saltyseadog (72) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 12, 2017
Rhinelander Boatswain Chocolate Stout, 22oz bottle from Trader Joe’s, in a Sam Smith pint glass. Faint aromas of chocolate malt, vanilla, caramel, wet earth and a trace of candied plums. Pours oily black with generous effervescence on the glass and a finger of foamy tan head that dissipates in a matter of minutes. Uncommonly starchy malt up front, not unlike spaghetti water, followed by light roast coffee and earth with sweet chocolate, caramel and vanilla notes emerging on the finish. Medium- to full-bodied on the palate. Good carbonation, decent balance with lightly mouth-coating sweetness. For the $2.00 pricetag you can certainly do a lot worse, but the biggest criticism I can make here is simply that there isn’t much intensity to this brew. The aromatics are nice, but weak, the flavor is nuanced and appealing, but starchy and weak, and other than the assertive carbohydrates there’s really nothing memorable or unique to distinguish it from any other major commercial or craft dark beer on the market. It’s just generic, starchy dark beer, which is probably exactly what a person should expect when they buy the store brand? Lesson learned. kchampagne (173) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2016
Poured from the bottle. Color is dark brown, almost opaque black. Thin brown head. Aroma is milk chocolate and little coffee. Taste follows suit. Mouthfeel is a little thin. TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2016
Pours an opaque dark brown color with khaki colored head. Chocolate and a light roast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with cocoa and roast. Not bad for a stout, but overall enjoyable to drink. Bailz316 (256) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2016
Picked up at Trader Joes for cheap, like a 2$ bomber. Good for the price. Black pour with small tan head that quickly dissipates. Notes of coffee, not a ton of chocolate,a hint of licorice. A little too watery for me but good for the price. rejtable (2810) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2016
Pours coffee black with some tan head that fades quickly, no lacing. Nose is root beer and chocolate. Flavours are root beer, chocolate, coffee. Taste medium/big sweet light bitter. Lightish body with medium carbonation.
ffbot (431) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 6, 2016
uh, am I crazy to give this a high rating??? Look is abstract brown, thin tan head. smell is rich milk chocolate, small coffee, and some malt. Taste is pure f’n milk chocolate. Exactly as sweet and bitter as. jandd1983 (4447) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2016
Sampled at the SCCCT event at Friendship Brewery. Bottle was labeled as Boatswain Chocolate Stout. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of malts, chocolate, coffee, bread and some roast. The taste was similar to the aroma with more malts, chocolate, coffee, bread and roast. A little watery for me. TheBeerGod (6244) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle under the Boatswain Chocolate Stout moniker from Trader Joe’s in Newport News. Black pour with a short, fizzy tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, light cocoa and watery chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, toasted grains and light chocolate notes. Body is medium with a soft, prickly carbonation. Ends with more roasted malt and light chocolate. Metalchopz (3454) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2015
Purchased under Boatswain Chocolate Stout at Trader Joe in Vegas. Pours a real dark brown colour with a frothy beige head, long lasting with creamy lacing. Chocolate malt aromas with the cacao added. Some stronger hops than usual for this style. Eventually, nutty notes comes out with mild coffee. Some sweetness flavours from the chocolate with roasted malts and light bitterness in the finish. This chocolate stout is a little too sweet, rich overall. Started with a lot of hops for the style, but now has disappeared in the taste. Niko100 (2969) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, cocoa/chocolate, & some coffee; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, coffee, chocolate, and some caramel; Finish is slightly bitter; Somewhat artificial sweetener taste to it - but not too bad.