Harpoon Chocolate Stout

Here’s another leftover from a Christmas mixed pack. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 5.9%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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.”

Random: We’re getting through the backlog rather rapidly. This makes me happy.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with heavy carbonation visible despite the color. The nose was filled with very strong, dark chocolate. Cocoa was present as well. The taste also had a lot of cocoa and dark chocolate. Light smoke was present with roasted malt. The body was too thin and the carbonation needed to be dialed up. The finish was long with cocoa powder. This beer was only alright to me. Although it was only $1.33 a bottle, which broke down to $.11 per ounce, which is quite affordable, this didn’t floor me. I guess it would be an alright introductory beer for someone just getting into stouts. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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