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RATINGS: 1139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2007
12oz bottle poured into my delirium tulip glass. Pours black and roasty with only a minimal head that doesnt last. Smell is really good. Roasted malts and some cocoa bean coming through. Taste is even better. A good coffee, tobacco (very well done) taste hit you at first. This has a decent bitterness to it. This is a very solid stout. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for an American Double but the taste more than makes up for it. The thin mouthfeel does keep it from making it to the next level. A very good offering from Dark Horse and Ill seek out more of their beers. If you see this beer, definitely pick it up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 11, 2007
12oz bottle: Opaque black color with tiny, quickly dissapearing dark tan head. Aroma has notes of cherry, vanilla, lots of hightly kilned malt, touch of red grapes, prunes, slightly vinous. Flavor is malty, slightly sweet, with blackened malt, bit of vanilla, oak, note of brandy, with a balanced finish, with subtle herbal bitterness and equal sweetness. A nice porter, very well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
milewide (1750) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2009 Black color! Lots of roasted malt flavor and aroma that seems like a stout to me. Not much hop bitterness. Label is so childish that it detracts from an excellent brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cathcacr (643) - Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Style designations mean little here. Theoretically a Porter, this presents like an Imperial Stout; that was my guess before logging onto here. Put it in a blind taste test up against an Impy and see.
Like many a well-done Impy, this is very good, and you know pretty much what to expect in such.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2007 Pours about as perfect as you can get, imo. Thick, black, with a good sized head that lasted quite a while. Half way done with the glass and still ahs lacing on the entire glass. The alcohol up front that mixes with the chocolate and malts nicely on the finish. 8% porter that is this smooth? :banned:

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2854) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Bottle from Sprinkle. Pours a very dark black color. Little foam. Looks quite thick and oily. Strong roasted malty aroma. Lots of burnt foreign stout like qualities. Rich bitter and roasty. Bittler hoppy/roasty finish. Alcohol is very well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2912) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 <i>Bottled.</i> Okay, what’s with the crude drawing of the donkey from "Hee Haw" on the label. Anyway. Pours Pretty stoutish black, with a thin tan head. Big smell and taste of coffee, toasted carob, hint of licorice. I think there’s a pretty good-sized charge of hops here, and some of it may be American C&C. Somewhat of a Kingsford briquette aftertaste and quite a lot of bitterness. Perhaps this harshness might be covering up harshness from alcohol, but I definitely taste that, too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2007
This was yummy! Black colour with a thick brown head and tons of lacing. Lots of roast aromas, almost burnt malt. The flavour is phenominal, one of the best porters Ive had! There is a bit of coffee like flavour in there, but not bitter or astringent flavours. I get chocolate and roasted malts again. Dry finish and a nice mouthfeel that is either missing from all other porters, or puts this one a bit out of the regular porter category.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2007
Pours black with small tan head. Big chocolate malt and nutty aroma. NICE!!! Flavor is quite bitter. Malts, chocolate, roasted nuts. Also a little hop bite. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Bottle courtesy of hippie4beer pours black w/ a fluffy, foamy head. Light mouthfeel w/ bittersweet, dark chocolate and dark roasted malt flavor. Good brew.

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