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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #45 - Directors' CutHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #45 - Directors' Cut

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Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Black & Tan

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by rab53 on 02-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber, $5.99 at Hannaford in Durham NH. Served cold in a standard tulip.

I wasn't sure what style to put this in, then I see it's listed here as a Black & Tan, which I guess is the logical choice. I dunno why I didn't think of that!

A: Dark brown brew, dark enough that I can barely tell that it's fairly clear when held to a light (versus cloudy/ opaque). Faint black cherry highlights barely shine through. A moderate pour generates about 1/2" of short lived head that settles to a single whispy layer. A single quarter-sized bubbly iceberg of foam remains, along with a meniscus also formed by larger bubbles. I poured harder with the second half and got better retention. Fine creamy bubbles lasted for a few minutes and left a moderate level of watery lace.

S: Charcoal/ charred wood stuff up front with kind of a salty feel in the nose. Just a hint of complex sugars rounds out the thick part of the nosefeel (my own word... feel free to use it if ya know what I mean by it). The sugars are mild and like a burnt caramel, which lends some mild viscosity, but the rest of it is pretty clean and thin. Slight buttery toffee (diacetyl) note on its own in there, separate from the sweetness. On second thought, I think the smokiness is maybe a bit more like peat, as you would find in a peated scotch. Overall I can see the stout-PA mix here. Bold/ robust stout smells on one end are attenuated by fairly clean aroma on the other end. I imagine there's some PA hoppiness in there somewhere but I can't pull it out, likely covered up by the smoke. Maybe just a hint of citrusy character lurking around the edges of the caramel sweetness/ toffee butteriness. The toffee seems to burn off with airing/ warming, not as prominent later, for better or worse.

T: Hoppiness is definitely more pronounced in the taste, and it is indeed mostly citrusy. The smell is much more like a stout, whereas the taste is much more like a pale ale. Most of the charcoal and all the burnt caramel and toffee are left behind in the smell. The salty/ saline part does carry though though. Taste is clean, mostly dry, soft citrusy lemon and orange hops, with maybe some evergreen and a tad bit of grassy hops lingering in the finish. Like a semi-black pale ale. A bright little acidic note tickles just behind the tip of the tongue, like pure acid without any flavor, stimulating salivation. Finish is lingering hop, a bit of smoke reappearing, and a hint of something cool, like mint/ menthol/ spruce in the finish.

M: Fairly thin with a soft subdued carbonation. Maybe they could've upped the fizz a tad bit (saying this even after a softer pour). Finishes with lingering bitterness, moderately dry. Alcohol not apparent.

O: Good enough, and good in really interesting ways. I'd have it again, though maybe not at this price point. If it was in regular rotation in 6-pack form I'd be a very tempting choice. The split between Nose = mostly Stout, Mouth = mostly Pale Ale is pretty cool.

I dunno, it does seem to be growing on me. Maybe I'll get another bottle or two. Tempting. I'll recommend it to others, at the least.

Kudos to Harpoon for doing interesting things with the 100-barrel series again. They were quite boring for a while there, but you definitely got my attention again with these last few. How about upping the ABV a bit and really giving us our money's worth though?! Hehe. :)

Yes, my overall rating is higher than any of the individual categories. I've decided that this beer is more than the sum of its parts, which I think is kinda the point. Bonus points for being interesting, for the experience.

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Photo of rab53
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As per the label: "blend of pale ale and stout".

Pour is thin with a moderate white head. Translucent chestnut brown.
Dominant smokiness and roasted aromas. Citrusy hop aromas take a back seat.
Taste reflects the aroma, mainly smoky, roasted malts with a mild bright hop finish.
Feels too thin for a stout or porter, not unexpected after the dilution with pale ale.
Overall not that bad. One could certainly do worse for the money.

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