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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swanmann (736) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 23, 2012
A 22 oz bottle yielded a very dark brown brew with ample, pillowy, well-sustained tan head. It smells of cocoa and some coffee. The flavor is a little sour, like a brown ale, with cocoa and coffee bitterness riding high. The palate is soft, even if a bit thin. It finishes rather quickly, crisp, with a light powdery touch. Not a bad bomber, very approachable chocolate stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lemke10 (971) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2012
I got a 22oz bottle of this from Woodman’s in Janesville, WI for $2.59 in early 2012. According to the current ratebeer score, this is the best beer currently being made at Minhas and I would agree. Most of their beers are average at best, but this has some good flavor to it. Pours a dark brown color with a light brown head. There is a mild scent of robust malts. Flavor is rich cocoa mixed with other robust flavors and sweet caramel malts. Surprisingly decent taste with decent lacing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beaz1591 (238) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 15, 2012
Got from Trader Joes under a different name. A pretty tasty chocolate stout that was a very reasonable price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3880) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2012
22oz bottle 7/10/12 (Trader Joe’s Naperville as Boatswain Chocolate Stout)-42° in English Pint-Pours black with a two finger brown head. Aroma of chocolate, sweetness, and slight coffee. Taste of the same with a bit of a bitterness on the back end with some more chocolate. This medium bodied brew is not too bad as I was expecting worse from this brand.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
novajeepfreak (1) - Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2012 does not count
I had this as a "Boatswain Chocolate Stout".....Aroma is chocolaty/coffee, not much head but that’s fine. I love dark beers so that’s the reason for my high appearance number. Black in color, head is caramel in color. Taste is sweet, I’d say medium. Light bitter finish. The body is medium with creamy texture, I would say average on the carbonation with a slightly bitter but not bad finish. I really enjoyed this beer. I got it a Trader Joe’s, price was right and I love dark beers so figured what the heck....I’ll be getting what they have in stock....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
seymour (1897) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Purchased at Trader Joe’s as "Boatswain Chocolate Stout." It poured an opaque dark brown color with creamy beige foam, somewhat lasting with nice lace. Aromas and flavors were true-to-style dry stout, very dry, with nice combination of tart hops and roasted grain bitterness plus actual cocoa reminiscent of Nestle Quik powder, complete with the same kind of oxidation. Medium body and carbonation, lasting toasty and roasty aftertaste. Rough around the edges, but nonetheless tasty. There are many superior chocolate stouts available, but none this cheap. This one is by far the best in the otherwise lame "Boatswain" lineup.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sulawang (1053) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2012
pours coffee black with minimal head, micro CO2, few barely visible CO2 streams. A bit of coffee on the nose but not much else. Soft sweetness (4/10), silky-creamy-fizzy mouthfeel, tastes of light dessert chocolate, mild coffee, and a long lingering gentle bitter (2/10) coffee finish in the mouth and throat. Low-medium complexity, low-medium depth, good transitions, okay carry, decent drinkability. I like this because it’s not super-aggressive in chocolate flavouring or stoutiness - everything is subtle and the balance is there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1962) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Bomber bought at trader Joe’s under the name Boatswain Chocolate Stout. Pours dark brown, opaque with a fine head of off white small bubbles. Nose is a nice milk chocolate powder slightly sweet. Taste is dry cocoa and dark roasty chocolate goodness. Medium body. good cocoa bitters. finishes just a tad bitter. A nice chocolate stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 22, 2012
Bottle at Calgary facility. Dark and sweet. Probably their most drinkable beer. Hops do not come out as strong as advertised but easily drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Not bad for the price, but that doesn’t mean it’s good. So, it’s just all right but worth a try at $2/bomber.

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