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100 Barrel Series #01 - Oatmeal Stout100 Barrel Series #01 - Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.05%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The first 100 Barrel Series beer from Harpoon Brewery, released in March 2003 in limited draft and 22oz bombers. In March 2006, it was re-released in special limited 6-packs.

Added by taez555 on 05-25-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 69
Reviews by BeerRun13:
Photo of BeerRun13
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a loose, bubbly, thin, light tan head. Leaves some spottly dotted lacing.
Little chocolate aroma with an acidic fruity hint... almost to the effect of some baltic porters. A little oat aroma as well.
A definate acidic roasty fruitiness. A bit of cocoa/chocolate, and a touch of bitterness.
Full bodied and low carbonation. Kind of watery plain...
Worth a try, but not anythin spectacular.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 6 pack from the Encore series. It was a dark black, with no head even with an aggressive pour. Aroma was all roasted grain. It had a malty taste with coffee and dark chocolate also there. Not a heavy beer, maybe even a little thin. Still, very pleasant and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Todd
2.47/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Encore of the first 100 Barrel Series beer from Harpoon.

So brown and dark that it pours a virtually black brew, dim ruby hues around the edges, and topped with a thin creamy coffee colored lace with moderate stickage to the glass. Eventually goes dead with no lacing.

Mild roastiness in the nose, with rolled oats and flour.

Bit of a viscous mouthfeel, heavy on the palate with a smooth, full and even body. Carbonation is more or less non-existent, which casts a dull feel across everything tasted and cuts back on the creaminess expected. Oatmeal character is not surprisingly dominant. It gives the beer much body, but overwhelms the experience with its flavor and subsequent coarse, bitty, and dry tannic edge that's a harsh on the palate and quite astringent. Notes of burnt chocolate, smoke, chicory, and roasted twang, with a slight grape-like fruitiness in the background with a near cloying sweetness that's moderately balanced by a one-dimensional hop bitterness. Raw pithy and herbal flavors emerge as the beer warms. Sticky tannins lock onto the mouth, coating it with a very dry, coarse and annoying texture that's hard to get rid of.

Very "green" all around, as if the beer was rushed or not quite finished.

I was disappointed with this offering, as I liked the original, and this is definitely not as good as the original 100 Barrel Series - Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of Doomcifer
2.94/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a very dark brown, almost black...not much of a head to speak of...

Smells of raisins, coffee, sweet malts, cocoa.

Taste - very sharp, roasty, bittersweet chocolate, ends dry...not very robust and perhaps even a bit thin.

Mouthfeel - Very watery with very little carbonation. Not a fan.

Drinkability - Not very...I'm just not much of a fan of this beer. I thought it was going to be a lot better.

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Photo of Jason
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date ink jet printed on the neck.

A- Very thin tan lace with minimal stickage, nearly pitch black in color.

S- Touch of charcoal, dark berry fruitiness and steely grain.

T&M- Semi-smooth, lacks in carbonation and crispness. Touch of smoky charcoal within the burnt grain, balanced hops bitterness with a mild herbal/woody flavor. Off tone fruitiness and roasted flavors don't seem to mesh well. Finishes a bit on the sweet side.

D- I could only sit down with about one ... this is not the same Oatmeal Stout I had back in 2003.

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Encore edition. 12 ouncer, with packing info marked onto the neck of the bottle. Pours quite dark, with ruby around the edges, just a slight tan head shows itself and then leaves just a similarly thin tiny bubble film. Very minor lacing. Nose is slightly vinious, with some burnt grain aromas also evident. This is a delicate OMS, notes of burnt grains, vanilla, some cocoa. Perhaps a bit light in the flavor department and not a smooth and silky as the standard setters of the style, but still a tasty brew and worth a try.

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Photo of far333
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown colored, and thick looking as it pours. Rises up to a beige foamy head that sits for a while. Aromas of dark malts and chocolate. Mouthfeel is not as rich as expected, a little chalky. Flavor also not as big as expected. The malt flavor seems too light, and there seems to be a tinny flavor riding beneath. I was hoping for more from this special beer.

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Photo of yankeeheel
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the big ol' beautiful bomber bottle. The gold foil is a nice touch. Pours a viscous oily black with a moderately sized espresso colored head, which vaporized all too quickly. Smells of deep dark coffee and some very earthy malts.

The taste is oh so nice. The initail bite of the dark/burnt malts is quicly offset by the creaminess of the oatmeal. Does not finish bitterly, which I like in my oatmeal stouts. The mouthfeel is right on for a stout, big.

I feel lucky to have happened in to one of these bottles. If you are lucky enough to still see one on the shelf of your store, grab it and run to the register.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark brown with a small tan head. The smell has a alcohol and smoke aroma,very nice. The taste has a crisp smoked chocolate and coffee flavor. It also has some dark fruit flavors ,but the most pronounced flavor is the smoked and oak barrel flavor. The m/f is lighter than I would like for a stout and ends a little on the watery side. This is a good stout,but I was still a little disappointed in this, being that this is a special brew.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black. Little head. Limited retention. Minor lacing. Limited aroma of dull roast and yeasty fruitiness. Medium bodied. Smooth, minimal carbonation. Dark malt roastiness dominates the flavor. Some bakers chocolate is there... it's not very sweet at all, the bitterness isn't heavy though. It's surprisingly toasty. Weak, day-old burnt coffee becomes dominant. As it warms some unsweetened cocoa appears - I'd suggest enjoying this one at cellar temperature. Overall, it's very English in character. Mellow. Smooth. Boring.

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Photo of UncleFrank
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounces of special brew, YUMbo! Appearance is dark black with a nice lasting head which clings to the glass as I taste it. The aroma reminds me a lot of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal stout. (Which the best I've ever tasted.) Dark toast and malt with oats. The taste is complex with waves of flavor. First wave is obviously stout. Dark and slightly metallic on the sides of the cheeks. Medium body and dancing carbonation give way to a taste of burnt Cheerios. Not as smooth as expected. That finally fades off to leave a taste of roasted grains. The finish simply makes me want more.

This is a tasty beer, but it sits somewhere between Stout and Oatmeal Stout, not committing to either, perhaps for market reasons. A damn fine beer however that I will score more of before its all gone.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw the "fancy dancy" bottle at Kappy's and made my purchase, $3.99 for 22oz. Semi chilled it, had to try it immediately. Poured black, blotting out the light. Tasted chocolate, smooth and well balanced. A touch of sweetness, but not overbearing. A definite supurb beer.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glad they reissued these bad boys - had wanted to get my hands on one when it was first issued but i didnt have the chance...turns out it wasnt worth the wait.

Pours an opaque black/brown. Almost no head. Mellow smell - bit of sweetness, chalkiness, not much else.

Taste is bland - very bland. I kpet thinking there was another level, and that i was just missing it, but there wasnt. Mouthfeel was too light - i felt like it needed a bit more body.

Drinkability was average...wasnt hard to drink, but didnt taste good enough to make me want to drink more.

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Photo of Franchise
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle from the re-release of the 100 bbl series. As I opened this bottle I noticed very low carbonation in the pouring. I continued the pour and the body was pitch black and left "milk bubbles" as a head in the snifter. The aroma is sweet, heavy caramel, with a pungent fresh hop citrus spice in the forefront. The taste is smooth starts syrupy sweet on the palate, with a distinct espresso, chocolate presence. It continues with a semi-oat breadiness in the body and finishes pretty smooth and very drinkable. This is not as good as the inital release I had a few years back but still pretty good.

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Photo of Jredner
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium roasted malt and coffee aroma with some sweet cream and milk chocolate notes. Body is black with a small diminishing, bubbly, mocha head. Fore is a bit tart and acidic like overly sweetened stale coffee. Some mild chocolate notes, but little of the easy smoothness expecting in an oatmeal sotut. Finish is very burnt bitter, but is also somewhat watery tasting and metallic. This beer just never gets it together.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12ox bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a very dark and inky black with a towering three finger high head of thick tan colored foam and lace. Virtually at a standstill the foam just stood for a good few minutes before finally relenting and resting down to a thing one inch layer of brown across the top. Most impressive looking I have to admit. Lots of side glass lace was readily apparent as well.

S – The aroma was thick with chocolate, sugar, and coffee. Very full aroma it was quite the standout over dinner, and actually was stronger then Grandma’s pot roast, which says a lot. Great earthy tones and a touch of some grass in the back, very good.

T – The flavor was classic. This was a very nice blend of malts that produced a very full flavor stout that was very sweet and at the same time had a nice dry little bite to it as well. I thought the use of sugar was perfect, as the sweetness was not overbearing and allowed some of the more subtle flavors from the chocolate and coffee to push through. There was a nice earthy, oat like flavor in the finish. Much like your classic oatmeal porter, but this was much thicker and much drier, especially in the finish.

M – Very full and thick. This was a very rich, creamy stout that was also very filling. Nothing shy or watered down about this at all, in fact I was quite impressed as this was one of the fullest brews I have had coming from harpoon. Very nice indeed.

D – Superb for a nice stout. The ABV was low and the flavors were robust, but yet well rounded enough not to push themselves on you too fast. This made for something that did not need to be a sipper, and in fact was very nice during dinner, accentuating other flavors rather then being a burden on them.

Overall this was really a treat and to be honest thought it was quite wonderful. It had a great full bodied feel to it and very robust aroma and flavors that really made this a very fine winter session ale. I was quite impressed with the way it was crafted and with the depth of the profile. If this were a year round staple, I would be sure to always have some in the fridge.

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Photo of scooter231
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque. Some tan head. Hints of lacing. Smells of roasted coffee. Not too strong, but definitely there. Bare hints of cocoa and caramel. Not a strong nose, but present enough. Taste is on the bitter and espresso side- no oatmeal to be found, but the sweet side effect is there, near the middle; definitely chocolate going on towards the end. Bittersweet, I think. Mouthfeel is smooth, very smooth. Not too bubbly, not too thick, not thin. Just smooth. Not sure if that's great or not- definitely a personal thing. (I tend to like my brews bubbly- but this ain't shabby.) Quite drinkable, I'd have a few of these no problem. It's neither heavy nor too sweet, nor too bitter. It's quite nice. Might be one of my favorite Harpoons- and I'm a bit surprised how much I like it.

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Photo of goz
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black, large dark tan head, medium lasting, leaves great clingy lace. Aroma is of dark chocolate, semi-sweet, some coffee and some smokey/charcoal like aromas in there. Flavor is semi-sweet, with lot's of dark chocolate flavors as well. Body is medium, semi-creamy, semi-graint mouthfeel.

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Photo of bignick
2.99/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from a 6-pack puchased at the brewery. Part of the 100 bbl encore series. Poured into an Ommegang glass.

It pours an appealing near-black, but the complete lack of head despite a vigorous pour is a little disturbing. It smells like roasty chocolate malt. The taste is similar, but there is little depth to it. The taste is very nice up-front, but fades away into nothingness, and not in a good way. The body is full enough, but it lacks the luscious creaminess of other oatmeal stouts. There are better beers out there.

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Photo of StevieW
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool bottle with faded beige label. Poured out a dark brown to black color with a nice creamy full bubbly tan head. Moderate smells. Hints of roasted coffee, and whiffs of chocolate. Taste was super, super smooth, light roasted bitterness and a easy really smooth chocolate flavor to finish. Perfect amount of sweetness. Tight roasted bitterness, and faint hop bitterness finish up. Oaty texture and feel was very subtle to finish. Could have been a bit more full bodied, just a hint of oatmeal full bodied sweetness. This combination made for very drinkable and supersmooth stout, almost porterlike, but still a stout. Very good and well worth the wait. Purchased Sept. '03 at Harrington's in Chelmsford, MA and tucked into my fridge since then.

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Photo of Gusler
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another in the 100 barrel series, which disembogues the color of “Hot Tar”, or as black as midnight, the color of a Raven, I guess you get the point, head is portly in size and the color a light chocolate, consistency somewhat creamy, as it evaporates rather quickly the lace forms a thin and satiny sheet. Bittersweet chocolate hits you first, second comes the toasted grains followed quickly by burnt coffee, sweet malt under lies it all, a spectacular nose, front is ambrosial, thick roasted malt, top is chocolate fudge, full and rich to your taste buds. Finish is benignly acidic, the hops mellow and pleasing, rich white chocolate sweet aftertaste that is also a bit dry, a “Mellow Fellow”, but yet nicely flavored and robust enough to keep you interested, “Hell Yeah” another winner from Harpoon.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 22oz bomber "aged" at the beer store (guess no one was buying). This would have to be the 2006 edition although I couldn't find the date on the bottle, hard to believe it would be the 2003 version if 2006 only had 12oz 6-pack's.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color. Has a decent head but fades quickly although was able to leave some lacing.

Smells of roasted malt, coffee with hints of chocolate and oats.

Taste is predominately roasted malt with bitter chocolate. Although it's a stout, it wasn't as creamy as I figured it should be.

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Photo of TrickKnee
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this in the 12oz 100 barrell series return to. Pours very darnk and brown, it was almost black. Topped with a nice creamy think head. Had this at room temperature as well, not cold. could smell the rolled oats and barley. Upon drinking it the oats are really not apparant. I could remeber the original being a lot better that this. STill not a bad oatmeal but definetly not as good as the original. Glad to see them revisit it nonetheless.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know how it worked out this way, but my latest beer acquisitions have me sampling oatmeal stouts this week. I enjoy a good stout and this was a nice brew.

A - Nice black stout with a tinge of red on the edge of the glass. The head was faintly there then gone.

S - Nice roasted malts, coffee / bitter chocolate. I think I like flavored oatmeal too much to tell if an oats aroma is there.

T - Dominating flavor of roasted malts and cofffee. There is enough hops to balance some of the maltiness, but not enough to create a dominant flavor. Tasty brew.

M - Medium to light bodied, smooth brew. while light in the carbonation, it doesn't feel flat.

D - Light enough to easily have a couple. I have not had many oatmeal stouts to compare to, but from my purchases this weekend, this one was the best of the style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is creamy with roasted malts, oats, coffee, chocolate and some dark fruit.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of dark fruits and dark chocolate with toasted oats and coffee. It’s a little sweeter and fruitier than most beers of the style. There’s a mild hops presence, which is about right for an Oatmeal Stout. The after-taste is slightly sweet and a little smoky.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, slightly filling, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer to stick with for a while, but if you’re going for a good Oatmeal Stout, this might not be your first choice. Overall, however, this is a good beer.

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100 Barrel Series #01 - Oatmeal Stout from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 78 ratings