Harpoon Chocolate Stout - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Ratings: 803
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 20
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
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Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brad007 on 10-24-2008

Harpoon Chocolate Stout is brewed with an abundance of chocolate malt and a touch of chocolate.

40 IBU
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Reviews by tvljr:
Photo of tvljr
3.02/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from the Harpoon Seasonal Mix 12 pack.

Appearance: Dark, Dark, Dark with a good 2 finger mocha head and a good lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: Strong chocolate smell. No doubt what you're about to drink.

Taste: Somewhat disappointing after the strong aroma as the chocolate taste tends to overwhelm the rest of the ingredients.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat metallic almost with a strong aftertaste.

Drinkability: Not the best chocolate stout I've had. A little watery and just too much chocolate. I like a hint of chocolate not a Hershey bar in my beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Roxie_B
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle

Appearance: Deep and dark. HUGE tan head.
Smell: Nothing complex really here. Chocolate up front, milk and a little something floral.
Taste: 3.5 Again, pretty linear but quite tasty. Not complex but it's chocolate and beer. If I can quote The Sound of Music in a beer review "These are a few of my favorite things"
Mouthfeel: Not the chewy monster that I normally get a stout for but I won't be surprised if it does linger well into the evening. 3.75
Overall: 3.75 My first chocolate stout and as a chocolate lover I think I have found something I am going to investigate more.

Photo of oberon
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sticks and Stones.Poured ink black into a standard pint glass with a thin almost non existent head atop.Aromas were all fudge with some underlying roast,a dessert beer no doubt.Big sweetness from the fudge-like chocolate flavors on the palate,some underlying vanilla but the chocolate is the major player here.There is just enough roast and dryness to keep it from being overly cloying.Take this beer for what it is,it's a sweet chocolate stout and it's true to form.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of generallee
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. There is no noticeable freshness date on the label.

Appearance: This beer pours dark brown nearly black and is nearly opaque. Only a little bit of light makes it through at the very edges of the glass. From the pour it produces a one inch beige collar of thick foam. The head hangs on well and makes some thin lacing on the glass.

Smell: There are strong chocolate and dark roasted malty notes in the aroma.

Taste/Palate: This is a strait forward medium to full bodied beer with a fairly thin texture for the style. It has a simple but very tasty rich dark chocolaty character with some sweetness from the malt as well as loads of roasted/toasted notes. I also get some bitter dark coffee notes that hook up with the light bitterness from the hops.

Notes: I really enjoyed this beer and wished I could get more than what was in the mixed sample pack.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours very dark with mahogany hues shining through when held to the light. Great, frothy, light brown head that retains forever! Smells like Hersheys syrup. So far, so good...then tasting the beer, it goes downhill. There's a certain off-taste right up front that sticks to the palate. Sort of tinny, along with chocolate syrup, and a weird cherry-like flavor. Semi dry finish, light carbonation, pretty thin. It's okay at best. Great looking beer, smells pretty promising, then let down by the actual substance of the brew - the flavor. Close, but no cigar.

Photo of Guden
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep dark brown with a thin lace of a tan head that sticks around and leaves some lacing.

S- Very complex with sweet milk chocolate predominating mixed with a good amount of raisin, smells like a raisin candy bar in a good way. Also in the mix are light espresso, vanilla and whipped cream.

T- Not as complex as the nose but still tasty. Lots of chocolate with a finish of the whipped cream, the other flavors seem lost in the mix. It's a little like drinking chocolate milk and even more so like melted chocolate ice cream.

M- Smooth and creamy. It's not the perfect creaminess that some stouts accomplish but it certainly comes close to the mark.

D- This is a good beer that I would be happy to have again, in fact I'm gonna have another one right now, but in the end I'd give it up to try something new in a heartbeat.

Photo of Billolick
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, with "best by" dating etched onto the neck of the bottle of 03-15-09. Pours with little head developing above. A load of dark chocolate fudge brownies awakens the nostrils. More chocolate, fudge, chocolate syrup, chocolate bars, and then some more chocolate notes on the palate. I don't think they skimped on the chocolate on this one. None too subtle, not one I would go for again real soon. Likely would go well with a, you guessed it, chocolate dessert of some sort.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown to black with a brown head. The aroma is milk chocolate and some roasted malts. The flavor is chocolate with something resembling chocolate milk in there as well. The flavor is pretty good, but the very end of the flavor as well as the aftertaste have something going on I didn't really like, though I am not sure how to describe it. The mouthfeel is creamy and the carbonation is medium to high.

Photo of jondeelee
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Harpoon's version of a chocolate stout begins with the notice on the label: "brewed with an abundance of chocolate malt and a touch of chocolate flavor." One whiff reveals that the label does not lie. The aroma is indeed quite chocolatey, smelling of malts, chocolate, and coffee, and coming off on the nose very much like some of Starbucks' more tasty mocha latte creations.

On the tongue, the beer does taste less like a coffee creation, but the resemblance is still strong, with the major flavors still being chocolate malt, coffee, and milk chocolate. A hint of tobacco and ash lies deep beneath, and a runnel of cream threads throughout the mouthful. The aftertaste is more heavily dominated by chocolate malt, but good portions of sweet chocolate still remain, and linger on the tongue for quite a while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, this is a good chocolate stout, though perhaps slightly too heavy on the milk chocolate flavoring, as the beverage does tend to come across sweet--like a big shot of chocolate syrup into a slightly-too-small cup of coffee. Still, the flavors are good, and the beer goes down easily.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pulled from fridge poured into a standard pint glass. freshness date was unclear.

pours out pretty much opaque black, just very slight ruby hues in the light. 1 1/2 fingers of creamy tan, mocha colored head that slowly faded to a retentive creamy layer. tiny bits of lace.

lots of milk chocolate and maybe just a hint of roast. not much else going on, maybe a bit lactose like.

again, milk chocolate in the begining and some bitter dark chocolate towards the finish. a touch of light dark fruits with a nice bitter finish. kind of a muddled unappealing aftertaste. simple, maybe a touch artificial but overall pretty tasty.

lighter side of medium bodied, maybe a bit too much carbonation.

an easy drinker, but 2 would be more than enough. overall a simple beer, the chocolate is there, but nothing blowing me away. ive had better chocolate stouts, but ive always had worse.

Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown with a thick and dimpled head of oatmeal colored foam that lingers long. Inviting aroma of rich cocoa, semi sweet, just a bit of roasted malt.

Flavor is initially full of cocoa, but moves quickly to roasted malt and understated bitterness. Mild hop flavors punctuate, and some espresso notes emerge in the finish. Well balanced beer tending a bit more toward cocoa than malt. Flavor seems somewhere between a Southern Tier Choklat and a Rogue Chocolate Stout.

Even mouthfeel, fairly full but tending toward slick, finishes dry. Tasty beer for the season, prtty drinkable.

Photo of stapleton87
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, nearly black. Nice creamy chocolate colored head with good retention.

S: Rich chocolate and coffee with a hint of nuttiness. Faint smell of alcohol. Overall, a very good smelling brew.

T: Medium bodied, tastes pretty heavily of chocolate with a mocha/coffee finish. Alcohol is detectable and at a desirable level.

M: Not the thickest stout, but mouthfeel is nice. Creamy, smooth, this is what you expect in a stout and this example is well executed.

D: Very drinkable stout with a nice blend of simple and familiar flavors. Feel free to have a few of these on a cold rainy night.

This is a good stout, it's not groundbreaking but it is very solid. If you see the Harpoon Wintry Mix, pick it up knowing you're getting a nice sampling of some good beer in a range of different styles.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pitch black hue for the body with a nice full thick mocha tan head, nice even lacing between sips. Aroma dark malts herbal hops with a touch of cocoa powder. Flavor is sickengly straight forward with cocoa powder additions, I feel like I took a spoonful of Hershey's cocoa powder. Creamy milk finish with that cocoa dominance no real hop tones. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sturdy carbonation level no overdone. Drinkability is solid a bit too dessert for my likings but if cocoa powder is your thing this beer gives it up.

Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle (dated 2011) served in a pint glass.

Pours nearly black and apparently clear, but leaves slight reddish-brown highlights at edges of glass. Small and relatively short-lived tan.

Aroma - pronounced aroma of chocolate (think brownies and hot chocolate mix) with a background of roasted malt and vanilla. Sweet.

T - Follows aroma to some extent, with pronounced chocolate flavor. Sweet, perhaps a bit too much so for my taste, but not cloying and with notable bitterness as well. Harpoon's website says IBU = 40, but it doesn't seem that high. Lingering chocolate flavors plus chocolate malt and a hint of coffee in the finish. Although relatively strong, the chocolate flavors are too much like Hersheys milk chocolate and not enough like a fine dark chocolate.

M - near medium body; creamy smooth; low carbonation.

O - One of the most chocolate flavored beers I've tried. I appreciated the brewer's boldness but this brew may have gone too far with the cocoa for some. I found the level fine but was disappointed with the particular quality of the chocolate flavor and the fact that the flavors did not gel as well as one might hope. Should work well as a dessert beer.

Photo of glid02
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by Ding - thanks!

Pours a dark brown color with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of a strong combination of dark and milk chocolate. Not cocoa nibs, not chocolate malts, just chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells however the flavor is maltier than the aroma lets on. Chocolate malt flavors with light hints of roastiness up front sweeten midway through the sip. The ending is mildly bitter leaving hints of chocolate lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's got a slightly thinner than average body with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I have to say that the first half of my glass went down quickly then the flavors began to wear on me. It tastes slightly as though the chocolate was piped in as an adjunct though it's still solidly drinkable. Worth a shot if you like chocolate however it lacks the body of some other intensely chocolate beers (think Choklat) to make it very good.

Photo of lizzlethenurse
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I would consider this far more of a coffee stout rather than chocolate. It smells beautifully of sweet chocolate, but the taste is more bitter and malty than what I was expecting. However, it's very smooth and rich, would be perfect on a cold winter evening. The head was full and very thick, but dissipated rather quickly (which I liked). Rich dark in color. The aftertaste is barely noticeable, yet leaves your mouth feeling warm. Overall, this is a good beer.

Just don't be fooled - this is not as chocolatey as you are expecting, my fellow chocoholics! A good winter beer nonetheless.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. It has a DBD.

A: Looks great: black with a fingernail fluffy, brown head. The head settles down into a ring with a bit of lacing.

S: Nice punch of coco, milk chocolate, coffee, toasty malt.

T: Burnt malt, bitter chocolate, NesQuik powder, bitter in the back with burnt malt and black coffee and cream in the finish.

M: Medium bordering on heavy.

O: Solid. If you like sweeter stouts you will not enjoy this one as it is mostly darker and bitter chocolate flavors.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 3/15/12. Aged for 4 months.

A: Pours a deep black with hints of brown around the edges. 1 and a half finger khaki head. Head dissipates to a thin film.

S: Plentiful nose of dark chocolate, milk and sweet chocolate as well. Smells a little bit like a banana smoothie.

T: Has a sweet chocolate taste to it. Could see this being a milk stout as well. Some coffee notes, good roasted malt. Slight hop taste still left in it.

M: A little thin for a stout but that makes it quite drinkable. Good carbonation and doesnt leave any unwanted resins.

Overall one of the most sessionable chocolate stouts. Reasonably priced and liked by a lot of people.

Photo of BetterDarker
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into snifter.

A- Pours nearly black, khaki colored head, ~.5 inch thick, no retention, little lacing. Would like to see some more head. I think most of us would.

S- Nothing but chocolate aroma for me.

T- Decent chocolate flavor albeit a bit artificial, slight bitterness. I really can't taste anything but chocolate,

M- Feels light for a stout, good carbonation.

D- Fairly easy drinking, I would have another.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep black with brown highlights when held up to the light. A one finger mocha colored head formed and dissipates quickly to a layer of very fine bubbles on top.

S: Lots of cocoa and milk chocolate. There is a little bit of roasted malt aroma at the back end, but the chocolate dominates.

T: Milk chocolate up front and some bitter dark chocolate through the midpalate. The finish is bitter and actually a bit unappealing.

M/D: On the lighter side of medium. Pretty easy drinking with a nice chocolate flavor as advertised. The aftertaste isn't great, but I didn't really expect this beer to be amazing.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harpoon- Chocolate Stout

A- Dark almost opaque brown with a good thick tan head. Solid lacing and the head held up nicely.
S- Dusty dry chocolate with a light touch of piney grassy hops.
T- Thick sweet milk chocolate with a light touch of cream and fresh pine hops.
M- Thick sweet and dry. Dry cocoa feel throughout with a mild hop bitterness in the end.

Overall- Much tastier than I was expecting. A good solid stout.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.45/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is part of a very diverse winter '08-'09 twelve pack that includes an old Harpoon favorite of mine, the Munich-type Dark ale. I had this one last time I was in the Boston brewery, direct from the tasting room. The pack also includes UFO, winter Warmer and IPA.

This one pours into my Otter Creek World Tour Imperial pint glass looking like an opaque black color, but a tiny bit of light is popping through as a deep ruby amber color. The head is an active tan color that dissipates rather fast for a stout, a bit too much carbonation perhaps is keeping this one from forming a solid crown.

The aroma is a very bold chocolate liquer scent with Swiss miss choclate cocao and vanilla. The heat from the alcohol is a bit sharp on the nose which creates a very intense liquer-like scent. This chocolate scent overpowers everything else.

The flavor is exactly the same as the aroma, it's a cloying, syruppy chocolate liquer with hot cocoa mix and a sharp, heagt that really makes this one taste like a chocolate-infused vodka drink with Hershey's syruppy poured in it. The chocolate effect is way too much with little else to balance this one out...besides the alcohol heat, which is way to sharp fpr 6 + % abv.

The feels is a bit too thin and active for my palate, it's really only this side of medium bodied, and it finishes rather lifeless and slick.

I was very dissapointed in this brew, it comes in a rather exciting twelve pack, but alas, it was my least favorite.

Photo of BennyL1
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another offering from the Harpoon winter pack
Best by 3/15/11

A - Pours a very dark brown with a slim tan head that quickly fades away. No lacing on the glass. Looks ok, just wish there was a bit more there.

S - Dark chocolate notes up front with some slight coffee undertones. Nice roasted malt aromas in there as well.

T - Roasted malts and milk chocolate up front. Not artificial tasting either, really pleasant taste. Not overly complex but solid for sure.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium body with light carbonation.

D - Pretty good, the two in the variety pack were a good choice. If one was offered to me I would have again for sure.

Photo of mempath
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour deep and dark...held to light, it's still a black hole of density...dark brown foamy head settles fast with some low lacing.

yeah, it's smells like being in a dark chocolate factory. right next to the coffee factory. toasty notes of malt are still eclipsed by the massive cocoa onslaught. you'll either love it or not. i love it.

nose carries over with the chocolate armada but reveals more toastiness/burntness of toffee, coffee and black strap molasses. smells sweeter than it tastes. more bitter. and complex, if you let it warm a bit. really interesting, but no lasting finish. clean but i'ld like some lingering.

for all the heaviness, it's got a bit of carbonation that keeps things a little more crisp than i'd expect. also makes what could seem very heavy not so much.

drinkable for sure, but not a session brew. nice for one during the winter months or at a party. switch to the Winter Warmer after this. or better yet, something lighter to move on to the next heavy winter ale.

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Harpoon Chocolate Stout from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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