mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Boatswain Chocolate Stout from Trader Joe’s, $1.99/22 oz. You can hide a lot of flaws behind a big black beer, almost. The powdered cocoa and raw sugar don’t quite mask the burnt, rancid figs, which I believe is their house flavor. There are a few pleasing notes. The expected stouty chocolate and coffee are in there. But, too little, too late. Don’t Buy It. That will only encourage people to make more bad beer. OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 11, 2013
22oz served into a snifter.
A - Pours very dark brown, almost completely opaque. 1 finger of brown head with average retention and decent lacing.
S - Big chocolate aroma, roasted malts, alcohol comes through with hints of berries and grapes.
T - Follows the nose but the chocolate seems very artificial tasting. Acidic fruit mixes with roasted malt and fruity chemical flavor.
M - Moderate prickly carbonation, medium feel.
This is heavy on the chocolate but the flavor seems artificial and the fruity chemical tartness only worsened as it warmed. $2.99 for a bomber is still not worth it.
Serving type: bottle
08-09-2012 ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 5, 2013
The chocolate comes through a lot more in the aroma than the taste. Flavor is certainly sweet, but less chocolate than milky brown sugar. Oscbert (1306) - Lincoln, California, USA - JUN 4, 2013
~Strong Milk chocolate aroma with carmel and bread.
~Pours black with quickly disappearing brown head
~Rich bready malt flavor with chocolate and light carmel throughout with roast and a sharp lasting bitterness.
~Medium bodied, medium high CO2, Roasty bitter finish.
~Good beer, really enjoyed the aroma. Could drink a few of these. The bottle I got I think was old as I got some papery notes. BroSpud (2189) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2013
22oz bottle labeled as Boatswain Chocolate Stout. First thing I need to make clear is that this only cost $2.29 at Trader Joe’s. While this might not be any thing spectacular it is only $2.29 for a large bottle. This is a decent chocolate stout, easy drinking, nothing over the top with alcohol levels and, did I mention the price? This stuff is only $2.29 at TJs.
Hammy78 (973) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2013
Pours pitch black small tan head, some minor lace. Smells malty, but mostly like sweet chocolate. Tastes sweet and a little bitter, but mainly sweet malt. jkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 6, 2013
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of a stout that has gone bad just before the addition of fake chocolate. Flavor the same with a weird bitterness at the end. Average texture. No thanks. yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Boatswain Chocolate Stout is a black ale with a slightly reddish cast. The smooth, dense, brown head has decent retention. It has a roasted aroma with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and toffee. It feels smooth and full bodied with a clean, dry finish. A little grit is left on the teeth. There’s a hint of sweetness, but it’s dry overall. The chocolate flavor is very dark and pretty subtle. There’s a bit of caramel going on mid-taste. The chocolate is probably most prominent in the dusty aftertaste. The bitterness is very subdued and is just enough to balance things out. This is a very solid, drinkable and enjoyable stout. shadey (2136) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Boatswain chocolate stout. 650ml bottle. I can smell the chocolate before even bringing the glass to my nose. Dark color. Aroma is roasty and dark chocolate. Almost a burnt flavor. Sharp carbonation.Different. Odd mix, but tastey. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2013
22oz bottle: pours a mostly opaque black with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Has a lightly sweet toasted caramel and cocoa nose. Starts with average fullness and light carbonation with mild caramel malty sweetness and a healthy dose of grassy bittering hops before a slightly sugary bittersweet finish. Could be a little more well-balanced and complex.