Harpoon Boston Irish Stout
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 2.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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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.

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   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
outlawskies (962) - - OCT 12, 2014
B. Julie say is rather nice. C. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
two7offsuit (196) - 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 (3379) - 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 (530) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bebum (310) - - MAR 21, 2014
Nitro, flight. Dark brown, clear, forever lasting head. Medium body, austere, simple flavor profile, below avg length, watery finish. Dry, medium bitter but enough to brighten mouthfeel which would otherwise be flat, bitter aftertaste. Dark roast flavor and that's it. Nothing in it for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anthony850 (253) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2014
On tap a lighter stout. Easy to drink. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
williamstome (911) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Very dark brown with a milky head. Cocoa aroma, mild roasty flavor. Quite thin. Sigh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
catface5326 (154) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Dark brown with tan head poured from a tap. Decent but a little flat and bland. Decent beer but expected a little more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AirForceHops (3295) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Draft at Deep Ellum, Alston, MA. English pint shows a perfect Nitro pour. Nose is light chocolate malt and coffee. Flavor is exactly what I was expecting, Guinness wannabe. Light roasted notes, weak chocolate, light roasted coffee and light ash. Yes the nitro helps in body and texture. I knew what this was when I ordered it. It delivered on what Harpoon was aiming for. For style, ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Sampled at Boston brewery. Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Roasted malt, very light smoke, low bitterness, quite dry. This was all good. But there were also some lightly tart, fruity notes that didn’t quite fit. Body a bit too thin too.

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