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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,037 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,037
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 53
Gots: 58 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 05-28-2002)
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Photo of Folderol
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark Horse says this has a hard time being called a porter or stout, and I agree. I'm sure this is spot-on for the emerging Black Ale category, as it is truly black. Looks pretty damn good, Imperial Stout-like with a thin brown head, but smells more like an IPA. I hoped for a more rounded malt and roast in the flavor profile, but mostly I just get west coast hops. Not my cup of brew.

Folderol, Yesterday at 02:20 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

mltobin, Yesterday at 02:11 AM
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Bonsai, Yesterday at 01:25 AM
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

jman005, Tuesday at 07:31 AM
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

navband, Monday at 04:55 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

threedaggers, Monday at 12:45 AM
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

booga73, Sunday at 11:37 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

HardyA, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of vande
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

vande, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Coffee centric on the nose it delivers a nice balance of char and bitter sweet chocolate in aroma.

For the most part the flavor emulates the aroma with a coffee forward front. The coffee yields to a chocolate center and an abrupt roasty char. It ends a bit bitter but the bitterness comes in the form of bitter sweet bakers chocolate.

The feel is quite full but it still keeps an easy drinking presence. Very enjoyable yet nicely complex.

KYGunner, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of cwd
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

cwd, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of B-Lo
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%

B-Lo, Oct 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

fossage78, Oct 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

trxxpaxxs, Oct 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Trashcat, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of MrBIP
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MrBIP, Sep 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Sep 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Marius, Sep 19, 2014
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1.12/5  rDev -71.6%

MSG0125, Sep 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

whatname, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Pours a murky black with a creamy tan head.
S: Aromas of caramel, toffee, cream, roasted grain, herbs, grass, lemon, and lime fill the nose.
T: Notes of herbs, grass, kumquats, lemon, lime, and grapefruit rind mingle with notes of caramel, toffee, cream, cocoa, and roasted grain. The finish is bitter, imparting a rush of herb and citrus flavors.
M: Medium-bodied, silky, and smooth. Carbonation is airy and just present enough. Alcohol is pretty much undetectable.
O: A rock solid and very approachable black ale. I have no complaints with this one.

mrfrancis, Sep 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

EricTKole, Sep 15, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

dcmchew, Sep 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

muskiesman, Sep 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

st9647v3, Sep 13, 2014
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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,037 ratings.