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Spinnakers Choc-o-holic Stout

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Brewed by Spinnakers Brewpub
Style: Sweet Stout
Victoria, Canada

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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 2.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 232   ABV: 7.75%
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Chocolate Porter brewed in a Baltic Porter style with a Canadian Pilsner malt base, English Munich, Cara and Chocolate malts, American de-husked chocolate malt and a touch of wheat malt, balanced with 2 pitchings of German Hellertaus hops and farmer empowering, sustainably cooperative produced TCHO Source cocao nibs from Ecuador via Pier 17 in San Francisco.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
Dark brown. Sweetish slightly chocolatey aroma. Sweet but thin, touch of chocolate, kind of a simple beer, but it’s not bad.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (14978) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle from Legacy Liquor, Vancouver
Dark brown color with small head. Aroma of dark bread and light aroma of coffee; roasted flax, impression of vomit. Smooth mouthfeel, quite lean; dry chocolate flavor, ordinary bitterness.
Quite meh.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ljthiessen (410) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle. Slightly translucent, dark brown pour - like cola - with a decent beige head. Light chocolate in the aroma, fairly subtle, with dark malts and a funky soy sauce note as well. Flavour is very malty with dark fruits and subtle chocolate, but again, some funky, meaty soy sauce that seems slightly off. It's not overpowering at all, and I don't think the beer is bad or spoiled. Just a little odd. Lighter palate for the style and ABV, but not bad. Probably deserves better than what some others here are saying, but still not a great stout.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lagerboy (1255) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2014
Bomber. Clear deep dark brown, slight ruby hue, fine foamy tan head settles and lasts. Aroma of medium roasted chocolate malt. Thin bittersweet milky chocolate malt taste, some faint coffee. Softer than average carbonation, low hopped, watery body. Smooth and easy, finishes sweet and milky. Not bad... guess I got a gooder! Still: NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (6696) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
650mL bottle, pours a deep dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of dry cocoa and metallic notes. Flavour brings out cocoa notes, vanilla, and some metallic notes. Thin, but nicely flavoured. It’s okay.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerbeer (1830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with almost no head. Aromas of cocoa powder and heavily roasted malts. Dry. Flavors of black coffee and nuts. Somewhat acidic bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vadie (744) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
Noir avec une mousse moyenne marron. L’arôme du lait au chocolat avec un peu du malt. Le goût est dominé par le chocolat, mais c’est comme un produit chocolat, pas le cacao. Il y a un peu de malt, les notes de vanille, et je ne détecte pas les houblons.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
reebtogi (4239) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 16, 2013
650ml bottle pours almost black in color with a finger of light beige head that leaves very little lacing on the glass. Aroma is light chocolate with some grass and grains. Taste is a grainy malt sweetness with some grassy hop presence with very little chocolate. Body is a little on the thin side. I do not recommend this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
heliport (12) - Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2013
I am unfamiliar with Spinnakers and this was the first of theirs that I tried. It has a pleasant look and aroma. An odd taste for a porter though, but perhaps it was the added flavors.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
DeanF (1716) - Nunavut, CANADA - JUN 13, 2013
Very dark body, very modest head that’s gone in an instant. Aroma is of barley swampwater and chocolate from your garbage can. Maybe some boot leather in there, the kind that you dropped that can of paint thinner over a few years back. Flavour is a standard bad stout fare of wateriness with some coffee notes, a bit of chocolate, and just a hint of skunkiness to remind you that it’s a Spinnaker brew. This is another Spinnaker beer that seems to be oh so slightly infected and otherwise substandard in the world of craft beer. Maybe the stuff at their brewpub is better, but either way, I’m not impressed with this brewery.


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