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

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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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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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4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
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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4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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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4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As per the label: "blend of pale ale and stout".

Pour is thin with a moderate white head. Translucent chestnut brown.
Dominant smokiness and roasted aromas. Citrusy hop aromas take a back seat.
Taste reflects the aroma, mainly smoky, roasted malts with a mild bright hop finish.
Feels too thin for a stout or porter, not unexpected after the dilution with pale ale.
Overall not that bad. One could certainly do worse for the money.

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3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #45 - Directors' Cut from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
81 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.