Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #45 - Directors' Cut - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
05-22-2013 21:21:14 | More by lordofthewiens
3.94/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
03-16-2013 18:32:58 | More by jondeelee
3.43/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
05-13-2013 22:15:52 | More by WVbeergeek
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
03-10-2013 17:17:22 | More by Sammy
3.29/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
04-02-2013 01:11:02 | More by hreb
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
05-04-2013 21:49:03 | More by beerluvr
3.6/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
02-16-2013 19:55:45 | More by twiggamortis420
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #45 - Directors' Cut from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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