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Boatswain Chocolate Stout | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Boatswain Chocolate StoutBoatswain Chocolate Stout

Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
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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Reviews: 117 | Ratings: 411
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 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 yesyouam
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boatswain Chocolate Stout is a black ale with a slightly reddish cast. The smooth, dense, brown head has decent retention. It has a roasted aroma with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and toffee. It feels smooth and full bodied with a clean, dry finish. A little grit is left on the teeth. There's a hint of sweetness, but it's dry overall. The chocolate flavor is very dark and pretty subtle. There's a bit of caramel going on mid-taste. The chocolate is probably most prominent in the dusty aftertaste. The bitterness is very subdued and is just enough to balance things out. This is a very solid, drinkable and enjoyable stout.Boatswain Chocolate Stout is a black ale with a slightly reddish cast. The smooth, dense, brown head has decent retention. It has a roasted aroma with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and toffee. It feels smooth and full bodied with a clean, dry finish. A little grit is left on the teeth. There's a hint of sweetness, but it's dry overall. The chocolate flavor is very dark and pretty subtle. There's a bit of caramel going on mid-taste. The chocolate is probably most prominent in the dusty aftertaste. The bitterness is very subdued and is just enough to balance things out. This is a very solid, drinkable and enjoyable stout.

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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 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 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 TwelveOunces
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip

A- Pours surprisingly black. A small off brown colored head with little retention.

S- Big chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. A bit of caramel and on the sweet side. A roasted coffee forward flavor. A nice smelling brew.

T- A bitter sweetness up front. A roasted malt takes over and a nice addition of coffee as well. The cocoa isnt very sharp in this beer but does provide a solid base to the beer and adds a lot to the brew overall. Its fairly bitter/sweet and is fairly well balanced.

M- A bit light on feel. A sweeter beer. I think there may be lactose sugar.

O- Don't expect a lot from this beer but I got a bottle for $2.50 which is unbeatable.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark purple brown with a large tan head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: malty, chocolate, cocoa, bready, dark toasty malt

T: bitter up front, slight hints of cocoa in the middle, sweetens only slightly, finish is light one dimensional hop bitterness, malt profile lacks depth

M: slightly slick

O: decent cheap brew from Trader Joe's

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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 brureview
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For the money, it's a decent beer($2 and change).

Dark coffee color, 1 finger head. Mild chocolate smell. Mouth feel is quite smooth. The taste is a bit disappointing. Too
much coffee- burnt dark roast . Perhaps stale dark roasted coffee. The coffee taste should be mellowed. A bit of lemon also in the finish.

The beer is better above 50. The coffee taste mellows and there is more lemon.
Nevertheless, a good beer-decent and worth drinking with dinner or when you are not on the mood for a special tasting beer.

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Photo of scratch69
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Almost black color with a finger and a half worth of lingering tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Faint aroma of dark roasted malt and chocolate.

Taste- Dark roasted malt flavor with dark chocolate notes and a cocoa aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- On the heavy side of medium bodied and smooth with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- This is not a mind blowing stout but it is a good one especially for the price ($2.50 a bottle).

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A chilled 22 oz bottle is split between two tulip glasses.

This is an opaque dark brown beer with a nice brown foam head. The head only began to rise up once I started to pour the beer vigorously. It has lasted a long time. Once it finally began to settle, it leaves behind good lacing. Some clinging carbonation was visible initially, but the beer is too dark to make out any rising bubbles.

I can smell a good portion of toasted malt and some chocolate, but not as much s I thought I would.

The flavor also doesn't have as much chocolate as I hoped there would be. I can taste a lot of crystal malts. There is a little bit of toast, but not as much as you often find in beers this dark. Chocolate sweetness can be tasted as I swallow.

The beer isn't as thick as I thought it would be. It's certainly a heavy beer, but it doesn't have the same body as a really exceptional stout. Carbonation is average. A sticky coat is left behind.

This stout won't blow you away by any means, but for a sub $3 bomber of stout it's pretty good.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1.5" mocha head with average life. The body is deep dark as coffee. Smell is milder than I expected and with roasted malt but not really any chocolate. Then the taste was the opposite with a good amount of dark chocolate but not really any coffee or roasted malt coming forward. Medium body and medium finish. I still fully enjoyed it, and it was ultracheap at Trader Joe's.

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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 Mosstrooper
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Opaque black with a small brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a thick, foamy ring of lace.

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and a slight hint of grassiness.

Taste: Begins with sweet chocolate, which rounds out to more of a dark chcocolate/coffee bitterness before finishing with more sweet chocolate with a faint hop bitterness that balances everything out.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with balanced carbonation and a watery finish that gets a bit stickier as more sips are taken. Not bad at all, but something might be missing in this category.

Overall: The best of the three Boatswain beers I had. Not outstanding, but a solid all-around stout and well worth a drink, especially for $1.99. This would be a great go-to beer when on a budget.

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Photo of hreb
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Cold 22 poured in pint glass. Beer is thick, almost syrupy, and opaque brown, with a fat head of a somewhat paler brown. Nice to look at, though the aroma is only faintly of chocolate and somewhat off-puttingly bitter.

Flavor is chocolate stout right up the middle. Not too sweet, but a distinct chocolate note comes through the body of the stout, though it doesn't dominate. The label claims 66 IBUs, but given how neutral this beer is I suspect there's a lot more sugar in here than I'm tasting. It's really quite balanced. The mouthfeel is a little bit lighter than I'd want in a chocolate stout. And while there's nothing really standing about this beer, the value is fantastic.

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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 Apellonious
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle, no apparent dating, poured in a tulip glass.

A - Dark black with brown highlights, a one finger tan head that moves to a thin lace.

S - Chocolate nibs (yep, said nibs), some dark fruit, coffee/nut notes, cocoa.

T - Some chocolate, cocoa, almond, and some unsettling smoke/ash on the finish, which ends up dominating the taste

M - Thin in the beginning, and it maintains its thinness as it warms. The carbonation level is moderate, trending to low.

O - Gave it a chance, but it wasn't happening. The chocolate fades fast, and you are left with smoke/ash.

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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 BierJager89
4.14/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a mocha head.

S: Vanilla, chocolate and dark roast coffee in the nose. Smells delicious.

T: Begins with tropical fruit, peach and orange, followed by medium and dark roast coffee and dark chocolate.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Definitely recommended if you like a good chocolate stout. Well worth a try.

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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 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 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 TruePerception
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Trader Joe's Boatswain Chocolate Stout, brewed with cocoa powder. 5.4% ABV.

A: Light brown head. Utterly black, with very dark brown in the dimple, and the slightest golden brown glow underneath

S: Very dark powdered cocoa, bordering on coffee. Toasted almond? Not sure on that one.

T/MF: Very dark chocolate, with a hint of coffee.

Nothing special. Solid enough, though. Especially given the price.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Boatswain Chocolate Stout from Minhas Craft Brewery
3.37 out of 5 based on 411 ratings.
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