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RATINGS: 1034   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4681) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2006
12 oz bottle, via MAP. Dark black pour with a small short lived chocolate brown head. Chocolate and roasted malt aroma, hints of coffee. Flavor is a mix of bakers chocolate and coffee nicely balanced with hop bitterness. Finish is coffee as well, with alcoholic warmth. Full bodied and chewy with an oily texture and fine bottle conditioned carbonation. Pretty robust for a porter, bordering on Imperial Stout territory. Alot of depth to the flavor. Second beer from Dark Horse, and second winner.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3281) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Bottle from Styles. The beer pours to a very black body with a thin dark brown head. The aroma is very strong dark bitter chocolate and roasty malts. Vanilla and coffee. The flavor is a very drying charcoal and chocolate. Reminds me of Brooklyn BCS. I like this a lot. The palate is drying and medium full bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2492) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Black pour thick creamy brown head nice lacing. Aroma strongly of roasted malts, alcohol, coffee, & a light bitter chocolate note. Palate is well coated a touch sticky lightly creamy. Flavor is almost a stout. Lots of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate touches of alcohol and vanilla even a little salty. Pretty darn good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Thick syrupy texture with a strong coffee nose. Roasted malt flavors are smooth and silky with a hint of vanilla. The finish is roasty and slightly bitter with a hint of spice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3125) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Rich coffee and roasted chocolate aroma, mingled with a hint of wood and vanilla sugar. Pours a oil dark black, with a coffee and cream head. Mellowed coffee flavor and a hint of mole with pumpkinseeds and fresh chocolate. Oily, sweet and slick. Has a wonderful aromatic vanilla and cream quality, over a more reserved roastedness. Finish is a little salty and oaty, with plenty of appropriate dryness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Thanks to Secret Santa for this beer. Poured black with a creamy brown head. Aroma of bitter roasted coffee and chocolate-covered cherries. Taste is mildly sweet with roasted bittersweet choclate dominating and a touch of fruitiness topped off with some citrus and pine hops, leading to a dry bitter finsih. Roasty, bitter, and good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Thanks Santa! Another plesant surprise from Dark Horse. Pours black as night with a tan head. Mild aroma of malt and alcohol. Creamy in the mouth. Nice balanced flavor with a smoky finish and coffee aftertaste. Very good!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2005
(Bottle) Pours an opaque, black body with a spare light brown head. Aroma of roasted coffee. Flavor of roasted coffee, hiops, and chocolate with a bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2005
deep dark brown color. rich tan head. Aroma faint, but roasty and chocolate. Flavor is thin up front developing into a full somewhat roasty but mostly bitter punch. A little more harsh of a porter than I am used to.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 18, 2005
This porter pours an eclipse black color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is chocolate, roasty nearly burnt malts and coffee. A medium to full bodied porter. Malts are very roasty, nearly burnt with lots of chocolate and coffee flavors. Slightly spicy hops. Smooth taste. Lots of roasty flavors. Found this beer buried in the back of the fridge, a pleasant surprise. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is bitter.


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