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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutlvr (52) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2006
A solid porter. Pours black and has malty aroma. Flavors are sweet and bitter, they compliment each other well. It is the hint of something smoky and sour in both the aroma and flavor that I can do without.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5465) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2006
Black bodied with a brown head, this has an aroma filled with sweet roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and a drop or two of coffee. Creamy. The flavor is a bit sweeter with the addition of molasses and is lightly bittered by almonds. Sticky finish with a modest hit of earthy bitterness. Nice.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2006
Nice dark black pour. Wiht maybe a slight red touch. Nice creamy looking tan head as well. Very smooth and creamy mouthfull. Not a whole lot of taste in my opinion. Slight coffee, molasses, hops, and alcohol notes. A little to bitter for my taste. Not one of my favs. But drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2006
Black coffee pour. The nose is real roasty, with a touch of dark chocolate and charred cookie. Thick mouthfeel is appropriate. Lots of bakerís chocolate throughout, leaving my tongue chalky. A nutty layer persists under the chocolate, helping to sweeten things. A slight sharp bitterness in the finish is nice contrast for this otherwise smooth brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10570) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2006
Draft at Dark Horse. Poured a black color with an average creamy light brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate sweet toasted malt aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Well balanced sweet toasted malt flavor with a smooth moderate bitter finish of long duration. Very pleasing brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mds (2205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2006
bottle. pours a deep dark black body with a medium-sized frothy mocha head. Top notch aroma of vanilla bean, rye bread, milk chocolate, and toffee. Full-bodied, flavourful stuff to say the least. Lots of roasty malt flavour with general coffee and lots of rich chocolate notes. finishes with intensely bitter chocolate and toffee essence. Delicious! Bought at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor in April 2006.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HomesickAlien (20) - Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Pours opaque black with a two finger foamy tan head that dissipates quickly, moderate lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, smoke, molasses, soy sauce. Flavor is very roasty with semi sweet chocolate, molasses, coffee, vanilla, smoke and a gentle hop zing in the finish. Seems very well balanced, absolutely delicious. Mouthfeel is substantial for a porter, moderately creamy and slightly oily with gentle carbonation. Is this really a porter? Iíll take this over many stouts any day, great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6029) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2006
Bottle shared with and courtesy of HogTownHarry. First beer of our Dark Horse Brewing tasting. Pours a murky bubbly black with a spare light-brown head. Slightly roasty aroma of caramel malt, chocolate, vanilla, hops and an interesting spice that I canít place -- very nice! Flavour of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a nice hoppy finish. I found the aftertaste had a slight metallic taste to it, subtle but still there, perhaps the bottle was slightly past itís prime? Nice full body, especially for a Porter. This was a pleasant surprise, a very good Porter and a fine start to our DH tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2006
My second Dark Horse brew and another threat. Thanks to Tom and Nancy (mamabeer) for sharing. Pours out very black with a nice brown head. The nose is semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, with some ripe berries and a touch of citrus hops, all of which carry over to the flavor. Rich and full in the mouth. Smooth. This Dark Horse seems to be a winner.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, my bottle, from Pintbypint. Poured thick opaque brown-black with a minimal but dark brown head. Wonderful aroma, very roasty, rich and oily - chestnuts, dark chocolate, burnt caramel malt, but most surprising was this incredible hot cinnamon (and some vanilla) spiciness blended with strong resiny hops. Taste was much more bitter than I expected, not near as much spice in the flavour, mostly burnt chocolate and coffee roastiness followed by a big kick of bitter resiny hops on the longish finish; unfortunately, there was an increasing tang of bottle metal as it warmed - maybe a less than fresh bottle? This had a very muscular body - more like an Impy Stout than a porter - with a flat, acidic quite complex mouthfeel - terrific beer, if this is really a porter, one of the best Iíve had - would like to try it again with a guaranteed fresh bottle to compare.

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