Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #10 - Triticus - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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Reviews by ShogoKawada:
4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
Ah, the OG Triticus. Harpoon was kind enough to bring some to beervana. Don't think there's too many more of these kegs out there..
A- Dark in the glass, like a root beer. Thin, tiny-bubble tead sits tightly around the edge of the glass.
S- Lots of deep dark malty goodness. Molasses, rye bread.
T- Follows the nose, licorice, rye bread, semisweet chocolate and some undefined dark fruit. Very mellow and smooth, flavors all tumble around together and achieve great cohesion.
M- Mellow, smooth, velvety. No sign of ABV.
O- Aged very very well, I liked this better than the re-release, it seems to have some different and more complex flavors. Would love to grab a bottle of this if they're still out there.
11-11-2011 13:07:36 | More by ShogoKawada
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3.63/5 rDev -13.4%
Appearance This is a very dark brown in color, presumably from the darkish malts used to create this beer. The head came up good for such a high ABV boozer. It left nice lacing on the inside of my Chimay glass.
Smell The 50% malt/wine mixture takes away from the traditional WW bouquet, and the big hopping here gives this nose a super complex one two three punch. Then youve got some chocolate notes to top things off. Theres a lot of different smells in here, almost too much for me to try and pick a part or really soak in.
Taste This ale has a split personality. On the one hand, you can taste the big wheat wine that is almost like a straight barley wine. Either way, its very winey and boozy with a strong date and tobacco flavor.
On the other hand, you have a chocolaty flavor almost like a light chocolate stout, complete with dark, roasty malts. Somewhere on a third hand you have some fairly large hopping
All together a lot of flavors and, like I said, maybe a bit much for me. Id have preferred maybe splitting these flavors up into several different beers and am hard pressed to determined why they were all stuffed into one beer.
Mouthfeel This is almost full in the body with a big, bitter tobacco dryness in the last half of the sip.
Drinkability This is a big beer to hop by yourself, and like I said it has so many huge flavors that you cant do anything more than sip away at it. Its nice but I think tries to do too much.
Comments Id like to give a big BA shout out to BeerGuy for visiting us here in Seattle and bring out a Triticus for skyhands Broken Fridge tasting.
04-24-2006 01:52:48 | More by RoyalT
4.15/5 rDev -1%
22oz bottle. Finally getting around to cracking one of these. Pours into my glass a deep, dark brown color with tan edges. A small light tan head appears and lingers as a ring around the top. Probably the darkest Wheat Wine I've yet to sample. Aromas start with a mix of rich caramel and chocolate. A touch of dark berries shows up along with an underlying spiciness. Slight yeast tone and herbal hops on the backbone.
First sip brings a nice, slightly grainy malt upfront that is an immediate rush of chocolate and caramel flavors. It flows down with some berry tones, a touch of coffee and a sturdy spiciness. Finishes with some yeasty afterthoughts and a light herbal hop bitterness. Overall, a tasty wheat wine with little to no alcohol in the flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess to it. The beer never gets overly heavy on the palate. Pretty easy to take back considering its abv. Overall, I found this to be a quite tasty wheat wine and one unlike any other I've sampled before. I wish I had a bottle or two more as I think this will age nicely into the foreseeable future.
10-17-2007 23:35:42 | More by orbitalr0x
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
Received in a trade from fdrich29...thanks man...
Much darker than I imagined. I was expecting a much lighter colored beer. Very dark with mohagony highlights. Thin off-white head. Aroma is dominated by sweet aromas. Sweet bread throughout with dark ripe fruits with some grape, plum aromas on top. A bit of tart apple as well, I think. Overall a very clean aroma.
Flavor is very clean again with no harshness; subtle when very cold and really opens up as it warms. Comes through with some fruit flavors and sweet bread, similar to the smell. Finishes with a little bitterness, maybe a touch of resin hops. Also has a touch of toasted malt at the very end. Alcohol is nicely incorporated and complements the other flavors but definately is present in every sip.
Mouthfeel is very nice. Smooth and silky. Medium bodied. Crisp on the palate. Coats the mouth well with a lingering flavor. Drinkability is very good I think. Lots of subtle flavor hints and the smooth, crisp mouthfeel make this an easy drinker that can definately get you in trouble.
12-20-2005 02:16:22 | More by blitz134
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
Thanks to mntlover for sharing his bottle of this interesting Wheat Wine at our tasting on 11-05-2005. Crowned bottle is very classy, and pours a dark chestnut body with a small beige head that quickly vanishes. Some spotty lace is left on the chalice. The body is a clear, garnet mahogany when held to light, in spite of being unfiltered.
Aroma has an assertive note of port wine, plums, chocolate, and vague tropical fruit. Hints of wheat malt and Saaz hops add a deep complexity.
Mouthfeel is between medium and full bodied, with warming alcohol and low carbonation.
Taste has some chocolate notes, Munich malt, dark fruitiness of figs and dates. Noble hop bitterness is quite assertive at times. A nice touch of mild spicing is noticed, but could be from the malt, hop, and yeast complexities. Big alcohol content is slightly warming, but not distracting.
Not as heavy as expected, but exceedingly complex. Very well put together for a style that I rarely get to sample. Quite a treat. Would love to try one of these after some aging.
11-07-2005 11:19:17 | More by merlin48
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
Finally tracked down a few bottles of this creation on a recent trip to MA. Bomber bottles with gold foil, no freshness indication offered. Pours brownish, darkest amber, minor tan head and leaves minimal, spotty lacing. Nose is some alcohol, ripe fruits. This is a strong, flavorful, complex brew. Notes of more ripe fruits, plums, figs, lots of brandy and rum raisin, alcohol. Layers of fruity, brandied flavors slide very smoothly over the tongue. Interesting and bold brew, fine after dinner sipper or would go great with a fruity, dense dessert. Nice job guys, bold attempt at an emerging, sophisticated and challanging style.
09-02-2005 12:25:52 | More by Billolick
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
I've enjoyed this one with friends on numerous occasions...finally cracking one open to enjoy all by myself.
Pours a dense black color with less than a half finger of bright off-white head and disappears quite rapidly. Lacing is thin and has little cling.
The smell is faint, but a nice wheat base...mildly sweet w/ nuts, chocolate and a grassy character. Alcohol is nowhere to be found at this point.
The taste is very enjoyable...a warming calm comes over as this one is consumed. Dark chocolate, a hint of raisins and vanilla w/ no alcohol burn. Some hop presence, but not overly bitter...pleasantly dry and clean in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is nice.
Overall, a very drinkable wheat wine and not "hot" at all...easily comsumed fresh or one to cellar for a while.
Good thing I have many more to enjoy for many years...finally, another 100 Barrel Series offering I can be excited about.
10-19-2005 22:54:54 | More by warriorsoul
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
Chestnut colored with a thick and tightly bubbled head that rises up thick and leaves a firm half inch beige cap. Lots of chunky flakes suspended.
Aroma is rich and inviting, with roasted malt, cocoa, raisin, and ripe plum. Flavor is pungent and assertive upfront, full of sweet dark molasses with hints of cocoa, morphing quickly to tangy fruit, bitter espresso and baker's chocolate, perhaps a bit of smoke.
The alcohol rolls down the sides of the tongue, and warms the cheeks as it moves. It definitely makes itself known without overpowering the flavors.
Mouthfeel starts off creamy and finishes pretty firm with moderate carbonation. Sheets of lace wallpaper the inside of the glass and break into fat legs that slide down. Scarily drinkable for such a big beer. It's a sipper for sure, but I would open another bottle if I had one. Nice job.
08-08-2005 23:38:15 | More by far333
3.98/5 rDev -5%
Nice garnet, deep brown color...can see some light through. Good head, with ok retention. Nice lacing throughout beginning, light thereafter. Various smells of carmel, spice, fruits and floral, well blended and all over the place. Taste is deeper with various malty flavors, and though smooth its less light and floral than the aroma. The 11.5 ABV is barely apparent in the taste at first, but more discernable as it warms. Great subtle alcohol warming as well. Mouthfeel is very nice, medium-strong and smooth. Drinkability is pretty good, not meant to be pounded of course. Goes down smooth. An enjoyable beer, I recommend you get in on some of this.
08-07-2005 02:25:37 | More by tastybeer
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
Pours a dark mahogany body that's surprisingly clear considering that it's an unfiltered wheat beer, although some particulate is clearly visible moving about due to the rising carbonation. The light tan head is creamy and leaves a thin ring or two of lace about the glass before it drops to a thin collar.
The nose is clean and malty. I was expecting a Bavarian yeast character, but this is about as clean as you can get. There are some dark malt notes that hint at chocolate and very dark caramel, as well as a clear note of spicy alcohol. Interestingly enough, it works, and the alcohol is a welcome addition in this case (and a warning to the strength within).
In the mouth it's gently zesty and smooth with a decidedly medium body.
The flavor is much as the nose implies it will be, with a lightly sweet, darkly caramelish and mildly chocolatey character. It's not overly rich, nor lacking in character. The bitterness is solid, and its spicy, drying alcohol helps to balance it as well. It only really reveals the full breadth of its character once it's warmed, and then some mild hops become apparent. It finishes dry and alcohol-spicy with a warming touch.
This is definately a sipper! I enjoyed it slowly as its flavors opened up and it became richer with each sip. I was expecting more, at least in the body, but it's quite enjoyable as it is. It's worth trying, and perhaps grabbing a few for later, but it probably won't improve with age.
07-31-2005 23:53:56 | More by NeroFiddled
4.28/5 rDev +2.1%
22oz bomber, from the infamous "NoBS Bif" and weymouthmike
appearance: gold wrapped standard harpoon bottle...pours an intriguing mahogany, dark grape, ruby accents...very dark for the wheat wine classification...very little cream-tan head and only slight lacing
smell: immediate reaction is barleywine, dry raisin/date,really big sweet malt touch, plenty of booze, light sweet chocolate...nice
taste: its well beyond the "wheat wine" stage at this point, more of a barleywine with a light wheat background...alcohol is very present immediately but not abrasive...dripping green hop bite with strong bitterness, slightly woody, booze soaked plum, raisin, date...very tasty brew, of any classification
mouthfeel: super creamy and thick, medium-full body, moderate bitterness, alcohol warming throughout
drinkability: very easy going down despite the force, 22oz bomber will be a rewarding task i think
07-19-2006 01:38:11 | More by dirtylou
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights, and a thin tan head that dissapates quickly. Aroma is an interesting blend of wheat, sour fruit, caramel, molasses and alcohol. Taste begins with nice malt profile: molasses, chocolate, sour fruits and follows up with a slightly harsh wheat twang that is very crisp. The hops swoop in for the kill, with spicy and floral flavors that give this high alcohol brew and nice refreshing kick. Mouthfeel is thick and crisp, and drinkability is good. A very good brew, definately one of the most unique beers i've sampled...cheers to the Bros (and fdrich29) for a great brew.
07-29-2005 06:13:38 | More by silver0rlead
4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
It hit my glass with a dark cola clolour. Edges were lighter brown- not much red or orange tone here.
The smell seemed to be mainly molasses, carrying a layer of hoppy goodness.
The molasses character came through nicely in the flavour, as well as a pleasant sicyness.
The mouth feel was a tad syrupy, but not cloying.
Good and drinkable. Not the best beer I've had, but nicely done.
07-13-2005 23:32:39 | More by UncleFlip
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
A very nice beer, like a barleywine. It is a sneaky beer that gives you a buzz after a few sips but doesn't have an alcohol "bite" although it's at 11.5%. It is very smooth and well balanced and very drinkable, not as heavy as a barleywine. Very good for minimal aging, it is ready to drink now (do serve it at cellar temperature) and ddrink it with some food would be great. I would buy this beer again.
Drink it in your Rapscallion Cognac glass...
03-05-2006 02:36:31 | More by aluskungs
3.93/5 rDev -6.2%
On tap at Sunset:
Someone else referred to it as a garnet mahagony - I like that description. Although it is a tad darker than a garnet, definitely some black in there. Nice, but small, white head. Stark contrast here between the color of the head and the beer itself. Nose is of plums, figs, and caramel. Quite intruiging. Tastes very different from the Smuttynose wheat wine I had last night. Malt character is more distinctive, as opposed to the Smutty which was overborne by the yeast. Perhaps this accounts for the color contrast. Nice hop character. Mouthfeel is smooth, easy to drink.
I rather liked this wheat wine. Much more so than the Smutty. It isn't perfect, but a damn good brew.
12-11-2005 02:27:53 | More by Lnedrive14
4.78/5 rDev +14.1%
This beer is a thick black with caramel highlights, and presents a creamy, rocky head which is on the small side and reduces somewhat quickly, but adheres well to the glass. Some sediment is visible along the edge of the glass.
The smell is strong, rich and malty, reminiscent of bread and licorice. There is some chocolate, a subtle sweetness, and the alcohol is definitely noticeable.
The flavor is initially understated, light. A creamy, full body presents itself, rolls around luxuriously on the tongue. It is sweet and warming, malty, with a roasted character. The finish is as powerful as the aroma, with chocolate, caramel, and a healthy bitterness.
Wow, what an aroma! I love the way this beer starts off strong, with the rich smell, and then lays back for the creamy, gorgeous feel, then comes back strong in the finish. The bitterness is minimal at first, but grows strong in the finish. The smell gives away the alcohol, but the flavor hides it. The flavor starts off light and creamy, but a chocolate character reveals itself in the end. A beer of contrasts. A roller-coaster ride.
When the strong of will give in, and the last bottle of this beer is drunk, I hope that someone finds it in their heart to brew it again.
07-10-2005 03:20:54 | More by jamesclark
3.53/5 rDev -15.8%
Session 10. Purchased from Lukes liquors in Brewster, MA. Had not seen it on the shelves, then one day, BAM there it is. Went back the next day to find the stores supplies had dwindled to 4, so I bought two.
Didnt really know what to expect, the most recent series of the 100 barrel series seemed to be a bit premature, this one seem to be as well.
Deep mahogany and caramel colors, an English ale though and though. Very caramely and very sweet, its tastes is very syrupy. Absolutely reeks of alcohol, heavy malt and heavy liquor flavor . crafted malt liquor. Aftertaste lingers for a while.
Wrong time wrong place for its release date. I can see this beer in a different light in the winter time, not in the middle of summer.
08-22-2005 01:15:55 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
4/5 rDev -4.5%
An interesting brew. Some brandy like qualities..smell of wine (grapes?). Alcohol presence is there, but not overwhelming. Taste is similarly winelike. I don't know if it's my tastebuds, bud the wheat was not there. No problem though, because the mouthfeel was smooth for the high abv and the drinkability was fine. This would defintely be a great dinner drink, especially with something like prime rib.
08-15-2005 00:36:08 | More by edchicma
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
Bottle shared with Capflu, DumDum, Lubière. Poured a pitch-black color beer with small dark head. Aroma of sweet fruit with some whiskey. Taste is quite particular with some soy-sauce feels, fig like sweetness and a great body. Alcohol is very well hidden. Very different from usual barley wine, which I guess, makes it even more interesting.
08-29-2005 19:03:43 | More by Phyl21ca
4/5 rDev -4.5%
Thansk to PPoitras for the bottle.
Pours a deep, dark chestnut body with some red/amber specks and a light tan and white head.
Aromas of honey, molasses, caramel and some cola. sweet aromas of molasses, cocoa and honey.
Flavors of chocolate covered honey and nougat to start, almost like a candy bar. This is quickly cut a by a fairly sharp and tangy hop bittering. Striking difference in front and back flavors, should meld togther nicely with a little time.
Mouthfeel was pretty full-bodied with a real vinous feel and just a hint of the high ABV. Actualy, quite a nice surprise that this was not an alcohol-fueled monster that the ABV would indicate. Again, striking dichotomy of rich, earthy malts and sharp almost tangy, acidic bittering.
Drinkability is solid now but will likley improve a great deal with some softening in the cellar.
03-17-2006 21:42:06 | More by CRJMellor
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
Poured from a capped and gold foil-wrapped 22oz bottle into a goblet. Pour released a chestnut colored brew that had light carbonation and a slow-to-develop light beige head that quickly dissolved down to a small ring.
The nose was quite sweet; heavy waves of molasses and light notes of black licorice dominate with lesser aromas of dark fruit and a wine-like alcohol note close things out.
Very full and chewy; almost a 22oz meal. Sipped right away but quickly realized this beer would be much better at near-room temp. Has a vinous quality and makes no bones about packing an 11.5% ABV. Molasses flavor drenches the tongue and alcohol sizzles the tastebuds. Dates and raisins abound. Decent level of hops bittering but, all in all, a big-time sweet beer.
I had this bottle bestowed upon me while in Boston last June for the ABF. I thought it might enjoy a little quality time in a cool, dark place. Now, while I found this to be an intriguing brew, I believe it could stand even a few more months in the cellar. Still, a fine beer.
10-19-2005 03:50:38 | More by Boilermaker88
4.43/5 rDev +5.7%
Ongoing cellar clearing project continues.... 22 received back in October '08 from MarkD... A huge round of applause goes out to Mark... I have been trying to score a bottle or two since I first started trading.... poured tonight into my New Belgium snifter.
1" head was sorta unimpressive... but it did leave quite a bit of lace and held a firm cap until the bottom of the glass... the brew is dark dark walnut brown.. verging on porter territory.. only reveals brown highlites when held to a light.
It's amazing, but some hoppiness has survived the years.. sorta a grassy/menthol type with a bunch of dark fruit .. think cherries and mild plum.. pretty nice.... I have to remember to BM mark and ask if this has been refrigerated prior to ending up in my basement.
From the first sip, I am liking this one more than any wheatwine I've had lately... much less sweet and not cloying at all.. figgy maltiness.. with some chocolate essence.. mild caramel and toffee.. a little bit of spicy alcohol is present but adds to the overall package.. still very pleasing after all this time.. no oxidation at all.. very balanced.. the body is a firm medium with perfect carbonation.. a subtle smokey flavor emerges as it warms up.. again adds a nice layer of complexity... it really blossoms when it hits room temperature.
Really very nice.. and I am not getting any indication that this is heading down hill yet... Thanks a ton Mark.... This is one of my "White Whale" brews.. and it was worth the hunt... I know there wasn't a "Moby Dick 2" but I may try to score another bottle or two to cellar and bring out at various tastings... Good stuff that should be shared.
02-05-2009 08:27:31 | More by JohnGalt1
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
Pours a deep brown color with a inch thick tan head that is fleeting and leaves a light lacing. There also appears to be some particulate matter floating around the bottom. Smell is very complex - dark fruit, toffee like with a slight spicy alcohol scent that strengthens as the brew warms. The taste is also quite rich and complex and hides the 11.5% alcohol very well. Quite tasty - Malty, fruity, slightly sweet, and earthy.
This is my first wheat wine and I am certainly interested in trying other varieties. At $4.99 a bottle I may even find somewhere in this small apartment to store a bottle or two for a few years as I suspect aging would do this ale good.
Overall a very tasty and interesting ale from Harpoon.
08-07-2005 03:37:28 | More by wedge
4.4/5 rDev +5%
I had been holding onto this one since last year. Now that the redux has been brought out I really wanted to try the original to see how it held up. Served this one right out of the cellar, this gold foil capped, twenty two ounce bomber was poured into a Bell's Tulip and consumed on 10/06/2008.
The pour on this one was definitely decent. A rich, caramel color brown with a good amount of haziness and cloudiness to it. Some nice sediment at the bottom of the glass. A head of about an inch and a half rose up from the bottom and settled down gracefully onto the top leaving behind some decent side glass lacing. A small amount of carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass.
The aroma was charged with alcohol at first. This mellowed though as it started to warm and ended up with a nice and very sweet malt mixture here. Nice notes of caramel, brown sugar, hints of molasses and a touch of dark fig like fruit. Interesting flavor here now as well, as it all combined in together. Nice notes here of caramel and earthy malts come rolling across the tongue. Very rich with a sweet sugar like flavor that blended in very well with a light touch of alcohol that rounded out the profile really very nicely. Smooth as silk, as the 11% was noticeable, but not overwhelming in anyway. This was definitely a sipper though as about half way through the bottle I was definitely starting to feel it for sure.
Overall this was a very solid beer that I would have no issues with trying again. Good to see Harpoon bring it back to life, as it is quite different then anything else I have ever tried in the style. Very solid and I would do this again.
10-08-2008 11:01:05 | More by mikesgroove
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #10 - Triticus from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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