The Harbinger
J. Wakefield Brewing

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From:
J. Wakefield Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Style:
Sweet / Milk Stout
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
95
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 8.78%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
94
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 02, 2019
Added:
Jan 08, 2015
Wants:
  36
Gots:
  9
SCORE
95
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The HarbingerThe Harbinger
Notes: Imperial sweet stout with hazelnuts and coffee
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Rated by OompaMentor from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
DLD- bottle share; 5/19/2018
Jan 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.3 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Dec 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Kavinci from California

Sep 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.94 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Jul 30, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by MTKATL from Georgia

May 20, 2018
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Reviewed by deschutes_fan from California

4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Maybe I'm just a sucker for hazelnuts, but this beer is insane. Smell is the greatest thing about this beer, roasted coffee with hazelnuts on top of more hazelnuts. The taste doesn't disappoint and follows the nose well. Harbinger finishes with a bit of a resin from the hops which adds some complexity and prevents the beer from being overly sweet. Overall this is a guilty pleasure to me, love this beer. Did I mention the hazelnuts?
May 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.13 by Keananmichael5 from California

Apr 22, 2018
 
Rated: 3.9 by kmanjohnson from California

Apr 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.28 by vfgccp from New York

Apr 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4.35 by peterpunk15 from Massachusetts

Apr 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Apr 06, 2018
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Dull black with a thin tan blanket leaving a geometric array of sticky tan lace on the glass.

Smell is nice and smooth hazelnut and chocolate with some cocoa wafers.

Taste is semi-sweet, lightly sticky hazelnut and chocolate with wafer, graham and some tangy roast via a frothy medium body with a chewy dry finish.
Mar 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.35 by sd123 from Georgia

Feb 25, 2018
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at the brewery. Tan head. Black color.

Hazelnut is nice and not overpowering. Coffee roast. Some sweetness and nuttiness. Lots of cocoa and chocolate. Full bodied. Smooth. Solid.
Feb 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Feb 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.49 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Feb 10, 2018
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at EBF in Boston, MA.

This one pours a farirly dark black, with no head or lacing.

This smells like hazelnut, coffee creamer, vanilla, and chocolate syrup, and dark chocolate.

As expected, given my experiences with J. Wakefield, this is very, very sweet. The hazelnut flavor is certainly delicious, but this is diabetes inducing. There's nutella, chocolate, and vanilla, heavy cream, and chocolate syrup. Thre's a slight dark chocolate flavor, and that's the only thing that even remotely balances it.

This is medium bodied, thick, fudgy, and slightly syrupy, with a normal level of carbonation.

This is pastry stout at it's most diabolical, and it's pretty delicious. I just wish it was a little less sweet.
Feb 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.56 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Feb 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.46 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Feb 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by Gkruszewski from New York

Feb 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.15 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Feb 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.44 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Feb 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.02 by Sk8sean86 from Massachusetts

Dec 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Moses_Malone from District of Columbia

Dec 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois

Nov 01, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Jul 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.37 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Jun 04, 2017
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Reviewed by Lochnessmonster from Florida

4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Had this at a recent bottle share and it was in the top 3 of the day - crazy good hazelnut flavor that stands up to other legends like Cycle and Angry Chair. I'd love to have this again.
Apr 27, 2017
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Reviewed by aleigator from Germany

3.23/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Pours oily black with a small, fluffy dark brown head.

Smells of nutella dessert, sweet, with lots of roasted, sugared hazelnuts and almost bitter, earthen coffee as its counterpart. After adjusting to the nose, the coffee blends into the beers sweet foundation like sugared cold brew with a decadent richness to it, loosing a bit of its edge.

Has a huge, thicker, creamy mouthfeel with a fitting lower carbonation to compliment its sweet chocolate, hazelnut cream body.

Tastes of an earthy coffee roast, soon overwhelmed by creme brulee with a touch of molasses, together with lots of creamy milk chocolate. The sweetness of the beer's foundation gets enhanced by hazelnuts, creating a nutella impression, somehow balanced by the coffee, which does produce a late dryness.

All in all this is too sweet for me. Chocolate maltiness, topped off by even more rock sugar makes this a sugar bomb. The coffee certainly helps to balance things out, but its not enough for me to create a balance which goes further than just displaying the two adjuncts in this. A big stout for sure, but it lacks depth unfortunately.
Apr 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.81 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Apr 07, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

Apr 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Apr 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by oline73 from Maryland

Mar 11, 2017
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Rated by ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.59/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
3.59/5: Pure fucking hazelnut with a side of stout; gimmicky yet quite appealing to the right palate
Mar 01, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Feb 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.37 by kjkinsey from Texas

Feb 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.49 by VaTechPhilly from New York

Feb 11, 2017
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured a black body with one-finger head that slowly died. While a smidgen of roasted coffee malts hits me the aroma is almost exclusively hazelnuts. Taste is same as aroma with a real smooth easy-drinking quality that is so nutty it's not only real sweet but almost overpowers both the nose and taste.
Feb 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.49 by CraigMack61 from New Jersey

Jan 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.35 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico

Jan 27, 2017
The Harbinger from J. Wakefield Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 113 ratings