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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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sailorastro

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-15-2011 13:25:57 | More by sailorastro
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jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-13-2011 20:17:00 | More by jak
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-10-2011 16:40:28 | More by mhaugo
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smchenry75

Indiana

3/5  rDev -21.1%

12-06-2011 00:25:35 | More by smchenry75
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-05-2011 02:18:42 | More by tclapper
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-04-2011 23:28:53 | More by kjkinsey
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rab53

Washington

5/5  rDev +31.6%

12-01-2011 07:00:37 | More by rab53
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codon2004

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-29-2011 18:58:38 | More by codon2004
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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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trisweb

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-27-2011 06:59:06 | More by trisweb
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WhitmansNiece

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-25-2011 20:46:44 | More by WhitmansNiece
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splendidsplinter

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-25-2011 02:46:19 | More by splendidsplinter
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-24-2011 15:57:49 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very very deep brown, nice half finger of thin mocha colored head with fair retention, leaves a nice thin lacing over the beer, solid lacing. Looks a little thin, not super thin but don't anticipate this to be full bodied.

S - Very smokey/woody, roasty bitterness - nice. Picking up some good oyster flavors. a little bit of vanilla too. I do agree with others on the slightly metallic aromas.

T - Mmmmm tastes like it smells plus chocolate that was hidden by the roastyness. Good variety of roasty flavors, not picking up much oyster in the taste though.

M - Light for sure, but pretty nice distinct bitter roasty taste given the body, appropriate carbonation. It's light but that's ok there are plenty of thicker full bodied brews I could go with if that's what I'm shooting for

O - Definitely light but if I am in the mood for a nice roasty porter but something light and really drinkable this is a good one for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 00:44:55 | More by MacQ32
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-20-2011 20:29:57 | More by DoctorB2B
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Eastsideinside

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-19-2011 01:28:15 | More by Eastsideinside
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-18-2011 21:40:01 | More by waiting4lunch
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pfrdaly

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -47.4%

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paulmcm

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-15-2011 17:23:44 | More by paulmcm
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-15-2011 05:43:02 | More by Lawnboy33
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Travisnin

Idaho

5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-14-2011 08:32:57 | More by Travisnin
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Doshkin

Maine

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 18:45:17 | More by Doshkin
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 05:05:58 | More by kbuzz
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mdvatab

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 02:52:37 | More by mdvatab
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #36 - Island Creek Oyster Stout from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
85 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.