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Black Forest - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mikecap on 02-13-2014)
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Reviews by DrJay:
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with clear ruby highlights and a thin cap of tan/beige foam. A bit sticky on the glass. Tart/sweet cherry aroma, a bit of alcohol and dark malts. More of the same in the flavour, a bit of bittersweet chocolate and malty sweetness, alcohol, mild hop bitterness, cherries. Full body, moderate carbonation, decent texture with a bit of dryness, warmth. Not a bad balance and worth trying again.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2014 02:17:57 | More by DrJay
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.5%

07-22-2014 01:10:39 | More by SuperHop18
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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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Brutaltruth

Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent cherry chocolate porter from Harpoon. Pours a thick dark brown with a very large tan head that dissipates to a light lacing that clings slightly to the side of the glass. Cherries, chocolate, and dark roasted malts---pretty much as the name says, on the nose. Taste of raisins, sweet cherries, brown sugar, silky smooth roasted buttery caramel, and cola on the taste, light hops bitterness and moderately carbonated mothfeel. Very well rounded with the cherries taste muted and not overpowering, everything in a great balance. Often one could say save fruit for a famine and water for a draught, yet this one embraces everything in a nice even flavor profile. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2014 23:52:31 | More by Brutaltruth
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Owl House in Rochester, NY.

Pours a fairly dark brown, with a tan colored one inch head, and a little bit of creamy lacing down the glass.

Smells like chocolate, roasted malt, sweet malt, and the slightest hint of cherry.

The taste is similar. Very creamy silky chocolate taste, like Hershey's syrup, with some cocoa powder, a faint hint of chocolate covered cherries. Some alcohol is noticeable, but it's not detracting at all, it's more of a pleasant warming buzz.

Medium bodied, creamy silky mouthfeel. Basically no carbonation, with a flat mouthfeel, the only big knock on this one.

I wish the cherry was a little more pronounced here, with some additional roasted malt and a less flat mouthfeel. Despite these complaints, the beer is undeniably tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2014 13:28:24 | More by GreesyFizeek
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Texas

4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Texas

4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-21-2014 21:38:11 | More by Boone757
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle, 2014 vintage. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch light tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice but light, the brew smells like cherries, milk and bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt and some caramel. Luckily it's stronger in flavor. Similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted malt, tart and sweet cherries, bittersweet and milk chocolate, coffee, and some cola and caramel. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden, it sure doesn't seem like it's almost 10% ABV. I liked this brew, I'd pick it up again in the future. $5.99 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 21:44:50 | More by bluejacket74
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger khaki head that fades quickly to a ring leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Faint chocolate nose and flavor has some chocolate with hints of cherry. Higher ABV totally hidden. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.

Serving type: bottle

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, "2014" version... for what its worth.

Pours near black, with a quickly departing dark mocha head. Leaves nondescript strands and bars of stickage.

Nose of milk chocolate and a hint of dark cherry.

Tasty and rich porter with waves of chocolate and more then moderate cherry adding to the mix, but not over staying its welcome. Nicely done. Nice night capper or with a chocolate dessert. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2014 02:31:31 | More by Billolick
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Black Forest from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.