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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
88
very good

1,114 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,114
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 54
Gots: 77 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 05-28-2002

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Ratings: 1,114 | Reviews: 569
Photo of Extrajoker00
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jas45678
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mchegash
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.75/5
About 1 cm of nice creamy light brown head. The color is *pitch black*. Even when I shine a very bright light at it, I can see no color other than black. I can see a bunch of carbonation bubbles rising up on the sides of the glass. Overall, a great look. Deep, dark, and mysterious. Makes me feel like drinking this beer in going on an adventure into the unknown.

Smell - 4/5
Chocolate, roasty, smoky, some hops. Has the smell of a great roasty/smoky porter.

Taste - 3.85/5
Roasty and smoky flavors. Some sweet, almost fruity malts and some hops flavors as well. A light level of sweetness. The predominant taste overall is the smokiness. The beer is good, but I feel like they could have toned down the smokiness a bit, and brought out the sweet malt flavors a bit more.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Medium to full bodied. Moderately creamy. Carbonation is light. Perhaps a little bitter but still quite drinkable

Overall - 3.9/5
Overall quite a decent beer. The main think I love is the pitch black appearance. The main thing I would change would be to balance out the smokiness and the sweet malts a bit more.

Photo of merock1402
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Barnoloid
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark full body with a thin tan head. Intense cocoa and slightly smoked malts. Smooth mouthfeel with a good amount of bitterness. Lots to like here.

Photo of runlikeakenyan
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of clager
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Leag0002
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brismit
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not the greatest in my opinion. Just an average dark beer. I like the hops, which this one is missing.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ChrisWinters
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Very dark and bitter just what I like.

Photo of supermanny
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of JKG
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of OBD
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ivyman
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Srecko
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of irish6174
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of JohnGray
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of scottr4073
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of j0hnc2468
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.