Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Reserve Special Black AleDark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale
BA SCORE
3.93/5
1,253 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 05-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,567
Reviews:
595
Ratings:
1,253
pDev:
10.43%
Bros Score:
3.83
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
135
Trade:
2
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,253 |  Reviews: 595
Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JDoHo
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of travelguy
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of martinpfal
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Lower rating only because of my taste. It's still a good offering from dark horse but a black ale is not my favorite. Nearly a stout but not as big in the mouth. Roasty roastness abounds in this one. 7.5 abv is nice.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Pours black with a solid beige head which leaves clingy lace. Roasty with some woody notes. Earthy, stone fruit pit, roasty. Finishes mildly bitter and smooth. Enjoyed.

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

Photo of GrumpyGas
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass is.....wait for it... .....black. Wha?
A light brown 1in head floats on top and has staying power. Once collected, the head deflates to a thick cover.
Aroma is dominated by stone fruit and roasted malt/bread.
Taste adds chocolate and booze with a bitterness on the back.
Feel is medium to heavy.
Cannot have too many of these, but monthly is a good goal.

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

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of target88
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rarigney
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmaskell33
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of parintele
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

Very odd taste, Untappd said, this is a porter. No way!

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

Photo of red94tt
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MIbeer27
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date. A new one to me from Dark Horse, acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local bottle shop.

Poured to a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Straight center pour yields an opaque black body, glassy & obsidian with one finger of frothy mocha head that reduces to a ring and leaves tons of beautiful scattered webbed lacing behind. Looks good.

S - Hops are apparent on the nose: piney and green, but it is overrun with lots of burnt black malts - notes of roast, char, caramel, & toffee.

T - Taste follows the nose: huge ashy, burnt, roasted malt. Notes of burnt black coffee grinds. Hop presence in the form of pine, resin, earthy / herbal bitterness. Bitterness from both the malt & the hops, but the dark malt roast dominates.

M - Feel is crisp, roasty, bitter. Tons of burnt ashy roasted bitterness clings. Medium bodied with good carb.

Overall, a nice representation of the style from Dark Horse.

Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale -----4/5.

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

Photo of 57md
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with more than a finger of tan head. The nose is pretty much all roasted loveliness. The body and flavor profile are very stout-like. There is a dryness on the finish but no distinct hoppiness like the average American Black Ale.

If this beer were given to me unlabeled, I would definitely say that it was a stout but I generally respect the brewers' definition of their beers.

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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 1,253 ratings
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