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100 Barrel Series #34 - Oak Aged Dunkel100 Barrel Series #34 - Oak Aged Dunkel
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100 Barrel Series #34 - Oak Aged Dunkel100 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.

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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of claspada
2.46/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Aroma is very English in nature which is odd. A tea-like bready sweet caramel maltiness but not too significant. Light candy-like fruitiness, and some faint dark malt. Slight floral hops. The overall smell is muted. No wood detected at all which is a disappointment.

The taste unfortunately follows the nose and again it is fairly neutral, but nothing really bad. Sweet malt, toasted malt, and some extremely light wood and hop earthiness. A lighter body than I would like. A bit thin and watered down feeling. Easy enough to drink though. No need to seek out, sample or re-purchase. A miss for me...

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Photo of Dmorrison
2.52/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

It may be a dark wheat beer, but it lacks the sweetness or spiciness that I expected. It creates a fair supply of head and lacing, but the aroma didn't contain anything noticeable. There is a definite oakiness to this beer, but not much of any other flavor. Compared to Weihenstephaner dunkel (my favorite), this Harpoon beer is like oak aged water.

As a fan of dunkels and wood barrels, I was very pleased to see this on tap at the beer store. I should have waited to buy before checking some reviews. I was very disappointed, and none of my fellow drinkers expressed any opinions, which I think they would have if they'd liked it.

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Photo of gfreed
2.56/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oak? What oak? I found no oak characteristics here: no butter, no tannic edge, no tight, just-ripped-the-oak-board-on-my-table-saw bitterness anywhere. While pleasant to drink, if I had had this while blindfolded I never would have guessed it was a darker beer. It definitely has a lager's body and lightness, but there is nothing to indicate that darker malts have been used. It's a lager with dark food coloring. Glad to have had it (in good company), but not worth fighting over the last bottle on the shelf.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at Amy's Place in Easthampton, MA during a Harpoon event. Served to me in a pint glass.

A: It's hard to tell for sure as the bar was dark, but it seemed to be clear red/brown in color. A small foamy white head crowned the beer, but quickly sputtered out into nothing. Thin rings of lacing stuck to the glass.

S: Clove and a bit of a metallic smell. Light candy-like fruitiness, and some faint dark malt. Slight floral hops. The overall smell is muted. Not much wood detected.

T: Some clove taste up font followed by a big hit of bubblegum and some cherry. After the fruity, estery tastes recede, wood and some slightly chocolatey roasted malts come out. A little bread too. Light notes of vanilla as the beer warms. Hops are hard to pick out, but they seem floral and herbal. Slight toasted flavors toward the finish, which is dry with even more pronounced woody tastes.

M: Medium bodied and foamy with a good amount of carbonation. Very astringent though.

D: Low. The astringency is a major annoyance and makes the beer a chore to drink.

Notes: I don't know what to make of this beer. The rich malt characteristics of a dunkel lager are underplayed. There is some toastiness and breadiness here, but the rich malt and melanoidin flavors barely register. It should also be noted that this is not a lager. They used a German ale yeast in this one, and that is very apparent from the fruity esters and slight phenols present. I liked this aspect of the beer, even though it is not in keeping with the style. The estery tastes helped to fill some of the void left by the lack of rich malt flavors. The woody flavors were done well. They added depth without being overpowering. However, the oak aging compounds the dryness of this beer and ratchets up the astringency. That is the biggest problem I had with this Frankenstein of a beer. Get the astringency under control and tweak the malt bill and this beer would not be half bad.

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Photo of nebula1999
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber bottle from the cellar, purchased Dec 2010.
Off white head, brown liquid.
Mild aroma. Malty, not a lot of hops. Very faint oak, not much.
Tastes of grain, mild hops, somewhat abrasive.
Slight creaminess to mouthfeel. Medium body.
This one might have begun to turn. “Old”, but still drinkable. Its best days have passed.

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Photo of birdyone
2.82/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

it looks like strong black coffee. clear if you hold it up to a light, but a dark tint. quickly dissipating head.

smell was disappointing. mostly because i couldn't detect much.

taste is a dark, burnt taste. mild, not lingering. clean in that respect. pleasant. i feel like i'm tasting the oak aging.

very smooth mouthfeel. sating sheet smooth, not velvety.

i'd drink this beer again, but given the option i'd rather try the next 100bbl series. which is typical for the 100bbl series; glad i tried this one, but don't think i'll miss it either.

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Photo of SnowGoon99
2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is very strong caramel notes but very one-dimensional. Some hints of sulfur as well as cooked corn. Not to pleasurable in the nose.

Taste was ok. Sulfur was there again with the caramel. Also very one-dimensional. Couldn't pick out the oak at all. Mouthfeel was ok again but still not where it could be especially for a malty style like a Munich Dunkel. The sulfur and intense caramel were too much and the drinkability suffered as a result.

Overally just not a pleasurable beer to drink. I definitely wonder if it could use some more age not only in the barrel but in the bottle as well. I think extending those two aging periods would greatly improve this beer. But alas they are a commercial brewery and need to turn stuff over. I can understand that. Just a little more patience next time.

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Photo of biglite351
2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - dark honey color but very clear. Tall creamy near white head.

S - sweet fruit, caramel and a touch of Belgian yeast.

T - prune, caramel and toasted oak.

M - a bit thin with just a hint of tingle.

O - not bad, but I would probably not buy it again.

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Photo of Kanyon22
2.94/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Been kinda waiting on this one to come out all year long, since I love their munich dark so much.

A: Pours a Blackish Brown color with a nice reddish hue. Has a nice creamy nitro-tappish head that just sitting there.

S: Surprising bland can't make out much here, no oak or roasted notes. Smells simply like beer.

T: This beer starts out clean with a hint of roasted sweetness upfront. Then has a nice spicy hop bite and then finishes with a wonderful woody vanilla flavor that takes over your whole palate.
Doesn't have a robust oak flavor just a nice soft oak kiss to it, which I find nice, not over done, but as you drink this one flavors simple melt away and your not left with much.

M: Has a thinnish to medium mouthfeel to it. Was hoping something a little thicker, it also is kinda sweet and cloying in the back of the throat.

D: Lets see, for starters this beer began great but towards the end fell flat on its face. All the flavors get lost and your left with just a simple flavor profile.

Going to have to stick to the Munich dark they brew, which blows this one out of the water.

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Photo of ZacharyJ
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of mbs11
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a brown body with ruby highlights and a massive light tan head that quickly recedes to nothing.

S: A simple malty nose with a bit of earthy undertones.

T: A nice malty flavor with earthy notes as well as lager yeast, oak, and a hint of smoke. Finishes a bit dry.

M: Medium-full body, medium carbonation, chewy texture.

D: Not my favorite of this style and believe there are better ones out there. I don't see myself going out and getting this again. Definitely just a 1 time beer.

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Photo of crusian
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

shocked I am the second to review this, seems like harpoon gets their stuff into texas a LOT faster than other breweries do, thanks Harpoon.
Pours a dark dark brown, with about a finger of head. nice color on this, looks nice.
The nose carries a lot of vanilla, chili peppers for some reason, and some caramel malt.
tastes nothing like the nose, I do pick up the tiniest bit of oak in it, but thats about it, oak aged may be a bit of a stretch... at least on the palate. Nothing else really in there, a bit of roasted dark malts, and a bit of a bitter finish. The more I drink it the more I get the oak, or rather, the more it warms.
not too bad, wish it had more of an oak flavor in it...

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Photo of champ103
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark reddish/brown color. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. Some lace is left behind.
S: Some sweet malt, lightly toasted and light woody aromas. That is about it. Fairly neutral, but not bad.
T: Again, fairly neutral, but nothing really bad. Sweet malt, toasted malt, and some wood.
M/D: A lighter body than I would like. A bit thin. Easy enough to drink though.

An interesting idea, but not really anything I want to come back to. Just kind of bland. Not the worst thing, but there are plenty of other beers that I will grab before this next time.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint on tap at The Whiskey Priest in the Seaport District. Served in an ice cold glass, so I gave it time to warm up a bit. Murky brown colored body. Thin white head with a tiny bit of lacing. Smell did not impress me; no oak there. Flavor was decent, as it had notes of vanilla and caramel. But again, where is the oak? This should be just called a Dunkel, because the oak was no where to be found. Mouthfeel was fairly good for the style, as it did have a bit of a malty body to it. I didn't have any issues with the drinkability, though the whole time I drank it I waited in vain for the oak to appear.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes, 1/19.

A: Pours dark brown/ruby with small head formation but good retention. Decent lacing.

S. A good bit of caramel as well as some biscuity malts as well. A little vanilla and oak also.

T: Similar to the nose, caramel and biscuit, some darker fruit shows up. The oak and vanilla flavors come through nicely.

M/D: Medium bodied. Has a clean finish, but a little dry. Overall, its solid, nothing spectacular.

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Photo of jlpayne
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a transparent reddish-brown with a one finger head that quickly dissipated. Mild carbonation.

S - Not much going on here. Sweet malt aroma, but the oak is elusive.

T - Slight sweetness and a bit boozy. Surprising considering the 5.7 abv. Again, the oak is elusive, though it shows up briefly in the finish.

M - Round and light. Quite pleasant.

D - Very drinkable.

Overall, a solid take on a Dunkle. I'd recommend trying it. The price point is reasonable as well: ~$5.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Harpoon Oak Aged Dunkel is dark, crisp, and metallic.

It poured a beautiful dirty dark copper, with a massive tan head. The smell was metallic and the flavor was sweet and caramel-like with a hint of wood and a strong metallic finish. It had a crisp bubbly feel and a dry finish. Neither flavor nor feel lasted long.

As Oak-aged beers go, Harpoon Oak Aged Dunkel is refreshing and crisp, which seems to defeat the purpose.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark amber, slightly relaxed look with a minimal off-white head, spreads out quick.

Smokey, Scottish-like malt aroma at first,heavy with some mild vanilla-oak and slightly earthy.

The flavor is heavy on the malt, relaxed medium feel, mild liquor and heat, sweet and smokey malt with relaxed earthiness that tries to give it a boost of energy.

The relaxed feel and vibe with only mild complexity keeps this one from glory.

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Photo of ksimons
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours a dark amber brown, almost ruby in color. Has a nice tan head that leaves lacing around the top

S-malty and sweet

T-similar to the smell, but not as strong as I would have liked. Taste is a little watery and thin at first, but gets better the more you drink it. Finishes with a dry oakiness, but again not as much as I would hope for

M-thin body with low to moderate carbonation

D-easy to drink, would pair well with food

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Photo of Mora2000
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brownish-red color with a small tan head. The aroma is a mix of oak, toffee, wood, caramel and a little bit of cocoa. The flavor is heavy on the oak and chocolate as well as some toffee. I also get a little bit of cream in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Clear deep amber color. Light medium carbonation and medium bodied. Smokey bread nose and flavor is slight caramel, no oak, balanced, light bitter aftertaste. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Hannaford's Supermarket Concord, NH.

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Photo of beeragent
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass from a bottle.

A - Pours a deep copper, forming a good three fingers of off-white head. Heavy lacing on the glass.

S - Strong malty caramel aroma dominates the nose.

T - Large malt presence with the hops making a minor appearance in the finish. The oak is barely noticeable in the finish.

M - Light bodied with average carbonation. Very smooth and clean.

D - Good full flavor and nice appearance. I expected a little more oak presence. Overall, a very clean Munich Dunkel.

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100 Barrel Series #34 - Oak Aged Dunkel from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 101 ratings