Boatswain Chocolate Stout - Minhas Craft Brewery
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2.43/5 rDev -25.7%
picked this one up at TJ's for 2.29. it comes in a bomber like their other TJ's offerings. got pretty excited as i'm a big fan of chocolate stouts in general.
poured an opaque, dark black with a tan half finger head. little retention and minimal lacing.
the nose is muted but i got hints of malt, slight bit of something medicinal, a bit of chocolate milk mix powder gone bad. not a fan.
taste is malty, hints of dark chocolate, with a somewhat pungent hop finish.
mouthfeel is thin with a fair amount of carbonation.
i'm overall pretty disappointed in this beer. granted it was $2.29, but it's nothing close to a decent stout.
05-17-2012 03:04:53 | More by gobseulmuhri
2.88/5 rDev -11.9%
Bought this today at trader joe's. 1.99 for a bomber. Pours black, but looks over carbonated. Smells, um...a bit dirty actually. Slight malt, maybe the faintest bit of chocolate, earthy. Just smells weak. Taste is actually not terrible. Very thin mouthfeel, but the taste could be good for the right hot day. Small chocolate taste, malty, burnt flavors. However, the finish has this...blood taste to it. Not huge on the blood, but the rest isn't bad, especially for 2 bucks. Might by this again...but might not.
05-15-2012 02:49:19 | More by 1Adam12
2.83/5 rDev -13.5%
Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.
A- Poured with half a finger khaki head, no retention. Some floater bubbles on top. Dark brown, almost black color. Some watery, minimal lacing.
S- Chocolate and dark malts. Very subtle.
T- Roasted malts, some tangy hops and chocolate flavor. Average.
M- Thin bodied for the style, but some carbonation gives it texture. Finishes somewhat dry.
O- For two dollars? This beer is a winner. Otherwise? Average at best.
05-09-2012 08:41:46 | More by Murrhey
3.43/5 rDev +4.9%
Not bad! Poured from bomber into a pint glass. Upon first sniff, there's a heavy sweet cocoa, probably from the cocoa powder. Sometimes, a floral scent comes through.
Flavor is sweet, malty, and the mouthfeel definitely is varying between mouth coating and effervescent. Body is nice. It's not overpowering in any way. I really want a chocolate chip cookie to go with this.
If I see it out on the shelf, I might pick it up again, but if I see Young's Double Chocolate, or Rogue's Chocolate, I'll go for one of those.
04-30-2012 03:05:12 | More by KingPuuChuu
3.3/5 rDev +0.9%
I had the version of this beer bottled as Underworld Brewing Chocolate Stout. I researched online that this is the same beer as that one. They carry this beer at Fresh & Easy and sell (2) 22 oz. bottles bundled together for 2.99 so for the price I thought why not try it.
A - Dark brown with about a finger khaki head that thins out quickly.
S - Not much going on here. I get some roasted coffee smells but no chocolate.
T - You definitely can taste the chocolate on this one. You can tell it's cocoa powder they use and not actual chocolate. I get some coffee flavors as well.
M - Very thin for a stout.
O - Not the greatest thing in the world but for the price it's not that bad and I would get it again.
04-23-2012 15:51:32 | More by Popp24
3.23/5 rDev -1.2%
$1.99 at Trader Joes, figured this was worth a shot at that price.
Pours a dark flat black color with a decent light brown head that quickly faded, not much lacing.
Aromas are kind of vegetal, with some pronounced cocoa, coconut, and molasses.
Taste is a bit thin, smoky, almost burnt chocolate malts, cocoa, faint sweetness, and a pine hoppy bite on the finish.
Mouthfeel is ok, but thin for the style.
Overall, a pretty decent beer. It's far from great, but it's worth trying with the price tag it has.
04-07-2012 20:41:15 | More by flexabull
3.13/5 rDev -4.3%
Thanks for opening this with, Chris!
A dark brown body with no clarity. Minimal light brown head without a lot of visible carbonation. This leaves the glass oily without any real cling.
The aroma is a pleasant enough combination of roasted malt, slight coffee, and cocoa powder.
A very average, unexciting flavor. The roast, chocolate, and coffee elements are present, but are all faraway. There's also a chalk-like chocolate presence that takes away from the overall enjoyment.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
04-01-2012 19:22:21 | More by ehammond1
3.1/5 rDev -5.2%
Read all of the other reviews while settling down to a glass. I tried it on the warmer side (ie only slightly chilled), as that's how I've preferred stouts while living in Ireland. With that said...
Appearance: generous dark tan head, vigorous pour not needed, settled down to 1/4" head and good lacing as we progressed. Opaque very dark brown.
Nose: dark roasted malts/barley. milder than expected
Taste: like a stout. nothing inspired, but nothing wrong either. the dark char of the grains was there, I guess I could say reminiscent of a french-roast coffee served black, but that's about it. any chocolate came through as I progressed through the bottle, not within the 1st glass, so very light in my opinion. slight bitterness on finish, but not of the hoppy variety (chew on some patent roasted malt and you'll get what I'm saying).
Mouthfeel: med-light, which suits me fine (preference towards mulitiple pints of this type of stout, rather than a thicker, higher abv version). Carbonation balanced for this lighter style (though again, had it only slightly chilled)
In conclusion: Alright. Not regretting the purchase, and thinking it would be a heck of a lot better than the Guinness/Murphy's cans floating around for St Patty's day. But I won't be calling my friends to recommend it either. For 1.99 a 22oz I'd have hard time making this beer! Good effort at that price point. Will try it chilled tomorrow.
03-06-2012 10:16:45 | More by DJW
4/5 rDev +22.3%
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.
02-28-2012 06:11:02 | More by iSunMonkey
2.63/5 rDev -19.6%
App: I gave this one a vigorous pour. Foamy head with decent retention and lacing.
Nose: Dark, roasted malt, slight hops clarity in the middle, perhaps some vanilla at the end.
Taste: Bitter and toasty with and chalky finish.
Notes: I did not get any chocolate out of this. Great value and true to the style, so i didn't kill it on the rating. It is, to me, entirely average.
02-27-2012 01:53:13 | More by travolta
3.43/5 rDev +4.9%
Appearance - Pours a near black deep, rich brown. The head is tan and a good finger width before dissipating into a sticky lacing.
Smell - I'm picking up faint traces of roasted chocolate malt, cocoa and a touch of coffee, and that's about it. Not a whole lot going on here.
Taste - More roasty chocolate cocoa and coffee. The layers are fairly simple, but work well enough.
Mouthfeel - Fairly light body for a stout, but the carbonation is right on target.
Overall - Very similar to the Bison Organic Chocolate Stout in many ways, but I'm digging this a lot more.
02-22-2012 03:27:25 | More by TheSixthRing
3.2/5 rDev -2.1%
Thanks for sharing, Richard.
Pours dark brown in color with a rather sizable tan head. Not a bad aroma, actually. Some chocolate along with roasted malt and a mild toffee sweetness. There might even be a touch of vanilla. The roasted malt is the most dominant flavor, but there is a little bit of toffee and chocolate in there. The vanilla that seemed present on the nose doesn’t really come through at all. The body on this beer is incredibly thin and light.
02-21-2012 17:08:25 | More by womencantsail
3.35/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Samuel Smith nonic.
Opaque seal brown liquid capped by a thin lion head of foam. A light dusting and steady collar are all that remain after a few moments despite a vigorous pour. Thin lacing, no legs.
Hefty roast barley aromatics suggest dark roast coffee, black malt, and cocoa powder. Grainy nose overall with a hint of pine as well.
Rustic roast malt base with a faint metallic note on the palate entry. Lots of grain and specialty malt comes through next along with a mild peppery bitterness and a growing chocolate sweetness. Not very well integrated though the balance is decent. Chocolate barely registers until the aftertaste where it lingers on the tongue.
Rather light-bodied with adequate carbonation.
Reminds me of a Foreign Export Stout to some degree - a touch sweet and rough overall, but quite drinkable and almost as good a value as "two buck Chuck."
01-26-2012 03:46:51 | More by augustgarage
3/5 rDev -8.3%
Trader Joe’s purchase
*Bomber to pint nonic
Brewed with Coco powder
A: Pours pitch black with a slight garnet hue during the fill. Yields one finger of turbinado sugar colored head. Low retention and just some splashes of lace upon the glass.
S: Smells of roasted barley mostly. Very similar to your standard Guinness. Has that dry roast earthiness. No real chocolate aroma in the nose though.
T: Tastes of dark roasted grains. Some smoky dry roast coffee notes. Not a whole lot of chocolate in flavor either. Dry and earthy with a bitter acridness. Slight metallic tinge. Not really chocolate at all actually. A bit disappointing.
M: MF is rather thin but with a nice creamy texture. Real smooth overall. Medium-light body. Slight higher carbonation levels. A bit frothy with a drying finish.
D: Missing the chocolate which was a bit of a letdown for me.
Overall a decent American Stout with some dark roast flavors but probably not one I will be revisiting anytime soon.
01-25-2012 19:02:12 | More by Nugganooch
Boatswain Chocolate Stout from Minhas Craft Brewery
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