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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.

Description
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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (3372) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Bomber. Pours a dark amber with a medium beige head that quickly diminishes leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is a bready malt, raisin, and caramel. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet toast caramel and chocolate with lingering dry finish. A good dunkel from Harpoon.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1062) - Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Dark brown black with thin off white lacing. Burnt toast and roasted nut aromas. Palate is low on carbonation, malty and smooth with roasted nut, coffee and nutty flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5794) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2012
22oz bottle, same day i state inspectioned the hell outta my car, 4 months early .. . deep cola brown .. medium to low foam .. . quite a nice roasty feel to it .. . medium mouth, good bitterness level .. . damn, this an awesome dunkel .. . . I wasn’t going to gamble. I just wanted a Bloody Mary.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2012
bottled, vellveety brown color with strong tan foam, aroma is husky chocolate leading to possibly a pretty good dunkel, but flavor cant hold up to aroma and is more chalky short flavored notes of malt and roast

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2477) - Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2012
12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, best before 4/15/2012. Pours crystal clear reddish brown color with a small 1 finger tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Good spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, nuttiness, biscuit, chocolate, vanilla, toast, and light fruitiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of caramel, chocolate, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, toast, herbal, roast, and light dark fruits. Lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, herbal, toast, nuttiness, toffee, and light fruitiness. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a great Munich Dunkel! Nice flavor balance and robustness; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this, and this might be my choice for an easily available dunkel in the future.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9997) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 10, 2012
Draft at the source. Very dark clear maroon, tan head. Aroma of burnt toast and dark cocoa. Taste is coffee grounds and bread diugh. Fuller body than most dunkels.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kerolasa (409) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2012
Quite dark beer, but lets some light through which is dark red. Smell is quite malty. Taste is quite round, and easy. There is some carbonation, but not too much to distract. It seems to be a bit sour beer, and I end up thinking earth aromas; mud and dirt. Perhaps there are come cooked vegetables as well, which in my case does not make much difference I’m not into this one. That said I must acknowledge this is still OK beer, and someone might find this good. Thanks to Paul D. for bringing this all the way US for me as farewell present.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
obguthr (3669) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Bran flakes and walnut nose. Clear brown, medium tan head., little retention. Cola, charcoal, dark roasted barley malt flavor. Smoky finish. Decent offering of a style that is poorly executed by most American breweries.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (2170) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JUL 29, 2012
Draft at Harpoon Tasting Room. Great light stout flavors, coffee and chocolate. Great dark ale, tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bomber: Pours a clear brown with a thin tan head, nose has caramel and rich grains, starts and ends lightly sweet, subtle carbonation, medium bodied
Earlier Rating: 12/23/2001 Total Score: 3.7
Malty, too much hops for the style (but in my book it is a plus). I wish I bought more than one. 12-23-01 Well, I got my second one and that only shaved some points off. That'll teach it to be weak in the malts and not have more depth.


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