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RATINGS: 499   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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2.5
jackl (8297) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2017
Keg @ Harpoon Bar, Logan Airport. Deep chestnut pour with a modest offwhite head. Unengaging nose. Thin burnt toast. Nutty, earthy malt. Stale grain. Some mild caramel. There’s an unpleasant diacetyl note that really begins to show as the beer warms. Drinks slick and somewhat rubbery. One-dimensional charred bread. A little bit sweet. Despite the outlined problems I perceived, bright carb helps this pretty easy drinking.

3.5
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 13, 2017
This was poured into a lager glass. The appearance was a mostly dark brown color with a finger’s worth of off white foamy head that slid off at a gentle pace. Left some light stringy lace here and there. The aroma had some smooth sweet dark bready malts over top of some light brisk semi-sweet to lightly bitter dark chocolate nibs. Subtle amount of light nuts and ended with some driftwood. The flavor yielded to the lager smooth malty sweetness. Some rigid dark breadiness grips my tastebuds a bit more than expected. So the aftertaste and finish weren’t as smooth as I tend to get in most Dunkel Lagers. Still, I didn’t mind so far. The palate was between light and medium bodied with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine and the ABV felt fine. That rigidness came back again to impart the suspected harshness I felt on my tongue. Overall, it’s a decent Munich Dunkel lager but enjoyable to me. I’d still have again.

2.9
gripweed57 (2800) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2017
From old tasting notes. Known as "Jake’s Special Dark". Tasted at Jacob Wirth’s in Boston. Translucent reddish brown. Brief tan head. Faint roasted malt nose. Bittersweet toasted malt flavor upfront. Light crisp hops in finish.

3.3
DSG (15119) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 22, 2017
[2/2/17] Draught at Harpoon Brewery in Boston. Brown. Malt, caramel, toast, some nuts, sweetish, light smoky hint, medium-bodied. Pretty nice.

3.3
floydslip (417) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2016
Deep chocolate brown beer with a thin light beige head. Nose of semi-sweet cocoa, nuts, and vanilla, but it’s all a bit faint. Flavor is more robust with sweet candied nuts, mocha, and bittersweet chocolate followed by a medium bitterness. Crisply carbonated, this is a flavorful beer that is still somewhat light.

3.5
JDBaker11058 (2336) - Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2016
appearance: medium clear dark brown with some reddish highlights; creamy light tan head, decent lacing. aroma: dark brown bread, some caramel, toffee, and brown sugar; a bit of grassy, earthy hops. taste: as the aroma indicates; slight cola sweetness, bready dark malts, some earthy, herbal, and grassy hop notes at the end. finish: clean finish, lighter palate, higher carb; hint of metal taste in the far back end. notes: Drinkable, pretty tasty. Bottle from the Craft Beer of the Month Club.

3.3
MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2016
On tap at Harpoon outlet at Boston's Logan Airport. Clear, dark mahogany with a 1-finger khaki head and very good lacing. Aroma of toffee, roasted malt and chocolate. Taste of sweet roasted malt, toffee, caramel, toffee and chocolate. Medium body and medium carbonation, but with a mouthfeel that makes it seem less substantial. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
alobar (3879) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2016
Dark cola brown pour with aroma of roasted malt, caramel, and toffee. Roasted malt flavor with some caramel, chocolate, and toffee sweetness. Good beer.

3.6
HamletX (4) - NORWAY - MAR 25, 2016 does not count
Nice dark colour with a thin foam head. Smoke and chocolate. Easy to drink by it self or together with a cup of New England clam chowder


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