Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,244 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
Ratings:
1,244
Reviews:
594
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.33%
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
132
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,244 |  Reviews: 594
Photo of PackenGreen
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of target88
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rarigney
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmaskell33
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of parintele
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LJWalker
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roelleke1986123inkijk
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
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 +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of red94tt
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MIbeer27
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
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 -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 57md
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of RancidAggro
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KeithE
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jp32
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours black in color. Looks heavy even for a beer of this style.

Smell: Mild. If anything at all, I'd say it's malty. Really quite a light, basic smell.

Taste: Huge roasted flavor. Malt sweetness and nuttiness. An earthy, dry taste. There is a slight hop bitterness in the background, but it's so subdued I shouldn't even mention it here. The roasted flavor is so big and pronounced it seems to have a certain smokiness to it in some sips. This beer is ALL roasted malt, all the way. Tastes and drinks like a stout.

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Photo of jjd315
3.21/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of shigg85
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bsheldon1125
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kenai4
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

12oz. pour from a bottle into a glass.

Dark Horse has given me mixed feelings in the past. I've had good, and I've had bad experiences. This one, however, rates toward the top! I felt it was an excellent black ale, with a great malt base, and a good malt/hop balance.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This whole thing is really roasted and bitter. Not unpleasant, but it really dominates everything about this beer. Appearance is nice enough, lots of lacing. Nose and mouth are toasty.

I really used to like this beer. I don't know what changed, but we've grown distant.

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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 1,244 ratings.
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