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RATINGS: 1085   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Our Reserve Special Black Bier is a full bodied ale. Each batch is brewed with heavy roasted and chocolate malts to give this beer its unique flavors of coffee and chocolate. The color of this beer is black, and when pured into a glass it will have a deep brown head of foam.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukasmh (205) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber/brown with small tan head. Aroma is dark malts, dark chocolate, roasty and some raisins. Taste is dark chocolate, that fades out in a really dry coffee roastiness and too some bitter from the hops. Relatively light body. All the way through its loaded with liquorice. Chocolate stays in the mouth for a long time.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eduardovl (914) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 11, 2014
330ml bottle served in an English pint. A: Pours a deep black color forming a big and very bubbled brown head. Medium to low retention forming some lingering thin lacings in the glass. S: Strong notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Strong notes of wood and earth. Sweet and biscuity nose. Reminds an Oreo biscuit. Grassy hops. T: Slightly sweet upfront. Again, strong notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. In overall, a dry and bitter taste. Notes of leather, wood and earth. Bitter end. Grassy hops profile. Great! M:Medium body. Low carbonation. Bitter roasted aftertaste. O: Great drinkability. J.U.S.T excellent Porter!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zoomusic (7) - HUNGARY - NOV 9, 2014 does not count
Bottled. It is a good porter. I dig it. Nice brown medium head, roasted beans, chocolate, nuts, long aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JefVerstraete (1524) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle from Drankenhalle Deconinck, Vichte. Dark brown/black colour, brown foam. Medium carbonation. Very well balanced. Roasted malts, coffee, ashes with light sweet hints. Easy drinkable. Very good!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EyeAmBaldman (293) - Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Pours the color of ink with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet with a hint of alcohol. Taste is hoppy like a black IPA. Finally a decent beer from Dark Horse.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Syfher (80) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2014
Bottle of 33cl. Nice stout, but one of the worst Iíve tasted. Got a nice dark colour (so a nice appearance), nice palate but got a faste, slightly taste of chocolate and coffee. Try it if itís free, but donít pay for it.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ElDesmadre (1659) - Mikołůw, POLAND - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle from Embrouille, thanks! Roasted, tart pumpernikel bread coupled with softer notes of dark chocolate and coffee. A light whiff of hops and some heated (not burned) wood, like in a sauna. Full bodied, starting off malty and getting more coffeeish and woody in the finish. I feel the roast is a bit over the top though, giving the beer more tartness than it needs and accounting for the rather rough mouthfeel. I prefer my big beers more mellow.

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
outlawskies (424) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie thinks that it is okay and it taste how Sophia smells I think it is pretty good taste more like coffee though than chocolate ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Klimaet (256) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle at Fermentoren. Pours black with close to no head. Aromas of strong coffee, some licorice, bitter chocolate. Taste is strong roast, coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
geeklimit (198) - USA - OCT 9, 2014
Pours opaque black with a coffee head. Aroma strong in coffee, light black licorice. Strong roasted coffee bean taste with dark chocolate. Dark chocolate aftertaste.


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