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RATINGS: 499   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rejtable (2310) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
Poured coffee black with a light head and good lacing. Notes of espresso, fruit and a metallic note that wasn’t very pleasant. Bad tap? Light body with low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
On tap. Pours a dark black with a tan head and lacing. It has a medium aroma of sweet, dark, and toasty malts. The flavor is sweet and dark malts up front leading to a balanced semisweet middle and aftertaste over a light-medium mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2819) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 21, 2013
12oz bottle - pours ruby brown with beige head and decent lacing. Nose is caramel and roasted malts. Flavor adds light coffee and grassy hops. Wow, better than I expected. Taste is well balanced and bittersweet. Refreshing not so light. Solid. It drinks itself.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 2/4/13. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a dark cola color. The head isn’t particularly impressive; it’s a one finger light mocha shade that fades away to a gimpy-looking film quickly. S: Mild roasted grains, some faint chocolate, nuts, butterscotch, and slight fruity esters. A decent aroma that only suffers only from its mild strength. T: There’s an initial hit of roasted coffee, before it finishes with some nutty malts and some stone fruit esters. Not complex or particularly interesting, but it’s easy drinking and pleasant. M: Superbly clean and crisp. Apart from a slight lingering fruity note from the lager yeast, this is as bone dry as it gets. I really like the feel here. O: I had this one last year and hated it. Having it now, it’s less awful and more ho-hum. Still, it does a solid job of hitting the qualities a dark lager should.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (6976) - 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 (1447) - 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 (118) - Massachusetts, USA - 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 (4692) - 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 (403) - 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 (2486) - , 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.

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