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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #36 - Island Creek Oyster StoutHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #36 - Island Creek Oyster Stout

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Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

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.

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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 108
Photo of JMad
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a mug...

The beer is black with red hues on the edges, the head is thick filmy and brown. The smell is mostly burnt caramel with coffee, dark chocolate and a slight fishy aroma. The taste is roasted grain with dark chocolate and a creamy coffee finish. It feels medium bodied with lots of subtle carbonation and a pleasant dry finish. This is a solid stout, didn't really get any oyster flavor I was looking for, but it was still good.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +9%
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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Photo of jamescain
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shiffer

Appearance: Black with a thin white head about a centimeter thick that fades into a thin ring around the glass.

Aroma: Hints of chocolate and roasted malt with what can only be described as a mineral like aroma.

Taste: Not really much depth, roasted grains and chocolate, with a slight creaminess.

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation, I was hoping for a little more substantial body.

Overall: It wasn’t my favorite stout but it wasn’t bad either. I didn’t really have high expectations, so I wasn’t really disappointed. It was good, just not something I would pursue again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Nearly black body with a decent tan head. A bit of light passes through. Decent lacing.

Smell - Strong coffee and chocolate aroma. Maybe a bit of licorice. Nice and aromatic.

Taste - Not as good, but not bad. Initial sweetness, but instantly a strong coffee bitterness. The bitterness lingers into an aftertaste that I swear is a bit salty, but that's probably only because it says "Oyster Stout" on the label.

Mouthfeel - Thin bodied, decent carbonation. It holds a long sustained bitterness, but not really any of the good flavors last.

Overall - Not something I'd drink again, but not a drainpour. Not complex at all. The bitterness in the finish is unappealing.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stout pours a black color with a small lacing head. The smell is very weak and not really present. The taste is very malty some coffe flavors, a nice sour after taste. Strong flavor. Overall a very good english porter from this side of the pond.

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Photo of devilben02
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a luxurious, deep chestnut brown color with a thick, creamy beige head on top. The aroma is pleasant but somewhat common for a stout, with notes of dark cocoa powder and charcoal being most prevalent. The flavor is similarly both dryly chocolaty and nicely roasted, with only a faint, dull, vaguely herbal bitterness for contrast. I was disappointed, however, that the minerality of the oyster shells didn't come through at all for me. The texture is great, with a creamy body being punctuated by a soft, fine carbonation. Overall, I was expecting something different and interesting from this beer, especially considering the fact that I had misinterpreted the meaning of "100 Barrel Series" as implying some kind of barrel aging, but it is just a common dry stout. I do enjoy a well-made dry stout, though, so my disappointment was quickly forgotten.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a tan head. In the aroma, a small roast and hints of sweet lactose and coffee. In the taste, a dry roasted coffee, sweet lactose and a bit salty. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry coffee in the aftertaste. A nice stout, but more coffee than expected, and almost like a milk stout.

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Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry roasted scent that boasts of crystal and roasted malts. It's dry with a touch of caramel sweetness. The taste is decent. Again, it has a dry, roasted malt flavor with a touch of caramel sweetness. The oyster contribution is minimal. It contributes a minor amount of mineral character as well as adding mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking beer, but nothing too exciting.

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Photo of buyBinboaVodka
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap and out of the bottle. I liked both, but I reviewed it out of the bottle.

Brewed on: 3/3/11
Packaged on: 3/17/11

A- Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Opaque black with a small 1" tan head appears with minimal retention and some small lacing around the glass.

S- Has a roasted malt smell with some dark chocolate undertones and a sweet aroma. I don't really smell oysters in this.

T- Nice subtle chocolate and malty flavor with just a hint of oyster flavor, not fishy, just that mineraly oily flavor of fresh seafood, again very subtle on the palate.

M- Medium body feel with a nice sticky malty flavor throughout. This feels sweet until the finish.

O- overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It is a very nicly done stout and a believe that at around $5 a bomber, this a great stout for the money. I recommend picking up a bottle to try out.

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Photo of biglite351
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Considerable orange around the edges. Tall creamy light tan head.

S - Roasty toasty malts with something a bit earthy.

T - Toasted malts with some roasted hazelnut and a hint of chocolate. A bit of a bitter hit in the finish.

M - A little thin with a mild tingle on the sides of the tongue.

O - Drinkable with food, but a little too think for regular drinking.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Black/brown color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Baked chocolate nose and flavor is baked chocolate, really just a decent stout. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of Brad007
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of buschbeer
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes June 4,2011
Session 36
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours dark brown with and inch and a half of tan head.

S - The aroma is smokey, roasted malt with some chocolate notes.

T - The taste is rich roasted malt with some smokiness. I also get some chocolate. It finishes with a slight bitterness.

M - It is very smooth with low carbonation.

O - This is a pretty good beer. My only knock is a burnt taste on the finish.

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Photo of Kromes
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1.5" mocha colored head. Clear dark raw umber brown. Smell is mainly coffee and dark roasted malt. I'd expect at least a smell of oyster sauce but no. Taste has lots of coffee, dark roasted malt, maybe a little cocoa, and I don't really get oyster but maybe instead a drop of soy sauce. All in all as a stout it has good flavor but as an oyster stout I don't think it expressed the oyster enough. But I'll admit I'm no expert on oyster stouts.

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark but still slightly translucent with deep brown highlights. The beige/tan cap was very fine and left a lot of lacing on the glass. Tons of roast and sweet malts in the aroma, toffee and burnt malt, sort of a charcoal quality, milk chocolate and a hint of hops. Nice texture, medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation that was soft on the palate. Slight astringency from the dark malts. Sweetness was well balanced in the flavour by dry roast and moderate hop/dark malt bitterness. Notes of caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Overall, it was pretty tasty. I haven't been drinking many stouts lately and this has whetted my appetite for more.

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Photo of Sam21
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased for ~$5. Poured into pint glass.

Appearance – Dark brown body with excellent clarity. Not quite opaque when held to natural light. Tight creamy tan head that leaves nice lace. A delicious looking beer.

Smell – Toast, light roast coffee, subtle sweetness, and a unique mineral twang in the back.

Taste – The flavors are light and balanced. They dance across the tongue very delicately. Toasted wheat bread, soft bitter coffee roasts, and light sweetness. The mineral flavors come through late and round out and tame the roasted flavors to an extent. These flavors linger on the tongue with a touch of bitter roast for a decent length that keeps you drinking.

Mouthfeel – Medium body with decently creamy carbonation. Lively enough to entertain the tongue, but smooth enough to quaff ad nauseam.

Drinkability – A wonderfully quaffable stout. If only I had some fresh oysters…

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Photo of Onenote81
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I see that this is listed twice under the "100 Barrel" series (#30 and #36). I think many are still reviewing this under the #30 edition, but my bottle clearly says #36, so the review goes here. This is my first "Oyster Stout," so I'm excited to give it a try. 22oz bottle, split with my wife. Poured my allotment into a tall chalice.

Pours a dark black (surprise) with a finger-width beige head. Wispy lace stuck to the glass after each sip. Nothing in the nose told me that this was anything other than a standard stout -- dark roasted malts, charred wood, coffee grounds. Nice nose. The body was a little on the thin side. Though the ABV is lower, I still expected a bit more heft to this. Mild cocoa on the tongue, toasted malts, light hop bite. Not sure what the oysters add to this as I can't seem to find any aspect that's different than any other standard stout I've had. Pretty average, not that that's a bad thing.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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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