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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

1,003 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,003
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 52
Gots: 52 | FT: 3
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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jnowak

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-01-2014 02:41:25 | More by jnowak
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scalffd

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -4.8%

09-01-2014 00:40:32 | More by scalffd
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rkf1976

Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +6.6%

08-30-2014 16:33:28 | More by rkf1976
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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

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.

Cheers

08-30-2014 04:50:07 | More by Budinetz
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cozmo

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-29-2014 00:42:50 | More by cozmo
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ssarkozi1

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

08-27-2014 17:46:38 | More by ssarkozi1
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Fordknox

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-27-2014 03:06:30 | More by Fordknox
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Erico1


4.44/5  rDev +12.4%

08-26-2014 21:57:59 | More by Erico1
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stadmo1

Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%

08-26-2014 00:56:05 | More by stadmo1
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belzo35

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +21.5%

08-25-2014 22:09:12 | More by belzo35
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IDPharmProf


4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-23-2014 22:55:12 | More by IDPharmProf
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malfunxion

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

08-21-2014 15:15:49 | More by malfunxion
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GeorgeCarroll

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.1%

08-18-2014 17:23:17 | More by GeorgeCarroll
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Zuidman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

08-17-2014 06:24:38 | More by Zuidman
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ffshore545

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-16-2014 23:20:40 | More by ffshore545
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-16-2014 22:44:00 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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thelargeone

North Dakota

3.08/5  rDev -22%

08-15-2014 16:11:10 | More by thelargeone
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Dmad34

Ohio

4.52/5  rDev +14.4%

08-13-2014 11:13:58 | More by Dmad34
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a_beckman25

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-10-2014 03:19:32 | More by a_beckman25
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Matthew1788

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

08-10-2014 01:10:36 | More by Matthew1788
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AdmiralOzone

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

08-09-2014 17:36:53 | More by AdmiralOzone
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droomyster

Virginia

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
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JohnDee

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

08-05-2014 04:20:37 | More by JohnDee
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Strix

Wisconsin

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
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salinasa

Delaware

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-04-2014 19:41:37 | More by salinasa
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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,003 ratings.