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Harpoon Boston Irish Stout | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Boston Irish StoutHarpoon Boston Irish Stout

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

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Boston Irish Stout is a traditional dry Irish stout. Full-bodied but sessionable with a creamy texture (derived from the nitro pour), it combines the roasted character of six malts with delicate Willamette hops.

30 IBUs

Added by Todd on 03-13-2013

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Reviews by HattedClassic:
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured and drunk at the Harpoon beer hall. The beer has a lot of tan head that dissipates ata moderate pace. Since the beer is nitro-based, the head comes into different kinds. The head foam is creamy and a very light tan that resembles a off-white cream. The other foam is the nitrogen disappearing into the beer and has a darker brown color and different bubbly texture. After the nitrogen dissipates, the beer is an opaque milk chocolate brown. The beer has a chocolate milk smell with dairy notes and a bit of the nitro as well. The taste is similar in that a chocolate milk taste dominates the flavor with very light notes of cocoa and cream. The beer has a very smooth feel with very little carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BranfordBound
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap on Saturday, nitro pour. Has that typical look that one would expect from a nitro stout: dark brown body, cascading bubbles, tight white head that leaves dollops of lacing.

Smell is, as the style on nitro, pretty muted. Some sweetness and hints of roasted malt, touch of lactose. Taste fairs a bit better, nice roastiness in the middle, bitter and charred end. Nice velvety mouthfeel and fairly light body.

Overall it's a nice beer, but the nitro mutes the flavor. It's a bit stronger than Guinness but not by much.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Roguer
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful stout served on nitro: bold and black, with a dark tan head.

Aroma is roasted barley goodness, and flavor follows. There's just a touch of char, and waves of roast - likened to bitter chocolate and cold coffee - come across. Touches of dark fruit and bread occasionally peak through. I'm surprised at how much flavor this beer packs in - and how good that flavor is.

Many high ABV beers come across as lighter and lower; this is a beer that punches up, instead. It has the character and flavor of a brew easily 6-7%, but in a traditional low ABV package. It would make an excellent day drinking stout/porter, and an excellent upgrade over Guinness if you're looking for something lighter, simple, dark, and flavorful.

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

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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

Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was layered as expected - black at the bottom fulfilling the tan to brown three finger-ed middle indicating the nitro pour to flow through as it should and then a soft finger and a half of a level eggshell white color for a head. Glistening lovely stringy yet sliding lace. The aroma had a luscious sweet to roasty blend of milk chocolate, roasted malts, sweet cream and a touch of vanilla at the end. The flavor blended the previously mentioned flavors to boot and had it wrap into the aftertaste and slide into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body. Sorry, Harpoon, I don’t find this to be full bodied. Makes for a great session. ABV felt spot on as the brewer suggests. Overall, practically perfect as an Irish dry stout

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

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Harpoon Boston Irish Stout from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 151 ratings
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