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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 Scott’s 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 chocolate…not 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 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joejames (361) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours deep red black, quick khaki head, little lacing or retention. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted coffee. Taste is generally sweet, only slight coffee like bitterness. Medium bodied, light carbonation, mouth feel is slightly watery. Finishes sweet with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and brown sugar. Easy drinking stout. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Underdogs88 (261) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Milk chocolate aroma. Appearance is jet black with a tan head with below average retention. Flavor is full of smooth, creamy chocolate. Hop bitterness is moderate. Mouthfeel is medium light with medium carbonation. Overall, it's a good tasting, smooth chocolate beer. A little thin though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holdwine (1131) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Very good stout. Easy to drink with the right amount of silky chocolate notes throughout. Dark black pour without much of a head. Easy drinking stout despite the 5.9.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopDirt (22) - - DEC 26, 2014
Thin layers of light chocolate , very little coffee but there, Seems like a lite version of moo hoo Very lite that is, But pretty drinkable, Some bitter roasted chalkiness on the end

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jflopsu (827) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Pours a dark black with thin light brown head. Has a sweet chocolate aroma. Taste is very sweet with chocolate, sweet malts, and light coffee. Lingering chocolate aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsmanigold (96) - Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2014
You get a good cocoa aroma once the bottle is open. This stout has a sweet dark chocolate and coffee flavor. A good dessert beer with brownies or chocolate cake. This really hit the spot. I would definitely recommend this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
tds101 (7) - Queens Village, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2014 does not count
The smell is chocolate and coffee, and the appearance is dark and wonderful. The taste is just too overwhelmingly chocolaty, slight coffee, and too unrefined. The mouth feel is slightly watery. I’ll definitely NOT be getting this stout again. And I had such high hopes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DearBeer2013 (89) - - NOV 28, 2014
Pretty good. Taste of dark chocolate with a hint of coffee...................

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2964) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a thin tan head. Big chocolate aroma with vanilla and light coffee. Flavor of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, notes of coffee and had a touch of vanilla with a dry roasty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (2008) - - OCT 14, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-8-14- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color, bordering on black, with a two finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell with a good deal of a milk chocolate smell. Adding to the darker aromas are some aromas of coffee. There are big aromas of a caramel, vanilla, and a cream smell there as well, which overall create a very sweet, milk chocolaty smell. Taste – The taste begins with a sweet milk chocolate and caramel flavor with a moderate amount of a roasted flavor. These flavors create a base for the brew remaining relatively constant throughout the taste with the caramel fading ever so slightly but being replaced by a little bit of vanilla sweetness. All while these transitions occur, so too do some more bitter coffee and earthy flavors come to the tongue. With the roast intensifying ever so slightly, and a bit of a grainy flavor coming to the tongue, one is left with a somewhat surprisingly drier, but still robustly darker chocolate flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. A bit of a thicker body and a lower carbonation level may have been slightly more fitting for the style, fitting the darker chocolate and more surprisingly drier roasted flavors of the brew more nicely. Overall – A decent chocolate brew that was surprisingly dry in light of its aroma. Nothing too exceptional, but a nice try and a decent choice (in light of its price) for a darker and more drinkable chocolate stout.

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