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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #30 - Island Creek Oyster Stout - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed by Harpoon brewer Katie Tame, using Island Creek oyster farmer Skip Bennett’s revered Duxbury Bay oysters, this beer has a rich body and smooth mouthfeel derived in part from a combination of roasted barley and chocolate rye malts. The roasted malt notes blend beautifully with the briny, mineral flavors of the Island Creek oysters. An addition of hops adds some bitterness to balance the malt sweetness. This, the 30th installment of the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series, is best enjoyed with a plate full of Island Creek Oysters.

35 IBU
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Ratings: 225 | Reviews: 182
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a blackish- brown in color with streaks of ruby coming through when held up to the light. Small, thick tan head that reduces, leaving a bit of lacing. Smell is very smoky, with traces of chocolate and something else I can't quite identify. Flavor is dry with smoky notes similar to the smell. Roasted malt comes through, ending with a salty bitterness, more than likely from the oysters. Mouthfeel Is solid with balanced carbonation and velvety body. Overall, this is an interesting take on a stout. Very different but enjoyable to say the least.

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ST: 22oz bomber poured into a porter glass. The bottle listed both the ABV and a drink by date.

A: Dark chocolate black-brown with red tints at the bottom. It had a large finger brown fluffy head. The retention was average and the lacing was small.

S: Smoke, chocolate, earth, coffee, sweet malts, and nuts.

T: Smoke, mineral earth, creamy coffee, burnt roasted malt, with a slight bitter hop finish, which balances the beer nicely.

M: Medium and very creamy

O: My first time trying an oyster stout; I have become a fan. This beer was smooth and had wonderful balanced flavors. The roasted malt and coffee beans paired well with the earthy, flinty mineral flavors that the oysters added to the beer. The mild bitter hops in the finish balanced the beer very well.

NOTE: I made a mistake. This review should be under the number 36 session.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours black with a two and a half finger creamy large bubble tan head that dissipates leaving tons of residual lacing on the glass.

S. Smells like a dry English stout - dry mineral water, calcium carbonate, some light chocolate notes, along with the ash notes akin to what you'd find in a fire pit the morning after.

T. Ash with chocolate malt that ends with dry mineral-y calcium notes.

M. This feels akin to a robust mineral water. Ends super dry with a mix of minerals and chocolate.

D. A very dry English stout that I imagine would pair well with a number of dishes. The dry crispness would help to lift residual flavors off the tongue while complimenting meats with a nice roasty chocolate character. I like the idea of pairing this with oysters, but it would also do well with a roast, brussels sprouts, and other earthy vegetables.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Harpoon's Island Creek Oyster Stout (which is, yes, brewed with "freshly harvested Island Creek Oysters"), doesn't immediately set itself apart by the nose alone. Yes, there are huge dark malty aromas here, including chocolate malt, ash and tobacco, caramel, and a definite earthy quality, but little hint of oysters. Perhaps that's a good thing, though: a beer that smells of mollusc would most likely go straight down the kitchen sink.

On the tongue, the primary flavors are also those more commonly found in a stout: ash and tobacco, chocolate malt, hints of black malt and peat. The oyster seems to come into play right at the edges, such as when you exhale, and an ever-so-brief sea aroma dances through the nasal passages; and again after you've swallowed, when subtle hints of brine tease the tastebuds. The result is quite intriguing, lending what is already an excellent stout a hint of mystery and savoir faire. Mouthfeel is medium-light (surprisingly, given the potency of the flavors) and somewhat dry, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, this is great beer, and for those concerned with the idea of beer brewed with oysters, fear not: were the ingredients not listed on the bottle, you wouldn't have the slightest clue what you were drinking, and would probably just think, "hey, what an interesting stout."

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours black with two fingers of tan head that recedes into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: roasted malts at first with some sweet chocolate aromas. There are some smokey aromas along with a slightly salty smell.

T: roasted malts with some bitter chocolate flavors. The same smokey, salty flavor follows along with some char and light bitterness on the aftertaste.

M: medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer feels a little watery

O: an alright beer, but nothing special. I'd like a bit creamier body and more depth of flavor.

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #30 - Island Creek Oyster Stout from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
85 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.