Harpoon Chocolate Stout - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Ratings: 765
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 16
Gots: 48 | 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:
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 glid02
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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
3.23/5  rDev -11%
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
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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 +7.4%
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
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
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 +3.3%
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
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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
2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
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 -14.6%
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 NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 sinstaineddemon
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nigh impenetrable black in color, with a finger of dark tan head sitting atop

S - rich milk chocolate aromas hit me first, alos a lactic/coffee aroma, i would liken it to coffee ice cream

T - the coffee becomes more dominant in the taste than in the aroma, still a sweeter, milked coffee like coffee ice cream, some roasted malty nuttiness in there as well, it combines with the coffee for a rich hazelnut aroma, this is quite tasty

M&D - thinner than i expected, not quite as thin as a irish dry stout, but not think, chewy or syrupy, makes for great sessioning, spot on and quality flavors make this a nice 6pack for a xmas party this year, well done Harpoon, makes this a yearly release

Photo of tvljr
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of ruby highlights and a 3 finger mocha head that dissipates but never really leaves. Tons of lace impales itself on the glass. I could smell chocolate as soon as I popped the cap on this one. Fresh ground coffee, milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, and some brown sugar and toffee round out the nose. Taste is mostly chocolate syrup, and seems artificial. Brown sugar toffee and butter round out the taste. Leaves a lingering bitter chocolate taste in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel, medium body, light carbonation. I liked this one a bit. I could see myself drinking a few of these, but the artificial chocolate twang is definitely a turn off.

Photo of PBoegel
2.17/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams tasting glass. Boy was really looking forward to this. The beers appearance is great, deep black with some mahogany highlights as it pours with a dense creamy dark brown tightly beaded head.

The aroma is deep dark roasted grain, bittersweet chocolate, fudge, fresh crushed dark roast coffee beans and cooled espresso. Don't know if it was the hops or an off shoot of fermentation but their is an orange like fruity character that goes between fresh orange rind and the the fake sugar coated orange slice candy. The aroma profile is less inviting as it warms and you take some sips.

This is where the fun ends for this beer. The flavor is just intensely chemical and extract twang chocolate additive flavoring. There is not much more I can add that would be positive. I can only hope this beer mellows with sometime in the bottle but it is one of the few drain pours I have come across.

So much promise, but beyond looks and some good aromatics this beer just is not a keeper.

Photo of VTbeerbroad
2.1/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

I had high hopes for this beer, mostly because I bought it when my hair was still blonde and I failed to notice that the label says "chocolate flavor". It would have been more honest of them to say "chocolate" flavor, or "chocolate-ish" flavor, because it tastes like they dumped generic chocolate syrup in the vats. Ugh.

It looks great when you pour it- dark and gorgeous, with some lingering head (we all like lingering head, no?), but as soon as I lifted the glass to my nose I knew I was in trouble. If this beer were a guy, he would have gotten a peck on the cheek as I leapt from his car in front of a house down the block from where I actually live.

Alas, this beer is not a guy, and therefore I not only paid for it but I brought it home immediately.The flavor is a major disappointment. While good chocolate stouts have a nice roasty/toasty/malty thing going on and will sometimes use actual chocolate, this one has none of that complexity.

This beer does have the right body. If you hold your nose it's like drinking a Young's. Sadly, it tastes like a straight up ale with cheap chocolate syrup added. Not only that, but the bad taste lingers. And lingers. And lingers. Like the creepy dude who was with the dude that your roommate just went to the bathroom to make out with. Seriously not recommended.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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 cpetrone84
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-deep black color, two full fingers of a thick dark caramel brown head, lingers for a good bit, leaves a little lace on the glass

S-big roasted chocolate malt, living up to the name

T/M-the full smell is not followed with big flavor. there is some roasted malt taste and some dark chocolate but the beer is very light bodied, almost watered down. Very thin, it is smooth; but just way too light.

D-not something I would like to drink often, it smelled pretty nice; but it +'s end there.

Photo of Kinsman
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a typical stout black with a tan foamy head, quickly fading to leave some lace on the glass.

S: Noticeable dark chocolate aroma, and a strong roasted malt scent

T: Roasted character provides a somewhat harsh bitterness. Chocolate flavors are almost overdone on this one, but they don't completely ruin it.

M: Kind of a disappointment here. Just doesn't have the body you would expect from a stout like this.

D: Overall not a bad beer and worth trying one. However there are definitely better stouts out there.

Photo of JamesS
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a great dark brown/black color with some decent initial head and a bit of nice lacing. Very deep chocolate scent (cocoa powder), and a nice sweet malty aroma. Nice chocolate flavor, although tasted more powder than syrup, but that's fine; Nice deep malt, but the chocolate covered up too much of the stout attributes (burnt grain, coffee, etc) for it to be a truly exceptional stout. Goes down very smoothly, thick and creamy, no hint of alcohol. Nice holiday beer.

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

pours black, but not as black as I would expect from a chocolate stout.
small brown head that fades very quickly, leaving little lacing.
Milk chocolate, slight burnt sensation fill the nostrils.
Bitter chocolate seeming in the taste, no doubt from the hops though.
Slightly astringent?
Thin on the feel.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up as a part of the Harpoon winter sampler. Dark opaque black with small tan head that fades quickly, no lacing really to speak of. Strong dark chocolate and molasses notes in the aroma, smells very pleasant. Taste follows the nose--big dark chocolate notes, molasses, and some roasted malt... lingering aftertaste. Feel is a bit thin and over-carbonated. Drinks well--tastes good, although simple and thin.

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

12 Oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Black... no head or lacing....

S: Straight up chocolate, molasses and malt. Like a chocolate bar... Wonderful smelling.

T: I'm getting bitter chocolate right up front, the flavor fades quickly.. Leaving a nice chocolate aftertaste. The other flavors I'm getting are a little coffee and molasses...

M: Thick and chewy at first but quickly turns light almost watery... Carbonation is pretty strong.

D: Pretty heavy so it is not a session beer. One will do ya'.

Very enjoyable beer.... Very sweet and yummy... a very nice chocolate stout... Just wish the mouthfeel was a little more creamy with a little less carbonation. All that being said, I would love to find more of it.

Harpoon Chocolate Stout from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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