Davhgbrew (842) - 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 (2826) - 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.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 8, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good full head, dies down too quickly though, dark color with a redish tint. Pushes the limit of what I consider a good amount of malt, but doesnt cross that limit. Has a nice hoppieness to complement it, overall a good solid beer, I will have it again.
hairy (25) - liverpool, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2002
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
a good lasting head,brownish black in apperence,good balance with hops and munich malts,plenty of malt on the nose but alot of d to cover it up,to bad
lagerman99 (66) - USA - NOV 26, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent malts whose shallow depths give pleasure, but are somewhat overwhelmed with the afterbite.
spamalope99 (27) - USA - AUG 18, 2001
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2001
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shazbat (100) - USA - FEB 6, 2001
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting, very hoppy but since I had it fresh from the Brewery, the bitterness is not as bad as from a bottle. If I had only the bottle, my rating would be much lower.
PhillyBeer2112 (2488) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2000
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like it, but the traditional Munich darks I’ve
tried had much more character and depth. This one bordered on being overhopped.