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RATINGS: 316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
viverlee (18) - - FEB 10, 2013

Always suspicious of BWBs. No, not BBWs, even if there is reason to be. BWBs brewed with beers. The fruity, barely beer category is littered with these obvious offerings. And somewhere lurking behind there always seems to be some brew conglomerate doing it and doing it poorly. Ive never heard of Rhinelander (or Minhas or whatever it used to be and cant be bothered to explain on its website) but my local Trader Joes is full of em. And this isnt so obvious, or poorly done.

STYLE: American Stout

ABV: 5.4%

LOOK: Were not breaking any ground here. Dark but not oily with a brown-butter head.

NOSE: That delicate balance of sweet and bitter and tang. Chocolate cake, vanilla, subtle orange, medium roast coffee.

MOUTH: If its possible, almost too easy drinking. I want and indeed need a little bitter bite, preferably at the middle of the end. Just-warm coffee, wisp of smoke, chocolate. Not a game-changer, just solid.

Beeradvocate Rating: 76

ratebeer Rating: 58

Hayward Abbey Rating: 82

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tfontana (888) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Bottle pour. Appearance is dark brown with tinge of red--almost opaque--with finger width creamy beige head with poor retention and trace lacing. Aroma is light roasted malts with mild chocolate. Taste is bittersweet roasted malts, chocolate and light coffee. Palate is medium bodied with thick, smooth texture, soft carbonation and chocolatey-roasted malt finish. Overall, the elements are all there but everything is a little on the light side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gopherfan99 (1590) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2017
Bottle; pours dark brown with a beige head; aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and some chocolate hints; taste is slightly sweet with malt and some hints of chocolate and coffee; finish is dry with some chocolate notes; a bit thin and watery for a stout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Obfuscate (546) - Minneapolis, - JAN 22, 2017
Not a bad beer, fairly light bodied. Some chocolate, some black liqurice. Ok

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
saltyseadog (60) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 12, 2017
Rhinelander Boatswain Chocolate Stout, 22oz bottle from Trader Joes, 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 isnt 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 theres really nothing memorable or unique to distinguish it from any other major commercial or craft dark beer on the market. Its just generic, starchy dark beer, which is probably exactly what a person should expect when they buy the store brand? Lesson learned.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TXBadger (2733) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rejtable (2449) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ffbot (390) - 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 fn milk chocolate. Exactly as sweet and bitter as.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jandd1983 (4094) - 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.

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