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RATINGS: 1214   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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3.7
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - DEC 20, 2007
Bottle Shared with lb4lb. Poured a dark coffelike color. Aroma is coffe and a slight hint of smoke. Taste is smooth and crisp with a smoke hint in the finish.

3.6
lb4lb (2628) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Bottle courtesy of, and shared with ford9719.
Pours big and black with a smallish tan head. Smell is dark and roasty with a big smoky tone to it. Although the flavor of dark smoky roastiness was nice, it was a bit thinner bodied than expected, overall. Didn’t get any coffee flavors in this. Would definitely like to try again and a nicely made beer. Thanks Chris!

3.9
tennisjoel (1496) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Black pour with a tan head, reminicent of many imperial stouts. Strong roasted coffee notes with some chocolate. Coffee flavor, although not as strong as many coffee flavored beers. A better balance. I can see why this rates high. Nice blend. BTW....I’m not a coffee drinker, although I do like the flavor incorporated into my beer.

4.1
bdigital (659) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Bottle: Pours black as pinhead’s soul with a minimal, evil halo of a head. Dark malt based aroma, notes of chocolate, robust black cherries and coffee. Silky mouth feel leads the way for flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and a dry hop finish. Very good stuff.

4
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 wasn’t 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 I’ve had the pleasure to try.

3.9
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
prosqtor (408) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Six-pack of bottles purchased at Flanagan’s in Appleton. This is an awfully good Porter -- I think it’s the highest-rated Porter I’ve 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 baker’s 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
KAF (2773) - 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
wmubronco1992 (709) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2007
bottle - part of 6-pack purchased at Wacky’s, right next door to the Dark Horse Brewery. Pours dark as night. Small tan head, just a little lacing. I’m 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
shadey (2171) - 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 I’m 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. I’m not blown away, but I’m impressed with the attention to detail. Very nice stuff.


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