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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #45 - Directors' Cut - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Reviews: 26
Hads: 119
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rab53 on 02-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"With a malty sweetness, subtle hops, and a hint of smoke, this beer blends two distinct styles, Pale Ale and Stout, to make one phenomenal beer." Brewed in the style of a Black & Tan Ale. This is entry #45 of Harpoon's 100 Barrel Series, released January 2013. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foamy light brown head over an opaque medium brown-red body with high clarity. Carbonation is plentiful, retention is good. Lacing is light and streaked. 4

(Smell) Notes of bready sweet caramel, pale malts with a subtle graininess, floral and mild spicy hop character. Clean, roasty smoke is faint but evident. 3.5

(Taste) Light caramel malt syrup sweetness with a creeping light roast malt over a light pale malt body. Hops provide a very mild hop flavor and a subtle earthy bitterness. A bit lighter in flavor than expected with a mild thinness, accented by the cleanliness of the drink. The flavor is enjoyable, even if too light. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is light, thin, dry. Carbonation generates a mellow carbonation for a very light and mild mouthfeel, near flat in presentation. Body is medium+ for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is nearly even, perhaps a touch sweet over bitter with a notable lightness promoting high drinkability. Alcohol presence is light. 3.5

(Overall) Although I'd prefer to keep away from these pre-packaged black & tans, this one is fairly enjoyable, albeit expectedly thin. Very clean, well balanced, very lightly-bodied. One could certainly enjoy the bottle by itself, although to others it may leave something to be desired. I find myself craving a nice, roasty, smoky stout following this bottle without the complications of a pale ale. 3.5

Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall's
100 Barrel Series: #45: Director's Cut

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Photo of Hopsuds
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Overall really good beer. Heavy start of molasses, followed by some hops, caramel, and vanilla.
Finishes with coffee, toffee, and ash. This beer really moves along the palate. Would drink again, but only to share with friends. Too rich to drink more than one.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 100 Barrel Series, poured into a pint glass. The beer was a dark brown color with a tan head. The head was fairly large to begin with, but dissipated quickly.

Aroma of caramel malt and smoke. A little bit of chocolate and dark fruit.

The taste followed the nose. Smoky caramel, chocolate, and plum.

A smooth beer. I thought the smokiness worked well.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My bottle says enjoy by 5/5/13, however I'm liking the dryness of the porter with a matching leafy herbal pale ale...that seems to be what this beer is all about the porter has much more ruby highlights than normal, basically a pre bottled version of a black and tan (or pale/stout and pale/golden ale). Labels aside I see a beautiful dark beer with tan textured lacing, very dark body almost opaque nearly black but with ruby highlights from the blending of tow styles. Nose takes on some earthy pine cone scented hops marriage with a dark black ale, the blend of the two beers brings some decadent tones to my senses. Flavors embrace the palate with malt complexity and herbal hops that's basically what's happening here not a bad stick in the bunch love you guys.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hits the Duvel tulip with a decent khaki hued head, large bubbled and settling quickly over a deep brownish amber colored body...almost Coca-Cola like in appearance. The nose isn't too spectacular: light roasted malt with some sweetness backing it. I get a fruity/dark malt first impression, mild hopping, light bodied. Drinks easy, light roastiness and hop floweriness finishes it out. Goes down quick, tasty. Nice dark session ale here.

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Photo of plaid75
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at TJ Finley's, Bayshore, NY.

Poured a black hue with amber edges beneath a one finger foamy off white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured light roasted malts with a touch of hop spice.

The taste consisted of smooth roasted malts, maybe a touch of black malt and a springy hop spice.

The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth.

Overall a tasty concoction.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is an amber highlighted, dark brown coloring with a thin, frothy, light tan head that settles into a sparse filmy coating. Nose of roast coffee, light and smooth, with a touch of hoppiness. Flavors are roast initially, both coffee and nut sweetness to follow, with a sharp, bitter hops presence developing quickly at the end of the palate. The hops presence cleans the palate, leaving a slightly resiny but clean aftertaste. The carbonation keeps the body light, and the finish is dry and clean. Very interesting brew, and very dynamic flavors.

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Photo of hreb
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cold 22oz served in tumbler glass. Beer pours a deep, dark red color topped with a nice thick tan head. Giant soda-like bubbles throughout. Smells like a middle of the road amber ale, with a faint whiff of yeast. Flavor combines the amber malt body with relatively aggressive hopping for the style. It's even a tiny bit citrusy. While the flavor in the front of the mouth is not particularly sweet, bitterness really comes through in the middle. I'd say the stout portion is a little bit Earthy, but I wouldn't go so far as to call it smokey. Drinkable but forgetable.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger khaki head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Nice deep ruby color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is pine hops, flavor is mellow pine hops more like a pale ale than a stout. Moderate bitter finish. $6.35 for a 22oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH

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Photo of jondeelee
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Directors’ Cut opens to a sweet, grainy aroma. The sweetness comes in several forms, including a nice assortment of dark fruit esters in the form of plum and fig, as well as light fruit esters in cherry, berry, and apricot; and an additional dark strain of brown sugar, caramel, light molasses, and vanilla. A faint, subtle layer of ash, tobacco, and roasted nut adds earthiness. There’s also a nice layer of sweet pink grapefruit, as well as touches of pine. As a whole, the nose is complex, featuring aromas of both Pale Ale and Stout, but blended together in such a manner as to make the aromas symbiotic, the sweet sugars playing well off of the darker notes. The result is very nice, having as one of its only faults a marked lightness, the aromas fading rather quickly in the bottle.

On the tongue, the beer opens with an initial thrust of light ash, tobacco, and roasted nut, this joined rather quickly by the mixed bag of sugars noted in the nose: berry, cherry, and apricot, as well as fig and prune fruit esters, made more complex by brown sugar, light molasses, and a thin thread of vanilla. Held on the tongue long enough, the Stout flavors show through the most strongly, the latter part of the mouthful heavy on ash and tobacco, these notes also dominating the aftertaste. Subsequent sips reveal a good, light hop presence, bringing grapefruit and pine to mingle nicely with the fruits and sugars. Mouthfeel is a surprisingly watery medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, there is a lot to like in this beer, and the mingling of Pale Ale and Stout brings a nice, complementary series of flavors. The beer’s main faults lie in that the result feels somewhat watery and weak, the Pale Ale perhaps overly tempering the Stout, this shown in the rather low 6.25% ABV. An extra few notches up the sugar scale would have done nicely, especially if the ratio of Pale Ale to Stout flavors were somehow maintained.

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Photo of Kendo
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is dark brown (appears black when no backlighting) with mahogany hues on the edges. Very small, thin, grayish film of a head on top.

S: Reminds me of Saranac Black and Tan, which I used to drink quite a bit of say about 16-18 years ago. Some citrus, some earthiness and a modestly smoky charcoal.

T: This black-and-tan mix of a stout and a pale ale ends up coming across very much like a modestly hoppy porter. There's roasty malt, stale coffee and charcoal up front followed by a general earthiness with some citrusy and piney hops at the back end.

M: Call it medium in heft, the carbonation is active but fine, resulting in a nice feel on the palate.

O: This is solid - nothing earth-shattering, but an easy drinker with a good blend of flavors.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 2/12/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted and caramelized malts, honey, chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, honey and chocolate. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer worth drinking for a while if you’re looking something a bit different.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Harpoon - 100 Barrel Series #45 - Director's Cut - 1pt 6fl oz bottle

Look - Pours quite dark (duh) with a slight brown/amber hue around the sides and apparent when held up to the light. Medium, foamy head. Good lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell - Chocolate, coffee beans, smoked wood (oak?) with malty overtones. No noticeable hops from the pale ale side.

Taste - Carbonated, malty zest with smoky oak from the barrel. Slight coffee/chocolate overtones. Traces of pale are hops at the end, which is nice.

Mouthfeel - Rests toasty warm in the middle. Pale ale rests slightly to the sides. Irish-style stout with a little extra kick at the end.

Overall - I would call this one a stout with a dash of pale ale. Nonetheless, I found it to be unique and quite tasty, surprisingly drinkable. Stout lovers I am sure would enjoy this brew.

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Photo of Sammy
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decent stout interupted by this pale ale. I think detracts rather than adds. The bit of smoke in the initial aroma and taste was nice. After that a pleasant and drinkable beer, although nothing outstanding to say about it, other than slightly thick mouthfeel though a drop of acidity.Bottle from recent Premiere trip.

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Photo of IAmLegend1623
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a stout, but ends like an ale. Medium dark color with a thin head.

Smokey flavor, slightly dry, earthy, mildly bitter, somewhat chocolate tinged and with a citrus laced end.

One of the reasons I like this beer is the flavor. Semi-sweet while still light. You get the feeling of a stout, but with half the body. Like that of a black & tan.

Taste lingers long after you've finished the glass. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of palma
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown body. Looks more like a stout than a pale ale.

Roasty nose. Dry nose. Smoke.

Burnt malt. Medium hoppiness. Irish dry stout puckering charcoal flavor. Unsweetened cocoa powder. Decent. Thin mouthfeel. More of an Irish stout than an american version of the black and tan. Not a great tasting beer albeit pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light beige, moderate head. Deep amber color with a ruby hue. Appears clear. Leaves some streaks of lace, even after the head collapses.

Chocolate and caramel aroma, in a word--sweet.

The taste is closer to baker's chocolate. This is not sweet on the tongue at all. Strong hop bite makes the finish even more bitter. I like the balance between the malt and hop even though both add bitterness. The body and carbonation is what one would expect from a Black & Tan.

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Photo of Gavage
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a one finger head. Spotty lace develops during the session.

Smell: roasted malts and some hints of citrus comes through to the nose.

Taste: roasted malts, some grass, grapefruit, and a hint of earthiness. Bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Light crispness to start, smoother at the finish, long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a nicely drinkable stout / pale ale mix that is somewhat refreshing. Worthy to grab a bottle for something a bit different.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle pours a deep, clear crimson color with an ample cap of tan head. Moderate retention and lacing.

Nose is initially more stout than pale ale, with lightly sweetened roast and cocoa dusted plums. I really don’t get much in the way of hops....maybe a touch of herbs and grass as it warms. If I were to have this blind, I would probably have guessed porter.

Flavor profile falls in line nicely as a black & tan, with the dark malt flavors thinning out and allowing the biscuity malt and floral/herbal hops to provide a fair amount of flavoring. The hops in conjunction with the roast provide plenty of bittering. It’s not as smooth as the Shabadoo from Berkshire (my favorite B&T), nor as creamy...but it is a pretty good representation of the style and shows plenty of both stout and pale ale characteristics. I like it, but probably not enough for a repeat purchase. If I had a sixer of it though, I could happily put it away in a day or two.

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Photo of Huffs
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams glass, nice fill, tan head developed which lasted and laced well. Aroma was sweet and malty with some spice notes. Appearance was a clear, dark ruby brown. Taste was sweet and strong on the malt side. Smoky notes and some hope were also there. Mouthfeel was full, but a bit lighter than expected. Aftertaste was clean with a nice malt / hop balance.

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Photo of Brad007
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a frothy head into my glass. I haven't had many black & tans because there aren't many breweries that pre-mix, though Saranac comes to mind.

Cocoa and coffee notes dominate with the characteristics of the pale ale in the background (mostly a touch of pine).

The taste is a difference story as both styles vie for the attention of my taste buds. It's an even split here with the buttery, hoppy part pushing back on the coffee and cocoa part.

Resulting mouthfeel is creamy, buttery and slick. Reminds me of an oatmeal stout/pale ale, though no actual oatmeal is used here.

Traditionally, black and tans were made using a lager and a stout. However, I feel that a low-to-mildly hopped pale ale works very well in place of the lager. Worth a try!

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

part of the appeal of a Black & Tan is the presentation, so Black & Tans out of a bottle are always lacking a little something, I try not to hold that against them....

A - solid black, no tan, thin white head, some crimson highlights when held up to the light

S - I expected either the Pale Ale or the Stout to take charge in the aroma, but it just doesnt happen. The components are blended perfectly, the aromas combine into a new aroma that makes it hard identify. The smoke mentioned on the label is for sure there and exquisite.

T - the taste is a different story, the flavors are still blended skillfully, but at least you can tell its a Black and Tan. The hop profile from the Pale Ale and the Malts from the stout are at least discernibleand enjoyable, The smoke is still there and a nice surprise at the end, love smoke in my beer (just not cigarette)

M&D&O - a fine black and tan, complex but not too complex, a fine amalgamated aroma and a discernible flavor, fantastic! Smooth as the day is long. Harpoon keeps the barrel rolling.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear dark brown color with with a huge fluffy off white head that seems to last forever. Smells lightly roasty with caramel, brown sugar, and an earthy mineral aroma. The flavor mimics the aroma quite well. Earthy, sulfur, dark sugar, chocolate, hints of fruit and a bit of roast. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. I can't figure this one out, is it a weak stout, a roasty English pale ale? It does neither very well. Mediocre beer at best.

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Photo of greenmountain13
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Decent attempt at a black and tan. Had one at the release, then wasn't eager for another.
Appearance was clear, nice frothy head at first but died off fairly quickly. Smooth, easy to drink, just lacking anything special here. Malty aroma, piney hop. Hop taste was pleasant, nice balance.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber, $5.99 at Hannaford in Durham NH. Served cold in a standard tulip.

I wasn't sure what style to put this in, then I see it's listed here as a Black & Tan, which I guess is the logical choice. I dunno why I didn't think of that!

A: Dark brown brew, dark enough that I can barely tell that it's fairly clear when held to a light (versus cloudy/ opaque). Faint black cherry highlights barely shine through. A moderate pour generates about 1/2" of short lived head that settles to a single whispy layer. A single quarter-sized bubbly iceberg of foam remains, along with a meniscus also formed by larger bubbles. I poured harder with the second half and got better retention. Fine creamy bubbles lasted for a few minutes and left a moderate level of watery lace.

S: Charcoal/ charred wood stuff up front with kind of a salty feel in the nose. Just a hint of complex sugars rounds out the thick part of the nosefeel (my own word... feel free to use it if ya know what I mean by it). The sugars are mild and like a burnt caramel, which lends some mild viscosity, but the rest of it is pretty clean and thin. Slight buttery toffee (diacetyl) note on its own in there, separate from the sweetness. On second thought, I think the smokiness is maybe a bit more like peat, as you would find in a peated scotch. Overall I can see the stout-PA mix here. Bold/ robust stout smells on one end are attenuated by fairly clean aroma on the other end. I imagine there's some PA hoppiness in there somewhere but I can't pull it out, likely covered up by the smoke. Maybe just a hint of citrusy character lurking around the edges of the caramel sweetness/ toffee butteriness. The toffee seems to burn off with airing/ warming, not as prominent later, for better or worse.

T: Hoppiness is definitely more pronounced in the taste, and it is indeed mostly citrusy. The smell is much more like a stout, whereas the taste is much more like a pale ale. Most of the charcoal and all the burnt caramel and toffee are left behind in the smell. The salty/ saline part does carry though though. Taste is clean, mostly dry, soft citrusy lemon and orange hops, with maybe some evergreen and a tad bit of grassy hops lingering in the finish. Like a semi-black pale ale. A bright little acidic note tickles just behind the tip of the tongue, like pure acid without any flavor, stimulating salivation. Finish is lingering hop, a bit of smoke reappearing, and a hint of something cool, like mint/ menthol/ spruce in the finish.

M: Fairly thin with a soft subdued carbonation. Maybe they could've upped the fizz a tad bit (saying this even after a softer pour). Finishes with lingering bitterness, moderately dry. Alcohol not apparent.

O: Good enough, and good in really interesting ways. I'd have it again, though maybe not at this price point. If it was in regular rotation in 6-pack form I'd be a very tempting choice. The split between Nose = mostly Stout, Mouth = mostly Pale Ale is pretty cool.

I dunno, it does seem to be growing on me. Maybe I'll get another bottle or two. Tempting. I'll recommend it to others, at the least.

Kudos to Harpoon for doing interesting things with the 100-barrel series again. They were quite boring for a while there, but you definitely got my attention again with these last few. How about upping the ABV a bit and really giving us our money's worth though?! Hehe. :)

Yes, my overall rating is higher than any of the individual categories. I've decided that this beer is more than the sum of its parts, which I think is kinda the point. Bonus points for being interesting, for the experience.

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #45 - Directors' Cut from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
83 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.