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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2048) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 23, 2006
yep, it’s black alright. a brown bubbled watery head sits atop it. roasted coffee nose. a bit of chocolate too and the caramel aroma of spilled dr pepper on a hot hibachi grill. roast is the dominant flavor too. chocolate and blue bell homemade vanilla flavored ice cream. some peanut butter in the finish. very nice balancing bitter that stays in the background out of the way and allows me to enjoy the dark malts and richness of this. this has a rich flavor, but a surprisingly light mouthfeel. a nice brew that i will happily take in a trade again. thanks, adam(atpayne)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2006
12oz bottle via trade with sprinkle - Thanks Mike! - Pours thick like oil, black as night, with a creamy mocha head that stays around for a short time but laces down. Nice aroma of coffee, a touch of molasses, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor is roasty.. Lots of roasted and burnt notes, coffee, chocolate, molasses, a hint of licorice. Palate is thick and chewy with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. This is liquid from the Gods.. Very nice stuff..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Sampled at the monthly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club courtesy of Tom and Nancy (mamabeer). Thanks! Going into it, I was thinking this was a black ale and was pleasantly surprised when it came out to be a whole lot more. Notes of tar and sweet coffee on the nose lead into a think and extracted porter, with a solid roastedness and sweetness. Semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, and a bite from the hops meet up on the palate. A solid finish. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 14, 2006
12oz bottle at Box Bar. Pours a thick oily dark dark black with almost no head. Nose is extreme roast, espresso, malt, molasses, and licorice. Taste is syrupy, very thick and clingy. Lots of chocolate, coffee, more malted milk balls, and lots of roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2006
Black. Small brown head. Pours like motor oil. Roasty, burnt, chocoffee, malt, licorice-aroma. Similar flavor with some cola and subtle spices, hops coming through also. Complex. Full, smooth body. Bitter chocoffee finish. Unique brew. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2438) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Very dark brown, thick body with minimal tan/orange head that leaves some nice lacing. Aromas are heavy of dark malt, coffee and chocolate. The aroma flavors come through strongly in the tasting, but they are all pretty bitter. Coffee is more like espresso, chocolate is unsweetened chocolate, and malt flavors are slightly burnt, perhaps excentuated by the bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel is silky but dry. Well balanced... maybe a little too bitter for some, but an excellent offering from Dark Horse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2006
bottle. dark black, aroma of chocolate and coffee. flavor is rich chocolates, roasted malts and coffee. This is a great beer. It may be my new favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4860) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2006
12 oz bottle, via MAP. Dark black pour with a small short lived chocolate brown head. Chocolate and roasted malt aroma, hints of coffee. Flavor is a mix of bakers chocolate and coffee nicely balanced with hop bitterness. Finish is coffee as well, with alcoholic warmth. Full bodied and chewy with an oily texture and fine bottle conditioned carbonation. Pretty robust for a porter, bordering on Imperial Stout territory. Alot of depth to the flavor. Second beer from Dark Horse, and second winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Bottle from Styles. The beer pours to a very black body with a thin dark brown head. The aroma is very strong dark bitter chocolate and roasty malts. Vanilla and coffee. The flavor is a very drying charcoal and chocolate. Reminds me of Brooklyn BCS. I like this a lot. The palate is drying and medium full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2537) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Black pour thick creamy brown head nice lacing. Aroma strongly of roasted malts, alcohol, coffee, & a light bitter chocolate note. Palate is well coated a touch sticky lightly creamy. Flavor is almost a stout. Lots of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate touches of alcohol and vanilla even a little salty. Pretty darn good.

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