Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,249 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:
1,249
Reviews:
594
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.33%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
134
For Trade:
2
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pitch black with a big cap of brown, dense head that has a short-lived retention

S - red wine, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, burnt sugar, coffee

T - chocolate, roasted malts, caramel-sugar, coffee, some faint dark fruit in the finish, warming alcohol in the finish

M - warm, medium bodied, well carbonated

I must say this is a pretty interesting beer. The appearance had me thinking stout. The nose was amazing. As soon as I poured this beer I could smell layers of aromas. Then I entered into the equally complex taste. At first there were some big, roasty, chocolate notes. Then a deep caramel presence that adds a sugary, caramel-candy flavor that meshes well with the chocolate. There are dark fruit notes in the aftertaste that also lend some depth. The alcohol presence makes this beer seem a bit bigger than it is, but that doesn't bother me too much. Overall, this is an impressive beer that is worth trying.

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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice thick head atop an opaque must be black ale. Decent lacing and very nice retention. Smell is chocolate malt and coffee with a firm earthy hops. Solid English style fruitiness ties together the toffee and caramel sweetness. Taste is rather like an RIS but dryer. Much. Lots of dark roasted malts and charcoal. No sign of the abv. Figgish plum fruitiness lightly shows before a mildly astringent swallow. Earthy hops, dry finish. Feel is lighter than you might think while still chewy, carbonated with a smooth, mild character. Superb drinkability being one of its best qualities. A good roasty dark ale that goes down well .

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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 1,249 ratings.
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