Onslow (1532) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2017 mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2013
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
Pour from a 12oz can, single from Trader Joe's. Inky dark brew with tan head - held an LED flashlight up to the glass and it was invisible. That's inky! Aroma is weak toasted grain, not much else. Taste is modest sweet malt up front with some toasted grain, Some cocoa in the middle and a bit more roast with a little coffee at the end. Aroma and taste are both pretty restrained and simple, though what is there is enjoyable. OK but not a standout. rumproasts (6035) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2017
bottle from Trader Joes. Deep brown with small head. It was cheap, and I had low expectations given the other Boatswain beers I've had. Rather thin, light cocoa. A bit hot, despite the relatively low ABV. I wouldn't exactly recommend this, but it was better than some of their other beers.
raymow (1789) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2017
can - super dark almost black color. Slight roasted chocolate aroma. Roasted chocolate, slightly sweet flavor. Ronritter (875) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2017
12 oz bottle pours black light tan head light roast aroma taste is light sweet not much else boring jake65 (4000) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAY 14, 2017
Bottle at the 10th Boise Imperial Stout Tasting. Labeled as Rhinelander Boatswain Stout. Dark brown pour with a small tan head. Smells of roast malts, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor of coffee and chocolate, a little on the light side.
BuckeyeBoy (8494) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 13, 2017
22oz bottle pours out dark brown almost black topped with a tan head. Nose light roast chocolate sweetness and some coffee. Taste is more of the light roast malts chocolate sweetness. geologyguy (1662) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2017
the description actually nails this one "This beer pours a dark brown with a moderate tan head and smell of toasted coffee and light cocoa. It has a pronounced roasted coffee flavour with slightly sweet cocoa notes concluding with a subtle, well balanced, hop bitterness." smooth finish with only light bitterness...got from Juli at SWANA 2017 but drank later at home Nie (131) - - APR 28, 2017
Six pack of cans under the Boatswain Chocolate Stout label. Can to cup. Chocolate and smoke aroma, taste is more brown than stout. Hay, cocoa, a bit watery. Medium-thin, light finish. Great value beer. shigadeyo (3790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2017
4/25/2017 Boatswain Chocolate Stout (12 fl oz can): Aroma of wet tobacco, earthy dirt, and a hint of molasses; deep brown color with a foamy khaki-colored head; flavor is roasty, but more like burnt coffee left sitting in the pot on the hot pad for far too long, blackstrap, fruity notes, earthy hops and a roasty dark cocoa finish; medium body, smooth, perhaps slightly overcarbonated; just okay overall, good enough to use in the marinade I just made with it and just enough for a good sample to taste and that’s about it as I wouldn’t drink this regularly even at the price of only $0.84/can! randy1969 (82) - Marengo, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2017
UPDATED: APR 11, 2017 1 pint, 6 oz. bottle from the Minhas Brewery. Dark, rich stout with a taste of cocoa and coffee, not getting the licorice that some taste. Flavorful and sweet with limited bitterness. Enjoyable at first, a good sipping beer.