Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

very good
1,249 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 05-28-2002

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to cam for hooking up a box of dark horse for me a while back. poured into my ccb snifter.

a - brew poured a deep black with a thin dark brown head. if i couldn't smell the dark fruits during the pour, i'd guess this was a stout. head doesn't last long but is easily rebuilt. lacing is slippery.

s - dark fruit...grapes, figs, raisins, etc and booze. smells great. i'm a big fan of this style and they can vary greatly...i dig the ones that are more on the grape side of the flavor spectrum, like this one.

t - the flavor is big and roasty unlike the nose. finishes a bit bitter. some nutmeg and fig like dark fruits, but mostly roasted malts. has a black ipa thing to it. not bad, but not my ideal.

m - full and rich. good carbonation. bitter dry finish. boozy tingle.

o - overall, kind of like an imperial black ipa or something like that. the smell was what i was hoping for in the taste. it was still good, just surprisingly roasty. i was hoping for something more like a batch 9000.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours rich and black and very viscous. A shade of darkness sticks to the glass as you twirl it around.

Aromas of black licorice, molasses, brown sugar, and a touch of dark chocolate.

Malty upfront, dried currants and a little dark chocolate cherry flavor with a medium amount of hops + dark roasted malts adding bitterness.

Overall, one of my favorite dark beers. Not as hoppy as a "black IPA" but this beer has been around way before that style became popular.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- black with thin cinnamon colored head that faded to a ring; moderate spotty lacing

S- roasted malt, slight grape juice or other dark fruit, herbal honey

T- roasted malts, nuttiness, coffee bitterness, hint if dark fruit, dry bittering finish

M- velvety smooth, medium-heavy bodied; nice medium carbonation; moderate length, bitter linger

D- took me a few minutes to wrap my head around this one nut I eventually liked it very much; not super drinkable only due to body and complex flavors but enjoyable; very well rounded beer - nice color, taste and mouthfeel

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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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