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RATINGS: 310   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
This beer pours a dark brown with a moderate tan head and smell of toasted coffee and light cocoa. It has a pronounced roasted coffee flavour with slightly sweet cocoa notes concluding with a subtle, well balanced, hop bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oscbert (1253) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 4, 2013
~Strong Milk chocolate aroma with carmel and bread. ~Pours black with quickly disappearing brown head ~Rich bready malt flavor with chocolate and light carmel throughout with roast and a sharp lasting bitterness. ~Medium bodied, medium high CO2, Roasty bitter finish. ~Good beer, really enjoyed the aroma. Could drink a few of these. The bottle I got I think was old as I got some papery notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (2069) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2013
22oz bottle labeled as Boatswain Chocolate Stout. First thing I need to make clear is that this only cost $2.29 at Trader Joe’s. While this might not be any thing spectacular it is only $2.29 for a large bottle. This is a decent chocolate stout, easy drinking, nothing over the top with alcohol levels and, did I mention the price? This stuff is only $2.29 at TJs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hammy78 (961) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2013
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jkwood04 (5294) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 6, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GIJOE (1089) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - APR 26, 2013
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tympanic (168) - New York, New York, USA - APR 13, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BucannonXC5 (1436) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2013
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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