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Shake Chocolate Porter | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Shake Chocolate PorterShake Chocolate Porter

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 231 | Ratings: 1,776
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
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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Photo of jrsqc7
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I normally hate flavored beers. This one lacks a harsh chemical soda hangover guarantee. Tastes good tastes sweet chocolatey more milk chocolate malted shake than anything. Surprisingly recommended.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a solid black that shows nice ruby highlights around the edges. The head was a large foamy tan with a bit of an aggressive pour (could not wait to try this one).

The smell is straight up chocolate! I got odors of both bakers chocolate (being a more bitter chocolate) and some sweet chocolate. There are odors of roasted sweet malts and a hint of coffee as well.

The taste is a solid chocolate punch with some great bittersweet chocolate rushing over the tongue. As with the smell there is a hint of coffee but the most prevalent taste her is that dark bitter chocolate.

The mouth feel was a medium feel with a wet finish.

I like my porters and I do like some chocolate as well. This beer was like a match made in heaven! Seriously this was a very finely crafted brew that I will gladly enjoy again.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ink black body. Beige head. Chocolate milk smell. Roast. Toast . Smooth chocolate milk taste. Medium to low carbonation. Great beer and not too filling

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Photo of jasadewi
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It was a painting of a porter. It was a dark beer with dark rosy red fizz bubbling to the head. The head was a beautiful tan color. The smells was heavily of chocolate. The beer left no bad lingering taste, but it was wholesomely chocolate in nature. It felt full in the mouth, but the chocolate was felt just like an ester, not like real chocolate.

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Photo of KevCan
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a pint on nitro at the brewery.

Look: Looks beautiful, very dark with a thick, uniform, off-white head with microscopic bubbles.

Smell: Smells intensely chocolatey.

Taste: Tastes like a chocolate milkshake, hence the name (I assume).

Feel: Smooth as silk. Left a delicious nitro mustache on my face.

Overall: Awesome beer. Guzzleable.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 03/09/16:

Pours a dark, clear, reddish-brown. Head retains well and is light brown in color and fine and frothy in texture. Aroma is a cross between chocolate ice cream and stale grain. Cocoa, milk chocolate and coffee grounds throughout, subtle grassiness, herbal to soil-like hops. Bitter, smokey, almost peppery in the finish. Medium- to full-bodied, with a fine effervescence. Sweet, would be good with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (in fact, I’ve tried this), but decent otherwise.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Porter.

Almost black in color. Nice malty and chocolatey smell. Well- balanced, not too hoppy, with a nice aftertaste of chocolate. Sweet and complex.

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Photo of Smcavoy
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

milk chocolate aroma. Initial taste is of your average Porter, medium-high carbonation, accompanied by dark chocolate notes and slight vanilla aftertaste. It is a very good beer, but in my opinion does not stand out amongst my other favorite chocolate porters and stouts.

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Photo of hophugger
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice and dark with a great chocolate aroma with some sweet malt backgrounds. Real simple, this tastes like chocolate milk, plain and simple. Very nice, good alcohol kick and a chocolate finish

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