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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8220) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2006
Michigan Brewers Festival 2006. Black body with a nice creamy tan head that fades a bit. Moderate sweet roast aroma. Flavour starts with mild dark roast and is fairly dry, with more sweet dark malt in the foundation. Average palate. Solid beer but not for me. 7/4/6/3/13-15

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUL 9, 2006
(Bottle via trade with BBB63, thanks Mike!) Pours black as night, a few microscopic ruby highlights fight through the opaqueness. About 1/2" of light brown head recedes to about 1/8". Aroma is coffee with cream, sweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans and some hints of grape. Mouthfeel smooth, lightly oily. Spotty lacing. Big coffee/chocolate flavor. Bit of grassiness in finish. Darn good, seemed very close to a sweet stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2006
A Nice high-gravity porter. An aroma of coffee and malts. A very dark bodied beer with an almost negligable head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10449) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 8, 2006
12-oz. bottle from artusory. Pours dark black, near opaque, with a tiny tan head that clings to the edges. Aroma is dark and sweet chocolate and caramel malts, yeast (leather), charcoal, coffee. Moderately bitter and acidic dark chocolate and coffee flavor, slight smokiness, finish is sour. Dark bodied and smooth dry palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - JUN 1, 2006
Finally a beer that has something going for it. Pours black with a nice looking mocha head. Aroma with rich coffee with cream and roasted malt...a bit of burnt chocolate comes in as it warms. Flavor is loaded with robust and bitter coffee...quite a lot of red fruit comes through as well...this is the only DH beer that has had any complexity. Mouthfeel is thick and oily. This beer is much more of a stout than a porter...but I dig it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1437) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2006
the last of our Dark Horses. A pretty good one to end on considering the range we experienced. Not sure "porter" is accurate. Alcohol and flavor are more intense for the simplicity of a "porter." okay, this gets a lot better when it warms. it moves from good to terriffic. Pours black with a one finger brown head. Just huge chocolate roasted malts all over the place and totally masking the 8% abv. Great beer, complex and tasty. Lasting bitterness after the swallow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2006
a bit too bitter in flavor for me. it’s pretty close to a weaker imperial stout. beautiful elegent appearance. aroma is pretty terrific, but the taste is just a bit too bitter and empty (otherwise) for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2006
Bottle. Pours oily black, with a diminishing plummy brown head. Nice aroma of dark roasted malt, molasses, coffee, and hardwood mulch. Good initial flavor of burnt dark chocolate, brown sugar, and dark roasted malt. The finish is dry and bitter, with very pronouced roasted coffee flavors that linger.Parts of this beer remind me of 2004 MendocinoWinter (Porter). Whatever you do, do NOT drink this too cold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcr (2263) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2006
Roasted malts and bitterness dominate this porter. Inky black pour with short, tan head. The aroma is mostly burnt malt, but underneath are notes of chocolate and coffee. After a swirl, you get a whiff of earthiness that seems out of place. The flavor is hefty on charred malts with a hint of licorice. That gives way to a bittnerness, somewhat reminiscent of strong, burnt, bitter coffee. The finish is dry. Medium to thick body seems heavier than a stout, more like an imperial stout than a porter. Sticky palate and a long, bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (2981) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2006
Pitch black, nice sized creamy tan head. Looks like a stout! Looks wonderful regardless. What a lovely roast aroma with hints of smoke and hops. Taste - wow, incredibly flavourful. Porter roast taste comes through at first with a hint of sweetness and a bit of acidic sourness. This is followed up by a ton of flavour - more roast, this time more coffee like, dry bakers chocolate, and a good dose of hops. Seems thinner at first before exploding into a robust body. Long lingering roast and bitterness. Wow, big thanks to Hogtown Harry for the bottle. This is instantly one of my favourites!

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