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Black Horse Ale - Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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Black Horse AleBlack Horse Ale

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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

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Beer added by: generallee on 01-18-2011

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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 22
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
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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2/5  rDev -49.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee color with a thick beige head that displays tremendous retention powers though the lacing was not as plentiful as I would have anticipated

Smell: Black german bread, chocolate and a hint of coffee; piney hops in the background

Taste: Malt-dominant, up front, with the chocolate and black bread laying down an impressive backbone; in the middle, the piney hops take the stage and add a nice bitter flavor that lingers into the finish, where just a touch of coffee makes an appearance

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; somewhat creamy with moderate carbonation

Overall: A real delight for the style; though it is a bit malt forward compared to others, there is plenty of bitterness for the hopheads, too; it's just that the malt flavors are so interesting that they should not be overlooked

Thanks, RochesterAaron, for the opportunity. Came highly recommended by you and I can see why.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of pschul4
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet extra thrown in by RochesterAaron! Thanks a bunch man

A- Pours a cola brown with a big dark tan head that doesnt go away quickly, leaving excellent lacing

S- Lots of pine notes with some roasty malts in the background. Smells more IPA than black ale, not a bad thing at all

T- Just like the nose tons of pine with a little bit of coffee malt towards the middle of the sip. I'm really digging this

M- Decent mouthfeel, could be a little thicker or a little lighter but not a big let down by any means

O- Really enjoyed this one, if everything frmo Horseheads is as good as this I'll be ISO more soon!

Photo of cashmier
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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.

Photo of LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Photo of bobhits
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Brown pour that turns dark as night in the glass. Toffee dark chocolate colored head with stickily lacing left clinging to the glass.

Citrus hops, pine resin, and hints of dark fruits and malt.

Amazing chocolate and oak flavors that are bombarded by citrus hops and piney needles attacking the taste buds.

Flawlessly carbonated and just the right mouth feel...just divine.

Well damn...I like to be critical and disagree with the norm when they overrate beers. I'm not completely fresh but this is just amazing beer. The dark malt is just the perfect complement and to make things better the beer is creamy thick and sweet in just a wonderful way. Maybe I'm just enjoying the mix here and not being critical, but I love this one.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a really dark brown color from a 22 oz bomber, with no ABV or freshness date on the label. Absolutely pitch black once in the glass with no light penetration whatsoever.
Massive two finger dark tan colored head from a mildly aggressive pour. Dissipates very slowly to a thin film that stays and leaves some good lacing. Very good head retention.
Aroma upfront, was very hoppy. Floral hop aroma with notes of pine. The hop aroma slowly gives way to a nice roasted malt/coffee aroma.
Taste is very malty upfront with the roasted malt and hop bitterness taking over in the finish. The lingering bitterness is not overwhelming by any means, just perfect.
Very good drinkability, the ABV is masked very well.
Visually and taste wise this is an excellent black ale.
Definitely worth trying and is highly recommended. More so considering it is being sold at such a reasonable price.
To reiterate, this is one hell of a black ale.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
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.

Photo of lovindahops
4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Loving the opportunity to try a horseheads brew after work in the beginning of spring in syracuse. This is one heckuva upstate ny brewery. Furthermore, I know the mastermind of horseheads brewery has an affinity to this style I am reviewing. Black horse ale, here we go

A- pours an opaque body with cappuccino head that ever so slowly recides to leave a slight mocha trace of lace on the sides. A good looking american black ale

S- a great whiff of roasted malt that accompanies an awesome hop profile for this style. There is a phenominal toasty theme that does not disappoint at all. Some sweet flavor is evident at the end. This is a lively american black ale scent profile

T- roasty and hoppy simultaneously. There are nutty and smoked taste that end with a slap of dark citrus smoothness. The flavor is a perfect balance and what I would want for this style

M- another great combination of carbonated flavor that finishes as syrupy and and roasted sweet malt. It's smooth

D- horseheads am black ale is an incredibly drinkable brew. The brew is so smooth and balanced... That's it! Smooth, balanced, and full of integrity. Roasted malt and citrus hops that are drinkable. This beer can keep going down!

Photo of almychristopher
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a dark black, very little transparency, with a tall tan head that clings to the side of the glass as it recedes to a thin layer of lacing. the aroma brings a nice mixture of citrus hops backed by the roasted malt smell. the taste brings a nice balance of sweet roasted malt backed by a big hop flavor. the medium body and good co2 make this an easy drink.

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