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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

969 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 969
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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Reviews by chiefydawg:
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chiefydawg

Ohio

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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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 969 ratings.