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Formerly brewed at Harpoon Brewery
Style: Sweet Stout
Boston, Massachusetts USA

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RATINGS: 299   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

Description
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.

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3.8
jgb9348 (6250) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Deep dark brown coloured body with a very nice two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate, cacao powder, yeast, bread, raisins, malt and a bit of prunes - crazy sweet smelling. Medium-bodied; Nice fresh prune and plum flavour at first with some good milk chocolate and roasted malt, with a touch of coffee and oatmeal at the end. Aftertaste shows a lot of roasty qualities with a ton of sweetness, but not overly alcohol or dry flavours to cloy the palate. Overall, a very nice sweet stout that isn’t overly done and showing too much harsh flavours - great for this time of the year (Christmas). I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Oliver’s Beverage in Albany, New York on 18-November-2011 for US$2.35 sampled at home in Washington on 22-December-2011.

3.2
MarkSachon (1023) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2011
From the bottle purchased at the Beer Hive in Pittsburgh. Nothing outstanding or remarkable in this stout that should have been richer and felt thin with a low gravity. I would not go back for a second.

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taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Very dark, not much head. Burnt malt in the aroma with the taste being good dark malt mixed with coffee and chocolate.

3.6
williamstome (1875) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Black pour, creamy brown head. Very cocoa-tastic aroma and flavor, with some roastiness showing in the flavor as well.

3.6
keepersj12 (3117) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2011
The most chocolate tasting chocolate stout I’ve had. It pours almost black with a creamy tan head. The aroma has the chocolate and a load of roasted sweet malt. The flavor is almost like hot cocoa, not too sweet but mostly chocolate. The finish is nice and creamy, quite smooth. A perfect dessert beer. Probably great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

3.3
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Pour is black, with a small quickly dissipating mocha head. Nose is of sweet cocoa, and not much else other than some slight roasty malt kick. Taste is vanilla up front, into something very sweet I cannot quite place, and the chocolate kicks in at the very end and into the aftertaste. Not a bad mouthfeel either for what I was expecting.

3.2
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark black color with off white foam head. Aroma of dark chocolate syrup, coffee, and hints of vanilla. Sweet dark chocolate taste with cocoa bitters and some coffee spice mixed in. Vanilla notes on the finish. Light mouthfeel. I need more body on this. The light mouthfeel makes the flavors seem artificial.

3.4
LinusStick (3458) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2011
A nice sweet stout, although I would not add "sweet" to the description of this beer. Aroma was nice. Strong chocolate aroma; sweet and milky. Smells like a Hershey Bar. Pour was a deep dark brown/near black that you can’t see through. Thin tan ring for a head. Taste was very different than the aroma. Bitter coffee coats the mouth in the beginning. Nice strong carbonation bites the top of your mouth and after the swallow a nice milk chocolate comes back up. Bitterness is there but the chocolate aftertaste borders milky. I love the low alcohol content which allows you to taste the complexity and flavor without the burn. Gets better as it warms with the chocolate blossoming

3.6
rougeau13 (3009) - Richmond, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Very dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate and roast; simple but enticing. Taste is rich chocolate and roast, sweet and roasty and solidly bitter. Medium bodied and creamy despite the above average carbonation for the style. Nice, easy drinking stout.

4
FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2014 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured slick and black with a large soapy dark brown head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was dryish roasty malts with strong Baker’s chocolate, marshmallows and faint smoke, dry roasty malts and peanuts. The flavor was strong Baker’s chocolate with light marshamallow, vanilla and coffee. The finish was long with cocoa and coffee and turned somewhat dry and bitter. Thick and chalky texture. Well done.


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