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RATINGS: 1063   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.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cousin_Larry (313) - - AUG 18, 2013
Any beer with a donkey on the bottle is going to be a winner in my book. Not usually a fan of porters, but this one gets the job done.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1253) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle shared by czar, thanks bro! Pours a nice black again (just like its Fore Smoked Stout sibling) with a small beige rim that leaves good lacing. Nose is of roasted malt, light smoke and some alcohol. Taste is of coffee, intense roast, some ash, nuts and moderately bitter. Body was medium, carbonation as well and mouthfeel was sticky. Overall a good porter that might have suffered from the comparison with the smoked stout we had just before it.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
msbernac (568) - POLAND - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle Aroma-caramel, coffee, Appearance-black, hazy, brown foam, Taste-medium bitterness, light sweetness, lightly sour, Palate-full body, oily feel, soft carbonation, bitter finish Overall-perfect

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BLADT (590) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle pour. Jet black with small brown head. Molasses, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and light wood. All balanced well. Taste is semi bitter, dark chocolate, barley and more coffee. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beersighted (100) - - AUG 8, 2014
Pours a pitch black with a thin tan head. Roasty, caramelized sugar aroma. Rich, bitter black malt base dominates this brew. Sticky, sugary sips emanate from this medium bodied, but full flavored black ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtdewa1 (301) - rome, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Dark black pour, khaki head. Aroma is rich. Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Taste is amazing. Smooth. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Bitter aftertaste. Very eady to drink. only downfall is its a bit thin. Overall very good enjoyable beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (578) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2014
12fl oz bottle. Pours black with a thin, beige head. Aroma has big notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. A hint of hops to balance it out. Taste is a big bitter. Coffee and dark chocolate with an espresso bitter aftertaste. Medium-full body with a low-medium carbonation. Slightly creamy in the mouth with a semi dry finish. Overall a big, bitter, roasty brew. Lots of coffee and dark malts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2178) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Black colored poor. Big tan head. Plenty of lacing. Nice hoppy aroma with hints of chocolate and malt. Taste is some chocolate and citrus.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adster (203) - HUNGARY - AUG 2, 2014
A kissé bohókás küllemű üvegben lapuló főzet igen összeszedett és kiforrott jellemvonásokkal bír, egy vérbeli portertől elvárt karakterisztikával, melynek minden mozzanata a kulináris kielégülés szolgálatába van állítva. Egyenfekete színe frissen őrölt kávé és kakaótartalommal gazdagon ellátott étcsokoládé aromáját rejti, mely a pörkölt illatok legfinomabb változataival kedveskedik nekünk. Selymes ízének magától értetődő jellegzetessége szintén e grillesre pirított maláta és karakteres kávé kettőse egy tűhegyes éllel beköszönve és némi földes jelleggel megspékelve - csak a miheztartás végett. A keményvonalas hatást nagymértékben elősegíti a komlókesernyés utóíz, mely által sörünk meglehetősen száraz finissel búcsúzik. Nagyjából azt nyújtja, amit egy tengerentúli porter kortyolgatásától remél az ember: karakteres, markáns ízeket, meghitt perceket a harmónia nyugtató tapasztalása közben.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SaintZymurgy (6) - Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2014 does not count
Like pouring oil out of a bottle. 1 finger tan head with good retention. Aromas of roasted malt, slight cocoa and caramel. Very thin on the tongue and like a dark roast coffee w/ cocoa. Hard to believe this is 7.5%. I really liked it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (1722) - Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle: Jet black in the glass, full opacity with a slow, inverse cascading cappuccino head, a little frothy & creamy. Aroma has creamy smooth notes of coffee, light sweetness edging towards a lactose/milk aspect, baker’s chocolate, just a hint of of sweet, dark dried fruits. A little roast, but the nose seems more sweet. Taste is a little more roasty; roasted malts & dry coffee beans up front leading into notes of bittersweet, dark cocoa nibs, & faint anise. Dry coffee bean finish with a kiss of light smoke. Kind of thin, would do well with a more creamy body. Not bad.


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