Harpoon Chocolate Stout - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Ratings: 763
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 16
Gots: 48 | 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:
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 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.

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

Poured into a snifter. Dark, dark-chocolate brown in color with a thin tan head that slowly migrates to the sides of the glass. Small traces of lacing.

Smokey, chocolate malts rise up from the glass. Chocolate is the dominating smell, as it should be.

The taste consists of dark chocolate, slightly bitter dark malts, some smokey wood presence and a touch of bittering hop. There is no mistaking this is chocolate stout, with this particular offering leaning towards the dark chocolate side. The flavor is at first sweet, but there is plenty of bitterness to follow, which keeps the sweetness in check.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, but a little on the watery side for a chocolate/dessert beer. Carbonation is more intense than I would like, but overall, the body hits a respectable level.

Drinkability is good. With the ABV at 6% and the body a little thinner than other chocolate stouts, one could have a couple of these in one night.

Overall, I'm really happy that Harpoon decided to release this outside of the winter mix pack. I feel like the flavor has improved from last years batch and that this should become a regular for Harpoon. I think if the carbonation were to be toned down a bit and the ABV bumped up a little, this could be an exceptional beer. As it is, it is damn tasty. Go pick some up.

Photo of riversider76
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with a thick tan head. Excellent retention and lots of laceing.Aroma is is of roasted malts and chocolate with hints of coffee. Body is a bit on the thin side with some carbonation. Taste is of malted chocolate.Milky with a roasted finish. Really good!

Photo of claminat420
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured the typical dark brown stout color with a hardy two finger tan head. medium to heavy lacing.

S- chocolate with a toasted malt scent. i can notice the alcohol just a tad.

T- for smelling the alcohol you can't really taste it. the chocolate holds the whole way through with a nice aftertaste. the roasted/chocolate malt just hits quick.

M- light bodied. good carbonation.

D- could take down a six no prob.

Overall- i'm not a huge stout fan but this one i give a thumbs up in my book. if you can grab this one i say give it a shot. or at least grab a single. it's weird being a huge hop fan with the ipa's then shoot over to the malt side.

Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was told at the Connecticut package store where I found this that it was hard to come by and I have to say it was the first I had seen it. I had high hopes. It pours a thick black brew with a modest light chocolate brown head and great lacing. The aroma is full of dark chocolate with a hint of peanut malt. Very likeable. The flavor seems to perfectly mimic the aroma with a subtle smoke and light pine hops that provides a dry finish. It's quite thin as some stouts might go but it's pretty solid medium bodied with a very smooth feel and beautifully carbonated with very fine bubblage. It's plenty drinkable. Just a bit thinner than I would like for this kind of stout. The flavor is good and it is refreshing and goes down pretty easy. Certainly worth a try.

Photo of scootny
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown with a light brown head. A deep rich chocolate nose with caramel sweetness flowing through. Same for the taste with a light lactic sourness. Did I mention the chocolate? Dry somewhat grainy finish. Firm bitterness in the finish. Feel is dry and somewhat crisp. Very drinkable. This goes down like a nice dry Irish stout.

Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured dark like most stouts with an inch of brown creamy foam.

Smell: Malty, sweet and dark roasted toasted hints

Taste & Mouthfeel: Tasty and toasty with a slight hint of chocolate. Very smooth and slightly sweet, but mostly the beer captures that chalky taste of roasted nuts.

Drinkability: Overall this beer is pretty good and for my first Harpoon beer, I've got high expectations for the rest of the stable. Had this one in the winter time and it's just what the doctor ordered. Kept the tummy warm and the smiles bright!

Photo of Samichlaus
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz into Pint Glass
A: Pours an almost completely opaque deep brown/black with a thick light brown head. Laces nice but after half the glass there is no more head or lacing.

S: Wonderful sweet chocolate aroma, vanilla, pumpernickel breadiness. As it gets warmer the vanilla aroma really comes out. Not much of a hop presence to speak of.

T: Sweet chocolate, toasted malts, a little vanilla in the background. Finishes chocolaty with a little bitterness, almost like a bakers chocolate and coffee.

M: Full body, chewy, nicely carbonated for a stout

D: A couple maybe. Strong chocolate presence might become tiring after that, for my taste anyway.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After 2 clunkers in Saison Royale and UFO White I'm hoping for a better effort from Harpoon.

Opaque dark brown/black with a 1 finger tan head. Fair skim collar retention with some sea foam lace.

The head smells like powdered cement mix. Thankfully that went away quickly; probably the first time I was hoping for poor retention. Hershey's chocolate, heavy cream, and espresso.

Taste is a balance of roast vs. sweet, chocolatey malt. Really good actually (Harpoon makes me skeptical for some reason, I think I blame the UFO series). Creamy body with a mild bitter in back (40 IBUs). Gets that buttery/pharmaceutical taste characteristic of Harpoon beers when they warm up.

A solid offering from Harpoon.

Photo of VTaler
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very very dark. When shown up to the light almost nothing was shown through, Brown head that goes away after a while and leaves a nice lacing
S - Chocolate & roasted barley
T - Tastes like chocolate milk. There is much chocolate malt present with a hint of real chocolate. The hops are there but very faint.
M - Pretty thick
D - extremely drinkable

Photo of Kallessin
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a full creamy tan head, like a dollop of whip cream with cocoa powder in it. Very dark brown, almost black with ruby highlights. Very nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Lots of chocolate/coffee mocha aroma. Almost a little charred smell, like slightly burned coffee beans. It really smells like a mocha milkshake made with real chocolate and coffee beans. Some of the hops come through a little with some woodsy notes. Really smells great.

It tastes very much like the aroma with a strong mocha flavor. After the first few sips, these flavors subside somewhat but the roasted flavors are still there with some woodsy/citrus hops kicking around in the back. Again, some charred flavors. This beer is actually more bitter than sweet.

Very creamy milky texture, but a little thin. Very satisfying but I wish there was just a little more body. Also a little prickly carbonation.

A very easy drinking stout. Nice flavor, but the aroma is outstanding. I'm very happy they released it six packs. I look for this one again next year.

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Just a standard dark looking stout. Looks like dark chocolate black.

S- Almost like how I would invison a dark chocolate syrup smelling; very sweet. Even has a distinictive brewed coffee smell. Also has a huge scent of malt. No real hop scent detected.

T- The malt takes over the taste of the dark chocolate. Tastes like burnt chocolate. Too malty and burnt tasting, and not enough sweetness. The finish is harsh. Again, it tastes all "burnt" when it finishes.I would so chose Guinness over this beer in taste.

M- Very carbinated, almost tooo carbinated. Sits in mouth too heavy.

D- Not bad, but I wouldn't suck these down one after the other. I'll leave that beer up to Harpoon's UFO series.

*- Overall I expected more from the Harppon Chocolate Stout then I got. Too woody-burnt tasting, and not enough chocolate taste for me to take the name "Chocolate" Stout seriously. And please Harpoon, cut back on the malty burn out of the beer!

Photo of Kelp
1.8/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer poured out dark brown with a finger of brownish head, which took a minute or two to disappear. It smells like burnt chocolate to me. The taste was of old cheap chocolate, like one of the bars you buy from students gone bad. It was watery in my mouth though the taste kept most of my thoughts away from thinking about this. The drinkability was that I chose to finish one and then try a second one , which I proceeded to pour down the drain after one sip. I usually like harpoon, but this one will never be tried again.

Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a big fluffy 2" tan head that lasts a long time.

Smell: chocolate and roasted malts are the dominant flavors here.

Taste: follow the nose as roasted malts, huge chocolate flavors, some molasses, and a decent bitterness make up a flavorful but simple stout.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start but very smooth at the finish. Short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: if you are in the mood for a chocolate stout this will suffice. Easy to drink, a few can be enjoyed in a session.

Photo of glid02
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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 MaxBrews
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A well-timed pour down the middle yields a large light-brown 3 and a half finger head. Head is both rocky and bubbly with great retention. Color is pitch black and the bubbly brown lacing once dissipated clings nicely to the glass.

Before even putting this beer up to my nose I could tell it was chocolaty Cracking the cap yields a strong malted chocolate ball smell that only intensifies at it pours. Once you smell it in the glass a roasted smell is also there. A double-team of coffee and chocolate take up the nose of this beer. Smells much like a mocha latte or coffee and chocolate ice cream.

While the smell may be an abundance of chocolate and roasted coffee, the first taste yields roasted malt with a hint of chocolate. This combines to add a tiny bit of iron to the taste. As you press on you finally get a chocolate taste, but its numb compared to the aroma. A bit overdone on the roast and really creates a drying sensation in the mouth.

The body is thick and the mouthfeel is almost powdery. Whatever was used to create such an enticing aroma is overdone once you actually taste this beer.

If you want a chocolate stout that is properly chocolaty this may be a great seasonal for you. A quarter way through this beer I was really uncertain. But as I pressed on I found it to be a nice dessert beer. This is something that is not for everyone, especially those who do not like chocolate. It needs a bit of work, but I can see this to be a nice beer to sit around the fireplace with.

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