RATINGS: 501   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.

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jsquire (4489) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2003
Deep ruby red out of the bottle with a big frothy head that looked like a rootbeer float to me. Lots of attractive lace. Earthy grain nose. Surprisingly light on the palate given the look and aroma of this beer. Lots of roasted grain flavors. Bright sugar sweetness with vanilla bean and bitter chocolate. I was surprised how much I liked this beer. I will go buy more for the fall season.

wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2003
12 oz bottle, wine glass, 7/17/03 bottling, 55 degrees. Large, tan, frothy, creamy head is slowly diminishing. The body is a dark red-brown that is clear around the edges (no haziness). Caramel, nutty, toasted grain malt; flowery hops; clove and pepper aromas also. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately bitter finish. Nice malt / hop combination. Medium-full body, watery but slightly dry texture, moderate carbonation. Slight coating effect detracts from the mouthfeel. The bottom line is: the best Harpoon I’ve had so far.

OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Bottle: O.K. nose Lite roasted malt with hints of ash,smoke,chocolate,coffee. Good color clear dark amber. Moderately carbonated. medium head that faded quickly. baking chocolate and coffee flavors. Thin body with a linguring chocolate bitterness. O.K. beer lost some points on the nose, Still one of the better offerings from them.

TAR (2765) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2003
Clear pecan. Pearly, large-bubbled foam. Uninviting aroma of mushy plum, earth, and diacetyl. Slightly vinous with touches of caramel and musty black malts. Soft mouthfeel. Sacattered large-bubbled carbonation. Faintly acidic, initially. Lovely transition into dark malt territory with subtle notes of raisin and black currant. Tingly diacetyl surrounds the dark malts. Finishes somewhat dry and medicinal, with overly asserted diacetyl and a beautiful burnt sugar/black malt integration. Black coffee aspects emerge at room temperature. And much to my chagrin, the aroma was scantly hopped and the esters overshadowed the dark malts. The mouthfeel was also too bubbly. I love firm, toffeeish-dunkels, but this doesn’t possess any of those traits. But it certainly has the sugar and chocolate flavors, which is what makes it tolerable.

Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2003
malty, seet and a little coffee,medium brown with decent lacing. Pub pack, very little presence of hops, typical of the style though with no flair, these Harpoon beers are just plain boring

Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2003
Dark brown with a light brown long lasting head. Malty and sweet, this goes fine with food, but tastes thinner than it looks. The sourness at the end got on my nerves...seriously.

krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2003
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 (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2003
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
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
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.

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