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RATINGS: 499   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ambroze (22) - Old Hickory, Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Very good dark beer. Good body. It has a very sweet taste. Very nice flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2566) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2012
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 1, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (4805) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2013
In a bottle. Very tasty. Roasted malty flavor. Smooth and easy to drink. Not bitter at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - DEC 27, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2005
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.

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