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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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very good

1,073 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,073
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 54
Gots: 62 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Yesdog, Jan 14, 2012
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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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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%

Lukafer, Dec 11, 2011
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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%

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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
Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,073 ratings.