Black Forest - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mikecap on 02-13-2014)
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Photo of mick303
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into snifter, colour is thick black with minimal lacing.

S- cherry, graham cracker, hot cocoa, moist Black Forest cake, chocolate malts, not much in the way of hops, this is sweet, somewhat boozy, dessert beer. Hints of liquor and creamy chocolate notes.

T- starts with milk chocolate, cherry, coffee malts, creamy body, lighter liquorice notes and kirsch, towards the end it gets a bit drier and has some warming alcohol. Altogether it is rather sweet and boozy, but. The cherries and chocolate come through for a pleasant dessert beer.

M- boozer and sweet upfront, moderate carbonation, dries out and couldn't be a bit fuller and dextrinous, which I think would help with a more porterish feel rather than a spirity bf cake.

A decent dessert beer that is what it claims to be, for better or worse. Quite a bit thinner than a typical porter, and the flavour doesn't stray too far from the black forests cake notes. However I don't believe this is a gimmick because together it works decently, but a beer you have to be in a mood for and know what to expect. More spiritous and less creamy and roasty.

Photo of kkmiller76
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerBeast
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of dabarton
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Burt
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Gww1864
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of Libre
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of nitrous500
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of TheEMillerShow
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Poured from a 32oz growler into a pint glass.

A: dark, syrupy looking with a centimeter or two of creamy off-white head.

S: not much on the palate, alcohol and mild cherry (maybe).

T: too boozy. Cherry tastes fresh and tart, not sweet/candy - it's just too mild to cut the booze. Not a whole lot else going on in the flavor profile - a bit malt/roasted yeast, no chocolate notes apparent.

M: pretty full bodied, not the easiest sip on the planet.

O: less booze,'more cherry, any chocolate, some caramel/malt. Won't be picking this up again. Just too much booze keeps it from being session able or even enjoyable really.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of louisianajones
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Poured into a pint glass. No head, no how, no way. Dark, almost black with reddish undertones. Booze, cherry, hints of chocolate on the nose. Winey, boozy notes, like a porter should have. Not much in the way of chocolate or cherry at all on the palate. Smooth carbonation. Maybe just a little thin for a porter, but certainly nothing egregious.

So it's a porter with a little chocolate and cherry. Nothing earth shattering, nothing that would cause me to write my congressman in anger. S'okay.

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3.85/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of portia99
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Hides the alcohol well. Just not super exciting.

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.4/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Gornick54
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of twonder23
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

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Black Forest from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.