gripweed57 (1346) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 ounce bottle. Boatswain chocolate stout from Trader Joeís. Opague brown, black color topped by a thick, creamy tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate with subtle roasted, smoked almonds. Rich cappuccino malt flavor, sweet cocoa and dried fruit. Light bodied for a stout, creamy with very little carbonation. Some herbal hops in finish.
jjkuck10 (66) - , Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is dark brown with mild tan-brown head. Aroma is sweet coffee with smoky-barley flavor, mild chocolate notes. Taste is sweet, more syrup than expected, but has nice light bitter ending. Mild carbonation, slick somewhat oil like mouth feel overall. Good beer, one or two at a time max
heemer77 (5290) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 2, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber as Boatswain Chocolate Stout from Trader Joeís. The body was black with a medium tan slightly orange tinted head. The nose is milk chocolate with some light coffee. A tatse is light citrus and coffee is up front along with some molasses. There is also some canned peaches.
beerandfishin (9) - Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2012 does not count
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Trader Joes. Great beer!! Very malty aroma. Taste of malt and some chocolate. Mouthfeel was light and smooth. Overall very good. I will buy this again! Definately worth more than the $1.99 I paid for a 22oz bottle!
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badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Two aliases later I find the right page. Bottle. Black with a thin creamy yellowish tan head. Smells like cocoa powder and caramel with some floral vanilla notes. Tastes of cocoa powder caramel and candy sweet vanilla. A bit too sweet for me.
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A $2 chocolate stout? Long live Trader Joeís of Williamsburg, Virginia! 22 oz bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass.
A: Pours a surprisingly thick looking dark burgundy color with faint hints of light coming through. The head is a rather fizzy one finger tan color with low retention and underwhelming texture. Very little lacing.
S: Actually fairly solid. It has a nice roasted malt and coffee profile, but only a hint of chocolate. I didnít expect Choklat (at all), so itís not really disappointing.
T: It doesnít have a huge chocolate presence...rather, itís strong with coffee and roast. Light fruity tones also exist on the back end, with some light hoppiness. You can kind of tell that the brewers cut corners here and there - it has a bit of an unrefined macro lager-esque grain profile, only roasted - but this isnít nasty or undrinkable. I could see myself easily finishing the bomber, and I think I will.
M: Thin bodied and a little watery, with a bone dry finish and moderately strong carbonation. I hate to use the "it drinks like a porter" spiel...but it drinks like a porter. At least its very drinkable.
O: Not bad at all! If this were a $7 bomber, Iíd kvetch and whine about this being a failure of a chocolate stout, but considering it was $2, Iíd say this is a shockingly decent dark beer.
jtclockwork (14717) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to Matt. Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste of cocoa powder, toasted barley, lightly roasted coffee and toasted black malt. Cocoa seems a bit artificial. Lighter than average body. Very drinkable, just not much to it.
wlajwl (5677) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 20, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is roasted malts and fruit, not much chocolate in there. The flavor is fruit/berries, malts and a rather mild chocolate flavor. Not as much chocolate as expected, a relatively decent stout but not what it needs to be.
PapaSkeetSkeet (1007) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
purchased from Trader Joeís under the moniker Boatswain Chocolate Stout. 2$ for a 22; thatís enough to get me excited. If itís as good as their 2$ wine, then weíre in business (itís not quite that good, in my opinion.) Pours black with light warm brown head, thick and fizzy, reducing to an attractive film. Aroma is grass, sweet grain, light bbq/smokey wood and cocao. Has a refreshing after-rain smell that Iíve gotten in stouts before; Iím neutral on that smell. Body is a bit thin; carbonation is moderate and fairly coarse, still a bit blanket-like. Flavor has quite a bit of that woody, smoke/bbq. roast, caramel, and cocoa are all of less intensity, making the flavor profile seem a bit thin and weak. Maybe some grassy hops in there, and some strawberry (from the yeast?) Minimal bitterness; very watery aftertaste in light of this.
ChadPolenz (1676) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Extremely dark black body for the low weight. Forms a large, light brown foamy head which dissipates rather quickly but leaves minor lacing on the glass.
Smell: Mild nose with a very generic pub stout scent. No chocolate aroma, but a definite twangy/metallic scent.
Taste: I didnít think it was possible to screw up a chocolate stout, but apparently Trader Joeís contract brewed "Boatswain" line made by the Minhas Craft Brewery managed to do it. This is neither chocolaty nor stouty, but more like a failed homebrew experiment. Thatís not to say itís horrible or undrinkable, but well below average. Twangy, astringent, metallic flavors should not be found in this type of beer.
It begins rather mild with a typical pub-style stout or porter flavor. Itís actually closer to a dark mild rather than a stout since thereís little roasted malt flavor and definitely no chocolate. A hint of bitterness through the middle and a big finish of a sour, metallic, grainy taste akin to a malt liquor. The aftertaste is slightly dry, but thankfully mostly clean. I initially chalked these off-flavors up to the beer being too cold so I let it warm up but it actually got worse. In fact, the more I drank the less I liked it. In short, this is the worst chocolate stout Iíve ever had.
Drinkability: With a very thin, flat, watery mouthfeel and texture, Boatswain Chocolate Stout is at least easy to drink. It goes down very smooth which is pretty much the only positive feature of this brew. At 5.4% ABV I can see why the palate is rather weak. Drinking an entire bomber yourself wouldnít be impossible, but the objectionable palate makes it a challenge.