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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2005
jet black appearance with tiny reddish-brown head....aroma of roasted notes (chocolate, coffee, molasses)....flavor is quite the same with a smokiness to it.....a tad bitter of an aftertaste....perfect creamy palate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Good roasty,bitter chocolate and molassas nose. Black as night,thick lace but no head. Rich, dark malt bombard your palate, huge but balanced. I’m not the biggest porter fan but this is one big porter, its nice when you can sip on a beer and wait a minute and the flavor is still with you. This beer could handle some age and thats what I intend to do.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2005
12oz - Aroma is sweet roasted chocolate malt. Pours a deep black with a brown ring for head and decent lacing. Flavor is intense roasted chocolate malt and thick molasses. Palate is creamy and thick. Very tasty dense beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Dark black pour with tan head that kind of lingers for awhile. Aroma big on roasted malt, chocolate, as well as coffee and caramel. Flavor lets the hop presence in a bit, but mostly the big roast and chocolate seem to stick to the taste buds. Rock solid entry from Dark Horse.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FoolishMortal (989) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2005
12oz. bottle. Nearly opaque black, thin film of dark tan head. Caramelized sugar, nuts, and tinges of roast coffee in the aroma. Chocolate and roast malt flavors. Coffee and roasty astringency in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and fairly dry. More roasted character than I would anticipate in a porter.

   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 (29022) - 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.

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