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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #45 - Director’s Cut



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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 188   ABV: 6.25%
With a malty sweetness, subtle hops and a hint of smoke, this beer blends two distinct styles, Pale Ale and Stout, to make one phenomenal beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2014
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Bitter dry hop aroma with no smoke that I could find. Some roasted malts though. Flavor is dry and bitter, overly bitter from the roasted malts and the hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bulk_Carrier (3879) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a pitch black colored body with a one finger foamy off white head, the head dies after about a good thirty seconds, a moderate amount of sporadic light clingy lacing appears and eventually spider webs. The smell had light roasted malts with an ever so light amount of hops. The taste had a smooth roastiness with some hops trying to make their presence, but really stay subdued, roasty aftertaste, dry sweet finish. The palate sat about a light to medium, semi-sessionable. Carbonation seems spot on for the style and for me. Overall, this is almost always a super hard style for me to review, but figured better get ’er done, wishing I would have been more careful with that bottle date that got smudged as it could’ve helped me gauge how old this was. I’d probably have again, but the black & tan style though most of them are lower ABV-ed tend to be more of a sipper for me - could be just be, not sure what it is of these little beasts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Light beige, moderate head. Deep amber color with a ruby hue. Appears clear. Leaves some streaks of lace, even after the head collapses. Chocolate and caramel aroma, in a word--sweet. The taste is closer to baker’s chocolate. This is not sweet on the tongue at all. Strong hop bite makes the finish even more bitter. I like the balance between the malt and hop even though both add bitterness. The body and carbonation is what one would expect from a Black & Tan.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slubgob (310) - West Hartford, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Bomber into pint. Very dark brown. Lighter malt aroma, almost like a brown ale. In the mouth, it’s like a mullet -- ale up front, stout in back. There’s the slight bitterness of the ale in front, and it transitions to the roast notes of the stout in the end. Pretty light over all. Kind of like a mixed Black & Tan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2013
Bottled 500ml @PBFVIII, bought from Boston
Dark amber color, small white head. Slightly hoppy, light toasted notes. Medium-bodied. Caramel, some toasted notes. Lingering light bitterness in the aftertaste. A bit conservative.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle @ home, courtesy of a chill trader bro. Pours a clear reddish brown appearance with a creamy, lasting brown head. Roasty chocolate, a touch smoky, caramelized grainy, light coffee aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Dark chocolate, a touch metallic, cola, burnt, a touch smoky, sweet malty flavor. Doesn’t blow me away but it is enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with minimal head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate with slight woody notes. Taste is light bitter and light sweet. Coffee, chocolate and a bit of wood. Full bodied with a slick texture. Soft carbonation and a very long finish. Overall, pretty darn good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mora2000 (6156) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Brown with a tan head. The aroma and flavor have some toffee and caramel notes as well as some roasted malt. There is a small bit of hop flavor as well as some ashy smoke notes. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (11236) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2013
Draft sampled at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, wood and some nuts. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2850) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - SEP 12, 2013
bomber - pours dark rub brown with tan head and good lacing. Nose is coffee roast and pine. sip introduces caramel and grapefruit. Hoppier than I expect for the style. Smoky aftertaste. medium to heavy body. Despite the low ratings, I happen to like this one on the account that it’s autumnal without tasting like fruit cake or potpourri. I see myself drinking by a warm fire on the first "cool" nights after summer.

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