ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one has a nice malty taste with a maroonish color. The slightly roasted tinges were also nice.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark reddish-brown body topped with a medium thick head with good lace. Malty aroma with an oddly minty character and a touch of sweetness. Slightly smokey malt flavor with a touch of coffee/chocolate and a slight hop finish. Medium to full bodied and relatively smooth.
freekyp (1449) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2004 Tight, creamy Guiness-like head. Hop bitterness hits during initial taste, then dissipates quickly leaving a smoky malty swallow. Nice alchohol warming quality. A good example of a Dunkel.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Has a dark reddish brown color and a roasted smell. Taste is also roasted and finishes with moderate bitterness. Overall I did not like it too much, I seem to be steering away from the roasted flavor beers lately...
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I didn’t really care for this. The maltiness is overpowering and not especially tasty, at that. It’s certainly not terrible, but just didn’t pique my interest.
michaelm18 (118) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty nose, alcohol, grain. Light tan head dissipates quick. Ruby brown hue. Really hopped up, some malt in there, but not much body wise. Needs some more malt, some chewiness would be nice. Not very complex, no depth for the style. Maybe next time.
Davhgbrew (731) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is as good as it gets, with burnt chocolate. Great dark appearance, with a head that dissapates quickly. The initial sip says it’s going to be a great beer, but the middle and finish are missing something, almost not enough body to back up this dark. Overall it’s a good beer, as are all the Harpoon brews, but it I think it’s missing something. Re-Rate 5/3/02 Still missing something, and all I got was Banana in the aftertaste which I didn’t get the first time I sampled this brew. It lost some points for the weak middle and fruity aftertaste.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - APR 29, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2003 About as malty as a schwarzbier with a hint of alcohol and far too hoppy for the Dunkel style. Decent but not great. Perhaps overly carbonated. Try the Saranac Black Forest instead.
dprior (118) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A let down in flavor, as it looks decent and smells wonderful. At first sample, it’s got a great malty flavor, but it goes down hill from there. A bitter/hoppy aftertaste kicks in and doesnt go over very smooth. I was looking for a crisp finish and got a bitter look on my face. Still a decent beer all in all, just not what I expected.