Expect a robust aroma featuring notes of chocolate, dough, toffee/caramel, hoppy pepperiness, and some floral flourishes with hints of plum. The mouthfeel is perfect for the style (Munchen Dunkel): not too thin, not too heavy. Look for flavors of chocolate and a bit of espresso (though restrained and not overly bitter). Hop influence is obvious, supplying a light bite, but is offset by a complex blend of sweeter flavors. Develops nutty notes toward the finish. Overall, we found this beer to be complex, dry and full of rich flavors. Pick up some pumpernickel & onion pretzels for a quick and easy pairing.
The Harpoon Brewery debuted on the Boston waterfront in 1986—quite early in the U.S. microbrew renaissance. Before starting the brewery, the founding team traveled throughout Europe in search of various beer and brewery styles upon which they would model their own ("product research" we think they called it).
The Harpoon Brewery has always been focused on positively impacting their local community. This is an important component of the brewery and pub lifestyle that they witnessed while experiencing European traditions abroad. As they say on their website, "we learned to appreciate how much local brewers meant to their communities. They were not just manufacturers of a product; they were part of the social fabric. [Before starting the brewery] we asked each other, 'Why not do that in New England?'" The result of this initial desire has won them overwhelming approval from the locals and beyond—in fact, in 2000 they purchased a second brewery in Windsor, Vermont to keep up with demand (which is where the Munich Dark we're featuring was brewed).
For more information about the brewery or scheduled tours, call 888-HARPOON, or visit their website at www.harpoonbrewery.com.
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