While I was running March Brewness I also found a lot of great content for the site. I decided to let the tournament run its course and then post all of the content I found later. Harpoon Brewery (who’s Winter Ale I reviewed this year) put out a nice video on the history of Oyster Stouts. It’s a different kind of beer if you have ever had the chance to try one and I thought this video did a good job of telling the story of them.
Harpoon is one of my go to craft breweries. They make some excellent beer that I really enjoy, particularly in the summer time. Harpoon Brewery is located in two places, Boston, Massachusetts and Windsor, Vermont. I had a buddy who lived near their Boston brewery and told some wonderful stories about the beers they offer in their 100 Barrel Series. If you haven’t heard of it before, Harpoon invites a guest brewer to come in and make any beer they want. They brew 100 barrels of the beer and then never make it again. Needless to say I bought their Winter Warmer when I saw it on the shelves.
The beer pours a clear ruby color and has a slightly off-white head. The nose is strongly filled with nutmeg. So much nutmeg flavor in there that it almost presents itself as a minty odor. The taste has a really malty front-end. There are bits of caramel in there and then the nutmeg hit. They really finish out the beer and add some good flavor. There is some cinnamon in there as well, but the nutmeg really take the cake. It is very smooth but I feel like the spices kind of shine more than the whole beer. Harpoon Winter Warmer comes in at 5.5% ABV so it is sessionable, but it just doesn’t do it for me. Try it out for yourself and see what you think. (more…)