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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:
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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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buschbeer

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 17:30:49 | More by buschbeer
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Kromes

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a tan colored head. Nice lacing down the glass.

S: A roasted grainy malt aroma with some fresh ground breakfast coffee.

T: The flavor is way better than the aroma. There is a sweet roasted malt with a touch of chocolate and coffee that finishes with a bit of earthy saltiness from what I'm guessing is the oyster.

M: A bit thick and rather high carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. The full roasted flavor is complex and the earthy saltiness complements the sweetness very well.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 22:57:43 | More by Kromes
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1.5" mocha colored head. Clear dark raw umber brown. Smell is mainly coffee and dark roasted malt. I'd expect at least a smell of oyster sauce but no. Taste has lots of coffee, dark roasted malt, maybe a little cocoa, and I don't really get oyster but maybe instead a drop of soy sauce. All in all as a stout it has good flavor but as an oyster stout I don't think it expressed the oyster enough. But I'll admit I'm no expert on oyster stouts.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 05:46:49 | More by MoreThanWine
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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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Sam21

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased for ~$5. Poured into pint glass.

Appearance – Dark brown body with excellent clarity. Not quite opaque when held to natural light. Tight creamy tan head that leaves nice lace. A delicious looking beer.

Smell – Toast, light roast coffee, subtle sweetness, and a unique mineral twang in the back.

Taste – The flavors are light and balanced. They dance across the tongue very delicately. Toasted wheat bread, soft bitter coffee roasts, and light sweetness. The mineral flavors come through late and round out and tame the roasted flavors to an extent. These flavors linger on the tongue with a touch of bitter roast for a decent length that keeps you drinking.

Mouthfeel – Medium body with decently creamy carbonation. Lively enough to entertain the tongue, but smooth enough to quaff ad nauseam.

Drinkability – A wonderfully quaffable stout. If only I had some fresh oysters…

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 19:23:16 | More by Sam21
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I see that this is listed twice under the "100 Barrel" series (#30 and #36). I think many are still reviewing this under the #30 edition, but my bottle clearly says #36, so the review goes here. This is my first "Oyster Stout," so I'm excited to give it a try. 22oz bottle, split with my wife. Poured my allotment into a tall chalice.

Pours a dark black (surprise) with a finger-width beige head. Wispy lace stuck to the glass after each sip. Nothing in the nose told me that this was anything other than a standard stout -- dark roasted malts, charred wood, coffee grounds. Nice nose. The body was a little on the thin side. Though the ABV is lower, I still expected a bit more heft to this. Mild cocoa on the tongue, toasted malts, light hop bite. Not sure what the oysters add to this as I can't seem to find any aspect that's different than any other standard stout I've had. Pretty average, not that that's a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 14:07:08 | More by Onenote81
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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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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #36 - Island Creek Oyster Stout from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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