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RATINGS: 1051   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Thick syrupy texture with a strong coffee nose. Roasted malt flavors are smooth and silky with a hint of vanilla. The finish is roasty and slightly bitter with a hint of spice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3147) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Rich coffee and roasted chocolate aroma, mingled with a hint of wood and vanilla sugar. Pours a oil dark black, with a coffee and cream head. Mellowed coffee flavor and a hint of mole with pumpkinseeds and fresh chocolate. Oily, sweet and slick. Has a wonderful aromatic vanilla and cream quality, over a more reserved roastedness. Finish is a little salty and oaty, with plenty of appropriate dryness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Thanks to Secret Santa for this beer. Poured black with a creamy brown head. Aroma of bitter roasted coffee and chocolate-covered cherries. Taste is mildly sweet with roasted bittersweet choclate dominating and a touch of fruitiness topped off with some citrus and pine hops, leading to a dry bitter finsih. Roasty, bitter, and good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Thanks Santa! Another plesant surprise from Dark Horse. Pours black as night with a tan head. Mild aroma of malt and alcohol. Creamy in the mouth. Nice balanced flavor with a smoky finish and coffee aftertaste. Very good!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2005
(Bottle) Pours an opaque, black body with a spare light brown head. Aroma of roasted coffee. Flavor of roasted coffee, hiops, and chocolate with a bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2005
deep dark brown color. rich tan head. Aroma faint, but roasty and chocolate. Flavor is thin up front developing into a full somewhat roasty but mostly bitter punch. A little more harsh of a porter than I am used to.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 18, 2005
This porter pours an eclipse black color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is chocolate, roasty nearly burnt malts and coffee. A medium to full bodied porter. Malts are very roasty, nearly burnt with lots of chocolate and coffee flavors. Slightly spicy hops. Smooth taste. Lots of roasty flavors. Found this beer buried in the back of the fridge, a pleasant surprise. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2005
Bottled. Rather black coloured. Malty and roasty aroma with fruity notes. Roasty flavour with notes of chocolate. Dry and bitter finish. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2005
Pitch black colored with a foamy brown head. Hard roasted aroma with coffee and liquorice. Strong and warming from the alcohol. Dry coffee and roasted flavor, biding on the tongue with a sour edge from the roasted malt. A bit short in the finish, but all in all a lovely beer!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Pours thick black with small but compact brown head. Roasted and chocolate malts and a hint of coffee in the aroma. Very bold, nice assortment of aromas. The initial flavor is an up front malt sweetness, and were it not followed by a solid roasted and coffee malt and a coffee and hop led bitterness, it would be too sweet. Fortunately the mentioned malts and bitterness give it a very nice ballance. As it warms it gets a more gritty roasted malt but continues with the strong sweetness. Nice finish, mostly leaving a roasted flavor in the mouth.


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