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RATINGS: 1055   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4795) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Many thanks to OhioDad for this one - opaque pour with substantial, dark tan lace - very smokey aroma, with large amounts of coffee and sweet cream - very smooth, almost oily mouthfeel - quite bitter and roasty, huge coffee notes - plum, vanilla, cream - some hop bitterness at the end compliments the dark roast coffee flavors - a great porter.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Courtesy of Sprinkle. <P> Damn this poured like an Impy! Aroma is roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Deep black with a thin mocha head. Fore is very bitter with lots of coffee notes..hints of sweet cream in the middle along with quality milk chocolate and malt..the finish is again bitter with a big coffee finish. Intense flavor in this porter that could easily pass as a stout.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Bottle from Sully Thanks!

Pours a rich, oil-like black with minimal head and clinging lace. Aroma is wooden chocolate with a touch of smoke. Flavor is an onslaught of coffee, chocolate, hops, and bitterness. Smooth palate; very slick and clingy on the taste buds. A seemingly simple porter in the onset that develops complexity as it lingers on the tongue. Great beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2006 WOW! This poured black with a thick creamy brown head. Left really great lacing. Nose seamed to be roasted chocolate, some dark fruits, and cream. Taste was a surprising alcohol kick. Did not know the 8%. There was roasted malts, coffee, raisins, and licorice. This was some bitter hops to make this a very well balanced brew. Thank you so much Sully. This is great. What is missing from this is that sickening sweetness. This is really good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2066) - 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)

4.1
   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..

3.9
   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.

4.3
   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.

4.2
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2456) - 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.


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