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

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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.

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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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Photo of Aaron420
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one from the bot3tle into a regular pint glass.

A: Poured a medium brown that was rather translucent, with a very small creamy colored head that left quickly.

S: Mostly Munich malts with a very faint hint of oak and very little hops.

T: Pretty much the same thing as you smell except that it had a little bit of a dark fruit note that came threw.

M: Very smooth feel with a little carbonation but not to much.

D: Has a very smooth finish, could defiantly drink a few of these in one evening. Not a great beer but not a bad one at all.

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Photo of kwjd
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a tasting, I think Sammy's bottle. Pours a clear brown colour with tight, white head. Some lacing on the glass. Smells quite nutty with dark fruit. I can only get a hint of the oak in this. Flavour is quite sweet, nice for the style. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bang-on creation by Harpoon, who often do these underappreciated styles. Nice social sssionable drinkability. Yeasty aroma, not its best point but OK. Good brown coloured body, lacey. A little sourness, that builds up and probably the sourness is enhanced by the wood. The aftertaste leaves a residual woodyness.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere localish. No more foiled caps for the 100 Barrel Series?

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the clear coppery brown brew. Head holds on well, with lingering lace. Aroma is malty, but none of the oak flavors I was expecting.

Taste starts sweet, fruity in the middle, with a lightly bitter close. Still no oak effect that I can discern. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Beer is good, just doesn't come through with what the label advertises.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy off-white/tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, pale, Munich, and crystal malt scent along with a subtle oak aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a bone dry, roasted and caramel malt flavor. It goes down smooth with little in the way of yeast esters, but a dry lager finish. The oak character is faint to mild as it seems to meld nicely with a roasted malt flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer, although I'm a little disappointed with this beer. It's a beer with much potential, but like most of their offerings it falls short of expectations.

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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 Sam21
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a brilliantly clear mahogany with an off-white head. Decent retention. Leaves small wisps of lace at first.

Smell - Clean nose with malt sweetness that brings forward notes of caramel and possible some dark fruit. Touch of oak blends nicely with the caramel. Herbal hops also hang in the balance.

Taste - The seemingly simple malt sweetness in the smell comes alive on the tastebuds. Toasted grain, biscuit, and herbal hops rounding it all out. The oak is not a standout player, but rather adds some nice complexity and gives the beer some overall character without over stepping. It really comes through in the finish in the form of light vanilla and subtle wood and mixes well with the herbal bitterness contributed by the hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with smooth carbonation. Nice full mouthfeel without being thick.

Drinkability - This beer was a real pleasure for the price point. An easy quaff with great overall character. The oak did not define the beer, but rather enhanced and emphasized the other elements.

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Photo of jmfc8237
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a snifter. Had a bone white to caramel head with decadent lacing that lasted throughout. Dark mahogany collie with clear hue and diving legs. Nice herbal background with light fruit and toasty malt forenose. Slightly sweet on the palate with some vanilla bean and dark fruit. The wood was very slight but offered a nice finish and balance to the overall mouthfeel to the beer.

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

22 fl oz brown bottle served in a tumbler.

Dull amber in color with noticeably active carbonation. Foamy/frothy, barely off-white head with stable retention. Patchy lacing with decent strength.

Semi-sweet caramel and brown sugar aromas over rounded, malted wheat; a bit artificially astringent. Subtle cedar and smoke which may be the reason for the previously mentioned astringency.

Slightly buttery wheat; thin in the middle. Dry wood with notes of hazlenut, tea, and mild coffee. The dry finish is slightly powdery with some adjunctory grains in the aftertaste.

Medium in body; dry, a bit filmy. The 'oak' quality certainly diminishes the refreshing quality of a Dunkel.

A little less exciting than 'advertised', but not unpleasant. Worth a try for the novelty and cost, but nothing to seek out.

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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.

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

On tap at the delightful Gingerman. Pint glass.

A - dark brown with little head with moderate lacing. Light definitely passes through this one but it is pretty dark.

S - not a lot on the nose for this on, just a hint of chocolate malt and vanilla

T - lots of roasted malt balanced with some dark fruits. Not super intense, but definitely lip (and tongue) smacking in its follow-through. Oak comes in really late.

M - light in the mouth with just a hint of carbonation - the taste does linger for a while

D - fairly drinkable but the sweetness would put me off after a couple

This is a good, but not exceptional beer. Happy to have tried it as it is a bit different.

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

22oz brown bottle with a batch #.

Dark mahogany color glows in the light with a bit of clarity, dense rocky off-white head stays for a while. Herbal hop, toasted bread and a faint brushing of oak. Smooth palate with a dry pulling mouth feel. Initial blast of maltiness throws some sweetness, toasted grain and light biscuity flavors at the taste buds. Hops chime in with some bitterness to balance and subtle flavor in the finish. Oakiness comes around and adds some depth and pull on the palate. Dry end with toasted grain and oak.

A good quaff, not sure if the oak takes away from the drinkability or not though I was expecting a pinch more malt depth here. Regardless, a good beer all around.

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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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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #34 - Oak Aged Dunkel from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.65 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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