Sunday, August 19, 2012

Boatswain Chocolate Stout

Another Trader Joe's brand beer contract brewed by the Minhas Craft Brewery out of Wisconsin.


2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (710) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2012
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

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.
GRADE: 3/10