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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Dark Horse Reserve Special Black AleDark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by xlperro on 05-28-2002

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Photo of Lemke10
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very black indeed, this pours a very dark brown/black color with a slight light brown head. If you didn't know better you’d swear it was a stout. There are some robust notes to it with a little sweet sugar too. There is a lot of flavor here for an ale. The texture is smooth, yet it is thinner than a stout. Lots of chalky malts and coffee flavors in the mix. Certainly a very interesting brew.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of CMUbrew
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter

A: This beer really is a black ale. One of the darkest and blackest I've seen, and it's not even a stout. No highlights or anything, just pitch black. A thin ring of dark brown foam sits around the edge, but soon fades with no head remaining.

S: Dark malts, roasted and toasted malts, dark burnt raisins, tiny whiff of clean alcohol.

T: Roasted dark malts, toasted grain, dark fruit, anise, hints of chocolate, and a slightly alcoholic finish. Maybe some sort of earthy hop presence, but either this bottle was old enough to fade them or this beer is very malt driven. Either way, tastes great.

M: Smooth and easy drinking to be sure. Carbonation is light but plenty. Body is fairly lush yet somewhat light. Really good here.

O: With all the excellent malt flavor and dark color you could swear this is a porter. I think anything really goes for this style, so it is nice that brewers can just make a good beer without worrying too much about style points. This beer is great and I would have it again.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of ADZA
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black hue and I mean black with no light let in whatsoever,the smell is dark espresso mixed with milky cappuccino,cigars,raisin bread and dark chocolate,the mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation which is nicely suited and has tastes of rich dark chocolate,espresso,dark fruits,raisin bread and finished with a hoppy bitterness and overall I like it and in a style of its own borderlining on stout and black ale would drink again cheers.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 1,264 ratings