Harpoon Chocolate Stout | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Chocolate StoutHarpoon Chocolate Stout

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Harpoon Chocolate Stout is brewed with an abundance of chocolate malt and a touch of chocolate.

40 IBU

Added by Brad007 on 10-24-2008

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Photo of q33jeff
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma Is Dark Chocolate, coffee. Dark black color. Smallish tan head. Taste us bitter chocolate and coffee plus a touch of black cherry. Fudge, Toast. A touch flat.
Pretty tasty beer, but a little too sweet, and not enough body for a stout.

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Photo of SteveCarrozza
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark black color and carmel head. Not too thick in terms of mouthfeel. Probably too much chocolate with this one. Almost a bitter taste to it with the amount of chocolate.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark with a tan head. Smells of dark chocolate and chocolate syrup. Tastes very chocolatey and almost sweet like chocolate syrup. I found this was an excellent pairing with chocolate covered pretzels. It felt a bit thin and watery. Overall not bad, very chocolatey and not bitter or too sweet.

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Photo of Gote
4.48/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very chocolatey but drinkable. Almost like a Bailey's Irish Creme. Although this couldn't be a daily beer because of the abundance of flavor it is a wonderful brew.

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Photo of Gryphon69
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A- Dark chocolate brown, go figure. some light lacing very light brown head.

S- Chocolate malt, like a coco powder. chocolaty forward not much after that.

T- Much like the nose, cocoa chocolate forward, with a slight bitter aftertaste.

M- Light to medium, watery, would almost leans to sorta dry, not much in the way of body .

O- Below average imo, way to thin for a stout for me, and the cocoa felt more like a let down than a gift to the tongue.

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Photo of rjplumer
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Sweet dark chocolate aroma. Black body with a light brown head that quickly thins. Dark unsweetened chocolate taste that I can't identify. Roasted malt is more present than the chocolate in the taste. Mildly bitter.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up recently up in Totowa since this was available via the single bottle there. I've had many of Harpoon's offerings and given that I love Stouts during the colder months, I figured that I'd give this a go. As other reviewers have stated on here, this was weak and not one of the better examples of the style that they've had and that's how I felt as well. It was not a drain pour but I like my dark beers to be thick and strong, and this was neither of those unfortunately.

Typical dark pour to this with a tan head that lasted for a little while before quickly settling down. Only a few rings of lacing could be seen on the back of the pint glass and there carbonation was a bit too high in this, even if I wasn't able to see it. Lots of chocolate malt that couldn't be detected in the aroma but was certainly there in the taste, to go with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel and some powder that made this feel just a bit gritty in the taste. The body was weak and this went down way, way too easily as it it was a flat cream soda. A bit of bitter chocolate remained in the aftertaste along with some hints of vanilla extract but there wasn't much else here in terms of a flavor profile.

A Stout as a session beer? That's nearly what this was as it felt weak and I couldn't taste or detect the alcohol when I finally made my way through this. Some dark fruits, booze, and maybe another chocolate malt would have taken this up another level and with offerings like the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout still on the shelf, why reach for this? It's only a go if you plan on downing a few at a time to go with your dessert of the moment.

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Photo of FickleBeast
2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Savor snifter. Enjoy by 3/15/15 on bottle.

Pours black with a half finger of foam. Looks to be fairly thin bodied. Aroma is full of artificial chocolate and not much else. Sickly sweet aroma.

First sip is a rush of fake chocolate sweetness, with a thin body. This is not a nice, malty, sweet flavor... rather more like Starbucks coffee syrup. I really dislike this beer, and this is the third time I've tried it before reviewing it.

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Photo of LarryV
2.24/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Pours dark chocolate color with little to no head. Nose is heavy in chocolate, cocoa like. Taste pretty much follows suit. It does meet the requirements for the style, but personally I can't drink more than one of these. Somebody left a six pack of this at my house, it's not a beer I would ever seek out and buy. I personally don't understand why somebody would want their beer to taste like chocolate - that's why there's cocoa. I could see it if there was a hint of chocolate, but this one is way over the top with the chocolate. It is what it purports to be and meets the style guidelines but I really don't like it and find it somewhat of a chore to drink.

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Photo of Dr_Farts
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was surprised at how good of a job harpoon did with this chocolate stout. Hate to say, but I expected mediocrity, and at $1.49 a bottle from total wine, how would you not? Pours thick, dark brown to black. Med to heavy body, coating the mouth with each sip. Nice chocolate taste, not too overwhelming, my only issue is an odd lingering aftertaste. Well done though, harpoon!

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Photo of twosheds
4.37/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with a tan head.

Smells like beer and hot cocoa.

Tastes very chocolatey and sweet.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy like a milk chocolate.

All in all, this beer is pretty much what it sets out to be and is a really great dessert beer.

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Photo of Billlow
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I wrote a review for this Chocolate Stout on my blog, Bill's Beer Report.


It was a very good beer. I had it as part of a mixer sixer and want to try it again.

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Photo of EHopkinsi
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip pint and consumed 25 November 2014. "Enjoy by" date of 15 February 2015.

Look: Pours nice dark brown. Tan, one finger head rapidly fades away. No lacing.

Smell: Heavy chocolates and coffee.

Taste: Follows the nose- heavy coffee and baker's chocolate notes. Bitter hop finish, not a ton of malt.

Feel: Too watery for anything wanting to be a stout.

Overall: Interesting, drinkable. Not likely to pick it up again, but would be fine drinking one if offered to me. For those who like strong chocolate and coffee taste, and don't mind forgoing big malt and thick mouthfeel, this would probably be ideal.

Edit- after reading other reviews, I will agree with those who would say this beer tastes better the warmer it gets;

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Photo of Act25
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer has no business being consumed cold. Needs to be at cask temperature. Cold it would receive lower rating.

A – A deep brown, near black, with a tan, two finger, dense head. Only bit of lacing on a chalice glass named Stella. And on 2-20-16 - a tulip named Duvel. ;-)

S – The aroma is the best part. Prominent, dry, with mix of chocolate and a roasted malt smell. Also a caramel machiatto coffee with cinnamon, vanilla and cream. Almost egg nog.

T – Follows the sweet milk chocolate and caramel macchiato with a moderate roasted flavor. These sweet flavors are the base upon which float char, roast, dry stout flavors, so it's a neat balance once it warms up. Very original, and more chocolate, and Starbucks, than most, say Brooklyn, etc.

F – Reviewers found this beer thin, but I'd say it's medium and it's fine. Nothing to write home about.

O –I wanted to ding this as a light weight when I drank it cold, but letting it warm made it very enjoyable, and original, a neat mix of a lot of chocolate and caramel coffee with a dry roast stout base.

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Photo of TWStandley
2.08/5  rDev -42.2%

Review from notes:

Appears a dark brown color that is slightly see through when held to the light.

Smells of roasted barley, light coffee, not too much chocolate on the nose.

Taste is a bit too mellow. Can't really pull out the chocolate. More of just a roasty taste.

Mouthfeel is too thin for the style.

Overall a disappointment.

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Photo of Roxie_B
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle

Appearance: Deep and dark. HUGE tan head.
Smell: Nothing complex really here. Chocolate up front, milk and a little something floral.
Taste: 3.5 Again, pretty linear but quite tasty. Not complex but it's chocolate and beer. If I can quote The Sound of Music in a beer review "These are a few of my favorite things"
Mouthfeel: Not the chewy monster that I normally get a stout for but I won't be surprised if it does linger well into the evening. 3.75
Overall: 3.75 My first chocolate stout and as a chocolate lover I think I have found something I am going to investigate more.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color, bordering on black, with a two finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell with a good deal of a milk chocolate smell. Adding to the darker aromas are some aromas of coffee. There are big aromas of a caramel, vanilla, and a cream smell there as well, which overall create a very sweet, milk chocolaty smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet milk chocolate and caramel flavor with a moderate amount of a roasted flavor. These flavors create a base for the brew remaining relatively constant throughout the taste with the caramel fading ever so slightly but being replaced by a little bit of vanilla sweetness. All while these transitions occur, so too do some more bitter coffee and earthy flavors come to the tongue. With the roast intensifying ever so slightly, and a bit of a grainy flavor coming to the tongue, one is left with a somewhat surprisingly drier, but still robustly darker chocolate flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. A bit of a thicker body and a lower carbonation level may have been slightly more fitting for the style, fitting the darker chocolate and more surprisingly drier roasted flavors of the brew more nicely.

Overall – A decent chocolate brew that was surprisingly dry in light of its aroma. Nothing too exceptional, but a nice try and a decent choice (in light of its price) for a darker and more drinkable chocolate stout.

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Photo of illpass78
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with a quarter-inch tan head that recedes quickly. Almost no lacing.

Aroma: Smells like baking chocolate with some hop bitterness and some black coffee.

Taste: This is a decent chocolate stout, but the taste doesn't blow me away. The taste follows the nose, with lots of dark baking chocolate and black coffee leading the way. There's also some hoppy, chocolatey bitterness up front. Some sweetness on the finish. Definitely more of a bitter chocolate stout than a sweet stout.

Mouthfeel: It's a little thin for a stout, but not to the point where it's watery.

Overall: Decent chocolate stout. There's a lot of chocolate and coffee stouts out there and this one doesn't distinguish itself as a must-drink, but it's a solid dessert beer option.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pretty well black color, with ruby highlights. Massive head of tan bubbles here, with fine loopy lace.

Nose is delightful chocolate, no mistake about it. It's lovely, sweet, and appealing.

Taste is, appropriately, chocolate above all else. I get the milk chocolate goodness all over, with a brief finish of bittersweet completing the journey. This one definitely delivers what it promises, and is as superb a "chocolate stout" as I've ever had.

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Photo of RVigz
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Jet black with little to almost no head.

Smell: The smell may have been the best part with a super chocolatey nose.

Taste: Dark chocolate malts very prominent and a slightly bitter coffee bean taste, but a very smooth sweet finish. surprisingly not very heavy.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with velvety creamy chocolate.

Overall: This was a pretty damn good beer but definitely not the best chocolate stout out there. Still impressed with the smoothness and drink ability.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint tumbler.

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.

I also had a stout (Heart Of Darkness) from Magic Hat Brewing Company in the same session and I enjoyed the Harpoon more.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The bottle claims this is a limited edition that needs to be enjoyed by "02/15/14." Thank you SplashyFob for passing this one on to me.

As I aggressively pour this one, I am rewarded with a deeply brown beer that has a hearty brown head on top of it. THe head dissipates in under a minute, and leaves a light ring. The ring sticks to the glass, and this is the closest thing we get to lacing.

This one is a choco-bomb. It smells like chocolate-roasted malt and tootsie rolls.

The flavor is honestly rather one-dimensional. The roasted malt up front is nice. But a cheap, fake/forced chocolate flavor takes over and that is all you get.

Medium bodied. A little too light for my taste.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark hersey like chocolate pour produces a thin, khaki capping that was short lived, not leaving much in terms of lace or excitment.

S: Sweet cocoa and fresh chocolate, really good strength, milky chocolate with some marshmellow and cocoa powder that is fresh and finely grounded. Things conclude with a trail of fresh chocolate roast coffee lingering about.

T: Lightly dry chocolate, almost like a dry stout for flavor. Chocolate-coffee roast, lightly bitter with hints of cocoa-almond and creamer. A bit of campfire minerality ash on the finish is soft with a decent amount of roastiness.

M: Good carbonation, medium bodied, dry, lightly bitter touch on the tongue with a milky creamy substance and a light passing of coffee.

O: drinks like a dry stout, easy going down, cleanly brewed, with a dry chocolate like flavor.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark mahogany body with mocha colored head

Smell - milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, roasted malt

Taste - milk chocolate, roasted malt

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, highly carbonated, slightly sweet body, good amount of bitterness at the back end, enough chocolate to keep you satisfied, even though at times it comes across as artificial

Overall - not a bad beer, something about the mouthfeel comes across as artificial, but it does live up to its namesake

Price Point - $1.50/12 oz single

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours pitch black with a small light brown head. Smells of chocolate, caramel, and slight coffee and toffee. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, slight coffee, but a tad watery. Beer is carbonated correctly, light bodied, drinkable but heavy enough for the winter season. Overall, a pretty good beer.

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