Black Horse Ale | Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Horseheads Brewing Inc.
New York, United States
horseheadsbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by generallee on 01-18-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
55
Reviews:
23
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 23
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured bomber into 34oz mug. Jet black, showing dark brown through the edges, with a huge thick tan head that sticks around for a good while. The head is gorgeous, incredibly fine bubbles and it stay forever. Smell is grassy hops and a bit of chocolate, not as bitter as something that purports to be an "india-style black ale" would be expected to be. Taste is the same as the smell, grassy hops, a bit of a smoky center and some chocolate/coffee at the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth. An interesting black ale; not sure what to think of it, but it's enjoyable.

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2/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee color with a thick beige head that displays tremendous retention powers though the lacing was not as plentiful as I would have anticipated

Smell: Black german bread, chocolate and a hint of coffee; piney hops in the background

Taste: Malt-dominant, up front, with the chocolate and black bread laying down an impressive backbone; in the middle, the piney hops take the stage and add a nice bitter flavor that lingers into the finish, where just a touch of coffee makes an appearance

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; somewhat creamy with moderate carbonation

Overall: A real delight for the style; though it is a bit malt forward compared to others, there is plenty of bitterness for the hopheads, too; it's just that the malt flavors are so interesting that they should not be overlooked

Thanks, RochesterAaron, for the opportunity. Came highly recommended by you and I can see why.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of pschul4
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet extra thrown in by RochesterAaron! Thanks a bunch man

A- Pours a cola brown with a big dark tan head that doesnt go away quickly, leaving excellent lacing

S- Lots of pine notes with some roasty malts in the background. Smells more IPA than black ale, not a bad thing at all

T- Just like the nose tons of pine with a little bit of coffee malt towards the middle of the sip. I'm really digging this

M- Decent mouthfeel, could be a little thicker or a little lighter but not a big let down by any means

O- Really enjoyed this one, if everything frmo Horseheads is as good as this I'll be ISO more soon!

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, black in the glass with a half inch creamy chestnut head that leaves a film behind.

Big citrus aromas up front are quickly followed by malted chocolate. This one almost smells syrupy.

Roasted malt is followed by a good dose of hop bitterness. There is some chocolate and grapefruit to be found. The long finish has a modest bitterness.

Black Horse has a medium to light body with a sticky texture and prickly carbonation. While sweet up front, it has a dry finish with alcohol as expected.

A good all-purpose beer. Best while relaxing with food or a ball-game.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light at all, Foamy Brown Head, Decent Lacing. Really nice looking beer.

S: Mild Roasted Dark Malts, Pecans is about all I pick up from the nose.

T: Again the taste is like the nose you get the toasted malts along with pecans but I did pick up some bread notes as well.

M: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Hearty, Mildly Bitter they did a good job with this one.

O: Overall, I really enjoyed this beer it was a different type of ale that I haven't had much of and was glad I got to try this one.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black pour with a big head of tan lacing; a near perfect balance of rich roasted malts, smoked notes, dark earthy, and piney hops. warming only brings the hops to the front even more and allows them to steal the show. quick hitting and bitter as the first sip hits your palate it was amazing how smooth and easy this one went down

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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Brown pour that turns dark as night in the glass. Toffee dark chocolate colored head with stickily lacing left clinging to the glass.

Citrus hops, pine resin, and hints of dark fruits and malt.

Amazing chocolate and oak flavors that are bombarded by citrus hops and piney needles attacking the taste buds.

Flawlessly carbonated and just the right mouth feel...just divine.

Well damn...I like to be critical and disagree with the norm when they overrate beers. I'm not completely fresh but this is just amazing beer. The dark malt is just the perfect complement and to make things better the beer is creamy thick and sweet in just a wonderful way. Maybe I'm just enjoying the mix here and not being critical, but I love this one.

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4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a really dark brown color from a 22 oz bomber, with no ABV or freshness date on the label. Absolutely pitch black once in the glass with no light penetration whatsoever.
Massive two finger dark tan colored head from a mildly aggressive pour. Dissipates very slowly to a thin film that stays and leaves some good lacing. Very good head retention.
Aroma upfront, was very hoppy. Floral hop aroma with notes of pine. The hop aroma slowly gives way to a nice roasted malt/coffee aroma.
Taste is very malty upfront with the roasted malt and hop bitterness taking over in the finish. The lingering bitterness is not overwhelming by any means, just perfect.
Very good drinkability, the ABV is masked very well.
Visually and taste wise this is an excellent black ale.
Definitely worth trying and is highly recommended. More so considering it is being sold at such a reasonable price.
To reiterate, this is one hell of a black ale.

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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle around fridge temp poured into a snifter. no freshness date. purchased at beers of the world in rochester for $5 and some change, what a deal.

pours out pretty much opaque black, reveals just a bit of rubiness when held to the light. a very big creamy light tan colored foamy cap off the pour, settled to some thick creamy retention. some nice lace as well.

mostly piney hops off the first whiff, slightly woody and almost menthal like. not much malt behind all the hops.

nice balance. big resinous, piney, woody hops. a little citrus sneaks in there. towards the finish a very nice roasted malt, slight cocoa character makes itself known.

the mouthfeel is one of the best parts of this brew, everything you could want for the style, very resinous and very sticky malt. goes down super smooth and appears very creamy on your palate. lots of lingering smooth bitterness, and somewhat of a lower carbonation.

overall, a very solid Black IPA, or whatever you wanna call it. definatly one of the better ones available, very nice malt character that goes super well with a big hop presence. ill definatly come back to this. i really love what ive had from this brewery so far, ill definatly be buying all i have available from them in the future.

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Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sold pale and roasted malt scent along with a wonderful hop aroma. I don't detect much earthy character, so I'm not exactly sure how the blackness is achieved. The taste is good as well. It has a dry, bitter flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a touch of malty sweetness and some residual hop character. Again, I detect a faint earthy, black malt character, but nothing too intense. The mouthfeel is great! It is a full bodied beer with near perfect carbonation. This is a very good beer. It's not too bold in any one direction. It's just a well brewed ale with lots of character.

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Black Horse Ale from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
4.05 out of 5 based on 55 ratings.
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