Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Boatswain Chocolate Stout from Trader Joe's is another store brand that's marketed under different names at other retailers. It's bottled by Minhas, and they release it seasonally as Chocolate Bunny Stout. It poured dark brown with a little bit of head and foamy, soapy, tan-colored lace. The aroma was fairly average as chocolate stout goes; there was malt, coffee, chocolate. The flavor was the same, although the coffee was dominant over the other notes, and there was a little bit of hop burn on the back end. Not an amazing or unique chocolate stout, but not a bad one. And I always come back to the price on these Trader Joe's 22 ounce bottles. This beer is well worth the two-and-a-half to three bucks you'll pay for it.