Shake Chocolate Porter | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States
boulderbeer.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cindyjeffsmith on 10-12-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
242
Ratings:
1,802
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
Wants:
93
Gots:
557
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 242 | Ratings: 1,802
Photo of JoeYarchak
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark pour with a tan head. A delicious aroma of chocolate and roasted malts, out of a snifter. A light feel to the tongue with smooth chocolate tastes left behind.
Very enjoyable. Will have to find this to keep a personal stock.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Kevin!
This roasted tasty delight pours a dark cola brown with a nice head of off white
foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and features some nice light lacing.
Nose of deeply roasted malts, heavy cocoa, subtle nutty roasted malts, and subtle
char. Flavors follow but lightly exceed by force of roast with char touched nutty malts
and deeply roasted malts blending with a heavy cocoa and a touch of cola. Nice mouth feel;
coating, rich, lightly sweet, and deeply roasted. A roast lovers dream. Very nice.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Speiglua stout glass.

Look is a dark center giving way to amber highlights around the edges of the glsss.

Lots of roast chocolate and malt on the aroma.

Starts thin and then opens up to a rich chocolaty almost peanut butter chocolate. Delicious.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 16-oz. draft
Glass: Dos Equis shaker pint glass
From: Meehan’s Public House in Atlanta, Ga.
Price: $7
Purchased: Dec. 8, 2016
Consumed: Dec. 8, 2016
Reviewed as: American Porter
Misc.: N/A

Found a pretty cool beer spot close by to the hotel and headed over that on my last night in Atlanta. Wish I would have seen this the night before. Thought I had this one before, but alas I had not. Sounded pretty damn good.

Poured a pitch black color with three fingers of creamy white, rocky head when I got it. Appeared to be nitro it was that creamy. Excellent foamy lacing. Almost perfect foamy retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled milk chocolate, bitter coffee, vanilla, caramel, toffee, espresso hints of hazelnut, maybe even peanut butter (wishful?). (Smell - 4.50)

Taste followed the nose, maybe not quite as good. Chocolate milk, vanilla, caramel, toffee, roasty nuts and milk chocolate. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.50)

Just loved this beer. Can’t believe I had never tried it, but I want it again. (Overall - 4.50)

4.39 | 97 | A

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Photo of bbtkd
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Boulder Shake Porter, 5.9% ABV, 39 IBU. Pours black and thin, with a 1 finger off-white head. Nose is chocolate, malt. and milk. Taste follows, though nothing too strong, more sweet than bitter. OK Mouthfeel, overall decent.

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Photo of CypherAnt
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Had both from a bottle and on nitro. Will not buy again in bottle, but will definitely order again if found on nitro. Looks is a deep brown with a nice tan head that lingers. Smells of cocoa and milk shake and coffee. I feel there is a huge difference between the bottled version which is thin and too carbonated. While on Nitro the mouth feel seems thicker (good thing) and flavors feel more pronounced.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.55/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Excellent idea for a beer offset by incredibly disruptive, palette-killing bitterness that destroys any smooth and richness this beer could've had. Immensely disappointed.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: dark brown with a finger of off white head
S: nice chocolate, sweet but heavy malt
T: much like the nose, this is a sweeter chocolate beer. Very nice named
F: easy drinking, very smooth, fairly thin, but this is session porter
O: a nice surprise at old Chicago Manhattan, KS

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Photo of dacohenz
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

M. y favorite beer is a porter, I also love chocolate. This beer combines my two favorite tastes and I think it's fantastic. Most chocolate Porter's have a hint of chocolate flavor, this has a little more chocolate. It almost taste like a chocolate phosphate.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is crushing it on nitro around the Portland Oregon area. Friends have been raving about it for awhile. While I find it a bit to rich and dessert like for me for an occasional indulgence it hits the right spot.

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Photo of EMH73
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is the definition of a desert beer. Pours a pitch black color with a thin tan head. Smells of chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of coffee. Taste is dominated by semi-sweet chocolate with notes of coffee, vanilla and malt. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated, very smooth and creamy. One of the few beers that advertise chocolate and actually deliver.

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Photo of Drunksince316
3.01/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I was underwhelmed by this beer. I was surprised by the reviews. Looks good, smells good, pours good, tastes bad. Mine tastes oxidized. I taste slight milk chocolate with a rust finish. It reminds of Turbo Dog, sometimes it tastes great, sometimes it tastes totally different.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color.

Overall: Beautiful chocolate aroma with a slight roasting touch. The taste begins with coffee roast and bittersweet chocolate. Shake has tons of cocoa flavor that’s very smooth, as well as some roasted malt and just the tiniest hint of hops at the end. This beer advertises chocolate and one of the few that does it right. Not your traditional porter, but a PERFECT dessert beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a bottle a beautiful dark bouquet of blacks and dark browns, with a solid 1/2" of cream head. Smells of sweet chocolate. Taste is very much of chocolate, a tad bit overpowering, but at first you can taste subtle roasted barley. There is not much in terms of hops, at least that isn't masked by the roast and the chocolate additives. Too much chocolate to warrant a high score from me, but the chocolate flavor is balanced and not overly bitter, so that's a plus.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great black color with a fantastic tan head. Smells like lots of milk chocolate. Taste like milk chocolate with slight stout to it. Medium light body and very creamy. Yummy beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

25 May 16
On-Tap
Old Chicago Pizza And Tap Room

Poured a pretty nice brown/black color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus off-white head, which also left some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, nice chocolate note, some toffee, touch of vanilla, very nice milk shake note. The taste was very nice malty, nice touch of chocolate/toffee, vanilla, very nice milk shake flavour. Medium body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, a very tasty brew.

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Photo of Shippy
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

If you're looking for a chocolate milk shake in beer form, this is it. Nearly black with a creamy, tan head. The aroma is very sweet and chocolatey with milk sugars. Smells a lot like chocolate ice cream. Flavor follows along the same lines with lots of sweet chocolate and milky notes. Feel is medium with carbonation pushing through on the end. Overall, this beer is a great dessert in itself. Not extremely complex, but an excellent execution of simple, effective flavors. Delicious.

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Photo of Beejay
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark black in color with a light tan head on top.

S: Milk chocolate aroma comes out right away, and brown sugar.

T: Roasted goodness with dark chocolate following, and a slight licorice kick.

M: Medium in body, there is a nice creaminess and moderate carbonation.

O: Overall tasty with a good chocolate kick.

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Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong chocolate aroma, which carries over to the taste. Other flavor notes of caramel, brown sugar, spicy hops, and light coffee and cream. Medium bodied and fairly smooth. Nice chocolate treat of a beer.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a lingering tan foam head with some lacing. Has a strong sweet chocolate aroma. Flavor is chocolate and some coffee. I really like this beer. Very balanced.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at Amity Bar in NYC on Cinco de Mayo. After a friend and I had split a pitcher of Bells Two Hearted and eaten Mexican food, we needed some desert to clean out the palate of both the hops and spiciness. This one hit the spot just right.
It poured an opaque dark brown with a lovely tan head. In the nose, it smelled like a big Hershey Kiss. Predictably, the taste is all about the chocolate with some coffee tones. It is silky, smooth and creamy in the mouth. A good beer to sip, yet, at 5.9% ABV it is quite drinkable.
I rated this one well. Is it particularly complex? No...this one is for when you want something mellow and sweet. As I mentioned, this one is mostly about chocolate. If you like chocolate, which most people do, you will like this one.

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look (4): Pours a dark black with a ruby red hued outside edge. A small off-white/light tannish head. Not a ton of carbonation.

Smell (4.5): Mega dark bitter chocolate aroma. Hints of roasted coffee, but there's still a sweet underlying aroma that is a milk-chocolate aroma to go with the dark chocolate.

Taste (4.25): Think chocolate smoothie with melted syrupy chocolate goodness with a side of a dark roast coffee. Not only does the name of this make of think chocolate "shake", but so does the taste!

Mouthfeel (4.25): A silky smoothness that feels rich and creamy. Not heavy, medium to medium plus bodied. Definitely a nice long lasting coffee like lingering aftertaste.

Overall (4.25): Delicious. I want to just drink these in front of a warm fire on a cold winter night. Then possibly make love with it. Or maybe we should just take it slow. Hmmm...

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Photo of Omisco
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

If you know what to expect from this beer I think it's a pretty solid offering. While it was cold it had very strong chocolate flavors, but nothing that would make you think wow this has a bunch of chemicals in it. As it warmed, I got more roasted malt flavors from it. I have to say I enjoyed it more cold. The chocolate flavor might be the boldest out of any chocolate beer I've had so far but whatever they added as the natural flavor component seems to be pretty solid. I would drink this beer again, and I recommend it to anyone who likes chocolate flavored brews

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Photo of Beginner2
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a milkshake dressed-up as a beer.
The head stays for the length of the drink and has these tight bubbles all the way down glass, thick also.
Taste. Well, I drank my dessert. Very smooth in the mouth and, of course, sweet.

Drank a second time and I did not change the rating.
Seek it and enjoy.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty much what you'd expect, hugely chocolate forward beer, which actually kinda worked for me at colder temps, but it got harder to slug down as I went. Not much to describe here -- chocolate, lots of chocolate, touch of sourness as it warms, touch of ashy malt but not enough to distract from the chocolate onslaught. If you're looking for a chocolate beer to get your sweet-tooth, non-craft friend into beer, this might be your ticket.

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