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RATINGS: 1090   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 (392) - - 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spacecube (971) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2014
330 ml bottle, pours black with a tan head, lovely thick body on this withlots of roasty, chocolate malt, with a bit of smoke and some piney hop. Finish is short and dry, bitter. Love the full body on this very rich in the mouth with creamy texture and soft carbonation. Lovely stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (6673) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2014
[6388-20140627] Cask. Roasted chocolate malt aroma. Black body with medium-lasting bubbly brown head. Roasted barrel wood malt flavour. Full body. Very tasty. (7/3/8-/4/16) 3.8
(Glasgow Real Ale Festival 2014 @ The Briggait, Glasgow, Scotland)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (4224) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 8, 2014
355ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours jet black, no head. Whisper of carbonation. Big tar and liquorice aromas, burnt fruit. Taste is rich, sweet, oily. Needs a little zest to lift it, bit cloying. Nice enough.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McWorta (660) - LUXEMBOURG - NOV 30, 2014
Black colour with a medium light cream tan head with good lacings. Aromas of dark bitter chocolate dominate on the nose but also toasted malt notes and coffee aromas develop with a very restrained light fruit-hoppyness (retronasal). Softly carbonated with a light slick-creamy texture this beer is offering a light sweetness with a harmonic roasted chocolate malt bitterness in a medium body. The finish is chocolatey and well lasting. Good porter!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (941) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - NOV 24, 2014
BOTTLE 12 OZ. Bold chocolate aroma, some vanilla and cocoa flavoured desert. The flavour is more roasted with strong hop bitterness. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukasmh (226) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber/brown with small tan head. Aroma is dark malts, dark chocolate, roasty and some raisins. Taste is dark chocolate, that fades out in a really dry coffee roastiness and too some bitter from the hops. Relatively light body. All the way through its loaded with liquorice. Chocolate stays in the mouth for a long time.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eduardovl (949) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 11, 2014
330ml bottle served in an English pint. A: Pours a deep black color forming a big and very bubbled brown head. Medium to low retention forming some lingering thin lacings in the glass. S: Strong notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Strong notes of wood and earth. Sweet and biscuity nose. Reminds an Oreo biscuit. Grassy hops. T: Slightly sweet upfront. Again, strong notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. In overall, a dry and bitter taste. Notes of leather, wood and earth. Bitter end. Grassy hops profile. Great! M:Medium body. Low carbonation. Bitter roasted aftertaste. O: Great drinkability. J.U.S.T excellent Porter!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zoomusic (7) - HUNGARY - NOV 9, 2014 does not count
Bottled. It is a good porter. I dig it. Nice brown medium head, roasted beans, chocolate, nuts, long aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JefVerstraete (1574) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle from Drankenhalle Deconinck, Vichte. Dark brown/black colour, brown foam. Medium carbonation. Very well balanced. Roasted malts, coffee, ashes with light sweet hints. Easy drinkable. Very good!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EyeAmBaldman (313) - Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Pours the color of ink with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet with a hint of alcohol. Taste is hoppy like a black IPA. Finally a decent beer from Dark Horse.


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