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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
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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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-15-2012 13:44:44 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-04-2011 23:28:53 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

11-08-2012 03:50:30 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Monster 4 finger milk chocolate head. Black. Not a lot of lace for the head size and thickness.

S: sweetness and roasted aroma.

T: A mild oyster saltiness is present when searched for. The beer is thinner than most stouts. Roasted malt is consistent throughout.

M: More on the medium side for a stout with moderate carbonation.

O: This is basically a standard stout with oyster saltiness that you have to search for.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 00:38:09 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

06-12-2014 23:32:39 | More by Knapp85
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/15/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, lactose, chocolate, roasted males and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with creamy flavors of coffee and milk chocolate. There is a touch of dark fruit in the background as well. The malt character is hearty and on-target for the style. The hops presence is very mild and there’s a mildly bitter bite that comes in that isn’t from the hops. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a flavorful and poundable stout worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 19:46:09 | More by TheManiacalOne
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WesWes

New York

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry roasted scent that boasts of crystal and roasted malts. It's dry with a touch of caramel sweetness. The taste is decent. Again, it has a dry, roasted malt flavor with a touch of caramel sweetness. The oyster contribution is minimal. It contributes a minor amount of mineral character as well as adding mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking beer, but nothing too exciting.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 01:01:37 | More by WesWes
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oline73

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

02-05-2014 01:08:15 | More by oline73
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted nearly three months ago - reviewed from notes:

Pours very dark brown to black with a thin tan head that is well-retained. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is roasty with a strong mineral character.

The taste is roasty with some sweet dark chocolate. It has a minerally, slightly salty finish.

The feel is a bit thin at first, but picks up a bit as it progresses. It works overall.

An "interesting" brew. It has a strong minerally character from the oysters.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 15:43:08 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-28-2011 17:14:35 | More by Rochefort10nh
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Black/brown color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Baked chocolate nose and flavor is baked chocolate, really just a decent stout. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 22:17:38 | More by jdhilt
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.1%

12-25-2012 22:20:03 | More by ejimhof
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rab53

Washington

5/5  rDev +31.6%

12-01-2011 07:00:37 | More by rab53
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark but still slightly translucent with deep brown highlights. The beige/tan cap was very fine and left a lot of lacing on the glass. Tons of roast and sweet malts in the aroma, toffee and burnt malt, sort of a charcoal quality, milk chocolate and a hint of hops. Nice texture, medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation that was soft on the palate. Slight astringency from the dark malts. Sweetness was well balanced in the flavour by dry roast and moderate hop/dark malt bitterness. Notes of caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Overall, it was pretty tasty. I haven't been drinking many stouts lately and this has whetted my appetite for more.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 21:00:08 | More by DrJay
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Brad007

Vermont

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure if this is different from #30 but I will certainly review it anyway.

Pours a pitch-black color with a thin brown head into my glass. Very nice color. Standard for the style. You can't get darker than this.

Roasted malt with a bit of lactic sweetness to it. I honestly don't know what oysters smell like but I can tell that it's a solid stout.

A mixture of cream, roasted malt with a bit of saltiness/chewiness to it. Easy going, easy drinking.

Linger saltiness and roasted malt. Nothing unusual here.

Seems rather identical to #30. Perhaps Harpoon has run out of ideas for this series, hence the re-releases of certain beers?

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 00:59:11 | More by Brad007
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-12-2012 17:24:49 | More by THECPJ
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Vermont brewery. Black beer with a tan head that settles down quickly, nice lacing. Aroma of roast malt, vague coffee and chocolate. Hops are in the background. The taste is similar; the briny metallic oyster note is in there but it’s very subtle. Just a touch of ocean salts; is that the power of suggestion? Metal is definitely present but not in any kind of overpowering way. Sort of interesting; not very big overall. Dry, slightly bitter finish, with medium body and good carbonation. Pretty easy drinking. I choose this one over the Leviathan choices as I had a lot of driving to do afterwards. Worth a shot but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 17:51:36 | More by tobelerone
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 02:36:20 | More by Alieniloquium
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/20/11
*From notes

A: Good color. It's rich, burnt brownie-ruby. I get a two finger head on a decent pour, and moderate yet unremarkable lacing.

S: Extremely earthy, and quite grassy. Malty, yet it features a mild crustacean funk.

T: Slightly metallic up front, then some toast and a really funky (not sour) vibe. Some toasted dirt and low tide ride from the late mid to finish.

M: Oily, though I've found that most oyster stouts tend to be. Just a bit too thin all around.

O: Harpoon's Island Creek Oyster Stout was a longtime want of mine, and I'm thrilled to finally tick this one off of my list. It's one of the better oyster stouts I've had, and would be something I'd enjoy again with a dozen, freshly shucked oysters.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 00:06:49 | More by Rhettroactive
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a tan head. In the aroma, a small roast and hints of sweet lactose and coffee. In the taste, a dry roasted coffee, sweet lactose and a bit salty. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry coffee in the aftertaste. A nice stout, but more coffee than expected, and almost like a milk stout.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2011 14:26:04 | More by OWSLEY069
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-13-2013 12:02:04 | More by pathman
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-10-2011 16:40:28 | More by mhaugo
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jsanford

Georgia

3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 04:12:55 | More by jsanford
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

01-04-2012 01:54:07 | More by IdrinkGas
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

02-11-2012 12:58:18 | More by Tyrawlings
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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #36 - Island Creek Oyster Stout from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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