Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #30 - Island Creek Oyster Stout - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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Reviews by TheycallmeTim:
3.45/5 rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a growler into a tulip pint.
A--Black body with brown, not red, highlights toward the bottom. Held to light it looks like coffee. Head is one finger of tan cream. Fades to skim immediately and does not lace.
S--Mainly roasted grain and toffee. Kind of a sweetish barley smell. Faint plum notes.
T--Mostly bitter chocolate, kind of cocoa powdery. Reminds me of an Irish Dry Stout. For a second I thought I could taste something mineral toward the back end, but I think it's my mind playing tricks on me. Tasting this blind I never would have guessed this was brewed with oysters, which is disappointing as this is the first of this style I've ever had. Oh well.
M&D--Mouthfeel is appropriately thin and undercarbonated. Drinkability's good because the ABV isn't through the roof, though it's possible to get the same amount and kind of flavors out of a stout of more modest strength. I'm beating on a dead horse in my reviews of small beers by American breweries--in a word, they suck at it, for the most part.
Serving type: growler
02-20-2010 21:06:04 | More by TheycallmeTim
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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
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