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RATINGS: 1203   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Wow. What a surprise. Very dark pour. Minimal amber head. Aroma and tastes of dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and all the other good dark things! Im glad I have a 6 pack!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Big thanks to pantanap...aka Santa...for this great beer. Wonderfully dark pour with small tan head with decent lacing. Nose of very roasty malts and coffee mixed with coffee and dark chocolate. Medium bodied with upfront roast, light alcohol and bitter roasted coffee and dark bready notes. Long, lingering finish that I enjoy. Thanks Santanap!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Id been putting this one off for some time because I was somehow under the impression that it was just some plain old boring stout. Imagine my surprise when it ended up being rather enjoyable. Almost black in color with a little bit of tan head. Lots of roasty malt action gives it a coffee scent. Very rich and a good thick mouthfeel. Lots of coffee and a hint of bitter dark chocolate. A good thick beer. Not quite porter, not quite stout, not quite impy. Just good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Pours blackish with a thin 1/4" light brown head that fades and hangs around the edges of the brew. I made the mistake of letting the light brown sediment from the bottle pour into my glass, it kind of turned me off. Nice nose, smells of toasty malts and a little bit of coffee. Tastes not too strong, just right. I get a lot of malt on the tip of my tongue and then dark roasty coffee flavors towards the back of my tongue and throat. Palate is very nice for a impi porter. Not too thick at all, nice and smooth with great carbonation. Pretty good brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 3, 2008
12 oz bottle. Received this from someone in a trade. Thanks. I enjoyed this one. Dark dark dark. Flavor was chocolate and coffee. Nice, smooth beer. All I could think when i was drinking it was how it tasted like Speedway light.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5706) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Picked up single 12-oz bottle at Cellars Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. Pours a semi-clear dark brown brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that leaves behind some spotty lacing and a thin white ring. Aroma of toasted dark malt, some dark chocolate, and a hint of smoke. Taste is medium to full bodied, light carbonation with flavors of dark roasted malt, some chocolate, and a little coffee. Finish is semi-sweet, smooth creamy with a smoked dark malt flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Pours pitch black, thicky with a quickly receding mocha head. Aroma of sweet vinous roast, dark chocolate, and alcohol. Taste is lightly roasty, sweet chocolate and dark malts. Notes of coffee, earthy spicy malt. Mouthfeel is full bodied with smooth carbonation. Dark Horse does a good job with the darker beers.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2587) - 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. Didnt get any coffee flavors in this. Would definitely like to try again and a nicely made beer. Thanks Chris!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennisjoel (1388) - 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....Im not a coffee drinker, although I do like the flavor incorporated into my beer.


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