Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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very good

1,082 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,082
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 54
Gots: 67 | 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:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 05-28-2002)
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Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a stout...maybe and Imperial Stout...but a stout all the same. Pours a jet black color with absolutely no light getting through. A small dark tan head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Good smell of roasted malts. More complex taste. Roasted malts, chocolate, a little vinuous thing going on and a touch of coffee...all stout-like characteristics.

Mouthfeel is a little light (for an Imperial Stout) but not in the least watery or weak. Goes down smooth, no hint of high alcohol.

Overall a solid, very drinkable beer with a higher alcohol content but not an alcohol taste. American Strong Ale? Probably not.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to cam for hooking up a box of dark horse for me a while back. poured into my ccb snifter.

a - brew poured a deep black with a thin dark brown head. if i couldn't smell the dark fruits during the pour, i'd guess this was a stout. head doesn't last long but is easily rebuilt. lacing is slippery.

s - dark fruit...grapes, figs, raisins, etc and booze. smells great. i'm a big fan of this style and they can vary greatly...i dig the ones that are more on the grape side of the flavor spectrum, like this one.

t - the flavor is big and roasty unlike the nose. finishes a bit bitter. some nutmeg and fig like dark fruits, but mostly roasted malts. has a black ipa thing to it. not bad, but not my ideal.

m - full and rich. good carbonation. bitter dry finish. boozy tingle.

o - overall, kind of like an imperial black ipa or something like that. the smell was what i was hoping for in the taste. it was still good, just surprisingly roasty. i was hoping for something more like a batch 9000.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ahking
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours rich and black and very viscous. A shade of darkness sticks to the glass as you twirl it around.

Aromas of black licorice, molasses, brown sugar, and a touch of dark chocolate.

Malty upfront, dried currants and a little dark chocolate cherry flavor with a medium amount of hops + dark roasted malts adding bitterness.

Overall, one of my favorite dark beers. Not as hoppy as a "black IPA" but this beer has been around way before that style became popular.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of cwguy5
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- black with thin cinnamon colored head that faded to a ring; moderate spotty lacing

S- roasted malt, slight grape juice or other dark fruit, herbal honey

T- roasted malts, nuttiness, coffee bitterness, hint if dark fruit, dry bittering finish

M- velvety smooth, medium-heavy bodied; nice medium carbonation; moderate length, bitter linger

D- took me a few minutes to wrap my head around this one nut I eventually liked it very much; not super drinkable only due to body and complex flavors but enjoyable; very well rounded beer - nice color, taste and mouthfeel

Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,082 ratings.