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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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very good

1,072 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,072
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 54
Gots: 61 | 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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

SalukiAlum, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

jeffoatess, Jan 03, 2012
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

ROBSTARR, Dec 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

jophish17, Dec 26, 2011
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.

cosmicevan, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

mhenson42, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

NvMyBeer, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

jrohrbacher, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

oldvines, Dec 20, 2011
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.

ahking, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Goldfoot, Dec 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

IrishColonial, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

kirkse, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Lukafer, Dec 11, 2011
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

cwguy5, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Gtg642, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

IlPostino, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

DoctorB2B, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Viciousknishs, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

RudiNicole, Dec 02, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

gratefulbeerhead, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out much thicker than I expected. The head was tan and creamy looking. This beer could be a stout I think. The smell of the beer was had some big roasted aromas to it along with some earthy lager notes too. The taste of the beer was pretty good. I liked the rich roasted flavors that this had. The mouthfeel was heavy and thick. Overall this was a realli interesting brew. I would probably drink it again if I came across it.

Knapp85, Nov 26, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ink black ale with tan head. Good retention and minimal lacing. Mostly opaque.

Nose of coffee, burnt toast and bitter hops.

Tons of roasted flavor including coffee, charcoal and burnt malt. Hop bitterness is intense and adds to the roasted bitterness. Not much sweetness to be found.

Medium bodied. Snappy carbonation compliments the bitter flavor. Ultra dry finish. Fitting and satisfying feel.

I like this. Lots of flavor and a treat for those who are not afraid of bitter beer.

bnes09, Nov 26, 2011
Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,072 ratings.