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 Wamesit
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A- Pours a strong dark brown almost black color, lighter brown traces around edges of the glass. Slight tan head that gives way to mild lacing.

S- Sweet malt and chocolate malt notes are apparent immediately upon pour. Chocolate becomes the dominant odor once the stout warms.

T- Good balance of malty sweetness and chocolate depth, without being cloy. Bitter hops barely noticeable (but present) in aftertaste.

M- Too light, with a bit too much carbonation, for my taste when it comes to a stout. However that does lead to increased drinkability.

D- As stated above, if you are a fan of lighter (and sweeter) stouts I definitely recommend this beer. Having a few will not leave you feeling rotund.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a black color which doesn't let light in except for some light brownish hues on the sides of the glass. One and a half finger tan head shows medium retention. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink this down.

S- Roasted malts come on out in the front with chocolate malts balance it out. As this beer warms more and more chocolate malts take center stage. Very nice once it warms!

T- Chocolate malts in the front of the beer burst out from the get go. A light roasted malt comes through in the middle of the beer. Ending is light coffee with a even lighter bitter hop bite. Short sweet and simple. I like it.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Chocolate notes left on the palate. Light bitter hops and chocolate left in the aftertaste. Alcohol has light drying on the palate. Balanced malt flavors which was a nice surprise.

D- This was a very drinkable beer which I enjoyed surprisingly a lot. Harpoon seems to make these beers which in turn needs to be in six packs here in Indiana if they already are.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
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 psdriscoll
4.57/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Harpoon and Chocolate Stout, where can you go wrong?
This thin stout was poured this into a pint glass and the head didn't hang around long.
The smell is great. A very distinct non-over powering chocolate aroma but where I've smelt it before I can't put my finger on it.
The taste is awsome. While it's being drank this thin stout leaves notes of chocolate in the nose and and again in the after taste.
This is a very drinkable beer. It is not a filling stout and it is not over loaded with chocolate.
I recommend this beer and rate it high.

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Photo of Vinny71
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got an e-mail from my local package store about this one now available in limited supply so I unfortunately assumed it must be good if it's in limited supply, right? Not. I'm a big fan of this style but this one misses the mark. The nose smells of burnt chocolate, licorice or something. Alcohol also in the aroma but not once you taste it. I want to like it but just can't. Must be the fake chocolate or licorice I can't get by. Not a drain pour but I'm forcing the last five.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. There is no noticeable freshness date on the label.

Appearance: This beer pours dark brown nearly black and is nearly opaque. Only a little bit of light makes it through at the very edges of the glass. From the pour it produces a one inch beige collar of thick foam. The head hangs on well and makes some thin lacing on the glass.

Smell: There are strong chocolate and dark roasted malty notes in the aroma.

Taste/Palate: This is a strait forward medium to full bodied beer with a fairly thin texture for the style. It has a simple but very tasty rich dark chocolaty character with some sweetness from the malt as well as loads of roasted/toasted notes. I also get some bitter dark coffee notes that hook up with the light bitterness from the hops.

Notes: I really enjoyed this beer and wished I could get more than what was in the mixed sample pack.

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Photo of jasonheyd
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark brown. Pours with a thin, tan head that dissipates quickly to a coffee-like crema.

S: Strong, dark chocolate... almost cocoa, with a slightly burnt tinge.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of hoppy bitter, and a little citrus sour aftertaste on the edges of the tongue.

M: Thinner and not as creamy as I expected. Still smooth, but it doesn't quite fit the smell or taste.

D: Overall, surprisingly likable. The mouthfeel's not quite what I'd like, and the sour tinge could be better, but this is one of the better chocolate stouts I've tried.

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

Pours an opaque brown with thin tan head. Smell is mostly of chocolate, with little bit of roasted malt. Taste has chocolate upfront, but not as much of the roasted flavour I'd expect. Very little bitterness. Very thin mouthfeel, not creamy like most stouts. This does taste nice and there are no off flavours, but it just isn't anything special.

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Photo of gameface23
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a light tan head. Large bubbles froth out of the head.

S: Intense chocolate aroma. It's a tad sweet, but very nice overall.

T: Imitation chocolate extract, a good dose of hop bitterness and slight roasted malt.

M: Too thin. I wish that it was more viscous.

D: This is a decent offering from Harpoon. I think that if the body was improved, the overall taste would improve.

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Photo of biggred1
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin coffee colored head that leaves thin lace behind. Dark chocolate, cocoa and light roasted coffee make up the aroma. Semisweet chocolate and coffee flavors with a tad too much hop bittering for the style. This beer tastes more like a Hersheys chocolate syrup than roasty chocolate malt to me. Light bodied and heavily carbonated, which feels weird for the style. This beer is not for me.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a flat black color with no head. There are a few islands of bubbles over top, but other than that and the ring of white around the edge of the top there is nothing in terms of head. I'd like a little more head and a little more life in this beer. The aroma is strong on the chocolate. There is a bit of roasted malt behind it, but the chocolate dominates. The flavor is less appealing than the aroma. It starts with a strong burnt malt flavor, like the mash may have been scortched the ashyness is so strong. From there it moves into a somewhat chemical-chocolate flavor, that fades to a mellow combination of roasted malt and chocolate. The finish on this beer is really nice, but what leads into it is not all that fantastic. Moutfeel is moderately thick with a pretty weak carbonation. This one would benefit by having some more body to it. The carbonation is where I would expect. Overall, this one is not doing it for me. The harshness of the burnt character and the sweetness of the chocolate don't play well together. Its not the worst chocolate beer I have had, but I wouldn't go for it again.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours into a pint glass with a deep brown/black body. Completely opaque. Slight ruby/brown tones. Head is slightly offwhite with amber tones with a milky texture. Good amount of lacing. No visible sediment or carbonation.

S - Smell is stronger than most stouts I've encountered. Definite chocolate and coffee in the nose. Even a little hazelnut or some other sort of nuttiness in here.

T - Falls a little short in the taste in comparison to the smell. All the elements of the smell are still there, but a bit more subdued. The chocolate and coffee bitterness only comes in at the end of the sip. No hop bitterness or alcohol heat. Interestingly, I think nuttiness is the most prominent flavor.

MF - Creamy mouthfeel. No carbonation bite.

D - Very drinkable. Good flavor and smooth body.

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Photo of CHickman
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours opaque brown/black with a 1 finger tan head that faded quickly; basically no lacing.

Smells of cocoa, chocolate, roasted malt, syrup, ground coffee beans, toasted grains and some burnt wood; really potent chocolatey nose, which actually resembles a chocolate shake. Very nice aroma which seems more like an ice cream float than a beer.

Tastes like it smells, with cocoa, chocolate, roasted malt, syrup, ground coffee beans, toasted grains, vanilla, some burnt wood; there seems to be a hint of bourbon, as if this was aged in a bourbon barrel and it makes for a very nice finish. The flavor is excellent and delicious, and the chocolate malts are not overly sweet yet give off a great complex taste. There is no trace of alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp for a stout, with a smooth feel on the tongue and very light carbonation; the body sends mixed signals - it feels medium in the mouth, but light and creamy when you swallow it and then almost watery once it's gone. Very light for a stout.

A really enjoyable beer that is very drinkable. Really tasty brew and one I feel would be a great desert beer to end the night with, or one that would go well with cheeses. Recommend trying this while it's around.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of billab914
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
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 morimech
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with a small tan head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is the best thing about this stout. Plenty of chocolate elements such as cocoa nibs, and bittersweet chocolate. A little smoke as well. Sadly the flavor does not live up to the aroma. The added chocolate is too dominating and not letting the malt play a flavoring role. A little fruit and coffee elements as well. Not overly complex or appealing chocolate flavor. Feels a little thin for a stout. Carbonation is nicely suited. Just an ok chocolate stout. Could definately use more malt and that would help the flavor and body immensely.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Opaque dark brown with a medium head. Nose is very chocolaty, with molasses a hint of coffee, grapes and cherry. Flavour is again chocolate with a fruity edge. Big, but quickly disappearing bitterness in the back and a bit of tartness up front. Quite dry and a bit spicy. Moderate body with a hard carbonation, Could be a bit softer and slicker I think. Not terribly drinkable but some interesting flavours. Mouthfeel needs work.

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Photo of everetends
2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz box I got out of the Winter Mix pack of Harpoon's. There mix packs are typically a good time at a good price. Was happy to see this was a new Harpoon brew in the box. Served up in a pint glass.

A: Not bad looking at all. Pours a dark brown in color that builds a seemingly black body. Held to the light, you can see the browns and reds coming through but this is dark and opaque. The head builds a little over a finger of mocha colored foam. It falls pretty quickly though, down to a thin top cap that lingers through the drinking experience. No lace to speak of.

S: Smell is thin and really translates as chocolate milk made with Hershey's syrup. Has that artificial smell, but is creamy and milky. Chocolate is all milk chocolate. Other than that, nothing really to speak of.

T: About the same as the nose. The taste brings me back to my youth . . . but not in a good way. It reminds me of when I was young and craving chocolate milk. Looked in the fridge, and there is plenty of ice cold milk. I pour a tall glass and reach for the chocolate milk powder or syrup. Once I pick it up, I know it almost empty. With hope, I made it anyway by salvaging all that was left. Sadly, I on first sip, I know it wasn't enough because I am just getting milk with just a faint hint of chocolate. That is exactly how this tastes. I mean there is a little bit of roasted malt and alcohol coming across, but this is all chocolate milk without enough chocolate.

M: Thin . . . almost watery. Its the lightest side of medium you can get. Just too thin for a stout, doesn't have any size or weight to it at all. Low carbonation which is nice, but doesn't make this feel any bigger. No alcohol to speak of as far as feel. Aftertaste is all meh chocolate milk.

D: This isn't the best offering I have had from Harpoon. Pretty much everything I have had from them was a good representation of whatever style with mediocre or better flavors and aroma. Not so much here. Its just way off on flavor, feel and aroma. Just a disappointment to me. You can drink it, but prepare to be let down.

Serving Type: 12oz Bottle Vessel Type: Pint Glass Price:NA

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Photo of Saint
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is unique. Its black as night with a caramel cream tint to its mostly white head. It smells memorizing, absolutely fantastic. Its aroma is that of a slightly bittersweet dark chocolate, with a hint of mocha. Its taste is bold, kinda like someone melted a really fine dark chocolate bar, mixed it with some Baileys and then carbonated it all. Its incredible. My initial reaction was surprise for such a bold taste, I had assumed it would be a much more subtle flavor, I was very pleasantly surprised. Its mouthfeel is slightly creamy. I've enjoyed this from both a bottle, and chilled pint glass, both were enjoyable, but I must say I preferred the bottle, the carbonation was heavier in the bottle, and really complements the bold flavor. Its drinkability pretty fine, they go back nice and easy, but then may not be a beer you could or would want to chain drink. It also made on of the greatest dessert beers I've ever enjoyed, It may be the greatest beer for a beerfloat (beer & ice cream, preferably coffee or vanilla) that I've tried. Overall I really enjoyed this beer, a lot more then i expected.

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Photo of portia99
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 4/15/10) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Extremely dark brown in color with a finger of cappuccino head that has good staying power. Drops to a thick collar and an uneven coating of bubbles across the surface after hanging around for a minute or so. No lacing left on the glass.

S - The name of this beer doesn't lie. Chocolate is abundant, even from a foot away. Lots of milk chocolately aroma with mixtures of some darker chocolates..smells almost like a Godiva liqueur. A dessert in a glass from the aroma anyway.

T - Definitely heavy in chocolate here too, but more going on in the flavor. Up front is a hoppy and coffee bitterness and roastiness. This is followed all the way to the finish by a thick coating of milk chocolate goodness. A mocha delight...think coffee with Hershey's syrup mixed in.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side for my liking. Carbonation is just shy of medium...overall, gives a bit of a watery feel. Definitely a weak spot on this beer.

D - This would be great with a chocolately dessert, thinking dark chocolate with some kind of fruit - raspberries, strawberries, cherries...would go great. By itself I think this is a one in a sitting type of beer. Quite enjoyable, but in moderation, but with dessert this can't be beat.

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

I helped a friend out moving and he bought me some Harpoon. I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It pours opaque black with a fizzy white head, no lacing. Bittersweet chocolate rules the nose with a back drop of freshly ground coffee. The flavor of bakers chocolate runs through the beer. It is slightly more bitter than the nose indicates, not overwhelmingly so. IMO this is a bit thin for a stout, the carbonation is moderate. A decent beer that gets caught between a hearty stout and a desert beer.

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

Dark brown, almost black color. Tan head laced nicely. Roasty, roasty, roasty on the nose. Rich, dark chocolate too. Somewhat sweet smelling. My wife smelt soy sauce. Not so sure about that one. A very rich, chocolate flavor (expected!). Flavors of coffee, cream, also a hop bite in there. The dark chocolate/coffee flavor stays there throughout the brew. A crisp, not too heavy of a mouthfeel. I found this pretty easy to consume. I'd drink another if I had one. It came from my buddies 12 pack sampler.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown that might not have been opaque if this was a sunny morning rather than an overcast one. Generous burnt orange edges are seen along the bottom edge of the glass, while an attractive crown the color of coffee-with-cream rests up top. Enough sudsy lace sticks in the end.

The aroma is reminiscent of chocolate baked goods (brownies or cake) rather than beer. Maybe that's because 'an abundance' of chocolate malt and 'a touch' of chocolate was used. Truthfully, it smells a little odd, though not unpleasant.

Chocolate Stout's flavor has the same sort of vibe. Even if the brewery didn't tell us that chocolate was added, it was obvious from the first sip (actually, the first sniff). 40 IBUs seems like a lot for a beer of this ABV. Less bitterness and more sweetness would have been better.

Specific flavors include bittersweet brownies, black coffee and bitter tea leaves. Maybe a smidgen of citrus zest, but it isn't a grapefruit bomb by any means. While hopheads will find a lot to like, the black IPA similarities don't really work here.

It's extremely unlikely that 'an abundance' of barley malt was used. If it was, it certainly isn't reflected in the mouthfeel. The beer is on the light side of light-medium and isn't the least bit creamy. Add lackluster carbonation and this is clearly the lowlight.

Harpoon Chocolate Stout is probably best viewed as an Irish dry stout with much more hoppiness than is typical for that style. It's interesting and was fun to drink, but I have little or no need to do so again.

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Photo of chicagoish
2.19/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle a goblet..

A- Black,dark with a tanish hea.

S- Chocolate,roast, malt and smoke.

T- At first I liked the taste. It had a roasted chocolate taste, but as the brew warmed, I started liking it less an less. It became a fake smoky taste that didn't leave a very pleasant aftertaste. I'm thinking the alcohol esters are taking over. There is some metallic taste going on also...

M- A medium thickness and smoothness.

D- I'm having trouble finishing this one, so I don't think much of it's drinkability.

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Photo of rawthar
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my Brooklyn goblet...think I need a new beer glass.

A- Black and opaque, the one finger of off white head looks about as inviting as anything I'd want to quaff.

S- The chocolate hits first, but its definitely a malty chocolate, roasted and hearty, not sugary or overly sweet. Right behind that chocolate is the high-nose coffee roast like a Chicory. A great balance.

T- Taste follows the nose as closely as any beer I can remember. Somewhere between the malty chocolate and the malty roasts is a bit of hoppy dryness- not bitter, not flowery, but dry. The chocolate flavor is immediately intense but swiftly mellows, nothing sticky about it at all.

M- Not as thick or slick as an Imperial, most of the mouthfeel seems to come from the carbonation. Not a bad thing, but I like to chew on my stouts a little.

D- This is a great desserty style beer, awesome for after dinner or a cold snowy night. Just about anytime a mug of hot chocolate sounds good, this will one-up it.

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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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