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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
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

01-31-2011 15:59:10 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

10-13-2012 23:51:53 | More by t0rin0
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-05-2011 00:46:41 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

08-07-2011 04:45:07 | More by metter98
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

05-29-2011 13:29:51 | More by mikesgroove
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

04-24-2012 02:31:53 | More by kylehay2004
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

On-tap 2/6/2011 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains lager yeast, dark caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, some fruit and some spices come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer but there are better ones within the style.

02-08-2011 17:27:27 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

04-24-2012 02:35:00 | More by nickfl
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

01-04-2011 02:50:27 | More by Jason
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

I'm not expecting a lot from this one.

A fluffy fizzy head of 1 finger fades semi slowly over super dark molasses hazy brown color.

Nose of sweet malts, syrups, a bit of molasses, some dark wheats, bit of cola, somewhat watery.

Taste has some lighter dark malts and wheats, light syrups, little molasses, brown sugar, light bitterness, light oak, no real booze, watery. Finish a little sticky and a short syrupy malt finish bit of dryness.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, little watery and lower but decent enough carbonation.

Drink is ok, somewhat watery light sticky finish but no real off flavors.

12-20-2010 04:45:13 | More by jlindros
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WesWes

New York

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy off-white/tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, pale, Munich, and crystal malt scent along with a subtle oak aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a bone dry, roasted and caramel malt flavor. It goes down smooth with little in the way of yeast esters, but a dry lager finish. The oak character is faint to mild as it seems to meld nicely with a roasted malt flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer, although I'm a little disappointed with this beer. It's a beer with much potential, but like most of their offerings it falls short of expectations.

01-25-2011 20:14:23 | More by WesWes
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured a clear reddish-brown with a nice tan head that receded quite a bit. Roasty malts and caramel in the nose. Malts and bread in the taste, with subtle wood/oak, and a bit of spiced fruits. Medium body, and overall pretty drinkable, but not overly memorable.

05-09-2011 18:35:11 | More by Rifugium
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Mora2000

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

05-07-2011 01:28:36 | More by Mora2000
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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

From 12/24/10 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent amber color with two inches of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, oak, nuts, toasted malts, and dark fruits.

t - Tastes of oak, caramel malts, nuts, fruit malts, roasted malts, and toasted malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth.

d - An ok dunkel, but didn't blow me away. Wouldn't seek out again but would be willing to try again.

12-27-2010 21:33:13 | More by mdfb79
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +6%

Impressive over-the-rim, tight head. The head has a tinge of beige to it. While receding, it leaves streaky lace and a rich, fine-bubbled dome. The liquid is a ruby brown (where a bright light can shine through) and appears to be very clear.

Dark and earthy aroma. Mild cream to the nose. No notable hop.

Interesting confluence of flavors, I tasted (in this order) cream, vanilla, mild pepper from hop, chocolate malt with overdone (but not quite burnt) toast, and then some alcohol warmth after the swallow. The body is accurate for a dunkel with a decent level of carbonation. The aftertaste dies quickly but it is complex like the brew itself.

12-17-2010 23:27:53 | More by smcolw
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-21-2013 20:06:35 | More by InspectorBob
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Clear deep amber color. Light medium carbonation and medium bodied. Smokey bread nose and flavor is slight caramel, no oak, balanced, light bitter aftertaste. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Hannaford's Supermarket Concord, NH.

02-24-2011 23:10:29 | More by jdhilt
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

22oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere localish. No more foiled caps for the 100 Barrel Series?

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the clear coppery brown brew. Head holds on well, with lingering lace. Aroma is malty, but none of the oak flavors I was expecting.

Taste starts sweet, fruity in the middle, with a lightly bitter close. Still no oak effect that I can discern. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Beer is good, just doesn't come through with what the label advertises.

01-26-2011 02:34:12 | More by ppoitras
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rab53

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

12-01-2011 07:05:06 | More by rab53
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

01-23-2011 19:28:09 | More by mdaschaf
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wrightst

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9.3%

08-07-2014 16:25:23 | More by wrightst
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Brad007

Vermont

4.1/5  rDev +12%

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.

12-12-2010 03:38:08 | More by Brad007
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a deep garnet with a thinnish off white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of vanilla and a hint of oak dark fruits and a slight bit of caramelized sugars. Taste is dark fruits dark and burnt sugars mixed with hints of oak. Lightly carbonated with a medium body and slick mouthfeel. Reminds me a bit of the Munich Dark that Harpoon used to sell but with deeper flavors. This is a nice subtle dark lager really, I could see myself enjoying these often if this was packaged in 12 ounce six packs.

12-12-2010 04:47:08 | More by johnnnniee
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-09-2012 19:23:38 | More by THECPJ
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

01-16-2011 21:30:26 | More by twiggamortis420
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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #34 - Oak Aged Dunkel from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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