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

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Reviews: 252 | Ratings: 1,836
Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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 +2.5%
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%
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%
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%
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 +0.5%
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 +7.5%
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%
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 +2.3%
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 -4.3%
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 -14.3%
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 BeerBobber
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +18.8%
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 -7.8%
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 +12.8%
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 -13.8%
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 -3.8%
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 +3.5%
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
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark beer with nearly 2" head. Decent lacing throughout the session.

Massive Chocolate, secondarily chalk, dark fruits on the nose.

Milk chocolate palate, with a background of dark over ripe cherries, prunes and plums. The chocolate is pleasing, but the dark fruits seems out of place. Tastes oxidized, but the beer isn't that old.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, decent carbonation and semi-lingering.

This beer either suffers from poor packaging practices, or possibly a weak fermentation or just poor ingredient choices. The over ripe fruit is out of place. It reminds me of a novice home brew.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells fantastic, exactly like chocolate ice cream made into a shake. The taste isn't quite as good but still pretty good. It's simple and tasty and fun. Well done.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this bottle chilled in a stout glass.

The color is very dark brown with opaque clarity and thick 2 plus fingers of creamy light beige head with very fine bead. The smell is rich with chocolate aroma -fudge like and chocolate shake is a good descriptor since it has practically all chocolate in the aroma. The feel is wonderful -smooth and creamy yet full of body with light roast and semidry finish with nutty feel yet moderately low carbonation.

The taste is great -nutty cocoa focus without an overly sweet flavor yet enough sweetness to make it enjoyable with low bitterness and vanilla like flavor backs the smooth chocolate dominating with slight nutty taste and light coffee-like bitter dark malt in back with low alcohol in the taste as it finishes semi-dry. Overall a lovely chocolate ale -good porter with nice balance creamy smooth and so good, such a drinkable beer -not a dessert beer one I would love to return to

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Photo of Slowjamcdub
3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Before I get into the beer I have to say Props to the Boulder brewing co that makes this beer. Really cool website and all the names and labels on all their beers are really creative and cool! Now for the review on this beer. On the pour not to much of a head a finger maybe 2 that fades fast. On the nose nutty chocolate of course. Tastes of a watery milk shake. Mouth feel very watery. With a name like shake I was thinking this beer would be heavier and thicker. I like it but maybe a tad over rated. C+ maybe B- beer at best. IMO of course ;)

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Photo of scotorum
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75


Another brew included in the twelve delivered as first installment of membership in a monthly beer club gifted by my daughters.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a: Black with clear ruby highlights. Inch and a half light tan head receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Milk chocolate!

t: Follows the nose along with a mild hop bite. Finish leans to sweet.

m; Light to medium, ok body with a few watery notes. Good carbonation tingle.

o: A decent chocolate porter, although the chocolate notes seem to fade in the taste more than in the aroma. Easy drinking, somewhat light even for the porter style.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first offering from Boulder Beer and I was mostly impressed. Great dark porter out of the glass with good head and decent lacing (even given a frozen glass.) I enjoyed the strong scent of chocolate and coffee (espresso really) mixed well with a distant malty aroma. What disappointed me the most though was its mouthfeel - way too carbonated for my taste. If it were only tamped down considerably this would have been an awesome brew in my opinion (or at least for me.) Taste was good, the hops overpowered the chocolate and coffee flavors which was in stark contrast to what I had smelled, but it still tasted very good. Overall, I enjoyed this beer and will be on the lookout for more Boulder Beers...

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