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RATINGS: 1219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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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2.4
wetherel (1880) - 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 (1608) - 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 (2072) - 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 (1281) - 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.

3.8
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Black pour with barely no head. Beer was medium to full bodied with a coffee/roast flavor and maybe a fewfruity esters. Taste overall was real good. I’d buy this one again.

3.7
toddkrem (92) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Pours pitch black with some lace. Has a sweet taste of dark chocolate. Goes down easy for a dark beer. Tastes like a stout with hints of dark coffee.

3.9
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Bottole: Pours very black with almost no head. Aroma of coffee and spices. Very good spice flavor with a little bitterness. Good.

3.7
jasonm (22) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Pours black as midnight, with a 1 inch head with a moderately bubbly tan colored head. Sweet and roasty aroma of baker’s chocolate, fresh coffee, and chocolate milk. Background aroma of spicy, minty hops, and earthy, nutty, woodiness. Flavor starts off strong with big roasted coffee bitterness. Dry, bittersweet cocoa powder. Orange pith bitterness and boozy spice round things out. Medium bodied with slightly tangy carbonation and big drying finish. Overall, a nice roasty stout with a good balanced hoppy character.

4.3
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Deep brown/black in color with a thin brown head. The aromas were sweet and smokey with scents of smoke, fig, Valrhona chocolate, expresso, vanilla, and some hoppy aromas. In the mouth the smokiness was even stronger and blended with dark chocolate and roasted expresson beans leaving a bitter, but not dry, finish. While not explosive in the mouth it glided nicely over the palate, always in balance.


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