Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a teku glass. Dated 2-20-14.
Pours an opaque black color with a tan frothy head that dissipates slowly. No visible lacing present. Smells of roasted malt and sharp hops. Surprisingly fresh for being bottle 6 months prior. Was expecting to have a wet cardboard smell with a slight medeira finish but the bottle was stored very well. Not very drinkable as it has a 7.5% abv and the roastiness from the malt taints the palate. Would definitely have this again.
08-30-2014 04:50:07 | More by Budinetz
4.21/5 rDev +6.6%
Pours a pitch black body with a small tan head with okay retention. Aromas are very roasty, big on espresso, inky, with just a bit of cocoa nibs. Full bodied and loaded with bold flavors; a slow sipper for sure. Starts slightly sweet before the darkest of flavors, pure char, gasp-inspiring smokiness, burnt chocolate,black licorice (I get a distant whiff of a Sambuca burn) and cold coffee grounds take over at an intensity level that many might consider challenging. Not a beer for the newbies who prefer something "light," but right up the alley for lovers of dark beers that explore all aspects of beery blackness. What an unexpected pleasure. Bravo!
08-06-2014 07:33:20 | More by droomyster
3.83/5 rDev -3%
Pours near black, tan head that eventually disappears entirely.
Main smell is remarkably similar to a cup of coffee.
Roasted caramel malt and coffee, with a lingering dark chocolate finish.
Mouthfeel could be a touch fuller.
I enjoyed this one - nice roasty flavors.
08-05-2014 02:34:35 | More by Strix
Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,003 ratings.