Harpoon Chocolate Stout | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
821
Reviews:
282
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
15.56%
 
 
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24
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Ratings: 821 |  Reviews: 282
Photo of Brez07
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Prime 16 in New Haven about a month ago. It was a 2009 vintage, oak aged with cocoa nibs and chilies... on cask. Wow. 12oz pour served in a tulip glass

A: Dark chocolate brown pour. No head or lacing (not that I was expecting any though)

S: At first I get lots of dark chocolate. There is also a whiff of smoke and roasted malt. Just the slightest bit of chili

T: Starts of with roasted malt and a hint of oakiness. Then there is a kick of chili spice and some smoke. Finishes with a nice, smooth chocolate flavor. There were also some hints of fruit (cherry)

M: Full bodied, but thin mouthfeel (if that makes sense). Very smooth. Low carbonation, even for a cask beer

D: Very happy to have tried this one. A nice, light easy drinking stout. I assume the ABV was a bit higher than what's listed here, but either way I didn't notice it at all. There was a nice warming feeling I got from the chili though. Doubt I'll see this again, but would order if I do

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Photo of uustal
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near black with a one-finger light brown head. Quickly disappears and no lacing as well. Nice aroma. A lot of chocolate. A big chocolate syrup aroma is the most overpowering. Taste follows, but much milder. Same artificial chocolate flavor, some roasted chocolate and a little bit of dark fruit hops to finish it out. Smooth and not dry.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a a near black color but lets a bit of light through its murky edges, almost no head. Scent is an odd, but pleasing mix of bitter chocolate and artificial powdered chocolate drink and not much else. Taste brings the muddledness described in scnet... oddly artificial yet bitter and lacking much sweetness, some aggressive non choclatey anb bitter roast note. Beer is fuller side of medium bodied, certain sips felt light while other chalky and even some silky smooth, almost like a drink that needed to be shaken or stirred first. Had hopes for this beer, but oddly thrown together.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a best by stamp of 02/15/11. Pours a near-black color with a small brown head. Retention is a bit subpar and does not provide much chance to leave any clingy lace.

Nose has a nice combination of various chocolate incarnations. At different times I get powdered Nesquick, dark chocolate and semi-sweet morsels. A bit of roast, light toasted coconut and mild fruit round out the aroma quite well.

Taste is smooth bitter chocolate, very little sweetness and a nice hop bite and roasted malt on the finish. Pretty nice little surprise here from Harpoon, very drinkable and body is silky smooth. A light chalky fruitiness shows some yeast character as it warms. Pretty good beer. I have a feeling I will have to buy another sixer of this if I want to have any for 2011.

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

A- black, opaque. very small tan head. Not much retention or lacing.

S- chocolate and coffee.

T- Really nice coffee and chocolate notes. Light roast character, has a taste of cola from the chocolate and carbonation.

M-Very thin and not much carbonation. Carbonation fizzes away quickly.

D- A solid American stout. I like the chocolate flavors. It could be a bit richer and thicker, but the flavor is nice and fits well into the winter mix pack.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown, letting no light through. Medium brown head, decent retention. Some nice lacing

S - Roasted caramel malts, bitter coffee, sweet chocolate. Would expect more chocolate.

T - Dark roasted malts, bitter coffee, neutral sweetness on the front. Again, expecting more chocolate.

M - Medium-thick, somewhat full. It's on the lighter side, but it's pretty nice. It's a bit drying.

D - It's pretty drinkable. Tastes good, goes down pretty easily. Nothing to complain about really.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a mug

A: pours a deep black with a slight reddish tinge, pours with a nice head of tan frothy foam that lingers for a while, nice amount of lacing
S: extremely deep chocolate notes with a slight coffee undertone note

T: hmm, chocolate is not nearly as present in the taste as it was in the scent but its deffinitly present, not much else present than the slight chocolate

D/M: strong carbonation tingle, very smooth across the pallet, slight dark chocolate taste lingers on the pallet

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Photo of JK4Stout
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip glass.

A- This is a dark murky blackness that makes you feel like slipping into a tar pit. there is a little corlor that lingers to the side of your glass after sloshing it about for a moment.

S- You get hit with a face full of chocolate. There is a much stronger hop sensation than one would expect as well, but the chocolate balances well.

T: Eh, at first bite there isn't much to it. It really needs to breath for a moment before unlocking all of it's flavors, and i mean a long moment...thus the low score.

M- Much to thin and watery for a good stout. not terrible, just something that should be expected of a lower class of ale.

D- A good beer for sitting around with friends at a christmas party. (this was exactly what I did) Makes you feel a little warmer, but not so much that you want to drift off to sleep.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Black coffee color with a small brown head that dissipates fairly slowly and leaves behind a ring of lace.

Smell: Smells strongly of sweet dark chocolate, with a roasty backbone. It also has some mild brown sugar hints and a touch of plum.

Taste: Begins with a sweet milk chocolate flavor, rounding out to a mild hop flavor and finishing with sweet dark chocolate and sweet roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a creamy finish.

Drinkability: A good, sweet, dessert beer that is not cloying. Easy to drink and enjoyable- this could be a good gateway stout for beginners or a nice beer to have after dinner at a Christmas party.

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, the leftovers from parties. The joy of hosting...

A: Black coffee. Not much else. No head to speak of either.

S: Coffee with cream and sugar, cocoa nibs, caramel, salt.

T: Mocha latte, warm milk, malt balls.

M: Medium to full bodied and smooth.

D: Pretty straight forward, but full flavored, a solid winter seasonal.

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Photo of claspada
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma is extremely delicious and stronger than most stouts I've encountered recently. Definitely boat loads of dark and milk chocolate in the nose. Also some nuttiness which is also enticing.

The taste falls short in comparison to the smell. All the elements of the smell are still there, but much more subdued. The chocolate and coffee bitterness only comes in at the end of the sip. No hop bitterness. I think nuttiness is the most prominent flavor, which is nice but unexpected.

The mouthfeel is quite thin but is on par with every other Harpoon seasonal/flavored porter and stout I have had and also expected because of the low ABV, which leads me to drinkability, which is obviously extremely high for the quality flavor and sessionability.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark brown with a foamy, tan head.

S- Reminds me of s'mores

T- Burnt flavors and milk chocolate mix together to deliver something both smooth and rugged

M- Very fluffy on the tongue, the carbonation is foamy and the body is medium-light

D- Very drinkable as a stout. Not for desert only. The flavor is rather light

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

This was a fairly unexpected bottle when I found it at Fresh Market. I don't really know why, it just was. Deal with it. it pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of wan ecru foam. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, light roasted malts, and a touch of oatmeal. The taste's chocolate more closely resembles dark baking chocolate than the aforementioned syrup, which allows the roasted malts and coffee to shine through, mild bitterness and all. The body is a strong medium, with a light carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a pleasantly surprising bit o' tasty darkness.

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Photo of plecoptera19
4.54/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a happy surprise while visiting the local gas station/best beer selection spot in town. I was first struck by the smell, all chocolate, like the Hershey's frisbee I had when I was a kid (that's a good thing). It poured nicely, but a little less head than I expected. The first taste was all chocolate and very smooth. After a few sips, I realized that although it has a full chocolate taste, it is not very sweet. I think this is why I love it so much. It's easy to drink several without feeling like your teeth are going to rot out by the time you are done. Another solid effort by Harpoon Brewing.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harpoon Chocolate Stout
12 oz brown bottle
Best by 03/15/11
Served in a pint glass

Picked up a 12 pack of the Harpoon Wintry Mix sampler earlier in the week and this beer was in there.

Pours an opaque black with a khaki colored head on top with some nice trails of sticky lacings that cling to the glassware.

Lots of chocolate and roasted malt notes in the nose.

A smooth and creamy mouthfeel with flavors of Baker's chocolate and dark roasted malts. I also detect some flavors of Hershey's Chocolate syrup. Nice mini hop snap on the finish.

A very chocolate oriented stout that is smooth and drinkable, just not sure how many I would want to have in one sitting.

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Photo of u2carew
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick, tan head. Settles slightly. Lacing is semi-sticky. Opaque body.
S) Robust dark chocolate aroma. Hints of cherries.
T) Roasty, chocolate malt. Subtle smokiness. Well balanced throughout.
M) Full body. Fairly smooth. Finishes pleasantly dry.
D) A delicious stout. I'd definitely drink another.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Best by 02/15/11 indicated on the bottle. Pours one shade shy of black with a fizzy, half inch mocha-colored head. Head eventually disperses into a band around the edges of the glass. No lacing on this one. Strong cocoa character in the nose, as well as lactose and artificial sweetener. Unfortunately, the artificial sweetener character is a little too overpowering. Taste consistent with nose; however, the cocoa character is somewhat chalky. Also, the flavor profile is somewhat more watered down than the nose would suggest. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light), with a lively carbonation. Not really loving this one. Flavor and mouthfeel are are a bit off. It was a lot of work to get through one pint.

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Photo of pzrhsau
2.82/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Decent opaque brown color with a slight tan head that dissipates very quickly.
S: Great creamy cocoa aroma with some nice notes of roasted malt.
T: Roastly and crisp but it has more of an instant cocoa flavor to it. The malt does a good job giving it a decent coffee finish but the flavors were not as robust as i was expecting.
D/M: The flavor lacks a strong body. The beer is uncomfortably light and doesnt have much of a presence.

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Photo of deadliest
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a: Nearly black brown, long lasting tan head.

s: Massive chocolate. No room for anything else.

t: Bitter chocolate dominates. The roasted malt in the background is sharp but in small quantity.

m: Lighter and more watery than I would prefer from a stout.

d: Chocolate bomb, too one dimensional to have more than one of for me.

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Photo of ztaylor1
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance-a dark brown, inpenetrable by light. A small but lasting tan head.

Smell- strong blast of dark chocolate with mild malt and alcohol in the background.

Taste- strongly bitter chocolate with a soft malt finish. Very chocolatey.

Mouthfeel- smooth, not as creamy as I wanted.

Drinkability- good brew. But I can only handle one.

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Photo of beancounter
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark brown with little head. Not much lacing as I drink it.

S-Chocolate and some mild roasted malt.

T-Bitter chocolate followed by roasted malts similar to the smell

M-Medium body

D-This is a very delicious stout, and I could drink a number of these easily, but the bitter chocolate becomes a bit much after a while.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Black as night with brown vibes in the thinner parts of the glass. Beige/cream colored head which dissipates to a thick rim around the edge. When I swirl the beer around, there is light- to moderate-lacing on the edges of the glass.

Smell: This is just about perfect. Heavy dark chocolate aroma interspersed with fresh espresso bean. Gentle malt sweetness and just a little bit of alcohol in the nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Gentle carbonation on the tongue, with a great mocha taste. Fresh espresso and premium chocolate. Bubbles moderately on the tongue, and rinses with a coffee aftertaste which is superb. Great ingredients in the mix.

Drinkability: I WILL buy this again. Awesome brew at a modest price.

Definitely the best Harpoon brew I have tried, and an amazing stout by itself.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Completely black with a foamy, clingy tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, sweet malt, a light background of alcohol.

Taste: Big chocolate up front, malt - mostly sweet, but not cloying, with a tiny bit of hops in the finish. Not overly complex.

Mouthfeel: Very soft, but there's also an undercurrent of prickliness.

Drinkability: I wasn't sure if I was going to like this at first. It seemed too one-dimensional, but it definitely grew on me.

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Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown with a thick and dimpled head of oatmeal colored foam that lingers long. Inviting aroma of rich cocoa, semi sweet, just a bit of roasted malt.

Flavor is initially full of cocoa, but moves quickly to roasted malt and understated bitterness. Mild hop flavors punctuate, and some espresso notes emerge in the finish. Well balanced beer tending a bit more toward cocoa than malt. Flavor seems somewhere between a Southern Tier Choklat and a Rogue Chocolate Stout.

Even mouthfeel, fairly full but tending toward slick, finishes dry. Tasty beer for the season, prtty drinkable.

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Photo of DrJay
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark with ruby edges and a short tan cap that quickly faded to a thin collar. A bit of sticky, spotty lacing. The aroma was heavy on chocolate, lighter on roast, not much else. Smelled decent enough though and you wouldn't mistake it for something other than a chocolate stout. Bitterness was a little high and had a bit of spruce character that overpowered the sweetness up front. As it faded, the same roasty and chocolatey notes from the aroma came to the fore. Brown sugar and vanilla lingered. Fair texture, a bit of dryness from the dark malts, medium bodied with average carbonation. I enjoyed it, but would imagine they'd get cloying after a couple.

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Harpoon Chocolate Stout from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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