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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale

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RATINGS: 1066   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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Phillies08Champs (688) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Growler from Railroad poured into an Imperial pint glass. Pours black with big brown head. Aroma is mild fruity aldehydes, bittersweet chocolate, smoke, and slight nutty notes. First sip is similar with huge roasted flavors, I malted barley and great mouth feel. Finish is lingering black malt bitterness.nice porter

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barnoloid (171) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle pour. Many similarities with their Thirsty Trout porter. Dark full body with a thin tan head. Intense cocoa and slightly smoked malts. Smooth mouthfeel with a good amount of bitterness. Lots to like here.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KPD (39) - Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Had on tap in Ann Arbor at a place with 4 beers on tap one of which was bud light. That’s what happens when you are 45 minutes from the brewer. Pours very dark, with brown head. Aroma is roasty malt with cocoa. Medium big mouthfeel. Flavor is malt sweetness up front, then roasted malt and cocoa. Good beer. Totally stumbled onto this one, life is good :)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1262) - 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 (575) - 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 (603) - 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 (103) - - 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 (303) - 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 (585) - 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 (2181) - 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.


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