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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #36 - Island Creek Oyster Stout - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #36 - Island Creek Oyster StoutHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #36 - Island Creek Oyster Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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.

The idea for the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Island Creek Oyster Stout came after years of enjoying locally harvested oysters over freshly brewed pints of beer with our friends from Island Creek. Stouts have long been paired with oysters, though seldom brewed with them. This is our take on the age-old tradition.

Brewed by Bill Leahy 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.

35 IBU

(Beer added by: TheManiacalOne on 05-16-2011)
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Reviews by ghostwalker:
Photo of ghostwalker
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Light, thin, creamy white head. Dark brown body.

The nose is dry, bitter and minerally. That's probably what they are going for here.

Flavor is smooth and coating, but also tart and minerally. Roasty it is, but not overly so. More balanced and (fairly) light than I would expect a stout to be.

Mouthfeel is light, slick, low carb.

Interesting and different. It's good, but not crazy good.

ghostwalker, Jul 04, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -21.1%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +5.3%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of dacrza1
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Situation: Fat Tuesday refreshment before forty days of self-imposed prohibition…
Glassware: “Lovely day for a GUINNESS” pint…
Appearance: dark opaque body with a thick, marshy brown head…
Aroma: a nice pitch of roasted malts and salty seas—that’s not a real description, but it works…
Palate: slick, swift, almost oily texture waxes the tongue…a coating, steadfast aftertaste…
Taste: caramel and brown sugar—a strong combination that sweetens an already thick malty stout…
Overall: the experience is pleasant, smooth, and sweet; I paired it with nothing, so I cannot extol its virtues with said oysters…

dacrza1, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of twowheelssoar
2/5  rDev -47.4%

twowheelssoar, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of pfrdaly
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

Served from a bomber into a standard bar pint glass.

A- Appropriate color for a stout. Dark red-black with an 1/2 of head.

S- Better smell than most stouts I have tried. Was not able to get a sense of the oyster in it from either smell or taste, but perhaps I did not know what to look for when it comes to seafood and beer. Smell was sweet with a hint of smokiness.

T- Once again slightly better than other stouts I have tried, definitely beyond the name brands in my opinion. It was sweet and savory tasting. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Didn't get a real sense of the oyster, but I may have been expecting too much coming from a seacoast town with a seafood tradition.

M- Wasn't as thick as I thought it would be, but it was by no means bad.

O- Coming from the town where Island Creek Oysters is headquartered, I was extremely excited to try this beer. It did not disappoint me. As far as stouts go its not my favorite, but I definitely enjoyed it.

pfrdaly, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of bdub32689
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

bdub32689, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of slasich
4/5  rDev +5.3%

slasich, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of mdvatab
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Found at a great bottle shop in Durham, NC.
Intrigued by oyster stouts in general, and after seeing that this one's actually brewed with oysters, I decided to pick this one up.

Aroma: Nice, malty chocolate, a touch of molasses, vanilla, a bit of earth, but a very faint metallic note. Not a bad aroma profile, metallic note aside.

Appearance: One finger of thick, light tan foam with great retention. Body is dark brown, but the stream of beer is noticeably thinner than many other stouts I've had. (Pours almost like a porter.) Leaves decent lacing.

Flavor: Dry cocoa, carmelized brown sugar, an earthy, mineral note. A very faint metallic twang also comes through here too. Tried to find some flavor attributable to the oysters, and perceived a touch of brine.

Mouthfeel: Very well-carbonated. Medium, creamy effervescence. Body is also medium. As is the flavor, the mouthfeel is a tad bit on the dry side.

Overall: I enjoyed this one with a plate of beef stroganoff, which turned out to be an excellent pairing. The carmelized malt, hoppy/mineral bitterness, and touch of brine worked very well with the beef and hearty sauce. Not necessarily elite "A" material here,
but a unique, tasty brew nonetheless. If you're looking to try a solid oyster stout (that's actually brewed with real oysters!), I recommend giving this one a try.

mdvatab, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%

650 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Nearly black body with a decent tan head. A bit of light passes through. Decent lacing.

Smell - Strong coffee and chocolate aroma. Maybe a bit of licorice. Nice and aromatic.

Taste - Not as good, but not bad. Initial sweetness, but instantly a strong coffee bitterness. The bitterness lingers into an aftertaste that I swear is a bit salty, but that's probably only because it says "Oyster Stout" on the label.

Mouthfeel - Thin bodied, decent carbonation. It holds a long sustained bitterness, but not really any of the good flavors last.

Overall - Not something I'd drink again, but not a drainpour. Not complex at all. The bitterness in the finish is unappealing.

Alieniloquium, Jul 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Kmlund, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of kbuzz
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my trusty snifter. Bottle date is illegible, but I believe this was released in mid-March 2011.

A: Pours relatively black with a light tan minimal head that faded rather quickly. Head comes back to life with a swirl and does manage to leave a bit of lacing.

S: Some nice roasty qualities coming through on the nose. A wee bit of tobacco and vanilla along with some char...

T: The char and roasted notes are there, but muted. There is just a minor hop presence to balance this thing out, but it's very much malt forward. I get a ton of tobacco in the middle of the mouth...teeters on the edge of a smokey quality. Then there's kind of a nice lingering earthy baker's chocolate flavor at the end of the palate. It's by far the best aspect of the taste.

M: Probably just a tad thin for the style, but the texture is still creamy if that's possible. Carbonation might be just a tad high. Also leaves a noticeable film on the mouth.

O: Not a bad beer at all. Very enjoyable sessionable stout. I'll go as far as saying that I love the aftertaste...the lingering filmy dark chocolate/charcoal taste is very unique and quite enjoyable. Not earth-shattering by any stretch, but I would drink this again. For the price, these 100 barrel series beers seem to provide a consistant bang for the buck.

kbuzz, Nov 13, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

trevorpost, Jun 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

innuendobrewskiman63, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of WhitmansNiece
5/5  rDev +31.6%

WhitmansNiece, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of nebula1999
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

nebula1999, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of Doshkin
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

a - extremely dark brown, basically black. lots of head, cream colored, leaves a lot of sticky lacing

s - roasted/smokey/tobacco dominates the smell. i didnt catch any oyster in the smell from my first glass, but i also didnt smell it right away. as soon as i poured the second glass and smelled it, i got a strong oyster smell. for some reason it goes away as the beer settles.

t - all of the roasted/smokey/tobacco comes through in the taste, with the addition of some hints of chocolate and coffee. there is a little hop bitterness in the aftertaste, but it's strange how the actual finish doesn't leave much of a flavor.

m - quite light and carbonated. i get some sort of chalky feeling. the beer isn't really dry at all, but i don't know what other word to use besides chalky mouthfeel

o - lots of unique flavors and smells in this beer! i am usually skeptical when i see exotic words like "oyster" because i often don't see where the word is found in the beer. i distincly found the "oyster" in the smell of this beer when freshly poured.
overall this beer is enjoyable and i'm glad i bought it. if you want a heavy stout, though, you shouldnt go with this one

Doshkin, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%

A - Very dark brown with a creamy mocha head that settles to a pillowy haze, leaving ring of lacing.
S - Roasty aromas of dark malt, bitter chocolate, and a touch of coffee. Not really getting any oyster aromas, this just smells like a roasty Porter to me.
T - More roasted malt and bitter chocolate with just a whisper of brine. Decent, but definitely lacking the oyster character I wanted.
M - Smooth and creamy, with a medium-full mouthfeel and lowish carbonation.
O - Underwhelming Oyster Stout, definitely wanted more.

jsanford, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +5.3%

tclapper, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

From notes June 4,2011
Session 36
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours dark brown with and inch and a half of tan head.

S - The aroma is smokey, roasted malt with some chocolate notes.

T - The taste is rich roasted malt with some smokiness. I also get some chocolate. It finishes with a slight bitterness.

M - It is very smooth with low carbonation.

O - This is a pretty good beer. My only knock is a burnt taste on the finish.

buschbeer, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of IdrinkGas
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of devilben02
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

This beer pours a luxurious, deep chestnut brown color with a thick, creamy beige head on top. The aroma is pleasant but somewhat common for a stout, with notes of dark cocoa powder and charcoal being most prevalent. The flavor is similarly both dryly chocolaty and nicely roasted, with only a faint, dull, vaguely herbal bitterness for contrast. I was disappointed, however, that the minerality of the oyster shells didn't come through at all for me. The texture is great, with a creamy body being punctuated by a soft, fine carbonation. Overall, I was expecting something different and interesting from this beer, especially considering the fact that I had misinterpreted the meaning of "100 Barrel Series" as implying some kind of barrel aging, but it is just a common dry stout. I do enjoy a well-made dry stout, though, so my disappointment was quickly forgotten.

devilben02, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured into a New Holland pint glass. Pours a deep russet brown with ruby highlights. A two fingered, light tan head sits atop, takes a while to drop, leaving some nice lacing.

Aromas of roast malt, flinty, some chocolate notes.

Flavors of light roasted malt, weak coffee, and a nice minerally quality. Touch of licorise.

Mouthfeel is light/medium, with a good level of carbonation.

Overall a very nice brew. Try it if you can get your hands on it. This would go very nicely with raw oysters.

JamnesCameron, Jul 29, 2011
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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #36 - Island Creek Oyster Stout from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.