Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
4/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Pours extremely dark, almost black, with one finger of light brown head that dissipates quickly. The nose is all roasted malt, some caramel, and some chocolate. Really nice. Looks and smells like a good American porter.
Full body and creamy feel. Sweet malt, molasses, and chocolate flavors on the front of the tongue. Roasty coffee-like notes blend in at mid-palate and provide a nice, balancing bitterness. Slight bit of hoppy bite on the finish as well as a slight cola-like taste, but the roastiness is what lingers.
I don't now why they don't just market this as a porter. It's a really nice, dark, roasty beverage. Everything is well-balanced between sweet and roasty (perhaps tilted just a bit towards sweet) and the feel is nice and slick. Try it if you like porters or sweet stouts.
Serving type: bottle
09-27-2012 23:34:26 | More by deadonhisfeet
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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
89 out of 100 based on 970 ratings.