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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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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

Here we have a great example of originality in American craft brewing. Put a donkey on the label and say that it is somewhere between a Stout and Porter, and it is a Strong Ale as well. Odd label, not an exact style, we love the concept. Dense tiny bubbly brown lace forms off of a hard pour. Is there anything darker than black because this is one sooty beer. Aromatic with molasses, dark chocolate, dark roasted ice coffee, black currants and a mild ester alcohol. Super smooth with a feigned semi-syrupy body, light on the carbonation. Charred wood, molasses and intense dark cocoa flavors lock down the taste buds for a good while. Some sweetness breaks out in the middle with a juicy nugget of burnt black berries. Hops are mild with a slightly balancing bitterness and vague herbal flavor. Ends with a bitter burnt flavor that never seems to go over the top.

The darker the better and one hell of a kick to the taste buds. Big, bold, complex and in-your-face. No need to debate on whether it is a Stout or Porter or even a double of the style, its good drinking. Enough said.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 19:12:40 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Todd

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a very amateur drawing of a donkey (?) on the label. Noted as a "Black Bier Ale" but there's no denying that this is an Stout.

Pours thick, ultra-black, topped with a 3-fingered creamy coffee coloured head containing signs of cascading and holds amazing powers of retention and climbing stickiness. Unfiltered.

Lovely aroma. Robust. Full of roasted black malts with notes of grain husk, astringency, wood and chicory.

Smooth, rich, solid medium-bodied and extremely robust. Astringency is dominant and assertive. Flavours of dark ripe fruits, wood, earth, sherry, nuts, black-strap molasses and a twang blends with a limey citrus hop character (what one might find in a Schwarzbier). Notes of aging (oxidation) are also present within the wood and wet paper flavours. Finish dry with lingering lime and molasses flavours.

Quite the brew ... would have sat better with me if the brew hadn't shown so many signs of oxidation, and without a freshness stamp there's no real way of telling how old my sample is. Still, very worthy of a try ...

Thanks to trbeer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2003 12:38:10 | More by Todd
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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.

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