Boatswain Chocolate Stout | Rhinelander Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
430
Reviews:
123
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
15.77%
 
 
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6
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Photo of mnj21655
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with ruddy brown and ruby hints at the edges and two fingers of medium brown head with large bubbles that disappears completely. Aroma is very muted but roasted barley and subtle chocolate notes finally come through. Taste has a sweetness upfront that is paired with some chocolate and an undefinable artificial note. The roasted barley from the aroma is almost completely lost in the taste and makes a half hearted appearance very late in the finish. Light+ bodied with low carbonation and a slight sweet-slickness. When viewed critically I didn't really love this beer, it isn't terrible but is hoping to be average. When I had a single can of this last weekend I enjoyed it far me. It has enough flavor to absentmindedly drink but doesn't really have enough going on to be the focus of your attention.

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Photo of drstalker
3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Satorn
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmcbeerington
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -10.4%
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 godawgs
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mooseisloose
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
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 +15.5%
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 +1.2%
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 Bammer21
2.14/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of ab39z
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not as mediocre a stout as its rating's average.
I thought it went well with chocolate pie... but I wouldn't drink it by itself. Needs complexity.

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Photo of mrcraft
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Malacant
3.07/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not great, but didn't expect much for the price.

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Photo of ColSanders123
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of token_23223
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of williahd
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of evanwoertz
4.43/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ikidunot
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaketaz
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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 +19%
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 jkonte
4.33/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sheena1892
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Boatswain Chocolate Stout from Rhinelander Brewing Company
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