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Harpoon Chocolate Stout - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Ratings: 778
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.38%
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 sisuspeed
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +8.5%
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
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +9.9%
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
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
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
4.09/5  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
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
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
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
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
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
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
1.84/5  rDev -49.5%
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 +10.7%
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
3.65/5  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 MaxBrews
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a tan foamy head. Not much retention, no lacing. You can see through this beer, even without holding it up to the light. Still, inviting -- keep an open mind folks.

Great cocoa powder/milk chocolate aroma mixed with lightly toasted grain. Definitely a chocolate stout.

Ugh -- what a friggin letdown. Watery, thin flavored brew with hints of sweet chocolate, brown bread toast, and then a lightly sour boiled barley flavor. Too damn light. Jesus guys, what'd you do, brew one strong barrel and then stretch it out to about 5,000?

Thin mouthfeel and lightly carbonated. I'd say that this would help to keep the flavors from being cloying, if there were any to BE cloying.

I went down easy, but just not for the reason that it was delicious. Easy to drink because you seem to be searching for flavor, so you get bigger gulps in. Once again, another big letdown from these brewers. Mediocre at best.

Photo of kkosmoski
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beer served into a Mad Elf snifter. An angry pour gave me a healthy dose of light tan frothy head. This stout is dark as night sitting in the glass. Aromas of cocoa powder, dark caramel, and bread pudding wafting off the top of this - all sweets and nothing in the way of hops. Flavor includes milk chocolate cocoa, charred malt, burnt toast, and a bit of dark soy sauce in the finish. This has a smooth medium feel to it. I think this suffers a bit in drinkability due to its kind of wierd savory acrid finish. A pretty good seasonal stout.

Photo of stewart124
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an intense black with a thin tan head.

Smells of sweet chocolate, roasted characters and espresso.

Medium bodied with a residual sweetness and a noble hop bitterness. Some caramel, roasted malts and an acrid finish. The bold notes and big character are lacking in this stout. Slightly artificial chocolate flavors. Almost like chocolate milk at times.

Not a bad american stout but I'd prefer it without the 'chocolate flavoring'

Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brow, pretty much black.

S: Chocolate milk. Plain and simple.

T: Chocolaty but not overpowering. More like a slightly burnt cocoa.

M: Pretty creamy, almost drinking a slightly carbonated chocolate milk, but when you don't put too much syrup in the glass.

D: High, but I'm partial to stouts.

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 2/15/10-

Pours black with very dark brown highlights on edges. A creamy thin brown head sits atop, leaving some lacing.

The smell is of chocolate syrup and cocoa powder with underlying bready notes - reminiscent of chocolate cake.

The taste is nice and chocolatey with breadiness and roast balancing the chocolate syrup sweetness. Sweet, but not too... Finish isn't quite abrupt, but could linger longer...

It hits full-bodied with a creamy texture. This is a nice choice for a chocolatey dessert brew that is not too overpowering.

Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pour into a pint glass.

Pours night black w/ thick creamy head an tan foam that bubbles (seemingly) both up and down. An interesting beer to watch. Pronounced lacing evident.

Sweet chocolately smell like a glass of Nestle Quik.

Taste is creamy malty chocolate with a mild bittered roasted coffee finish. Smooth mouthfeel.

Solid stout. Very drinkable. Tasty chocolately mixture, not too much to drown the taste. Nice malt blend. I liked this much more than I was expecting.

Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Impressive three finger head; settles with a nice dome. Extensive spotty lace on the glass. Near black color; no light shines through.

Burnt toast aroma from extensive black patent. Dark, bitter chocolate smell--kinda a powdered cocoa nose.

More dark chocolate than the toast in the flavor. The body is too thin for the style, although the carbonation is relatively low. This makes the body slightly chewy. Interestingly, I taste a touch of children's aspirin in the background (the fake orange flavor kind). Light hop.

With a richer body, this would be a very nice stout.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty safe beer with big cocoa notes and light on body.

A very dark ale pours with light carbonation, low-lying head formation and fair retention. Very light on lacing. A calm looking beer reminescent of cask ales.

Big on bitter chocolates, burnt cocoa, and roasted coffee flavors and aromas. Quite nutty, aggressive on chocolate, vanilla, and milk-like sweetness. (seems a bit more tilted toward a Foreign Export Stout than American Stout). Hops contribute to a bitter balance but no real flavor or aroma. No outstanding esters or phenols, this is a pretty straight forward beer.

The body is light in comparison to the boldness of flavors, leaving the beer a bit empty, thin, and allowing a harsher grain texture to come through a bit more than it should.

A nice beer that needs some work but could be great.

Photo of imaguitargod
2.41/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours to a nice light brown colored head which slowly dissipates to a ring around the edges of the glass. I'm on the fence about this. I both like it and dislike it. Upon a sip, it's definitely too thin bodied, almost watered down. There's a slight roasty quality which I like and I like the milky chocolaty flavors as well. But they all seem so flat for some reason. There's also a dry mouthfeel after a few sips that's displeasing. It was a nice attempt, and I would drink a sixer if it was given to me, but I feel it needs some more work.

~Jonathan Passow

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.

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