Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #08 - Smoked Porter - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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Reviews by ggroller:
4/5 rDev +2%
Served in a pint glass at Anam Cara Publik House in Brookline, MA last night at about 8:00.
My first trip to Anam Cara and what a pleasant one indeed. More on that in my beerfly review.
Deep, dark, walnut brown liquid with a finger's width light brown head. A smoked trout like smell in the nose. Smokey, malty, smoldering fire, charcoal taste with a thick, coating mouthfeel. This beer really stood up to the hot wings and quenched my thirst. I'd probably only have one per night, though.
02-09-2005 14:46:24 | More by ggroller
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4.38/5 rDev +11.7%
1pt, 6oz brown bomber. A dark brown, near black, with ruby hues. Tan foamy head with a decent amount of clingy lace.
Loads of complex roasted and smoked aromas, pear, grain and husk beneath.
Smooth and creamy on the palate. Medium body, with a nice malty base. Light fruity grape flavors add some nice balance to accented smokiness. Pear-like flavors and feel. Bitterness is balanced and allows the Weyermann rauch and chocolate wheat malts to flex. Nice hints of chocolate smooth things together quite nicely. A raw leafy character leaves a tannin feel on the palate, along with some smoky husks. Slightly dry finish with smoky lingers.
One of Harpoon's best 100 Barrel Series to-date. Extremely drinkable, balanced, and the smoked character is very approachable.
03-09-2005 03:43:42 | More by Todd
4.47/5 rDev +14%
Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a bottling date on the back label of 01/28/05.
Appearance: Web-like lace rides down the side of the glass, decent bubbly retention. Deep leathery brown hue, nearly full on black.
Smell: Mellow and smooth aroma of smoke melds well with a bunt sugar-like roasted malt smell.
Taste & Mouth Feel: Very smooth with a subdued crispness and creamy back. Lots of malt character with an infused smokiness throughout. Hint of bittering hops, pearish fruitiness and diacetyl hit in the middle. Burnt grain and smoke go hand and hand. The burnt grain goes more the way of dry and husky. Finishes semi-dry with a lingering smokiness.
Drinkability & Notes: This is proof enough that Harpoon should brew more Porters and other dark beers alike. I paired this with some smoked cheddar, Bresaola and pumpernickel.
02-09-2005 21:43:30 | More by Jason
3.15/5 rDev -19.6%
Bomber bottle, with the nice touch of a gold foil over the cap. Some sort of dating noted on the back label. Pours dark dark brown , almost black, dark tan head and leaves some lacing. Nose is mostly dark malts, where oh where is the smoke?? This is a pretty tame smoked porter, in a craft beer world that is consuming double IPAs and double stouts like crazy, Harpoon took the old fashioned road with this brew. C'mon, American craft beer drinkers want some flavor, some character, not this tame stuff...Next to no smoked flavor and limited roasted malts flavor, this is tame even for a normal porter, let alone a "smoked" porter
disapointing brew IMHO
03-27-2005 20:28:43 | More by Billolick
4.13/5 rDev +5.4%
Solid offering. Picked up a bottle for $3.99 and promptly brought it home. Poured a nice dark ebony color, slight head. The "smoke" flavor is not over powering and actually compliments the malts. My only complaint, although small, is the want for a stronger ABV.
03-24-2005 17:02:48 | More by bewareOFpenguin
3.63/5 rDev -7.4%
Pours a dark leathered brown, almost blac with a big tan head that keeps its shape quite well.
Aroma of liquid smoke, roasted malts some brown sugar and a hint of cocoa bean.
Flavor is smooth, almost light with decent malt profile and a subdued but aromatic smoke hints. Some roasted nut notes and a fairly sharp bittering on the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied at best with a smoky mid-point and some a brown sugary note on the finish.
Drinkability is above average. This brwe had potential that just did not seem to be realized. All the tones were muted down and made for a decent, if unmemorable beer.
Thanks to PPoitras for the sample.
02-27-2005 01:41:15 | More by CRJMellor
4.6/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
07-11-2008 02:15:31 | More by SigEp
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
04-17-2006 17:23:03 | More by bignick
2.95/5 rDev -24.7%
Thanks ClarkVV for again bringing this East Coast beer out my way. This beer pours a nice dark ruby brown with a solid lasting off white head. The aroma is subdued. Roasted and caramel malts give way to a smokey aroma that is more oaky than campfire peated. The flavor is a bit disappointing, with a distinct grainy bitterness interjecting overtop sweet and toasted malt and smoke, then lingering in the aftertaste. The body is okay and the carbonation good but the bitterness sits. This is an okay beer that I bet would mellow improve with good cellaring, the smoke aroma and flavor was well done and not overdone.
03-26-2005 17:34:12 | More by redmosquito
3.75/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
07-09-2007 00:40:00 | More by auxiliary
3.28/5 rDev -16.3%
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?
07-20-2005 17:31:36 | More by weeare138
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
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!
07-05-2007 16:45:59 | More by barleywinebrewer
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
I found these notes from near a month ago. This was the first of a 100 barrel tasting for me and I enjoyed it. Rather than critic its subdued nature I appreciated it as a significant part of its character.
This poured a dark brown almost black with the head mounting beautifully, creamy, and sinking to an off-white wash with cascading lace. The peat smoke tops the roasted malt nose of soft chocolate/grain (& coffee). A medium body (seemed light for its genre) with moderate length in taste and mouthfeel. Due to an upswing of metallic I let this rest for 20 minutes.
Came back to a fuller, softer nose with good balance. Again, I appreciated its gentle character. It drank smooth, slightly creamy. Light smoke, soft-sweet malts of chocolate and subtle coffee led to a clean, dry finish. I was hoping for some linguring smoke and a tail on the palate. The contiuous rise of tiny carbonation lasted from beginning to end.
04-18-2005 21:43:43 | More by yoko
4/5 rDev +2%
This was a very dark brown beer with a one finger tan head. Looked good.
The aroma was of roasted dark malt and dark chocolate, with a slight wood smokiness. This is definitely an understated smoked beer. Good for those who are not well versed with the style.
The taste was somewhat bitter, with roasted malt and coffee at the fore. There was a slight smokiness, with a roasted malt aftertaste.
Mouthfeel and drinkability were better than average. One 22 oz. bottle was enough, but I would have it again in the future.
This is a good overall beer, and it does not hit you over the head with the smoked character.
04-29-2005 04:38:10 | More by connecticutpoet
3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
22oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee SPirits, Sturbridge, MA.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" brown head over the barely translucent dark mahogany brew. Frothy head lasts well, and laces well. Aroma is lightly of dark and smoky malts, wish it was a bit more intense though. Taste is similar to the nose, with upfront lightly sweet and bitter dark malts, with smoke wisps here and there. Mouthfeel is creamy and nice, and drinkability is good, probably due to the somewhat sedateness of the brew, not that there's anything wrong with that. Nice intro to the style for that neoBA on your gift list.
04-02-2005 01:00:07 | More by ppoitras
3.85/5 rDev -1.8%
deep dark bown with a light brown head. good toasted malty aroma with, some smoke and a little bit a of toasted marshmellow sweetness. sweet maltiness with a pretty strong back of the mouth backbone of smokiness. a little supporting hops are noticable towards the back as well. a mild nuttiness develops as it warms. the body isn't thin, but it's a little thin in this context in my opinion. very drinkable, i'm not gonna go out of my way, but i would get this again. a good porter, but not a standout porter. i think this would be a good contender out of the 100 barrel series to go into regular production, if they were so inclined.
04-10-2005 21:15:49 | More by kmo1030
3.85/5 rDev -1.8%
This was the impetus for venturing to Iron Hill/West Chester on Sa, 19 Feb 05 for their Brewer's Dinner, featuring Harpoon.
This one arrived with a thin, rapidly evaporating head above a black liquid. I noted a lightly smoky nose, which alerted me that perhaps it would not be smoky enough for my taste. The mouthfeel was thin, almost watery, which is not what I want in a porter. There just was not enough smokiness to make it truly magnificent. The smoke eventually became lingering, which is why I saved this beer to taste last. After drinking enough of it, my sinus cavity began to fill with the scent. Overall, it was pleasant, but underwhelming. Still, it made the trip worthwhile, and the brewer told me that it is a once-and-done thing, so my two cents were not as weighty as usual.
02-22-2005 00:30:40 | More by woodychandler
4.22/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
06-11-2005 03:10:13 | More by sulldaddy
4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
The head is impressive even with a soft pour. Excellent lace. The color is dark, dark brown, nearly a stout.
Strong chocolate malt aromas with just a touch of smokey peat. There are also notes of ground coffee.
The smoke comes through without overpowering the malt...but it is close. I like the presence of the hop, particularly on the swallow. A complex set of flavors that ebb and flow with the tasting. Full-bodied and properly carbonated, this is a beer with complete package. Very worthwhile to seek out.
02-20-2005 01:32:34 | More by smcolw
3.2/5 rDev -18.4%
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.
09-17-2011 00:46:01 | More by womencantsail
4.18/5 rDev +6.6%
I could not find a bottle of the Harpoon Smoked Porter anywhere so I headed to the brewery. Even, there all the bombers were sold out and I ended up with a growler filled with the beer. A very nice compromise.
The beer pours an inky black color with some ruby hues around the edges. A medium bodied tan head forms on top and leaves a nice lacing pattern on the glass as it dissolves. Strong malty esters, with notes of chocolate, nuts and smoke.
Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth on the palate. The flavor is filled with roasted malt and notes of chocolate and nuts. Some smoke and hops finishes off each sip. A dry palate with a hint of roasted malt is left behind.
This is an easy drinking full flavored beer. I had this beer with a pulled pork sandwhich which was an excellent choice. The smoky BBQ and hints of smoke in this beer went together like cake and ice cream!!!
03-20-2005 00:23:54 | More by WanderingFool
3.93/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-25-2007 19:35:54 | More by YonderWanderer
4/5 rDev +2%
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.
06-10-2007 00:37:29 | More by WesWes
4.38/5 rDev +11.7%
Pours a deep dark brown with a nice tan headskie. Mmmmm yeah, this is certainly the third best smoked porter out of VT. But don't take that the wrong way since it means it's awesome because the other two are so great also (Rock Art and VT Pub.) Mouthfeel is super! Great porter all around and I'd buy more of it if only Rock Art's Midnight Madness wasn't also available to me.
02-17-2005 03:01:04 | More by scottum
3.85/5 rDev -1.8%
This beer poured a dark black body with a tan head.
The nose was a mix of slight smoke, very clean dunkel type German Munich or other malt smells. Touches of diactyl, sweet smoke and that classic harpoon, almost ringwood, type yeast. It actually reminded me a lot of a red ale nose.
The taste was medium bodied with a cold old brick fireplace sort of smoke flavor. Clean drinking with a nice soft dark black patent or even German type malt taste. Very well balanced bitterness against the malt. The funny thing is the bitterness really only appears half way through. The first sip its all malt, then the bitterness comes on. By the end it just fades quickly with a slight lingering malt taste. Really a classic porter taste with a that famous harpoon taste as well.
Overall not to bad. This beer basically tastes to me like Harpoons Munich dark kicked up with a little more malt and a new England fireplace sort of smoke flavor. Not bad, I just expected more from harpoon.
02-23-2005 09:11:14 | More by taez555
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #08 - Smoked Porter from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
87 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.