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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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very good

1,016 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,016
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 52
Gots: 53 | 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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3/5  rDev -24.1%

GeorgeCarroll, Aug 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Zuidman, Aug 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

ffshore545, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Aug 16, 2014
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3.08/5  rDev -22%

thelargeone, Aug 15, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +14.4%

Dmad34, Aug 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

a_beckman25, Aug 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Matthew1788, Aug 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

AdmiralOzone, Aug 09, 2014
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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!

droomyster, Aug 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

JohnDee, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Strix
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.

Strix, Aug 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

salinasa, Aug 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

LukeK, Aug 03, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev +1%

Appearance: Darkest ruby, almost black color, with heavy, brown head and spotty lacing.

Aroma: Big, dark chocolate, with sweet caramel and milk sugar.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Strong coffee and milk chocolate flavor on the tongue, with a pleasant, light texture carrying a subtle sweetness akin to milk and sugar. Finishes with dry, bitter, earthy, roasted coffee. It feels like a breakfast stout, with the sweetness lending just enough balance to the big flavors of cocoa and dark roast coffee.

Final Word: Dark Horse doesn’t disappoint with this one, and I highly recommend snagging a glass if possible. The coffee flavor is true and earthy, with a light texture and enough gentle sweetness to keep it drinkable. You’ll get the full flavor of real coffee, rich chocolate, and mocha without the thick, oily mouthfeel that the flavors could imply. This beer isn’t a complex brew, but is rich and in balance, making it easily accessible, and should only be avoided if you hate coffee. Get adventurous and try it for brunch!

Louisville-Beer-Reviews, Aug 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Guy_Costigan, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

MaxPowers, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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rxthree, Aug 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

huysmans, Jul 27, 2014
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JLB025, Jul 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Vukusich, Jul 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

MikeCactusGordon, Jul 24, 2014
Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,016 ratings.