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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cathcacr (643) - Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Style designations mean little here. Theoretically a Porter, this presents like an Imperial Stout; that was my guess before logging onto here. Put it in a blind taste test up against an Impy and see.
Like many a well-done Impy, this is very good, and you know pretty much what to expect in such.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2007 Pours about as perfect as you can get, imo. Thick, black, with a good sized head that lasted quite a while. Half way done with the glass and still ahs lacing on the entire glass. The alcohol up front that mixes with the chocolate and malts nicely on the finish. 8% porter that is this smooth? :banned:

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2788) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Bottle from Sprinkle. Pours a very dark black color. Little foam. Looks quite thick and oily. Strong roasted malty aroma. Lots of burnt foreign stout like qualities. Rich bitter and roasty. Bittler hoppy/roasty finish. Alcohol is very well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2899) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 <i>Bottled.</i> Okay, what’s with the crude drawing of the donkey from "Hee Haw" on the label. Anyway. Pours Pretty stoutish black, with a thin tan head. Big smell and taste of coffee, toasted carob, hint of licorice. I think there’s a pretty good-sized charge of hops here, and some of it may be American C&C. Somewhat of a Kingsford briquette aftertaste and quite a lot of bitterness. Perhaps this harshness might be covering up harshness from alcohol, but I definitely taste that, too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2007
This was yummy! Black colour with a thick brown head and tons of lacing. Lots of roast aromas, almost burnt malt. The flavour is phenominal, one of the best porters Iíve had! There is a bit of coffee like flavour in there, but not bitter or astringent flavours. I get chocolate and roasted malts again. Dry finish and a nice mouthfeel that is either missing from all other porters, or puts this one a bit out of the regular porter category.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2007
Pours black with small tan head. Big chocolate malt and nutty aroma. NICE!!! Flavor is quite bitter. Malts, chocolate, roasted nuts. Also a little hop bite. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Bottle courtesy of hippie4beer pours black w/ a fluffy, foamy head. Light mouthfeel w/ bittersweet, dark chocolate and dark roasted malt flavor. Good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Via trade,sorry canít remember from who. Anyway, black with strong roasted aroma. The taste was extremly bitter which surprised me. Hardly any carbonation. Sharp bitter finish. I donít know, I like my porters alttle sweeter. This was an o.k. brew, but Iím just sayin........

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Really very dark brown, nearing black, with a fluffy head reminiscent of a pile of cocoa powder. Mostly sweet aroma, but with a healthy dose of roasted malt and light coffee. Brown sugar, caramel, hot chocolate, maple syrup, pumpernickel bread and some mild, Earthy hop character. The body is smooth and creamy, but lacking a touch in heft. The sweet malt is there in the flavor, but the roasted bitterness really takes over and dominates in the mouth. The balance is nice and the alcohol is extremely well hidden. A nicer beer than I was expecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RealAleDave (45) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Opaque black, with an extremely fine medium mocha head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing. Nose is a touch of roast malt over brown bread, with an excellent hint of candied fruit. Excellent broad spectrum of malt flavors. Manages to be both subtle and complex. Bit of leafy hop as it warms. Great stuff! Complexity carries through to the palate, where the dark, bready malt leads the way, but is well-supported by yeasty, chocolately, and coffee notes. Medium-full in the mouth, but there is excellent acidity to keep it balanced. Very long. This batch is well-carbonated, and the beer is incredibly drinkable for its strength. A fine beer for a session or a meal.

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