Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by kagent777:
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle obtained in a trade with (I am pretty sure) zrab11. Thanks Zach! Poured into my goblet.
Appearance: This is one dark beer, with a slight tan head that settled too quickly and left a little ring around the edge. Really, I cannot see through this one and the edges have more of a brown hue than ruby.
Smell: Smells of dark flavors smoke, wood, brownies. The malts are clearly present in a nice roasty way.
Taste: The roasty malts take center stage with a little coffee and dark chocolate type flavors. There is a bit of edgy char with a little bit of bite. This beer is not completely smooth and that is OK with me. There is a small pleasant grassy citric hoppiness that lingers in the background near the finish. The finish goes on for a while.
Mouthfeel: A full bodied beer as you might expect. The carbonation is perfectly subtle.
Overall: This is a nice alternative to stouts or porters, I enjoyed it very much. I would get this one again, if given the opportunity.
Serving type: bottle
08-31-2011 04:11:09 | More by kagent777
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3.93/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date.
A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of bubbly surface foam. Resilien lacing leaves a thick solid ring behind.
S- Roasty stout-like aroma with some notes of chocolate, coffee and caramel.
T- Flavor displays the hops more while still keeping that roasty quality. Rides a fine line between bitter and sweet. Roasty finish. Alcohol is hidden well.
M- Semi-creamy with medium-low carbonation and a full body.
O- While I agree that this can only be characterized as an American Strong, I feel it has a bit of an identity crisis and lacks focus. Has the flavor of a stout but lacks the body of a stout while having the sweetness of a barleywine and the hop character of an IPA. Color me confused. Still, it's drinkable although perplexing.
Serving type: bottle
06-17-2014 22:41:12 | More by Immortale25
Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 956 ratings.