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RATINGS: 1051   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beese (1462) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2014
Bottle at Euston Tap, London on 28 February 2014. Poured black with a thick, dense tan head and great lacing. Aroma of burnt sugar, coffee and dark malts. Initial flavour had a mild acidity to it, which was off-putting for a second or two, but then dissipated, to be replaced by treacle, roasted malt and tobacco. Mouth feel was nice and thick, with some noticeable carbonation. Finish was mildy smokey, with roasted malt, espresso and dark fruit sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mindwarp (35) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2014
12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Dark, and for the fun of it I shined a 310 lumen flashlight through it and no light was seen through the beer. That might not mean anything but it was neat. Strong sweet(?) aroma that I find pleasant. Not much of a head and what there is , is not there for long, Taste is a bitter dark chocolate flavor and for me that’s all I get. I don’t think this is really a porter and if it is its kind of disappointing so I’ll stick to calling it a black/dark ale, If it was thicker I might considerate a stout. but its not. Overall its not to bad but if I want to drink something that has the appearance of anti-matter. I might choose something else.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chucklemation (410) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Poured from a bottle with a dark brown color with a foamy tan head. Has a coffee and chocolate aroma, and taste is also coffee and chocolate, though with a bitter finish. Has a nice medium body feel. This has a stout feel and flavor, but without the roasted malts. Probably one of my favorite porters.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Osprey87 (1367) - WALES - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle as ’Reserve Special Black Bier Ale’, a cream colour unlike the picture on RB, complete with cartoon horse, no date or details of ABV. Pours black with a very small, disappearing head. Aroma - initially molasses, slightly sour, coffee and liquer. Settles on chocolate and nutella. Good - inviting. Body is medium, smooth, not foamy, carbonation is low. Taste - rounded malts, a touch of molasses sweetness, finishes tangy and dry. Smooth, light flavour. One word sums up the beer - ’smooth’. Very, very good porter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (1995) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 16, 2014
Of the best porters I tasted. Rich taste of coffee and chocolate, with a nice mouthfeel due to the heavy roasting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomekk1978 (408) - POLAND - MAR 14, 2014
Barwa: czarna, nieprzejżysta. Piana beżowa, średnio obfita, szybko opadajaca. Aromat: melanoidyny plus czekolada, minimalnie alkoholowy, ale dosyć skromny. Smak: lekko słodki, malanoidyny, palone słody skutkująco dodatkową, pozostającą goryczką. Przynam, że mogło być lepiej. Nie do końca wiem ską biorą się atk wysokie oceny tego piwa. Nie mam smaku lub piłem już tak dużo ciekawych piw, że trudno mi dogodzić. Akcenty melanoidynowe dominuja i zabijają zacznie ciekwasze palone czy czekoladowe. Nadal nr 1 z tego browaru pozostaje zatem Perkulator.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
s_hartshorne (1022) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2014
Bottle cotteridge wines Birmingham. Black colour mocha head. Aroma is liquorice coffee roasted malts. Taste is same some sweet chocolate slight smokiness nice lingering bitter finish. Good full body soft carbonated. V nice porter.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hanoi (354) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2014
Nose is licorice, coffee, a touch of leather. Taste is coffee, leading to licorice then chocolate, with a bitter slightly piney hoppy finish. A nice American Porter.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ShivanDragon (1427) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2014
het bier schenkt in als zwart met minimale bruine kraag, maar direct komt er al een héérlijk aroma je neus ingevlogen van chocolade, koffie, mouten (geroosterde- en gebrande), simpelweg héérlijk ! De smaken erna beginnen matige/redelijke zoet, gaan over in een redelijke bitterheid van koffie/espresso, en dan komen de complexe tonen van chocolade, de diverse mouten (gebrand en geroosterd), en wat caramel, krijg tevens het idee dat er een lichte pepertoets in zit. volle body, romig in de mond, lage co2, en een kruidig zoete en bittere afdronk., enig minpuntje is wel dat de bitterheid in de afdronk wat minder had gekund !

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
migajos (147) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAR 1, 2014
Simply amazing porter! Dark brown head. Roasted cocoa chocolate aroma. Full bodied, dark chocolate bitter, so well balanceed taste. I think its the best porter I’ve ever had.


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