esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with ruby lowlights and slowly dissipating brown head. Aroma of cocoa, chocolate, dark and roasted malts and slightly sour. Somewhat on the thinner side with chocolate, sugar, cocoa powder and roasted malt. A bit of a peppery bite with a sweet artificial chocolate finish. For two something, it’s not bad.
patrick767 (3918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle - Pours very dark brown with an aroma of roast malt and chocolate. The flavor has ample cocoa taste with good hops balance and a medium to full body. It’s not a great beer. For this type of beer I’d take a Young’s Double Chocolate first, but this beer is good and the best of the four Rhinelander beers I purchased.
bluejacket74 (1742) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The aroma is light, the beer smells like roasted and grainy malt, bittersweet chocolate and some coffee. Smells more like grain than it smells like chocolate. The brew tastes like slightly tart dark fruit, roasted malt, cola and a bit of chocolate. For a beer called Chocolate Bunny, I thought there would be a lot more chocolate noticeable. With that being said, it’s not a bad brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. For $2.99 a bomber, I can’t complain too much.
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown in color, clear with a thin head. Tons of chocolate in the aroma and flavor. This was a very tasty stout lots of chocolate and coffee flavors. Rich and thick with a subtle dry finish.
BillKismet (3738) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
joeneugs (5355) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m 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. I’d buy it again at this price.
garth_86 (225) - EDMONTON, Alberta, CANADA - APR 8, 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. (For a Chocolate stout) not a bad beer for the $2.99 for 650ml
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Brigadier (3475) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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 Hershey’s 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.
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Boatswain Chocolate Stout bottle: Aroma and flavor up front isn’t so bad, but it’s fleeting and it quickly goes downhill from there. For one, it’s 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.