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RATINGS: 1191   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2008 Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head. It’s almost like pouring out mud or sludge. Smells of alcohol, chocolate, and deep roasts. The taste is very chocolaty and dark/burnt roasts. My favorite porter so far!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stine (1746) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Very black with a clingy ring of tanned foam. Nose sugest burnt butterscotch, charred raisins, buttered and blackened toast. A hint of tart cranberry and sweet oatmeal cookies. Taste presents a serious counterpoint. A barren espresso bitterness with that dry soapy bite is somewhat singular at first. Black malt is thick and powerful, lending an earthy, pure cocoa flavor. Very dry with a distant intimation of lemon and even orange zest. Steamed vegetal edges along the inside of the popcorn bag. Day old cold press. Something really interesting is hiding here, and doing it too well. Palate is smooth, slightly sweet, and dramatically dry. Lopsided. More gravity would do nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a rich creamy khaki head. Excellent lacing. Wonderful nose: roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted marshmallow. Very dry flavor profile. Loads of dark roasted malt. Honestly, I was looking for more. A tad light on the body. Beautiful color and nose didnít quite live up to my expectations. A good ale, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jarlbartar (89) - Janesville, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Bottle thanks to Ughsmash! Poured an opaque black with virtually no head and no lacing. Aromas of roasted chocolate malt and a bit of astingency. Taste was a wallop of roasted chocolate, lots of sweet malt up front chased by bitter malts. Medium bodied porter with good carbonation, almost no alcohol taste at all. Aftertaste was a roasty bitter. A very roasty and bitter porter that balances the sweet and bitter malts very well together. A great porter, has the same malt characteristics of a good stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2007
I really enjoyed this one. Poured black with tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and strong chocolate. Flavor was mostly coffee followed up by chocolate. Some earthy hop hints in the finish. Clean and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2007
Bottle. Black with a small brown head. Roasted and malty with notes of chocolate, coffee and hops. Pretty well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Pours with a reasonably tightly beaded, full, creamed chocolate, brown colored head that is initially three-fingers in height. The head leaves a distinct lacing pattern on the sides of my glass as I work my way through this beer. The beer is an almost black color, with perhaps some dark amber notes to it. The aroma has notes of chocolate, dusty roast grain husks, toasted malt and a nice burnt, yet still sweet, raisin note to it towards the end. Interesting, after rooting around in the aroma for a bit I notice a distinct, yet subtle note that reminds me of wood, smoked malt or perhaps butterscotch; I am not sure which, but it is certainly noticeable and now I canít seem to not notice it.

Light feeling as it first hits the tongue, it picks up a medium fullness to it as it moves across the tongue. The finish is marred by an astringent, sharp, almost harsh burnt bitter note, that is thankfully not too overwhelming. Notes of bitter, French Roast, black coffee, darkly toasted bread, a burnt acidity, and a acrid char flavor. This beer has a ton of darkly roasted grain character, it is actually a bit much, but on the upside I think that it is helping to hide some off flavors that are derived from a bit of diacetyl and perhaps some vegetal notes. In the end the dark malt is just a bit too much, if the gravity was bumped up a bit it might be more in balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2007 Bottle - Thanks to DrewBeerMe for this one. Dark brown, nearly black pour with a small tan head. Aroma is thick with dark chocolate and heavily roasted coffee. Taste is of dark/bittersweet chocolate with a bit of coffee and well-roasted malts. Drier than I expected, but still tasty and satisfying. One of the better porters out there. Another high quality Michigan beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2007
bottle. pours a pitch balck color with a medium brown head. it has a nice roasty aroma. taste is nice and roasty. bitter and dry. nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (8898) - Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Pours black with a small, rapidly diminishing tan head. Aroma is of dark chocolate with a touch of coffee. The dark chocolate reappears and is blended with stronger roasted coffee flavor. Medium to full bodied with a dry finish. I wasnít sure what this was schwarzbier or porter. Ultimately it doesnít matter; itís good either way. I wish I had picked up more when I was in Indy.

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