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Harpoon Dark - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
86
very good

614 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 26
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of specialty malts gives this beer 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.

35 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000)
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle with a printed packaging date on the bottle.

Appearance: Nice lacing and good clarity off of a dark toned brown colour. Retention shows some stickiness.

Smell: Mild toasted and dark malts, faint fruitiness and alcohol. Clean aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Firm and crisp mouth feel from a medium body and level carbonation. Long lasting maltiness that ranges from a plain sweetness to rolling toasted and vague roasted flavours. Balancing hop shows a little spicy flavour while at the same time the alcohol becomes slightly noticeable. Some sweetness left in the end with more toasted grain.

Drinkability & Notes: The darkest of the Harpoon brand and my favourite as well, a concrete brew in my book. A great beer to have around to drink, pair and even cook with.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2003 18:37:56 | More by Jason
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Todd

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with some freaky ass scary lions, harpoons, double edged battle axes, shields and Harpoon flags. Bottle states "Munch Type Dark Beer" for legal reasons.

Appearance: Burnt amber with a bubbly, chunky, semi-clingy and frothy tan head.

Smell: Fresh smelling with a toasted grain and earth aroma in the nose. Pick up some faint fruity esters too, and hidden caramel.

Taste: Upfront, this beer dries the palate a bit, semi-puckering with a salty citrus rind-like hop bite. Mouthfeel is very smooth and full, with grain, earth and dark malt flavours abound. As the beer warms, a lightly toasted, caramelly, earthy, grain sweetness emerges to quell the driness. The hops become more subtle as well. Finishes slick with some residual sweetness and driness.

Notes: This is a fantastic beer. As enjoyable as it is complex. "Dark & Delicious" as the label states. Tip: Let the beer warm a bit before drinking, for the best flavour.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2000 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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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.

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Harpoon Dark from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
86 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.