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RATINGS: 304   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   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 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 (1000) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - APR 26, 2013
Marketed as Boatswain for Trader Joes. 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 Joes, 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 (1163) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2013
Type: 22-oz. bomber Glass: Manzanita pint glass From: Trader Joes 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?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (7123) - Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1945) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2013
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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thornecb (5017) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2013
Pours deep brown into a snifter. Mocha head with little retention recedes to skim surface leaving scant spiders. Sour chocolate aromas. Dry with sour citrus and chocolate upfront turning to sour espresso and smoke in the lasting finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jrodooo5 (1341) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Pours dark chocolate w/ a nice mocha head that leaves no lacing. The aroma is a little light for a stout which is fitting because if there was such a thing as a light stout, this would b it. Its highly drinkable & has some nice subtle chocolate flavor. Pretty tasty & not bad overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5685) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 31, 2013
As "Boatswain Chocolate stout". Black, big tan head. Smells chocolatey, toasty, and a hint of coffee. Taste is chocolatey, as well, but something seems a bit...off, somehow. odd medicinal or even boozy note. Not terrible, but not as good as it could be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (3593) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle. Chocolate syrup, mocha, and smoky aroma. Black brown with a small tan head. Chocolate, roasty malt, and slightly smoky flavor. Light body, soft carbonation.

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