Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #08 - Smoked Porter - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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very good

52 Reviews
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Reviews: 52
Hads: 59
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-03-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Smoked Porter is brewed with German beechwood rauch malt and a blend of eight other malts. This porter style ale is full-bodied and malty. The smoked malt imparts a complex but pleasant aroma and flavor with a balanced and subtle hop finish.

37 IBU
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Photo of womencantsail
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a little bit of reddish tint and a thin layer of off-white head.

S: A light roasted malt aroma with only a light smoke note to it. There are some nice chocolate aromas with a little bit of metal to it. Sort of a bland nose.

T: The smoked malt is fairly mild. A touch of smoked salmon, maybe a bit of wood. Light chocolate flavor with a decent amount of roasted malt. A bit watery.

M: On the light side of medium with a medium carbonation.

O: I found how to make a smoked beer palatable: age it for several years. (588 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from 2005.

Pours nearly opaque with mahogany edging and a half inch head of tan foam. A solid skim coat on the surface for the duration of the glass as well as some nice ropes of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with dried cocoa, smoldering embers, and faded coffee grounds. Hints of char and Oreo shells follow through.

Medium bodied with a slightly crisp and velvety mouthfeel.

Dark chocolate, espresso, and charred malt start the palate. A mild bitterness to balance but it seems to be from the acrid malts. Zero hops to speak of.

Finishes fairly thin and quick with a quick wave of smoke, bakers chocolate and a strange menthol-like undertone.

For a 5+% ABV brew this ones held up really well for six years. Never really was a big beer to begin with, but holding it's own quite nicely. (803 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very dark cocoa brown tooped with a nice frothy tan head and little lacing.

S-Bacon in a glass. 'Nuff said.

T-A bit of sweet malt on the front is quickly washed away by the rich smoky bacon flavor. A bit one-dimensional but tasty.

M-A bit overcarbonated but otherwise medium bodied.

D-Good. An above average smoked porter.

HV (340 characters)

Photo of SigEp
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is everything a smoked porter should ever be.

Pours dark brown with a stick-around head. The nose of this beer is exactly what you'd expect, malty dark roastiness with a puff of sitting-by-the-fire smoke. The greatness of this beer is in it's balance. The roasted and dark malts are firm but not opressive, the rich malty underbelly of this beer hoists the magnificent smoky wonder. Rich; delicious. There are hops but they are an afterthought. If ever there was a beer to give to a person who was not into smoked beers, this is it. Then they can try a schlenkerla. But they would probably rather have one of these. Amazing and delicious. (649 characters)

Photo of YonderWanderer
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark brown, almost black, with a little bit lighter color when held up to the light. Small amount of head, that held for a little while.

S: Smoky, wood fire, bbq, malts, caramel. Excellent.

T: This is where it shines. It makes itself known as a porter with coffee undertones mixed in with the malt, however, the taste of smoke, wood, fire, and bbq come through. Very tasty. Drink one of these when you're cooking up some good bbq, and it's a perfect pairing.

M: Fairly standard for a porter. Not much carbonation, heavy, but not thick.

D: I really wish this was more than just there 100 barrel series. I would definitely buy this regularly. Despite being a dark beer, it's fantastic for pairing with BBQ in summertime. (740 characters)

Photo of mshallah
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with lots of info on the label; Brewer:Brett Simmons, series #8, 5.7%abv, 37 IBU's, and 14.4 original gravity. Brewed at the Windsor, VT brewery, this is a spring release with a best by date of 8/9/07. A dark brown, close to being black brew topped by a tan head. Mahogany at the edges when held to light. Mequite-like smell with a sweet porter roundness underneath that includes mocha iced coffee aromas. Sweet malt flavors upfront with a well-rounded roast taste. Smoked hardwood flavor starts at the midpoint and trails to a medium long finish. Perfect level of smokiness brings a campfire vibe to the privacy of your own home. Hops balance with bitterness that doesn't intrude on the other flavors. Rare style to be tried at least once for the truly unique experience of BBQ'd beer. (804 characters)

Photo of auxiliary
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Dark chocolate brown color with a nice small head when poured. Later on it just had a ring around the rim.

smell - Roasted malt, and smoke smell.

taste - Smokey, but not overwelming for me. Had some hop at the end.

mouthfeel - Light-medium body.

drinkability - Encore series beer, I would purchase this again. Enoyed this. (351 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this encore series of 100 Bbl series a couple of weeks ago so I picked up a bottle to see what it was about.

A - Pitch black and thick with a dark brown tan head that lasts quites some time.

S - rich roasted sweet malts with a hint of underlying smoky peat aroma.

T - similar to the aroma but with a touch of hops bite to round out the flavors.

M - oddly light to medium bodied, creamy smooth and mildy carbonated.

D - smooth and refreshing. went amazing with a homemade spicy chicken quesadilla.

definitely worth a try! (542 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz serving - best by 08/09/07...well within.

An opaque pour with a big stiff tan head that resists fading. A nice amount of lacing observed.

The smell is an earthy malt with a roasted smoky character that is not overbearing. Medium bodied, the mouth feel is creamy and nicely carbonated. Nicely balanced, the texture complements the flavor well. It finishes with a slight sweetness and with another burst of nutty flavor.

A good drinker. Thanks to FLBC for the opportunity to try this one. (500 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, roasted scent that boasts of caramel malts and a mild smoked malt aroma. The taste is good also. It has a smooth, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with a slight smokey edge. This is a nice smoked porter. It's got a wondeful peated feel that's not too aggressive. The mouthfeel is good. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking brew and one they should bring back each year for a seasonal mix pack or something. (586 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz encore series of 100 Bbl series

A - very dark, nearly impenetrable, still discernible as brown though and not black, a full finger of caramel brown head sits atop that fades in a minute or two

S - smoky indeed, smoky roasted malts dominate, some slight sweetness follows, but the smokiness overwhelms, but not to a fault

T - smokiness, as expected persists to the flavor well, a nice woody charcoal-y smokiness, not some conjuerd up smokiness, probably one of the smoothest smoky flavors i have experienced, light with some hoppy background, very enjoyable

M&D - light bodied and smooth, as mentioned, quite refreshing, the smokiness is distinct enough to be nice, but light enough to not be cumbersome, a nice beer, one of the better 100 Bbl series (767 characters)

Photo of Hautacam
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had the original a few years ago and was glad to see this as an encore.
Pours out dark brown with an off white head that drops pretty quickly.
Smells of roasted malts , caramel and a bit of smoke.
Tastes a lot like it smells...mostly sweet carmel , toasty malt and smoke. A slight bit of chalk. I think that the intensity of the flavors is a bit less than the orginal , but that may be my faulty memory. Mouthfeel is a little thin and the carbonation medium.
It is a drinkable porter. (490 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I realize now that this beer is retired but I just had to review it anyway. It's now available in 6 packs.

Appearance: Dark, dark brown color. Almost hard for light to penetrate. Excellent for a beer of its' style.

Smell:Rich and toasty with the aroma of the smoked malts coming through strongly. The aroma makes me hungry for something like steak or sausages. A bit of coffee comes through in the aroma.

Taste: Much like I described for aroma. The coffee hint is more pronounced though with the smoked malts in the background.

Mouthfeel: Leaves a decent aftertaste with just a slight warm feeling on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability: Very drinkable version of this style. It's something to aim for when making a smoked porter yourself (which is what I did). (778 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber: This bottle managed to get itself hidden in the back of the beer fridge. This one poured a pretty dark brown, with a fairly generous tan head. It didn’t linger long or leave much lacing. The aroma is decent, with a roastiness being its main component. Somewhat smokey also. The taste is good. Definite flavors of the roasted malt, with a tinge of chocolate and coffee. Slightly dry finish. (404 characters)

Photo of bignick
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at or Dorr's Liqour Mart in Brighton Center. Poured into a pint glass. Close to two year old.

This is a refreshing offering from Harpoon. It is pretty subdued (both smell and taste), but it has a nice complexity to it. It tastes roasty, backed up by a nice touch of chocolate and smokiness. This beer is still tasty after this time, and I am glad I had to taste it. (390 characters)

Photo of MarineHokie
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P: 22oz bomber with a bottling date on the back label of 01/28/05.

A: Opaque reddish brown, 3 finger tan head with a few large bubbles at first, settles to a thin layer of foam leaves a slight sticky lacing, foam never completely disappears.

S: Earthy, tree bark faintly like root beer with smoke instead of sweetness.

T: Silghtly sweet at first, quickly covered by chocolate malt smoke and hop flavors. Maltiness fades to a smooth finish with lingering smoke and long lasting but light hop bitterness.

M: Smooth & slightly oily, mellow carbonation feels almost like nitro. (585 characters)

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smoked flavor in this one is more pronounced than the other smoked porters I've tried. Closer to a rauchbier taste. I'm not drinking this at the peak of freshness, not that I'm overly concerned. I'm wondering what the ratio of porter to smoked flavor would be if I had this sooner. hard to rate the taste, b/c the smokiness takes over. Since I'm not getting too much porter out of this, relatively speaking, I'm making this a bit lower. But a decent rauchbier though.

Chocolate malt and smoke on the nose. Thick head and pretty decent lacing that lasted a while. (565 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a ruby dark brown with a beige head and lots of thick, sticky lacing.
Smell is sort of weak but there's a bit of smokiness and roasted malt.
Taste is a bit thin of roasted malt. This is just missing the full grittiness of a smoked porter.
Mouthfeel, again, is pretty water and bland for the style. Needs more to fill it out and some creaminess.
Drinkability is ok but who really cares? (397 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am sampling a 22 oz bottle in a snifter at room temp.

The beer pours a rich dark brown color with fluffy, fizzy tan head foaming up and fading slowly leaving some pockmarking as it recedes.
The aroma is appealing with some roasted malt and brown sugar mixing with a nice ashy smoke quality.
First sip reveals a smooth creamy body with gentle carbonation.
Flavor starts slightly sweet, but rolls to a bit of espresso bitter and finishes with a light but present smokiness, that coats my palate and has a bit of drying effect to it.
I find this beer to be very drinkable and I enjoy it a lot. It posseses a nice smoke quality without tasting like bacon in a campfire.
Very drinkable, I believe this is a good beer to use as an introduction to smoke flavor in beer. (773 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a very dark color with a medium head that falls fast and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Lots of chocolate in the nose as well as a little roasted malts. Smells really good. Little bit of smoky. The chocolate in the nose isn't very prominent in the flavor. It has a light, but obvious smokiness in the flavor. Tasty. The body is moderate to thick. Could use a little more body and a little heavier smoke character, but it's still a very good beer. Drinkability is very good because of the light smoke. (515 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks warriorsoul.

It pours a nice deep dark brown to black color with a finger of head that falls to coat the top. The nose is deep, raosty coffee and chocolate with a healthy dose of smoke, as well. The flavor is okay, with chocolate, coffee and a light smoke. I could use a dose of more smoke. The feel is moderate with a light carbonation. I would like a little more thickness as well. Drinkability is pretty good as well. Its smooth and leaves the glass easily. A solid offereing. (489 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very, very dark brown in color with a head that never recedes. Lots of stringy lace. Nose is malty, smokey and a little bit oaty. The flavor is not as smokey as I expected. Definitely not a taste bud killer. More smooth than stagnating. Also present are tones of chocolate, coffee, wood and mushrooms (?). A very earthy flavor. Mouthfeel is very bold, but the wood tones bring it back down quickly and provide a nice subdued finish. Not tiring to drink and easy to appreciate. (484 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Harpoon 100 Barrel Series
Session 08
Jet ink label on the back for 01/28/05
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a tulip pint glass

Pours an attractive light brown color with some ruby highlights on the bottom. Fluffy chocolate milkshake head on top that leaves trails of sticky lacings in its path.

Aroma of roasted chocolate malts with a smokey accent.

Very, very creamy mouthfeel. Smooth and smokey roasted flavors take over the palate. Heavy on the malt side of things with thick chocolate syrup hints. A tad of a hop bite only add to the flavor of this beer.

A solid porter from Harpoon. This is one style that American breweries are not making enough of. Hats off to Harpoon, I love a good porter. (714 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany, opaque, with some lighter chestnut highlights at the edge of the glass where a wee bit of light does penetrate. A hard pour brought about a creamy, frothy light tan head, which lasts quite well; a bit rocky but composed of tight, fine bubbles with a good stick to the sides.

Aroma is robust right from the get-go. Lots of roasty and, yes, smoky characteristics readily detectable. Intimations of a Schlenkerla, almost...

Body was striving for medium-ness, but not quite, and there was a light, airy, foamy feel across the tongue.

Flavor starts with roasty, bitter notes, with the smoky aspect preferring to remain in the background. Certainly not up front as the aroma led me to believe. There are light suggestions of dark chocolate in this dryish bier, and when we get to the finish area, I get a floral hoppiness which hits me like a Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, though much more restrained. At this point some of the smokiness does reappear a smidge and lingers.

Overall, a nice, tasty change of pace bier. And at only 5.7%, this could actually be session-able.

Prosit!!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

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Photo of optikon44
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

My beer poured out a dark, dark brown / almost black. There was a nice creamy head, but the bubbles were too big and erratic.

The smell is of peat, like a mild scotch, mixed with some floral hop and subtle malt. There's also some coffee and caramel scents in there. It's interesting, but a bit too complex for a porter.

Taste-wise, the beer delivers more peat and roasted malt. There's a lot of flavor here. I like the finish it's sharp, spicy, and pleasantly sweet.

Mouthfeel is where this amazingly balanced beer shines. Big, bold, and creamy. It's initially quite soft and smooth, but then zaps you with astringent hop and spiky carbonation.

Overall, I'm glad I tried this beer because of it's interesting take on the porter style. They really nailed the balance which makes me think that I'd be able to enjoy a couple of these in a row, but it would mainly be to pick up nuances. For me, this beer is a novelty rather than a must-drink. (952 characters)

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