Boatswain Chocolate Stout | Rhinelander Brewing Company

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Boatswain Chocolate StoutBoatswain Chocolate Stout

Brewed by:
Rhinelander Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

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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Ratings: 455 |  Reviews: 126
Reviews by jawlessbody:
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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Photo of bluehende
3.79/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not bad at all for the pricepoint. 2.29 a bomber. Mine was brewed by Rhinelander. The coffee was very prominent with a very smooth roasty bitterness behind it. I actually enjoyed this.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +20.8%
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 MadScientist
2.68/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Jet black with a creamy, medium-tan head that settles into a ring after about 30 seconds.

S: Moderate aromas of coffee, cocoa, roasted grains and little else. No hops, faint alcohol.

T: Roasty with some of that dark grain bitterness and a husky malt flavor. There is a moderate hops bitterness as well with little flavor hops. There isn't any malt sweetness giving a bitter balance to the beer. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is of a lingering biterness and dark roasted grains.

M: It comes across kind of thin with medium bodied with a moderately-strong carbonation.

O: An average American Stout without much character.

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Photo of Xamonline
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of gregmoscetti
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of DuckDodgers
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of degueulasse
3.01/5  rDev -9.1%
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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3.26/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of G_Shoe
3.37/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of reitzbrewing
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of 1Adam12
2.86/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought this today at trader joe's. 1.99 for a bomber. Pours black, but looks over carbonated. Smells, um...a bit dirty actually. Slight malt, maybe the faintest bit of chocolate, earthy. Just smells weak. Taste is actually not terrible. Very thin mouthfeel, but the taste could be good for the right hot day. Small chocolate taste, malty, burnt flavors. However, the finish has this...blood taste to it. Not huge on the blood, but the rest isn't bad, especially for 2 bucks. Might by this again...but might not.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.14/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Thanks for opening this with, Chris!

A dark brown body with no clarity. Minimal light brown head without a lot of visible carbonation. This leaves the glass oily without any real cling.

The aroma is a pleasant enough combination of roasted malt, slight coffee, and cocoa powder.

A very average, unexciting flavor. The roast, chocolate, and coffee elements are present, but are all faraway. There's also a chalk-like chocolate presence that takes away from the overall enjoyment.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Simply average.

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Photo of dmk91
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle with a Boatswain label from TJ’s served in a De Koninck snifter at about 55F.
Pours a very dark brown, clear but looks black in the glass excepting the brown edges. The dark tan head has decent retention and the glass is nicely coated with lacing after each tip. Plenty of dark and medium chocolate in both the aroma and the flavor [near 4]. Excellent sweet/bitter balance, if a tad more hoppy and bitter than usual for a chocolate stout. A hint of licorice lingers into the slightly smoky aftertaste. Creamy smooth medium-full body with excellent carbonation.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big light brown head takes its time falling into a nice lacing above a clear really dark brown to black colored stout.

Dark roasted malts with some chocolate and coffee, and it seems to almost have the added aroma fresh mashed barley malt.

Coffee and light chocolate within a dark roasted malt grains taste.

A dryish aftertaste without much of the darker roasted grains hanging around on this medium to full bodied beer.

An alright stout, the aroma seems to be better than the taste, but still very drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of bottmfeedr
3.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RBM
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of BrewMaven
3.19/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

For $2.29 at Trader Joe's, it's a must try...Unfortunately, you get what you pay for.

Looks good..But taste and aroma are quite lacking. And without a payoff kick, it's not so stout.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.39/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a near black deep, rich brown. The head is tan and a good finger width before dissipating into a sticky lacing.

Smell - I'm picking up faint traces of roasted chocolate malt, cocoa and a touch of coffee, and that's about it. Not a whole lot going on here.

Taste - More roasty chocolate cocoa and coffee. The layers are fairly simple, but work well enough.

Mouthfeel - Fairly light body for a stout, but the carbonation is right on target.

Overall - Very similar to the Bison Organic Chocolate Stout in many ways, but I'm digging this a lot more.

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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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Boatswain Chocolate Stout from Rhinelander Brewing Company
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