Nice deep brown almost black, one finger very tan head and some nice lacing

S - Lots of roasted malts, brown sugar, milk and dark chocolate, earth and wood, nice mellow coffee, some earthy hops and more sugar

T - Tons of earth, crisp and refreshing, nice malts sweet and toasted, mellow chocolate more on the milk than the dark, soil, minerals, brown sugar, cinnamon, wood and a slight floral hop note

M - Medium minus body, low complexity, low acidity, medium balance and medium finish

D - Very drinkable, if you like guiness stout and are looking for something "craft" give this one a whirl. Refreshing, tasty and surprisingly light

Final thought - $2 and very drinkable? Yes please! Add a teaspoon or 2 of bourbon and a pinch of sugar and watch out!!!

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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 notchucknorris
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a nice light brown foamy head. The head recedes a little too quickly though and completely disappears.

S: Tootsie roll, subtle yeast notes, marzipan, chocolate and a bit of spiciness.

T: Roasted malt, some powdery cocoa powder and a hint of earthy hops on the finish. For me, the taste was a little too one-dimensional and it got old before the bottle was through. Still, at $1.99, this is an absolute steal. Very worth the price.

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Boatswain Chocolate Stout from Minhas Craft Brewery
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