Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by bwiechmann:
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours a nearly impenetrable black which seems to suck light from the room. The mocha head pours one finger thick with a pretty aggressive pour and slowly dissipates to a ring. It almost looks menacing- beautiful.
The smell is delicious. Perfectly roasted malts with a backbone of french roast coffee and bitter chocolate. Some faint camp fire smoke notes round off a great smelling beer.
The taste is wonderfully complex. Starts you off with some non-sweet dark, pitted fruits and then melds seamlessly into a noticeable roasted coffee. The malt on the back end is wonderful and leaves a slight bittertone on the tongue.
Personally, mouthfeel for me was perfect. Half way between porter and stout describes it nicely. Mild carbonation.
Drinkability is pretty good- the abv is nearly imperceptible and goes down easily.
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2010 15:57:54 | More by bwiechmann
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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
Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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