Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by chiefydawg:
4.03/5 rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Given to me by a buddy who was in MI with family. Thanks Jonny. Love the ass on the label. Way to stick with the original artist and keep it real!
Opaque pitch black. I mean no light escapes, like a black hole. Small, light brown head. Carbonation low but ample. Legs without much lace.
Smells of cherries and fresh Kenyan coffee. Roasted dark malts marry a fruity, nearly sweet scent for an intriguing prelude to the first sip.
Fruitiness is still there, but more muted as the dark chocolate picks up. Bitter coffee aftertaste, still with a cherry zing. Not too bitter or astringent, but an in-your-face, Stoutlike roast. If somebody told me this was an American Stout with a cherry accent, I would have been not the least bit surprised. Some prune, burnt caramel, and dry grain.
As it warms, I am realizing that some of the fruit and bitterness is coming from the hops, which I should have caught earlier. I had been so caught up in the cherry wondering about a fruit addition and/or yeast; and the bitterness of roasted malts that I was distracted. Definately a beery, earthy hoppiness to it that I like. Slightly burnt aftertaste
Nice, smooth body and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol perception is quite low. A lot going on here, and all of it screams to be sipped upon again.
An impressive ale, and a bit of a pleasant surprise. When I saw the name (Black Bier Ale), I didn't know what to expect. I would call this an American Stout, but who am I. Would absolutely dig more of this, especially to sip with good friends on a cold winter's eve such as this.
Would be seriously nice and comforting with a big, juicy roast from the crockpot or oven.
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2011 03:06:40 | More by chiefydawg
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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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