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Our head brewer at our Windsor brewery homebrewed a batch of chocolate stout for himself after trying the style at a beer dinner and loving it. After several Harpooners tried Scottís batch, we knew that we needed to add this beer to our lineup. It was originally introduced as a limited edition extra in our winter mix pack back in 2008, but it was soon apparent that our drinkers wanted more of this beer (a beer made with chocolateÖnot too hard to understand!), so we brought it back in 6-packs in 2010.

A chocolate stout is a beer with a noticeable dark chocolate flavor. This flavor is created from the use of darker, more aromatic malt that has been roasted or kilned until it acquires a chocolate color. Harpoon Chocolate Stout is brewed with an abundance of chocolate malt and a touch of chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (2517) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of ruby highlights and a 3 finger mocha head that dissipates but never really leaves. Tons of lace impales itself on the glass. I could smell chocolate as soon as I popped the cap on this one. Fresh ground coffee, milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, and some brown sugar and toffee round out the nose. Taste is mostly chocolate syrup, and seems artificial. Brown sugar toffee and butter round out the taste. Leaves a lingering bitter chocolate taste in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel, medium body, light carbonation. I liked this one a bit. I could see myself drinking a few of these, but the artificial chocolate twang is definitely a turn off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours a black body with a tan head. What can i say this beer is chocolate all the way. Big malty dark roasted chocolate tones with some softer mild chocolate notes and a soft chocolate flavor. Medium body soft carbonation, full and cream y body. Nice beer if you donít mind drinking lots of chocolate. Willy Wonka would be jealous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
Reviewed from notes. From the start, Iíll say one thing about this beer--itís totally one dimensional. The second thing? I didnít 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 Hersheyís syrup. The taste is more chocolate with just the tiniest hint of roast, but, who knows, maybe thatís just coming from the chocolate as well. Nice somewhat full feel with good carbonation. Really nice and tasty. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 11-13-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (9100) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - MAR 3, 2011
Bottle (Thanks to joss!): As black as ink, stable mid-sized tanned head; distinctive aromas of sweet milk-chocolate and blueberries (!) in the nose; surprisingly dry bitter-sweet flavour, light to medium bodied, soft; gentle chocolatey and berry-like flavours in the finish, followed by an illusion of cacao-powder in the aftertaste. Very nice liquid fruit-cake.....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Very dark brown/black color with a tan head that had only average size and retention. It did leave surprisingly good lacing though. A few ruby highlights abound when held toward the light. The head settled to an ok film on top. Some roasted chocolate and some roasted, slightly smokey coffee notes. The coffee aroma is more tame to let the chocolate be the forerunner. The chocolate smells sweet with some cocoa powder added for good measure. The taste was of a dry chocolate that was somewhat chalky with some decent bitterness. The coffee flavoring seemed to stand out more in the taste than in the aroma. No real discernable flavors of dark fruit. Just a nice roasted, decently well balanced flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Not as smooth and creamy as some other Stouts that Iíve had, but itís alright. Covers the palate adequately. Itís mostly dry to boot, which is a good thing in my opinion. This is a pretty good, fairly solid Chocolate Stout. Worth a try if itís available in your area. Not the best Iíve had, but far from the worst beer either. I was more than happy to try this. As Iíve stated before, i love Stouts and Porters and this one would pair well with those "chilly" evenings. Itís not overly heavy or filling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (8589) - Bochum, GERMANY - FEB 16, 2011
(bottle, 35.5cl) Black coloured hue with a light-brown medium-sized foamy head. Sweet and distinctively chocolate-malty and moderately roasted aroma with notes of blueberries. Surprisingly bitter flavour with a dry mouthfeel, medium to light bodied with a smooth carbonation. Roasty malty base with notes of dark and milk chocolate with berry-fruity accents; dry and moderately roasty malty finish with notes of chocolate and fruits lingering into the aftertaste. A superb liquid blueberry-muffin. 16.II.11

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Bottle. Pours very dark ruby with a medium brown head. Aroma is very chocolatey, some vanilla, quite sweet. Flavor is more complex, fairly bitter, lots of malt, some coffee. Creamy palate, but not overly heavy. Iím usually not big on chocolate stouts when they draw much of their taste from the addition of actual chocolate. But this is well integrated and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4446) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Pretty nice semi-sweet chocolate chip aroma, with slight black olive tones when itís colder. Mediocre label, almost opaque black-brown beer with a filmy head. Roasted, toasted, bitter chocolate flavor with pencil shavings. Moderately tangy. A dry coffee finish. Medium body. Not bad at all, but not very distinct. ABC Liquors, mixpack.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2377) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a very dark cola with a medium sized foamy tan-light brown head. Aroma of tootsie rolls, baking chocolate and rich malt. Taste of dark baking chocolate, tootsie rolls and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Bottle: Pours the darkest of ruby with a thin tan head, aroma has chocolate, starts and ends lightly bitter with cocoa in the ending, strong carbonation, full bodied and slick mouthfeel.

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