Hammy78 (790) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black small tan head, some minor lace. Smells malty, but mostly like sweet chocolate. Tastes sweet and a little bitter, but mainly sweet malt.
jkwood04 (4244) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of a stout that has gone bad just before the addition of fake chocolate. Flavor the same with a weird bitterness at the end. Average texture. No thanks.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
shadey (1929) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Boatswain chocolate stout. 650ml bottle. I can smell the chocolate before even bringing the glass to my nose. Dark color. Aroma is roasty and dark chocolate. Almost a burnt flavor. Sharp carbonation.Different. Odd mix, but tastey.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle: pours a mostly opaque black with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Has a lightly sweet toasted caramel and cocoa nose. Starts with average fullness and light carbonation with mild caramel malty sweetness and a healthy dose of grassy bittering hops before a slightly sugary bittersweet finish. Could be a little more well-balanced and complex.
GIJOE (707) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Marketed as Boatswain for Trader Joe’s.
Strong cocoa nose that dominates, nearly masking the malt.
Sweet flavor - almost too sweet for me. It would be good with dessert.
Creamy mouth-feel. Mild carbonation.
Pretty standard chocolate stout. Nothing spectacular.
tympanic (168) - New York, New York, USA - APR 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
From Trader Joe’s, sold as Boatswain Chocolate Stout. Here in NYC, we have the excellent Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, which I consider the standard for the style. This brew comes nowhere near that standard in richness of flavor, alcohol content (I want more), or robustness of palate. The previous sentence is under review. It was $2.29.
BucannonXC5 (955) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2013
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: April 4, 2013
Consumed: April 6, 2013
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?
b3shine (5974) - Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber to oversized snifter (shared with the Mrs.; thanks jtclockwork). Looks solid; cola with a bit of beige head that quickly dissipates into lacing. Smells of dark malt, roast, and chocolate. Tastes like it smells, only better, with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Enjoyable.
Arayaga2 (1819) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque brown black with 1.5" of dimpled, light brown head. Aroma is cocoa and light malt. Taste is the same, but bordering on acrid, with a sharp bark component. Rather light overall. $2.20