viverlee (18) - - FEB 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Always suspicious of BWBs. No, not BBWs, even if there is reason to be. BWBs – “brewed with” beers. The fruity, barely beer category is littered with these obvious offerings. And somewhere lurking behind there always seems to be some brew conglomerate doing it and doing it poorly. I’ve never heard of Rhinelander (or Minhas or whatever it used to be and can’t be bothered to explain on its website) but my local Trader Joe’s is full of em. And this isn’t so obvious, or poorly done.
STYLE: American Stout
LOOK: We’re not breaking any ground here. Dark but not oily with a brown-butter head.
NOSE: That delicate balance of sweet and bitter and tang. Chocolate cake, vanilla, subtle orange, medium roast coffee.
MOUTH: If it’s possible, almost too easy drinking. I want and indeed need a little bitter bite, preferably at the middle of the end. Just-warm coffee, wisp of smoke, chocolate. Not a game-changer, just solid.
Beeradvocate Rating: 76
ratebeer Rating: 58
Hayward Abbey Rating: 82
kvv104 (29) - - AUG 3, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Boatswain chocolate stout. Pour black. Nice aroma. First taste is of chocolate but quickly turns into a weird aftertaste that last.
Aggiebob (291) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown with tan head. Expresso and chocolate aroma with caramel added to the flavor as well. Very well balanced.
tnkw01 (1336) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. First off, I love chocolate and I love chocolate beers. This one was "Boatswain Chocolate Stout" from Trader Joe’s. Deep, dark brown almost black. No head. Aroma was burnt grains and chocolate. Taste was bitter dark chocolate, coffee and roasted grains. Nice.
blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - JUL 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
For the price you can’t do better. Seriously, I challenge you do find a better chocolate stout for $2.39 in the Pacific Northwest. Taste is very heavy on the chocolate, somewhat similar to Rogue’s offering, but honestly I like this one better. Carbonation is light, which is fitting for this beer. I didn’t bother to poor it, just swigged it right out the bomber. A fine beer for the price.
j12601 (7955) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Dad’s for the half marathon tasting. Pours a deep brown to black with a thin tan head. Roast and cocoa on the nose, soft dusty chocolate. Medium bodied, light spicy chocolate. Soft cocoa, nice maltiness. A bit papery into the finish. Slow chocolate.
blipp (6976) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle as "Boatswain Chocolate Stout." Pours near black with a beige head. Chocolate sweetness, mild roasted malts, and some odd light bitterness. Not horrible.
GTAEgeek (1474) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, given to me by Ian. Pitch black color, with a big, dark brown head. Nose is bitter chocolate, molasses, cinnamon, and some light anise. Sweet and malty, with a reasonable bitterness. Long, bitter aftertaste. Medium to heavy body, very syrupy and sticky. This is a fair stout; lacks some complexity, and is a little too bitter.
bigericsports (35) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber bought as Boatswain Chocolate Stout from Trader Joe’s. Poured into a pint glass, jet black with a mocha colored head which lasted longer than average with a nice lacing.Taste of chocolate, cocoa, sweet roasted malt, prunes, caramel and vanilla. Medium body and low carbonation, an affordable chocolate stout.
callmemickey (3625) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark brown body, thin tan head, minimal lacing. Mildly sweet milk chocolate and tootsie roll. Simple. Bland. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, lingering sweetness.
jredmond (6308) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
$2 bottle courtesy of Linh. Pours a deep brown with thin tan lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate. Mouthfeel is spicy, with notes of spicy chocolate and sharp spice.