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Harpoon Chocolate Stout - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Harpoon Chocolate StoutHarpoon Chocolate Stout

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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.02%

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Harpoon Chocolate Stout is brewed with an abundance of chocolate malt and a touch of chocolate.

40 IBU

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 10-24-2008)
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Photo of Darkmagus82


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color, bordering on black, with a two finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell with a good deal of a milk chocolate smell. Adding to the darker aromas are some aromas of coffee. There are big aromas of a caramel, vanilla, and a cream smell there as well, which overall create a very sweet, milk chocolaty smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet milk chocolate and caramel flavor with a moderate amount of a roasted flavor. These flavors create a base for the brew remaining relatively constant throughout the taste with the caramel fading ever so slightly but being replaced by a little bit of vanilla sweetness. All while these transitions occur, so too do some more bitter coffee and earthy flavors come to the tongue. With the roast intensifying ever so slightly, and a bit of a grainy flavor coming to the tongue, one is left with a somewhat surprisingly drier, but still robustly darker chocolate flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. A bit of a thicker body and a lower carbonation level may have been slightly more fitting for the style, fitting the darker chocolate and more surprisingly drier roasted flavors of the brew more nicely.

Overall – A decent chocolate brew that was surprisingly dry in light of its aroma. Nothing too exceptional, but a nice try and a decent choice (in light of its price) for a darker and more drinkable chocolate stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 01:43:38 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of illpass78


3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with a quarter-inch tan head that recedes quickly. Almost no lacing.

Aroma: Smells like baking chocolate with some hop bitterness and some black coffee.

Taste: This is a decent chocolate stout, but the taste doesn't blow me away. The taste follows the nose, with lots of dark baking chocolate and black coffee leading the way. There's also some hoppy, chocolatey bitterness up front. Some sweetness on the finish. Definitely more of a bitter chocolate stout than a sweet stout.

Mouthfeel: It's a little thin for a stout, but not to the point where it's watery.

Overall: Decent chocolate stout. There's a lot of chocolate and coffee stouts out there and this one doesn't distinguish itself as a must-drink, but it's a solid dessert beer option.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 17:59:13 | More by illpass78
Photo of secondtooth


3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pretty well black color, with ruby highlights. Massive head of tan bubbles here, with fine loopy lace.

Nose is delightful chocolate, no mistake about it. It's lovely, sweet, and appealing.

Taste is, appropriately, chocolate above all else. I get the milk chocolate goodness all over, with a brief finish of bittersweet completing the journey. This one definitely delivers what it promises, and is as superb a "chocolate stout" as I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 16:39:14 | More by secondtooth
Photo of RVigz


4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Jet black with little to almost no head.

Smell: The smell may have been the best part with a super chocolatey nose.

Taste: Dark chocolate malts very prominent and a slightly bitter coffee bean taste, but a very smooth sweet finish. surprisingly not very heavy.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with velvety creamy chocolate.

Overall: This was a pretty damn good beer but definitely not the best chocolate stout out there. Still impressed with the smoothness and drink ability.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2014 04:21:30 | More by RVigz
Photo of ExtraStout


3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Very impressive appearance. Jet black and viscous, like an imperial stout. Large sticky head.

S: Very powerful coffee and chocolate nose. The smell will stick with you even after finishing the beer.

T: The taste isn't quite what I expected but good nonetheless. Make no mistake, this is quite a strong beer in the flavor department with an absolute assault of coffee and chocolate flavors and malt in between.

M: A strange mouthfeel with a weird aftertaste. This beer seems capable of being great, but it isn't, it's just good.

D: I wouldn't be able to handle more than one of these in a sitting.

I also had a stout (Heart Of Darkness) from Magic Hat Brewing Company in the same session and I enjoyed the Harpoon more.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 01:50:01 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of CFHMagnet


3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The bottle claims this is a limited edition that needs to be enjoyed by "02/15/14." Thank you SplashyFob for passing this one on to me.

As I aggressively pour this one, I am rewarded with a deeply brown beer that has a hearty brown head on top of it. THe head dissipates in under a minute, and leaves a light ring. The ring sticks to the glass, and this is the closest thing we get to lacing.

This one is a choco-bomb. It smells like chocolate-roasted malt and tootsie rolls.

The flavor is honestly rather one-dimensional. The roasted malt up front is nice. But a cheap, fake/forced chocolate flavor takes over and that is all you get.

Medium bodied. A little too light for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 00:27:55 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark hersey like chocolate pour produces a thin, khaki capping that was short lived, not leaving much in terms of lace or excitment.

S: Sweet cocoa and fresh chocolate, really good strength, milky chocolate with some marshmellow and cocoa powder that is fresh and finely grounded. Things conclude with a trail of fresh chocolate roast coffee lingering about.

T: Lightly dry chocolate, almost like a dry stout for flavor. Chocolate-coffee roast, lightly bitter with hints of cocoa-almond and creamer. A bit of campfire minerality ash on the finish is soft with a decent amount of roastiness.

M: Good carbonation, medium bodied, dry, lightly bitter touch on the tongue with a milky creamy substance and a light passing of coffee.

O: drinks like a dry stout, easy going down, cleanly brewed, with a dry chocolate like flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 01:08:24 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark mahogany body with mocha colored head

Smell - milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, roasted malt

Taste - milk chocolate, roasted malt

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, highly carbonated, slightly sweet body, good amount of bitterness at the back end, enough chocolate to keep you satisfied, even though at times it comes across as artificial

Overall - not a bad beer, something about the mouthfeel comes across as artificial, but it does live up to its namesake

Price Point - $1.50/12 oz single

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 00:39:18 | More by keithmurray
Photo of cyclonece09


4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours pitch black with a small light brown head. Smells of chocolate, caramel, and slight coffee and toffee. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, slight coffee, but a tad watery. Beer is carbonated correctly, light bodied, drinkable but heavy enough for the winter season. Overall, a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 23:37:14 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of bmwats


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown head. Settles slowly. Beer ring lacing.

S: Chocolate is prominent. A bit of roasted coffee and malted grains, but mostly outshined.

T: Bitter unsweetened chocolate, char roasted malt grains.

M: Thick and hearty. Chocolaty throughout with a slightly bitter finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Decent foamy head, with some nice beer ring lacing. Nose is chocolaty with some roasted malt. Roasted malt, and hefty amounts of chocolate. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 06:17:09 | More by bmwats
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversize wine glass.

A- Pours a dark brown body with a frothy off-white head that reduces slowly and leaves nice lacing. Nice looking.

S- Smells very sweet, lots of milk chocolate here.. not like a chocolate bar, but like chocolate syrup.. chocolate fudge brownies, some toffee and coffee .

T- Tons of cocoa powder, milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, fudge. Somewhat one-dimensional, straight chocolate.

M- Medium carbonation and body

Definitely a chocolate stout, no doubt about that. Don't expect much complexity with this one.. if you're looking for chocolate beer, drink this.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 04:16:43 | More by gcamparone
Photo of micromaniac129


3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A medium size head was finally showed up late into the pour. It disapates quickly though to lingering smudge. The color is deep brown/black but aren't all stouts.
On one hand the beer smells increduably good with cocoa and chocolate syrup. On the other hand thats all you smell. The malt component is missing.
The taste is like the nose with a big dose of brownie mix. Maybe some roast too. There is a foul aftertaste that I can only describe as cherry lifesafers. Foul!
On the palate there is considerable chalky gritt.
This beer really isn't that bad but the cherry lifesavers give it a bummer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 15:24:42 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of JMScowcroft


3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Harpoon Brewery - Harpoon Chocolate Stout, poured into a tumbler glass.

Look - Pours a thin brown but settles stout black. Sports a good sized foamy mocha head that dissipates quickly. Decent lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts keyed back a bit with a cloying sweetness that isn't quite milk chocolate.

Taste - Interesting, some creaminess with that same cloying sweetness that isn't quite chocolate. Finished a nice roasted.

Mouthfeel - I'll give it one good thing and that's how drinkable it is. Light-medium body with medium carbonation. Zero booziness.

Overall - Almost more like chocolate syrup than a rich chocolate flavor. This is above average but certainly nothing special. If you like Hershey syrup in 1% milk or Yoo-hoo this is the alcoholic version of that. Take it or leave it but it's taste enough to be above average.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 23:21:36 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of stella77artois

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours black, very dark brown/burgundy in the light. 1" light brown-colored head formed, which dissipated slowly and left small amounts of lacing on the glass. Good looking beer.

S - Lot's of roasty chocolate malt, and straight up chocolate as well. Equal small touches of coffee and smokiness as well. Not much to the aroma other than chocolate malt. But for what it is, it's not a bad smelling beer.

T - Aforementioned aromas are all noted. Heavy hitting amounts of chocolate malts up front, as well as bitter cocoa. Slight pinch of coffee and roasted characters as well. Slightly bitter in aftertaste. Not overly sweet like other stouts I've tried, which is a plus.

F - A little thin for a stout. Still thick, slightly sticky and finishes dry. A little tough on the stomach, but not unpleasant.

O - Stouts aren't usually my thing, but this is a good mid-level offering. It certainly lives up to it's name. Not grossly sweet like some stouts, and the flavor is actually pretty decent. For what it is, I'd recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 16:18:53 | More by stella77artois
Photo of apants007

New York

4.75/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

dark dark dark with an eggshell foam on top. this beer will make the whole room smell like a chocolate factory. it definitely tastes like chocolate - dark unsweetened 80% cacao chocolate. smooth on the tongue. an absolute delight. hadn't seen it around in a year or two. glad to see it back. I probably wouldn't have more than one in a night but will keep a few in the fridge to keep those upcoming wintertime blues away.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 02:22:19 | More by apants007
Photo of Fergyx825


3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a very dark and hearty stout colored beer. There was some head on the pour which is slowly dissipating except around the rims of the glass. Pretty standard for a stout.

Smell: i can smell this beer sitting on the counter next to me, and when i give it a sniff i can really smell the chocolate and the stout part of the beer. You can smell the roasted hops in this beer. Very flavorful and rich.

Taste: At first you can really taste the bitter sweetness from the chocolate. Then the alcohol is tasted, and the beer finishes on your palate as a stout. At the end of the taste, there is something missing.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated with a nice easy to soft thickness. This is definitely drinkable.

Overall: Harpoon is from my home city so i try to forget my bias, but this is a great version of a chocolate or American Stout. They got it right mostly.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 23:20:35 | More by Fergyx825
Photo of TeamMathis

West Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with a quickly dissipating dark, tan head.
Smell: Intense chocolate with roasted coffee beans.
Taste: Chocolate with roasted coffee beans. Bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Watery yet with decent carbonation.

I really like this stout. The chocolate smell is one of the most pronounced of any beer claiming "chocolate" in the title. The drink greets with chocolate near the front of the tongue, but in the back of the mouth there is the roasted coffee beans aspect. It turns bitter as it goes down. I will get this again next Christmas.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 02:37:07 | More by TeamMathis
Photo of DrewSnyc667


2.18/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours like dark muddy pond water that isn't that appealing. No head at all, dark and flat, cant see through it

S - Sweet roasted malts

T - Artificial toasty sweetness and the chocolate tastes like bad yoo-hoo, bitter

M - Feels flat, nothing there

O - Pass on this one

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 00:08:59 | More by DrewSnyc667
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- pours pitch black with a small light tan head that reduces quickly leaving no lace.

S- slightly artificial candy-like chocolate syrup, vanilla bean, grainy malt and so e graham cracker

T- sweet and chocolaty, just a trace of roasted notes, some cocoa. Finish is sweet with a bit if a grainy malt and chocolate linger

M- medium body and carbonation, creamy and velvety mouthfeel, finishes slightly thin and watery

O- simplistic stout, yet very drinkable. Pretty one dimensional but makes a good dessert beer that isn't too heavy. Reminds me of a poor mans Sam Smith Chocolate Stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 03:14:00 | More by Treyliff
Photo of fx20736

New York

4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic, served at room temp.

oil black with a billowing nougat head

aroma: chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Chocolate brownies, chocolate syrup, chocolate malt. the malt sneaks in at the end is a nice toasty chocolate malt.

mouthfeel: pretty thin, too thin for the style.

taste: rich and malty with lots of chocolate and just a touch of hops for bitterness.

notes: decent, tasty, easy drinking, great aroma. This beer would benefit from a bigger mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 01:29:22 | More by fx20736
Photo of hornsup


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle with date poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint

A: Poured a deep, dark brown color with a weakish khaki head that keeps a thin layer on the top while you drink

S: Smells like roasted malts, nesquik powder and dark chocolate..not much else

T: Tastes like a melted milk chocolate bar, not overly sweet, slight bitterness and metallic finish at the back end. Very chocolate forward, no booze

M: Thin mouthfeel, no stout characteristic to it but it is refreshingly smooth

O: Overall, this beer achieves its goal. Its a light stout with a very chocolate forward profile, no booze to make it appealing to more than beer connoisseurs and its perfect as a dessert substitute. People have been too harsh on this. Ratings would be higher if people just considered what it set out to do. But...what can you expect of people

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 04:37:03 | More by hornsup
Photo of hosehead83


3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Black in color with a nice cap of tan foam.
Aroma-Dark malt and cocoa powder
Taste-Herbal hop note, cocoa powder, dry finish. Flavors are not quite in harmony as they seem to exist seperately without complementing each other. Interesting but unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 16:21:17 | More by hosehead83
Photo of VoodooBear

Puerto Rico

3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with the "Best by" date printed on the neck. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown, almost black color. Develops a half finger dark tan head that fizzles out into thin ring. Leaves some nice, thick, lacing.

Smell: Smells of chocolate with a hint of roasted malt.

Taste: Almost a mirror image of the smell. Mainly chocolate with some roasted malt in the background a bit of bitterness to balance it all out. Not extremely flavorful or complex, but very satisfying and interesting.

Mouthfeel: Deep and rich, very nice texture. Full bodied with little carbonation.

Overall: "Less is more", pretty much defines this beer. The chocolate hint and roasted malt presence make it very easy to enjoy and a perfect brew for a cold night with some type of chocolate dessert. It gets creamier and the chocolate flavor is more pronounced as it warms, so let it sit at room temperature for a bit the enjoy it better.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 08:12:43 | More by VoodooBear
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep brown hue with a two finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full blown chocolate milk.

The taste consisted of a muttled mixture of cocoa, lactose and coffee.

The mouthfeel started full and finished dry.

Overall a decent stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2013 00:32:48 | More by plaid75
Photo of mcerka

New Jersey

1.7/5  rDev -53%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Bud Light mixed with NESQUICK. Also on the bottle stating "Ale with """NATURAL""" chocolate flavor. Anything that says natural is not quite natural. Limited Edition... thank christ. It's a good thing this beer was free because if I would have spent money on it i would spit it in the closes face near me.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 22:32:40 | More by mcerka
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