xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Bier Ale
12 oz bottle
Recent brewing, arsed over 11/06
Medium pour in an English pint
Poured black with a moderate light brown frothy somewhat lasting head with a tiny ring of lacing.
Smelt of strong nuttiness, mild coffee and cream, mild chocolate, with vanilla cola notes.
Taste was upfront strong bitter coffee and burnt taste with light sweet molasses, followed by a harsh burnt taste and moderate coffee, licorice and nuttiness, on a long bitter burnt finish. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, creamy, lively carbonated, with harsh astringency.
Overall, a harsh and not so subtle beer. It smells and looks wonderful, but doesn’t beg to please the tastebuds.
TheEpeeist (3543) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with a settling woody head. Faint bittersweet chocolate, a touch of french roast and cider. Creamy body with just a slight back tongue tingle. Sour raisins soaked in espresso. Builds into a dry bitterness. Well disguised hops burst through. Interesting take on the style.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - NOV 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oil like pour with no head at all, Sticky on the lips. Alcohol is very well hidden! Very hoppy for a Porter! A really nice drink for me, the best of both worlds, Hoppy, roasted, Sweet,delicious! Thanks to Duane for the bottle!
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a thin tan head and thick lacing. Aroma is of rounded roast, an oily sweetness, a mild chocolate, a bit of biscuit and a soft touch of soy. Flavor is a rolling mixture of a very deep roast coffee, semisweet chocolate, dark chocolate, and biscuity malt. Pretty rich. Medium body with a very slightly watery palate. Aftertaste is a a nice mix of roast, semisweet chocolate, and biscuit.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Duane. Poured midnight black with almost no head, just a small tan rim around the edge of the cup. Piney hops and lots of heavily roasted malts in the nose. First taste is a pretty overpowering amount of roasted flavors, but once your tongue gets used to it, this is a pretty smooth drinking beer. Roasted barley followed by a pretty dry, hoppy finish. Very tasty porter.
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark oily brown with a decent sized head. The aroma is of heavy roast and chocolate. Heavy roast, coffee, and subtle bittersweet bakers chocolate coat the tongue. No trace of hops. Quite a bit of body for a .....wait, what is this supposed to be? More stoutish than Porter, definitely not Shwartzbier. Very dry roasty bitter aftertaste. Body is somewhat oily. Alcohol is nicely masked.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coffee and roasted barley aroma, black as can be, roasted coffeeish, taste with a touch of licorice, lots of roastedness in the aftertaste, Definitely not a schwarz, body is less then medium, that roasted,almost burnt taste is wonderful, gets a very dry and bitter in the finish. This stuff is special
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
roasted barley, malts, and too much molasses, and bit of berry and not enough hoppiness for me. Yet is was pleasingly dry and bitter and creamy, sort of oily. I want to try more from this brewer. Are they intentionally trying to confuse via the label what this is? Goofy donkey cartoon label seems odd for this ambitious brew.
Nuffield (3835) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I picked this out of my "cellar" (a box in my garage), having focused entirely on the "black bier" and thinking that it was a schwarzbier. As soon as I poured it, I knew that wasn’t right, because it was so opaque, black, and oily that I looked at the bottle and saw "ale". It is deep with roast, burnt notes and a fair degree of hops, akin to a Rogue stout. The palate suggests more body that a porter, quite clearly. The palate is luscious and compelling, though the bitterness of the finish prevents this from being a "fast drinker". Still, it is a well crafted brew, whatever its style.
fordest (2030) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle thanks to sprinkle. Lots of chocolate and roasty malt aroma coming off of this very black beer with a nice tan head. Flavors are very similar in bittersweet chocolate and some coffee. Burnt malt after taste too. One of my favortite porters so far.