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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #36 - Island Creek Oyster Stout | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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3.8/5
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108 Ratings
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #36 - Island Creek Oyster StoutHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #36 - Island Creek Oyster Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States
harpoonbrewery.com

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The idea for the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Island Creek Oyster Stout came after years of enjoying locally harvested oysters over freshly brewed pints of beer with our friends from Island Creek. Stouts have long been paired with oysters, though seldom brewed with them. This is our take on the age-old tradition.

Brewed by Bill Leahy using Island Creek oyster farmer Skip Bennett's revered Duxbury Bay oysters, this beer has a rich body and smooth mouthfeel derived in part from a combination of roasted barley and chocolate rye malts. The roasted malt notes blend beautifully with the briny, mineral flavors of the Island Creek oysters. An addition of hops adds some bitterness to balance the malt sweetness.

35 IBU

Added by TheManiacalOne on 05-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
108
pDev:
15.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent stout! Pours deep black with three finger creamy tan head that fades a little fast, but leaves creamy walls of lace.

The aroma has a nice campfire smoke with background mineral-like hint. Some chocolate and a bit of char with some light coffee undertones and earthy elements.

Nice smokey flavor in the background with spicy hints and salty edges. Some burnt edges of char with loads of cocoa and hints of coffee. Root beer notes, and caramel middle. Very nice.

Rich, thick, and creamy

Very interesting, complex, and delicious sipper.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of chimaylvr
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: poured a dark caramel, one finger head with continuous retention

S: remarkable...has a distinct smokey birch wood; unlike most stouts it doesn't hint of bitter roasted malts; silky sweet smooth, buttery

T: hint of chocolate without any bitterness, like a stout should be...creamy?

M: again silky, not acidic, at all - balance of maltiness and sweetness, light but creamy

O: Several different unique flavors which make this a very delightful stout. The aftertaste of chocolate and charcoal make it flavorful. It has some nice roasting qualities, it really brings the taste out in this beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a tan colored head. Nice lacing down the glass.

S: A roasted grainy malt aroma with some fresh ground breakfast coffee.

T: The flavor is way better than the aroma. There is a sweet roasted malt with a touch of chocolate and coffee that finishes with a bit of earthy saltiness from what I'm guessing is the oyster.

M: A bit thick and rather high carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. The full roasted flavor is complex and the earthy saltiness complements the sweetness very well.

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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Holland pint glass. Pours a deep russet brown with ruby highlights. A two fingered, light tan head sits atop, takes a while to drop, leaving some nice lacing.

Aromas of roast malt, flinty, some chocolate notes.

Flavors of light roasted malt, weak coffee, and a nice minerally quality. Touch of licorise.

Mouthfeel is light/medium, with a good level of carbonation.

Overall a very nice brew. Try it if you can get your hands on it. This would go very nicely with raw oysters.

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4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/15/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, lactose, chocolate, roasted males and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with creamy flavors of coffee and milk chocolate. There is a touch of dark fruit in the background as well. The malt character is hearty and on-target for the style. The hops presence is very mild and there’s a mildly bitter bite that comes in that isn’t from the hops. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a flavorful and poundable stout worth drinking for a while.

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4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - extremely dark brown, basically black. lots of head, cream colored, leaves a lot of sticky lacing

s - roasted/smokey/tobacco dominates the smell. i didnt catch any oyster in the smell from my first glass, but i also didnt smell it right away. as soon as i poured the second glass and smelled it, i got a strong oyster smell. for some reason it goes away as the beer settles.

t - all of the roasted/smokey/tobacco comes through in the taste, with the addition of some hints of chocolate and coffee. there is a little hop bitterness in the aftertaste, but it's strange how the actual finish doesn't leave much of a flavor.

m - quite light and carbonated. i get some sort of chalky feeling. the beer isn't really dry at all, but i don't know what other word to use besides chalky mouthfeel

o - lots of unique flavors and smells in this beer! i am usually skeptical when i see exotic words like "oyster" because i often don't see where the word is found in the beer. i distincly found the "oyster" in the smell of this beer when freshly poured.
overall this beer is enjoyable and i'm glad i bought it. if you want a heavy stout, though, you shouldnt go with this one

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4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Dark black in the glass and when held up to the light, light comes though at the edges leaving a ruby color, all most like coca cola. No head upon poor with the slightest of lacing around the edge of the glass.

A: Burnt barley and coffee. As the beer warms a slight salty aroma comes out.

M: A little thinner than I like from most stouts but good. Carbonation is right on, enough to bring the flavors through.

T: Burnt barley resulting in a very dry taste, but very appropriate for this beer. Dark fruits are present resulting in a slight sweetness when chilled, but dissipates as it warms. Also, as the beer warms a slight saltiness comes through, a product of the oysters I believe.

O: A very good beer for the price of 5.99. Would definitely drink this beer again. Would like to see what this beer does with some aging.

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4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure if this is different from #30 but I will certainly review it anyway.

Pours a pitch-black color with a thin brown head into my glass. Very nice color. Standard for the style. You can't get darker than this.

Roasted malt with a bit of lactic sweetness to it. I honestly don't know what oysters smell like but I can tell that it's a solid stout.

A mixture of cream, roasted malt with a bit of saltiness/chewiness to it. Easy going, easy drinking.

Linger saltiness and roasted malt. Nothing unusual here.

Seems rather identical to #30. Perhaps Harpoon has run out of ideas for this series, hence the re-releases of certain beers?

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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