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Harpoon Boston Irish Stout - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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87
very good

10 Reviews
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Reviews: 10
Hads: 116
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 5.43%
Wants: 6
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Released mid-March 2013, draught nitro only.
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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 116
Photo of beersquirrel1337
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is not retired, but it is a pilot. served at harpoon brewery on tap daily.

A: opaque dark brown that turns black as nitro bubbles dissipate. thick creamy white head

S: mild sweet coffee

T: much like guinness. creamy, smooth, coffee, cocoa, sweet roasted malt, molasses

F: super smooth, thick - medium body, silky

O: delicious. highly recommend (354 characters)

Photo of Beric
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Serving: On-tap (nitro) at brew hall
Served: 6 September 2014

Appearance: Pours a great dark brown almost black color with a creamy nitro head. Looks almost identical to a Guinness draft. 4/5

Smell: Oppressively clean, like most Irish dry stouts, but slight hints of roasted maltiness and slight notes of French roasted coffee, just enough to make it better than average. 4/5

Taste: Wow, a magnificent craft brewed Irish Dry Stout. This is what Guinness should taste like. The beer has the same light silkiness as Guinness but significantly more flavor from the roasted malts, lending notes of dark chocolate, French roasted coffee, and slight burnt toast notes (but in a good way). Semi-dry finish. 45

Mouthfeel: Light and silky, especially from the nitro. 4/5

Overall: One of Harpoon's best. 4/5 (802 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. First impression, under the nose, is a very slight charcol/smokeness. I find it a bit light in texture, as it's late summer, that's a good thing. The flavor is full & rich, as is the head. Lacing is a bit sparse. Not the usual coffe/chocolate forward stout, this is much truer to the toasty malty flavors that made stout the worldwide drink that it is.

March 2015 Nitro at Rattle n Hum. Quite a difference. Way more body, aroma is bigge on the coffee front & of course the lacing is photo worthy. (527 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is the slowest settling head I've ever seen. Deep brown color where light passes along the edges. Thick, rich beige head that remains throughout the tasting. There's a blanket of lace that slides down the glass slowly after every sip.

Near burnt toast aroma. Not as coffee-ish as many dry stouts, but still very appealing.

The flavor is more burnt than the smell but still no coffee. The body is good or the style with an elevated carbonation level. The aftertaste is of burnt toast. (492 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. Chocolate brown color with 3 fingers of brown foam.

s. Smells are a bit faint, but malt is driving the bus.

t. Excellent Irish stout. Great Malt flavor not overpowering. Very easy drinking.

m. Great carbonation

o. This stout is balanced and excellent tasting. (267 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured and drunk at the Harpoon beer hall. The beer has a lot of tan head that dissipates ata moderate pace. Since the beer is nitro-based, the head comes into different kinds. The head foam is creamy and a very light tan that resembles a off-white cream. The other foam is the nitrogen disappearing into the beer and has a darker brown color and different bubbly texture. After the nitrogen dissipates, the beer is an opaque milk chocolate brown. The beer has a chocolate milk smell with dairy notes and a bit of the nitro as well. The taste is similar in that a chocolate milk taste dominates the flavor with very light notes of cocoa and cream. The beer has a very smooth feel with very little carbonation. (709 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at the Brewery in Windsor, Vermont.

Poured a deep brown hue with a two finger creamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured roasted malts and a touch of lactose.

The taste was likewise roasty, with elements of charcoal and dark chocolate. A bit on the sweet side for the style and lacked the expected bite.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very tasty stout. (422 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 7/30/13 at Pour Farm Tavern in New Bedford, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, some chocolate and touches of coffee and hops.

T: The taste starts with a hearty roasted malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of chocolate and coffee come in. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid milder stout to drink for a while. (751 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on nitro-tap at Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall in Boston, MA

A: Pours a clear yet opaque very dark brown in color (bordering on black) with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some dark amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted dark malts with some lighter notes of freshly roasted coffee.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted dark malts. That is followed by lighter notes of freshly roasted coffee. Moderate amounts of bitterness which linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: I'm a sucker for a stout on nitro-tap, so I could not resist the opportunity to try this brew when we visited Harpoon's Beer Hall. I thought it was a nice beer and even more enjoyable as the afternoon was quickly getting chilly. Very nice roasted flavors throughout. (1,077 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a pint of dark brown brew with a 1/2 inch cream colored head. Head was thick/dense and left no lace.

Nice dark roasted malt, some coffee notes in the nose.

Nice mellow roasted malt, with a coffee edge. Smooth beer, with a creamy and mild bitter finish.

Fuller bodied, nice carbonation.

Nice surprise in the pub today. Worth a try. (344 characters)

Harpoon Boston Irish Stout from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
87 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.