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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 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.

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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.

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Photo of hreb
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle "Best by 3/15/11" stamped on. Refrigerated and poured into US pint glass Beer pours a beautiful chestnut brown with a paler, thick tawny head. Aroma is faint or nil.

Sharply carbonated and very little up front hoppiness. But the depth of this beer comes out in the middle: full bodied, gentle oak flavors. A welcome refreshment from over-oaked beers that have been popular with US craft breweries the past couple years. I would have guessed oak aged English brown as much as German dunkel, though.

I give it a solid B+.

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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 Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 22oz. bottle into a Harpoon 100 barrel Series tulip glass.

The color is a very dark brown with a maroon highlight and three fingers of foamy brownish head and some thick lacing.

The smell is German malts with a little oak flavor coming out a but. Some toasty flavors try to come out and remind me of pancakes.

The taste is has a bit of brown sugar flavor with some malt flavor coming in quickly. Some wheat flavor is there to even things a bit and gives a slight bready flavor. Some dry toast flavor is there in the mix with a slight bitterness. Oak comes out in the end a bit.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied with a nice drinkable feel. It goes down east and is pretty smooth going down.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not expecting a lot from this one.

A fluffy fizzy head of 1 finger fades semi slowly over super dark molasses hazy brown color.

Nose of sweet malts, syrups, a bit of molasses, some dark wheats, bit of cola, somewhat watery.

Taste has some lighter dark malts and wheats, light syrups, little molasses, brown sugar, light bitterness, light oak, no real booze, watery. Finish a little sticky and a short syrupy malt finish bit of dryness.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, little watery and lower but decent enough carbonation.

Drink is ok, somewhat watery light sticky finish but no real off flavors.

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Photo of scriabin
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harpoon's Dunkel is an exceptionally dry beer that in some ways is more like a scotch than a beer. It is very smooth and a bit hoppy but I by far it's most distinguishing characteristic is its dry finish. The flavor is quite fleeting, seeming to disappear as soon as it's swallowed but that encouraged me to sit on the edge of my seat and pay attention, as if the brewer were whispering something important.

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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 Gmann
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear pretty ruby brown color with a large airy off-white head that settles into a sparse cap leaving some spotty lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of a rich bready malt, caramel, honey, a light metallic note and some sugar. Didn't really pick up any oak on the nose. The malt seems a bit different than your traditional munichen dunkels.

The flavor is of toasted malts, bready, with a touch of smoke or charred wood. I really dig the toasted and charred wood flavor, quite tasty, but the beer doesn't really have any munich malt flavors and the oak must be very subtle cuz I ain't picking up much of it. Perhaps a bit of a "dry" flavor but not that oaky sourness.

The feel is very light, especially for the style. Prickly carbonation leads to a fairly crisp feel and the beer finishes with a slightly bitter toasted malt presence.

I like this beer, tastes good but doesn't quite fit as a dunkel so I downgraded as such. The oak doesn't really come through as well. I must say, though, I like this beer and it drinks very well.

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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.

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

From a bottle with an expiration date of 03/15/11. Sampled on December 16, 2010. The pour is a mahogany amber brown with a little copper. There are a couple inches of head that slowly fade. The aroma is full of dark roasted grains, a bit of malts, and a hint of oak. The taste has a nice malty bitterness with a twinge of tart.

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

22oz bomber into a tulip glass pours a crisp dark copper with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a nice blend of oak, sweet fruits, and mild caramel. The taste is smooth caramel malts with a nice touch of oak. The beer is on the light side of medium with mild carbonation. This one is pretty good for a lighter bodied oak aged beer, I enjoyed it.

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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.

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

Poured into a 100 Barrel Series glass at the VT brewery. Dark brown body with a burnt red hue when held up to light. A thin white film floats on top and leaves nice waves of coating down the glass.

On the nose there is a touch of wood and dark malt. Fairly muted. A bit malty, ale-like. Not bad, but not much going on.

Tipping back the glass reveals chocolaty dark malts. A little sweet at first, but balanced by some lingering bitterness. A touch of vanilla and oak. Tastes a little watered down. Would like to see a little more oak come through.

Mouthfeel is crisp with ample carbonation. Feels a little watery. Slightly malty.

Drinkability is good. This goes down pretty easy. Unfortunately, nothing really pulls you back to the glass. A good beer to have at the bar with some fries, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

A - Pours a rich caramel color, with a good two fingers of fluffy tan head, nice retention and sticky lacing.

S - Caramel sweetness and roasted malts, mild oak and cocoa notes.

T - Sweet caramel malts up front, followed by a toasty/oak combination, some dry cocoa notes, finishes with more roasted malt character and a bit of dry bitterness.

M - Seems off balance, somewhat thin body vs. carbonation.

D - Worth trying, not super exciting though, nice malty backbone but not a lot of oak.

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