Harpoon Dark - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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Reviews by MrSeth:
3.7/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours with a cream-coffee color dense head over a walnut color body. Looks the part.
Smells is straightforward, toasty malt and some hops. It's not fruity or spicey from what I can tell. It just is what it is.
Taste is very rewarding. Again it's straightforward, warm and wonderful toasty malt and a smidge of bitter at the end. A decent balance of flavors, but not complex. This is by far one of my favorite of Harpoon's offerings. It is good on tap at bars, still worth picking up a 6-pack, and would even pair well with some chocolates. This beer has a fair amount of carbonation, and it's also fairly smooth for a "dark" ale.
Drinkability: I enjoy the heck out of these. One of my favorites on tap or in a bottle.
Serving type: bottle
03-24-2006 21:22:10 | More by MrSeth
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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 614 ratings.