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RATINGS: 1192   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Pours black, with visible sediment upon close inspection, with a very small, thin, dark brown head. I downgraded the appearance, for the lack of head, though I notice the most recent rating claims a "rick foamy tan head," which is similar to the commercial description, so perhaps my bottle wasnít as it should have been. Otherwise, however, the beer is very good! Nose is chocolate, a little licorice, and dense bread. Flavor is rich and full. Roasty, coffee, and chocolate flavors abound. Long lasting on the palate, and generally good from front to back. Considering I rated it down for the head issue, this may be the best porter Iíve had the pleasure to try.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Sweet malty porter aroma. Dark brown with a rich foamy tan head. Flavor is very porter-like. Rich dark chocolaty malt. Some hops bitterness to balance. Fairly straight forward but good. Palate is soft and even. Well balanced with a good light bitter duration.

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 Flanaganís in Appleton. This is an awfully good Porter -- I think itís the highest-rated Porter Iíve 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 bakerís 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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - NOV 5, 2007
Pours very dark brown with a quarter inch thick brown head. Aroma of cocoa and roasted malt. A nice bitterness to it with a bit of roasted coffee.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wmubronco1992 (695) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2007
bottle - part of 6-pack purchased at Wackyís, right next door to the Dark Horse Brewery. Pours dark as night. Small tan head, just a little lacing. Iím not a big porter fan, but this is good. Very smooth drinking The description is accurate, serious chocolate and coffee flavor in this one. This would be great with a hearty meal. The Dark Horse never disappoints.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (2076) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2007 12oz bottle acquired in trade with Styles. He informed me the bottle was approximately 2 years old, which puts it sometime around the second half of 2005 or early 2006. Poured into big brandy snifter. Oily black pour with a nice thin head of dark tan silk. Aroma is a rich dark chocolate and roast. As it warms Iím also noticing some dark fruity notes. Nice smooth aroma. The flavor is just as smooth with plenty of chocolate and some dark fruit sweetness, like natural brown sugar. Pretty nice. The body is silky and smooth, with low carbonation that is very welcome in a beer of this flavor profile. Iím not blown away, but Iím impressed with the attention to detail. Very nice stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 18, 2007
On tap GABF 2007. Very nice oaky, wet hopped beer. Aroma is very hoppy and coffee. Taste is slightly astringent, malty, and bitter, with a slight harshness. Solid. Would age well.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Bottle, pours a dark black with a frothy one finger dark brown head, good lacing. Roasty aroma of cocoa, nuts, and coffee. Flavor is a heavier malty roast with more coffee and chocolate. Palate is medium-full with medium-low carbonation and a dry finish. Not a bad porter; Dark Horse is living up to its reputation quite nicely.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2007
12oz Bottle $8.69 6-Pack Village Dell and Wine, Rice Lake Reserve Special Black Bier pours black without a hint of light coming through when backlit. A three finger brown head formed on the pour and slowly fell to one finger becoming extremely creamy. Leaves some decent patchy lacing on itís way down. Roasted malts kick things off and lead into a mildly fruity (figs, prunes), nutty aroma. Cocoa shows itself complimenting the nuttiness. Mild alcohol fumes way in the back. Complex and warming. Roasty malts combine with a mild lactic quality quickly leading into the nuttiness that was present in the aroma. Cocoa and mild brown sugar lead their way to the the finish the cocoa becoming most dominant. A hint of fig peeks in and out throughout the palate. Heavy body with a smooth silkiness as it slowly works itís way over the palate. Becomes slightly gritty on the swallow. Leaves my mouth watering after each sip. Good balanced moderate bodied Imperial stout keep this going down easy. I could see myself putting a few of these away on a cold winter evening. Another high quality brew from Dark Horse. Iíve sampled three or four of their offerings (all being darker, heavier styles) and everyone was excellent. I said it before and Iíll say it again to the brewers at Dark Horse...Please find a distrubutor in Chicagoland. 10/7/07

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2007
Tap. Black body, small tan head, lightly roasty nose. Fairly bitter with typical mocha/roasty flavors. Not exceptional.


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