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Black Horse Ale - Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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88
very good

35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Horseheads Brewing Inc. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: generallee on 01-18-2011)
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -49.7%

03-03-2013 21:00:59 | More by DonFrap
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greg4579

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.6%

01-07-2012 14:30:40 | More by greg4579
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cashmier

New York

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

04-17-2012 13:07:20 | More by cashmier
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

01-20-2014 20:55:05 | More by Griffith
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Wortman1998

New York

3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap as a tasting at "Horseheads Brewing". Appears a nice, rich black with a decent tan colored 1/2 inch head with really significant lacing. Smells dark and malty and can pick out the hops in the aroma. Taste is very good. I am a black IPA fan - this is very good - hopped well, but not overly so. I can't pick out the types of hops used... Mouthfeel is full and satisfying. Overall a really good Black IPA - I'll buy it again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2014 17:53:58 | More by Wortman1998
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tabhill

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

04-09-2014 00:26:40 | More by tabhill
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doctor_dirk

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

05-26-2013 14:54:27 | More by doctor_dirk
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Cooker_stp

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-20-2013 20:07:25 | More by Cooker_stp
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rmargeson

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

12-23-2013 23:41:28 | More by rmargeson
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured bomber into 34oz mug. Jet black, showing dark brown through the edges, with a huge thick tan head that sticks around for a good while. The head is gorgeous, incredibly fine bubbles and it stay forever. Smell is grassy hops and a bit of chocolate, not as bitter as something that purports to be an "india-style black ale" would be expected to be. Taste is the same as the smell, grassy hops, a bit of a smoky center and some chocolate/coffee at the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth. An interesting black ale; not sure what to think of it, but it's enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 22:49:33 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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SLeffler27

New York

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, black in the glass with a half inch creamy chestnut head that leaves a film behind.

Big citrus aromas up front are quickly followed by malted chocolate. This one almost smells syrupy.

Roasted malt is followed by a good dose of hop bitterness. There is some chocolate and grapefruit to be found. The long finish has a modest bitterness.

Black Horse has a medium to light body with a sticky texture and prickly carbonation. While sweet up front, it has a dry finish with alcohol as expected.

A good all-purpose beer. Best while relaxing with food or a ball-game.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 21:03:58 | More by SLeffler27
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at the Horseheads Brewery on a trip from Binghamton to Rochester.

A-Dark black, with a two finger brown creamy head, leaves some lacing.

S-Mainly hops and roasted malts.

T-Starts with roasted malts and some coffee flavors. Ends very bitter. However the beer needs to be a tad sweeter, either with some chocolate notes or citrus/dark fruit flavors. If it had these it would be a 5. So slightly missing the malt but balanced none the less, just an opportunity to improve.

M-Medium bodied and smooth. Not much carbonation

O-A really good beer, a little tweaking on the malt front and this thing would be wonderful. This was my first Horseheads beer but from the taste of things they could be a great local brewery. If you live in the Southern Tier on New York I recommend that you make a trip to visit their extremely humble brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 19:42:15 | More by rlee1390
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-05-2014 01:45:57 | More by tdm168
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buffs9

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-08-2012 04:37:31 | More by buffs9
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kuhndog

New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-13-2011 02:11:42 | More by kuhndog
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-01-2011 03:27:23 | More by nh2032
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Shawnspl

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-19-2014 04:10:34 | More by Shawnspl
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.5%

09-07-2012 02:15:56 | More by DrunkinYogi
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KelsoSaaz

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-24-2013 20:05:57 | More by KelsoSaaz
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-18-2012 15:00:01 | More by orangesol
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LiquidBread219

Indiana

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light at all, Foamy Brown Head, Decent Lacing. Really nice looking beer.

S: Mild Roasted Dark Malts, Pecans is about all I pick up from the nose.

T: Again the taste is like the nose you get the toasted malts along with pecans but I did pick up some bread notes as well.

M: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Hearty, Mildly Bitter they did a good job with this one.

O: Overall, I really enjoyed this beer it was a different type of ale that I haven't had much of and was glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 01:52:08 | More by LiquidBread219
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dogfishandi

New York

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle around fridge temp poured into a snifter. no freshness date. purchased at beers of the world in rochester for $5 and some change, what a deal.

pours out pretty much opaque black, reveals just a bit of rubiness when held to the light. a very big creamy light tan colored foamy cap off the pour, settled to some thick creamy retention. some nice lace as well.

mostly piney hops off the first whiff, slightly woody and almost menthal like. not much malt behind all the hops.

nice balance. big resinous, piney, woody hops. a little citrus sneaks in there. towards the finish a very nice roasted malt, slight cocoa character makes itself known.

the mouthfeel is one of the best parts of this brew, everything you could want for the style, very resinous and very sticky malt. goes down super smooth and appears very creamy on your palate. lots of lingering smooth bitterness, and somewhat of a lower carbonation.

overall, a very solid Black IPA, or whatever you wanna call it. definatly one of the better ones available, very nice malt character that goes super well with a big hop presence. ill definatly come back to this. i really love what ive had from this brewery so far, ill definatly be buying all i have available from them in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 15:29:01 | More by dogfishandi
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light comes through the edges of Black Horse, showing off some ruby highlights. Most of the beer, however, is either a very dark brown or just plain black, and almost completely opaque. The head is towering, coming in at at least three fingers tall. It is creamy and solid looking. Retention is great and lacing starts to form immediately. Black Horse definitely has "the look."

The aroma has a ton of pine, followed by a bit of citrus and some grass, all from the hops. Bitterness is evident. The roasted malt and dark bread is also evident. Combined they form an aroma that is something like jasmine.

Black Horse is different than most beers of its style, but in a good way. The hops have a juicy citrus flavor, and a touch of pine, but the bitterness is toned down, surfacing only in the finish. Also, grassy earthy hops seems almost make this taste like a fresh hop beer. The fruity hops probably have the edge on the grassy hops by a bit in terms of potency. After the hops comes a bit of roasted malt and a good dose of dark bread. There is a hint of coffee in there also. The melding of the hops and malt create the almost minty flavor that I am beginning to encounter with regularity in this style. The finish is dry. The aftertaste has a ton of fruity hop flavors; more than I encountered when the beer was in my mouth actually.

The carbonation is a tick below what I would consider moderate, and I would probably say the same thing for the body.

Black Horse is good. It takes this style and does more than just throw a ton of bitterness at roasted malts. The hop profile is flavorful and pretty complex without being harsh. That aftertaste rocks. Well done Horseheads, this is one of your best yet.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 00:42:55 | More by Hojaminbag
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black pour with a big head of tan lacing; a near perfect balance of rich roasted malts, smoked notes, dark earthy, and piney hops. warming only brings the hops to the front even more and allows them to steal the show. quick hitting and bitter as the first sip hits your palate it was amazing how smooth and easy this one went down

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 02:09:10 | More by mikesgroove
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WesWes

New York

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sold pale and roasted malt scent along with a wonderful hop aroma. I don't detect much earthy character, so I'm not exactly sure how the blackness is achieved. The taste is good as well. It has a dry, bitter flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a touch of malty sweetness and some residual hop character. Again, I detect a faint earthy, black malt character, but nothing too intense. The mouthfeel is great! It is a full bodied beer with near perfect carbonation. This is a very good beer. It's not too bold in any one direction. It's just a well brewed ale with lots of character.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 22:25:55 | More by WesWes
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Black Horse Ale from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.