1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #45 - Directors' CutHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #45 - Directors' Cut

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
80
good

116 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 116
Reviews: 26
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rab53 on 02-02-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #45 - Directors' Cut Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 116 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Sammy, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -16.2%

spycow, Saturday at 07:53 PM
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

nmann08, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

metter98, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Texasfan549, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

kjkinsey, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +11.7%

kylehay2004, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Jason, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

WVbeergeek, May 13, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

smcolw, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

oriolesfan4, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Gavage, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +11.7%

wrightst, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16.2%

ejimhof, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of jdhilt
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
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

jdhilt, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of rab53
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

rab53, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

plaid75, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

GarthDanielson, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

johnnnniee, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Brad007
3.51/5  rDev -2%
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!

Brad007, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Boone757, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

twiggamortis420, Feb 16, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #45 - Directors' Cut from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
80 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.