viverlee (18) - - FEB 10, 2013Ronritter (652) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2017
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. I’ve never heard of Rhinelander (or Minhas or whatever it used to be and can’t be bothered to explain on its website) but my local Trader Joe’s is full of em. And this isn’t so obvious, or poorly done.
STYLE: American Stout
LOOK: We’re 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 it’s 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
12 oz bottle pours black light tan head light roast aroma taste is light sweet not much else boring jake65 (3592) - 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 (7514) - 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 (1583) - 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 (113) - - 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 (3730) - 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 (40) - 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. tfontana (950) - 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. gopherfan99 (1775) - 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 Obfuscate (568) - Minneapolis, - JAN 22, 2017
Not a bad beer, fairly light bodied. Some chocolate, some black liqurice. Ok