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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
89
very good

992 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 992
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 52
Gots: 50 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 05-28-2002)
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Ratings: 992 | Reviews: 559 | Display Reviews Only:
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malfunxion

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

08-21-2014 15:15:49 | More by malfunxion
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GeorgeCarroll

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.1%

08-18-2014 17:23:17 | More by GeorgeCarroll
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Zuidman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

08-17-2014 06:24:38 | More by Zuidman
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ffshore545

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-16-2014 23:20:40 | More by ffshore545
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-16-2014 22:44:00 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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thelargeone

North Dakota

3.08/5  rDev -22%

08-15-2014 16:11:10 | More by thelargeone
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Dmad34

Ohio

4.52/5  rDev +14.4%

08-13-2014 11:13:58 | More by Dmad34
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a_beckman25

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-10-2014 03:19:32 | More by a_beckman25
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Matthew1788

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

08-10-2014 01:10:36 | More by Matthew1788
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AdmiralOzone

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

08-09-2014 17:36:53 | More by AdmiralOzone
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droomyster

Virginia

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
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JohnDee

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

08-05-2014 04:20:37 | More by JohnDee
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Strix

Wisconsin

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
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salinasa

Delaware

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-04-2014 19:41:37 | More by salinasa
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LukeK

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

08-03-2014 23:33:59 | More by LukeK
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Louisville-Beer-Reviews

Kentucky

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
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Guy_Costigan

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-03-2014 01:08:46 | More by Guy_Costigan
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-02-2014 23:16:48 | More by IdrinkGas
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Loudog1411


4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-02-2014 01:25:57 | More by Loudog1411
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MaxPowers

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-01-2014 18:43:21 | More by MaxPowers
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brewskis4drewski

Iowa

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-01-2014 03:01:36 | More by brewskis4drewski
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rxthree

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

08-01-2014 01:52:05 | More by rxthree
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huysmans

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +26.6%

07-27-2014 10:54:01 | More by huysmans
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JLB025

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

07-26-2014 03:47:36 | More by JLB025
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Vukusich

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

07-26-2014 02:43:44 | More by Vukusich
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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 992 ratings.