alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
first time having a dunkel. Thick creamy and tan head, lasting a while. Smell of malt and hops. Flavor is good, malty and hint of hops and some sort of fruit. Dry finish. All the reviews say that this is not a dunkel. I cannot attest for that, but I can say that I think it is a damn good beer.
ambroze (22) - Old Hickory, Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good dark beer. Good body. It has a very sweet taste. Very nice flavor.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack at Market Basket. Pours a translucent dark brown with a good half inch of light tan head. Smells sweet, with chocolate and caramel malt character with banana and nut playing roles. Nut, chocolate, coffee comprise most of the flavor, hints at peatiness? Chocolate dominates the finish and aftertaste. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Full-flavored with no real perceivable flaws. A solid brown ale, and another slam dunk for Harpoon!
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good. Clean in flavor. Dark in color. Caramel notes to it. Not a bad beer. Good beer made by Harpoon. I enjoyed it. Roasty.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This dark Bavarian inspired beer pours a very dark copper color with a dark ruby red hue. A big frothy tan head sits on top which hangs out for awhile and left behind delicate lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and bready with a light hopy and nutty character. Its flavor is full of dark sweet malts. There are burnt caramel, dark toast and chocolate notes over a moderately bitter hops. The malt sweetness lingers into the finish. It has nice medium body with good carbonation a silky smooth texture. I really enjoyed this beer and would defiantly recommend this to anyone who enjoys dark Munich style beers.
BREWMUSKCLES (2418) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Harpoon Dark abv %5.2 22 oz bottle whole foods NYC 27 ST 7TH AVE NYC. first impression cocoa bubble gum banana rum ball. This beer settles down so nice and caramel malt and hop flavors evolve. The beer is very nice and not to be missed in any weather. You have been advised! $3.99!! What a deal. plenty of yeasty mouthfeel.
Earlier Rating: 7/7/2011 Total Score: 4.1
VERY NICE somewhat sweet and dense dark brown ale with an ash flavor and mouthfeel. Good fresh malt flavor it is smooth and complex. Bit of bitter on the finish it is a simply surprising hybrid of a German style flavored brew made better! SATISFYING!
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler pour into a pint glass.
Pours a clear medium brown with a half finger white head. Ok head retention and lacing for being out of a growler.
Aroma of roasted malt and toast. Some caramel is evident along with grassy hops and dark fruit.
The flavor is much like the aroma although has much more depth. Toast and roasted malt is very prominent up front but there is a nice grassy hop backbone. Biscuit and vanilla are underneath along with some dark fruit and a little bit of wood. Mouthfeel is crisp and somewhat drying without the least hint of cloying sweetness.
Overall, I really like this beer. A great thirst quencher with plenty of flavor. This is nicely done by Harpoon and is probably my favorite beer from them that I have tried so far.
snoworsummer (3504) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
In a bottle. Very tasty. Roasted malty flavor. Smooth and easy to drink. Not bitter at all.
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - DEC 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Undated single bottle. Astonishingly good! Great chocolate flavor – almost a chocolate soda, with great carbonation. Reminded me of Fullers Porter at first sip… probably not true to the Dunkel style, but very tasty.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2007 Smelled like roasted hazelnuts and carob. Poured with a smallish fading head. Nice feel almost approaches a watery porter. Well balanced flavors and benefits from a good hop/malt ratio. Solid.