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Boatswain Chocolate Stout - Minhas Craft Brewery

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281 Ratings
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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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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womencantsail

California

3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 17:08:25 | More by womencantsail
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jacobfern

New York

3/5  rDev -8%

02-08-2012 03:35:44 | More by jacobfern
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kepp

California

4/5  rDev +22.7%

02-08-2012 02:58:32 | More by kepp
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DeezGunz14

California

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

02-06-2012 00:27:29 | More by DeezGunz14
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cycoduck

California

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

01-27-2012 04:25:01 | More by cycoduck
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augustgarage

California

3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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."

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 03:46:51 | More by augustgarage
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Nugganooch

California

3/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 19:02:12 | More by Nugganooch
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jmechy

California

2/5  rDev -38.7%

01-23-2012 00:58:51 | More by jmechy
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djaeon

California

3/5  rDev -8%

01-22-2012 22:39:14 | More by djaeon
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KidRagnarok

California

2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

01-18-2012 03:57:08 | More by KidRagnarok
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fezmeister

California

3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A no-frills, uncomplicated, yet very pleasant chocolate stout that is what it says. Deep, dark brown in color, creamy tan head, with a rich, malty scent. The flavor is not complex or original, but the roasty malts and strong chocolates are great, balanced by just enough hops, give a rich but smooth and dry finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, but very drinkable and not heavy. Overall tasty, very easy to drink, and well worth $2 for 22oz.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 04:26:21 | More by fezmeister
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whatthehull

California

3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tulip

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!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 06:59:34 | More by whatthehull
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rhino54

California

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

01-11-2012 05:26:35 | More by rhino54
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Drinkerofales

California

3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black, with hints of red and brown in the pouring. A thick mocha head that flattens out rather quickly and leaves not much lacing.

Smells of coffee and chocolate, with a touch of booze, which is strange considering it's only 5.4%.

Taste is understated, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, hint of coffee and hops somewhere in there.

Feel is smooth and medium bodied. A touch of hop bite gives it some character, but not much.

Too bad we can't rate economics, as this 2 dollar beer has a great value, if not the best of flavors. On flavor as it is, it's better than the DIPA for the 2 bucks, but not on the ABV. Also, it seems that this beer is meant to be enjoyed cold, as all the flavors and smells aren't as good warm.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 11:22:40 | More by Drinkerofales
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ManuelHerrera

California

3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Trader Joe's, which is always a crapshoot:

A - Pours a thick, dark brown with very little light penetration and a dark fluffy chocolate head. Lacing is surprisingly thin.

S- Heavy dark cocoa and malt aroma. A bit of coffee on the nose as well, this beer is textbook chocolate stout.

T&M - Flavor is a bit one-note with little in terms of flavor profile. Boatswain hits the points it needs to hit on the profile, no more no less. Malty maltiness and mild cocoa give way to a bitter aftertaste, but not a bitter hop flavor so much as the bitterness one would experience from coffee. The mouthfeel is incredibly thin and carbonated, not what I expected in the slightest!

O- This might be one of the fastest drinks of chocolate stout I've ever had, as it's as thin as a pale ale and hardly a challenge. Best as a sample for someone who doesn't like dark beers too much, or to satisfy a sweet tooth.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 05:04:35 | More by ManuelHerrera
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Pinto21

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

12-31-2011 02:17:01 | More by Pinto21
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Black and totally opaqe with a 1/4 inch dark brown head and good retention

Smell: Nice amount of cocoa nibs greets you right away. Some roasted malt is hiding behind the cocoa

Taste: The flavor actually works opposite of the nose with the roasted malt and ash notes being upfront and the beer finishes with some chocolate

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side and a tad bit too much carbonation

Overall: This beer is a pretty solid beer nothing spectacular but the simple fact that it is only $1.99 a bomber will keep me purchasing it more often. I can honestly say that this beer might give you the most bang for your buck

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 16:32:37 | More by DarthKostrizer
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jeff1973

California

3/5  rDev -8%

12-26-2011 02:19:06 | More by jeff1973
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.99 at Trader Joe's. How could I pass that up?

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Foamy thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, chocolate syrup, and some dark cocoa powder. Taste is of dark roasted malt, unsweetened cocoa beans, and some slight coffee bean flavors. There is a slightly sour and roasty bitter flavor to this beer as well. This beer has a crisp carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good stout especially for the price but not worth buying again in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 06:01:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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brewerburgundy

California

3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, Sam Adams perfect pint,

Nearly opaque, the color is appropriate and tinged more with red and purple than yellow. The head was small and of a normal medium brown with lackluster stickage.

Uh huh, this smells like a chocolate stout. Outdistancing Young's famous brew, the chocolate is dark, shot through with French roast coffee swimming in sugar. Hershey's syrup with a little more refinement seems close.

Not a particularly great Stout is the base. Not a large roast character, but what's there is slightly acrid and even so this is a sweet beer. The lush coffee and chocolate are still there; they pretty much constitute the whole.

It's thin, any way you cut it, it's thin. Medium high carbonation.

Another one of Trader Joe's deals here. Aroma is better than flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 01:00:41 | More by brewerburgundy
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Chopman50

California

3/5  rDev -8%

12-16-2011 05:47:25 | More by Chopman50
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gregmoscetti

California

4/5  rDev +22.7%

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

California

3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a large wine glass, showing a solid black with a half an inch of mocha foam. Offers decent retention, settling out to a light surface film and leaves good lace.

Aroma offers dominant notes of carob and cocoa with some faint spice as well. Some earthy hop notes pop out a bit with some warming. Taste follow and adds a bit of dark cherry and chocolate. Nice and smooth in the delivery though a touch thin in feel at first, firming up with some cocoa and spice on the finish. But then at 5.4% I guess it does just fine. And a solid value for sure though not particularly 'chocolately' foor a self proclaimed chocolate stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 02:45:41 | More by HalfFull
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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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leprakhan

California

3/5  rDev -8%

12-08-2011 05:35:22 | More by leprakhan
Boatswain Chocolate Stout from Minhas Craft Brewery
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