krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
i'm like a kid with homework: i put off the rating till the last minute. i had a whole sixpack of this but i'm just getting around to rating it as i drain the last bottle. i enjoyed harpoon dark very much, but now, finally logging on to check everyone else's impressions, it appears others aren't quite as enthused as i am--i mean, as i THOUGHT i was. i thought it poured a rippling walnut brown with mars-red highlights, but i guess it's just plain brown. and the guitar-top spruce colored head was full, but you know, in a way that seems kinda mediocre on second thought. a rich aroma of lightly smoky wheat bread with zinfandel touches of fruitiness and coffee seemed very elegant BEFORE i read the other reviews, but i stand corrected. maybe it's more like just dirt and rusty bed springs. embarrisingly, i was under similar misapprehension about the flavor, i'm so glad i didn't gush about what seemed to be a fairly lithe vanilla-toasted arabica-bean and fudge character comfortably astride a reasonably hoppy lager. it seemed quite tasty and at least medium-bodied, but i'm probably wrong. i'll just go back and erase where my fond memory says "damn nice" and update it all with: "okay, pretty good, better than a glass shard in your eye." i do wanna fit in.
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
MaBeer1972 (1791) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was overly plain as far as I am concerned. Something I would not seek out but something I would not pass up either.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
jjw2000 (72) - USA - MAY 7, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.