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RATINGS: 504   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.3
Ironicmedic (77) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Drank from tap at harpoon brewery, dark color, small tan head. Taste is nice dunkle flavor, slight burnt aftertaste to it, but it works.

3.7
ttroha (516) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Tap at Ye Old Oyster House. Dark brown with tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and caramel. Taste of chocolate, malts and expresso, with hints of yeast. Slight expresso and chocolate finish. A surprisingly light flavor for such a dark beer. I like it.

3.5
anthony850 (471) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2014
On tap at harpoon smooth hint of chocolate easy to drink. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
Creedence (309) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
Keg. Pours dark dark black, with a little brown around the edges, thin white head that dissipated and leaves lacing. Grain and coffee on the nose. Light tobacco too. Taste is nice burnt bitterness on a malty backbone, but the burnt flavour is a bit astringent on the back. Prickly carbonation and quite a dry finish. Lingering burnt toast aftertaste.

3.8
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Decent beige head (one finger thick on initial pour), very little lace. The color is brown without the typical touch of ruby. Buttery sweetness in the aroma. This blended nicely with a touch of fresh hop. Surprisingly, there is also a touch of yeast. Very clean taste featuring the dark malts with a counter-hop for balance. I am reminded of almonds and hazelnuts. The body is relatively thin; it feels closer to a lager rather than an ale. Carbonation is good. This is a flavorful beer for a hot day. Without the weight of typical darker ales, this is a refreshing beer that can be easily consumed repeatedly...not that I’d recommend that.

3.3
jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Pours a dark brown with frothy tan head. Aroma is dominated with roasted malt and caramel. Flavor is sweet with a bit of a bitter roasted end. Slight chocolate and espresso notes to finish.

2.9
Bjohn789 (5) - - OCT 27, 2013 does not count
Drank this on draft at the brewery beer hall on 26-Oct-2013. Good dark beer, but not great.

3.7
Slubgob (324) - West Hartford, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Tap into tall half pint. Rich Amber mahogany color, thin cream white head sticking to side of glass. Chocolate nose almost porter like. in the mouth robust malt, finished with dark cacao notes, giving the impression of a very dry porter. Finished fairly fast and clean inviting rapid revisits.

3.6
S_Side_Smitty (766) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Pours a very deep red-amber with a thick light tan head. Aroma is nice chocolatey malts with some faint molasses and maybe a liitle dried fig. Taste is malt heaven with chocolate malts, molasses, and a creamy chocolate finish - there’s a tinge of hoppy bitterness in the finish, as well. Good after work beer.

3.3
Lightrider (344) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle into a ale glass. Pour is dark ruby almost black with a fine head. Aroma is very low but roasted malt and Carmel. Taste is rich and deep, full on roasted malt very good. Finishes smooth


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