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RATINGS: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2298) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Heavy dark chocolate/cocoa nose, a tiny bit of coffee in there too. Very dark appearance, I couldn’t detect a highlight color. The head receded fast and there was minimal lacing. Palate is heavy on the coffee, sharp, dry finish, a bit of astringent dark chocolate in there. Not particularly oily or chewy, but not dry either. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4705) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2010
12oz bottle, drank a week after expiration. Opaque black, with a thinnish beige head. Sweet pronounced chocolate aroma. Big-time chocolate syrup taste going on, which more than suggests additive. Out of the beers that I’ve had with the overwhelming chocolate syrup taste, this is the cleanest, most drinkable. On the lighter side of full-bodied, retains a nice drinkability. Creamy and rich, this is a pretty cool and unique beer, great for a tasting sampler.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Pours dark brown with creamy head. Thin lace. Smells of chocolate and coffee. Taste of chocolate milk, nuts, and cocoa. A lighter palate then I expected. The finish has a slight burnt finish. A decent stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tanker12 (173) - USA - FEB 15, 2010
Chocolate, chocolate and chocolate. This beer tastes great but I could see where it would get overwhelming if you had more than one of these. Not like any other chocolate beer I have ever tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5856) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Pours dark brown to black with a brown head. The aroma is milk chocolate and some roasted malts. The flavor is chocolate with something resembling chocolate milk in there as well. The flavor is pretty good, but the very end of the flavor as well as the aftertaste have something going on I didn’t really like, though I am not sure how to describe it. The mouthfeel is creamy and the carbonation is medium to high.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
McGarnigle (565) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Longneck, drink by US tax day. Very dark, tan head...the usual. This brings a striking chocolate bar wallop up front, not just the usual dark chocolate bitter roast, but actual chocolate sweetness. And yet, it isn’t too sweet: the ending finishes fairly dry. The downside for me, though, is the back end is a bit watery, as though plain seltzer were waiting in the wings the whole time. Still good, but not as good as it is currently rated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rhoderickj (49) - Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2010
Aroma is of dark chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Of these, the chocolate is very strong. The color is a deep opaque brown, nearly black with a thin beige head that dissipates quickly. This beer’s sweetness is very prominent, so much so that not much else is notable; there is a slight, mildly bitter finish, but the finish is much cleaner than other chocolate stouts I have tried. Medium to full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation. In its category, this is a damn fine beer. As with all chocolate stouts, I wouldn’t make this a session beer, but it is an amazing achievement of flavor that deserves attention.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Goodgrief (1811) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Um, not good. This isn’t worth my effort to review. It tasted like chocolate flavored cough medicine. Really sweet, really artificial and medicine-like, really bad and gooey. Not good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Dark, dark brown, light tan head. Bakers chocolate, roast aroma, sweet. Taste is more sweet chocolate, cocoa, lightly roasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3583) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2010
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark brown pour with a quickly fading tan head. Chocolate and biscuit malts at the beginning of the aroma with a followup of cream and some light coffee. Roasted coffee and chocolate beginning with a lightly bitter yet creamy tasting middle. Lots of biscuit malts throughout with a dry and lightly bitter finish. Chocolate taste lingers for a bit. Very nicely done.

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