Ron (2313) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I picked up the Harpoon Winter mix 12pk to supplement the beer needed for my brothers Christmas party in a couple days. Well, there won’t be any chocolate stout left then. It pours a nice dark black with mild carbonation and a small head with lacing. Has a nice roasted chocolate aroma with some coffee. Flavor is also full of sweet dark chocolate with a slightly bitter coffee ending. Good stuff.
BrewBoxer (1714) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep black color with thin head. Smells of coffee, chocolate and nut. Taste is carbonated with a lingering dark chocolate/mocha aftertaste. This beer surprised me. I wasn’t expecting much, but it was very drinkable and enjoyable.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours a black body with just a hint of ruby around the edges. Finger-width, creamy, dark brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is big on the milk chocolates with some cocoa and a moderate roasty coffee. Flavor is medium sweet, milk chocolates and dark cocoas up front before a good amount of earthy hops, dry roasts, and coffee finish this off for a very dry, roasty finish that leaves a light bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a light, smooth, creamy body and soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid chocolate stout. Lots of chocolate and a very dry, balanced finish. A bit thin, but I think it really works with this and makes it very drinkable. Nice beer.
CosmicScherzo (6) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2010 does not count
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish glass. Black, opaque, nice tan head with small bubbles and decent retention. Aroma is lots of cocoa. Hints at a good, sweet, silky base with just the right amount of hop balance. So far, so good. Can’t wait to take a sip.
What happened? This tastes like someone finished a milk shake and filled the cup up again with tonic water. Too carbonic. Too thin. The chocolate sticks around, but it’s more syrupy than the round and robust cocoa tone that the aroma promises. Finishes thin and soda-poppy. An overall letdown.
MmmcKay (1049) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Was surprised when I first opened, smelled, and tried this beer. I’m not very high on Harpoon, but this beer is exceptional. Nice pour. Medium deep black with a nice foamy tan head. Not much lacing though at all. Guess it’s lower alcohol than I thought. Big time chocolate nose with some roast and cocoa and bitter fruit. A bit light but well balanced overall. Good stuff.
SudsMcDuff (5644) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Never really went looking for sweet stouts, sam adams cream stout ruined it for me years ago .. Pours a dark brown black, nice looking head, light lacing spots .. you look like that tojo i killed, or did i? .. odd airport bathroom aroma with light cocoa .. . light smooth slick mouthfeel, light velvety chocolate powder and cocoa in the taste .. . a very drinkable stout! .. . Cotton loved fighting - you probably made death fun for him!
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a fading head that lasts around the glass that is tan with a dark, clear brown body. Aroma and flavor is a milk chocolate milkshake with alcohol. Not too bad.
JDBaker11058 (1108) - Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: looks like a stout should; dark brown to black, with a fluffy tan head. Aroma: strong aroma of sweet dark creamy chocolate, dark toasted malts and some fresh coffee. Taste: dark chocolate, sweet cream, a hint of cherries and dark brown bread. Finish: dry, smooth and slightly sweet; the chocolate lingers. Notes: The most chocolatey of the chocolate stouts I’ve had this season. Very tasty, but the chocolate was just a hint on the too-sweet side.
ZackSmith83 (1) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2010 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Heavy, bitter, and rich with a taste very much like bakers choclate. the hop spice came out a bit through the malt and helped bring it together. It reminded me of getting into my moms baked goods. Very delicious. this is my first review so go easy on me
blutt59 (5997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, dark brown color with tall tan foam, aroma is pure milk chocolate with a flavor of dry cocoa, chocolate bars, coffee, nice finish of sherry and cherry cordial