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Harpoon Chocolate Stout - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Ratings: 778
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 16
Gots: 64 | 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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Photo of Saint
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is unique. Its black as night with a caramel cream tint to its mostly white head. It smells memorizing, absolutely fantastic. Its aroma is that of a slightly bittersweet dark chocolate, with a hint of mocha. Its taste is bold, kinda like someone melted a really fine dark chocolate bar, mixed it with some Baileys and then carbonated it all. Its incredible. My initial reaction was surprise for such a bold taste, I had assumed it would be a much more subtle flavor, I was very pleasantly surprised. Its mouthfeel is slightly creamy. I've enjoyed this from both a bottle, and chilled pint glass, both were enjoyable, but I must say I preferred the bottle, the carbonation was heavier in the bottle, and really complements the bold flavor. Its drinkability pretty fine, they go back nice and easy, but then may not be a beer you could or would want to chain drink. It also made on of the greatest dessert beers I've ever enjoyed, It may be the greatest beer for a beerfloat (beer & ice cream, preferably coffee or vanilla) that I've tried. Overall I really enjoyed this beer, a lot more then i expected.

Photo of portia99
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 4/15/10) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Extremely dark brown in color with a finger of cappuccino head that has good staying power. Drops to a thick collar and an uneven coating of bubbles across the surface after hanging around for a minute or so. No lacing left on the glass.

S - The name of this beer doesn't lie. Chocolate is abundant, even from a foot away. Lots of milk chocolately aroma with mixtures of some darker chocolates..smells almost like a Godiva liqueur. A dessert in a glass from the aroma anyway.

T - Definitely heavy in chocolate here too, but more going on in the flavor. Up front is a hoppy and coffee bitterness and roastiness. This is followed all the way to the finish by a thick coating of milk chocolate goodness. A mocha delight...think coffee with Hershey's syrup mixed in.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side for my liking. Carbonation is just shy of medium...overall, gives a bit of a watery feel. Definitely a weak spot on this beer.

D - This would be great with a chocolately dessert, thinking dark chocolate with some kind of fruit - raspberries, strawberries, cherries...would go great. By itself I think this is a one in a sitting type of beer. Quite enjoyable, but in moderation, but with dessert this can't be beat.

Photo of bonkers
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I helped a friend out moving and he bought me some Harpoon. I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It pours opaque black with a fizzy white head, no lacing. Bittersweet chocolate rules the nose with a back drop of freshly ground coffee. The flavor of bakers chocolate runs through the beer. It is slightly more bitter than the nose indicates, not overwhelmingly so. IMO this is a bit thin for a stout, the carbonation is moderate. A decent beer that gets caught between a hearty stout and a desert beer.

Photo of zebco
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black color. Tan head laced nicely. Roasty, roasty, roasty on the nose. Rich, dark chocolate too. Somewhat sweet smelling. My wife smelt soy sauce. Not so sure about that one. A very rich, chocolate flavor (expected!). Flavors of coffee, cream, also a hop bite in there. The dark chocolate/coffee flavor stays there throughout the brew. A crisp, not too heavy of a mouthfeel. I found this pretty easy to consume. I'd drink another if I had one. It came from my buddies 12 pack sampler.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown that might not have been opaque if this was a sunny morning rather than an overcast one. Generous burnt orange edges are seen along the bottom edge of the glass, while an attractive crown the color of coffee-with-cream rests up top. Enough sudsy lace sticks in the end.

The aroma is reminiscent of chocolate baked goods (brownies or cake) rather than beer. Maybe that's because 'an abundance' of chocolate malt and 'a touch' of chocolate was used. Truthfully, it smells a little odd, though not unpleasant.

Chocolate Stout's flavor has the same sort of vibe. Even if the brewery didn't tell us that chocolate was added, it was obvious from the first sip (actually, the first sniff). 40 IBUs seems like a lot for a beer of this ABV. Less bitterness and more sweetness would have been better.

Specific flavors include bittersweet brownies, black coffee and bitter tea leaves. Maybe a smidgen of citrus zest, but it isn't a grapefruit bomb by any means. While hopheads will find a lot to like, the black IPA similarities don't really work here.

It's extremely unlikely that 'an abundance' of barley malt was used. If it was, it certainly isn't reflected in the mouthfeel. The beer is on the light side of light-medium and isn't the least bit creamy. Add lackluster carbonation and this is clearly the lowlight.

Harpoon Chocolate Stout is probably best viewed as an Irish dry stout with much more hoppiness than is typical for that style. It's interesting and was fun to drink, but I have little or no need to do so again.

Photo of chicagoish
2.17/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle a goblet..

A- Black,dark with a tanish hea.

S- Chocolate,roast, malt and smoke.

T- At first I liked the taste. It had a roasted chocolate taste, but as the brew warmed, I started liking it less an less. It became a fake smoky taste that didn't leave a very pleasant aftertaste. I'm thinking the alcohol esters are taking over. There is some metallic taste going on also...

M- A medium thickness and smoothness.

D- I'm having trouble finishing this one, so I don't think much of it's drinkability.

Photo of rawthar
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my Brooklyn goblet...think I need a new beer glass.

A- Black and opaque, the one finger of off white head looks about as inviting as anything I'd want to quaff.

S- The chocolate hits first, but its definitely a malty chocolate, roasted and hearty, not sugary or overly sweet. Right behind that chocolate is the high-nose coffee roast like a Chicory. A great balance.

T- Taste follows the nose as closely as any beer I can remember. Somewhere between the malty chocolate and the malty roasts is a bit of hoppy dryness- not bitter, not flowery, but dry. The chocolate flavor is immediately intense but swiftly mellows, nothing sticky about it at all.

M- Not as thick or slick as an Imperial, most of the mouthfeel seems to come from the carbonation. Not a bad thing, but I like to chew on my stouts a little.

D- This is a great desserty style beer, awesome for after dinner or a cold snowy night. Just about anytime a mug of hot chocolate sounds good, this will one-up it.

Photo of bob3701
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a very deep dark brown with just the faintest of light shinning through with a tan creamy head that slowly goes into a ring with OK lacing. Nice chocolated and roasted malt aroma. Chocolate is the primary flavor here but not too sweet and not too bitter. Silky in the mouth and goes down easy. Not a bad stout.

Photo of jneiswender
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz glass into a pint glass.

A-jet black body, nice thick, mocha head.

S-great intense smell of dark chocolate.

T-some coffee, dark chocolate throughout and almost an ice cream like finish

M-full and slick

D-this is certainly one of the better chocolate stouts out there. No fake flavor. No detectable hop flavor so it might loose points for not being "beer" enough. great beer for the chocoholics.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Harpoon Brewery:

Appearance: Pours a deep dark inky black color with a medium head and good retention. Very dark.

Smell: Smells like shaved chocolate and a deep rich malty backbone.

Taste: Very fresh tasting as its right from the brewery. Good mocha like flavors topped with a creamyness that is very evident.

Mouthfeel: Overcarbonated for my liking. Smooth dry finish is surprising from such a rich chocolaty stout.

Drinkability: Another go to stout for my lineup. I would let it warm slightly and sit out to lose some carbonation but its a great stout and example of the style.

Photo of nastley3
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This chocolate stout had a rich flavor, but was slightly too chocolatey. The mouthfeel was creamy, but because it was too sweet it is a beer that I would only drink on rare occasion. The smell was of strong chocolate/coffee. I would recommend this beer to someone who does not like the taste of hops.

Photo of boudreaux
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Opaque, can't see through it at all. Black color; caramel, off-white head.
Aroma consists of coffee, vanilla beans, chocolate, and toasted/burnt malts. Very little hops presence.
Tastes like coffee and chocolate; vanilla also noticeable; appearance of caramel, molasses, and some lactose at the very end.

Mouthfeel seems lighter than I expected for this style, with coffee and chalk aftertaste.

Amazing nose, but the flavor and feel of it just doesn't add up. A little more body and hops would make this pretty epic.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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 runningjoke
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Deep and dark with a light brown head.

Smells of burnt malts, bittersweet chocolate, and alcohol.

Tastes of Roasted malts, and chocolate liquor, a hint of orange, and alcohol. Slightly peppery on the finish. Leaves a slightly mineral and bitter aftertaste.

Medium body with prickly carbonation, not quite the feeling one would want from a beer with these flavors.

This beer fills you up, not one to drink too many of.

Photo of scottyshades
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque pitch black color that produces a short-lived caramel color head. Not bad at all, pretty typical.

S: Very very nice nose on this one. Up front you get whole coffee beans, vanilla, chocolate, fudge, toasted and burnt malts, followed by a touch of lactose. Hops are not very noticeable at all.

T: Similar to the nose. Coffee and chocolate are more profound, vanilla is kicked up a notch too. Caramel, molasses, and some lactose at the very end. According to the website this beer has 40 IBU's, all of which I cannot notice besides a touch of bitterness.

MF/D: Light for an American stout, lingering coffee bean finish. Chalky at the end and the carbonation is a little prickly for my liking.

This brew has an amazing nose, but the flavor and feel of it just doesn't add up. A little more body and hops would make this pretty epic.

Photo of matty
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black beer with a rich foamy head.Aroma is and taste are chocolate malts and sweet cream.Smooth and delicious you could make a pretty damn good chocolate float out of one of these.Light years better than their winter warmer.It says only limited edition so I would recommend you try one before they are gone.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As soon at the bottle opened I was swept to a magic land, one where everything I touch turns to chocolate. It smells of bitter dark chocolate, tastes of burnt chocolate, and feels like velvety sex appeal. One of the better chocolate stouts I have had this season.

I was ready to spend a good portion of my time singing the praises of this tasty brew, but then a beautiful lady read the bottle. Natural chocolate "flavor." Shit. Really guys? Scared to clog up your brew kettle with a pile of cocoa?

-2 cool points.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Black with a very small tan head that was also very short-lived.
Chocolate fills the aroma for the most part with a hint of roasted malt.
The taste is strong chocolate upfront with some bitter roastiness mixing in before returning to a sweet chocolate finish.
Medium bodied with mild carbonation and sort of a chalky feel.
Drinkable as a treat, not an 'all nighter' by any stretch.

Photo of TonyReaves
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a small head that didn't stick around. Too bad- I like lingering head on a stout. Smells like chocolate. More specifically, chocolate syrup.

Wow- sweet. Yeah, the chocolate is straight Hershey's chocolate syrup. I'm sure that's a turn-off for a lot of people, but this reminds me of sundaes in the summer. I just want to float ice cream in this. It's carbonated chocolate milk that gets you drunk. Keep kids away from this!

Medium bodied, and a good amount of prickly carbonation keeps the sweetness from lingering. This was a nice treat, but I couldn't session this. Time to grab something bitter.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Black with a real nice thick 2 finger tan head. No light coming through this one.

S- Smells of dark chocolate with a slight coffee mocha flavor. Also getting a roasted malt, very sweet smell.

T- Amazing! Has a great hoppy bitterness at first but finishes with a strong delicious mocha dark chocolate flavor. Kind of dry but not to bad, well balanced. As it warms up and even before, the alcohol is definitely detectable as the taste fades. It's kind of like drinking a chocolate cappuccino in beer form hahah

M- Overall real smooth and easy to drink. Has a decent amount of carbonation though that tickles the tounque as it goes down. But not to much, still like any other stout.

D- I couldn't see drinking more than one of these for it's pretty heavy feeling in the stomach and I wouldn't want to get sick of the flavor.

I see this beer as the perfect dessert, whether it be with a meal or your last beer. I would take this beer over any cake or brownie any day! Great stout, harpoon definitely knew what they were doing with this one. I reccomend it

Photo of mempath
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of JohnL9013
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Harpoon made this?

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.

Photo of stapleton87
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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 stakem
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle with a best by date of 2/15/10

Pours a very dark brown color with less than a finger of tanned head. Doesn't have much retension outside of a thin lace on top of the beer. Nose is a mixture of sweet milk chocolate in the front and blends to coffee in the finish but mostly dominated by the sweet chocolate aroma. Taste is chocolately upfront with a little burnt grain bitterness in the finish, taste blends from chocolate to coffee just like the aroma. Moderate to high amount of carb and thin bodied. Very drinkable and would have it again.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Guinness glass: black/brown, with two fingers of beige head with great lacing and surprisingly evident carbonation. The smell was not surprisingly dominated by chocolate, and nothing but chocolate...cocoa powder and bittersweet dark chocolate. The taste confirmed this, with a smooth finish, and VERY dry afterwards. More carbonated than expected, but a little thin for the style. Certainly would benefit from a thicker mouthfeel, and possibly some more roasted maltiness.

Harpoon Chocolate Stout from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 778 ratings.