Harpoon Dark - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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Reviews by JohnQVegas:
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.
Pours red brown, clear, leaning towards the darker side of the spectrum, with a creamy, one-finger khaki cap on top that has excellent retention. Not much in the way of lacing.
Nose carries notes of bread crust, deeply toasty, with a light fruitiness that has just a hint of a metallic edge to it. This fades as the beer warms.
Taste is deeply bready, with that same crustiness promised in the nose. Toasted, a bit nutty, hinting at cocoa. Sustaining. Light notes of caramel, faint fruitiness, and a lingering, delicate earthy bitterness on the finish to balance beautifully.
Mouthfeel is light, fluffy carbonation, gentle, massaging bubbles.
Unbelievably drinkable. One of my all-time favorite styles, though this is certainly coming at it sideways, using an all yeast. Still, while I may like mine just a tiny hair cleaner and less fruity, this was a beautifully hearty and satisfying beer. Very pleased.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2011 02:59:13 | More by JohnQVegas
More User Reviews:
3.94/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Serving: On-tap, sampler try
Served: 1 June 2014
Appearance: Dark brown with slight reddish hints around the edges. My girlfriend got a whole pint, which had a nice foamy white head and some excellent lacing down the glass. Looks like a marvelous beer.
Smell: Coffee, molasses, and crunchy caramel, with a hint of roasted smokiness.
Taste: A great brew with soft assertions of extra dark roasted coffee and the traditional German malt profiles of molasses and caramel. The roasted flavors took precedence, aided by roasted/smoky flavors that, while not as dominant as some American dark beers (e.g. stouts or porters), were certainly major players in the taste.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation initially, but this fell off at a pretty disappointing rate. The beer has medium body, which is refreshing given its strong flavor and dark color (which are disproportionately considered "extremely heavy" based on color alone). Not as soft as an Irish dry stout, but nowhere near as full-bodied as an American stout or porter.
Overall: The clear winner of my day at Harpoon. This is an exceptional Munich Dunkel which I would highly recommend to anyone passing through or looking for a beer with nice flavor without being overly heavy or boozy.
Serving type: on-tap
06-03-2014 13:52:59 | More by Beric
Harpoon Dark from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
86 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.