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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 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (1537) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Thanks, Joe! Pours black, with a big, bubbly, tan head that fizzles quickly, leaving no lacing. The aroma is immediate dark chocolate, vanilla, and a lot of earthiness. Very sweet, with just a little bitterness through the finish. Light to medium body, syrupy and thin. Overall, this is a relatively well-made beer, but lacks any sort of depth. Drinkable, but, meh...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12234) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Tap sample. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate roasted sweet chocolate aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium sweet chocolate flavor with a medium chocolate sweet finish of average duration.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (8876) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2014
6oz on tap at Keystone in Hyde Park. Big milk chocolate syrup flavor up front. Like the Hershey’s type. It’s a bit much for me... I prefer those super bitter dark chocolate flavors. There’s also something off in the aroma... Like a rootbeer type aroma. Dark brown color, clear around the edges. Little khaki head, couple dots of lace. Medium body. A little watery for the style. Just a very light hint of chewiness. Kind of reasonably smooth, lighter carbonation. Just a very light bit of sharp texture. And just a light hint of slickness. May be my palate, but tasting more dry overall now. Moderate sweet taste, good moderate bitter too though. I was expecting to get burnt out on sweetness here but it’s actually a decent balance taste-wise. Overall, a pretty decent chocolate stout. Was a little weird at first, but it grew on me and I ended up enjoying it more than I expected to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (3034) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Pours an opaque black on tap with creamy off-white head. Aroma is yes, chocolate with a slight roast. Taste follows, sweet and creamy. Very nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Creedence (286) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2014
Key at the brewery. Pours a deep brown, very thin tan head that reduces to the edges. Heavy chocolate aroma, with some toffee, bubblegum and cream. Very chocolatey sweetness, very light roasted bitterness. Bit prickly for a stout, but a nice creamy chocolate aftertaste. Very tasty effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Not may favorite from Harpoon, there is a definite chocolate note to it, but I am not a big stout guy, so my opinion is biased.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rperez (194) - Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2014
I like chocolate stouts, this one is fairly tasty although somewhat light body. Creamy feel and a strong milk chocolate taste ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigguns22 (737) - Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Pour is so dark that it is almost black. Small dark tan head that disapates quickly. Aroma is bitter dark chocolate,malts and coffee. You can’t miss the chocolate in this one it is rich and delectable. You get just a touch of hops in the finsh a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lawman834 (257) - Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Dark as night. Looks like black coffee. Very strong chocolate aroma. Tastes almost entirely like dark chocolate with toasted malt and hints of espresso and nut. Very strong alcohol (5.9 ABV). I love Stouts and this is a great example. If they dialed back the chocolate and the alcohol a tad, it would be close to perfect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
mstrcrwly (729) - New York, USA - JAN 14, 2014
damn..one of the best aromas of any beer..extreme chocolate..really good pour..black with 2-3 finger tan head..but the taste..whoa..wayyyy too much chocolate...good..but just a little overdone.

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