Boutip (5806) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Moejuck: Poured a pitch-black color beer with a medium foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of medium coffee with light roasted malt. Taste is dominated by some medium dry coffee with some light roasted malt and some nice oatmeal notes. Body is quite creamy which I always enjoy as well as being full with some medium to low carbonation. Well done and something I wouldn’t mind having again.
shigadeyo (3630) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2007 4/23/2007: Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Bier is near black in color and pours clear. There is a good-sized foamy brown head the slowly collapses and leaves a frothy dark tan crown on the beer. Thick foamy lacing with brown speckles cover the glass almost from beginning to end. Semi-sweet chocolate, some alcohol, and delicate char (nice complexity) can be found in the very nice aroma. The flavor contains heavily roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. The flavor isn’t really that sweet and it has a perfectly balanced bitterness from all the roasted malts. The roastiness is like dry roast all the the way to just before being burnt; it’s just perfect! The finish has a wonderful milky/creamy dry cocoa and espresso flavor. There is no alcohol detectable in the flavor. The body of this beer is full and it feels very smooth in the mouth. Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Bier is quite complex and almost reminds me of an Imperial Stout!
12 oz bottle from illinismitty. Thanks Sean!
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
big thanks to Paul for sharing this after the CL anniversary party. Just about a solid black in color with a medium brown head. Alot of chocolate and roast wafts from the glass as you take in the aroma. Taste is chocolate, and light to moderately roasty, with a creamy body. Very drinkable and pretty smooth- finishes roasty and moderately bitter. a great porter.
after4ever (7490) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12-oz. Thanks, SecretSanta! Pours opaque black with a virtually nonexistent off-white head. Super chocolatey nose. Flat. Not much attack, but the mid-palate picks up some steam. Watery. By the time you’re into it, you get chocolate and roast, and then there’s a burst of ash near the end. Clingy, bitter finish. These guys overall seem to lean toward the flat, watery, and ashy, which aren’t big selling points in my mind, but I can see that people dig them and I respect that.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 Nice color, very dark, mouthfeel was a little thin. Taste was very roasted malt, coffee, caramel. Finish was bitter, but very good. A wonderful example of a porter.
Update: Mouthfeel not as thin as I originally thought (first sampled at tasting). However, the finish seems to be a little acrid, which is really my only complaint about the beer. That and the mouthfeel is a little puckering/tannic at time.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big fan! Dark dark dark oil black, into impy stout territory with almost no head. The nose is fantastic. Chocolate hits first, with some coffee roast and even some charcoal. A bit sweet, but not into Founder’s breakfast stout territory. In a way, I like that slightly better. A little bit of berry to floral sort of hops. A bit creamy. The palate is marked by a very subdued carbonation and still a creamy smooth mouthfeel. The roast comes out more in the flavor profile, but the chocolate is still rather strong. Floral hops appear. A bit drier than I would have guess from the nose, a bit of fitting diacetyl making this melt on the mouth. A creamy finish with soem fruit becomign char by the end. I could start seeing myself buying sixers of this stuff.
NachlamSie (3230) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours an inky black with a dark tan head. Shades of ruby are barely visible. The aroma seems burnt with many ashy, toasty scents. A little bit of toffee is noticed as well. Medium-heavy mouthfeel on this one. Very nice, highly roasty flavor here. It’s extra roasty with big coffee flavor and a nice smooth chocolate presence to balance, but not dominate. This tasty beer suggests dark toasted rye bread, espresso, chocolate. This was a mighty fine surprise given the somewhat ambiguous label. I’m taking my time with this one and the warmer portions towards the end of the glass are very nice. Much more bitter, espresso notes develop and the chocolate character really comes out. Things start to get a little sticky in a satisfying way. Very nice.
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big dark pour with aroma of big roasted malt and coffee.....mmmmmm. Very rich with maybe a hint of dark chocolate. Very nice. The flavor is very roasty with more chocolate and coffee, with hints of vanilla. Also some wood and elements of toast. Very very nice. Relatively low carbonation combine with a light bitter ending, making this a well-rounded porter. Excellent stuff that could be sipped on all night long.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Poured an opaque black color. head was two fingers high and tan. Smelled of molasses and roasty malt with a touch of milk chocolate. Slightly sweet and very roasty on the tongue with flavors of dark chocolate and burnt stick. Finish was roasty and bitter. Pretty good.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nothing wrong with this porter, but just tasted a lot like many other porters i have had latley, nothing really stands out, but solid non the less, easy drinking, nothing overpowers. Just bitter enough...