Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #30 - Island Creek Oyster Stout - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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Reviews by Jdiddy:
4.25/5 rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
I have been waiting to try this beer since I heard about it. This beer just screams New England. Nice warming stout by the fireplace in the winter. Fresh oysters in the summer. In a word, this beer is exceptional. Easily the best beer Harpoon has ever released IMO.
The oysters are very subtle but just add the right touch. At the peak of it all, it is one of the finest stouts I am yet to taste. Smooth doesn't even describe it. Beautiful cappuccino head, dark as night body, and smooth as can be taste. The briny side of the oysters is a perfect compliment. I could drink this beer all winter and have nothing else. Sign me up for a case!
Update: After my initail review I had again and now see how some think the "shellfish" qualities hinder the beer. It can at times be a bit off putting and you may get a harsh taste from time to time. Strange. All in all though, I really like this beer but 2 in one sitting may be more than enough.
Serving type: on-tap
02-12-2010 01:19:57 | More by Jdiddy
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3.78/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Another brew that survived my wreck! Served from bottle into New Belgium globe. Poured dark reddish brown with a one finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and subtle brine. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, earth, and very subtle brine. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. If you handed this to me blind I doubt I would have been able to tell you it was an oyster stout if I'm honest. The brine is there in a way, but it is so subtle it is almost non-existent. The other aspects going on here were not too bad however. Definitely easy to drink and decently enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2013 22:44:24 | More by thagr81us
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #30 - Island Creek Oyster Stout from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
84 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.