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RATINGS: 270   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
filogomo (10) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Love this beer it get you bombed out and you donít even know it. Its Sneaky ... Tastes like coffee to me

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
maxwelldeux (3548) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours an almost black color with almost no head on it. Nose is super chocolatey - the most chocolate Iíve ever found in a beer. Oh yeah - awesome dark chocolate flavors without being particularly sweet. Amazing.

4.5
   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 bakerís chocolate and dark truffle. pretty heavy. aftertaste is bitter choclate. thick and oily. pretty freaking good.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
messinger91 (13) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2013
This beer is my favourite chocolate stout overall. It isnít too expensive, has good chocolate flavour, but I wish there was more of a beer taste to it. Still an excellent choice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Duhast500 (413) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - APR 16, 2009
Held to the light this beer becomes opaque. Very black with a slight foamy brown head. Not very carbonated but the growler I had sitting in the fridge for a week so that may have been my fault. The smell, as by the name, smells strong with a chocolate flavor. Somewhat coffee in nature the smell bursts out from the first pour. Has a slight almond smell as well. The taste is smoky, somewhat with that same chocolate and coffee flavor to it. Almond and a soft hop taste rounds this brew out. If you are not used to a stout with this type of taste it may take you a sec to get used to it. The mouth feel is a bit strong. Since I like a beer that is a bit strong I was quite happy with the results. My first real experience with a beer that was chocolate flavored. I was quite happy to say that I enjoyed it very much. Serving type: growler

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1161) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2010 There are certain breweries that have a bad rapport with me (or is it I with them?). Chief among them is Harpoon, a Boston-based craft brewery. Iíve found most of their beers to be average at best, so for a beer from them to earn a high rating from me is quite an accomplishment. Or maybe itís just because chocolate stouts (the NON-imperial types) are a favorite of mine. Either way Harpoon Chocolate Stout is a winner since itís very tasty and easy to drink. The only caveat is itís a difficult beer to find.

APPEARANCE AND AROMA


Considering its name, do I even have to go through the formality of describing the appearance and aroma of this beer? It is exactly what it claims to be: an opaque black body with just the slightest hint of dark ruby red around the edges. It forms an average-sized, dark tan, foamy head. I was a little surprised the head didnít lace the glass that much, though.

The aroma is identical to a high-end dark chocolate bar or candy piece. There is a slight hint of other malts present, but mostly itís screaming ďchocolate!Ē all the time. I donít think there could be a more inviting aroma from a beer.

TASTE

Thereís something really impressive about a beer that is so chocolaty that youíre able to taste the palate when the foam hits your lips! Thatís exactly what happened with Harpoon Chocolate Stout. Once the liquid itself made it way to my palate it was even more pleasing.

Up front I get a very intense flavor of dark chocolate, reminiscent of a Godiva or Ghirardelli candy. Its quite rich, but not to the point of being gimmicky or overpowering. On the finish is a dry bitterness like semi-sweet bakerís chocolate. This could be from the hops since this is a fairly hoppy beer at 40 IBUs.

Whatís interesting about this beer is that as good as the palate is, thereís a noticeably thin, almost watery texture to the mouthfeel. Iíd probably prefer something more thick and velvety since the flavor does not linger in the aftertaste as much as Iíd prefer.

DRINKABILITY

As much as I love beer, one of my small pleasures as a beer geek is drinking a beer that does not taste or drink like beer and Harpoon Chocolate Stout is a beer like that. Its chocolaty flavor is very satisfying and itís delivered via a surprisingly thin body. This is a demerit, in a way, because the beer lends itself to slugging rather than savoring.

At 5.9% ABV this is a pretty robust, full-bodied beer that works very well as an alternative to dessert or pairing with something light (i.e. a piece or two from a premiŤre chocolate brand or simply fresh strawberries). One bottle alone is enough to satisfy the average drinker as the weight is proportional to the flavor and potency.

FINAL THOUGHTS

A good chocolate stout after dinner, especially during the colder months, is a special treat. Harpoon Chocolate Stout is available in mixed packs of Harpoon beers (approximately $16) or alone in its own sixers (approximately $10). Iíd probably opt for the latter, mostly because it would be difficult to find another beer, especially from this brewery, whose quality can stand up to this beer.

NOTE: Watch the video version of this review at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clbkdXJLt1s

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nittanyjim (57) - - NOV 7, 2011
Roasted malt and chocolate nose. Deep dark brown with a dark tan slight head. Not so sweet chocolate start that slides into a mildly bitter middle, finishing with a smooth chocolate aftertaste. Silky smooth mouthfeel despite the carbonation. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. There is no noticeable freshness date on the label. Appearance: This beer pours dark brown nearly black and is nearly opaque. Only a little bit of light makes it through at the very edges of the glass. From the pour it produces a one inch beige collar of thick foam. The head hangs on well and makes some thin lacing on the glass. Smell: There are strong chocolate and dark roasted malty notes in the aroma. Taste/Palate: This is a strait forward medium to full bodied beer with a fairly thin texture for the style. It has a simple but very tasty rich dark chocolaty character with some sweetness from the malt as well as loads of roasted/toasted notes. I also get some bitter dark coffee notes that hook up with the light bitterness from the hops. Notes: I really enjoyed this beer and wished I could get more than what was in the mixed sample pack.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Black. Long, foamy tan head with lacing. Aroma: Sweet chocolate, malt. Flavor: Sweet, dark chocolate, roasted malt. Coffee finish. Damn, this is the most chocolaty beer I have had yet! While it rates pretty high, it should rate even higher!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2557) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Wow - one of the best sweet stouts I have had. Also have a sweet tooth and am partial to chocolate, so this is right up my alley. Pours dark coffee chocolate in color with a big beautiful mocha head. The aroma is sweet and creamy chocolate, novelty really. Big notes of sweet chocolate at first, and light roasted malts with some bitter dark chocolate notes continue and pleasantly settle on the palate. Decent bit of a creamy body for a sweet stout.


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