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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 AWolfAtTheDoor
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
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 -1%
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 +9.2%
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 -18.5%
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 -3.2%
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 -0.5%
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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Photo of Bennybgood7
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark with a lacy foam, 1/4" head

Smell: Malty with the scent of bittersweet chocolate

Taste: rich with a slight roast and bittersweet chocolate, the finish is long creamy milk chocolate

Feel: Medium, sufficient porter creaminess

Love it

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Photo of Sabtos
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shiny black with a large, light cappuccino head that fades to a collar with lots of wavy lacing.

Huge gooey chocolate brownie on the nose.

Chocolate forward flavors, with some roasted malts and coffee undertones.

Smooth but crisp, with a slight tang on the back end that tickles the corners of throat.

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Photo of jw4free
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: dark brown, off white head. Good lacing. S: mild creamy sweetness. Almost too subtle. T: very good balance, chocolate is not too fake tasting. F: very smooth and creamy, almost too thick for porter.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.37/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

January 2nd, 2014 - Excepting the luxurious and decadent dip into the beer cellar for New Year's Eve, this is the first beer review of the year, starting off with a deep, chocolatey and time honored beer. The Shake, I think, is a staple of Boulder Beer's repertoire, Dark like chocolate, and smells like chocolate, and tastes like chocolate. Well, not quite. It's all like chocolate malt, which is far better than straight up chocolate. More of a malt than a shake, and to my senses, everything Young's Double Chocolate Stout should have been.

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

A: Very dark. Inviting, foamy 3/4" dark tan head. Long lasting lace.

S: 110% milk chocolate! This beer should be called chocolate shake! oh wait.

T: Super tasty. Taste matches the smell perfectly. This is like getting a buzz from a chocolate milk shake.

F: Medium body. Balanced carbonation. Not to filling but not light either.

O: This beer is awesome! How often does the label fit the product? Ironically, I am not a chocolate person. However, this beer just tastes right. Totally recommend it.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

CHOCOLATE !! Pours a very dark brown with a moderate tan head. Looks like chocolate, smells like chocolate and definitely tastes like chocolate. Very mild after taste that leaves you wanting more. Loved it !!

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Photo of dar482
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in black color, off white, brownish head.

The aroma is huge milk chocolate, Easter Chocolate bunny, Hershey's chocolate syrup, chocolate shake, Tootsie Roll.

The flavor follows with cocoa powder, hints of spicy hops, Tootsie Roll, Yoohoo. Despite the reminder of sweeter chocolate flavors, the beer bitters out without lingering sweetness on the back.

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Photo of exposd
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a named chocolate "shake" porter for a reason, because it literally tastes like a chocolate shake!! I was skeptical at first, but after trying this brew in nitro draft last week I can't get enough. It has a nice smooth, creamy mouthfeel that almost goes down like a chocolate shake and a great chocolate and roasted malty aroma that is light, but just enough to entice you! It has a light to medium body at almost 6% but much lighter than most porters or stouts I usually drink. This is not an imperial or barrel aged porter so it's a little on the lighter side, but also makes it easy to knock a few back. Great beer for someone looking for something smooth, light, and slightly sweet. This was my first beer from the Boulder Beer Company but I will be checking out more ASAP!

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Photo of Ottoj55
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its a nice black porter, creamy tan head. Smells like chocolate, not a lot of malt or hop aroma. Tastes like a chocolate shake, this flavor pretty much overwhelms the beer and makes the malt less evident. It was silky smooth, a bit like nitro. Its an interesting beer, definitely an occasional drink, would make a great ice cream beef float.

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Photo of MACrist
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Let's talk about porters, huh. Sure, this might be something of a novelty, but it looks great in a glass. It has a lasting creamy dark head. It smells like a gigantic Tootsie Roll. And it tastes like a gigantic Tootsie Roll. Has decent carbonation and a creamy texture. You like chocolate, give it a try. Not too thick, which makes it porter-like in the best sense of the word. Big fan of this, dessert in a glass.

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Photo of mbrehne
4.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic. Thought it was similar to Guinness but you can taste the subtle chocolate flavor. The flavor was not too overwhelming and it was perfect. Wonderful beer in general, enjoy!

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good chocolate Porter and really does taste and smell like a shake. For those who find some coffee stouts/porters too burnt tasting this one might be right up your alley. My guess is this would be a favorite of people who normally do not love beer

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Photo of aceseth13
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: dark, almost black, with a thin foam at the top: 4

Smell: milk chocolate nose, burnt sugar comes in, slight fruit and ever so slight alcohol: 4

Taste: milk chocolate, coffee, malts, slight burnt taste to finish that lingers: 3.5

Feel: cream, medium to thick, slightly coats the mouth: 4

Overall: Not a fan of milk chocolate beers, the burnt aftertaste doesn't really do it for me: 3.5

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Photo of DangerZone
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I saw this when I was rapidly filling a make-your-own six pack just before the store closed; the label grabbed my attention and I hoped for a 1950's diner chocolate milkshake experience.

Poured from bottle to glass.

Appearance: Very dark, somewhere between black coffee and ink. Not completely opaque. No head to speak of whatsoever.

Smell: Deep chocolate and malts, not too strong.

Taste: Sweet and creamy. Mostly chocolate milk taste, with some hints of malts and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth. Might have liked a tad more carbonation, or something to make it feel less thin.

A fun treat that was very interesting. I'm not dying for another one, but I really want a chocolate milk now.

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

I really liked this one.
Extremely dark.
Smells of chocolate.
Tastes more of chocolate and is sweet.
I let three other non-beer loving people try it and they liked it as well.

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Photo of eskildow
4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It is a dark, brownish-black, very opaque, but solidly coloured. Pleasing to look at with a pale tan head, very creamy. It smells very malty, with chocolate and coffee. Indeed, it smells precisely like a mocha-latte from a high-end coffee house. Has a sweet smell, standard for a porter. The taste is similar, mixed notes of chocolate and coffee.

Heavy, might not want more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by Dec 22 2015 poured from a 12 oz bottled into a pint glass (should be a snifter i think but Idc). Black in color with a small head that coats the glass with foam that slowly slides down the glass. Smell is strong with roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste follows suit. Not much more to it. A great beer! So far "Boulders" best beers out of the half dozen that I've had. Cheers!

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 bottle into a tumbler glass. Best before 11/11/15.

LOOK: Very dark brown, almost completely black, with a thin tan head.

SMELL: Dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, burnt sugar, and licorice.

TASTE: Dark chocolate and milk chocolate candy, followed by caramel, licorice, molassess, brown sugar, and burnt toast.

FEEL: Medium-bodied. Super creamy and smooth. Drinks like chocolate milk.

OVERALL: Very tasty. I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes chocolate or any type of dark beer.

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Photo of dank203
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer is actually pleasant, taste reminds me of milk chocolate, and dark chocolate. feel is smooth and rich with a slight dark caocao bitterness to it. I would recommend for any chocolate infused beer fans.

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Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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