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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (13595) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Bottle BWCS. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted malt and chocolate aroma. Medium chocolate sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a soft beer that just met my expectations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
viverlee (18) - - FEB 10, 2013

Always suspicious of BWBs. No, not BBWs, even if there is reason to be. BWBs – “brewed with” beers. The fruity, barely beer category is littered with these obvious offerings. And somewhere lurking behind there always seems to be some brew conglomerate doing it and doing it poorly. I’ve never heard of Rhinelander (or Minhas or whatever it used to be and can’t be bothered to explain on its website) but my local Trader Joe’s is full of em. And this isn’t so obvious, or poorly done.

STYLE: American Stout

ABV: 5.4%

LOOK: We’re not breaking any ground here. Dark but not oily with a brown-butter head.

NOSE: That delicate balance of sweet and bitter and tang. Chocolate cake, vanilla, subtle orange, medium roast coffee.

MOUTH: If it’s possible, almost too easy drinking. I want and indeed need a little bitter bite, preferably at the middle of the end. Just-warm coffee, wisp of smoke, chocolate. Not a game-changer, just solid.

Beeradvocate Rating: 76

ratebeer Rating: 58

Hayward Abbey Rating: 82

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wordsworth (147) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2013
UPDATED: APR 28, 2013 Pours black with a tan was that dissipates. Nice lacing but not sticky. Smells of cocoa and coffee. Tastes cocoa up front with strong roast, finished with tangy hops. Pretty good but I’ve had better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2961) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Trader Joes Boatswain Chocolate Stout. Looks very attractive, like an imperial stout. Nose is sweet, roasted and full of chocolate. Taste is woody, roasted, a bit of smoke, toasted malt and chocolate. Really good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
samsmith33 (772) - - FEB 4, 2013
Strong chocolate. Dark black pour. Tan head. Choc/coffee, alcohol flavor though not a strong beer, 5.4%. Finish is a bit like sweet red wine. Thin texture and bubbly. Alias-Trader joes: Boatswain Chocolate Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (11607) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Sample (as Boatswain Chocolate Stout) at the 5th Annual Coldest Day of the Year Stout Tasting on 01/26/2013: Dark brownish pour with a medium thin beige head that recedes quickly to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, malt and a bit of coffee. Light-bodied with a roasty character and flavors of chocolate malt and mild coffee. The finish is sweet with a short chocolate aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (5699) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Chocolate syrup, coffee, and raisin nose, moderately strong. Black, medium beige head, good lacing. Medium body, but watery. Chocolate covered raisin flavor. Finishes with smoke and ash.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFunGuy (875) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2013
This beer pours an amazingly rich deep black color with a chocolate milk colored head. It has a rich dark chocolate aroma. It has a slightly more bitter taste than most stouts but is still a good flavorful beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2013
22 oz Bottle. Pours opaque black/brown with a thin cocoa head. There is a touch of cocoa in the aroma, but more roasted coffee than anything. Same for the flavor. Good, but I was expecting better cocoa flavor and less coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Not a bad chocolate stout at all and for $2 I was very happy, smooth, dark, thick and tastey

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