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Harpoon Chocolate Stout - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Ratings: 796
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 20
Gots: 77 | 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: 796 | Reviews: 287
Photo of bob3701
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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
4.74/5  rDev +30.6%
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
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
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
4.21/5  rDev +16%
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
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
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
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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
4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
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
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
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
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
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
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
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
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +6.9%
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
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
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
3.52/5  rDev -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.

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