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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericnixon (740) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2003
This one has a nice malty taste with a maroonish color. The slightly roasted tinges were also nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2003
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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
freekyp (1483) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2002
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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2002
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...

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 28, 2002
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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
michaelm18 (118) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2002

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2002
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davhgbrew (938) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2002
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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 29, 2002
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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dprior (118) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2002
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.


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