GarrettB (1365) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
January 2nd, 2014 - Excepting the luxurious and decadent dip into the beer cellar for New Year’s Eve, this is the first beer review of the year, starting off with a deep, chocolatey and time honored beer. The Shake, I think, is a staple of Boulder Beer’s repertoire, Dark like chocolate, and smells like chocolate, and tastes like chocolate. Well, not quite. It’s all like chocolate malt, which is far better than straight up chocolate. More of a malt than a shake, and to my senses, everything Young’s Double Chocolate Stout should have been.
RafeAU (629) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2015 Bottle in LA. Slightly sweet porter base, chocolate with very little roastiness. Lactose? A hint of nut essence or something? Pleasant easy drinking sweet porter. Upping my rating on second bottle. Great chocolate beer at sessionable ABV.
HenrikSoegaard (12653) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and light hoppy aroma. Smoke and coffee notes along with too strong chocolate. Moderate bitter harsh chocolate flavor. Average verage not pleasent chocolate finish. Oily palate. Not good.
smaynard6000 (921) - Apopka, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma of chocolate malts and chocolate. Smooth texture with plenty of chocolate flavor. Tasty.
monk191 (1600) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good chocolate porter, like a chocolate milk shake. Pours a deep black with a brown head. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, s'mores. Taste is super creamy, with lots of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and cream. Had in the bottle.
Augdraught1981 (258) - Harlem, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious chocolate aroma on this one, even if it is coming mainly from the additives rather than the malt. Deep, deep semi-sweet chocolate flavors with just enough bitterness to balance it out nicely. Ends with a great, soft & almost slightly sour milk chocolate aftertaste. Very nice.
argo0 (12818) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Medium beige body atop clear dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, faint roast. Taste is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, light chocolate syrup, faint roast/earthy. Smooth light-medium body.
BeerInHeaven (347) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma is nestle quick. creamy mouth feel. Rich chocolate taste with a hint of bitter black coffee. semi sweet chocolate linger on the finish. Good porter.
woodychevy (799) - - NOV 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle. Really good. Dark chocolate notes from start to finish. Great mouthfeel and solid body for a porter. Not overly complex but it what it claims to be so full marks for honesty.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with dark mahogany edges and a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Smokey aroma with a nice balance of robust roast and sweeter, dessert-like dark malt character. Very roasty at first with hints of burnt malt, espresso bean, charcoal, liquid smoke, dark chocolate and oatmeal. This is countered by sweeter dark malt notes and a prominent silky chocolate presence. Hints of baker’s chocolate, toffee, caramel and flour less chocolate cake. A little heavy on the roast but not acrid at all with a decent amount of sweetness for balance.
On the lighter end of medium body with very strong roasted dark malt flavor that overpowers the sweeter chocolate malt flavors. Not as well balanced as the nose suggests with a much stronger, slightly acrid burnt malt presence that lingers over the sweeter notes into a very dry finish. Smokey with hints of ash, burnt toast and charred wood along with bittersweet dark chocolate, oatmeal and spent coffee grinds. There’s some lighter malt sweetness toward the end of the palate with hints of milk chocolate, hazelnut and caramel but everything us overwhelmed by the heavy roast. The light mouthfeel and subtle sweetness help drinkability but thus beer is too one dimensional and overly roasted for my preference.