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RATINGS: 497   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2003
Dark brown with a light tan head. Malt aroma with a little coffee and caramel. Caramel malt flavor. Also has some hop bitterness in the flavor and finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2003
Sweet malty aroma with a good lager profile flows from the dark brown body. Head is mostly tan and lightly lacey. Chocolate and caramel control the malty body yet exhibit a mellow hoppiness. Smooth throughout, including the finish. Great flavor and extreme drinkability make this one of the best dunkels I've had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2004 At the brewery: Typical looking dark german beer with a wee small tan head of foam. Aroma of roasted malt with a slight sweetness. Something was different about this beer and I found out afterwards that they ferment this as an ale instead of the traditional lager. I think this really changes the character a bit. Not as sweet as the German Dunkels in my opinion. Medium bodied and malty. Pretty decent beer that I enjoyed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Very dark red color. The flavor is malty, but seems a little tame for such a dark, german beer (but then again, I did just drink some Spaten Optimator not too long ago). A hint of chocolate flavor. Not much hop presence. Not especially smooth either. Overall it's ok but just not a beer I can really get excited about.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MaBeer1972 (1641) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2003 Very dark ruby-brown, almost black in color. Flavor is nice and roasty, but slightly sweet. I think this bottle may be a little off, as there's a slight metallic taste, resulting in the deductions on flavor and palate. Would like to try a (fresher) bottle again soon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2003
This was overly plain as far as I am concerned. Something I would not seek out but something I would not pass up either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Nice very dark red color,small tan head,malty,coffeeish aroma slight hint of hops,very slight nice malty flavor dark chocolate,coffee slight bitterness that fades to a malty,coffee after taste that is pretty decent.A very likeable brew and worth trying again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2003
Nice deep deep brown with hints of deep red. Malt aroma. Good head. Pleasant malt aroma with a hint of sweetness. I didn't notice the hops much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjw2000 (72) - USA - MAY 7, 2003
A dark reddish brown color with a quickly diminishing cream colored head. Slightly roasted aroma of malt. Primarily roasted flavor offset by mild hops. Overall, fairly well balanced with a somewhat thin/watery body and a dry roasted finish with some bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericnixon (742) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2003
This one has a nice malty taste with a maroonish color. The slightly roasted tinges were also nice.

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