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RATINGS: 1197   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekhna (118) - California, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Tasted blind next to Founders Porter. A darn fine porter, but next to the Founders it pales a little bit. The mouthfeel on the Founders is better, and a little roastier-oxidized. Nonetheless, totally deserving of its excellent reviews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud (2614) - CROATIA - OCT 10, 2016
Bottle, 355 ml from Beergium. Shared with JFK10000 and Miro. Pours black, medium beige head. Hoppy, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Sweetish. Finishes dry bitter. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaltOne (322) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2016
Pours dark, opaque black-brown, with a creamy, coffee tinted head. Aroma is dark roasted grains, chocolate, slightly sweet. Taste carries the aroma features, with a finish of dark toast. Palate is has a richness without being heavy, or cloying. Overall a well balanced porter, with extremely drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MelvinKalksma (1002) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2016

Slight/medium aroma of malts, caramel, chocolate, roasted malts and coffee.

Opaque black beer with a slight dark brown head.

Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel and chocolate; ends slightly bitter and dry with roasted malts and coffee.

This beer is intense, complex and balanced. Sadly, the aroma is nowhere near as intense. Almost a smokey flavour, but it misses hops to get this completely carved in stone. Great and deliciously tasting beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rask0lnikov (785) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 6, 2016
On tap at RCBW 2016. Black liquid. Thin beige head on top. Nutiness, vanilla, sweetness in the aroma. Dark chocolate, lactic notes, bitterness and cocoa nibs in the middle. Hints of coffee. Quite intensive dry bitterness in the end. Cocoanibs in the aftertaste. Rather medium bodied, well drinkable porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonmac (1061) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2016
Bottle picked up at France 44 and consumed on the Thursday before a Labor Day vacation. Deeper brown, nearly black color with tan head. Attractive looking ale. Aroma is predominantly sweet with chocolate notes coming through in tandem with roasty, coffee characteristics. Taste continues to lean on roasted malt notes with plenty of chocolate presence. There is a nice caramel quality that helps fill out the dessert-like nature of this one. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy. Slight alcohol burn towards the finish. Notes of bittersweet chocolate round out the aftertaste. Very high quality porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3755) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2016
12 oz. bottle sample at WCD’s 2016 distributor expo, displaying a black/brown hue, a fluffy layer of brownish tan head froth, and foamy spots of lacing. The nose was roasted, light smoke, cocoa, and light coffee. Medium bodied, with soft carbonation, the taste added a heightened, roasted, earthy, and tannic astringency that presented almost a little too much bite considering my perception of the body, and the modest mouthfeel of mellowing malt. Somewhere between a Black IPA and a Porter. Otherwise, fairly satisfying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
mandaritto (239) - LATVIA - AUG 20, 2016
Pours pitch black, small head. Sweet caramely aroma, malts, choco. coffee, toffee. Intense coffee background with some sweetish creamy notes. Moderate bitterness at the end. Really well ballanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (4346) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2016
Bottle. Harrogate Fine Wine. Very dark, cola brown. Swirl and thin ring of tan. Nose has deep, rich, tangy roast. Some burnt ends. Hints of dark berry. Notes of coffee bean and charred wood. Taste is tangy, fruity, woody bitter. Light sweetness on the lips. Decent body. Bitter tang. Long, tangy, fruity bitter finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hangover (1117) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - AUG 8, 2016
Dark black pour, with a thin brown head. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malts and caramel. Full bodied, nice mouthfeel. Roast flavor, milk chocolate. Great, chocolatey finish. Very nice body and flavorful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scrumpy369 (507) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 8, 2016
Bottle at hopaholic. Pitch black colour, small white head. Nose is coffee, light booze, chocolaty. Taste is medium bitterness nice roasted malts. Nice.

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