Boatswain Chocolate Stout | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States | website

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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411
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
29.97%
 
 
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Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 411
Photo of BucannonXC5
2.36/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: April 4, 2013
Consumed: April 6, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a pitch black color with 1-2 fingers of brown head. Light foamy, foggy lacing on the sides. Good retention all the way down.

Smelled dark cocoa, coffee beans, butter and smoky firewood, almost an ashtray.

Got a sharp taste of extremely bitter coffee notes right away. That bitterness lingered on the tongue for quite some time. Still dark cocoa and that smoky fire and ashtray.

Full-to-medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average-to-lively (above average) carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

A bit too smoky, but it was actually better than I thought it would be. And for $1.99 what more can I ask for?

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Photo of DmanGTR
2.4/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

22oz bottle from Trader Joe's. $2.29, haven't seen a bottle of craft beer so cheap so I figured why not?

Poured very dark, nearly black, with deep garnet hues in the light. Tan bubbly head that remained as a thin cap. Looks decent so far. The aromas are very one dimensional. Reminds me of a biscuit with honey on top getting toasted, with aromas of coffee and cocoa, but a fake, extract-like chocolate. Also, I'm getting a LOT of metallic aromas here, rather off putting. Actually, it is quite off putting. A big bit of booziness despite the lower abv. There is a strange sourness that just doesn't belong here. The flavor starts sweet with malt and chocolate but the sourness creeps up again along with the metallic flavor and kind of ruins it for me. The body is thin and very carbonated. Overall, this beer is plain disappointing. I added a bit of bourbon to see if it makes it any more drinkable but unfortunately, I wasted a couple teaspoons of bourbon. Ended up drain pouring it.

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Photo of gobseulmuhri
2.41/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

picked this one up at TJ's for 2.29. it comes in a bomber like their other TJ's offerings. got pretty excited as i'm a big fan of chocolate stouts in general.

poured an opaque, dark black with a tan half finger head. little retention and minimal lacing.

the nose is muted but i got hints of malt, slight bit of something medicinal, a bit of chocolate milk mix powder gone bad. not a fan.

taste is malty, hints of dark chocolate, with a somewhat pungent hop finish.

mouthfeel is thin with a fair amount of carbonation.

i'm overall pretty disappointed in this beer. granted it was $2.29, but it's nothing close to a decent stout.

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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 travolta
2.63/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

App: I gave this one a vigorous pour. Foamy head with decent retention and lacing.

Nose: Dark, roasted malt, slight hops clarity in the middle, perhaps some vanilla at the end.

Taste: Bitter and toasty with and chalky finish.

Notes: I did not get any chocolate out of this. Great value and true to the style, so i didn't kill it on the rating. It is, to me, entirely average.

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Photo of MadScientist
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
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 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 Gryphon69
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

1pint bottle

A- Black, no light comeing thru this one. 2 finger high head that is light coco in color, very creamy in appearance. Nice lacing up the sides as the head falls, there is visable lacing on the inside of the bottle, nice.

S- Malty, cocoa, bready, some slight sweetness from the bottle, more sweet coming from the glass.

T- Slightly sweet up front, then gets kinda...bland. Having a hard time tasting the malts and cocoa that is present from the bottle, slight metallic aftertaste.

M- Not quite medium, a soft slick feeling, its ok.

O- Looks good, smells decent from the bottle, not a fan of the flavor as it gets bunched up into nothing, was really hard for me to pick out the flavors that I smelled. Glad I did not pay much for this one, wont be getting it again.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Poured with half a finger khaki head, no retention. Some floater bubbles on top. Dark brown, almost black color. Some watery, minimal lacing.

S- Chocolate and dark malts. Very subtle.

T- Roasted malts, some tangy hops and chocolate flavor. Average.

M- Thin bodied for the style, but some carbonation gives it texture. Finishes somewhat dry.

O- For two dollars? This beer is a winner. Otherwise? Average at best.

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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 1Adam12
2.86/5  rDev -15.1%
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 JMB
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - dark and thick, what one would expect from a dark stout, head is generous and creamy when poured, dissipates into a minimal ring

S - alcohol prominent with roast and chocolate overtones

T - strong taste - with the alcohol and toast overwhelming the mouth - not subtle or integrated - toasty flavor is more on the burnt side

M - low carbonation - dry in your mouth

Comments: an average stout, slightly too toasty and dry for me, can taste the chocolate and sugar, but it is too subtle and overwhelmed by the roast

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

A $2 chocolate stout? Long live Trader Joe's of Williamsburg, Virginia! 22 oz bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass.

A: Pours a surprisingly thick looking dark burgundy color with faint hints of light coming through. The head is a rather fizzy one finger tan color with low retention and underwhelming texture. Very little lacing.

S: Actually fairly solid. It has a nice roasted malt and coffee profile, but only a hint of chocolate. I didn't expect Choklat (at all), so it's not really disappointing.

T: It doesn't have a huge chocolate presence...rather, it's strong with coffee and roast. Light fruity tones also exist on the back end, with some light hoppiness. You can kind of tell that the brewers cut corners here and there - it has a bit of an unrefined macro lager-esque grain profile, only roasted - but this isn't nasty or undrinkable. I could see myself easily finishing the bomber, and I think I will.

M: Thin bodied and a little watery, with a bone dry finish and moderately strong carbonation. I hate to use the "it drinks like a porter" spiel...but it drinks like a porter. At least its very drinkable.

O: Not bad at all! If this were a $7 bomber, I'd kvetch and whine about this being a failure of a chocolate stout, but considering it was $2, I'd say this is a shockingly decent dark beer.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
2.97/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this American Chocolate Stout from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a dark black color produced an average tan head, below average retention and it left some lacing on the glass. The aroma of this ale consists of roasted grain, chocolate and coffee. Medium bodied, a foundation of roasted grain, chocolate and coffee. Overall, decent beer- to thin for my liking- Better Chocolate Stout's out there.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
2.97/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Guinness glass.

Appearance: Opaque black, modest light brown head.

Smell: The bottle smells kind of like an oatmeal stout with some cocoa. The glass seems to bring out some citrusy hops, as well. Bittersweet malt underneath. Smells like it's got more of a "brown" than "black" flavor profile.

Taste: The hints of cocoa powder are in there. The body of the beer is fairly weak -- keeps with the "brown" rather than "black" profile, kinda like a traditional porter. Underwhelming and kinda boring. A bit of hop acid around the edges.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full. Standard carb. Sugary.

Overall: Nothing special. Much cheaper than a chocolate stout from Rogue, but not nearly as enjoyable.

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Photo of Nugganooch
2.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Trader Joe’s purchase
*Bomber to pint nonic

Brewed with Coco powder

A: Pours pitch black with a slight garnet hue during the fill. Yields one finger of turbinado sugar colored head. Low retention and just some splashes of lace upon the glass.

S: Smells of roasted barley mostly. Very similar to your standard Guinness. Has that dry roast earthiness. No real chocolate aroma in the nose though.

T: Tastes of dark roasted grains. Some smoky dry roast coffee notes. Not a whole lot of chocolate in flavor either. Dry and earthy with a bitter acridness. Slight metallic tinge. Not really chocolate at all actually. A bit disappointing.

M: MF is rather thin but with a nice creamy texture. Real smooth overall. Medium-light body. Slight higher carbonation levels. A bit frothy with a drying finish.

D: Missing the chocolate which was a bit of a letdown for me.
Overall a decent American Stout with some dark roast flavors but probably not one I will be revisiting anytime soon.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
2.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought at Trader Joe's with a couple other Boatswain bombers. At 2.29 a piece I thought I'd found a steal, now I'm not so sure. Bomber gets split between a traditional pub pint and a snifter. Two fingers of fizzy, active mocha head that quickly folds back into the brew. Some sticky lacing. Tons of carbonation, a ridiculous amount, looks like pop rather than beer.

Smells like booze, some bitter chocolate, Nestle Quik powder mix, and a twinge of regret. Stouts are some of my favorites, so I tend to give them a little more benefit of the doubt. Not this one, not right now.

Mouthfeel is thin, watery. There's a taste of bitter coffee and booze, and not much else. I wanna like it, for 2.29 I really wanna like it. But it's not happening.

It's not offensive, it's just bleh. And that's a terrible thing for a stout to be. This is a stout for people who want to drink something brown, drink a lot of it, and drink it quick. I can't fault it too much because, y'know, 2.29. For a bomber.

Long story short: Inoffensive and cheap stout-like beverage.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black; huge, frothy light brown head

Aroma: Roasted grains; coffee; slight chocolate

Taste: Light chocolate on start with quick turn to roasted grains; smoky profile in the mid; thin throughout; finishes slightly bitter and semi-sweet; interesting, but not impressive

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of TheStig
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another two-buck special from Trader Joe's.

Poured an intense, tarry black with a faint hint of brown. A two finger, brown and creamy head with no lacing foamed up.

On the nose, the first scent to bubble up was dark chocolate, slight bitter malts and a hint of caramel.

Smoky, savory tastes are predominant. Very little sweetness and a light acidity. This isn't entirely what I'd expect from a stout, let alone a chocolate stout, but it's not unpleasant. Mouthfeel is very creamy.

Not bad for two bucks, but then again, it's not something I'd go out of my way to obtain again.

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Photo of avwrite
3.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark smoky color. Bit high on the froth, which comes out to a chocolate cream color.

S - Light smell, kind of bland. Can't really smell the sharp chocolate flavor.

T - No distinct flavor. No spices or chocolate taste.

M - Goes down smooth, and has a slight flavor that lingers.

O - Nothing that stands out. Light flavor and light feel.

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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 hophugger
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep chocolate brown with decent head and ok lacing. Smell is of a bit of chocolate. Taste has a touch of chocolate but the malt presence is way too high and renders this beer to the bottom of its style....

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Photo of DJW
3.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Read all of the other reviews while settling down to a glass. I tried it on the warmer side (ie only slightly chilled), as that's how I've preferred stouts while living in Ireland. With that said...

Appearance: generous dark tan head, vigorous pour not needed, settled down to 1/4" head and good lacing as we progressed. Opaque very dark brown.

Nose: dark roasted malts/barley. milder than expected

Taste: like a stout. nothing inspired, but nothing wrong either. the dark char of the grains was there, I guess I could say reminiscent of a french-roast coffee served black, but that's about it. any chocolate came through as I progressed through the bottle, not within the 1st glass, so very light in my opinion. slight bitterness on finish, but not of the hoppy variety (chew on some patent roasted malt and you'll get what I'm saying).

Mouthfeel: med-light, which suits me fine (preference towards mulitiple pints of this type of stout, rather than a thicker, higher abv version). Carbonation balanced for this lighter style (though again, had it only slightly chilled)

In conclusion: Alright. Not regretting the purchase, and thinking it would be a heck of a lot better than the Guinness/Murphy's cans floating around for St Patty's day. But I won't be calling my friends to recommend it either. For 1.99 a 22oz I'd have hard time making this beer! Good effort at that price point. Will try it chilled tomorrow.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark brown coloring, thin in appearance, with a ring of light tan film around the surface. Aromas of bittersweet cocoa powder on a rich, roasted backbone. The nose is a bit one-dimensional. Flavors are thin and smooth, with a touch of roast and smoke on the bittersweet chocolate backbone. Slick and light in mouth, the beer has a roasted coffee and mocha aftertaste. Rich, bitter finish...not bad, but lackluster.

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Boatswain Chocolate Stout from Minhas Craft Brewery
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