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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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very good

1,015 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,015
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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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

gutbuster, Jul 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Smileitsfreetobehappy, Jul 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

TooGood, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Yourneighborsdog, Jul 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

SaxmanRick, Jul 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Labaden, Jul 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

remitrom, Jul 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

EdwardK77, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Gmann
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.

Gmann, Jul 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

JoeLacy, Jul 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

cl3, Jul 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

styleisking, Jul 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Satan70, Jul 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

markdrinksbeer, Jul 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

jarrett123, Jun 29, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

dads_basement, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

ZEB89, Jun 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

BogAl, Jun 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Rborre321, Jun 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

tykechandler, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of Immortale25
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.

Immortale25, Jun 17, 2014
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2/5  rDev -49.4%

RHB33, Jun 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

RyanAU, Jun 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Getalegup, Jun 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

moshea, Jun 09, 2014
Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,015 ratings.