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RATINGS: 1211   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
labeerinthum (706) - Milano, ITALY - NOV 22, 2016
On tap @ IBF Pub Edition 2016, Milano. Il gusto al naso rintraccia liquirizia, orzo tostato e caff. Il cappello dal colore marrone castagno di schiuma compatta, cremosa, aderente ed ha una buona tenuta. La grandezza delle bollicine medio-fine. Al piano inferiore il colore scuro impenetrabile. Il corpo strutturato non pesante. La struttura di spessore. Lamaro medio. Lintensit gustativa elevata e la persistenza gustativa buona. Il gusto piacevole. Le sensazioni boccali finali sono lunghe. Il finale lungo, secco, pulito e complesso. Il retrogusto intenso. Laroma in bocca riporta sentori di miele, biscotto, agrumi, caff e liquirizia.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (8280) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2016
Roast and dark chocolate with some caramel. Black pour with good head and lacing. Bittersweet finish. Nice drink. Tap at Fatheads.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
evergreen0199 (3190) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2016
Bottle from City Swiggers, Manhattan, New York, USA. A black coloured pour with a medium beige head on top. Roasty, malty, chocolate aroma. Tastes roasty, malty, chocolate, some coffee, slightly sweet with a bitter finish. Nice porter from Dark Horse.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
androman (2043) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2016
12fl oz bottle at home from Only Good Beer, Budapest. Nose is cocoa, vanilla, roasted malt, dark berries. Body is pitch black, head is small, brownish, creamy, average lasting, good lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, old wood, hint of smoke. Light sweet, medium to heavy bitter. Finish is long lasting roasty medium to heavy bitter, later rather hoppy. Full body, oily thick sticky texture, nearly flat carbonation. Quite easy dessert beer, strong flavor, very tasty, great one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud (3268) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaltOne (339) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MelvinKalksma (1300) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2016

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

Appearance:
Opaque black beer with a slight dark brown head.

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

Overall:
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rask0lnikov (1000) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonmac (1137) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (4013) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2016
12 oz. bottle sample at WCDs 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.


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