Shake Chocolate Porter brewed by the Boulder Beer Company in Boulder,
Company has a twist on the traditional robust American Porter. Shake
Chocolate Porter is dark black in color with rich, sweet aromatics and
flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and caramel. This unique brew blends five
different grains, including Chocolate Wheat, that along with cacao nibs
create a devilishly delicious chocolate finish with a velvety mouthfeel.
ABV:5.9%. IBU: 39.
Beer Review from
Appearance: Pours a two finger tan head, body is opaque,black with ruby
highlights. Head retention and lacing were good.
Aroma: Smells pretty sweet, first aromas are of a banana split with tons of
chocolate syrup on top. Vanilla is very prevalent and roasted dark malts are
also in the mix. Hops aren't really present and neither is alcohol.
Taste: First taste is very similar to a melted chocolate shake or a beer float.
Sweet milk chocolate and vanilla bean dominate this beer. Dark chocolate malts
and burnt brownie flavors contribute also. Hops are very light and alcohol is
Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated for a porter. Head
adds a slight creamy texture, finishes nicely
Overall: Overall this beer was great. This porter hit the spot and delivered on
what it claimed, which was tons of chocolate. Went through a bomber easily, glad
its brewed 40 miles from me, will become a staple in my fridge.
Boulder Beer Company History
The Boulder Beer Company was Colorado's first microbrew and the forty-third
licensed brewery in the United States. It was founded on September 25, 1979 by
David Hummer, Alvin Nelson, and Randolf Ware. Ware and Hummer were physics
professors at the University of Colorado at Boulder and home brewers. When the
laws surrounding home brewing were relaxed, the brewery originally started on a
farm in a "goatshack".
The Boulder Beer Company was originally known as the Boulder Brewing Company and
went public in 1980, raising over $1.7 million. A decade later, in 1990, the
company changed its name to Boulder Beer Company when Gina Day took the company
private. In 1993 the company again renamed itself as the "Rockies Brewing
Company." In 2002, the Rockies Brewing Company entered into a strategic
agreement with Rock Bottom Breweries allowing Rock Bottom to brew and sell their
Singletrack Ale. In 2005, the company again changed it name back to the Boulder
The Boulder Beer Company is also known for being civic minded. In 2008, it
became a sponsoring partner in Boulder's "10 for a Change Challenge," a program
designed to reduce energy consumption by 10% via eco-friendly improvements for
increased energy efficiency. In addition to being a sponsor for the challenge,
the Pub is already PACE Certified (Partners for a Clean Environment) using
bio-diesel fuel, recycled/compostable "to go" containers, and recycling. The
brewery uses 100% recycled 6-pack carriers and non-petroleum based inks.
Every year, the Boulder Beer Company participates in "Beer 4 Boobs," a
nationwide charity program raising money for the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer
Foundation. They also host an annual "Goatshed Revival" Beer Festival in honor
of their first brewery that was in a shed shared by goats. Part of the planning
of the revival is a homebrew competition wherein homebrewer compete to have the
Boulder Beer Company brew and distribute their homebrew. Proceeds from the
Goatshed Revival are donated to the Community Food Share, a non-profit
organization feeding the community's poor.