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RATINGS: 293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chalsk (1097) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark black color with off white foam head. Aroma of dark chocolate syrup, coffee, and hints of vanilla. Sweet dark chocolate taste with cocoa bitters and some coffee spice mixed in. Vanilla notes on the finish. Light mouthfeel. I need more body on this. The light mouthfeel makes the flavors seem artificial.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (3036) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2011
A nice sweet stout, although I would not add "sweet" to the deScription of this beer. Aroma was nice. Strong chocolate aroma; sweet and milky. Smells like a Hershey Bar. Pour was a deep dark brown/near black that you canít see through. Thin tan ring for a head. Taste was very different than the aroma. Bitter coffee coats the mouth in the beginning. Nice strong carbonation bites the top of your mouth and after the swallow a nice milk chocolate comes back up. Bitterness is there but the chocolate aftertaste borders milky. I love the low alcohol content which allows you to taste the complexity and flavor without the burn. Gets better as it warms with the chocolate blossoming

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (2237) - Richmond, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Very dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate and roast; simple but enticing. Taste is rich chocolate and roast, sweet and roasty and solidly bitter. Medium bodied and creamy despite the above average carbonation for the style. Nice, easy drinking stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5658) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2014 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured slick and black with a large soapy dark brown head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was dryish roasty malts with strong Bakerís chocolate, marshmallows and faint smoke, dry roasty malts and peanuts. The flavor was strong Bakerís chocolate with light marshamallow, vanilla and coffee. The finish was long with cocoa and coffee and turned somewhat dry and bitter. Thick and chalky texture. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nittanyjim (79) - - NOV 7, 2011
Roasted malt and chocolate nose. Deep dark brown with a dark tan slight head. Not so sweet chocolate start that slides into a mildly bitter middle, finishing with a smooth chocolate aftertaste. Silky smooth mouthfeel despite the carbonation. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2011
On tap at Caponeís. Dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Nice chocolate aroma with some roastiness. Tastes of chocolate and roasty, but there was just something there that didnít live up to the aromas - just couldnít quite put my finger on it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
puboflyons (2635) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 27, 2011
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped Best By 02/15/2012-293. This is one of those beers the looks and smells nice but seems weaker in flavor. Let me do the breakdown. It pours practically black with a rich, silky light brown head and plenty of lacing. The aroma is bountiful in chocolate malts to the point of taking over every other sensation. The body is a weird, carbonated medium texture while the flavor has an obvious chocolate base but a kind of cardboard-like flatness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7008) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2011
bottle, chocolatety cola looking pour. chocolatety aroma & flavor, medium bodied> Pretty flavorful, good stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (3043) - 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.

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