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RATINGS: 485   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Formerly known as Harpoon Munich Dark.

If all the beers we offered were based on sales numbers, our Dark would most likely be on the chopping block. But this beer has been a perpetual Harpooner favorite, and we couldn’t let it go. We recently introduced this beer in 22 oz. bombers with a new label and a new name – simply “Dark”. But it’s the same beer we’ve been brewing since 1998.

A blend of specialty malts gives our Dark a velvety mouthfeel with roasted notes and a hint of chocolate, balanced by a subtle hop aroma. Hard to describe but easy to drink, Harpoon Dark is rich in character and light on the palate. The overall character is hearty malt and chocolate balanced with a crisp hop bitterness.

Old description: Inspired by the centuries-old Bavarian beer, our Harpoon Munich Dark has a dark, balanced maltiness complimented with a moderate hop finish. We introduced this beer in 1998 and received first prize for Best Beer Overall of 1998 in BarleyCorn Magazine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2013
On tap at Union Oyster House in Boston. Dark Brown pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, malt, breadiness and roast. Malty and chocolatey flavor with a semi roasty finish. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1409) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Beer pours medium brown color with a mostly dissipating tan colored head. Aroma has mostly malty notes of caramel, chocolate, nuts, and cereal. Taste is mostly sweet with a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Pretty enjoyable beer. I would drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
ejh8 (63) - - FEB 3, 2013
Bottled. Pleasant surprise. Rich malty hint of spices that don’t overwhelm the beer. Great dunkel beer for a cold winter’s night. Not too dry. Good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (1864) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2013
In a bottle. Very tasty. Roasted malty flavor. Smooth and easy to drink. Not bitter at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TATE (285) - Lubec, Maine, USA - JAN 30, 2013
On tap at Nocturnem Draft Haus. Pours black with a thin tan head. Nice caramel maltiness with a dry finish, very easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2012
12oz bottle poured into glass. Never been keen on this style but I decided to give it a go. Easy drinking and mostly malt forward, both in the flavor and aroma. Nothing stood out to me though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Imaena (1791) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Bottle. Nice soft mouth feel, good malty flavor, and well balanced bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jason1970 (143) - Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Not a bad dunkel, but not nearly the best either. Pours a brownish red. Can see very little light. Very small head that reveals some modest lacing down the glass. Gone quickly though. Smells like brown sugar, malt and hops. Nothing special in the aroma. Taste is a bit bitter and not very balanced to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 23, 2012
This is a pretty decent dunkel. Dark fruit, especially raisin in the flavor, some caramel and licorice. Pours dark brown, slightly reddish. Tried with Kristin at the brewery in 2007.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rangerred (891) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Growler pour into a pint glass. Pours a clear medium brown with a half finger white head. Ok head retention and lacing for being out of a growler. Aroma of roasted malt and toast. Some caramel is evident along with grassy hops and dark fruit. The flavor is much like the aroma although has much more depth. Toast and roasted malt is very prominent up front but there is a nice grassy hop backbone. Biscuit and vanilla are underneath along with some dark fruit and a little bit of wood. Mouthfeel is crisp and somewhat drying without the least hint of cloying sweetness. Overall, I really like this beer. A great thirst quencher with plenty of flavor. This is nicely done by Harpoon and is probably my favorite beer from them that I have tried so far.

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