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RATINGS: 298   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2009
pours such an opaque black that I hold it up to the light and cannot see anything. thin tan head. nose of choclate and mocha is strong. some brandy in there as well. kinda like smelling a double-fudge brownie. flavor is loads of bittersweet baker’s chocolate and dark truffle. pretty heavy. aftertaste is bitter choclate. thick and oily. pretty freaking good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep dark black with a thick creamy mocha head. Roast, chocolate, a touch of coffee, and a bit of sweetness from the chocolate. Medium bodied, carbonation seems a little rough, but flavor is pretty good. Roast, chocolate. Nice roast bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (9514) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2009 Bottle at Sheffield’s. Very thick dark pour. Ungodly nose of chocolate - Southern Tier level. Body is a little thin and over carbonated, and the chocolate doesn’t dominate the taste but still great flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Impressive three finger head; settles with a nice dome. Extensive spotty lace on the glass. Near black color; no light shines through. Burnt toast aroma from extensive black patent. Dark, bitter chocolate smell--kinda a powdered cocoa nose. More dark chocolate than the toast in the flavor. The body is too thin for the style, although the carbonation is relatively low. This makes the body slightly chewy. Interestingly, I taste a touch of children’s aspirin in the background (the fake orange flavor kind). Light hop. With a richer body, this would be a very nice stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Bottle: The aroma consists of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and faint espresso. It pours a a dark brown with no transparency and a quarter inch beige head. The flavor starts with milk and dark chocolate. The finish has moderate vanilla and light espresso. Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
halfonit (1321) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Nice dark brown, nearly black color with a caramel colored head. Aroma is full of malts, chocolate, burnt scent, and a very slight coffee scent. Flavor is full of chocolate malts with a slight burnt finish. A damn good brew for a cold New England winter night like tonight.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2009
excellent beer. Aroma is awesome as well as the appearance. Chocolate dances everywhere, start to finish. This brew was a really nice surprise. It reminds me alot of Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, except it doesn’t really have that thick creaminess to it. It mouthfeel is a little light. Makes for a great after dinner/dessert beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Great looking pitch black pour with creamy bubbly light brown head. Pure aroma of rich chocolate malt, silky milky. Taste the same. Not to thick. This exceeded my expectations from harpoon. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3090) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2009
The aroma is like beer with Bosco, very chocolatey, like a bitter chocolate. The flavor follows very closely. The appearance is dark brown/ruby color, partly transparent to light. The finish is sweet and bitter chocolate, light hop burn. Medium mouthfeel, a little thin for the style. Nicely crafted overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small foamy off white head. Nose is dry roasted dark chocolate malt. Palate is full and fizzy with a dry finish. Flavor is chocolate and dry roasted malt. Leaves a fizzy film on the tongue.

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