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RATINGS: 1035   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2008 Bottle. Absolutely gorgeous aroma of roasted malt, coffee, espresso, supporting sweet alcohol, supporting bittering hops, working well with the coffee notes, giving them different edges. Nothing too fancy, but just everything I’d want in a robust porter. Flavor works together marvelously as well, bitter chocolate, sweet coffee ice cream, perfect alcohol presence. A stand-out in a category where beers are apt to get muddled in with the masses. Mouthfeel is creamy yet airy and silky at the same time. Again, just what I’m looking for, full-bodied and superbly drinkable. Is it a 5 in appearance? Tough to say...not much of a head...but this beer feels like a 5.0 to me, a glorious feeling, and the bubbles on the head that it did have were quite lively and glistening...so...a 5.0 it is.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
buzzadvert (4) - Midwest, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2009 does not count
I worship the ground that Dark Horse Brewers walk on. If I ever turn into a boozehound, they are partly responsible. It really doesn’t get any better than this. The Special Black Bier is really a stout, though not a super strong one--it drinks very easy. Not very complex--typical of most stouts--but a nice body. Dark Horse Brewery’s Uno Oatmeal Stout is also delish--recommended if you like this one. Last, their IPA is unusual and very good too.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
burtallen (2) - Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2005 does not count
I was very surprised by the rich flavor of this beer, It was recommended by a beer store. This is one of my all time favorite beer!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
CP (124) - USA - FEB 18, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2008 Not a big aroma, but the flavor is HUGE. It is a perfect blend of coffee, chocolate and even a slight hint of smoke on the after taste. Clings to the palate and goes down smooth. Nearly Perfect.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2098) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Wow! Killer! Great rocky, textured, foamy tan head with lots of lace. Opaque black color. Deep roasty malty aroma with the traditional aromas associated with that. Just a little dark fruit in the tast. Great body and smooth long finish. Close to being a session beer but not quite. A masterwork!. Having this draft at Bodega Brew Pub downtown La Crosse, Wisconsin.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerBaboon (1477) - FINLAND - MAR 27, 2011
Pikimusta olut. Vaalean ruskea vaahto. Tuoksussa on leipää, suklaata, lakritsia, grillattua porsasta, laktisuutta ja etenkin kahvia. Maku on katkera, kuivan kahvinen ja salmiakkinen. Suutuntuma on porterille erittäin runsas ja öljyinen. Saakelin nautinnollinen olut ja kuulluu portereiden parhaimmistoon.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
patsmitty (9) - Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2011 does not count
Phenomenal brew - not overly surprised when I saw the high rating here. This is a fantastic combination of chocolate aroma with a roasted, but slightly bitter finish. Excellent choice for most any occasion. Don’t be thrown off by the goofy logo, it’s well worth the try. I definitely see myself enjoying this one again in the near future.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
greenclansman (704) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - DEC 21, 2012
amazing porter. super thick and dark. strong porter aromas. chocolate and coffee flavors. super long and nice aftertadte

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Very thick and rich for a porter...looks inviting! Great aroma: a lot of chocolate and even some espresso...a good dose of malts and vanilla. I really like it! The flavor is robust and more like an imperial porter, definetly. Great, creamy and thick mouthfeel. The vanilla comes through in the flavor, as does the coffee. Perfectly roasty. Yum!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
prosqtor (408) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Six-pack of bottles purchased at Flanagan’s in Appleton. This is an awfully good Porter -- I think it’s the highest-rated Porter I’ve sampled. Pours black and oily, with a dark tan foamy head that leaves nice lace. From the bottle, it has strong coffee and cocoa aromas, and those transfer to the flavor. Almost a baker’s chocolate flavor as it warms. EXCELLENT for a cold night. Despite the heavy aroma and flavor, this is quite sessionable. Trying to find other Dark Horse beers in the Valley


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