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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #12 - Imperial Stout - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
88
very good

69 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Imperial Stout had its noble beginnings in the late 18th century to appease the Tsarist courts of Empress Catherine II. With an original gravity of 19° P, high percentages of roasted barley, brown and caramel malts, and the finest noble English hops, this beer will surely keep the winter chill off.

50 IBU

(Beer added by: Jason on 10-16-2005)
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Reviews by laintringulis:
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laintringulis

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

Served in a wide mouth goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, almost black with a slight ruby opaqueness. Moderate light beige head that thins quickly. Small tight carbonation bubbles throughout drinking.

Smells: Strong roasted/toasted malts, coffee, bourbon, spicy alcohol. Pleasant earthiness.

Taste: I wish it tasted as rich and full as it smelled. Very mild coffee and chocolate flavors present. Moderate caramel malt with sweet raisin flavor. Overall, a pleasant spicy alcohol dominated this brew. I would have liked a better balance of the coffee/chocolate flavors and the malts/alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, not watery. Not chewy at all. I would have preferred more of a mouthfeel and chewiness. Very light and brief slickness in the middle finishing with a pleasant dry, spicy alcohol bitterness.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, tasty, but not complex. Sessionable. I think this would be better paired with food. I had mine solo and I don't think it is a stand alone beer, unless you have more than one.

03-16-2007 10:54:10 | More by laintringulis
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.83/5  rDev +21.4%

If you think stout means Guinness, you have to try this beer. It pours a very dark brown with a minimal head. The smell is predominately molasses and chocolate. Taste is the same, with a hint of licorice, and sweet. It's very smooth on the palate, and just has a beautiful taste. I had one refrigerated and one only slightly chilled; the latter was even better. Try this beer.

12-28-2005 23:40:08 | More by lordofthewiens
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

22 oz bomber with a batch # on the bottle with a bottled on date as well.

A- Sizable tan froth subsides to a thin bubbly lace. A shade or two lighter than black.

S- Heavy malted milk shake aroma, dark chocolate, mild herbal hop and a slight fruity alcoholic ester in the aroma.

T&M- Slick and lightly crisp with a thick body. Sweet malt runs throughout, modest char malt flavor middle to end. Hops barely balance out the sweetness. Mild dark berry fruitiness with some warming yet mild alcoholic esters in the back. Finishes sweet.

D- On the sweet side and quite thick as well, sipping brew all the way but even a bomber was too much for me.

11-22-2005 03:41:46 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%

Bomber bottle, with the usual foil top. Pours pretty much black, with the expected dark tan head, minimal lacing. Sweet nose of dark chocolate frosted donuts. Thick, sweet and flavorful, notes of sugar coated raisins, chocolate milk shakes. This one is a swing and a miss. If they are gonna do these 100 barrel brews why not take the time to make more special? This one is just too sweet, lacking the roastyness and complexity looked for in an Imperial stout.

12-27-2005 14:08:36 | More by Billolick
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far333

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

Served in an imperial pint glass. Black and opaque with a brown head of finely bubbled foam rising a half inch up and settling out very quickly. Aroma of roasted malt and cocoa. Flavor is pungent and intense right upfront, with bitter coffee and dark chocolate, molasses and smokey bark, accented with a noticeable hop presence that rounds out the flavor. Flavor is rich, just a bit sweet. Smooth and full mouthfeel, not too carbonated. Pretty drinkable for a deeply flavored and relatively strong beer.

01-08-2006 22:48:46 | More by far333
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tastybeer

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

Basically black but there's a hint of brown in there. Opaque. Nice head at first but turns into a ring. Lacing is sparse once you get to the halfway point. Aroma + Taste aren't bad at all but a big suprise for this type of brew. Smells buttery, oily and loaded with sweet raisons and a punch of deceptively sweet alcohol. The first thing that hits you is a kind of ripe sweetness. Taste is very...um sweet and malty with a large dark fruit presence. Lacking hops maybe...to counter the malts. Mouthfeel is soothing and no problem with dinkability here, though I can see some people having issues with the ultra sweetness. SWEET.

This is one of the more interesting Imperial Stouts. Atypical. Hapoon gets points for creativity here.

12-15-2005 04:37:03 | More by tastybeer
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

This is the first of the 100 barrel series I've been truly impressed by. Would quite call it black, but a very deep brown, that all shows on the lip of the beer. Very little head, even after a very aggressive pour, one of the characteristics of Imperial Stouts.

Roasted nuts and toffee and coffee keep swirling as I inhale. Huge roast going on, rib eye, coffee, whatever, this baby is smokey. An interesting flavor that I have not come across in this style, believe it or not, bananas, yes, bananas.

Not your typical Imperial, but I really like it. Highly drinkable even at 7.7%.

11-17-2005 21:18:20 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +12.3%

What a great surprise! On the pour, it was dark chocolate with a pleasing samll head...very inviting. Smell was an effusion of full-bodied malt with a hop undetone. Also had some brandy-likew notes. The taste was excellent...sweet and malty, light innature...a mid-alcohol presence....mmm! Mouthfeel was smooth, yet chewy, malt presence was pronounced. Extremely drinkable...smoooth!

12-23-2005 23:16:55 | More by edchicma
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Hagbard

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

Beautifully packaged in a 22 oz bottle with a gold wrapper over the cap. There's a date on the sidce, which is hard to make out, but I think it says 10/17/2005. The beer enters my glass dark as night, creating almost a mirror-like quality when held to light. There is a thin tan head that turns into a soapy-like film. The smell has a sweetness to it, almost like wort itself. There's a roasted malt aroma also and a slight hop aroma in the background. The taste is extremely smooth and well integrated. An almost chocolatey sweetness battles a roasted bitterness. Through it all is a nice hoppiness. On the swallow, there is just the faintest hint of alcohol bite. It finishes mellow with a residual sweetness that is never cloying. I'm not a big fan of boozy imperial stouts so I really appreciate that they crammed all this flavor into a 7.7% ABV package. One of the smoothest, most drinkable imperial stouts I've had in a long time, yet it still has a ton of well-balanced flavor. My bottle was gone before I knew it and I was left wishing for more at 2 AM.

01-10-2006 13:46:13 | More by Hagbard
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

Head is a short solid rocky inch of crackling carmel brown fuzz that fades in minutes to just a skim. Body is a chocolate syrup blackness setting beautiful in the glass. Nose has distinct sweet toffee malt wraped with attractive bourbon. There may be some soured darkfruit there also. Enters the mouth with a distinct candied sweetness with graham cracker, plum, anise and burnt malt. The flavor profile is kind of like when you cook down a sweet liquer in a frying pan. Turns to more of a black licorice hue on the back of the tongue as you drink more. Nicely drinkable but misses the bold richness of my favorite Barrel aged stouts.

02-04-2009 20:04:51 | More by SPLITGRIN
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wedge

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -12.6%

Pitch black with a small creamy head. Thick, rich aroma of sweet malts and dark fruity esters - hint of cocoa. Taste is heavy with a solid sweet maltiness and an alcoholic fruity presence. Mouthfeel is slick and warming.

Sweet for an Imperial Stout and the alcohol is pronounced throughout. I like more roasted flavors with this style. Never quite fully comes together but its worth a try.

12-15-2005 04:26:24 | More by wedge
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bignick

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +8%

I liked this one. I picked it up from the Harpoon Brewery for $4.99 on a Thursday and drank it last night, a Sunday. I think it had been kegged a week or two before I picked it up. Very fresh.

It poured a deep mahagony, impossible to see through. Not unlike many imps, there was very little and a quickly receding head. As I poured it, I had to be mindful of this to get any head at all. As the head receded, minimal lace remained. It smelled of coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. I would say that it was a deep and appealing smell. The beer started with a roasty coffee taste and a bit of chocolate, and finished with a strong alcohol taste, even for a 7.7 abv. Despite this, because of a very nice balance of hop bitterness and sweetness from the malt, it is a clean finish.

I had no problem drinking most of the growler over the course of the evening, and I certainly felt it. A great bargain from the brewery, although I believe that the bombers will probably retail for $4 or $5. Even at that price, it is not a bad deal. I would definitely reccomend trying it while it lasts.

10-25-2005 00:02:40 | More by bignick
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rsyberg01

California

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

S - 22 oz. bomber with a gold foil wrapper on the cap. Thanks to Nouseforotacon for this bottle.

A - Pours a black with a deep red at the very edges, head isnt that big but it is somewhat sticky, Lacing is decent.

S - Maple syrup, sugary oatmeal, deep dark fruits, fig and berries, slightly roasty as well. Somewhat of an alcohol warming in the nostrils. Quite nice.

T - Oats, sugary sweet, little earthy tone, toasted caramel, fruit character is nice, bitter in the finish.

M - Coats the palate though it is a little light for me, overall it isnt what I had expected but not bad.

D - I would say a bomber would be the perfect serving. Not bad at all.

11-11-2006 21:22:46 | More by rsyberg01
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%

Thanks to dickinsonbeer for this…
Appears black with brown edges and scattered lacing around the glass.
Smell is of black grapes, plums, Belgian chocolates, and rich cream
Taste is of butter infused cocoa and butterscotch with some dark fruits and nuts.
Mouthfeel is buttery and smooth. Slightly cloying sweetness.

03-31-2006 22:45:56 | More by weeare138
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sauger86

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-14-2012 15:05:27 | More by sauger86
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

the pour - rich dark color, mild carbonation. Tan head that quickly dissipates. Nice toffee undertone in the smell with complimentary hints of chocolate as well. Very light hops aroma.

taste - toffee, chocolate complimented by a french roast coffee edge. Hops is light and nicely balanced to the maltyness of this brew.

light alcohol presence around mid bottle. Passing the midpoint of the glass, the malt takes the fore front of the taste experience. Wonderful matching of malts with I would guess a plentiful dose of chocolate malt in this brew.

Very smooth, very drinkable. Great choice for an enjoyable winter beer.

01-26-2006 13:51:21 | More by barleywinebrewer
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geexploitation

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours a deep black with a smallish tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of burnt malts, slight hops, and big alcohol. Flavor is pretty nice... first there's a ton of sweet malts, then there's... a ton of sweet malts. Eventually a hint of roasted malt flavor comes through, and the finish dries out a bit. Mouthfeel is pretty silky and sugary, with the aforementined dry finish.

This is a nice Imperial Stout, but nothing hugely complex. Worth a try, worth ocassional buys, but not worth seeking out with gusto.

03-11-2006 04:13:29 | More by geexploitation
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +15.6%

Pours a dark black with a little transparent brown around the edges that lets off a reddish glow. The was a giant fluffy tan head that fell quickly that remained as a thin film until the end.

Smells of sour coffee, heath bar and red grapes with a little alcohol.

Tastes very differently for an imperial stout. Its very fruity with plumb, date, currant and tamarind. The chicory coffee flavor is back with a slight smokiness. When it warms, a subtle banana flavor comes out.

The smooth and thin mouth feel is ideal for all of the flavors present.

This is a very enjoyable and relaxing sipper that really grabbed my attention.

11-26-2005 15:04:39 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Gold foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fades very slowly, with sticky frothy lacing. Aroma is roasty dark malts and alcohol. Taste is sweet chocolate upfront, with a bitter close. A bit lacking in body. Mouthfeel is creamy, yet a bit thin for the style, and drinkability is somewhat average as well. Not quite all what I was hoping for here, but could always be worse...

12-30-2005 00:37:51 | More by ppoitras
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twelvsies

Maine

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%

A pretty solid stout. Very robust - dark pitch-brown color, almost black, with a dense brown head. Complex character. Lots of cherry and vanilla sweetness, backed up by a nice barky bitter kick. Lacking a bit of balance though. A bit too sweet. Thick, yet dry mouthfeel. All that sort of makes this beer a bit tough to take in, but it's got a real solid flavor and strong malt profile for a while there. A sipper, as they say.

11-08-2005 23:36:52 | More by twelvsies
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

pours dark dark brown with a thin tan head dissolves to thin ring around the glass. the smell is chocolatey and milk dud like, like a malted milkshake. the chocolate portion has a somewhat roasted. there is also a bit of dark fruity raisin and blueberry or blackberry.
the taste ends up being a little fruitier than the aroma lets on. there is a pretty distinct blackberry flavor with vanilla, chocolate and buttery, but not diacetyl toffee butterscotch flavor. i don't really pick up any bitterness except at the end of the finish when it just barely comes through.
pretty full bodied with a slick milky mouthfeel. moderate carbonation. overall while this has a good flavor and is overall not bad, it is a little too sweet and needs some bitterness to balance things out because it can be a little much. easily one of my favorite 100 bbl series though, within the top three.

12-11-2005 02:58:08 | More by kmo1030
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AltTrinker

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

This, just released, 100 barrel series pours an opaque black with a coffee colored head. The head dissapates over a few minutes and leaves a scattering of lacy figures on the glass.

The nose is fairly strong, giving aromas of coffee, chocolate, cherries, and warm brandy. The taste follows with the same flavors with a moderate caramel roastiness without a burnt bitterness. Roasted coffeebean mixed with dark chocolate covered bing cherries is what comes to my mind as I drink this brew. Although not as high an ABV as some Imperial Stouts, this has a distinct alcohol warming that comes through nicely.

The mouthfeel is moderate to heavy without being syrupy. I had this beer after walking to the store in a light snow storm. It warms the body and soothes the soal. A very enjoyable, drinkable brew, especially on a cold winter day.

11-23-2005 20:59:22 | More by AltTrinker
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womencantsail

California

3.2/5  rDev -19.6%

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The pour is essentially black in color with a thin layer of khaki colored foam.

S: A little bit of soy sauce followed by roasted malt and coffee. Some sweet and dark chocolate notes with a hint of licorice. There is a definite burnt sugar aroma, perhaps some graham cracker.

T: This was sweeter than expected. Chocolate and roasted malt with molasses and soy sauce. A bit of coffee and maybe even a little vinous, sort of a port type oxidation to it.

M: Medium bodied with a smooth, low carbonation.

O: Too much soy sauce to be anything good.

09-17-2011 05:18:00 | More by womencantsail
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +5%

Harpoon Imperial Stout pours a velvety black into the glass with a small creamy tan head on top. The foam dissolves to a thick ring around the surface leaving a few spots of lace on the side of the glass. A mild aroma of toffee and roasted malt hovers above the beer.

This medium bodied beer gives a soft carbonated fizz on the palate. The roasted malt flavor is topped off with a nice blend of toffee, chocolate and nuts. It finishes with a mild floral hop bitterness leaving some roasted malt notes behind.

This is one tasty, easy to drink imperial ale. It hides the 8% alcohol very well. I wish it had a bit more aroma, but otherwise it's a great beer.

12-04-2005 22:20:42 | More by WanderingFool
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

Appearance: clear black in color with a brief lasting 1/2" tan colored head. Surface foam remains for most of the session. Some spots of lace develop.

Smell: roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and hints of alochol.

Taste: thick roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolates, coffee, a hint of ripe fruits, and some alcohol make up this meal in a glass. Alcohol becomes more noticeable as this warms.

Mouthfeel: smooth and lightly syrupy at the start and finish. The flavors last long on the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: beyond the noiceable alcohol, this is extremely easy drinking, as I could have ventured into opening a second bottle without any thought. Great beer.

03-04-2006 17:07:27 | More by Gavage
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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #12 - Imperial Stout from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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