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Black Horse Ale - Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | 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:
Beer added by: generallee on 01-18-2011

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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 22
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3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black. Outstanding head volume, retention and lacing.

Nice nose of chocolate over caramel, a touch of coffee and a hint of roast.

Light medium body with a light smooth texture. Below normal carbonation with just a touch of effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is intense, complex and somewhat balanced. It begins with a blend of flavors that separate as the bitterness kicks in. Coffee, roast and chocolate emerge as a hop/roast bitterness comes to the forefront in the middle. The finish is a continuation of the bitterness which adds a citrus note. Very little sweetness emerges to provide balance.

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3.73/5  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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SLeffler27
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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3.96/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black Horse, despite its name, does have some colour. Strands of chestnut brown flash from the bottom and its head has an almond-like tint. The endurance of this foam is to be admired; it has the unbroken, unflagging persistence of a monk in meditation. A statue-worthy appearance.

As is often the case with this style I'm smelling all kinds of flavours (not all of which are necessarily present, some are likely being evoked indirectly). Just the foremost in this long list: mocha cream, peppermint chocolates, Christmas tree needles, and citrus peels. It's all over the map.

Diversity continues on the palate. Each sip doubles as a slice of black forest cake or tiramisu with a grapefruit wedge on the side. The taste also showcases leafy and resiny notes but it's far from astringent; there's too much juicy fruitiness and gooey chocolatey malts to let that happen.

Indeed, this roasty/bittersweet/earthy/fruity combo provides a little something for everyone; it's a beer with many dimensions. And you know what's *not* one of them? The 7.4% alcohol! Nor is the 65 IBUs. These features magically disappear amidst the delicious dark malts and candied, citrusy hops.

Black Horse Ale is all the assurance you need to bet on Horseheads. This small upstate New York brewery shows great promise and their best offerings are probably yet to come. While they still need a little help with in the labels department, they've evidently got their recipes down pat.

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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a deep mahogany bordering on black with an ample coffee colored head.

Smells of citrus, malt, and earth. There is a touch of molasses in the background.

Taste is bitter and sweet citrus up front with with bitter dry earth hop punch in the back. The slight malt middle has a hint of molasses and is felt throughout with a creamy mouth feel. this one is pushing the boundaries and subtle, complex, and delicious.

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Black Horse Ale from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.