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RATINGS: 1212   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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4.2
ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2008
Appearance: Pours a black body with a thin, off-white head. Smell: Roasty chocolate malts with a hint of smoke and a sprinkling of licorice dust. Taste: Rich dark maltiness with flavors of lightly sweetened chocolate and licorice. Touch of smoke. Smidgen of nuttiness along the way. Meager amount of earthy bittering hops. Drying, chocolatey finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Very nice. Packed with flavor, but relatively light enough to pound down a few of these, even at 7:00AM in the morning.

4
jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Draft at Jerry’s. Black with big, foamy brown head / Toasty coffee and chocolate nose / Medium to full body, some sweetness, with dry hoppy finish / Flavors of roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and vanilla / Straight-forward flavors, very well balanced. A dry stout, I’d say.

4.1
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 Well, Dark Horse hits one out of the park with this one. This brew is flat out awesme, and under-rated at 3.9. Pours jet black with a nice thin tan head. Looks like coffee being poured, no light escapes. Aroma is all malt and coffee, but the flavor delivers even more. Chocolate, coffee, roasted barley, toasted malt, with an alcohol tinge at the end. Hops are there, but play a supporting role. Smooth, creamy, and delicious. Much more impressed than I thought I’d be. I’ll be drinking this one again...very soon!

3.9
emacgee (4705) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Thanks tytoanderso. Pours a pitch black with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet, light sweet chocolate, a little toasty, some coffee, and a little hop. The flavor is strong coffee, also a very evident hop profile, waxy grapefruit peel, roasty malt, chocolate, very nice dry flavor. Wonderful mouthfeel, full carbonation and a waxy finish.

3.9
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2008
The color was dark brown/black. The head was creamy, off-white, and thin. The aroma was molasses, coffee, chocolate, and roast. The flavor was roasty, coffee, sweet malt, molasses, hops, and chocolate. The palate was thick-bodied. The finish was roasty

2.4
wetherel (1888) - Cupertino, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Bonus beer from Secret Santa in 7/26/07. Been sitting in my fridge all of this time. I think I should have drank it sooner. Pours thickish black with no head. Liquid does have some carbonation. Aroma is bland, possibly a small hint of cardboard. Very ashy cigarette butt flavor. Very dry. Somewhat acidic. The burnt flavor lingers on the back of your tongue. Yuck.

3.8
GMCC2181 (1613) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Bottle, poured black into a snifter, no head. Smelled like coffee. Taste is coffee and a bunch of roasted malt. The chocolate gave it a nice sweetness. Nice texture, went down smoothly. Good beer! Thanks st fun!

4
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Jesus, I hate entering backlogged ratings. Shouldn’t I be cleaning the litterbox?? We know what it looks like already so... I like a porter that looks and tastes like a porter. How do they do this? The flavor is so heavily laden with chocolate and coffee. It is like having coffee with a piece of flourless chocolate cake.

4
mcox90 (2138) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 9, 2008
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Acknud. Pours an opaque black with dark brown edges. 1/2" brown head with little lacing. Nose is dark roasted malts. Tastes of roasted malt, black coffee and dark chocolate. I knocked off a couple points for an odd chalk like flavor in the background. All in all a good brew. Thanks Bill !!

3.9
Gregis (1291) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Bottle purchased at Crown Liquors #15, in Fishers, IN. Appropriately named, this beer pours jet black with a small, creamy, dark tan head that laces nicely. Before the head settles, I got a rather unpleasant wet dog aroma wafting up from the glass. Bleh. After it settles, however, the nose is quite nice: roasted malt, chocolate, and sweet, nutty coffee creamer. (Were it not for the initial Fido aroma, this would have gotten a "9" from me.) The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and super-slick (almost as though it were nitrogenated) with a bitter, roasted finish. Roasted dark malt, light cream, char/ash, and a bitter hop hit all combine into a big roasty flavor profile. The aftertaste is a lingering espresso/hop blend. Take a porter, amp up the roast and the bitterness and you have this beer. It’s anything but boring, and I would definitely buy it again. Very nice.


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