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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black AleDark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,102 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,102
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 54
Gots: 74 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 05-28-2002

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,102 | Reviews: 569 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of LanguedocRocks
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NateMac13
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nathanmiller
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of km02600
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaximalC
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours seal brown with a luxuriant head of fine, mocha froth. Complex aroma smells of molasses, currants, berries, peat, smoke, and dark chocolate, contrasted by a spritz of grapefruit--one of the more engaging and adventurous bouquets I’ve encountered in a while. For a beer I’ve yet to taste, this is highly seductive...

The taste features a bite of herbal hops and alcohol up front, along with black coffee, bitter chocolate, and grapefruit pith--far more ferocious than I had anticipated. Substantial warming begins to unveil some of the dark berries alluded to by the nose. The mouthfeel comes off a little sharp in spite of smooth, medium body. Perhaps it’s just the bitterness cutting through...

Overall, this is a beautiful and enticing brew whose presentation belies its aggressive, bitter taste. If you’re into that sorta thing you may well enjoy this, but I was hoping for something more balanced.

Photo of Larsonfromdublin
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of loganburgh
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mooslerfitness
1.4/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

not what I was hoping for taste of chocolate melted on a chared oak plank
And im drinking the ashes taste lingers in mouth for long time mine had a date of 2/17/14 almost year old ? I poured out it was so bad

Photo of cryptichead
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tmcarter23
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Robdiesel21
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drk93TT
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SayBoom
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Extrajoker00
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jas45678
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mchegash
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.75/5
About 1 cm of nice creamy light brown head. The color is *pitch black*. Even when I shine a very bright light at it, I can see no color other than black. I can see a bunch of carbonation bubbles rising up on the sides of the glass. Overall, a great look. Deep, dark, and mysterious. Makes me feel like drinking this beer in going on an adventure into the unknown.

Smell - 4/5
Chocolate, roasty, smoky, some hops. Has the smell of a great roasty/smoky porter.

Taste - 3.85/5
Roasty and smoky flavors. Some sweet, almost fruity malts and some hops flavors as well. A light level of sweetness. The predominant taste overall is the smokiness. The beer is good, but I feel like they could have toned down the smokiness a bit, and brought out the sweet malt flavors a bit more.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Medium to full bodied. Moderately creamy. Carbonation is light. Perhaps a little bitter but still quite drinkable

Overall - 3.9/5
Overall quite a decent beer. The main think I love is the pitch black appearance. The main thing I would change would be to balance out the smokiness and the sweet malts a bit more.

Photo of merock1402
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Barnoloid
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark full body with a thin tan head. Intense cocoa and slightly smoked malts. Smooth mouthfeel with a good amount of bitterness. Lots to like here.

Photo of runlikeakenyan
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of clager
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Leag0002
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brismit
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not the greatest in my opinion. Just an average dark beer. I like the hops, which this one is missing.

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of KevChiTown
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ChrisWinters
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Very dark and bitter just what I like.

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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,102 ratings.