PapaSkeetSkeet (1010) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 17, 2012
purchased from Trader Joe’s under the moniker Boatswain Chocolate Stout. 2$ for a 22; that’s enough to get me excited. If it’s as good as their 2$ wine, then we’re in business (it’s not quite that good, in my opinion.) Pours black with light warm brown head, thick and fizzy, reducing to an attractive film. Aroma is grass, sweet grain, light bbq/smokey wood and cocao. Has a refreshing after-rain smell that I’ve gotten in stouts before; I’m neutral on that smell. Body is a bit thin; carbonation is moderate and fairly coarse, still a bit blanket-like. Flavor has quite a bit of that woody, smoke/bbq. roast, caramel, and cocoa are all of less intensity, making the flavor profile seem a bit thin and weak. Maybe some grassy hops in there, and some strawberry (from the yeast?) Minimal bitterness; very watery aftertaste in light of this. ChadPolenz (1817) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2012
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.
jgentgesdo (694) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Appearance: Extremely dark black body for the low weight. Forms a large, light brown foamy head which dissipates rather quickly but leaves minor lacing on the glass.
Smell: Mild nose with a very generic pub stout scent. No chocolate aroma, but a definite twangy/metallic scent.
Taste: I didn’t think it was possible to screw up a chocolate stout, but apparently Trader Joe’s contract brewed "Boatswain" line made by the Minhas Craft Brewery managed to do it. This is neither chocolaty nor stouty, but more like a failed homebrew experiment. That’s not to say it’s horrible or undrinkable, but well below average. Twangy, astringent, metallic flavors should not be found in this type of beer.
It begins rather mild with a typical pub-style stout or porter flavor. It’s actually closer to a dark mild rather than a stout since there’s little roasted malt flavor and definitely no chocolate. A hint of bitterness through the middle and a big finish of a sour, metallic, grainy taste akin to a malt liquor. The aftertaste is slightly dry, but thankfully mostly clean. I initially chalked these off-flavors up to the beer being too cold so I let it warm up but it actually got worse. In fact, the more I drank the less I liked it. In short, this is the worst chocolate stout I’ve ever had.
Drinkability: With a very thin, flat, watery mouthfeel and texture, Boatswain Chocolate Stout is at least easy to drink. It goes down very smooth which is pretty much the only positive feature of this brew. At 5.4% ABV I can see why the palate is rather weak. Drinking an entire bomber yourself wouldn’t be impossible, but the objectionable palate makes it a challenge.
Nose is chocolate, chalk, and soap, with a smokiness that comes on more as I drink it. Sweetish and burnt. Watery mouthfeel. Not very good. probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2012
Bomber shared by bro, cold. 11MR12. Deep brown-black with a large mocha head. Tight nose, sorta tangy, some coffee and choc notes, mild fruitiness and a touch of caramel, a little vinous, not bad. Medium body, moderate eff., a touch thinner than expected. Pleasant chocolate and vanilla notes, a touch of coconut, still kinda tangy and a little bit harsh, had better; off dry with minimal bitterness and a fairly nice black chocolate/coffee, somewhat fruity finish. Fair. slimspady (219) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 13, 2012
Completely black, dirty brown head. Not much in the nose at all. Some chocolate, not as pronounced as I thought it would be. Too bitter. Lots of carbonation. Kinda thin on flavor. Light to medium mouthfeel. Overall, an average effort. 070312
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Courtesy of northernbrewstgncc (3132) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of roast. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a small beige head. The flavor starts with a quick dose of sugary chocolate. The finish has some light roast and cream. It’s medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation.
Purchased from Trader Joes. labeled as Rhinelander Chocolate Stout. The aroma is chocolate, raisins/prunes, roast. The appearance is deep black, light tan head. The flavor is chcolate, raisins, brown sugar, slight gypsum. The finish is chocolate, pine, gypsum. Medium/thick in body, creamy mouthfeel. Pretty good. Factor in the $1.99 ffor a bomber price tag, and it’s a total winner. hypn0toad (267) - Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2012
I was worried that this might be too chocolately but I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out. Not bad. Dark. Stormy. Smokey. What I expected and hoped. I like the label. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Poured into a pint glass.
3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is lacking, but a decent amount of lacing is left.
3.0 S: Light roastiness with cocoa powder. Smells good, but is boring. Lightly tangy.
2.0 T: Lightly roasty, cocoa powder, and cooked vegetables. It’s bad, but it’s not unthinkably horrid.
2.0 M: Super light body. Carbonation is right. Not creamy at all, just thin.
2.0 D: Again Minhas has disappointed. While this is better than the Imperial Jack, it’s still something I’d never like to drink again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-07-2012 01:54:31
radagast83 (8059) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2012
As "Boatswain Chocolate Stout" from Trader Joes. I didn’t expect much if anything from this beer - both being an obvious aliased beer at Trader Joes and for the inexpensive price point (like 2.50 a bomber), so I may have come away a bit more impressed than others might have otherwise. Aroma is a semi-sweet chocolate, with a touch of caramel, and malts. Flavor is a bit like powdered chocolate, with a touch of creaminess to it. Certainly not my first choice to drink, but it may make its way into my cart again, especially to share with some of the uninitiated craft beer friends I have.