Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Boulder Shake Chocolate Porter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1107) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. I had an enjoy by date of 7/23/14 and cost $2.65 ($0.22 per ounce).

Appearance: Opaque black body with brown highlights. Pours to a large, tan, frothy head which retains and laces wonderfully.

Smell: Distinct milk chocolate candy scent. A standard porter aroma is detectable as well.

Taste: Chocolate stouts and porters are some of my favorite types of beers because they often taste exactly as advertised: like liquid candy. In the case of Boulder Shake Chocolate Porter I suppose it’s intended to emulate a certain flavor of milkshake, though it’s much closer to that of a traditional porter with a strong chocolate character.

The chocolate is in no way subtle or buried in this palate. The candy-like flavor is present right away and tastes very familiar. More of a lighter milk chocolate taste than any kind of rich, bittersweet, dark chocolate variety. Mild presence of roasted malt and a hint of dark fruit can also be found here. Though it does have that classic porter “Je ne sais quoi” taste as well. I often find the chocolate fades fast in beers like this, but in this case it stayed pretty strong all the way to the last swig. My only complaint is that the palate is rather simple and direct, but it’s quite tasty so that makes up for it.

Drinkability: Chocolate brews often tend to be thick, rich and heavy, but Boulder Shake Chocolate Porter drinks more like a classic pub-style porter. The mouthfeel is actually quite thin and a little tepid. The delivery process is easy, though, as it goes down smooth and leaves a faint dry aftertaste. At 5.9% ABV it’s not too heavy of a beer, though I’d say it doesn’t take full of advantage of its weight. It’d be tempting to drink a few of these in succession, though. 
Grade: 8/10

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