Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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4.21/5 rDev +6.6%
Pours a pitch black body with a small tan head with okay retention. Aromas are very roasty, big on espresso, inky, with just a bit of cocoa nibs. Full bodied and loaded with bold flavors; a slow sipper for sure. Starts slightly sweet before the darkest of flavors, pure char, gasp-inspiring smokiness, burnt chocolate,black licorice (I get a distant whiff of a Sambuca burn) and cold coffee grounds take over at an intensity level that many might consider challenging. Not a beer for the newbies who prefer something "light," but right up the alley for lovers of dark beers that explore all aspects of beery blackness. What an unexpected pleasure. Bravo!
08-06-2014 07:33:20 | More by droomyster
3.83/5 rDev -3%
Pours near black, tan head that eventually disappears entirely.
Main smell is remarkably similar to a cup of coffee.
Roasted caramel malt and coffee, with a lingering dark chocolate finish.
Mouthfeel could be a touch fuller.
I enjoyed this one - nice roasty flavors.
08-05-2014 02:34:35 | More by Strix
3.99/5 rDev +1%
Appearance: Darkest ruby, almost black color, with heavy, brown head and spotty lacing.
Aroma: Big, dark chocolate, with sweet caramel and milk sugar.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Strong coffee and milk chocolate flavor on the tongue, with a pleasant, light texture carrying a subtle sweetness akin to milk and sugar. Finishes with dry, bitter, earthy, roasted coffee. It feels like a breakfast stout, with the sweetness lending just enough balance to the big flavors of cocoa and dark roast coffee.
Final Word: Dark Horse doesn’t disappoint with this one, and I highly recommend snagging a glass if possible. The coffee flavor is true and earthy, with a light texture and enough gentle sweetness to keep it drinkable. You’ll get the full flavor of real coffee, rich chocolate, and mocha without the thick, oily mouthfeel that the flavors could imply. This beer isn’t a complex brew, but is rich and in balance, making it easily accessible, and should only be avoided if you hate coffee. Get adventurous and try it for brunch!
08-03-2014 18:39:57 | More by Louisville-Beer-Reviews
Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 992 ratings.