Harpoon Chocolate Stout - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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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
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
Harpoon Chocolate Stout from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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