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RATINGS: 1154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2007
big thanks to Paul for sharing this after the CL anniversary party. Just about a solid black in color with a medium brown head. Alot of chocolate and roast wafts from the glass as you take in the aroma. Taste is chocolate, and light to moderately roasty, with a creamy body. Very drinkable and pretty smooth- finishes roasty and moderately bitter. a great porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
after4ever (6938) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2007
12-oz. Thanks, SecretSanta! Pours opaque black with a virtually nonexistent off-white head. Super chocolatey nose. Flat. Not much attack, but the mid-palate picks up some steam. Watery. By the time youíre into it, you get chocolate and roast, and then thereís a burst of ash near the end. Clingy, bitter finish. These guys overall seem to lean toward the flat, watery, and ashy, which arenít big selling points in my mind, but I can see that people dig them and I respect that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 Nice color, very dark, mouthfeel was a little thin. Taste was very roasted malt, coffee, caramel. Finish was bitter, but very good. A wonderful example of a porter. Update: Mouthfeel not as thin as I originally thought (first sampled at tasting). However, the finish seems to be a little acrid, which is really my only complaint about the beer. That and the mouthfeel is a little puckering/tannic at time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2007
Big fan! Dark dark dark oil black, into impy stout territory with almost no head. The nose is fantastic. Chocolate hits first, with some coffee roast and even some charcoal. A bit sweet, but not into Founderís breakfast stout territory. In a way, I like that slightly better. A little bit of berry to floral sort of hops. A bit creamy. The palate is marked by a very subdued carbonation and still a creamy smooth mouthfeel. The roast comes out more in the flavor profile, but the chocolate is still rather strong. Floral hops appear. A bit drier than I would have guess from the nose, a bit of fitting diacetyl making this melt on the mouth. A creamy finish with soem fruit becomign char by the end. I could start seeing myself buying sixers of this stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (3062) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Bottle. Pours an inky black with a dark tan head. Shades of ruby are barely visible. The aroma seems burnt with many ashy, toasty scents. A little bit of toffee is noticed as well. Medium-heavy mouthfeel on this one. Very nice, highly roasty flavor here. Itís extra roasty with big coffee flavor and a nice smooth chocolate presence to balance, but not dominate. This tasty beer suggests dark toasted rye bread, espresso, chocolate. This was a mighty fine surprise given the somewhat ambiguous label. Iím taking my time with this one and the warmer portions towards the end of the glass are very nice. Much more bitter, espresso notes develop and the chocolate character really comes out. Things start to get a little sticky in a satisfying way. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Big dark pour with aroma of big roasted malt and coffee.....mmmmmm. Very rich with maybe a hint of dark chocolate. Very nice. The flavor is very roasty with more chocolate and coffee, with hints of vanilla. Also some wood and elements of toast. Very very nice. Relatively low carbonation combine with a light bitter ending, making this a well-rounded porter. Excellent stuff that could be sipped on all night long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 2, 2007
12 oz bottle. Poured an opaque black color. head was two fingers high and tan. Smelled of molasses and roasty malt with a touch of milk chocolate. Slightly sweet and very roasty on the tongue with flavors of dark chocolate and burnt stick. Finish was roasty and bitter. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2007
Nothing wrong with this porter, but just tasted a lot like many other porters i have had latley, nothing really stands out, but solid non the less, easy drinking, nothing overpowers. Just bitter enough...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a tan head. Strong nose on this one roast coffee, licorice, fruit, and alcohol. Roast chocolate flavors similar to the nose a bitter sweetness and the lingering flavor of dry coffee beans. Tasty brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 6, 2007
12oz bottle, courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Iíve been really impressed with the Dark Horse beers; this one is no exception. Pours a dark black center; fluffy, medium-brown head with great retention and intricate lacing that coats the inside of the glass - a beautiful looking pour. Very generous aroma: sweet nougat and caramel up-front, with a steady backdrop of milk chocolate and vanilla. Medium-to-full, roasted mouthfeel: relaxed carbonation, keeping this beer tremendously drinkable; plenty of roasted malts and nougat; creamy caramel and vanilla; the taste is more sweet than roasted, but shows a great balance and density; hints of bitter citrus. I could sip this all night. Lengthy, bitter chocolate and citrus finish.

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