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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 bmwats
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown head. Settles slowly. Beer ring lacing.

S: Chocolate is prominent. A bit of roasted coffee and malted grains, but mostly outshined.

T: Bitter unsweetened chocolate, char roasted malt grains.

M: Thick and hearty. Chocolaty throughout with a slightly bitter finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Decent foamy head, with some nice beer ring lacing. Nose is chocolaty with some roasted malt. Roasted malt, and hefty amounts of chocolate. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversize wine glass.

A- Pours a dark brown body with a frothy off-white head that reduces slowly and leaves nice lacing. Nice looking.

S- Smells very sweet, lots of milk chocolate here.. not like a chocolate bar, but like chocolate syrup.. chocolate fudge brownies, some toffee and coffee .

T- Tons of cocoa powder, milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, fudge. Somewhat one-dimensional, straight chocolate.

M- Medium carbonation and body

Definitely a chocolate stout, no doubt about that. Don't expect much complexity with this one.. if you're looking for chocolate beer, drink this.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A medium size head was finally showed up late into the pour. It disapates quickly though to lingering smudge. The color is deep brown/black but aren't all stouts.
On one hand the beer smells increduably good with cocoa and chocolate syrup. On the other hand thats all you smell. The malt component is missing.
The taste is like the nose with a big dose of brownie mix. Maybe some roast too. There is a foul aftertaste that I can only describe as cherry lifesafers. Foul!
On the palate there is considerable chalky gritt.
This beer really isn't that bad but the cherry lifesavers give it a bummer.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Harpoon Brewery - Harpoon Chocolate Stout, poured into a tumbler glass.

Look - Pours a thin brown but settles stout black. Sports a good sized foamy mocha head that dissipates quickly. Decent lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts keyed back a bit with a cloying sweetness that isn't quite milk chocolate.

Taste - Interesting, some creaminess with that same cloying sweetness that isn't quite chocolate. Finished a nice roasted.

Mouthfeel - I'll give it one good thing and that's how drinkable it is. Light-medium body with medium carbonation. Zero booziness.

Overall - Almost more like chocolate syrup than a rich chocolate flavor. This is above average but certainly nothing special. If you like Hershey syrup in 1% milk or Yoo-hoo this is the alcoholic version of that. Take it or leave it but it's taste enough to be above average.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours black, very dark brown/burgundy in the light. 1" light brown-colored head formed, which dissipated slowly and left small amounts of lacing on the glass. Good looking beer.

S - Lot's of roasty chocolate malt, and straight up chocolate as well. Equal small touches of coffee and smokiness as well. Not much to the aroma other than chocolate malt. But for what it is, it's not a bad smelling beer.

T - Aforementioned aromas are all noted. Heavy hitting amounts of chocolate malts up front, as well as bitter cocoa. Slight pinch of coffee and roasted characters as well. Slightly bitter in aftertaste. Not overly sweet like other stouts I've tried, which is a plus.

F - A little thin for a stout. Still thick, slightly sticky and finishes dry. A little tough on the stomach, but not unpleasant.

O - Stouts aren't usually my thing, but this is a good mid-level offering. It certainly lives up to it's name. Not grossly sweet like some stouts, and the flavor is actually pretty decent. For what it is, I'd recommend it.

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Photo of apants007
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

dark dark dark with an eggshell foam on top. this beer will make the whole room smell like a chocolate factory. it definitely tastes like chocolate - dark unsweetened 80% cacao chocolate. smooth on the tongue. an absolute delight. hadn't seen it around in a year or two. glad to see it back. I probably wouldn't have more than one in a night but will keep a few in the fridge to keep those upcoming wintertime blues away.

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Photo of Fergyx825
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a very dark and hearty stout colored beer. There was some head on the pour which is slowly dissipating except around the rims of the glass. Pretty standard for a stout.

Smell: i can smell this beer sitting on the counter next to me, and when i give it a sniff i can really smell the chocolate and the stout part of the beer. You can smell the roasted hops in this beer. Very flavorful and rich.

Taste: At first you can really taste the bitter sweetness from the chocolate. Then the alcohol is tasted, and the beer finishes on your palate as a stout. At the end of the taste, there is something missing.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated with a nice easy to soft thickness. This is definitely drinkable.

Overall: Harpoon is from my home city so i try to forget my bias, but this is a great version of a chocolate or American Stout. They got it right mostly.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with a quickly dissipating dark, tan head.
Smell: Intense chocolate with roasted coffee beans.
Taste: Chocolate with roasted coffee beans. Bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Watery yet with decent carbonation.

I really like this stout. The chocolate smell is one of the most pronounced of any beer claiming "chocolate" in the title. The drink greets with chocolate near the front of the tongue, but in the back of the mouth there is the roasted coffee beans aspect. It turns bitter as it goes down. I will get this again next Christmas.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
2.22/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours like dark muddy pond water that isn't that appealing. No head at all, dark and flat, cant see through it

S - Sweet roasted malts

T - Artificial toasty sweetness and the chocolate tastes like bad yoo-hoo, bitter

M - Feels flat, nothing there

O - Pass on this one

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

A- pours pitch black with a small light tan head that reduces quickly leaving no lace.

S- slightly artificial candy-like chocolate syrup, vanilla bean, grainy malt and so e graham cracker

T- sweet and chocolaty, just a trace of roasted notes, some cocoa. Finish is sweet with a bit if a grainy malt and chocolate linger

M- medium body and carbonation, creamy and velvety mouthfeel, finishes slightly thin and watery

O- simplistic stout, yet very drinkable. Pretty one dimensional but makes a good dessert beer that isn't too heavy. Reminds me of a poor mans Sam Smith Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of fx20736
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic, served at room temp.

oil black with a billowing nougat head

aroma: chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Chocolate brownies, chocolate syrup, chocolate malt. the malt sneaks in at the end is a nice toasty chocolate malt.

mouthfeel: pretty thin, too thin for the style.

taste: rich and malty with lots of chocolate and just a touch of hops for bitterness.

notes: decent, tasty, easy drinking, great aroma. This beer would benefit from a bigger mouthfeel.

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Photo of hornsup
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle with date poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint

A: Poured a deep, dark brown color with a weakish khaki head that keeps a thin layer on the top while you drink

S: Smells like roasted malts, nesquik powder and dark chocolate..not much else

T: Tastes like a melted milk chocolate bar, not overly sweet, slight bitterness and metallic finish at the back end. Very chocolate forward, no booze

M: Thin mouthfeel, no stout characteristic to it but it is refreshingly smooth

O: Overall, this beer achieves its goal. Its a light stout with a very chocolate forward profile, no booze to make it appealing to more than beer connoisseurs and its perfect as a dessert substitute. People have been too harsh on this. Ratings would be higher if people just considered what it set out to do. But...what can you expect of people

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Photo of hosehead83
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Black in color with a nice cap of tan foam.
Aroma-Dark malt and cocoa powder
Taste-Herbal hop note, cocoa powder, dry finish. Flavors are not quite in harmony as they seem to exist seperately without complementing each other. Interesting but unbalanced.

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with the "Best by" date printed on the neck. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown, almost black color. Develops a half finger dark tan head that fizzles out into thin ring. Leaves some nice, thick, lacing.

Smell: Smells of chocolate with a hint of roasted malt.

Taste: Almost a mirror image of the smell. Mainly chocolate with some roasted malt in the background a bit of bitterness to balance it all out. Not extremely flavorful or complex, but very satisfying and interesting.

Mouthfeel: Deep and rich, very nice texture. Full bodied with little carbonation.

Overall: "Less is more", pretty much defines this beer. The chocolate hint and roasted malt presence make it very easy to enjoy and a perfect brew for a cold night with some type of chocolate dessert. It gets creamier and the chocolate flavor is more pronounced as it warms, so let it sit at room temperature for a bit the enjoy it better.

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Photo of plaid75
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep brown hue with a two finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full blown chocolate milk.

The taste consisted of a muttled mixture of cocoa, lactose and coffee.

The mouthfeel started full and finished dry.

Overall a decent stout.

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Photo of mcerka
1.8/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Bud Light mixed with NESQUICK. Also on the bottle stating "Ale with """NATURAL""" chocolate flavor. Anything that says natural is not quite natural. Limited Edition... thank christ. It's a good thing this beer was free because if I would have spent money on it i would spit it in the closes face near me.

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Photo of cbutova
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pint glass pour from a bottle with a black body. Light brown head forms to about a finger in size but doesn't retain well at all. The cap had a bubbly texture and leaves only a thin ring behind. Lacing is pretty much non-existent for me.

S-Reminds me of chocolate milk in a way with a sweet milk chocolate note coming off strong. Besides that just some roasted cracked grains and a slight dark fruit hint. Mostly the milk chocolate.

T- Follows the nose with the massive amount of milk chocolate. Reminds me a bit of Choklat in a way, a rich sweet cocoa/chocolate milk like flavor. Deeply roast grains and dark fruit besides that. Some burnt hints as well.

MF- Creamy and foamy overall feel but a bit on the thin side with lower end carbonation. Burnt and roast bitterness in the finish.

Very rich flavors, especially of decadent milk chocolate. The body isn't as good as it could be but a pretty good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a really lovely beer, I especially love that chocolatey aroma that hits you immediately upon cracking the cap off. One thing that makes Harpoon beers so great is the intersection of great beer and not too expensive. There are definitely better chocolate stouts but they tend to cost more, and for a local Bostonian, ya gotta love a good Harpoon. They need to start serving Harpoon Chocolate Stout at the party at the end of the Brewery to Brewery 148 mile bicycle ride!

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Photo of angrybabboon
2.22/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this to review after I drank a bottle and complained about it

Consumed 1/23/13

Appearance: Dark brown with a small, light tan head - fades quickly to virtually nothing, leaves a tiny ring, a few spots of lacing

Smell: Doesn't particularly smell like beer, smells more like someone tried to dissolve some tootsie rolls in vodka - overall, it smells like a cheap, chocolate liqueur - oddly artificial aroma, like an artificial chocolate syrup - sweet and sugary - some dark malts, some roast in the background

Taste: Slightly more pleasant than the aroma - artificial chocolate syrup - sweet and sugary - kind of tastes like I would imagine imitation Tootsie Rolls taste like (if there is such a thing) - a strange alcohol flavor that cannot be explained by the ABV - some roast in the background, minimal bitterness, mostly just sweet

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of thin, slick, minimal carbonation, sticky in a strange way

Overall: A great example of how not to make a chocolate stout

As I mentioned above, this kind of tastes like a watered-down chocolate liqueur with some overly sweet Tootsie Roll extract syrup. It's not the worst beer I've ever tasted (far from it), and it's not the worst thing I've ever tasted from Harpoon (I'm looking at you, Golden Wizard), but it's remarkably not good.

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Photo of fstorey
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Opaque with thin head that quickly dissipates.

S - dominated by chocolate but with milder coffee and hops aroma

T - Initially mild malt and chocolate with a hoppy bitter finish.

M - a little thinner than I expected with more carbonation than typical for a stout.

O - I think the amount of chocolate was just right, but a little short on maltiness in the taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Excited to see City Bev throw this one on-tap. I've wanted to try this one as I am a sucker for chocolate stouts, and the bottles seem to elude me.

Came out a deep black with a thick frothy tan head on top. The aroma on this is amazing. Big milk chocolate, vanilla cream, malt. Really a nice, sweet aroma. The body on this is a little disappointing. Thin and lacking in body and bite. Carbonation is present, but this is too slick for the style and flavor profile.

Nice sweet chocolate flavors start this out. Vanilla sweetness fights its way in and this finishes with a slight dry note. Graham crackers, toffee bars, and more chocolate. This is sweet, for sure, but it's not overbearing in any way. I wouldn't mind having this in my fridge. Another hit for Harpoon.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of oberon
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Minkybut
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this exception beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was black and poured a rich full head that was also very dark. WOW!, the smell was supreme chocolate with a hazel nut smell. The taste was terrific, nutty, chocolate warmth that is the best beer I have tasted this winter. I would certainly buy again. Yummy!

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Photo of thecheapies
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Soft black color. The head fell a bit fast. Spotty residue on the glass walls as it drinks down.

Pudding and syrup aromas to the chocolate. Very milky and rather sweet. Nicely aromatic but beside mentioning some roasty coffee notes, is a little one-note. Still smells very appetizing.

Nice milky flavors of chocolate and chocolate liqueur and even artificial chocolate. Picked up some bitterness from the dark specialty malts. Not cereal-like because the malt sugars caramelized and transformed as they should have. Nice execution, but I'd be curious to see the bill of ingredients used and the way they were added. Some coffee, milk caramel, and earthy notes.

Mouthfeel suffers a bit from a thinner body. The carbonation is nice, however, and saves the day. Very drinkable.

I think Harpoon makes a good chocolate stout. I enjoyed it last year, and I'm doing the same right now.

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Harpoon Chocolate Stout from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.6 out of 5 based on 821 ratings.
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