Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
07-12-2014 03:15:22 | More by Gmann
3.93/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
06-17-2014 22:41:12 | More by Immortale25
Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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