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RATINGS: 1194   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Thanks to maniac for this one! Dirty motor oil black, very slight dark brown head. Thick slightly burnt molasses aroma, slight pepsin. Slightly smoky too. Flavor matches, with an emphasis on the burnt molasses. An excellent sipper.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 Date: 04/12/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade

solid black, whispy brown head, lightly sweet chocolate and roasted aroma, creamy body, rich malt flavor with a great chocolate character that just gets richer and richer, a nice bitter roasted finish, hint of fading tartness, much better than the typical alt as it has body and flavor
-------- /> Date: 02/10/2008
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting

rich dark chocolate aroma with a sweet fruity character, rich chocolate flavor, a bit dry and powdery, touch of fruit, long dry bitter chocolate finish,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2007
Pours out a very viscous black with thick brown head that fades quickly. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, slight coffee and some charred wood. Taste is almost like a french roast, with strong roasted malt character, bittersweet chocolate, and like hop profile to keep things from getting lop-sided. Full bodied and moderately carbonated with a creamy finish and just enough alcohol to show through to let you know this porter packs a punch. Solid.

3.8
   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!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stine (1760) - 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.

3.6
   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 didn’t quite live up to my expectations. A good ale, though.

3.8
   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.

4.2
   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.

3.8
   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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - 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 can’t 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.


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