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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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cameraman

Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A black opaque color with a thin beige head forming on top that dissolves away rather quickly. Chocolate is the most striking scent in the aroma that is followed by dark sweet malt fragrance. That is followed by dark bread and the slight scent of dried fruit and coffee. The malt and chocolate hit the palate at the beginning of esch taste then a bitterness starts to grow. The bitterness has burnt grain and coffee, that lingers on the palate for some time. The taste finishes with a mild citric grapefruit flavor that fades rather quickly. A heavy water feel at the front, then it rolls to a medium bodied feel. The back of the palate finishes with a mild dryness. A surprisingly very dark, inviting, and drinkable beer. The look is dark and seductive, a striking aroma, and a hearty flavor. Then it finishes with with an even feel.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 17:16:38 | More by cameraman
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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.

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