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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 twowheelssoar
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

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Photo of dhvnu
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a couple of times, ones right after the 2010 release, second after aging it for an year. I was not very impressed abut it the first time, but the second time was very pleasing.

C- mahogany-dark-reddish

N-oak, biscuit-pudding

T- like a great dark larger, very refreshing and clean at first with an easy going notes of mahogany and a hint of hickory wood.Secondly, a great descending rush of baby oak ( still white and fresh)

O- good, recommend to every larger and pale ale fans, but not so much for stout fans who seeks mature oak-y notes

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Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite malty and has some flavors of caramel. There are some hints of sweetness in the initial taste and the finish has some notes of oak and hints of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn’t go down quite as easily as other Munich Dunkel Lagers; however the oak adds an interesting dimension to the taste and keeps it from being sweet.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I forgot I purchased this beer a few months ago and found it today hiding in the back of my refrigerator.

Harpoon Oak Aged Dunkel (#34) pours a brilliant dark ruby color with a small, fizzy head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is faint with notes of caramel malt, toffee and oak.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer has a firm carbonated fizz. The flavor is malty with a touch of spice. It begins with bread, caramel and toast. In the middle a some vanilla, oak and a touch of fruit come through. It finishes with a mild spice kick (either pepper or clove). Once gone the caramel malt and bread lingers on the palate.

I didn't get as much oak as I thought I would with this beer. Still, it's very tasty and easy to drink.

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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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear chestnut with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like oak and earthy barley, with bread crust and lager yeast and a bit of vanilla and caramel.
T: It tasted like earthy caramel and bread crust, with some oak and lager yeast and roasted barley and a bit of vanilla. It had a dry and mellow semisweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Acceptable body.
D: This had a nice scent and decent taste and ok body. So not a bad beer, but really not that great. I was hoping for more oak, and vibrant flavors to blend with the oak. Nice concept and pretty unique, but didn't work out too well.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured a clear reddish-brown with a nice tan head that receded quite a bit. Roasty malts and caramel in the nose. Malts and bread in the taste, with subtle wood/oak, and a bit of spiced fruits. Medium body, and overall pretty drinkable, but not overly memorable.

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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 GallowsThief
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from BennyL1. Thanks! Poured into my tulip.

A – Dark reddish brown color on pour. Nice one inch off white head that lingered around.

S - Nice but subtle malty smell. Has some sweet scent in it.

T - Nice bready flavor right off the bat. Just a bit of spicy oak. Also seems to have some sweet notes in there like dark fruit. Vanilla.

M – Medium bodied. Nice lingering taste left behind. A bit dry to finish.

O – Really solid. I enjoyed this one. Good drinkability as well.

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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 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.

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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 theboozecruise
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass... it's a deep red color with an off-white head, about two fingers worth. Just like the other "100 Barrel Series" beer I tried, a good looker.

Like the other one, the aroma is pretty weak. I like what I'm picking up, rich dark malts, but it's just not very powerful.

The taste is far better... sweet rich malts, chocolate and toffee flavors. There was a flash of an off-metallic taste but then it was gone. Tasty, I like this one a lot... not really picking up much of the oak aging, but it's a solid dunkel.

I like the mouthfeel, full despite the low abv, cream even.

Easy to drink, this one is a winner.

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Photo of JayQue
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany color with plenty or red highlights when held to a light. Medium size light tan head with somewhat better than average retention and some lacing on the glass. Smell is mild sweet malts.

Taste is malty with enough grassy hops bitterness to keep the sweetness level down.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich enough for the style. Somewhat sweet but with a good mild bitterness in the finish.

Drinkability is good. Not a classic Dunkle, but it goes down nice and easy. I would drink this one again.

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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 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.

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

Harpoon 100 Barrel Series
Session 34
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a chestnut brown with a khaki colored head on top. Decent head retention.

The nose is funky with some off notes. Whiffs of dried prunes.

A smooth drinking lager with a heavy dose of malt flavors. Some caramel sweetness, brown sugar and chewy malt backbone. Hints of raisins or dark fruit.

The finish provides a nice wood/oak dryness. A good, but not great brew.

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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

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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".

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Photo of nezelrac
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - deep amber/red; minimal off-white head; little persistence or lacing

S - wood is evident but non-descript; clean, focused malt; hops are supportive but not assertive - herbal/earthy and a little spicy

T - clean and defined malt; wood peeks through with a vanillin note and a bit of woody tannin -not astringent; hints at smoke, but doesn't quite get there; finishes a little abruptly - but, somehow, in a good way

M - medium weight; a little light for the flavor impact

D - very drinkable; session-worthy (in the winter)

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Photo of pburland23
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a dimpled mug.

Beer pours a garnet brown. It's an unimpressive pour in my opinion. I expect a little more boldness in the color of a dunkel. This beer looks thin. However, it did pour a nice, thick frothy head.

Smell is earthy and malty with twinges of the oak and some sweetness. Taste is similar. Each sip started off like a typical dunkel but was intersected by the smoky vanilla-ness of the oak barrel aging. The sweetness of the malt and the oak taste work really well with each other. It' an enjoyable tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is a little thin and the carbonation is a touch underwhelming. As for drinkability, it's a nice fall/winter beer, but it's not the best dunkel I've ever had nor is it the best effort from the Harpoon 100 Barrell Series. Overall, good, but not great.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/6/2011 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains lager yeast, dark caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, some fruit and some spices come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer but there are better ones within the style.

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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