Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Dark Horse's Reserve Special Dark Bier, which was brought to my city of Columbus, Ohio by some Dark Horse representatives direct from Marshall, Michigan to Barley's Smokehouse and Brewpub Alehouse No. 2 for a tasting, was Dark Horse's earliest creation. Before the tasting, I did a little research, and the Reserve Special is what I was most looking forward to.
The Reserve Special Black Bier was a beautiful sight resting in a Dark Horse souvenir pint glass. It was black as night with a dark tan head indicating the level of roast of the malts used. The head poured about 1 1/5 fingers, and 10 minutes later the head was still holding strong only dissipating about 50%...in 10 minutes!
The aroma indicated a bit of roasted coffee and nail polish remover. Dark Horse claims that the Reserve Special is neither a stout or a porter, but this beer is clearly a stout. A great stout at that.
The Dark Horse Reserve Special has an incredible roast level. I could definitely taste the smokiness.
The bite of the alcohol and richness of the malts make this a sipper. The beer is very smooth and has a nice soft bubble feel. It's definitely a great experience you can easily get lost in.
Serving type: on-tap
08-08-2009 04:11:56 | More by stevenseg
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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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