Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black AleDark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale
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3.93/5
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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black AleDark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by xlperro on 05-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,826
Reviews:
597
Ratings:
1,257
pDev:
10.43%
Bros Score:
3.83
 
 
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63
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Photo of Treyliff
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours black in color with some light creeping through, one-finger khaki head with good retention

S- smells of roasted malt, chocolate, piney hops, some earthy notes and a bit of citrus

T- dark roasted malt gives some chocolate notes, along with a hint of coffee. Piney and citrus hops pop through mid-palate, the finish gives more roast and chocolate with a linger of piney hops

M- medium-light body and medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- solid black ale that is well balanced between chocolaty malt and hops

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Photo of caahare
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 12oz bottle with a date of Feb 2015 - bottling date? I'm not entirely sure, but at any rate I've had this beer for quite a while. Originally purchased from the Brewdog webshop. Here's hoping it has held up....

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very dark brown hue that appears ultra black in the glass. Produces a decent head of creamy brown foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of rich dark malt with hints of roasted grain, molasses, dried fruit, prunes, subtle chocolate, ale yeast, faint vanilla, vague stewed leaves and a twinge of smokiness. Nicely rounded but perhaps slightly lacking in definition. Still good though.

T: Tastes of roasted malt with notes of burnt grain, molasses, dried fruit, mild coffee, subtle chocolate, ale yeast, faint stewed leaves and a touch of smokiness. Slightly sweet, followed by a robust malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with soft carbonation and decent body. Could be a tad thicker for the style and strength. Aftertaste of bitter roasted malt, coffee, molasses, ale yeast and stewed leaves.

O: Pretty good; at any rate age doesn't seem to have diminished it excessively. Looks the part, while the aroma and flavour are full-on roasted malt with notes of coffee, dried fruit, molasses and yeast. Body is OK but a shade too thin. Rounded and drinkable - worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metacog42
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blackop555
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black. Foamy, short tan head that lasts a short while.

Smells roasted malts, light char, light earthy and chocolate hints.

Tastes roasted malts, earthy bitterness, light smokey char, chocolate and coffee hints. Finish is dry with roasty linger. Medium body and smooth lower medium carbonation.

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Photo of petrusek23
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mwvman
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of igl
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Danielr26
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of wood. Taste is roasted malts, smokey, some chocolate, hops are present but in the background. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall, drinks more like a stout, but is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of MNAle
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very dark, black even, with a 1 inch brown-tan thick, creamy-looking head that recedes gradually, leaving lacing slipping down the glass. Smoaky, roasted malt aroma with hints of sweet raisins. Moderate mouth feel. Initial taste hit is somewhat sweet, but it transitions quickly to a lightly roasted flavor. The initial flavor has a character I can't quite pin down... almost minty, but not really - maybe it is the wood others mention. The balance is provided with mild to somewhat more than mild bittering in the finish. Don't be mislead by the name; this is a porter/stout in all but name. Decent.

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Photo of Tone
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of pine, hint of wheat, wood, and pale malt. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a dryness. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of pine, hint of wheat, wood, and pale malt. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma and body, great blend, and the dryness and slight bitterness are integrative.

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Photo of qrazvan
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown colour, reduced head.
Grassy smell and taste, with specific black IPA flavours (coffee, roasted barley). Ther's somewhere in the background which gives a strange impression like a chemical.
Not bad, but nothing sensational.

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Photo of dms1767
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of B_Crawford_C
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Deep black color, coffee stain brown foam. Little smell. Taste is very dark, almost burnt, and very bitter from hops. Surprisingly thin mouth.

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Photo of RBuckley73
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmilyko
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MrDis
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AdamSteve
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stooven
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If it pours like a stout and looks like a stout...opaque when held to light. Deep roasted coffee smell. Mouth feel is what this lives and dies on. At first, it's incredibly light, like Guinness Draught. But if you swish it around the alcohol really nips your tongue. And the carbonation defects entirely to the head.

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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 1,257 ratings
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