100 Barrel Series #30 - Island Creek Oyster Stout | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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100 Barrel Series #30 - Island Creek Oyster Stout100 Barrel Series #30 - Island Creek Oyster Stout

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

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed by Harpoon brewer Katie Tame, using Island Creek oyster farmer Skip Bennett’s revered Duxbury Bay oysters, this beer has a rich body and smooth mouthfeel derived in part from a combination of roasted barley and chocolate rye malts. The roasted malt notes blend beautifully with the briny, mineral flavors of the Island Creek oysters. An addition of hops adds some bitterness to balance the malt sweetness. This, the 30th installment of the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series, is best enjoyed with a plate full of Island Creek Oysters.

35 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another brew that survived my wreck! Served from bottle into New Belgium globe. Poured dark reddish brown with a one finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and subtle brine. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, earth, and very subtle brine. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. If you handed this to me blind I doubt I would have been able to tell you it was an oyster stout if I'm honest. The brine is there in a way, but it is so subtle it is almost non-existent. The other aspects going on here were not too bad however. Definitely easy to drink and decently enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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1/5  rDev -73.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of Treyliff
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a blackish- brown in color with streaks of ruby coming through when held up to the light. Small, thick tan head that reduces, leaving a bit of lacing. Smell is very smoky, with traces of chocolate and something else I can't quite identify. Flavor is dry with smoky notes similar to the smell. Roasted malt comes through, ending with a salty bitterness, more than likely from the oysters. Mouthfeel Is solid with balanced carbonation and velvety body. Overall, this is an interesting take on a stout. Very different but enjoyable to say the least.

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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ST: 22oz bomber poured into a porter glass. The bottle listed both the ABV and a drink by date.

A: Dark chocolate black-brown with red tints at the bottom. It had a large finger brown fluffy head. The retention was average and the lacing was small.

S: Smoke, chocolate, earth, coffee, sweet malts, and nuts.

T: Smoke, mineral earth, creamy coffee, burnt roasted malt, with a slight bitter hop finish, which balances the beer nicely.

M: Medium and very creamy

O: My first time trying an oyster stout; I have become a fan. This beer was smooth and had wonderful balanced flavors. The roasted malt and coffee beans paired well with the earthy, flinty mineral flavors that the oysters added to the beer. The mild bitter hops in the finish balanced the beer very well.

NOTE: I made a mistake. This review should be under the number 36 session.

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3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours black with a two and a half finger creamy large bubble tan head that dissipates leaving tons of residual lacing on the glass.

S. Smells like a dry English stout - dry mineral water, calcium carbonate, some light chocolate notes, along with the ash notes akin to what you'd find in a fire pit the morning after.

T. Ash with chocolate malt that ends with dry mineral-y calcium notes.

M. This feels akin to a robust mineral water. Ends super dry with a mix of minerals and chocolate.

D. A very dry English stout that I imagine would pair well with a number of dishes. The dry crispness would help to lift residual flavors off the tongue while complimenting meats with a nice roasty chocolate character. I like the idea of pairing this with oysters, but it would also do well with a roast, brussels sprouts, and other earthy vegetables.

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100 Barrel Series #30 - Island Creek Oyster Stout from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 227 ratings