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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

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Photo of JasonL
4.7/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't care what the critics say but this is a extremely nice stout. The chocolate is a bit overwhelming but I like that in a stout. The mouthfeel lingers and is pleasant, from a stout lover I give this two thumbs up. It is not overwhelmed with high alcohol volume so it is a great fast sipper and has wonderful flavors.

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Photo of abeerwiseguy
2.58/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I picked up several different Harpoon brews as part of a mixed six pack from my favorite beer mart. The label reflected Chocolate Stout but had no ABV listed.

Poured into a pint bar g;ass from a 12 oz bottle almost black with two fingers of thick brownish head that dissipated rapidly.

Had good aromas of coffee with a hint of chocolate.

Unfortunately the flavor profile left me cold. Had an almost resinous taste with hints of bitter malts and chocolate.

This beer lacks flavors and any real body that one must associate with this style. Had a very weak finish with low carbonation and no real aftertaste. Overall not a good experience. Just to make sure this was not a skunked bottle I had another before I wrote this review and had the same experience.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.36/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Bottle into a Harpoon curved type of pint glass. Picked this up as a single, never had it before, never knew it existed.

Harpoon Chocolate Stout has a black look to it. It's a stout so that's expected. Anywho, the liquid is black and the cap up top is a half inch of dark tannish foam leaving no lace on the glass. The liquid looks dead after a while but some swirls bring it back. This smells straight up like chocolate syrup. It reminds me of a less Diabetic form of Southern Tier Choklat. Basically, it smells like chocolate and some roasted malt, nothing else, a str8 up chocolate stout, no bells or whistles. Taste is chocolate, mixed in with slight grain notes and a roasty finish reminding me of a light porter, even though this remains in the stout category. Body is a step below medium with a light but felt carb. Truthfully, I could drink a lot of this and still like it after a while. The body is at a level where long sips or even chugging is possible, so drinkability is quite high. This was a surprise and a treat at the same time. I see myself drinking more of this in the future willingly. Hey, what do you know, a Harpoon beer that I want to come back to. I actually prefer this over Choklat as I can drink more than 4oz's of it.

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Photo of BWED
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint from a 12 oz. bottle.

A- I'm going to get a little abstract on this: burnt marshmallow - It's nearly all black, but it just has that tiny trace of brown that makes me think of that marshmallow I was too late in blowing out. Head is quite tan, almost brown, and creamy. Two finger, and gave a about two seconds of a little cascade before turning into the full head. Lacing comes about during the drinking process, but dissipates to a few mere specks on the inside of the glass by the end.

S- Dark chocolate, not too sweet, a tiny bit bitter, and roasted coffee.

T- About the same as the smell, semisweet baking chocolate, mocha. More bitter than other chocolates I've had, but not in a hoppy bitter kind of way. Hops seem to be very minimal.

M- The mouthfeel kind of killed it for me. I like my stouts fairly thick, and my chocolate stouts pretty creamy, but this was almost watery. Very light, with light carbonation.

O- This is one of the most flavorful chocolate stouts I have had, and I really like it because it isn't too sweet. It reminds me of stealing those slightly bitter chocolate chips from my mom when she was baking cookies. But I docked on the mouthfeel. It was way lighter than I expected, and just didn't feel like a stout. If it was thicker, this would be one of my favorites. Of course I would get this again, but I can only imagine what it would taste like with that creamy yummy feel...

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Photo of BenjaminBlondbeard
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hard pour generates a 1 - 1/2 inch head of dark mocha bubbly foam. The head doesn't stick around long, but the thin honeycomb lacing does in the beginning. There is little to no light coming though. Hold the glass up the a bulb, and I can see some rich brown hues amidst the blackness.

It smells strongly of chocolate, with a little coffee, and mocha notes as well.

It tastes like rich chocolate! It is on the lighter end of a full bodied brew. The carbonation breaks up the thick beer, and some hop bitters weigh in to balance the richness of the roasted malts turning a milk chocolate more towards a dark chocolate. It leaves a sweet and creamy aftertaste and texture in the mouth, and lingering chocolate flavors.

This is a delicious chocolate stout that is not too heavy, nor overpowering in it's flavors. I generally prefer the intensity of some other heavier, more bitter, dark chocolate, and coffee stouts, but still liked this rich brew. Easily drinkable, and enjoyable. A bottle, or few, would make a nice end of the evening treat.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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 GeckoPunk
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass to review.

A - dark brown/black. Tan 1-fingerhead head with good spiderweb lacing.

S - Best part of this beer. Reminds me of a Starbucks mocha frappachino. Absolutely amazing chocolatey goodness.

T - Wish the taste were as good as the smell. You lose a lot of the chocolate taste you think it will have because of the huge complex nose it emits. Doesn't bother me drinking. With my nose in the glass, however. ;)

M - Well carbonated, but not over the top like the Pepe Nero I had the other week. (Apples vs Oranges)... Moderate mouthfeel. Not too light or heavy, nor too syruppy or dry.

O - If the beer tasted as good as it smelled, I probably would have rated it around a 4...

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold from the bottle into a Samuel Smiths Tulip Pint.

Appearance: Solid black body with a nice tan head color. The head is a little underwhelming.

Smell: Enticing milk chocolate smell. Somewhere between a nice truffle and chocolate milk. Probably the best part of the beer, and not because the beer is bad, but because the scent is awesome.

Taste: Given the smell, this is a little bit of a letdown. The chocolate doesn't come out nearly as much in the flavor. The first major pickup was something like coffee with french vanilla creamer. A little bit of chocolate picks up, and the flavor ends up similar to that of Dunkin Donuts' Dunkachino (half coffee, half hot chocolate). The aftertaste oddly reminded me of cola, perhaps as a result of the carbonation. Found that the chocolate came out a little more as it sat. Overall pretty good, if a little disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Not a particularly thick stout. A little more carbonated than I would have liked.

Overall: I really did enjoy this beer, though I wish it lived up to that awesome smell. A nice piece in the winter sampler I got.

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Photo of lizzlethenurse
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I would consider this far more of a coffee stout rather than chocolate. It smells beautifully of sweet chocolate, but the taste is more bitter and malty than what I was expecting. However, it's very smooth and rich, would be perfect on a cold winter evening. The head was full and very thick, but dissipated rather quickly (which I liked). Rich dark in color. The aftertaste is barely noticeable, yet leaves your mouth feeling warm. Overall, this is a good beer.

Just don't be fooled - this is not as chocolatey as you are expecting, my fellow chocoholics! A good winter beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is seriously decadent, mainly sweet chocolate with hints of - is that cherry? - as well as caramel and roast coffee. It pours a rich sable just a snip above black with a very thick and quite persistent tan head. Malty flavor has a strong overtone of chocolate, decadent and not too sweet, hints of coffee and caramel, just a whisper of fruit. Texture, though, is a bit weak - body and fizz are both lacking. However, that is the only weak spot in an otherwise scrumptious brewski. Finish is chocolaty and just a little smoky. Overall, quite satisfying.

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

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. It has a DBD.

A: Looks great: black with a fingernail fluffy, brown head. The head settles down into a ring with a bit of lacing.

S: Nice punch of coco, milk chocolate, coffee, toasty malt.

T: Burnt malt, bitter chocolate, NesQuik powder, bitter in the back with burnt malt and black coffee and cream in the finish.

M: Medium bordering on heavy.

O: Solid. If you like sweeter stouts you will not enjoy this one as it is mostly darker and bitter chocolate flavors.

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Photo of wac9
2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

what is about this beer how could you screw up a chocalate stout as someone said it it a dessert stout wtf what that wreid taste in there . really you blew this with a funky taste that taste like a after dinner mint , how can you mess this up but you did sad

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy By 02/15/13

A: Pours a near black color with a fingers worth of dark brown head that fizzles out fairly quickly

S: Get a big hit of chocolate and some earthy and dark malts. Ruled by chocolate

T: Follows the nose. Very chocolatey and malty with notes of earthy hops. Not too sweet, however. Finishes slightly bitter and astringent

M: Medium-full bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A very tasty chocolate stout that delivers the chocolate without being overly sweet and cloying. Not sure why this is rated so low... not the best stout, but it is what it's advertised to be

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Photo of hays23
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I had this in a bottle. The pour was very good. Super dark with a little bit of head. The smell was perfect. Absolutely rich in chocolate. The taste was less than expected. I smelled the bottle first and then the beer itself and was absolutely thrilled with how chocolatey it was. The beer itself left something to be desired with the flavor. The smell probably set me up for unmet expectations. The beer was a bit lighter in body than I would prefer from a stout. It went down somewhat smooth but it was certainly a bit more fluffy that I prefer. Overall I'm happy enough to drink out the 6er but I'll probably try something else next time.

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Photo of magine
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a SA perfect pint glass.

Pours a near black, lots of bubbles cascading up to make a light brown head. Head is thick and fluffy. Head settles to a lace layer. Nice patchy lace the whole way down. Good looks.

Brew smells of big cocoa, roasted malts. A good smelling brew.

Brew is rich and flavorful. Good balanced body with the nice carbonation to keep it drinkable. Dark chocolate, roasted malts and maybe some lingering hops in the finish. Got creaminess in the feel as it warms. Good drinking and tasting stout here.

This is a very nice chocolate stout here. A good drinking stout that doesnt feel to sweet or dessert like. Very nice.

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Photo of atr2605
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours black with a tan head with pretty solid retention
S-chocolate, vanilla, caramel
T-Pretty much just chocolate. Theres a hint of vanilla in the finish but not real complex
M-medium bodied
O-good beer if you really dig chocolate. Isn't real complex but I didn't mind it. Probably have it again

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Best By: 02/15/13.

Appearance: Pours out a near black body with a frothy, medium-small, tan-hued head.

Smell: As half-expected, a chocolate scent leans forward in the nose, rounded by some coffee-hinted roasted malts, a jumpy dark fruitiness, and some vanilla flavoring.

Taste: Dark malts, with a rummy plum note treated to a full dose of Hershey's-brand Chocolate Syrup, leaving me left feeling as though I've been given something a tad bit artificial. Hmm, it's not really what I had expected. Some coffee and vanilla hints, with a sustained fruit contour, then it all kind of just washes out, flavorwise, leaving just some roasty tangy quality and a carbonic hint at the very end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: While not anticipating unrivaled greatness, I had fully assumed I was jumping into a downright solid brew. Instead, I kind of didn't like it.

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Photo of Dope
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown with a good sized light brown head. Fades fairly quickly with minimal lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate and vanilla bean. Not much else, maybe a little caramel?

T: More chocolate and vanilla. Lightest hint of bitter coffee and char in the finish and in the aftertaste.

M: Fairly thin and smooth. Only 5.9% is to be expected.

O: A very simple brew. A bit of chocolate and a bit of vanilla and we're done. No real roasted malt flavor, it's mostly chocolate malt it seems.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at The Ginger Man in Greenwich, CT. It arrived in an oversized snifter glowing the deepest brown color. It held a two finger tall head of dark brown bubbles. This showed good retention, leaving thick sheets of lacing around the glass, and aggregates over a ghostly film atop the liquid. Haze appeared when held to light, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared average. The nose was rich with both milk and dark chocolates, roasty malts, and a faint char. Light vanilla notes and dark black cherry rumbled up from the back with booze. Caramel and a cooked tootsie roll sugariness kept things sweet to the very end. Our first impression was that this tasted like a serious steely chocolate milk. As we sipped, soft sweetness of cocoa, metallics, and a chalky grain came forth, with hollow booze and sour lactics. The flavoring peaked with sour grain, more lactics, and roast, with a new lightness to the chocolatey malts. We finish with cherry, booze, and more of those mild lactics, sitting on a bed of softer, dirtier malts. The aftertaste breathed of smoke and big char, with the deepest roasted chocolate malts, and the faintest aromatic hop. The body was medium, and the carbonation was lighter. There was great slurp and cream to each sip, with a frothy, satisfying smack immediately following. The mouth was left lightly coated, soft, and wet, with a lack of drying that one might expect. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nose. It was rich, sweet, and had just about everything a chocolate stout should have. In the flavoring, however, we wished that it came on a bit sweeter, as the chocolate seemed subdued and not thoroughly integrated by the end of the glass. Otherwise, this was an easy drinking, and rather tasty stout.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint.
(best by stamp smudged and illegible; others in the mixed pack read 03/15/11, so that's be my guesstimate.)

pours a dark brown/mahogany tone with a half inch khaki-colored head. dissipates pretty hastily into a thin cap/collar around the glass; decent lacing.

nose carries a decent bouquet of chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. flavor follows the aroma. some bitterness to it, especially in the finish. sort of a metallic note in the background. moderately tasty... not blowing my hair back but it's good.

mouthfeel is the worst aspect of this beer IMO. on the thin and watery side. somewhat chalky. OK drinkability.

originally reviewed: 02-23-2011

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of CloudStrife
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 3/15/12. Aged for 4 months.

A: Pours a deep black with hints of brown around the edges. 1 and a half finger khaki head. Head dissipates to a thin film.

S: Plentiful nose of dark chocolate, milk and sweet chocolate as well. Smells a little bit like a banana smoothie.

T: Has a sweet chocolate taste to it. Could see this being a milk stout as well. Some coffee notes, good roasted malt. Slight hop taste still left in it.

M: A little thin for a stout but that makes it quite drinkable. Good carbonation and doesnt leave any unwanted resins.

Overall one of the most sessionable chocolate stouts. Reasonably priced and liked by a lot of people.

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Photo of dtivp
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown/ black with a one finger creamy tan head head that faded to a thin ring with spotty lacing.

Aroma of chocolate and dark roasted coffee.

Taste was dominated by dark chocolate and a very slight hint of coffee. This was a dark chocolate bomb.

Mouth Feel was medium leaning light body with light carbonation, a little thin.

Overall the beer beer looked good, great aroma and then the taste was totally dominated by chocolate. I know it is a chocolate stout, however, it was a little too one dimensional to me.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Harpoon Chocolate Stout…in a bottle from the Winter Mix Pack

Appearance-pours a dark brown to black color, despite an aggressive pour all I can get are small dashes of bubbles to pass for head, these are white with a dash of tan.

Smell-aromatic with touches of sweet cocoa, plain cane sugar, fusel alcohol and light bread. Again, it’s quite pungent.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light to medium mouthfeel with a syrupy consistency. Chocolate upfront, almost gets too sweet but pulls back just enough with some roasted flavors. Mix of bread and alcohol is there as well but the other flavors overpower, could work but the syrupy taste is really offputting. This continues all the way through, not that great a smoothness, syrup is the last note on the tongue.

Overall-the consistency of this beer was off-putting to me and so I recommend other versions of this style. Has some other things going for it if you can get past the mouthfeel, I couldn’t.

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Photo of capeannbass36
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very dark, dark brown. Held up to the sun, shows dark ruby red highlights...can see red ball of a sun through this. Topped with a one finger mocha head that disappated within a minute.

S- Sweet milk chocolate.

T- Chocolate, some sweet malt and a bit of metal at the end. Slightly bitter end.

M- A bit thin for a stout. Medium light carbonation.

O- Not bad. Will have again. Nothing but chocolate and malt.

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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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