Shake Chocolate Porter | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Shake Chocolate PorterShake Chocolate Porter

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States

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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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Darkmagus82
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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of KYGunner
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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Photo of 57md
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

This beer is a dark, almost blackish, brown color. It is capped with a tan head and the liquid has reddish hues when held to the light. The smell is malty, with lots of chocolate overtones. Nutty, with subdued roastiness. There is a sweet and toasted smell to the beer. Think of Nutella on very toasted homemade bread. The taste is moderately sweet, with some mid-taste bitterness to even things out. Somewhat abrupt finish, but lots of chocolate flavor. Full in body, and a thick, smoothness to the mouthfeel. Very good.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

best thing ive had from boulder beer maybe ever. looks thin and translucent from the bottle, but amounts to a pretty dense chocolate brown liquid in my globe with just less than an inch of soapy off white head. I wish it stayed heady longer, more cream, more sex appeal, but it is what it is. smells really chocolaty, which I adore. cocoa powder and melted milk chocolate are both present. nice medium roast malt base, slightly sweet, but bitter enough to balance the chocolate. very pleasant, not over the top at all. the flavor is a mix of so many chocolates. dark and white chocolate both flash in here, buttery and soft, distinctly flavored, long wintery finish. its warming in a comforting way, not an alcoholic one. I bought a single because I thought six would bee to much, but I am regretting that choice now. this is highly drinkable, and it is the perfect season for beer like this. I am most impressed by the way the various chocolate layers are woven into a porter that would be excellent as a standalone. I will be drinking plenty of this in the coming months.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle $1.79. Dark black-brown, good head. Smells like chocolate, tootsie rolls. The flavor was strong chocolate tootsie rolls and Count Chocula cereal. The chocolate is very heavy on this and one bottle was enough for me but this was a pretty solid beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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

Split with gf, poured into a pint glass. Paired with chocolate cake.

A&S: lots of chocolate milk, a little bit of caramel, but outside of that I'm not getting a whole lot. Jet black beer, good amount of lacing specks. Light tan head that starts at about a finger and retains in a very thin layer.

T&M: Similar to the aroma upfront: milk chocolate. More bitter then I would expect from the aroma. Kinda sharp mouthfeel for a porter.

Overall: I hear this beer was good, I'm setting more on the above average spectrum. Better then most of the stuff out of bolder brewing company, but nothing special.

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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: A shade before pitch black. Clarity appears to be good, though it's sometimes hard to tell with dark beers. Tan colored head settles into a thin crown after a short time. Lacing coats the glass in a thin, broken sheet.

S: Roasted grain, semi sweet dark chocolate, mouth-watering cocoa nibs, french roast coffee. Faint grassy hops. Straightforward, but rewarding.

T: Big tide of cocoa nibs and semi sweet dark chocolate. Chocolate bread. Roasted grains, french roast coffee. Mild acidity and balancing bitterness. A touch steely. Understated berry fruits. Roasted barley comes back. Touch of cola. Hint of grassy hop. Chocolate subsides as the roasted grains come forward more on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body. Very full, velvety smooth, and round in the mouth. Mild prick of scrubbing carbonation. Light roasted grain astringency.

O: A very well put together chocolate porter. A medley of different grains provide depth and complexity. The chocolate, while very much the focal point of the beer, lets up just enough to allow the rest of the beer to shine through. This is one of those rare beers that provides a simple hedonistic drinking pleasure, but is also multi-faceted and complex enough to allow the drinker to dissect and think about it more if he or she so chooses. I've never really been wowed by anything Boulder Beer has done, but I can respect the hell out of this effort. Damn good stuff.

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Jet black body, tan one-finger head fades quickly, leaves light lacing.

S - Heavy on the cocoa, smell like brownie batter.

T - dry chocolate up front, becomes creamy in the middle, lingering coffee, no detectable hops.

M - Surprisingly light which helps keep the powerful flavor from becoming too cloying.

O - This was the surprise beer in a variety 12 pack. I enjoy all the other beers I've had from Boulder, so I was happy with this. I would definitely seek this one out again.

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

16 ounce pint - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a thinnish, sandy-tan head. Slim, slick coat of lacing.

Smell: Strong chocolate aroma. Yeah, you could maybe try to glean other notes of what-have-you here and there, but it's almost all chocolate here. Almost.

Taste: The flavor akin to chocolate syrup instantly grabs you, not surprising after the aroma. Coffee-edged roast soothed by the sweet chocolate quality. Incredibly low darkened malt astringency. Drying, roasty and still quite chocolaty on the smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Solid, enjoyable. Even the 5.9% ABV is a likable feature. An almost personable chocolate brew. Almost.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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