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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

956 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 956
Reviews: 555
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 52
Gots: 38 | 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 Greywulfken:
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Greywulfken

New York

4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yes, I gave it a 5 in taste.

A: pitch black beer with a fat head of dense dark foam; collars the beer after a bit, with a cloud in the middle; the insdie of my glass is lace-free and clean.

S: dark malts, cocoa and vanilla, roasted coffee beans dominates

T: roasted coffee bean beer; dark, delicious, almost powdery dark malts are doused in wet hopped bitterness and sweet, burnt coffee

M: light, extremely easy-drinking... mine was close to room temp when I had it and lemme tell you: smooth and slick; left a roasty, toasty, bitter burnt wet toast and coffee bean aftertaste that was exquisite (I factored this into my taste rating, BTW)

O: really impressed - this is a well-crafted black ale. If you like Stone's S' Self-Righteous Ale, Uinta's Dubhe, or Dark Element, you'll find this beer is waaay better than its (current) "good" rating.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 02:13:08 | More by Greywulfken
More User Reviews:
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Gmann

New York

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color with a short dense khaki colored head that settles into a solid ring.

The aroma is of big caramel. Moderate cold coffee roast with some milk sugars. Not much hop aroma.

The taste is of big milk chocolate and cocoa. A dusty coffee. Some darker chocolate in the finish. There is a bit of a grassy hop bitterness in the finish as well.

The beer is full bodied with soft carbonation. Sweet and roasted bitterness on the palate. A bit powdery and slightly sticky in the finish. Perhaps some acidity from the hops.

A good roast forward beer. I don't pick up much from the hops but that is ok as I am not a huge fan of the style.





Serving type: bottle

07-12-2014 03:15:22 | More by Gmann
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JoeLacy

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

07-10-2014 03:40:20 | More by JoeLacy
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cl3

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

07-08-2014 17:10:18 | More by cl3
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styleisking

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-07-2014 13:35:42 | More by styleisking
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Satan70

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

07-07-2014 09:33:21 | More by Satan70
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markdrinksbeer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

07-03-2014 00:19:54 | More by markdrinksbeer
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jarrett123

New York

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

06-29-2014 22:54:15 | More by jarrett123
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dads_basement

Yukon (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

06-29-2014 15:28:41 | More by dads_basement
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-27-2014 23:11:03 | More by ZEB89
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BogAl

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

06-27-2014 02:33:55 | More by BogAl
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Rborre321

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

06-20-2014 19:25:35 | More by Rborre321
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tykechandler

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

06-19-2014 04:43:13 | More by tykechandler
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of bubbly surface foam. Resilien lacing leaves a thick solid ring behind.

S- Roasty stout-like aroma with some notes of chocolate, coffee and caramel.

T- Flavor displays the hops more while still keeping that roasty quality. Rides a fine line between bitter and sweet. Roasty finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

M- Semi-creamy with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- While I agree that this can only be characterized as an American Strong, I feel it has a bit of an identity crisis and lacks focus. Has the flavor of a stout but lacks the body of a stout while having the sweetness of a barleywine and the hop character of an IPA. Color me confused. Still, it's drinkable although perplexing.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2014 22:41:12 | More by Immortale25
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RHB33

Maryland

2/5  rDev -49.4%

06-17-2014 21:37:26 | More by RHB33
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RyanAU

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

06-15-2014 00:58:41 | More by RyanAU
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Getalegup

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-15-2014 00:30:16 | More by Getalegup
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moshea

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-09-2014 23:41:34 | More by moshea
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IAmHollywood13

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

06-09-2014 18:16:31 | More by IAmHollywood13
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bcsbeer

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

06-09-2014 02:24:59 | More by bcsbeer
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ChicagoPeacemaker

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-08-2014 16:23:37 | More by ChicagoPeacemaker
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majorbase2

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-04-2014 00:11:00 | More by majorbase2
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thereal_adam

Texas

3/5  rDev -24.1%

05-31-2014 18:27:37 | More by thereal_adam
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Syraquse

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

05-23-2014 02:09:56 | More by Syraquse
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

05-22-2014 03:12:03 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 956 ratings.