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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #34 - Oak Aged Dunkel - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
83
good

101 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Our Oak Aged Dunkel is brewed using traditional German ingredients and aged on American Oak. The brew itself is highlighted by Munich malt, Tettnang hops, and German Ale yeast, resulting in a clean, earthy flavor.

After primary fermentation is complete, we transfer the beer to a secondary aging vessel containing oak infusion spirals. These oak spirals contribute subtle,woody sweetness and vanilla notes. The wood complements the malt character and adds a layer of complexity to the delicate, herbal hops.

The result is a pleasing, drinkable autumn beer. The best place to enjoy this beer is during the winter, next to a roaring fire, along with a bratwurst.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: ManVersusBeer on 11-22-2010)
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Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bottle with a batch #.

Dark mahogany color glows in the light with a bit of clarity, dense rocky off-white head stays for a while. Herbal hop, toasted bread and a faint brushing of oak. Smooth palate with a dry pulling mouth feel. Initial blast of maltiness throws some sweetness, toasted grain and light biscuity flavors at the taste buds. Hops chime in with some bitterness to balance and subtle flavor in the finish. Oakiness comes around and adds some depth and pull on the palate. Dry end with toasted grain and oak.

A good quaff, not sure if the oak takes away from the drinkability or not though I was expecting a pinch more malt depth here. Regardless, a good beer all around.

Jason, Jan 04, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Aaron420
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one from the bot3tle into a regular pint glass.

A: Poured a medium brown that was rather translucent, with a very small creamy colored head that left quickly.

S: Mostly Munich malts with a very faint hint of oak and very little hops.

T: Pretty much the same thing as you smell except that it had a little bit of a dark fruit note that came threw.

M: Very smooth feel with a little carbonation but not to much.

D: Has a very smooth finish, could defiantly drink a few of these in one evening. Not a great beer but not a bad one at all.

Aaron420, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at the Great Lost Bear

It was presented as cloudy amber with a 2 fingers of head a nice lace forms

The aroma is nice. Malt with a flowery hop aroma a slight oak comes but it is faint.

The taste is nice perfect to drink the taste is malt to start and has a flowery citrus finish. there are hints of a woodyness but it is not overpowering

bishopdc0, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brownish-red color with a small tan head. The aroma is a mix of oak, toffee, wood, caramel and a little bit of cocoa. The flavor is heavy on the oak and chocolate as well as some toffee. I also get a little bit of cream in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad.

Mora2000, May 07, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes, 1/19.

A: Pours dark brown/ruby with small head formation but good retention. Decent lacing.

S. A good bit of caramel as well as some biscuity malts as well. A little vanilla and oak also.

T: Similar to the nose, caramel and biscuit, some darker fruit shows up. The oak and vanilla flavors come through nicely.

M/D: Medium bodied. Has a clean finish, but a little dry. Overall, its solid, nothing spectacular.

mdaschaf, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark amber, slightly relaxed look with a minimal off-white head, spreads out quick.

Smokey, Scottish-like malt aroma at first,heavy with some mild vanilla-oak and slightly earthy.

The flavor is heavy on the malt, relaxed medium feel, mild liquor and heat, sweet and smokey malt with relaxed earthiness that tries to give it a boost of energy.

The relaxed feel and vibe with only mild complexity keeps this one from glory.

GratefulBeerGuy, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of BennyL1
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe

A - The brew pours a nice mahogany color with a small foamy tan head. Spotty lacing is present along the glass too.

S - Aroma is mostly of caramel and Munich malts. A faint whiff of the oak is in there as well, wish there was a bit more in there though. Hints of hops in the background.

T - The malts up front make their presence known up front. The oak rounds out the flavor nicely, a little on the subtle side but not bad. Good roasty quality in there too. A small hop bite in the finish makes for an overall solid taste.

M - Medium bodied with a fairly small amount of carbonation. Nice and smooth going down.

D - A very nice Dunkel offering from Harpoon. I've really been digging the 100 Barrel Series lately and this brew is no different. I will probably be buying another one of these.

BennyL1, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of twowheelssoar
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

twowheelssoar, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bang-on creation by Harpoon, who often do these underappreciated styles. Nice social sssionable drinkability. Yeasty aroma, not its best point but OK. Good brown coloured body, lacey. A little sourness, that builds up and probably the sourness is enhanced by the wood. The aftertaste leaves a residual woodyness.

Sammy, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of hreb
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle "Best by 3/15/11" stamped on. Refrigerated and poured into US pint glass Beer pours a beautiful chestnut brown with a paler, thick tawny head. Aroma is faint or nil.

Sharply carbonated and very little up front hoppiness. But the depth of this beer comes out in the middle: full bodied, gentle oak flavors. A welcome refreshment from over-oaked beers that have been popular with US craft breweries the past couple years. I would have guessed oak aged English brown as much as German dunkel, though.

I give it a solid B+.

hreb, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +9.3%

jheezee, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Doppelbockulus, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of slasich
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

slasich, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear pretty ruby brown color with a large airy off-white head that settles into a sparse cap leaving some spotty lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of a rich bready malt, caramel, honey, a light metallic note and some sugar. Didn't really pick up any oak on the nose. The malt seems a bit different than your traditional munichen dunkels.

The flavor is of toasted malts, bready, with a touch of smoke or charred wood. I really dig the toasted and charred wood flavor, quite tasty, but the beer doesn't really have any munich malt flavors and the oak must be very subtle cuz I ain't picking up much of it. Perhaps a bit of a "dry" flavor but not that oaky sourness.

The feel is very light, especially for the style. Prickly carbonation leads to a fairly crisp feel and the beer finishes with a slightly bitter toasted malt presence.

I like this beer, tastes good but doesn't quite fit as a dunkel so I downgraded as such. The oak doesn't really come through as well. I must say, though, I like this beer and it drinks very well.

Gmann, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of Kinsman
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut colored body with lighter ruby highlights and a light pale looking head about a finger thick that faded into a nice lace around the glass.

Aroma is full of caramel sweetness and some bready malt flavors. Not much picked up from the oak aging in aroma so far but it does open up a bit more as it warms.

Flavor is full of malt sweetness, right up there with the best Dunkels from Germany. Oak aging seems to pair well with this style, giving a slightly vanilla-flavor that matches well with the nutty caramel malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and chewy, feeling rather full for such a relatively low ABV beer.

Kinsman, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of bum732
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Soft bready notes, bread crust, some pumpernickle, some oak, herbal, perhaps some fennel.

L: Clear reddish brown, decent light tan head that dissipates.

T: Soft bread crusts with some herbal bitterness. Low bitterness leads to some herbal dryness with just a touch of oak. Very clean finish.

M: Medium full body, low carbonation.

Not bad, i wasn't completely impressed, the oak doesn't really shine either. Still tasty, not sure if it was worth the "100 barrel series".

bum732, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle with an expiration date of 03/15/11. Sampled on December 16, 2010. The pour is a mahogany amber brown with a little copper. There are a couple inches of head that slowly fade. The aroma is full of dark roasted grains, a bit of malts, and a hint of oak. The taste has a nice malty bitterness with a twinge of tart.

puboflyons, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of nebula1999
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber bottle from the cellar, purchased Dec 2010.
Off white head, brown liquid.
Mild aroma. Malty, not a lot of hops. Very faint oak, not much.
Tastes of grain, mild hops, somewhat abrasive.
Slight creaminess to mouthfeel. Medium body.
This one might have begun to turn. “Old”, but still drinkable. Its best days have passed.

nebula1999, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown, rusty brown in color with a good bit of cloudiness that seemed to settle itself out after a few minutes. A small but persistent head of off white formed on the top and managed to hang around for a good bit before settling out.

Aroma is deep and dark from the start. Rich dark caramel notes are all over this one. Vanilla, hints of oak, Roasted nuts, some brown sugar, dark frits, figs maybe? Really just complex as I even pull a touch of vanilla through after a few minutes. Really nice, and quite full feel for the style, due in most part to near perfect carbonation. This allows the flavor to roll across the palate and really just cling to every ounce of taste buds you have. Caramel, bready notes, hints of light spice are all leading the charge here as each sip seems to become better and better. Warming brings the roasted nut flavor out again and the deep, resonant hop notes seal the deal and leave a light drying flavor on the palate and a resonant vanilla flavor.

mikesgroove, May 29, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite malty and has some flavors of caramel. There are some hints of sweetness in the initial taste and the finish has some notes of oak and hints of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn’t go down quite as easily as other Munich Dunkel Lagers; however the oak adds an interesting dimension to the taste and keeps it from being sweet.

metter98, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark amber/mahogany in color with a small off white head that settles into a thin lacing.

s: sweet, rich caramel malt aromas with subtle herbal hop character....oak (vanilla-ish) notes. nice.

t: big rich, malty flavors with notes of caramel with a noticible vanilla oak backbone. adds a pleasantly sweet, sticky feeling in the mouth that makes you want more. well done.

m: smooth mouthfeel;

i'm surprised i enjoyed this as much as i did. i think the bottle was pretty overpriced (around $7) but i'm glad i tried it and would recommend it to any malt fanatic in a heartbeat.

tzieser, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of beerMeh
4.5/5  rDev +23%

beerMeh, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber pours a clear, medium brown color with a large and fluffy tan head. Nice retention and lacing. Quite an attractive beverage here.

Nose shows more dunkel than barrel, which I think works in the beers favor here as the oak is fairly subtle. The base beer smells like a quality dunkel lager with a touch of roast and some sweet-ish malt additions.

The oak comes out to play a bit more on the taste, but surprisingly the beer tastes like it would be a damn fine session dunkel even without the oak. I really enjoy the toasted wood and light coconut tones that the oak impart. Has a delicate feel to it that is nicely balanced. I really appreciate the 100-barrel series and like the fact that not all the beers are booze-bombs. Good brew here, and I must admit that I have bought more than one of these since it has arrived on the shelves here.

twiggamortis420, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of claspada
2.48/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Aroma is very English in nature which is odd. A tea-like bready sweet caramel maltiness but not too significant. Light candy-like fruitiness, and some faint dark malt. Slight floral hops. The overall smell is muted. No wood detected at all which is a disappointment.

The taste unfortunately follows the nose and again it is fairly neutral, but nothing really bad. Sweet malt, toasted malt, and some extremely light wood and hop earthiness. A lighter body than I would like. A bit thin and watered down feeling. Easy enough to drink though. No need to seek out, sample or re-purchase. A miss for me...

claspada, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of PBoegel
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into Dogfish Head Snifter cause that is what I had clean and in hand.

Good clarity, a nice deep amber with some red highlights and a light beige head.

Aromas of concord grape, mud, moss, and unfinished sanded oak.

Flavor is slightly melanoidin, good crisp touch of concord grape expressed from the Munich Malt and touches of oak wood in a nice balance.

Good drinker with a medium-light body, moderately carbonated and highly quaffable.

PBoegel, Jan 02, 2011
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