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
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 803 | Reviews: 288
Photo of RVigz
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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 CFHMagnet
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of keithmurray
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Photo of cyclonece09
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of bmwats
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of gcamparone
3.88/5  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.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of stella77artois
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of apants007
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%
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.

Photo of Fergyx825
3.57/5  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.

Photo of TeamMathis
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of DrewSnyc667
2.22/5  rDev -39%
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

Photo of Treyliff
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of fx20736
4.21/5  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.

Photo of hornsup
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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

Photo of hosehead83
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of VoodooBear
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of mcerka
1.8/5  rDev -50.5%
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.

Photo of cbutova
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pint glass pour from a bottle with a black body. Light brown head forms to about a finger in size but doesn't retain well at all. The cap had a bubbly texture and leaves only a thin ring behind. Lacing is pretty much non-existent for me.

S-Reminds me of chocolate milk in a way with a sweet milk chocolate note coming off strong. Besides that just some roasted cracked grains and a slight dark fruit hint. Mostly the milk chocolate.

T- Follows the nose with the massive amount of milk chocolate. Reminds me a bit of Choklat in a way, a rich sweet cocoa/chocolate milk like flavor. Deeply roast grains and dark fruit besides that. Some burnt hints as well.

MF- Creamy and foamy overall feel but a bit on the thin side with lower end carbonation. Burnt and roast bitterness in the finish.

Very rich flavors, especially of decadent milk chocolate. The body isn't as good as it could be but a pretty good beer nonetheless.

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a really lovely beer, I especially love that chocolatey aroma that hits you immediately upon cracking the cap off. One thing that makes Harpoon beers so great is the intersection of great beer and not too expensive. There are definitely better chocolate stouts but they tend to cost more, and for a local Bostonian, ya gotta love a good Harpoon. They need to start serving Harpoon Chocolate Stout at the party at the end of the Brewery to Brewery 148 mile bicycle ride!

Photo of angrybabboon
2.22/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this to review after I drank a bottle and complained about it

Consumed 1/23/13

Appearance: Dark brown with a small, light tan head - fades quickly to virtually nothing, leaves a tiny ring, a few spots of lacing

Smell: Doesn't particularly smell like beer, smells more like someone tried to dissolve some tootsie rolls in vodka - overall, it smells like a cheap, chocolate liqueur - oddly artificial aroma, like an artificial chocolate syrup - sweet and sugary - some dark malts, some roast in the background

Taste: Slightly more pleasant than the aroma - artificial chocolate syrup - sweet and sugary - kind of tastes like I would imagine imitation Tootsie Rolls taste like (if there is such a thing) - a strange alcohol flavor that cannot be explained by the ABV - some roast in the background, minimal bitterness, mostly just sweet

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of thin, slick, minimal carbonation, sticky in a strange way

Overall: A great example of how not to make a chocolate stout

As I mentioned above, this kind of tastes like a watered-down chocolate liqueur with some overly sweet Tootsie Roll extract syrup. It's not the worst beer I've ever tasted (far from it), and it's not the worst thing I've ever tasted from Harpoon (I'm looking at you, Golden Wizard), but it's remarkably not good.

Harpoon Chocolate Stout from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 803 ratings.