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RATINGS: 1207   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (2093) - 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 Im 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. Im not blown away, but Im 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 (930) - 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.

4
   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 its 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 its 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. Ive sampled three or four of their offerings (all being darker, heavier styles) and everyone was excellent. I said it before and Ill 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Headbanger (3942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2007
12oz bottle- A black bdy with a nice tan head that dissipated into a small ring. Aroma of dark roasted malt, coffee, licorice, and chocolate. Taste of the same with a nice chocolate/coffee finish. Very well blended. A GREAT porter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Thanks to footbalm and CaptainCougar who each sent me a bottle of this. Pours deep brown (opaque in glass) with a super-small head. Aroma of chocolate and dark, roasted malt. Taste is moderately sweet; chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Bitter finish. Medium to heavy body. A nice one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Thanks to Olso2116 for sharing this excellent porter. Black with faint brown head. Lots of roasted malts and faint coffee on the nose. Rich roasted malt body with coffee and chocolate hints. smooth finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sthlm (1286) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 [Bottle] Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma is strong roasted malt, chocolate with some hops. Taste is the same with the hops a little more pronounced. Long finish. Quite thick. I know youre not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but at first glance I did not expect this to be the high quality beer that it turned out to be--the only thing I can fault it too much on is it being a little hoppy for my liking, otherwise it is great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5946) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2007
A porter cant get much better than this. Black and thick, syrup like beer. It looks great and it has a great palate. Aroma is roasted malt with some coffee, chocolate, and just a hint of oak. Flavor is exsceptionally rich. Tons of malt with medium sweetness and a roasted character, more coffee and chocolate.


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