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

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BA SCORE
83
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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 waiting4lunch
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz into bell's pint glass. $5.59 @ Nikki's liquors.

A- Nice dark caramel brown and a big off-white head. Some lacing, pretty nice retention on the glass. Creamy when it settles.

S- Mild malt sweetness/dark fruit, no oak in the nose.

T- Mellow sweet malts and a light oak spiciness. Plums and apples, very mild, not overly sweet. Mild lingering bitterness. Really a fantastic flavor profile. Lots of flavor, but it's all in check, nothing dominating or overpowering anything else.

M- Light-bodied, refreshing, great balance of flavors. Can't get enough.

D- 5 of 5, I killed this bomber faster than I could believe. I am really impressed at this one. Harpoon can really bang out the German styles. More, please!

Photo of beerMeh
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of cichief
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a fluted glass.

A- pours a very nice mahogeny brown, without any haze. Very nice brown head of foam.

S- Not aa strong hop smell, but a little toffee sweetness.

T- Strong malt backbone, sweetish, but well balanced.

M- Smooth, almost creamy, no alcohol noted, medium on the tongue.

D- A very nice beer on a cold night, not too strong, and well balanced.

Photo of Beeradelphia
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of horshack7
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: A dark mahogany with amber hues around the edges topped with a off white spongey head. The head retention is not to bad.

Aroma: To start there is a breadiness in the nose paired with roasted hops. Mild notes of toffee. The hops are more to the floral end. From the malt end is a little bit of caramel malt with a hint of brown bread.

Taste: A very smooth mouthfeel. At the begining is a roasted hop characther along side dark malts that were roasted slightly. At the end is a little bit of a hop bite.

Notes: This one I like and would buy again quite the tasty beer. Cheers.

Photo of gcamparone
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a La Trappe goblet. Thanks Andrew and Sara for gifting this to me!

A- Pours a muddy brown, hazy body with a small off-white head that reduces quickly and leaves no lacing.

S- Vanilla and oak predominate the nose.. caramel, dark fruits, and toffee take background.

T- Oak and sweet caramel, molasses, nutty notes, vanilla, some smokeyness on the finish.

M- Somewhat thin but expected with this style. medium-low carbonation.

Very nice, balanced, and extremely drinkable. Subtle characteristics that really work together define this German style, and the barrel adds an extra dimension that works well.

Photo of Brad007
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red color with a one-finger head into my glass. Nice presentation here.

Aroma is full of oak with a sweet, cocoa-like essence to greet the nose. Very interesting.

Taste contains hints of oak and sweet malt upfront. The oak isn't really prominent but it does not overwhelm the senses like it could.

Mouthfeel has lingering sweet malt and slight oak hints. Very subtle.Carbonation feels just right.

Decent and enjoyable, this is not to be missed. I'm not sold on the oak-aging but otherwise, it's fine.

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.

Photo of Durge
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ohoove for cellaring this for a couple years so we could appreciate something better than the masses apparently experienced in earlier tastings. This brew is a deep brown color with golden-copper edges. The head is a modest, off-white cover that hangs on well and leaves a similarly modest trace of lace. The aroma says lots of hot cereal malt, like heavy duty Maypo. Very nice and reminds me of many of my own home brew mash tun scents. Simple but oh so satisfying. The taste comes on with much the same theme, only it's a tad disappointing in being a little less emphatic than the aroma suggested. But it's not really bad at all. The malt delivers a slight evergreen edge and maybe a little root beer and certainly a deep oak, as advertized. The body is solidly medium with very subtle carbonation, a tad flat for a smooth, somewhat aqueous feel. This is a tasty malt brew that goes down easily. Also easily recommended.

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

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.

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.

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of j89de
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of trojankeg
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very thin head on a brownish-amber murky body. Little lacing.

S: nice dark/caramel malt with a subtle vanilla, dark fruit, mostly cherry note.

T: fairly rich, sweet caramel malts with some dark fruit and spicey notes. the oak is very mild with more nutty and toffee notes noted.

M: medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: nice and drinkable. not much of the oak barrel aging coming through with this one. Still flavorful.

Photo of pdbconcord
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles slowly but leaves only light lace.

S - A mild nose of light caramel and sweet bready malt with just a touch of toasted wood.

T - Smooth, sweet malt up front with notes of caramel and toffee. Some lightly spicy hops in the middle with more toffee. Finishes with smooth brown sugar and light bitterness as well as a lingering touch of vanilla.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Very smooth and well made, the base beer is quite good, which work out well because the oak aging is very subtle. A little vanilla is really all the barrel seems to have added but it is still a nicely made beer.

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice malty brew, soft with a nicely oak accent.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. (First bottle of the 100 barrel series that leaves the foiled top and replaces it with a neck label, which works just as well.) Simple front label design with a loose attempt at a limited release image with signature of the brewer. Includes a small paragraph noting the name of the ale and intent. Shows best by date (03/15/11) Notes IBUs (30), OG (15.2), and Alc. by Vol. (5.7%) Served into a snifter.

A - Brown pour with deep amber-brown edges, rich frothy head, good retention, and some splashes of lacing.

S - Gentle nose, general sweet malt sense accented with vanilla notes.

T - Bready malts, caramel and sweet barley, sense of the lager yeast, coated with a fine layer of vanilla, oak. Relatively subdued but in a nice cogent sense.

M - Medium body and carbonation, smooth flow.

D - Nice flow, rather easy with a nice range overall.

Notes: Not a brew for the ages, but this is rather nice. Soft malt sense with a nice touch of vanilla/oak. Good quality/price ratio, and well worth the try.

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #34 - Oak Aged Dunkel from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
83 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.