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

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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

ohtheguilt, Jul 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

JRPritt, Apr 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

enelson, Mar 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

jongullotti, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

EvanWilliams, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Treyliff
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Treyliff, Jan 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +27%

mbs11, Jan 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

trojankeg, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

bornridiculous, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

wagner617, Dec 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

WassailWilly, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

waiting4lunch, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of ianjsullivan
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ianjsullivan, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

BeerAndBourbon, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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."

jondeelee, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of n2185
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

n2185, Aug 01, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

sethmeister, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

bishopdc0, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of Damian
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Damian, Jun 05, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

allengarvin, May 30, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

mikesgroove, May 29, 2011
Photo of TheHopMonster
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Mouth feel:
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

TheHopMonster, May 24, 2011
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #30 - Island Creek Oyster Stout from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
84 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.