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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (385) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Black, bitter, roasty, tasty. Not much complexity or anything, itís just dark, good and delicious. I love how bitter it is. Hops and dark grains both contribute to that, and it works great. Some alcohol in the aroma, but none in the flavor. Get some if you can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (1998) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2012 5/22/06 From a bottle purchased at the Beer Depot in Ann Arbor.

Pours a powerful viscous black with a modestly-sized deep brown head and abundant lacing.

The beer provides a nice big aroma: roasting coffee, dark plums, molassas, and a hint of smoke. The smoke dominates my first impression of the flavor, coming on much harder than expected with a taste of smoked almonds tinged throughout with tendrils of sweet dark malt, plenty of fruit rounding out the late middle of the sip, and bittering into a lovely hopped finish still fronting plenty of thai-iced-coffee sweetness. The mouthfeel is plain perfect.

Darn Iím impressed by this beer and I wish I could get it on a regular basis.

7/16/12Revisit, bottle from Whole Foods in Ann Arbor. Yep, worthy. More ash than I noted on the first past, but absolutely delicious. I might go more like 4.1 on this, but Iíll let the original stand.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 10, 2006
pours a sinfully black... looks and smells like a strong stout. the hoppiness is the only thing that could explain why this wasnít labeled as an imperial porter... well, that and itís abv. roasted malts and hint of acidity... almost an espresso-like acidity actually. hop profile balances nicely, esp. w/ the carbonation. another first rate beer from dark horse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2006 pours thick black looks like a stout. no light is getting through this one. small brown head that goes away quickly. huge aroma. roasted malts dominates with some licorice something slightly acidic. flavor just as big as aroma. very bitter coffee flavor slightly salty and acidic. body medium. finish very bitter roasted coffee. very appropriate carbonation not too much not too little. fantastic beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutlvr (52) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2006
A solid porter. Pours black and has malty aroma. Flavors are sweet and bitter, they compliment each other well. It is the hint of something smoky and sour in both the aroma and flavor that I can do without.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2006
Black bodied with a brown head, this has an aroma filled with sweet roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and a drop or two of coffee. Creamy. The flavor is a bit sweeter with the addition of molasses and is lightly bittered by almonds. Sticky finish with a modest hit of earthy bitterness. Nice.

U.S.A. rating #1234!

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2006
Nice dark black pour. Wiht maybe a slight red touch. Nice creamy looking tan head as well. Very smooth and creamy mouthfull. Not a whole lot of taste in my opinion. Slight coffee, molasses, hops, and alcohol notes. A little to bitter for my taste. Not one of my favs. But drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2006
Black coffee pour. The nose is real roasty, with a touch of dark chocolate and charred cookie. Thick mouthfeel is appropriate. Lots of bakerís chocolate throughout, leaving my tongue chalky. A nutty layer persists under the chocolate, helping to sweeten things. A slight sharp bitterness in the finish is nice contrast for this otherwise smooth brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11219) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2006
Draft at Dark Horse. Poured a black color with an average creamy light brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate sweet toasted malt aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Well balanced sweet toasted malt flavor with a smooth moderate bitter finish of long duration. Very pleasing brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2006
bottle. pours a deep dark black body with a medium-sized frothy mocha head. Top notch aroma of vanilla bean, rye bread, milk chocolate, and toffee. Full-bodied, flavourful stuff to say the least. Lots of roasty malt flavour with general coffee and lots of rich chocolate notes. finishes with intensely bitter chocolate and toffee essence. Delicious! Bought at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor in April 2006.

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