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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

1,092 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,092
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 54
Gots: 73 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 05-28-2002

No notes at this time.
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark Horse says this has a hard time being called a porter or stout, and I agree. I'm sure this is spot-on for the emerging Black Ale category, as it is truly black. Looks pretty damn good, Imperial Stout-like with a thin brown head, but smells more like an IPA. I hoped for a more rounded malt and roast in the flavor profile, but mostly I just get west coast hops. Not my cup of brew.

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Coffee centric on the nose it delivers a nice balance of char and bitter sweet chocolate in aroma.

For the most part the flavor emulates the aroma with a coffee forward front. The coffee yields to a chocolate center and an abrupt roasty char. It ends a bit bitter but the bitterness comes in the form of bitter sweet bakers chocolate.

The feel is quite full but it still keeps an easy drinking presence. Very enjoyable yet nicely complex.

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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,092 ratings.