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RATINGS: 1168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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.


phiconners' rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Pours dark, with a small tan head. Aroma is not overpowering. Taste is smoky, a lot of flavor for a porter. It leans more to the smoky than the creamy, thicker than it appears. A very good porter.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MonsterMagnet (856) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2016
Bottle from secret santa Saeglopur, many thanks! Liquorice, coffee, spices, grass, pine, caramel, nutmeg. Full bodied, nice lingering espresso bitter finish.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Inbreak (3568) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - FEB 3, 2016
03.02.2016, 12 oz bottle @ home:
Small light brown creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet roasted, dark sugar, minerals, dark malts, grass, caramel, hops, butterscotch, coffee, licorice. Taste is dry roasted, weeds, dark malts, burnt caramel, hops, bark, minerals, harsh coffee, licorice, paper. Longlasting harsh bitterness, watery mouthfeel. Not my cup of tea.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ippopotamo36 (1081) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 1, 2016
0,33 bottle purchased at the Hoppy imp. in Greece, consumed few months after in Kosovo. Black pour, brownish little foam with little retention and lacing. Nose: basically what you expect from an American black beer, roasted malts, coffee, grassy-herbal a bit piney which results in a combination of incense and floral notes. Mouth: the coffee is partially covered by the bitter character of this porter, the after taste results in a bit of licorice, anice too. Very interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1671) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Dark black. Nose is dark roasted malts and chocolate. Taste follows, fairly malty. Expected this to be a black IPA with more bitter hops for some reason, but this is a solid porter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryecatcher (1169) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle at Heather’s (thanks baby). Brownish-black pour, thin espresso looking head, nose is baker’s chocolate, coffee, malt, roast. Soft carbonation, slick mouth feel, mildly sweet with pleasant balancing bitterness. Tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (3884) - BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2016
American robust porter generously shared by Jan of Weerspannige Brouwers. Thin but more or less stable, pale greyish beige head over a very dark, hazy mahogany beer, as good as black in appearance. Aroma of coffee grounds, green peppercorns, black tea, cured meat, toasted brown bread, caramel, dried leaves, nutmeg, bitter chocolate, soy sauce, dried porcini, black olive, haemoglobin. Umami onset, meaty and dried seaweed-like with a restrained candied date sweetness underneath as well as a salty soy sauce touch, soft carbo, oily, very smooth, full but slightly metallic mouthfeel, toasted and nutty malt ’bittersweetness’ ending in more roasted bitterness, a bit ashy even, spicy hops supporting this end bitterness and a dash of warming alcohol. Very pleasant black ale, in spite of the metallic touch, but too roasted and dry for a porter: I don’t see how this is not a stout, but then these styles have become virtually indistinguishable in the modern craft beer world anyway...

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Huhzubendah (3237) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Near black opaque body. Viscous with an oily, beige collar. Roast and chocolate scents leap out. Piney hop character emerges as the beer is allowed to warm a bit. Nice flavor. Medium bodied. Bitterness is gentle on the palate. Solid.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SeniorZozo (606) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 6, 2016
Bottle. Black, slight head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, slight sweetness, liquorice. Taste is smooth, fairly complex, chocolate, liquorice, coffee

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mister_Li (479) - GERMANY - JAN 2, 2016
Dunkelbraun mit kaum vorhandener Schaumkrone. Röstmalzig, bitter, Kaffee, Mokka, Bitterschokolade, etwas Karamell, dunkle Früchte, langer Abgang.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocJitsu (1484) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Pours an opaque very, very dark brown with a quickly fading tan head. Robust dark roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and rich coffee nose. Thick and progressively astringent. All the aromas noted are detected in the flavor. Lactose as well. Scorched bitterness after the finish.


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