With the exception of the snow storm making my commute interesting, today was an uneventful day here. My evening has gone excellent. Came home to an absolutely delicious dinner that the wife cooked up for me. I made kettle corn for dessert. Bruins are on TV and are currently winning (of course I just jinxed it – the opposition scored the second I typed that).
The vote was between the following:
#1: Harpoon Glacier Harvest Wet Hop (100 barrel series)
#2: Harpoon Oak Aged Dunkel (100 barrel series)
Although the vote was close, the Dunkel was the clear winner. I’m happy with selection and hope the beer is as yummy as it looks (dark reddish brown / mahogany color).
The first thing that is obvious is the carbonation. HOLY CRAP, bubbles sting your tongue.
Next, I’m surprised at how quickly the flavors change in your mouth. You immediately get a strong malty sweetness that reminds me of caramel. Mild floral bitterness quickly mixes in. I think I’m also detecting the flavors of nuts (the non-reproductive eatable kind).
Overall, the Harpoon Oak Aged Dunkel is a VERY solid brew. Drinkable, but not boring at all.
Post-review edit: I COMPLETELY forgot to mention the oaky aftertaste. Clearly a main feature of the beer, and a delicious one at that!