Dark Horse Special Reserve Black Bier

Dark Horse Special Reserve Black Bier

Rated 3.764 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Dark Horse Brewing Company

Marshall, MI, United States

Style:  Stout

7.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Jet black in color. Big-bodied, rich & hoppy with a sweet maltiness that includes some molasses notes

ID: 8418 Last updated 13 years ago Added to database 22 years ago

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Overall Rank688
Overall Percentile98.7
Style Rank8 of 846
Style Percentile99.1
Lowest Score2.4
Highest Score4.5
Average Score3.868
Weighted Score3.764
Standard Deviation0.451

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  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.4 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    I quite liked this but wasn't quite sure what it was .. . pours a deep brown .. light head, medium lacing .. . deep roast, tar, and moses .. . slick mouthfeel .. . up to the dark horse standard .. . . butcher by trade.

  • SIGMUND 6768 reviews
    rated 4.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle at Øl & Mat-festivalen, Oslo. Pitch black colour, creamy tan head. Very nice roasty aroma, notes of coffee, dark chocolate and cedar wood. The flavour has also a nice roastiness, notes of coffee and dark chocolate again, hints of liquorice.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.9 13 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    They bweren't kidding when they said black........midnight black in this case. The aroma is dominated by malt, roast and sweet, and chocolate. Flavour is rich and malty, backed up by dark chocolate.

  • FUNK 898 reviews
    rated 3.7 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours an oily black with a thin dark tan head. Aroma is roasty with some coffee and dark chocolate notes. Taste is similar and masks the higher ABV very well. A good black bier for sure.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.5 13 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Has a luscious, smoky aroma with a strong undertone of caramel that demands at least a taste. It pours an opaque dark brown like dark chocolate with a thick, persistent, light tan head. Rich flavor is smoky with a nice bite to it and tones of caramel, molasses and roast coffee. Texture is smooth and pleasing, just a little fizzy.

  • R.ROUX 395 reviews
    rated 4.1 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a brownish/black color with a small, but foamy tan head. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee with hints of vanilla and licorice. Taste is similar to the aroma with the chocolate leading, quickly followed by the roasted malt and coffee resulting in a bitter, but pleasing finish. Full and creamy mouthfeel. To my palette, it's sort of a porter-stout hybrid, and that's a good thing. Dark Horse, once again comes through, one of my favorite "under the radar" small Midwest brewers. Recommended.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.7 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Not sure what this beer wants to be, perhaps it doesn’t want to be anything except for a tasty dark ale. Opaque brown body, very dark color. Thin brown head and spotty lacing. Aroma of burnt pan leavings, roasted malt, coffee and more roasted malt. Thick with an upfront bitterness followed by a burnt kick. Finishes full. Heavily roasted flavor with an English malt influence. Some dark berries and lots of bitter hops. A lingering after taste of coffee and nuts.

  • ANTE 2674 reviews
    rated 3.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours out in an opaque black appearance topped with a small beige head. Rich but a bit simplistic aroma of black chocolate with minty and grassy hops. Nearly full-bodied with strong notes of chcoalte sauce, cocoa powder, cookies and mint. Long full medium-bitter aftertaste of dark chocolate, brown sugar, crackers, grass, mint, mild black pepper and mild alcohol. Flavourful but certainly not elegant

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 3.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Received in a trade. I don't recall from whom, but again...thank you. The style here in BP says a schwarzbier. No way in hell is this a schwarzbier. Too sweet, too much body..too much everything to be a lager. But it's tasty I know that much. The beer pours out a deep black color with a rich, creamy 1/2" tan head. Swirling my glass, the beer has some really nice legs to boot. The aroma is very roasty, with lots of dark chocolate, anise and vanilla. Flavor had almost too much "ash" flavor of black patent malt, but rides the edge of just enough and too much. Black patent can be overused but someone restrained themselves enough not to go completely overboard. Coffee and chocolate round out the flavor with some molassess and subtle boozy vanilla hints creep up. But a very enjoyable beer.

  • CHEAPDARK 389 reviews
    rated 2.4 15 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 3 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 3

    Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Bier 2.2 cheapdark Schwartzbier? Hah, no way. Big black pour with a choco moose head. Pours like an imp stout, smells like a good imp stout. Tasted is roasted, burned and forward. Like any other impy stout. Must be in the wrong style category. Gunk on bottom of bottle, yum. Big impression with a bitter finish. wew

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