Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #34 - Oak Aged Dunkel | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

80 Reviews
Read the review
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #34 - Oak Aged DunkelHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #34 - Oak Aged Dunkel

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

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Oak Aged Dunkel is brewed using traditional German ingredients and aged on American Oak. The brew itself is highlighted by Munich malt, Tettnang hops, and German Ale yeast, resulting in a clean, earthy flavor.

After primary fermentation is complete, we transfer the beer to a secondary aging vessel containing oak infusion spirals. These oak spirals contribute subtle,woody sweetness and vanilla notes. The wood complements the malt character and adds a layer of complexity to the delicate, herbal hops.

The result is a pleasing, drinkable autumn beer. The best place to enjoy this beer is during the winter, next to a roaring fire, along with a bratwurst.

30 IBU

Added by ManVersusBeer on 11-22-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 80 | Ratings: 101
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz into bell's pint glass. $5.59 @ Nikki's liquors.

A- Nice dark caramel brown and a big off-white head. Some lacing, pretty nice retention on the glass. Creamy when it settles.

S- Mild malt sweetness/dark fruit, no oak in the nose.

T- Mellow sweet malts and a light oak spiciness. Plums and apples, very mild, not overly sweet. Mild lingering bitterness. Really a fantastic flavor profile. Lots of flavor, but it's all in check, nothing dominating or overpowering anything else.

M- Light-bodied, refreshing, great balance of flavors. Can't get enough.

D- 5 of 5, I killed this bomber faster than I could believe. I am really impressed at this one. Harpoon can really bang out the German styles. More, please!

 719 characters

Photo of cichief
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a fluted glass.

A- pours a very nice mahogeny brown, without any haze. Very nice brown head of foam.

S- Not aa strong hop smell, but a little toffee sweetness.

T- Strong malt backbone, sweetish, but well balanced.

M- Smooth, almost creamy, no alcohol noted, medium on the tongue.

D- A very nice beer on a cold night, not too strong, and well balanced.

 391 characters

Photo of Brad007
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red color with a one-finger head into my glass. Nice presentation here.

Aroma is full of oak with a sweet, cocoa-like essence to greet the nose. Very interesting.

Taste contains hints of oak and sweet malt upfront. The oak isn't really prominent but it does not overwhelm the senses like it could.

Mouthfeel has lingering sweet malt and slight oak hints. Very subtle.Carbonation feels just right.

Decent and enjoyable, this is not to be missed. I'm not sold on the oak-aging but otherwise, it's fine.

 517 characters

Photo of gcamparone
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a La Trappe goblet. Thanks Andrew and Sara for gifting this to me!

A- Pours a muddy brown, hazy body with a small off-white head that reduces quickly and leaves no lacing.

S- Vanilla and oak predominate the nose.. caramel, dark fruits, and toffee take background.

T- Oak and sweet caramel, molasses, nutty notes, vanilla, some smokeyness on the finish.

M- Somewhat thin but expected with this style. medium-low carbonation.

Very nice, balanced, and extremely drinkable. Subtle characteristics that really work together define this German style, and the barrel adds an extra dimension that works well.

 641 characters

Photo of horshack7
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: A dark mahogany with amber hues around the edges topped with a off white spongey head. The head retention is not to bad.

Aroma: To start there is a breadiness in the nose paired with roasted hops. Mild notes of toffee. The hops are more to the floral end. From the malt end is a little bit of caramel malt with a hint of brown bread.

Taste: A very smooth mouthfeel. At the begining is a roasted hop characther along side dark malts that were roasted slightly. At the end is a little bit of a hop bite.

Notes: This one I like and would buy again quite the tasty beer. Cheers.

 588 characters

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber pours a clear, medium brown color with a large and fluffy tan head. Nice retention and lacing. Quite an attractive beverage here.

Nose shows more dunkel than barrel, which I think works in the beers favor here as the oak is fairly subtle. The base beer smells like a quality dunkel lager with a touch of roast and some sweet-ish malt additions.

The oak comes out to play a bit more on the taste, but surprisingly the beer tastes like it would be a damn fine session dunkel even without the oak. I really enjoy the toasted wood and light coconut tones that the oak impart. Has a delicate feel to it that is nicely balanced. I really appreciate the 100-barrel series and like the fact that not all the beers are booze-bombs. Good brew here, and I must admit that I have bought more than one of these since it has arrived on the shelves here.

 854 characters

Photo of Durge
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ohoove for cellaring this for a couple years so we could appreciate something better than the masses apparently experienced in earlier tastings. This brew is a deep brown color with golden-copper edges. The head is a modest, off-white cover that hangs on well and leaves a similarly modest trace of lace. The aroma says lots of hot cereal malt, like heavy duty Maypo. Very nice and reminds me of many of my own home brew mash tun scents. Simple but oh so satisfying. The taste comes on with much the same theme, only it's a tad disappointing in being a little less emphatic than the aroma suggested. But it's not really bad at all. The malt delivers a slight evergreen edge and maybe a little root beer and certainly a deep oak, as advertized. The body is solidly medium with very subtle carbonation, a tad flat for a smooth, somewhat aqueous feel. This is a tasty malt brew that goes down easily. Also easily recommended.

 932 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown, rusty brown in color with a good bit of cloudiness that seemed to settle itself out after a few minutes. A small but persistent head of off white formed on the top and managed to hang around for a good bit before settling out.

Aroma is deep and dark from the start. Rich dark caramel notes are all over this one. Vanilla, hints of oak, Roasted nuts, some brown sugar, dark frits, figs maybe? Really just complex as I even pull a touch of vanilla through after a few minutes. Really nice, and quite full feel for the style, due in most part to near perfect carbonation. This allows the flavor to roll across the palate and really just cling to every ounce of taste buds you have. Caramel, bready notes, hints of light spice are all leading the charge here as each sip seems to become better and better. Warming brings the roasted nut flavor out again and the deep, resonant hop notes seal the deal and leave a light drying flavor on the palate and a resonant vanilla flavor.

 986 characters

Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark amber/mahogany in color with a small off white head that settles into a thin lacing.

s: sweet, rich caramel malt aromas with subtle herbal hop character....oak (vanilla-ish) notes. nice.

t: big rich, malty flavors with notes of caramel with a noticible vanilla oak backbone. adds a pleasantly sweet, sticky feeling in the mouth that makes you want more. well done.

m: smooth mouthfeel;

i'm surprised i enjoyed this as much as i did. i think the bottle was pretty overpriced (around $7) but i'm glad i tried it and would recommend it to any malt fanatic in a heartbeat.

 580 characters

Photo of PBoegel
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into Dogfish Head Snifter cause that is what I had clean and in hand.

Good clarity, a nice deep amber with some red highlights and a light beige head.

Aromas of concord grape, mud, moss, and unfinished sanded oak.

Flavor is slightly melanoidin, good crisp touch of concord grape expressed from the Munich Malt and touches of oak wood in a nice balance.

Good drinker with a medium-light body, moderately carbonated and highly quaffable.

 464 characters

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very thin head on a brownish-amber murky body. Little lacing.

S: nice dark/caramel malt with a subtle vanilla, dark fruit, mostly cherry note.

T: fairly rich, sweet caramel malts with some dark fruit and spicey notes. the oak is very mild with more nutty and toffee notes noted.

M: medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: nice and drinkable. not much of the oak barrel aging coming through with this one. Still flavorful.

 431 characters

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles slowly but leaves only light lace.

S - A mild nose of light caramel and sweet bready malt with just a touch of toasted wood.

T - Smooth, sweet malt up front with notes of caramel and toffee. Some lightly spicy hops in the middle with more toffee. Finishes with smooth brown sugar and light bitterness as well as a lingering touch of vanilla.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Very smooth and well made, the base beer is quite good, which work out well because the oak aging is very subtle. A little vanilla is really all the barrel seems to have added but it is still a nicely made beer.

 742 characters

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice malty brew, soft with a nicely oak accent.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. (First bottle of the 100 barrel series that leaves the foiled top and replaces it with a neck label, which works just as well.) Simple front label design with a loose attempt at a limited release image with signature of the brewer. Includes a small paragraph noting the name of the ale and intent. Shows best by date (03/15/11) Notes IBUs (30), OG (15.2), and Alc. by Vol. (5.7%) Served into a snifter.

A - Brown pour with deep amber-brown edges, rich frothy head, good retention, and some splashes of lacing.

S - Gentle nose, general sweet malt sense accented with vanilla notes.

T - Bready malts, caramel and sweet barley, sense of the lager yeast, coated with a fine layer of vanilla, oak. Relatively subdued but in a nice cogent sense.

M - Medium body and carbonation, smooth flow.

D - Nice flow, rather easy with a nice range overall.

Notes: Not a brew for the ages, but this is rather nice. Soft malt sense with a nice touch of vanilla/oak. Good quality/price ratio, and well worth the try.

 1,092 characters

Photo of Reagan1984
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have to admit the thing I like the most about this beer is my new Harpoon 100 Barrel Series glass.

Shoe polish brown, tiny light tan head. No lacing.

Very oak forward in aroma.

Very nice. Toasted wood. Oaky. A toasted malt flavor with a touch of
bitterness at the end. Almost a cross between vanilla and coconut. Slight mineral flavor.

Very dry and crisp. Prickly carbonation.

I did enjoy this and found it quite refreshing.

 434 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep garnet with a thinnish off white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of vanilla and a hint of oak dark fruits and a slight bit of caramelized sugars. Taste is dark fruits dark and burnt sugars mixed with hints of oak. Lightly carbonated with a medium body and slick mouthfeel. Reminds me a bit of the Munich Dark that Harpoon used to sell but with deeper flavors. This is a nice subtle dark lager really, I could see myself enjoying these often if this was packaged in 12 ounce six packs.

 509 characters

Photo of ManVersusBeer
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was bottled on Friday 11/19, I picked it up from the brewery on Saturday 11/20 [didn't even have the gold foil top] and drank it today, Sunday 11/21.
Poured into the 100 Barrel Series glass. A large tan head forms on top of a crisp nut brown body. Solid lacing.
There is a smell of oak and some light roastiness. A bit of chocolate malts, honeyed sweetness, some slight biting fruits, and toast.
Spiced acorn and butternut squash hit the palate immediately. Candy, milky cocoa, and citrus, tea-like hop esters come through with a bread-based background. Oak chips and hazelnuts with a subtle vanilla tinge blends well. There is some good wood here.
This feels like a light, somewhat watery Dunkel at first, but the spice of yeast and hops with the smoothness of the oak, herbal notes, and malt make a nice tasting brew. It finishes with a touch of malty honey, then dries out into oak and earth, creating a balanced body.

 931 characters

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just picked this beer up at the Spec's on Kirkwood the other day. I am a huge fan of German Lagers as well as Oak Aging...but I am not sure how the two will meld. I have brewed some oak aged Altbiers with good success, so we'll see what a Dunkel is like.

Appearance: It pours like a dunkel, a very clear dark brown color beer with a light brown head of small bubbles on top. The head fades back into the beer within about 30 seconds or so, which isn't surprising with it being oak aged.

Aroma: I initially got more German Lager characteristics than Oak aging, which is a good thing. The wood is really only coming out as a dryness that seems inherent to the beer. The aroma is really subtle for this beer, but it is really cold right now. I am getting a little bit of fruit, like a dark cherry, way back in the aroma.

Taste: The wood comes out a lot more in the flavor than the aroma suggested, which is appropriate for aging with this style. I get more dryness on the palate from the aging than any vanilla or anything. As the beer warms up some, there is a little bit of vanilla coming out, but it is still reserved. It is a medium bodied brew with ample to light carbonation. It is well attenuated, so it comes across the palate a bit thin, but this really isn't out of style.

Opinion: Well, I must say that I have enjoyed this beer. The wood is reserved, but this is a subtle style so this is what I would expect. That said, the actual Dunkel character is lacking a bit. There really isn't toasty malt you would expect, so the woody character makes up for it, though very subtly. Though this is a nice beer to drink, neither the wood or the Dunkel stand out, so it falls a bit short in the overall delivery. This is a hard blend of flavors, so I give Harpoon Kudos for trying it and being ballsy enough to make the flavor subtle. I give it pretty high marks because it would be hard to imagine this beer in a more drinkable form with any other balance of flavor.

 1,972 characters

Photo of bishopdc0
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at the Great Lost Bear

It was presented as cloudy amber with a 2 fingers of head a nice lace forms

The aroma is nice. Malt with a flowery hop aroma a slight oak comes but it is faint.

The taste is nice perfect to drink the taste is malt to start and has a flowery citrus finish. there are hints of a woodyness but it is not overpowering

 357 characters

Photo of Kinsman
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut colored body with lighter ruby highlights and a light pale looking head about a finger thick that faded into a nice lace around the glass.

Aroma is full of caramel sweetness and some bready malt flavors. Not much picked up from the oak aging in aroma so far but it does open up a bit more as it warms.

Flavor is full of malt sweetness, right up there with the best Dunkels from Germany. Oak aging seems to pair well with this style, giving a slightly vanilla-flavor that matches well with the nutty caramel malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and chewy, feeling rather full for such a relatively low ABV beer.

 621 characters

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a beautiful array of chestnut, auburn and amber. Thin tan head settles into a creamy retention that rides down to glass bottom. Few lacey splashes.

Aroma is earthy with a nutty bread crust and mild hop tea. Taste follows up on the earthy, woody aroma. Crisp graininess buoyed by a tinge of caramel sweetness. Vanilla smoothness from the oak and the caramel sweetness gives this beer a cream soda taste.

Nice winter session beer, clean and earthy, though I'd like it a bit spicier.

 493 characters

Photo of ngeunit1
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a semi-clear dark red-brown color with a finger of frothy tan-white head. The head fades really slowly down to a ring leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of roasted caramel malts. Just a little bit of oak and earthiness beneath. Overall, a bit subtle.

T - Starts off with rich sweet roasted caramel malts and just a touch of hops in the background for some depth. Through the middle, a bit of oak and spices come out. The finish is a mix of roasted caramel malts and some oak with a touch of bitterness that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Feels smooth and really crisp. The finish has a bit of a dry kick which is really nice.

D - Very drinkable. With the exception of the aroma feeling kind of dull, the beer has some nice flavors and feels pretty well balanced.

 827 characters

Photo of Daktyls
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour into a 22oz Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Pours a dark amber color, but clear, not at all hazy. A one to two finger head dissipates to a nice lacing on top of the beer with the natural ring forming around the outside edge.

S: A nice bit of sweetness balanced by a malty character with a slight hint of oak. Ever so slightly are notes of chocolate and vanilla.

T: Somewhat similar to the nose, somewhat sweet, somewhat malty but definitely oaky one the finish.

M: Sits nicely on the tongue, a medium amount of carbonation for a light bodied brew.

D: Definitely drinkable, again, massive oakiness on the finish. Quite interesting and overall very good.

 663 characters

Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Impressive over-the-rim, tight head. The head has a tinge of beige to it. While receding, it leaves streaky lace and a rich, fine-bubbled dome. The liquid is a ruby brown (where a bright light can shine through) and appears to be very clear.

Dark and earthy aroma. Mild cream to the nose. No notable hop.

Interesting confluence of flavors, I tasted (in this order) cream, vanilla, mild pepper from hop, chocolate malt with overdone (but not quite burnt) toast, and then some alcohol warmth after the swallow. The body is accurate for a dunkel with a decent level of carbonation. The aftertaste dies quickly but it is complex like the brew itself.

 648 characters

Photo of BennyL1
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe

A - The brew pours a nice mahogany color with a small foamy tan head. Spotty lacing is present along the glass too.

S - Aroma is mostly of caramel and Munich malts. A faint whiff of the oak is in there as well, wish there was a bit more in there though. Hints of hops in the background.

T - The malts up front make their presence known up front. The oak rounds out the flavor nicely, a little on the subtle side but not bad. Good roasty quality in there too. A small hop bite in the finish makes for an overall solid taste.

M - Medium bodied with a fairly small amount of carbonation. Nice and smooth going down.

D - A very nice Dunkel offering from Harpoon. I've really been digging the 100 Barrel Series lately and this brew is no different. I will probably be buying another one of these.

 829 characters

Photo of bum732
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Soft bready notes, bread crust, some pumpernickle, some oak, herbal, perhaps some fennel.

L: Clear reddish brown, decent light tan head that dissipates.

T: Soft bread crusts with some herbal bitterness. Low bitterness leads to some herbal dryness with just a touch of oak. Very clean finish.

M: Medium full body, low carbonation.

Not bad, i wasn't completely impressed, the oak doesn't really shine either. Still tasty, not sure if it was worth the "100 barrel series".

 476 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #34 - Oak Aged Dunkel from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.65 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.