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 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.

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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.

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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 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 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.

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