Chocolate Stout | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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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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Ratings: 822 |  Reviews: 283
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

if you are a chocoholic, this is your beer. probably the most chocolatey of any beer ive ever tasted. its impressively chocolately! wow. the pour is dense and black, a lot like hersheys syrup in both color and viscosity, small tan head fades fast. the nose is not as sweet as it should be for how much chocolate is the in the flavor, but you know its coming from one whiff. so rich and decadent, like dessert. the flavor is sweet milk chocolate all the way through, like a candy bar really, but not offensively sugary at all, its very palatable, i love the dark roasted malts with the gourmet chocolate flavor. its a really awesome holiday beer, it blows people away everytime i share this with anyone, the chocolate is just so intense. huge body, sticky thick, with mellow carbonation but it doesnt feel heavy. this is the highlight of the harpoon winter pack, and a very very unique and special beer. a solid A in my book.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark brownish amber in color (close to near black) and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down but never completely faded away and left a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of milk chocolate and lactose in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of semisweet milk chocolate and cocoa nibs along with some hints of lactose.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink because it isn’t very filling. It seems like a hybrid between a milk stout and a stout.

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3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/15/2013. Pours clear almost pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense mocha head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, toffee, vanilla bean, light roasted malt, caramel, and light coffee. Very nice aromas with big chocolate notes and nice balance. Taste of milk chocolate, vanilla bean, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, toast, coffee, and light cream. Slight coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toast, toffee, roasted malt, and coffee on the finish for a good bit. Good flavor balance with a fair amount of robustness; but it feels a little watered down for a stout; zero cloying flavors are present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is ok; feels a bit thin. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good sweet stout. Fairly robust with nice chocolate dessert flavor; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle (dated 2011) served in a pint glass.

Pours nearly black and apparently clear, but leaves slight reddish-brown highlights at edges of glass. Small and relatively short-lived tan.

Aroma - pronounced aroma of chocolate (think brownies and hot chocolate mix) with a background of roasted malt and vanilla. Sweet.

T - Follows aroma to some extent, with pronounced chocolate flavor. Sweet, perhaps a bit too much so for my taste, but not cloying and with notable bitterness as well. Harpoon's website says IBU = 40, but it doesn't seem that high. Lingering chocolate flavors plus chocolate malt and a hint of coffee in the finish. Although relatively strong, the chocolate flavors are too much like Hersheys milk chocolate and not enough like a fine dark chocolate.

M - near medium body; creamy smooth; low carbonation.

O - One of the most chocolate flavored beers I've tried. I appreciated the brewer's boldness but this brew may have gone too far with the cocoa for some. I found the level fine but was disappointed with the particular quality of the chocolate flavor and the fact that the flavors did not gel as well as one might hope. Should work well as a dessert beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of vfgccp
4.69/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Black-brown color. Nice medium-khaki head with moderate retention and low lace.

S - Fantastic nose absolutely loaded with caramelized grains, biscuit, milk chocolate, and mellow roast coffee.

T - Sweet, caramelized roast grains from front to back with a big chocolate presence. A delicate, raw, earthy grain flavor through the aftertaste stands as a reminder of how pleasant a stout can be when a simple grain bill is allowed to shine. What the flavor profile lacks in complexity it more than makes up in depth.

M - Thick and smooth with a touch of a creaminess. The sweetness lingers on the tongue with a mild dryness on the delayed back end.

O - A big, chewy stout with surprising drinkability, and a fantastic grain character. On the sweeter side of the style, but not to any determent imho.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of smithj4
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sticks and Stones.Poured ink black into a standard pint glass with a thin almost non existent head atop.Aromas were all fudge with some underlying roast,a dessert beer no doubt.Big sweetness from the fudge-like chocolate flavors on the palate,some underlying vanilla but the chocolate is the major player here.There is just enough roast and dryness to keep it from being overly cloying.Take this beer for what it is,it's a sweet chocolate stout and it's true to form.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of milk chocolate, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out creamy and sweet with flavors of milk chocolate and coffee. The malt character is hearty but a little bit thin for the style. The hop presence is very mild but about where it should be for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, while there might be better beers in the style this is still a very solid beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured dark brown in color with a half inch tan head rising from the top of the beer. The head quickly settled down to leave a thin ring around the edges of the glass and didn't leave any noticeable lacing on the sides.

The aroma has a nice milk chocolaty smell to it, almost like a Hershey syrup in chocolate milk type of flavor. Can't really say I get much else from it, pretty simple but an appealing chocolate aroma.

The taste has a milky chocolate flavor to it as well but it finishes with more of a dry, bitter, chocolate and almost smoky flavor in the finish. The finish also has a slight chalky taste and feel to it which isn't very appealing. I can't say the finish meshes well with the beer flavor overall, I liked the milky chocolate flavor but the bitter dryness just doesn't fit. It's almost like a chocolate milk finishing with a bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a little on the this side and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is OK at best. I liked the aroma it had but the finish really ruined the flavor for me. The chocolate just really didn't meld together with the beer for me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

From the start, I'll say one thing about this beer--it's totally one dimensional. The second thing? I didn't care. Pours a very nice deep dark brown color with a slight mocha head. The nose is just a straight onslaught of chocolate notes. A bit of dark chocolate as well as some Hershey's syrup. The taste is more chocolate with just the tiniest hint of roast, but, who knows, maybe that's just coming from the chocolate as well. Nice somewhat full feel with good carbonation. Really nice and tasty.

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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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a wintry mix 12 pack back in early June. Was fairly impressed with this, review based on notes

Pours black with a finger of mocha head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Chocolate & vanilla

T: Chocolate, cocoa, & charred grain. Hints of vanilla as this warms, along with some cocoa powder. Finishes sweet, dry & with leafy hop bitterness along with charred grain & malty notes

MF: Medium bodied & creamy

One of the better choclate beers I've had recently. Would love to try a fresher one for comparison purposes

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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