Shake Chocolate Porter | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Shake Chocolate PorterShake Chocolate Porter
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our twist on the traditional robust American Porter, Shake Chocolate Porter is dark black in color with rich, sweet aromatics and flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and caramel. This unique brew blends five different grains, including Chocolate Wheat, that along with cacao nibs create a devilishly delicious chocolate finish with a velvety mouthfeel.

Added by StraightNoChaser on 10-12-2013

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#7,672
Reviews:
284
Ratings:
1,943
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
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4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is fantastic. It poured a nice dark almost blackish brown with a nice 1 inch head. spotty very little lacing left behind. It smells like amazing hot chocolate. its the most chocolaty beer ive ever encountered. The taste of this is just the same as the nose. great for a winter night. super drinkable. if you love chocolate...and if you love beer. get this. Drink it at room temp as well. If its too cold I feel it could take away from the chocolate character. Finally a beer that tastes as good as its name.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's the session of "shake". Every song that has the word comes to mind. She shook me all night long to shake, shake, shake that bootie... I'll just chalk all that up to a character flaw on my behalf.

Boulder shake kicks off with the standard Porter appearance for the most part. Its deep brown body is medium-brown hue. Piercing garnet highlights shine through its filtered clarity. Its creamy froth swirls into a lather that retains resonably well after reducing to a delicate lace on the surface and glass.

Strong chocolate aromas become the star of the show. But peeling back the layers, other, more sound beer aromas arise- toffee, toast, pecans, coffee and cola also come out to play as the beer warms. With little hop influence, fruit or spice, the aroma promises a malty-sweet session.

Its pure chocolate character is both lush and robust with both a bittersweet and milk chocolate dovetail in taste. Unatural to the Porter-world, the chocolate overtones completely overwhelm the beer- but in the best way possible. Its toasty and lightly grainy backbone introduces toasted nut flavors, coffee grounds and a cola-like finish that's modestly distracting. Its mild alcohol flavor is somewhat spicy but without going all peppercorn on the palate.

Medium through and through, the Porter has a creamy, semi-sweet feel on the mouth but lightens considerably through the middle for a surprisingly high rate of drinkability. Warm in its finish, its alcohol spiciness is the only real reprieve from such sweetness; even as its woodish hop bitterness does so mildly in taste. Perhaps a bit watery as it trails, its aftertaste reveals that cola-like tact.

Shake is a delightful Porter that really pushes the chocolate flavors to an absurd level. Much like Samuel Smith's Chocolate Stout and Southern Tier's Choklat, this dark ale is the latest in that chain of chocolate beers. Its relatively lighter body is somewhat its savior and its curse.

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3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a super deep brown, nearly black color, with a very small fizzy cream colored head. The head fades very fast, leaving a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass and a decent bit of spotty foam on the surface of the beer.

Smell – The aroma is quite tasty. It contains lots of dark chocolate and a big dose of coffee. Along with these smells is some vanilla sweetness as well as a bit of grainy chocolate malt and caramel smell. Overall it is deep and dark with lots of roasted coffee and chocolate; like a dark chocolate bar with coffee beans.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet coffee and chocolate flavor. The chocolate is of a dark chocolate flavor mixed with a sweeter vanilla and cane sugar flavor. The coffee starts out a bit lighter but gains more potency as the flavors moves on. Some vanilla flavors develop more in the middle and toward the end creating a very nice chocolate bar flavor. Along with the vanilla, the sweetness of the brew increases with the dark chocolate taking on a more milk chocolate flavor when mixed with the bit of lactose sweetness that comes to the tongue. In the end a rather sweet and coffee, creamy chocolate bar flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly lower side. The slightly thicker body and lighter carbonation are great for all the darker and sweet chocolate/coffee flavors of the brew making for a nice decadent drinker.

Overall - Big and sweet with lots of chocolate and nice roasted flavors. A nice brew when looking for something sweet, chocolaty and coffee like.

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3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a color as deep and bright as a black pearl, this porter holds genuine stout like characteristics. The head was thick a the top and balanced on a layer of bubbles before it edged to a frothy collar.

The aromas were sugary sweet chocolate, like candy. The chocolate is so rich and thick, like a creamy milk chocolate bar. The creaminess then moves into a marshmallow like sweetness only to end with a dry maltiness.

The flavors are great but miss the mark, just a bit, from the rich aromas. The chocolate is drier, with more marshmallow or vanilla. Than there is more of a Graham cracker like malt flavor. There is a hop bitterness near the finish.

The feel is silky smooth, like velvet on the tongue, with a low carbonative fullness.

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3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a dark brown with ruby edges and a finger of tan head that enjoyed retention of some length. The nose had chocolate notes and there is chocolate flavor upfront. The roast profile is rather timid to say the least, but at least it finishes with a decent roasted bitterness.

This offering delivers on the chocolate, but it leaves a bit to be desired as a porter.

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Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 1,943 ratings