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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
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2005
I thought the name of this beer was deceiving, I was expecting a black lager. (Side note: DH REALLY needs to spend some coin on their label art.) Poured black, with a chocolate, soapy head. Aroma of chocolate, malt and piney hops. Tastes are pretty much the same. Tastes like a stout to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Huge aroma aroma of burnt molasses and dried fruit. Very black pour, slightly thin, with an off-white head. Very roasted, burnt ash flavor, some sweetnessof cherries, and a little alcohol. Nice bier. Thanks Brad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Bottle. Opaque black pour. Big chocolate and dark fruit aromas and flavors, and some roasted notes and caramelly molasses too. This is, imo, a hybrid porter-stout, and man is it good. Fairly thick for a porter, but still really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Pours a used motor oil black. There’s absolutely no light getting through this one. Has a thin dark brown head, with small amounts of lacing. Smells of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. What you would expect from a good stout. Taste is initially chocolate, followed by the coffee and roasted malts finishing with just a touch of bitter hops and alcohol. This one is better that I had anticipated. Mouthfeel is just thick enough to let you know that you are drinking a stout, but so much that it’s hard to finish. My first beer from Dark Horse, and I was pleasantly surprised. Can’t wait to try the others in my fridge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (28458) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2005
A black beer with a huge brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of chocolate, alcohol, and cardboard, while the flavor is sweet roasted with notes of chocolate, and a dry roasted end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2005 Pours jet black with a dark tan head. Mostly lasting, some lacing. Aroma is big with chocolate and coffee. Flavor is bitter dark chocolate, coffee, rosted malt, molasses with a big hop presence. Full bodied with a smooth velvety texture. Flavor fills the mouth for a very long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (9653) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2005
Bottled: Pitch black coloured. Dense dark brown head. Roast and light sweetness and malt in the aroma. Light liqourice. Flavour of sweetness, coffee, roast and malt. A bit artificial. Ends on a dry coffeish note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2005
BOttled. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a brown head, Aroma is roasted, sweet malts and toasted bread. Taste is roasted, very roasted, with a long roasted aftertaste. A very nice beer. Thanks to EyedrinkAle for this trade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hezron (609) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Aroma of toasted barley, musty old dates that have been sitting with rusty nails for a while and then a hint of chocolate. Dark, almost black brown with an inch tall, lovely brown head. Initial flavor of roasted barley, medium bitter with a touch of metallic chocolate and raisins in the finish. Medium body, slightly watery side of creamy with a dry, bitter, metallic finish. Bottle, thanks to EyeDrinkAle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2005 Couleur noire foncée, mousse beige aux grosses bulles savonneuses. Arômes de chocolat, de noix, de vanille et de rôti. Levuré en bouche, bon profil de malt rôti, chocolat et anis. Finale toujours signée par le rôti se terminant sur une note très amère. Texture huileuse, corps d’épaisseur moyenne à pleine, réchauffement de la part de l’alcool. Michigan brewer’s fest, Ypsilanti, Michigan, Juillet 2005.

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