Boatswain Chocolate Stout | Rhinelander Brewing Company

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Boatswain Chocolate StoutBoatswain Chocolate Stout
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Brewed by:
Rhinelander Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
rhinelanderbrewery.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
66 IBU

Added by mactrail on 11-20-2011

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Reviews:
122
Ratings:
429
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
16.02%
 
 
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Photo of dmcbeerington
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Here is my story. I actually was going to get mission st brown ale in Trader Joe's, but they did't have that in stock, and I found this beer with price tag sightly more than the brown ale. What the heck. bought 8 bottles for 20 USB, and here is what I think about This. First of all, Even though this beer has less ABV than the brown ale, or 5.4% in exact, the original gravity is very high, or 14.26 in exact. What this high OG means is that it will get you drunk easier. So to me this beer is equivalent to 11.4% ABV. Other than that. I really have nothing especially to talk about this beer. It's a stout, so it's dark. Taste smooth or watery. Slightly bitterness, doesn't get a lot of sweetness to it. The Chocolate is not too over-powering. All and all, a drinkable and easy to drink beer that can be used to pair with many different food. Not something that I will fall in love with, nor hate. if mission st brown ale is 5.0, this is about 3.2.

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Photo of degueulasse
3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours very dark with a slight tan head, not unlike some of my favorite stouts. The smell is promising too: sweet dark chocolate. It tastes rich, like chocolate, but also rather watered down, and the mouthfeel matches with a slightly too watery consistency for my liking. Not a bad beer by any means, but it's a bit of a shame the good flavor wasn't a little stronger.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber at TJ's let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get some roasted malts and cocoa. Pours to a opaque dark brown with a dark tan head. On the taste the mouthfeel is very light. Taste is roasted malts with some cocoa notes but the flavors are not melded and very distant with such a weak mouthfeel. Not much bitterness to speak of, very much in the background and overpowered by the cocoa. A decent brew but nothing I would seek out or prefer with soooo many better chocolate stout beers (like Young's Double Chocolate Stout) out there.

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Photo of illpass78
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with a very short crown of brown bubbles.

Aroma: Chocolate, dark malts, some lactose. Faint dark fruit like dates.

Taste: Follows nose. The chocolate is somewhat grainy and chewy in a pleasant way.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin but the graininess adds some body and texture.

Overall: Nice choco stout. Good deal at $2.50 a bomber. Should be rated higher.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12/07/2012
Bottle to pint glass (from Trader Joes)

AROMA: strong chocolate
LOOK: dark black pour, tan head
TASTE: chocolate, coffee, alcohol flavor-though this is not a strong beer at 5.4%.
FEEL: Finish is a bit like a sweet red wine.thin. Bubbly

OK

**

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Photo of jaketaz
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not as dark or alcoholic as what I want in a flavored stout. That said, can't beat a bomber of chocolate stout for $2.50! More drinkable than most other beers at that price for sure. Protip: open it and then cork it overnight in the fridge, shaves off some of the carbonation and bitterness which renders it smoother and more balanced and bumps it to a $6 bomber quality wise. Works for root beer floats too.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at the local Trader Joe's in Omaha a couple of weeks ago for $2.49 for a 22-ounce (650ml) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 34 degrees in my bar refrig and poured into a 16 ounce "STORZ" snifter glass.

Pour was dark brown in color with a smaller off-white head. Lacing was seen with each sip that stuck to the sides of the glass, not a lot but was seen.

Aroma is what would be expected of cocoa powder and roasted malts. Tasty pretty much follows the nose. No bitterness was noted for the aftertaste. Lighter-bodied than many similar style stouts. Overall, a decent brew at a great price. Worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of jwc215
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Paid @ $2.50 at the Trader Joe's in Silverdale, WA:

Pours very dark brown with a wispy head. A bit of trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of grain, dark bread, cocoa powder (think Ovaltine).

The taste is of grain, tinny roast, cocoa powder. A touch of lactose-like sour mixes in. Well, then...considering the brewery and price it's not bad...not "good" either. The cocoa powder actually helps it.

Keeping price point in mind. (Very inexpensive) I can't trash it... For what it is it is. It could be worse. It has an odd artificial tinny taste, but even with that it's not drainpour. Okay - enough with this review...moving on...
(Scored with price and brewery in mind). It's really not that good...

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the bottle, it pours very dark, almost black with a thin tan head, dissipating rapidly to a ring around the glass. The scent includes a bit of dark chocolate. The taste includes chocolate along with some roast malt.

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Photo of metter98
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—slight traces of dark brown are visible near the corner of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, but left a large patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with some hints of chocolate sauce.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of dark and nutty malts along with some hints of chocolate sauce.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate, but is rather thin in body for a stout. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink, but is quite watery compared to other beers in the style and isn't as chocolatey as I would expect.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of chiefoaktree
2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

We like trying most things Trader Joe's and we mostly rave about the products. We took this to a St. Patrick's Day Party where we offered it to several mildly sophisticated beer drinkers. My year 'round Stout/Imp. Stout drinking wife thought it was limp, one friend called us cheap for bringing it and the others thought it was weak and flavorless. It was sort of dark and it was cheap so I can't say we was robbed. For sure we got exactly what we paid for it which was not so much. We won't let this deter us - we'll be back at Trader Joe's before long. The host said she possibly will ask to next year's celebration.

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Photo of ckornmannn
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bomber: nearly black color, not much light getting through. Excellent aroma, mostly dark fruit. Taste is mostly toast and dark fruit; the chocolate is subtle. A surprising amount of hops. The feel is thin, despite an excellent and tenacious head of foam. This is a good beer and a really good value but not quite what I would think of as a stout.

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Photo of grumpygerman
2.84/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

So, this is the cheapest bomber that I ever bought. Yeah for Trader Joe's!
So, this is a boring Chocolate Stout. Not bad, not offensive, just cheaply made. For the price not bad but I am a snob (old, fat, and the need to spend my calorie and alcohol budget on great stuff).
Little bit of cocoa but more coffee ground. Argh it was just very non-exciting.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: [3.75] Looks like a stout! Dark brown to black beer. Forms 1 finger of tan head with dense bubbles. The bottle lists the ABV (5.4%). There is a date code which I would guess says this was made (09/21/15).

S: [2.75] Pungent dark fruits initially. I recoiled a bit on the first whiff. I thought it was an off smell from the glass so I smelled the bottle. The bottle smells like tobacco. Nothing resembling chocolate.

T: [3.50] Nothing like the nose. There are hints of cocoa, roasted malts, vanilla.

M: [2.75] Thin and watery. There is a bit of a bitter twang on the end which is an interesting twist on a coffee stout.

O: [3.00] This beer looks like a stout, tastes like a chocolate stout. Those are the good things. The CONs are the nose (something funky is happening) and the body (it is really lacking any heft). The taste is decent enough to plow ahead. I would not recommend this to a friend because I'd be afraid the nose would put them off.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.69/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this bottle at my local Trader Joe's.

With a near-black ruby color, it’s malt forward with a sweet dark cocoa espresso taste and a nice amount of carbonation, like drinking a good chocolate phosphate! The taste follows the aroma, right down to the dark cocoa aftertaste.

There is no way this tastes like 66 IBUs on the label! It’s more within 16-20 IBUs, which is perfect for the style. This beer is very comparable to the Chocolate Ale from Boulevard Brewing, Eugene Porter from Revolution Brewing, the Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewing as well as the Edmund Fitzgerald from Great Lakes Brewing Company. Other similar beers are the Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing and the Coconut Molasses Brown Ale from Duck Foot Brewing.

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Photo of SFNC
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look; pretty decent actually
Smell; Meh, not much, though not unpleasant
Taste; Pretty good, nice subdued chocolate, not very bitter, quite drinkable
Feel, Thin lightly carbonated
Overall; A pretty good bargain, though not a classic example of the style.

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Photo of myelo
2.79/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Picked this up at Trader Joe's. 650 ml bottle with no freshness date, poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Opaque mahogany, with 1 inch rocky light brown head that dissipates quickly leaving moderate lacing.

Aroma: Not a lot coming through -- maybe some mild milk chocolate, a little alcohol and sort of an ash-like roast malt aroma. Not particularly pleasant.

Taste: initial sweet milk chocolate, with a lingering coffee-like bitterness. Most similar to a sweet/milk stout. But as with the nose, there's a mild ash-like astringency in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderately high carbonation that lends a crispness that's not particularly appealing in a stout.

Overall: Looks great and pretty drinkable. But I would prefer more body, more roast malts, and less carbonation. And if you're looking for a lot of chocolate there are better choices. At this price, you're not expecting much more.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was extremely cheap for such a large bottle of dark beer. Brewed by Rhinelander. Served this in a large globe snifter.

A : Pours a fully opaque chocolate black color, throwing some faint cranberry hues through as its held up to the light. The head starts of large with a brownish tint at 2 fingers in the snifter (which would take up most of the pint glass if it were poured in one).

S : Mostly earthy coffee grounds, a lot of dirt here in the aroma. Faint cocoa as well. For the most part, even in a snifter, this beer has a very weak aroma.

T : Lots of sour coffee grounds, with the bitterness of dark chocolate, and a slight milk presence. Overall it's very dirty, I don't get much chocolate, just milk and coffee with a small chocolate-flavored creamer thrown in. As it warms it takes on a slight metallic quality.

F : Fiercely buzzing carbonation right out front, in fact I have to think that the electric charge here is trying to hide lesser quality ingredients/flavors. Lighter bodied for a stout, probably more in the Porter range (medium bodied) but still fills the mouth. It ends semi-dry with a sunburned parch to it.

O : This was less than exciting. I'm getting a headache/stomach ache from this beer. The price tag was definitely par for the course. The price is right, but everything else is wrong. I've had worse beers, and worse stouts, but this was far from impressive. Chocolate? Forget it. Even as a basic stout this one fails.

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Photo of katybee
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Very dark brown, opaque, pours thin, with quickly dissipating head.

Predominately malty smell; the hops are far in the background.

Very malty, biscuity and towards bitter.... the cocoa minimally present, is very realistic powdered cocoa, and not sweet, The cocoa notes are only present in the comparative sense that it is not purely malty but absent raisin, coffee,- or grassylike notes, Not unlike a Guinness.

The slight creaminess is not due to the body, as it is light-medium-bodied, but in the carbonation which seems to be small-bubbles pressed out on the tongue. You don't see the carbonation rising up from the darkness of the beer.

A very "real" beer, and very drinkable, with a slightly sour tang. I would have preferred a bit more sweetness.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep brown with tan head. Smells lightly of roasted malts, bit of cocoa. Tastes a bit bitter forward, roasted malts (weak) and the barest hint of unsweetened cocoa. Mouthfeel with strong carbonation, very thin for a stout, fairly clean finish.

For the price point, not bad - could use a lot of improvement - I doubt I would purchase again despite the price

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Photo of jburris64
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown almost black with a rawhide colored head.
Has a bitter bite on first taste that gives way to a smooth chocolate/ coffee flavor.
Served in a pint glass.
Not bad.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Thin black liquid with medium to heavy bubbles on the body. Head is your average tan maybe rising to about one third of an inch .

Smell: Light scent, with notes of mocha but wish there was more to it. Smells more of malt and hops than cocoa.

Taste: Heavy malted for most stouts, light cocoa taste but lacks

Mouth: Not as sticky s I would hope, more bitter towards the direction of a lager with a touch of chocolate.

Overall: Ehh it's okay...has much room for improvement. Not bad but not great either. Nice dinner beer as opposed to the dessert that i would normally crave. Salud!

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Photo of Tonedef
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good beer in my book..nice appearance with a khaki head and lots of lacing..smells chocolatey and and a little roasty..taste is the same with a thin to medium mouthfeel..B to B-Depending on the mood I'm in

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Photo of dave_p93
3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at Trader Joes for 2.49 in a 650ml bottle. Pours a very dark black with a nice creamy head. Faint smell of chocolate and roasted coffee. Tastes pretty good, picking up notes of chocolate and coffee. Thin mouthfeel. Not the best chocolate stout, but for 2.49 i'm not disappointed,

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Photo of polloenfuego
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer poured nicely, a nice deep brown with a two finger root beer head that broke leaving fair lacing. From there things go a little sideways. The smell is very muted. Some chocolate, but faint. Roasts are also faint. There isn't much else going on. The taste is bitter and ashy. No chocolate came through on my palate. Very fizzy, yet a thin feel.

I paid $2.50 for a bomber of this at Trader Joe's. I figured it was a great deal. Now I realize I overpaid.

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