bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black. Pretty good sized dark brown head. Aroma is very similar to a dry stout aroma with some sour and roasted malty notes. Taste is pretty avg. Not much chocolate taste in my opinion. I would consider this more roasty than anything else. If you like drinking mild coffee, this would be more up your alley. Body for this one is off kilter for the style. Somewhat on the lighter side for a stout and more of a lively carbonation feel than what a stout should be, which I think adds to bitter roasty coffee flavors instead of more chocolate profile with flavors. Overall itís a cheap beer at Trader Joeís. I knew this was a Minhas Brewery beer (since it said "Monroe, WI" on the bottle. So I was wary...just wanted to give it a try since is said it was a Chocolate Stout and the price was only 2.99 for a 22oz. Wonít ever buy this one again...but it could have been much worse considering Iíve had some rough beers from Minhas in the past.
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked this up as Boatswains Chocolate Stout at Trader Joeís.
Black pour with a thick tan head.
Aroma of roast malt and cocoa powder.
The flavor is not overly sweet, well balanced with the roast malts. Coffee and cocoa notes.
Good body. A little on the high side carbonation wise, but not a real fault just noting it.
fallingleaves (32) - Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
while quite approachable their is very little in this beer that stands out. It pours an opaque black with a toasted tan head. A heavily roasted taste with a sweet finish to it, the chocolate taste does not really show itself, throughout drinking.
gramity (1573) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 29, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not a great chocolate stout. Chocolate did not come through very much almost a fake smell and flavor. Minhas should stick to horrible beer at good prices and leave the "craft" to those who care about it.
jsquire (3738) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark beer with ruby glints when held against the light. Brown ring of bubbles around the edge was the only head. Sweet molasses nose with some roasted grains. Sweet beer with some white sugar, molasses and roasted grain flavors and a very subtle cocoa powder chocolate in the finish. Not very interesting.
thedm (5136) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a opaque black colored body and a good lacing. The mild aroma was smoky and chocolate. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of smoky mild hops chocolate and dark malt. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.
v8powered (131) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 10, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured dark black with a light brown head. Initial taste of tobacco. Some light chocolate with very light hops. Not bad for $1.99 at Trader Joes. Only 5.4% abv. Initial taste is exactly what cigarette tobacco smells like.
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Travlr (15858) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 10, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle at Trader Joeís. very dark brown color, medium tan head. Aroma of burnt coffee and chocolate. Taste is sweet cocoa and coffee.
JDBaker11058 (1538) - Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: silky looking black pour with a medium tan head (required a very rough pour) and very little lacing. Aroma: chocolate blast in your face, followed by more subdued traditional stout roast, but thatís about it. Taste: bitter dark chocolate, some milk chocolate and malted milk balls, then a rather aggressive cocoa powder dryness. Finish: dry and slightly watery, with lingering cocoa powder flavors. Notes: Completely one-dimensional, but not terrible at all. I like chocolatey stouts. Could have used a thicker, creamier palate for sure.
CanIHave4Beers (3568) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brothers, rating number seven in my "Long Lost Notebook" series brings us to the Chocolate Bunny, a once elusive offering from Minhas Brewery.
The beer pours basically a black color with a very small head leaving some lacing on the glass.
The aroma is rich with lots of dark fruit and chocolate. The alcohol in the aroma is weird, but itís not awful or anything.
The flavor is smoky and bitter with some cocoa. The graininess is husky and the beer has a sort of raw malt quality to it. The beer is overly roasty.
Seems like if Minhas wants to do a gimmick beer they should make it taste more chocolaty, maybe even sweeten it. As it stands I donít know who the market is for this beer. I mean itís got a neat label, but itíll let down folks looking for a sweet chocolaty beer because itís over roasty and very bitter without much chocolate or cocoa flavor & it lets down folks who wouldnít mind a mildly chocolaty stout that is bitter and not sweet because itís just sort of off balance and weird.