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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

970 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 970
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 52
Gots: 42 | 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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Reviews by ElizabethCraig:
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ElizabethCraig

Indiana

2.6/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Dark Horse Brewing Company - this is an abbreviated review.

Taste is strong dark chocolate, dry and extremely bitter. My husband and I are both pretty sensitive to bitter tastes - he was completely overwhelmed by the bitter taste and I could only take a few drinks of it.

I have a problem, for example, with a lot of 'charred' black roasted coffees. As a coffee roaster, I kind of resent those bitter flavors being foisted on the public as the 'ideal' coffee when it's only 1 roasting style on a spectrum of tastes.

This is one example of a beer that I know others may really like and appreciate, but if you're very sensitive to bitter charred tastes and don't find them appealing, you may not like them in your beer.

This beer improves greatly (to my palate and preference) once it's near room temperature. My complaint is that I don't want to wait to drink beer until it's warmed up that much.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 21:28:28 | More by ElizabethCraig
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The aroma is of big caramel. Moderate cold coffee roast with some milk sugars. Not much hop aroma.

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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 970 ratings.