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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #06 - Scotch Style Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #06 - Scotch Style AleHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #06 - Scotch Style Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

39 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Scotland is known for its wonderfully malty beers. This beer is in the Wee Heavy tradition with a firm body, creamy head and dark tawny color. It has a rich malty, caramel, toasted flavor, a slight alcoholic warming with a clean well balanced hop bitterness.

34 IBU

(Beer added by: taez555 on 07-09-2004)
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Reviews by drumrboy22:
Photo of drumrboy22
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Born on date of 6/16/04, making this just under 3 years old. I picked it up at the Windsor, VT brewery on a road trip back in the summer of '04. I hadn't planned on aging this one, but it kind of got lost in the shuffle and after a while I decided to save it for a special occasion.

Anyway, poured into several snifter glasses and shared with some friends. Poured a medium shade of amber. Still had lots of carbonation.

Spicy, caramel smells.

I don't have any notes from the first time I tried it back in 2004, but it's turned into a very smooth beer. Easy to drink with a nice mellow caramel taste. Also slight toffee and vanilla flavors present.

Was really delicious and my friend's I shared it with all seemed to enjoy it as well. I only wish I had bought another bottle. I was pleasantly surprised by how well it's held up.

drumrboy22, Mar 17, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pre-release sample of Session 06 from the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series. Labeled as a "Scotch Style Ale (wee heavy)"

Clear copper in color with garnet hues, bright clarity. Head pours thick, with sounds of carbonation bubbles snapping (sign of a short lived head). Lace retreats to a thin white lace. Retention is low, and after minutes becomes non-existent.

Aroma is grainy and a bit husky, with a very distinct toasty / biscuit character. No real hop aroma, which is expected for the style. Light herbal under the biscuit malt. That said, the aroma is not overly appealing and a bit "wet mop"-like.

Somewhat thick bodied, smooth. Juicy, sweet malt character of caramel, toasted bread / bread crust, sweet grape or sugary plum juice (not vinous), touch of carob, and a very biscuity edge. Hop bitterness is practically non-existent, perhaps a light splash of bitterness, which is on par for the style, but there seems to be a lack of balance with the dominating toasty / biscuit malt character. Light herbal. Major toasty / biscuit in the lingering finish.

Some of the grain character (especially the aroma) reminds me a bit too much of the previous session (Alt Ale) and is too Harpoon-like overall (house yeast strain?). And although the malt character is at the dominating level that one might expect of a Wee Heavy, it seems to miss the flavor profile. The biscuit character is over-the-top and unbalanced. None of the smoky and roasty flavors or alcohol spice and warmth you'd expect are present.

An average example of the style, where I expected much more from this specialty series of beers. Doesn't seem to standout as a Wee Heavy when compared to others in the style category. C'mon Harpoon ... step it up.

Todd, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber with just a batch date on the bottle. $3.99 at Kappy’s.

Appearance: The head dissipates to a thin ring of lace, clarity is fine with a garnet hued brown color.

Smell: Sweet, sweet maltiness bordering caramel and brown bread. Musty yeast in the back.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Very sweet palate with toasted biscuit and syrupy caramel and honey undertones. Spicy alcohol goes hand and hand with a modest hopping to try and even the playing ground.

Drinkability & Notes: There are so many domestic and a few imported scotch ales that plainly overshadow this beer. Regardless I did enjoy it and actually reduced it with some balsamic vinegar to top my goat cheese and portabella turkey burgers.

Jason, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of far333
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Eli Cannons, CT.

Dark copper colored, with a low and foamy off-white head that recedes quickly. Malty aroma, smells a little sweet and doughey, some hints of rich fruit. Mouthfeel is big and full, very smooth and satisfying. Flavor is rich malt, sweet without being cloying, alcohol makes its presence known in an understated way. Hints of plum and brown sugar. I've thought that most of the other 100 bbl series beers were overrated, but this one stands out. Very good brew.

far333, Sep 12, 2004
Photo of UncleFrank
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

At first I thought I had a bad bottle, but the next was the same. I was very disapointed in this beer, but letsbreak down why.
copper with a thin white head. Not dark enough for a wee-heavy but OK. the aroma is sweet, no other smells except for a touch of spice. The taste is soapy. Getting beyond what may be a bad bottle I find some sour breadand sweet malt with alcohol. There is no peated or smoked, which the style calls for. The abv is not eveident which is good,making the beer smooth, but I wanted wee-heavy, i.e. 80-90 shilling. this just simply isnt there. The soapy taste then kicks in and takes away from what could be a nice beer. The aftertaste is thin.
Im not one to trash a beer and I think I just got a bad batch, considering the reviews Ive read,but its the 3rd or 4th of the 100 barrell series Ive been disapointed with.

UncleFrank, Nov 04, 2004
Photo of MarkD
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured with a small foamy head which quickly disappeared to leave a lacey ring around the glass. Color is a clear, dark amber/mahogony, with low carbonation. A strong malt smell, somewhat musty. Medium body, with a heavy malt flavor. I don't taste much hops at all, except in the finish, which is long and drying. A slight taste of alcohol is present, as well as the usual Harpoon "flavor" that is found in so many of their beers.

I prefer hoppy to malty beers, but this one was damn tasty and very drinkable. I really enjoyed it.

MarkD, Sep 30, 2004
Photo of edchicma
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber colr with a decnt head. Smell is average with a bit of maltiness and some hop elements. A bit disappointing that there was not any smokiness.Taste is primarily malty with alcohol undertones. Mouthfeel is rounded and smooth. Fairly easy to drink. Would have another if offered.

edchicma, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper and amber color with a thin, white head with large carbonation bubbles in the head. Head leaves very minor lacing.
Aroma is layers of caramel, toffee and malt on top of a real sharp biscuit note.
Flavor is light caramel and toffee and heavy bread and butter and diacetyl note. Surprisingly tangy and resiny hop finish.
Mouthfeel starts real sweet for a moment then moves quickly to a roasted nuttiness and slippery butter notes. Finishes with a distinctive oily and resiny hop hit.
Drinkability is solid. Feels a little bit too light or watery for style but it is still a tasty beer.

CRJMellor, Nov 05, 2004
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a nice crisp but healthy looking amber colour with a moderate head that turns thin rather quickly.

The smell is a decent mix of malt and caramel sweetness with a hint of dirty chocolate (is there such a thing? Maybe unsweetened chocolate is more like it).

The flavour here is more of the same from the smell, but frankly a bit too thin for my liking. Caramel dominates the malt flavour a bit more than anticipated, though its nothing bad. I just would have preferred a heartier more earth/malt based brew.

While this isn't the greatest scotch ale in the world, it's far from bad, but moreso just not what I'm looking for in the style. Turn down the sweetness a bit and crank up the maltiness. Overall though, this one was not a bad effort.

SixpointJMH, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of BuckSpin
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this from a fellow BA as part of a trade. In that I really enjoy this genre, I saved it for a quiet evening. Arrived with a BOD of 6/16/04, which means as of this writing it is a few days over 1 year aged. Enjoyed in a thistle glass to maximize the experience.

The year has been kind to this brew. A warm, murky, ruddy bronze hue, it had a 1/4" head of loose pale cream foam that disappated very quickly and laced subtly. Most noticable was a strong carbonation - a result of the aging, I suppose.

Nose is nice & characteristic of the genre - strong roasted malts, echoes of wood, dried fruits. As it warmed the nose intensified, to me hinting of a very young single malt scotch.

Its ironic that I chose some smooth jazz to enjoy as I savored this, for that is what the taste reminds me of - smooth jazz. You have your savory, rich malts, caramel hues and resonnences of overripe fruit as drums & bass, providing an oh, so smooth & creamy structure. The noticable carbonation added a fresh fruit/cider like crispness & life, like a trumpet or sax playing freestyle over the drums & bass - very nice.

The initail taste dance on my tongue as individuals, then warm & fade into a duo playing in time on the pallete. The fade into a smooth & fruit like syrupness on the throat is right in time. Aftertaste is not as warming as other wee heavies, but rather a little thick, yet refreshing.

Its not the best wee heavy I have had, but I do think time has aided this. If you enjoy a wee heavy, this is definitely worth picking up and enjoying some quiet evening, and don't forget the jazz.

BuckSpin, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of redmosquito
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I must thank ClarkVV for bringing this out to me. This beer pours a beautiful burnt copper color with a nice off white head, that disappeared really quickly. The aroma is malty, sweet toffee with a nice roasted chocolate balance, followed by the ever so faint smoke. The flavor is nice, malt (roasted caramel) and alcohol, smooth with lots of body. I think this is such a good representation of the style that Harpoon will reconsider making this a seasonal.

redmosquito, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a reddish brown ale with a one-finger foamy head. No lacing.

The aroma was of fruity malt, with a hint of alcohol.

The taste was slightly sweet and fruity, with a bit of roasted malt, and alcohol on the aftertaste.

Not a bad beer, but not a standout either. Not as big a hit as the other 100 Barrel Series beers I have tried.

connecticutpoet, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" creamy tan head over a clear copper brew, and laced well. Aroma is yeasty, with sweet maltiness present as well. Taste is well-balanced for the style, with expected leaning towards the malt, but frankly, makes me think of the Alt style that was released previously to this. Nutty notes also present, and alcohol is lurking way in the back, hardly noticeable. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, and as a brew it is pleasant. As a scotch ale/wee heavy, it is lacking.

ppoitras, Oct 06, 2004
Photo of kmo1030
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep dark amberm with a thin tan head. mostly nutty toasted and faint hop aromas are detected. sweet brown sugar with buttery qualities hits your taste buds first. sweet nuttines comes next, with a little hops making an appearance. smooth medium body with average carbonation. doesn't really have what it takes to be a good scotch ale, but an enjoyable beer none the less.

kmo1030, Nov 17, 2004
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Born on date 6/16/04 making this one 14 months old, I can definatly sense a bit of age, the flavors have come together pretty well I think, I would have liked to have tried it when it was younger for comparison's sake.

Pours a medium amber tinged brown in color, fairly hazy, quite appealing with a thin and creamy light tan head with a slight bit of carbonation. Nose is quite strong, alcoholic and malty. Lots of depth going on here really.

Taste is very well balanced. Notes of scotch (peat and smoke) and vanilla, quite strong. This one is quite crisp and light for a Scotch Ale. There are certainly some familiar tones going on here, but it's also a bit of a departure. Hints of caramel of various spices.

Not the very best Scotch Ale I've had but really this was quite nice. I really enjoyed this one honestly. I'm actually sort of surprised coming from this brewery. Worth a try if you manage to get a bottle.

Slàinte!

Gaisgeil, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of sulldaddy
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling this brew at room temp in a snifter. The brew pours a clear chestnut color with some garnet tints. A creamy beige head foams up 1 cm and fades gradually to an edge layer. The aroma is clean maltyness with caramel, toffee, chocolate and some brown sugar. very mild earthy hops intertwined. First sip reveals very full and tingly carbonation with average body and a bit fo a silky texture. Flavor is caramel, toffee, and raisins some biscuits and nuts as well. I get a huge chocolate finish as the beer warms. A very tasty brew with no hint of the alcohol. Quite nice!

sulldaddy, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark amber. The beige head lasts, as does the lace on the glass.

I detect dark, brown sugar aromas on the first sniff. There are also some oily alcohol smells as well as some lactose creaminess.

This is a very rich beer with a strong alcohol presence (6.9%). The bottle notes the IBU (hop bitterness) as 34, but with the malt being so sweet, it is hardly noticeable except in the aftertaste.

This is a very good Scotch Ale. I like the fullness, the maltose flavors and the subtle hop taste in the swallow. It may be too rich to quaff, but it's certainly worthy of placing within a flight of similar brews.

smcolw, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of WanderingFool
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been impressed with many of the 100 barrel series beers, so when I heard the Scotch Style ale was ready I took a trip to the brewery to pick up a couple of bottles.

This beer is a nice clear dark copper color. The frothy tan head dissolved quickly to a ring around the surface leaving only a couple of spots of lace on the glass. A strong malty aroma with notes of caramel, bubblegum and a mild fruityness (cherry?).

Each sip of this medium bodied beer begins with a strong sweet caramel malt flavor. Some bubblegum, cherry, and spicy (clove?) flavors blend in towards the middle. It finishes with a sticky sweet caramel malt flavor.

This beer is smooth and quite drinkable, but could use a few hops to balance out all the malt.

WanderingFool, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick, light cocoa colored head slowly faded to a film leaving some stringy lace along the way. Transparent, deep copper colored beer is dormant. Light malt aroma, mostly caramel. Slightly sweet malt flavor mixed with a dose of alcohol. Slightly slick feel, but not that heavy of a beer.

HappyHourHero, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of danadeny
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice ruby red color, with a decent head. Fresh, light fruity / malt smell. Mild flavor overall, finish is a toffe malt and light bitter hops. Roasted malt comes through in the middle. The brew becomes more complex as you drink, or as it warms. Nice mouth feel, fairly smooth. And an okay drinkability.

danadeny, Sep 08, 2004
Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

04/23/05- Received from BA member Spinlock late last year.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with a batch date on the label. Poured into my celebrator glass.

Appearance- Brown-amber pour with a small head which disipates soon after. Average wisps of lace.

Smell- Mostly sweet scented malt. A bit candyish.

Taste- Great caramel and cotton candy sweetness within the malt. Much sweeter than expected.

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation and super smooth. Nice and mouthcoating.

Drinkability- Didn't think it would be as good as it was. It was aged, however, for at least 7 months or so. One of the smoothest brews I have had. Apparently this is in disagreement with many other members. But, I liked it and would definitely grab a few more if I was back east.

GClarkage, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of shippos
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a bit hazy with a red amber color and a off white head that has some good lacing. deep rich sweet bready malty aroma, very little hops just a good emphasis on the malt as it should be. Taste is just the same as the aroma, excellent rich mouthfeel but it's not syrupy. very drinkable and definetly a good brew.

shippos, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of taez555
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer poured a somewhat clear ruby/tan body with a thick fluffy off-white/tan head.

The nose was a nice mix of soft caramel, chocolate and malt. Sort of a large malt smell but very toned down.

The taste was something a bit different. A very odd flavor and mouthfeel. It starts decently enough with a medium creamy body with a slight chunky type graininess. An overload of biscuit malt flavor with an intermix of caramel and chocolate. After that it goes down hill. There’s a big alcohol that doesn’t show itself for a while. The hop bitterness and taste are very mild. Then, it finishes with this mix of flavors sort of like coffee that’s been sitting out for way to many hours and a dry slightly burnt popsicle stick. Kind of like the kind they put down your throat at the doctors office.

I really tried to like this beer; I even bought several bottles and tried them at different times. I just can’t bring myself to enjoy it at all. A nasty mix of flavors none of which really say Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy. I’m not sure what harpoon was thinking with this one. Hopefully batch #7 comes out soon so I can forget about this one.

taez555, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of mschofield
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish mahogany, topped with a thin khaki head, leaves bits of webbed lacing.
Rich aroma, malt and raisin, sweet with a tobacco note.
Strong malty taste, fruit, apple, not as sweet and unbalanced as some scotch's, raisin, caramel and spice.
Full bodied. Ok, but not the best Scotch or the best 100 Barrel series offering.

mschofield, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of waughbrew
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I rarely comment on the packaging, but I don't think they should bother with the gold foil on these batches. It doesn't really look classy, nor does it match the label.
It pours a glowing clear orange with black hints and a medium-sized beigey head with minimal retention and lacing. I like the color a lot.
Aroma is very complex - a bright, herbal, spicy hop character is noted alongside the nutty, cardboardy, very slightly roasted malt. Thick, undercooked french fries come to mind. I smell huge potential here.
Flavor begins sweet like thick liquid candy, but a spiciness keeps it from being cloying. The wave of spiciness quickly turns into a wave of earthy bitterness on which the malt complexity surfs away into dark caramel anonymity. Damn, there it goes. Boring yeast kills any potential for godliness. A good flavor, and the finish is a cute balance of malt and hops.
Despite the letdown, it is still a great beer to drink, and I have no regrets paying $4.45 for the bottle. A nice brew that I would gladly have again.

waughbrew, Oct 14, 2004
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