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RATINGS: 265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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.

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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeff789 (1404) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Clear black with big bubbles that fade quickly... Loads of chocolate in the nose, lots of cocoa, milk chocolate, has a cold hot chocolate feel to it, very one dimensional, but a very well done dimension... Coffee comes in to the flavor very much like a cold mocha coffee... Medium bodied with a dry finish... Really enjoyed this one, abundant chocolate flavor...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (2347) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2010
I picked up the Harpoon Winter mix 12pk to supplement the beer needed for my brothers Christmas party in a couple days. Well, there wonít 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewBoxer (1764) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2010
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 wasnít expecting much, but it was very drinkable and enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2010
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.

2.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
CosmicScherzo (6) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2010 does not count
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. Canít 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 itís more syrupy than the round and robust cocoa tone that the aroma promises. Finishes thin and soda-poppy. An overall letdown.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MmmcKay (1049) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Was surprised when I first opened, smelled, and tried this beer. Iím 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 itís 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.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5658) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2010
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!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2010
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JDBaker11058 (1131) - Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2010
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 Iíve had this season. Very tasty, but the chocolate was just a hint on the too-sweet side.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ZackSmith83 (1) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2010 does not count
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


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