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Black Forest - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | 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:
Beer added by: Mikecap on 02-13-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Cellared for 1+ years.

I got very little cherry in this, somewhat sweeter than average stout.

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of flr0605
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Oldejoe
4.49/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look. Nice dark, dark mahogany look with very little head.
Smell. Slightly fresh and crisp, but not a lot happening for me.
Taste. Strong cherry, some chocolate/coffee, pleasant balance malty up front, medium dry finish.
Mouthfeel. Nice robust medium heavy feel, with more sparkle than the looks would imply.
Overall. Boy, I do like this beer!

Photo of misternebbie
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kendo
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black Forest - Harpoon

A: Ommegang tulip glass. Body is black with thin wisp of a greyish head. 3.75.

S: chocolatey malt, chocolate-covered cherries, touch of alcohol. 4

T: chocolate, cherries - booze-soaked cherries. Touch of molasses. 4

M: slightly slick; carbonation is modest. Call it medium in heft. 3.75

Photo of kdivers
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tabhill
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color poured a black with reddish highlights. Very little head and no lacing. Smells of Cocoa and cherry. Tastes of chocolate and the cherry. Not sure why people call this a dessert beer. Chocolate and cherry flavors don't have to mean dessert beer. very little carbonation. also doesn't seem thick enough to be a real porter.

Photo of SawDog505
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jclarkn
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMS1512
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Botulizard
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mick303
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
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
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerBeast
3.8/5  rDev +5%

Photo of archero
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of dabarton
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Burt
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Gww1864
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Libre
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of nitrous500
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of TheEMillerShow
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Black Forest from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.