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Dark Horse Rod - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Rod
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85
very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drxandy on 05-28-2008)
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ElizabethCraig

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Dark Horse Brewing co.

Scent: I didn't get a big nose from this - just a slightly grainy scent.

Color: Muddy dark brown/red. It probably would have not been easy to get a different color, but I would have preferred more red to it just for aesthetics sake. Plus it's more romantic and stuff, considering how this is marketed.... =)

Head: light white, dissipated quickly in the plastic sample cup.

Taste: Medium to mild carbonation, I think this carries the earthy taste though more. Medium grainy, nicely bitter but not too much so. Around a minute after you sip it, you get a dark earthy taste - great taste, not 'off' but just a nice herbal note. The bitter seems to me that it comes from the herbs in the beer, maybe the damiana or the ginkgo in particular.

Warms up nice and malty with a more sweet herbalness to it. Not a sweet chicky beer by any stretch, but comes into its own as you sip.

I like this beer, I wouldn't choose it for everyday drinking, but I'd like pair it with a port-infused cheese to see what happens flavor-wise.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 21:38:09 | More by ElizabethCraig
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Dark Horse Rod from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.