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Boatswain Chocolate Stout - Minhas Craft Brewery

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280 Ratings
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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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gregmoscetti

California

4/5  rDev +22.7%

12-13-2011 22:15:37 | More by gregmoscetti
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rogerthegill

Oregon

4/5  rDev +22.7%

04-26-2012 01:28:28 | More by rogerthegill
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MikeDre

California

4/5  rDev +22.7%

03-02-2013 01:17:51 | More by MikeDre
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jmodus


4/5  rDev +22.7%

07-15-2012 23:56:10 | More by jmodus
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +22.7%

11-11-2012 20:03:48 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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ptarmigan98

Manitoba (Canada)

4/5  rDev +22.7%

12-14-2013 17:50:20 | More by ptarmigan98
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wendylg


4/5  rDev +22.7%

08-21-2012 17:01:59 | More by wendylg
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GPGURU

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +22.7%

04-27-2013 03:47:21 | More by GPGURU
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Shalini

California

4/5  rDev +22.7%

12-06-2011 05:42:41 | More by Shalini
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MilkManX

Arizona

4/5  rDev +22.7%

04-26-2013 20:37:03 | More by MilkManX
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kepp

California

4/5  rDev +22.7%

02-08-2012 02:58:32 | More by kepp
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milkbone_underwear

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +22.7%

09-28-2012 00:37:14 | More by milkbone_underwear
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Sivad

Missouri

4/5  rDev +22.7%

10-21-2013 20:31:22 | More by Sivad
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bruindre

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +22.7%

07-27-2013 13:16:31 | More by bruindre
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iSunMonkey

California

4/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 06:11:02 | More by iSunMonkey
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +22.7%

11-04-2013 05:56:46 | More by tbone1384
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +22.7%

07-23-2012 02:01:45 | More by dmorgan310
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Thias


4/5  rDev +22.7%

08-04-2012 19:27:56 | More by Thias
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +21.5%
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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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +19%
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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stonewild

South Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +18.4%
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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chinchill

South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 00:42:28 | More by chinchill
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Zorro

California

3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 07:27:36 | More by Zorro
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mactrail

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
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."

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 04:02:08 | More by mactrail
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Mosstrooper

California

3.78/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 07:47:49 | More by Mosstrooper
Boatswain Chocolate Stout from Minhas Craft Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.