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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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3leggeddub

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-23-2011 03:33:37 | More by 3leggeddub
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codon2004

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-29-2011 18:59:04 | More by codon2004
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-14-2011 19:00:49 | More by Lawnboy33
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FrankLloydMike

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +31.6%

12-08-2011 22:06:14 | More by FrankLloydMike
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nate1357

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +31.6%

12-13-2011 22:49:15 | More by nate1357
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Saint

Vermont

4.95/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a review of likely my top favorite beer out there, and available, I would boldly concur with my previous review...

"Simply One of My Top Five Favorite Beers.

One of the most pleasant beers out there, it has a bold full flavor that is smokey and sweet. It bestows a smooth crisp mouth feel, and leaves only a little sweet aftertaste. It goes well with most meat based dishes, especially if they have a slight spice to them, and with its sweet smokey taste, it makes a wonderful warming beer for the chillier winter months."

But i would like to add a few things, I wasn't expecting it, but the greatest part came right after pouring this into an ice cold pint glass,that was the sweet aroma it bestowed me before I enjoyed it. It was delightful, I could smell complex array of coffee tones, hint of mocha, the robust sent of a bold porter, all of the above. Its be far on of the most pleasing beers to smell. I addition to the last review, I noticed on thing, I wont disagree with but would care to expand. It is a 'wonderful warming beer for the chillier winter months,' clear that was written in February 08, a very wintery month, however I discovered and first came to love this beer after having it chilled to the core, in the middle of summer, after working on a hot day. Since then it has never failed to disappoint me. I'm looking forward to the summer months and enjoying this brew all through it.

Thanks again Harpoon, continue doing great things!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 06:22:37 | More by Saint
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dupee14

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this out of the Harpoon Six-Style Variety Pack. Definitely recommended. I tried the Brown Session Ale and really enjoyed it but when I had this, I found a similarity. They are both brown ales but this is like the father of the two. The smell is a roasted coffee flavor with a hint of caramel. It has a tan two-finger head with a decent lace that slowly fades towards the end. The drinkability of this brew is exceptional. Very very smooth. It is very balanced between the malts and hops and the aftertaste has a slight bitterness to it, not overbearing. This is definitely my favorite Harpoon brew that I have tried. Recommended to anyone who enjoys a solid brown ale as well as anyone who want to switch it up.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 01:45:24 | More by dupee14
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smphilippou

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +25%

10-21-2012 20:51:09 | More by smphilippou
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lnanthony


4.75/5  rDev +25%

04-10-2012 20:23:28 | More by lnanthony
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Zodijackyl

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed two pints on cask at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford, CT - at their first homebrew night today, December 7, 2010.

Pours pitch black, allowing no light through but permitting a thin, white head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel/molasses, and some smooth malts. Taste is exceptionally smooth, sweetened with candy sugar that complements the malt very well, with some lighter caramel and barley malts that fit it well, but don't overpower. One of the easiest drinking dark I have had, I could drink it all night though I restrained myself. Raised my already high opinion of Harpoon beers.

Serving type: cask

12-08-2010 04:37:31 | More by Zodijackyl
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DrewBest

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

02-04-2013 01:53:24 | More by DrewBest
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windelbo

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

01-15-2012 01:42:58 | More by windelbo
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Pale_Horse

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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abrodsky

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

04-15-2012 21:29:30 | More by abrodsky
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braican

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

04-24-2012 21:45:00 | More by braican
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joex444

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

02-16-2012 00:52:44 | More by joex444
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Kthomz34

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

09-21-2013 23:14:55 | More by Kthomz34
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zhumphrey

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

02-17-2012 02:03:14 | More by zhumphrey
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StaindProject86

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

07-06-2014 16:55:48 | More by StaindProject86
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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

11-10-2012 01:46:11 | More by hockeyfighter19
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JennaDeRo

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

08-05-2013 22:13:49 | More by JennaDeRo
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Stagga_Lee

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

07-22-2014 04:41:16 | More by Stagga_Lee
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rtucker06

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

01-31-2012 22:01:10 | More by rtucker06
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Cleaver35

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

06-12-2013 00:32:46 | More by Cleaver35
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bilyboy65

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: The color is very dark brown. On the darker side for a brown ale. Pours a with an off-white head that quickly dissipates, but is clingy. When swirled not much film is left behind on the beer, hinting to a very smooth oil free feel. There does not seem to be any impurities in the beer.

**Note**
Don't be scared by the dark color it drinks like an ale and not a heavier style beer.

S: Seems the most flavorful scents come from the beer being swirled 4 times before sniffing. Scents of dark roasted malts to give an almost coffee scent. The yeasts are also prevalent in the scent. Something not uncommon to Harpoon's beers. There is a faint grain and hops smell that finishes off the sniff.

T: The flavor seems to take hold of your tastebuds. It produces a dry bitter hoppiness flavor upfront. It gives way slightly to the dark roasted malts, that almost seem spicy. The alcohol starts to appear here to give an added bite. The beer finishes off with a sweet grain taste.

M: There is only a mild carbonation to the beer giving the mouth a mild liquid to deal with. Doesn't leave an oily coating after leaving the mouth.

D: The grains, hops and roasted malts are balanced very well to give a great experience drinking this beer. By far my favorite beer Harpoon makes. This is a beer that I take my time drinking and seems to become more flavorful as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 04:24:30 | More by bilyboy65
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Harpoon Dark from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
86 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.