Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #06 - Scotch Style Ale | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #06 - Scotch Style AleHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #06 - Scotch Style Ale

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

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scotland is known for its wonderfully malty beers. This beer is in the Wee Heavy tradition with a firm body, creamy head and dark tawny color. It has a rich malty, caramel, toasted flavor, a slight alcoholic warming with a clean well balanced hop bitterness.

34 IBU

Added by taez555 on 07-09-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 36
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Boto
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber: I found this one hiding in the back of the refrigerator. This one pours a slightly ruby tinged darker amber color. Mine had quite a bit of a beige head on it, but it dropped off rather quickly. Interesting aroma. Caramel, toffee, fruits, almost belgian-like. Caramel, a hint of smokiness and peatiness, and some muted fruits to the taste. This was pretty good. I’m not sure if the unintentional aging helped or hurt this one. I’d buy it again if they decided to make more.

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Photo of drumrboy22
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Born on date of 6/16/04, making this just under 3 years old. I picked it up at the Windsor, VT brewery on a road trip back in the summer of '04. I hadn't planned on aging this one, but it kind of got lost in the shuffle and after a while I decided to save it for a special occasion.

Anyway, poured into several snifter glasses and shared with some friends. Poured a medium shade of amber. Still had lots of carbonation.

Spicy, caramel smells.

I don't have any notes from the first time I tried it back in 2004, but it's turned into a very smooth beer. Easy to drink with a nice mellow caramel taste. Also slight toffee and vanilla flavors present.

Was really delicious and my friend's I shared it with all seemed to enjoy it as well. I only wish I had bought another bottle. I was pleasantly surprised by how well it's held up.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Born on date 6/16/04 making this one 14 months old, I can definatly sense a bit of age, the flavors have come together pretty well I think, I would have liked to have tried it when it was younger for comparison's sake.

Pours a medium amber tinged brown in color, fairly hazy, quite appealing with a thin and creamy light tan head with a slight bit of carbonation. Nose is quite strong, alcoholic and malty. Lots of depth going on here really.

Taste is very well balanced. Notes of scotch (peat and smoke) and vanilla, quite strong. This one is quite crisp and light for a Scotch Ale. There are certainly some familiar tones going on here, but it's also a bit of a departure. Hints of caramel of various spices.

Not the very best Scotch Ale I've had but really this was quite nice. I really enjoyed this one honestly. I'm actually sort of surprised coming from this brewery. Worth a try if you manage to get a bottle.


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Photo of BuckSpin
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this from a fellow BA as part of a trade. In that I really enjoy this genre, I saved it for a quiet evening. Arrived with a BOD of 6/16/04, which means as of this writing it is a few days over 1 year aged. Enjoyed in a thistle glass to maximize the experience.

The year has been kind to this brew. A warm, murky, ruddy bronze hue, it had a 1/4" head of loose pale cream foam that disappated very quickly and laced subtly. Most noticable was a strong carbonation - a result of the aging, I suppose.

Nose is nice & characteristic of the genre - strong roasted malts, echoes of wood, dried fruits. As it warmed the nose intensified, to me hinting of a very young single malt scotch.

Its ironic that I chose some smooth jazz to enjoy as I savored this, for that is what the taste reminds me of - smooth jazz. You have your savory, rich malts, caramel hues and resonnences of overripe fruit as drums & bass, providing an oh, so smooth & creamy structure. The noticable carbonation added a fresh fruit/cider like crispness & life, like a trumpet or sax playing freestyle over the drums & bass - very nice.

The initail taste dance on my tongue as individuals, then warm & fade into a duo playing in time on the pallete. The fade into a smooth & fruit like syrupness on the throat is right in time. Aftertaste is not as warming as other wee heavies, but rather a little thick, yet refreshing.

Its not the best wee heavy I have had, but I do think time has aided this. If you enjoy a wee heavy, this is definitely worth picking up and enjoying some quiet evening, and don't forget the jazz.

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4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

04/23/05- Received from BA member Spinlock late last year.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with a batch date on the label. Poured into my celebrator glass.

Appearance- Brown-amber pour with a small head which disipates soon after. Average wisps of lace.

Smell- Mostly sweet scented malt. A bit candyish.

Taste- Great caramel and cotton candy sweetness within the malt. Much sweeter than expected.

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation and super smooth. Nice and mouthcoating.

Drinkability- Didn't think it would be as good as it was. It was aged, however, for at least 7 months or so. One of the smoothest brews I have had. Apparently this is in disagreement with many other members. But, I liked it and would definitely grab a few more if I was back east.

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3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish mahogany, topped with a thin khaki head, leaves bits of webbed lacing.
Rich aroma, malt and raisin, sweet with a tobacco note.
Strong malty taste, fruit, apple, not as sweet and unbalanced as some scotch's, raisin, caramel and spice.
Full bodied. Ok, but not the best Scotch or the best 100 Barrel series offering.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a decent amber color, with tight compacted head. Great lacing on this one.

Aroma is peaty and earthy and smoky. Good there.

Taste is rich and malty, slighty smoky. Fitting to style. Not too fruity or smoky.

Mouthfeel is thick and lush. Wonderful

Overall, a great scotch ale.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a nice crisp but healthy looking amber colour with a moderate head that turns thin rather quickly.

The smell is a decent mix of malt and caramel sweetness with a hint of dirty chocolate (is there such a thing? Maybe unsweetened chocolate is more like it).

The flavour here is more of the same from the smell, but frankly a bit too thin for my liking. Caramel dominates the malt flavour a bit more than anticipated, though its nothing bad. I just would have preferred a heartier more earth/malt based brew.

While this isn't the greatest scotch ale in the world, it's far from bad, but moreso just not what I'm looking for in the style. Turn down the sweetness a bit and crank up the maltiness. Overall though, this one was not a bad effort.

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4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling this brew at room temp in a snifter. The brew pours a clear chestnut color with some garnet tints. A creamy beige head foams up 1 cm and fades gradually to an edge layer. The aroma is clean maltyness with caramel, toffee, chocolate and some brown sugar. very mild earthy hops intertwined. First sip reveals very full and tingly carbonation with average body and a bit fo a silky texture. Flavor is caramel, toffee, and raisins some biscuits and nuts as well. I get a huge chocolate finish as the beer warms. A very tasty brew with no hint of the alcohol. Quite nice!

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I must thank ClarkVV for bringing this out to me. This beer pours a beautiful burnt copper color with a nice off white head, that disappeared really quickly. The aroma is malty, sweet toffee with a nice roasted chocolate balance, followed by the ever so faint smoke. The flavor is nice, malt (roasted caramel) and alcohol, smooth with lots of body. I think this is such a good representation of the style that Harpoon will reconsider making this a seasonal.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, tawny amber hue, nearly brown, yet not quite, with a slim-to-none head.
Malty, nutty nose, with touches of toffee and caramel, a fuller chocolate tones.
Taste; smooth on the palate, fully flavored, rich in the mouth. Bit too carbonated and spritzy on the tongue, though. That's a major detraction, actually, for while I sometimes enjoy the flavor, this aspect spoils it. Could be fuller, smoother, even maltier. Astringincy on the palate is unappreciated, in this instance. I guess I like it okay, but it doesn't fit what I'd want from a Scotch ale.
Medium to full body, with a long, fruity, malty finish, ultimately drying before vanishing away from the senses.
Still, too bright, too fierce, too fuzzy...could have been nice, if it were less like that, methinks.

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3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dull but glaring tone of cinnamon crimson capped by a crunchy thin off-tannish head. Keeps a slim collar the whole glass down but lacing is very minimal.

Aroma is of a stale malt, slight chocolate, candied caramel and toffee sweetness, but has a fairly noticeable overall tone of musky beach towels just getting beyond the sweetness. Also has a stronger then average tinge of alcoholic heat thats unwelcome for a Wee heavy in my book.

Taste is stale and pale, mild and dull with a certain musky sweet malt and stuff that is of corn or wild rice, grainy husks even?
Soggy cardbord and envelope glue come to mind at first intial taste, but moderately comes to a point of overall weirdly dulled sweet toffee sense.

Feel is smooth with a thinnish oily body that coats well with a creamy malting, but has some empty areas in the middle and not much for a finish either.

This could possibly be worse, but more so needs improvement then anything so I'll go with a very slightly above average recommendation for this as it seems clean enough but the overall character has flaws that aren't appealing for a Wee heavy.

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4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a bit hazy with a red amber color and a off white head that has some good lacing. deep rich sweet bready malty aroma, very little hops just a good emphasis on the malt as it should be. Taste is just the same as the aroma, excellent rich mouthfeel but it's not syrupy. very drinkable and definetly a good brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick, light cocoa colored head slowly faded to a film leaving some stringy lace along the way. Transparent, deep copper colored beer is dormant. Light malt aroma, mostly caramel. Slightly sweet malt flavor mixed with a dose of alcohol. Slightly slick feel, but not that heavy of a beer.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a reddish brown ale with a one-finger foamy head. No lacing.

The aroma was of fruity malt, with a hint of alcohol.

The taste was slightly sweet and fruity, with a bit of roasted malt, and alcohol on the aftertaste.

Not a bad beer, but not a standout either. Not as big a hit as the other 100 Barrel Series beers I have tried.

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3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch date: 6/19/04 Thanks to ppoitras for the hookup!

Pours out orange brown and sits a deep ruby brown in the glass with a good sized light tan head, plenty of lacings and sticks around for awhile, a bit of skim on the surface.

Smells of toasted malts and caramel. Dried leather, old wood and a light hoppy spiciness come out from the middle. Brown sugar and some aromas reminiscant of maple syrup.

Tastes instantly sweet up front, full of brown sugar-like sweetness. Alcohol floats on top of the bed of sugar and is almost immediately apparent. Hop spiciness brings in a bit of balance, along with a scorched and lightly burnt off-flavor. Mellows out to a light bitter finish, plenty of sugary sweetness sticking around.

Clean in the mouth, decent carbonation in a failry light feeling medium body. A bit watered down IMO, lacks an interesting body. Flavor is alright, not great. Beers like this make me glad I have Lake Louie available any time, day or night.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep dark amberm with a thin tan head. mostly nutty toasted and faint hop aromas are detected. sweet brown sugar with buttery qualities hits your taste buds first. sweet nuttines comes next, with a little hops making an appearance. smooth medium body with average carbonation. doesn't really have what it takes to be a good scotch ale, but an enjoyable beer none the less.

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3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper and amber color with a thin, white head with large carbonation bubbles in the head. Head leaves very minor lacing.
Aroma is layers of caramel, toffee and malt on top of a real sharp biscuit note.
Flavor is light caramel and toffee and heavy bread and butter and diacetyl note. Surprisingly tangy and resiny hop finish.
Mouthfeel starts real sweet for a moment then moves quickly to a roasted nuttiness and slippery butter notes. Finishes with a distinctive oily and resiny hop hit.
Drinkability is solid. Feels a little bit too light or watery for style but it is still a tasty beer.

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Photo of UncleFrank
2.55/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

At first I thought I had a bad bottle, but the next was the same. I was very disapointed in this beer, but letsbreak down why.
copper with a thin white head. Not dark enough for a wee-heavy but OK. the aroma is sweet, no other smells except for a touch of spice. The taste is soapy. Getting beyond what may be a bad bottle I find some sour breadand sweet malt with alcohol. There is no peated or smoked, which the style calls for. The abv is not eveident which is good,making the beer smooth, but I wanted wee-heavy, i.e. 80-90 shilling. this just simply isnt there. The soapy taste then kicks in and takes away from what could be a nice beer. The aftertaste is thin.
Im not one to trash a beer and I think I just got a bad batch, considering the reviews Ive read,but its the 3rd or 4th of the 100 barrell series Ive been disapointed with.

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark amber. The beige head lasts, as does the lace on the glass.

I detect dark, brown sugar aromas on the first sniff. There are also some oily alcohol smells as well as some lactose creaminess.

This is a very rich beer with a strong alcohol presence (6.9%). The bottle notes the IBU (hop bitterness) as 34, but with the malt being so sweet, it is hardly noticeable except in the aftertaste.

This is a very good Scotch Ale. I like the fullness, the maltose flavors and the subtle hop taste in the swallow. It may be too rich to quaff, but it's certainly worthy of placing within a flight of similar brews.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I rarely comment on the packaging, but I don't think they should bother with the gold foil on these batches. It doesn't really look classy, nor does it match the label.
It pours a glowing clear orange with black hints and a medium-sized beigey head with minimal retention and lacing. I like the color a lot.
Aroma is very complex - a bright, herbal, spicy hop character is noted alongside the nutty, cardboardy, very slightly roasted malt. Thick, undercooked french fries come to mind. I smell huge potential here.
Flavor begins sweet like thick liquid candy, but a spiciness keeps it from being cloying. The wave of spiciness quickly turns into a wave of earthy bitterness on which the malt complexity surfs away into dark caramel anonymity. Damn, there it goes. Boring yeast kills any potential for godliness. A good flavor, and the finish is a cute balance of malt and hops.
Despite the letdown, it is still a great beer to drink, and I have no regrets paying $4.45 for the bottle. A nice brew that I would gladly have again.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" creamy tan head over a clear copper brew, and laced well. Aroma is yeasty, with sweet maltiness present as well. Taste is well-balanced for the style, with expected leaning towards the malt, but frankly, makes me think of the Alt style that was released previously to this. Nutty notes also present, and alcohol is lurking way in the back, hardly noticeable. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, and as a brew it is pleasant. As a scotch ale/wee heavy, it is lacking.

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