100 Barrel Series #56 - Kettle Cup Thunder Foam
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

100 Barrel Series #56 - Kettle Cup Thunder Foam100 Barrel Series #56 - Kettle Cup Thunder Foam
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From:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
American Porter
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 9.45%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
35
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Oct 11, 2018
Added:
Dec 24, 2015
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  16
SCORE
86
Very Good
100 Barrel Series #56 - Kettle Cup Thunder Foam100 Barrel Series #56 - Kettle Cup Thunder Foam
Notes: Ancho & poblano chili peppers with cocoa nibs.
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Rated: 3.77 by JohnDon from Texas

Oct 11, 2018
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Reviewed by Ego from New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
pulled this from the cellar...
eyes...
thunder FOAM indeed.. geez, almost 4 fingers on an easy pour, dark ruby hue, good lacing, takes a while for this head to settle down (I guess I will take up scrimshaw in the meantime)

nose...
a touch of roasty coffee (mild), some of the cocoa, some sweetness... the chiles?, almost that scent of when you reconstitute dried chiles in warm water, interesting but nothing special

taste etc...
a nice, smooth and dry drinking porter, the chiles only seem to appear on the front of my tongue, I definitely sense them being an avid chile head, mostly this is a more cocoa forward porter in most aspects, the dominant note is chocolate (especially in the finish), it does make for a strange pairing, most porters do not have that little strange bite upfront... not sure if I love it, but it is different, medium bodied all the way through

verdict?
Tasty... kind of odd... not sure if I need the variation on the porter offered here. It's a really nice beer but for me the chiles did not add the right depth. cool attempt though, unique.
Apr 09, 2018
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within about thirty seconds leaving some foamy lacing all around. The smell had the cocoa nibs up front, fairly dry. Chili’s come across super light. The taste was mainly dry sweet and then the light spice from the chilis slide in underneath in the aftertaste. Semi-smooth dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light. Overall, I say this was a decent porter. It’s pretty dry all around. And the spices don’t kick in as much as I thought they would have. Maybe again.
Jun 22, 2017
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Reviewed by iheartmyTHO from Georgia

3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Overall, just a moderately OK porter. I get a hint of chocolate flavor but no real chili flavor. The mouth feel also feels off for a porter. My bottle seemed quite carbonated and bubbly.
Jan 27, 2017
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 oz bottle served in a goblet.
Pours clear, dark, reddish brown with a semi-durable beige head.
Aroma: The poblano and chili peppers are both evident and mix with notes of dark bread. Hints of cocoa.
Flavor: adequate dark roasted grain for style and given the judicious level of poblano and chili peppers. There’s also a moderate amount of coffee, subtle dark chocolate and earthy hops, and a hint of black pepper too.

Feel: smooth and medium-full body, with no burn but just some warmth from the chilies despite the obvious pepper flavor and aromas. Medium carbonation.
Dec 19, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by yancot from Canada (ON)

Oct 06, 2016
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From the bottle, it pours dark brown, almost black with a small head. I get more chocolate less pepper in the nose. The mouth follows the nose. Enjoyable.
Sep 08, 2016
 
Rated: 4.07 by garyloveman from Massachusetts

Jul 06, 2016
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Reviewed by ksimons from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A-color is a very dark brown, almost black, with a fingers worth of khaki colored head

S-pepper spice, chocolate, and a bit of roast

T-taste matches the smell with a chocolate malt backbone, light roast, and pepper that builds as the beer warms

M-just barely medium body and crisp carbonation

Overall really nice spice notes in the smell and aroma, but an imperial version of this would probably be really great
Jun 30, 2016
 
Rated: 3.52 by Hendry from Vermont

Jun 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Jun 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by BrianScott from North Carolina

Jun 05, 2016
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Reviewed by Rock_Glenn from New York

4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
An excellent body and head is accompanied by a smoky, peppery flavor. This is a very good beer. I swear pepper flavor tastes good in any beer, but in this particular example the balance is finely crafted.
May 30, 2016
 
Rated: 3.89 by NorseKaiser from New York

May 30, 2016
 
Rated: 3.62 by Dicers from California

May 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.78 by brother_rebus from Maine

May 08, 2016
 
Rated: 4.05 by GuitarIPA from Connecticut

May 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Apr 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.7 by Zylod from West Virginia

Apr 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.96 by golf4collet from West Virginia

Apr 13, 2016
 
Rated: 4.21 by RhinoBrew from Massachusetts

Apr 12, 2016
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Reviewed by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a near pitch black with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves lots of sticky lacing

S: Nice roast and caramel maltiness up front with a good deal of heat and vegetal pepper notes. Cocoa and chocolate in there as well. Solid

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roast and some light sweetness from the caramel and chocolate maltiness. Cocoa and a light spicy pepper kick up next. Heat very slowly builds up, but never gets even more than moderately spicy/hot. Finishes with light pepper notes and roast

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A solid pepper and cocoa porter that nicely highlights both ingredients while seamlessly integrating both together. Nice and easy to drink, but it would be a great sipper if it were kicked up a notch on both the heat and abv scale. Definitely worth trying, regardless
Apr 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.94 by morebeergood from Massachusetts

Apr 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.44 by TWStandley from Massachusetts

Apr 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.34 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Apr 08, 2016
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I'm a big fan of this brew. Pours dark with a nice head, smell is rich and chocolaty. The taste is heavy chocolate with some smoke, milkiness like hot chocolate, and a slight heat from the peppers. Delicious beer.
Apr 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.24 by Nickcal from Rhode Island

Apr 07, 2016
 
Rated: 2.77 by vfgccp from New York

Apr 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3 by ricknelson from Vermont

Apr 02, 2016
 
Rated: 3.27 by NeoClassicist from New York

Apr 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.67 by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire

Mar 27, 2016
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A - Dark brown pour that's almost black in color, light toffee colored soapy lacing ring.

S - Chocolate and light pepper aroma, sweet chocolate cream.

T - Light chocolate and peppers.

M - Medium body with a smooth finish.

O - I like Harpoon but I found this beer to be pretty mundane, unfortunately. Bummed.
Mar 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.69 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Mar 24, 2016
 
Rated: 3.52 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Mar 24, 2016
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Reviewed by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass, best by 6/16/26. Pours a very dark brown with a 3 finger light tan head that leaves plenty of lace behind.

Smell is chili peppers, chai, cinnamon, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.

Taste follows nicely chai, cinammon, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel is around medium, nice carbonation, a little dry, and very easy drinking.

Overall this is a very nice brew, a little heat from the peppees, but so much more to it than the spicyness. Pretty impressed with this one.
Mar 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.42 by Uzarnayme from Vermont

Mar 10, 2016
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Swillburger/The Playhouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a one inch head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like milk chocolate, roasty malt, and a bit of fleshy chili pepper.

This has a really nice balance to it, the chocolate and chili character are about equal. The chili heat lingers slightly on the palate. There's a good amount of roast here too- always appreciated.

This has a really creamy mouthfeel, super rich, with a normal level of carbonation.

Harpoon tends to make some pretty fun beers in this series and this is no exception.
Mar 04, 2016
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Deep brown where light shines through the center of the glass. Streaky beige lace from a moderate head.

Starts with the smell of freshly whipped cream. I get hints of berry and vanilla.

Mild start to the taste. I note blackberry and a creamsicle flavor. The finish is far stronger but mainly of the same flavors. Low carbonation with a thicker than average body. The aftertaste brings out some coffee bitterness.
Feb 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.74 by Doomcifer from Rhode Island

Feb 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.98 by jtbone from Pennsylvania

Feb 25, 2016
100 Barrel Series #56 - Kettle Cup Thunder Foam from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 51 ratings