Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 19, 2011
Draft at the Craft Beer Market in Calgary. Pours clear black, with a 1-finger tan head, and solid lacing. Nose is light roast, some sweetness, a bit simple, really, some light cocoa notes as well. Flavours are medium bodied, with moderate roast throughout, not watery, which is a surprise, round and chocolatey and bitter. I never though I would say it, but well done Minhas.... StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2012
650ml bottle. Purchased as Boatswain Chocolate stout from Trader Joes. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head that soon recedes to a film. The aroma is mild and indistinct with traces of mocha, coffee and dark fruits. The taste is earthy with leaves, dirt, raisins and dark bitter chocolates. The palate is unbalanced starting thin and closing pasty. Finishes short and dry. Overall: Not bad, but not much to recommend it either. A great value at $1.99 a bomber at Trader Joes. FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is light roasty and sweet, bland but not offensive. Sweet and some caramel candy sugary and cocoa. Flavor starts sweet, quickly picking up a more bitter chocolate, which is good until it becomes metallic and astringent. Finishes bitter and sharp. Medium body and a crisp carbonation. JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2012
Pours dense black with light notes of sweet chocolate. A very carbonated palate that shows lw points of grain but a deep blast of chocolate syrup. Quick sweet finish. DrnkMcDermott (3104) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Geez! Three re-directs from "Boatswain Chocolate Stout" to get to this page. Anyway, $2/bomber at Trader Joe’s. Big rocky foam pour in my Nonick. Smell does have some coffee and chocolate overtones. Appearance is solid black with brown foam. Taste is pretty nice. Some cocoa on on the front, but in the back is the bitterness of coffee roast that does little more than hold the taste rating to a 6. Well, the label actually admits to 66 IBU, which is kind of high for a Stout. Had they cut the hops back and let it finish a tad sweeter, it could be a nice chocolate stout. Maybe a little low on the rating side, but I’d have no trouble recommending this as a good $2 bomber!
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Not bad for the price, but that doesn’t mean it’s good. So, it’s just all right but worth a try at $2/bomber. swanmann (775) - Nompton, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 23, 2012
A 22 oz bottle yielded a very dark brown brew with ample, pillowy, well-sustained tan head. It smells of cocoa and some coffee. The flavor is a little sour, like a brown ale, with cocoa and coffee bitterness riding high. The palate is soft, even if a bit thin. It finishes rather quickly, crisp, with a light powdery touch. Not a bad bomber, very approachable chocolate stout. hypn0toad (267) - Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2012
I was worried that this might be too chocolately but I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out. Not bad. Dark. Stormy. Smokey. What I expected and hoped. I like the label. PapaSkeetSkeet (1010) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 17, 2012
purchased from Trader Joe’s under the moniker Boatswain Chocolate Stout. 2$ 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. nearbeer (5454) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 16, 2012
22 oz, double aliased "Boatswain" version. Opaque black with a little ring of bubbles. Aroma of caramel and light cocoa. Taste is similar, with a bit more cocoa and some tart apple fruitiness. Light-medium body is watery, sweetish and a tad too fizzy.