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RATINGS: 1154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1737) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2007
Bottle thanks to Sliffy. Poured a dark black body with thin head. Aroma was of sweet chocolate (mmmmmm!). The flavor did not disappoint from the aroma. Bitter (in a good way), with some chocolate notes and some sweet malt. Very smootha nd well balanced. Listed at 7.5% but it didnot seem that way at all. Damn good Porter!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2007
Black Color with Tan Ring. Heavy Coffee Roasts and Chocolate on the Nose. Deep Bittering Malt...Due to Coffee Roasts...Some Nice Semi-Sweet Chocolate. Bitter Dry Aftertaste.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
lewis13 (49) - Kokomo, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Bottle...dark with little to no head. Aroma very faint. Wonderful toasted flavor with bitter, but pleasant aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Pours pitch black with almost no head, light tan bubbles stick to the sides of the glass. Nice smell, big chocolate and mocha caramel, with some dark malts and some roastiness in the background. Taste is pretty hoppy, something I did not pick up in the nose. Roasted malts are very heavy, with some light caramel to touch off the flavors. Not much chocolate, just a touch in the finish. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Pours dark brownish black with dark brown head. Tons-o cocoa, dark fruit, caramel malt and hop, charcoal and brown sugar aroma with a flavor to match. Great!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Absolutely opaque, black with a thin, brown head that forms just a ring around the glass. Lots of roast in the aroma with notes of milk, dark fruit, sweetness, and good hopping. Very intense on the palate. Robust, burnt, charcoal-like malt flavors with a solid, residual sweetness that takes any of the rough, burnt edges. I love this beer style. A combination of IPA and dry stout. Good and hoppy as well with some warm alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2008 12 oz bottle. Pours very black indeed, with only the faintest hint of brown at the edges. The aroma is malty and full of molasses, burnt grain, and a faint metallic hint. Fairly clean overall. The flavor is very bitter, though mostly from the grains, and grain is the dominate flavor here. There are hints of chocolate deep down but this is a fairly astringent brew (sharp) that was simply over the top for me. The body is medium and dry, that finishes bitter and a bit thin.

Upon review I have decided to bump my flavor points on this one. I found it very enjoyable this time around with roasty burnt caramel. Though it was a touch ashy. Very well put together. Burnt roasty and yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EithCubes (5308) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Bottle. Aroma of heavy chocolate with roast, sweet and salty with a high level of malt. Opaque black pour with a creamy dark brown head. Quite bitter roast coffee taste, with lesser notes of chocolate and astringency. Aftertaste is quite dry and one of the more delicious roast finishes Iíve had. Salty on the tongue in the mid-body and end. Medium creamy body (surprisingly thin for the level of robustness in flavor), smooth drinking. Reiterating the salty/dry. Intense! Deviant for style but thatís not a bad thing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2007 Very dark pour with a small dark brown head. smells rich and roasty. Flavor is incredibly roasty, coffee, slightly bitter with chocolate. Pretty smooth overall. A very good porter. Definitely one of my favorite porters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2007
Pours black with a thin light tan head. Roasted malt and chocolate predominate. Palate is thinner than youíd expect from the aroma, but itís not watery. Taste is a ton of roasted malt flavor, along with a chocolately-bitter coffee finish. Very nice. Thereís enough going on in this beer, you kind of assume itís an imperial.

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