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100 Barrel Series #30 - Island Creek Oyster Stout by Harpoon Brewery - Boston
Milk / Sweet Stout
5.50 % ABV

Review by orbitalr0x on 04/27/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 17 3 8 2010
Quite excited to try this as I've never had an oyster stout brewed with whole oysters before. Pours into my glass a nice deep black with a cappuccino head on top that lingers around. Aromas of crisp roasted malts featuring some coffee and a slightly burnt/toasted undertone. Grainy with an earthy, mineral tinged accent. Scents of the sea that may just be in my head as well.

First sip brings smooth, roasted grains upfront. Notes of coffee and cocoa intermingle as it flows down with a touch of saltiness and briny minerals. Rather dry on the back end. Smooth overall and the oysters really add an interesting, yet not overwhelming twist.

Mouthfeel is smooth with punchy carbonation. Falling on the lighter side of the spectrum for a stout, making it easier to imbibe. Overall, I found this to be a tasty and unique brew. I appreciate the brewers imagination here and the whole oysters definitely have an impact. Worth checking out!

Served In: Snifter

Review by James Kitchens on 03/07/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2010
An oyster stout for breakfast? Yesplease. The color is exactly what you expect. Black, with tan foam. Smell is solid, but maybe a bit muted. Burnt grains for sure, giving it a strong roasty smell. Not coffee roasty. Just plain ordinary roasty. Taste starts with that same roasted grains. Then you get the oyster part of it. A very slight mineral-y taste (if that's even a word). That final taste lingers for a little while too. But it's nice, not "off" in any way. Overall, a solid stout. Don't get much of the Milk/Sweet stout in this one though.

Served In: Pint Glass

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