Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #36 - Island Creek Oyster Stout - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
11-22-2011 00:44:55 | More by MacQ32
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.
11-17-2011 02:05:29 | More by pfrdaly
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
11-13-2011 18:45:17 | More by Doshkin
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.
11-13-2011 05:05:58 | More by kbuzz
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #36 - Island Creek Oyster Stout from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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