Harpoon Boston Irish Stout
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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.02/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
We’ve been brewing in Boston for 26 years, and have always enjoyed the mix of great beer and good friends that Boston’s pub culture inspires. Hopefully we’ve helped create that combination here at the Brewery as well, but the Irish pub may have been one of the first inspirations, and we wanted to pay tribute to it.

The development of Boston Irish Stout was quite a learning experience as we not only needed to come up with a recipe we liked, but had to learn how to nitrogenate beer on a large scale and package it properly. There were a few bumps in the road as we went along, but thankfully we could always drink our mistakes. Of course, it is also fun to see the tap attached to the bright beer tank (the tank we package out of). We need to sample pints out of the tank prior to packaging because it’s the only sure way to confirm that the beer is going to pour correctly when it is put in the keg. Quality control is a tough job at the brewery!

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.

Salamiwami's rating

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Salamiwami (50) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Looks a like like Guinness but doesn’t taste anywhere near as good. Has a funky aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3493) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2016
Dark cola pour with aroma of roasted malt, chocolate,and with a hint of coffee. Roasted malt flavor with some chocolate and coffee flavor. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BroSpud (2038) - , Massachusetts, USA - SEP 14, 2015
On tap at VT brewery in Windsor. Had this before but it tasted so much better fresh off the tap at the brewery. Similar to a Guinness in taste and palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vandc01 (334) - North Branch, USA - APR 9, 2015
Had a sample while visiting harpoon brewery. Very light bodied for a stout on nitro. Decent but didn’t blow me away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iznogud (2377) - CROATIA - FEB 9, 2015
On tap at the Harpoon Brewery, Boston. Pours dark brown with tan head. Roasted malts and milk chocolate. Smooth. Light to medium bodied.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
jflopsu (1186) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Pours a dark black with brown head after a long settle. Has a light chocolate and coffee aroma. Tastes like a very watered down Guinness. Has a light chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt taste. Not much of an aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kavu (4020) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2014
16 fl. oz. on tap @ Stoddard’s. Pours very dark red with a medium extremely thick off-white head. Aroma is roasted malts. Flavor is dry roasted malts with notes of coffee and chocolate. Good stuff. Quite Guinnessy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (21168) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Draft, from notes. Brown color, medium tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate. Taste has wet cocoa. Light body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
two7offsuit (449) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma of light malt. Flavors of coffee and a hint of chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cybercat (5046) - Georgia, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Pours a rich sable with a very thick, fine-bubbled tan head, very Guinness-like. Aroma has strong, mouth-watering tones of roast malt mad molasses with a hint of coffee. Flavor echoes the roast malt and coffee tones of e aroma, though not as strongly, and adds a snip of caramel. Texture is fairly smooth and thick, dusty and not too fizzy. If not Guinness, still a good brew.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Westkyoto77 (620) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 3, 2014
On tap at Barracuda Tavern, Boston. Not much nose at all on this, though it looked the goods, a tar black body topped with a creamy head of whipped cream. Palate was surprisingly thin, and quite dry. Flavors of dark chocolate, rich dark malt, and espresso. A bit hoppy in the finish? A little underwhelmed by this, probably because it was a surprise, but still went down nice with my lobster roll.

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