Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #30 - Island Creek Oyster Stout - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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4.05/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
01-29-2012 19:17:33 | More by Treyliff
4.3/5 rDev +15%
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.
09-24-2011 16:31:58 | More by ianjsullivan
3.58/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
09-14-2011 00:47:49 | More by BeerAndBourbon
4.13/5 rDev +10.4%
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."
08-01-2011 17:21:19 | More by jondeelee
3.1/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
08-01-2011 17:04:25 | More by n2185
3.83/5 rDev +2.4%
Bottle, marked best by 9/15/11
Body is near black in the glass with a thick tan head. Reddish light at the edges.
Scent is earthy with roasted notes and chilled coffee.
Taste is dark fruit, a meaty or nutty quality, a hint of smoke and a touch of lactic sweetness. There's a definite mineral quality to it. Bitter baking chocolate, roasted notes. Slightly tangy, slightly briney. Hard to tell if it isn't mostly my expectations, but there's something which suggests the subtle smokey and briney characteristics of a good oyster.
Mouthfeel is very slick at first and then chalky. On the thinner side of medium.
Drinkability is decent. I'd certainly buy again, though I don't think I'd want more than two in a night.
A nice English stout with some unusual characteristics. I'd love to try this with oysters.
06-26-2011 00:04:00 | More by sethmeister
3.6/5 rDev -3.7%
Dark black with a dark tan head
The aroma is very pleasant full of coffee and chocolate. It blends to forms an almost cappuccino smooth creaminess
The taste with a mouth full of carbonation. It builds to reveal almost fruity flavors of blackberries. The carbonation subsides and a taste becomes sweet mixed with roasted coffee and slight dark chocolate flavors
06-13-2011 01:26:09 | More by bishopdc0
4.15/5 rDev +11%
Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl oz bottle at Neptune Oyster, Boston, MA
Served in a pint glass
The beer poured a brown/black color with ruby accents when held to the light. A bubbly, one-finger head of saddle brown froth topped the liquid. The head was slow to fade but left no lacing.
The aroma changed considerably as the beer sat. Initially, it was dry, roasty and very minerally. Later, the nose became smoother and more well rounded. The roast was still present but it settled down and strong notes of chocolate and espresso came forth. A touch of smoke was present as well.
A dry roastiness dominated the flavor profile but, like the nose, it mellowed out with time. Dark malts came through strong on the front end. Possibly some caramel-like sweetness as well. Lots of roasty coffee in the center. The finish was dry and crisp. Smoky with a bit of char. A touch minerally. One would imagine that this mineral aspect came from the addition of Island Creek oysters to the boil.
The mouthfeel was remarkably smooth, creamy and supple for the style. Medium bodied with a fine, moderate, tongue-blanketing effervescence.
Harpoon Island Creek Oyster Stout is an excellent beer. Pairing this with a dozen bivalves at the best oyster house in Boston made it that much more enjoyable. If you ever have the opportunity, I would recommend that you treat yourself to the experience as well.
06-05-2011 05:06:49 | More by Damian
4.13/5 rDev +10.4%
Oyster stout... one of those peculiar styles with few modern adherents. I think Marston's is the only one I've ever had, and I don't remember a thing about it. I was never sure if they were supposed to contain real oysters or not, but this one apparently does.
Poured into a NB chalice, it's a very dark beer, completely opaque, with a steady, thick, half-inch thick head. The aroma is moderately cocoa, a bit sweet, with a hint of roastedness. The flavor is surprisingly dry, with dark chocolate notes. Roasted malts give a bitterness I wasn't suspecting from a style I thought was mostly sweet. The mouthfeel is very tannic. Interesting beer!! I can't detect any oyster flavor by itself, but I'm not sure an oyster-flavored beer would work.
This would make a great food accompaniment to many dishes, in that the bitterness and dryness is not hoppy in nature. It's be a good dessert beer, offsetting the sweetness differently than a traditionally bitter beer. I'll have to set some aside for that purpose.
05-30-2011 04:33:44 | More by allengarvin
4.05/5 rDev +8.3%
dark pour, black with a large tan heading creeping up the sides of the glass. Nice touches of lacing ringing the inside of the glass and coming to head with deep spider web like lacing throughout. Aroma was interesting and not at all what I expected. Very smoked with lots of hints of peat and roasted malts. A touch of something different and my brain wants to say it was sort of fishy, but again the expectations going in could be clouding that. Light touches of chocolate start to mix in as it warms as well. Nice body here, with a good level of carbonation throughout. Rich notes of roasted and smoked malts coming through from the very first sip with a touch of something else bouncing around in there as well. This other taste is not bad at all, it's just different and gives it a bit of a kick. Nice dry finish and smooth, even flavor kept it coming throughout the rest of the session.
Overall very solid and really quite nicely done
05-29-2011 05:44:47 | More by mikesgroove
3.93/5 rDev +5.1%
Pours dark almost pitch black with a plush tan head. When I hold it up to the light I can see mahogany around the edges of the glass.
Very complex, espresso with hints of milk chocolate and deep earthy notes of moss and burnt malts.
Tastes earthy right off the bat with fresh ground coffee, and notes of dark chocolate. Nothing Oyster about it similar to Samual Adams attempt at an Oyster stout. It just tastes so right it can't be wrong. The more I let the stout warm I can taste plums and some figs along with the coffee and chocolate.
Creamy and delicious, very easy to drink surprisingly even with the intense malt and flavor characteristics.
I like this Oyster stout much better than Sam Adams Oyster stout, much more complex and exactly what a stout should taste like
05-24-2011 01:46:15 | More by TheHopMonster
3.58/5 rDev -4.3%
Really excited to try this one. Black yet not opaque, scent was of roasted malts, cant really pick up on any oyster scent? Taste was of some burnt coffee, char and not oyster per say but more like the oyster broth and the grit afterwards, I happen to like this. Mouthfeel was creamy. I so much wanted this beer to blow mw away, its good but it didn't do that.
05-21-2011 17:22:11 | More by gskitt
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #30 - Island Creek Oyster Stout from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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