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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3342) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2012
This one was monikered Boatswain Chocolate Stout. It starts with a dark brown, veering to black, body characterized by cola carbonation and a poofy, airy chocolate head. Milk chocolate cocoa nose. The body is dryish and speckled with coffee grainyness with some smidges of chocolate elbowing their way to the table. The flavor is considerably rougher than the aroma indicates. After further aeration, the roughness melts away a bit to allow puffs a cocoa puffs to seep through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (3326) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 11, 2012
Iím not really sure why people are hating on this beer so much. For $2 a bomber, I think its a pretty good value. It pours dark brown with a nice brown head. The aroma is pretty simple with some milk chocolate and toast. Not bad. The flavor is the same with some hard roasted malt and surprising bitterness in the finish. A bit harsh on the palate, but the flavors are pretty decent. Lots of chocolate, toast, earth and roasted malt. Iíd buy it again at this price.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
garth_86 (225) - EDMONTON, Alberta, CANADA - APR 8, 2012
Not a great chocolate stout. Chocolate did not come through very much almost a fake smell and flavor. (For a Chocolate stout) not a bad beer for the $2.99 for 650ml

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2012
Pours dense black with light notes of sweet chocolate. A very carbonated palate that shows lw points of grain but a deep blast of chocolate syrup. Quick sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brigadier (3015) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2012
650 ml bottle
At $2.99 a bomber this was a low risk beer to try. It was not that great either but considering the price point it did manage to exceed my expectations. Maybe at some point when the budget runs low I will try the others. For now though I am content to continue to burn through a large backlog and visit brewpubs.

Aroma / Appearance - Oily brown the color of brackish water this pours relatively fluid for a stout. A sandy head is the color of powered hot chocolate. Plums, hot chocolate, and blackberry jam on white toast perk up the senses although the combination is mild for a stout.

Flavor / Palate - Watery and overcarbonated it is obvious that the appearance is better than the experience. An ephemeral bitterness teases the throat like Hersheyís kisses. Like chocolate infused flat cola it is sweet and drinkable without being interesting. The only reason to pick this up is if you are on a tight budget and want something better than macro beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Aubrey (3442) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Boatswain Chocolate Stout bottle: Aroma and flavor up front isnít so bad, but itís fleeting and it quickly goes downhill from there. For one, itís loaded with plastic-like, synthetic-tasting flavors. Chocolate note tasted like it was from an extract, even though it says its brewed with cocoa powder. And for two, it was far too sweet and cloying. Sadly, it this one was a drain pour for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
twindadplus2 (593) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2012
deep black color with a decent tan head. Light aroma of roasted grain and dark malt sweetness. Flavor is very dark roasted malt and a bit of cocoa. On the full side of medium bodied, the finish is dark, almost burnt malt and a residual sour bitterness. A bit one dimensional and it wonít win any awards but the price is right and itís a good hit of roasted malt so you could do worse.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Not good. This was a drain pour. Thin, watery, weak, bland. Nothing really happening with this beer. Very disappointing. Not good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arkurzynski (1543) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Heidel House Brewfest. Deep brown/black. Aroma of lightly roasted malts, cocoa, some dark fruit. Solid cocoa powder/bakers chocolate with some roast. Residual unsweetened chocolate. All-in-all, not that bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11257) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Bomber from Fresh & Easy in Vacaville, CA . Pours very dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma is primarily cocoa, but thereís a hint of burnt malt. Full bodied. Flavor is largely cocoa, but thereís an ashy burnt malt accompaniment which is fairly smooth. Quite drinkable.
Earlier Rating: 12/13/2011 Total Score: 3.4
Bomber from the Trade Joes in Davis, CA as Boatswain Chocolate Stout. Pours very dark brown with a 3 finger creamy tan head. Aroma is primarily cocoa, but thereís a hint of burnt malt. Full bodied. Flavor is largely cocoa, but thereís an ashy burnt malt accompaniment which is fairly smooth. Quite drinkable.

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