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RATINGS: 502   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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3.6
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - DEC 22, 2003
poured a deep brown color with a long lasting tan head. Really enjoyble nice malty tones of chocolate and coffee with a mild hoppy taste to it.

3.5
beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Dark brown color. Large white foamy head. Aroma is coffee and toffee. A medium bodied Dunkel. Malts are nutty, chocolate and sweet. Hops are grapefruity. It’s a little hoppy for a dunkel, but it has a nice malt sweetness and balances out well. Smooth taste. Nice drinkable beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.4
Holdwine (1240) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2003
Nice drinking beer, with a blast of malt. Deep cherry brown in color. A little heavier than most dunkels, but that is not a problem. Pleasant going down, but rather simple. No complexity leads more beer.

3.6
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Pours a deep chestnut, with a large tan head that mostly recedes, leaving sheets of lace. Aroma is of dark roasty malts, backed with a slight fruitiness and a mild hoppiness. Flavor is of roasted malts, middle has a bit of fruitiness, and ending has a slight spicy hop finish. Medium bodied, smooth with a low carbonation level.

3.1
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2003
Looks like a dark smooth molassas, with a small bit of foam on its top. Smell is malty, with a tad roasted hint to it. Flavor is 'safe' : Not so strong to scare most beer fans away, but too simple to make a lasting impression.

2.5
Frank (4262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2003 Coca-Cola brown with a small ring of white foam on top. Nose of dark malts--dark chocolate, coffee--with a slightly bitter age. The same goes for the flavor as well, though an interesting citrus not also develops. Very slightly tart. Medium bodied with somewhat sharp carbonation. A bit too hoppy for the style, which is a negative in this case; the over-aggressive hops hide a good deal of malt depth. As I sample more bottles, they become progressively less tolerable.

3.1
Dogbrick (14344) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2003
Pours a dark ruby-brown with a thin light tan head. Very thin and quick lacing. Aroma of coffee along with a bit of chocolate. Medium body as well. This beer is a little sharp on the front buy mellows a bit later on. There is a blend of sweet malt, caramel, coffee and some hops in the flavor, but none in abundance. The finish is mildly bitter. Overall this beer seems kind of lackluster.

3.2
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2003
Not overly impressive - a decent malt base with a hint of a hoppy finish. Dark red/ruby color & a thick head. Body is a bit thin.

4.5
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.

2.9
bgarrigus (36) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2003
I'd put this one somewhere between a Dunkel and a Schwartzbier, personally. There's a bit too much sweetness to be a Dunkel for me. Great look, but the combination of sweetness and earthiness just doesn't work for me on this one. I've had it on tap and from a bottle, several times, and both times I've been left thinking that there was something missing.


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