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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2006
Bottle. Pours oily black, with a diminishing plummy brown head. Nice aroma of dark roasted malt, molasses, coffee, and hardwood mulch. Good initial flavor of burnt dark chocolate, brown sugar, and dark roasted malt. The finish is dry and bitter, with very pronouced roasted coffee flavors that linger.Parts of this beer remind me of 2004 MendocinoWinter (Porter). Whatever you do, do NOT drink this too cold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcr (2221) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2006
Roasted malts and bitterness dominate this porter. Inky black pour with short, tan head. The aroma is mostly burnt malt, but underneath are notes of chocolate and coffee. After a swirl, you get a whiff of earthiness that seems out of place. The flavor is hefty on charred malts with a hint of licorice. That gives way to a bittnerness, somewhat reminiscent of strong, burnt, bitter coffee. The finish is dry. Medium to thick body seems heavier than a stout, more like an imperial stout than a porter. Sticky palate and a long, bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (2950) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2006
Pitch black, nice sized creamy tan head. Looks like a stout! Looks wonderful regardless. What a lovely roast aroma with hints of smoke and hops. Taste - wow, incredibly flavourful. Porter roast taste comes through at first with a hint of sweetness and a bit of acidic sourness. This is followed up by a ton of flavour - more roast, this time more coffee like, dry bakers chocolate, and a good dose of hops. Seems thinner at first before exploding into a robust body. Long lingering roast and bitterness. Wow, big thanks to Hogtown Harry for the bottle. This is instantly one of my favourites!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (384) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Black, bitter, roasty, tasty. Not much complexity or anything, it’s just dark, good and delicious. I love how bitter it is. Hops and dark grains both contribute to that, and it works great. Some alcohol in the aroma, but none in the flavor. Get some if you can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (1941) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2012 5/22/06 From a bottle purchased at the Beer Depot in Ann Arbor.

Pours a powerful viscous black with a modestly-sized deep brown head and abundant lacing.

The beer provides a nice big aroma: roasting coffee, dark plums, molassas, and a hint of smoke. The smoke dominates my first impression of the flavor, coming on much harder than expected with a taste of smoked almonds tinged throughout with tendrils of sweet dark malt, plenty of fruit rounding out the late middle of the sip, and bittering into a lovely hopped finish still fronting plenty of thai-iced-coffee sweetness. The mouthfeel is plain perfect.

Darn I’m impressed by this beer and I wish I could get it on a regular basis.

7/16/12Revisit, bottle from Whole Foods in Ann Arbor. Yep, worthy. More ash than I noted on the first past, but absolutely delicious. I might go more like 4.1 on this, but I’ll let the original stand.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 10, 2006
pours a sinfully black... looks and smells like a strong stout. the hoppiness is the only thing that could explain why this wasn’t labeled as an imperial porter... well, that and it’s abv. roasted malts and hint of acidity... almost an espresso-like acidity actually. hop profile balances nicely, esp. w/ the carbonation. another first rate beer from dark horse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2006 pours thick black looks like a stout. no light is getting through this one. small brown head that goes away quickly. huge aroma. roasted malts dominates with some licorice something slightly acidic. flavor just as big as aroma. very bitter coffee flavor slightly salty and acidic. body medium. finish very bitter roasted coffee. very appropriate carbonation not too much not too little. fantastic beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutlvr (52) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2006
A solid porter. Pours black and has malty aroma. Flavors are sweet and bitter, they compliment each other well. It is the hint of something smoky and sour in both the aroma and flavor that I can do without.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5541) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2006
Black bodied with a brown head, this has an aroma filled with sweet roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and a drop or two of coffee. Creamy. The flavor is a bit sweeter with the addition of molasses and is lightly bittered by almonds. Sticky finish with a modest hit of earthy bitterness. Nice.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2006
Nice dark black pour. Wiht maybe a slight red touch. Nice creamy looking tan head as well. Very smooth and creamy mouthfull. Not a whole lot of taste in my opinion. Slight coffee, molasses, hops, and alcohol notes. A little to bitter for my taste. Not one of my favs. But drinkable.

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