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Special Reserve Black Bier Ale by Dark Horse Brewing Company
Altbier
7.50 % ABV


 
Review by joe1510 on 11/26/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 17 4 8 2009
12oz Bottle $8.69 6-Pack
Village Dell and Wine, Rice Lake

Reserve Special Black Bier pours black without a hint of light coming through when backlit. A three finger brown head formed on the pour and slowly fell to one finger becoming extremely creamy. Leaves some decent patchy lacing on it's way down.

Roasted malts kick things off and lead into a mildly fruity (figs, prunes), nutty aroma. Cocoa shows itself complimenting the nuttiness. Mild alcohol fumes way in the back. Complex and warming.

Roasty malts combine with a mild lactic quality quickly leading into the nuttiness that was present in the aroma. Cocoa and mild brown sugar lead their way to the the finish the cocoa becoming most dominant. A hint of fig peeks in and out throughout the palate.

Heavy body with a smooth silkiness as it slowly works it's way over the palate. Becomes slightly gritty on the swallow. Leaves my mouth watering after each sip.

Good balanced moderate bodied Imperial stout keep this going down easy. I could see myself putting a few of these away on a cold winter evening.

Another high quality brew from Dark Horse. I've sampled three or four of their offerings (all being darker, heavier styles) and everyone was excellent. I said it before and I'll say it again to the brewers at Dark Horse...Please find a distrubutor in Chicagoland.

Reviewed: 10/7/07

Price: $8.69 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 01/15/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 9 18 5 10 2008
Perpetual black, thick and opaque, sliced thin dark brown skim of a head, a thin collar remains mostly present; lacing in minimal strings and spots.

Aroma is low-keyed and mellow with what seems to be quite a heft of black malt roastyness, partailly sweet with a mollasses undertone, hints of deep dark espresso beans and dark chocolate keep the nose happy.

Sip....whoa! Wasn't expecting that! Wow, what a mega assault of blackened roasty stuff. Starts smooth and subdued with sweeter roasted malts with caramel, licorice, and molasses, then it gets all crazy with mega blackened malts and grains, earthy, smokey, charcoal effervescence and bittering coffee/espresso roast tones and pungent dry hop leaves. What an absolutely fantastic finish. That black roast makes itself a home across the entire palate. Oh so nice to let it just sit there and dry out the tongue. Its like taking a larger, fuller sip of espresso but its cold. Very nice appeal as far as thats concerned. The hops make for a nice meld in the finish as well.

Feel is quick to start, slick creamy front, bold, richly robust, nearly full once it procedes past midway and the finish is a fuckin' treat of roasty blackened stuff, very dry and coating with a long ever-lasting burntish quality. I may just be tasting this stuff the rest of the day.

Stout, Schwartzbier, Black Bier Ale, or what ever they want to call this is fine by me, its awesome! And whats with the worried looking smile of "Hope ya like it" cartoon donkey on the label? I wasn't gonna open it cuz of that, but now I'm glad I did.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 9 14 3 7 0
A - Black Bier, no kidding. Pours a pitch black inky colored body that doesn't allow a hint of light to go through. Head is one and a half inches, soapy looking and cocoa colored. Good retention. Sticky Lacing.

S - Is is possible to smell chalky? Well, that's sort of a smell I get here. Cocoa and baker's chocolate. Light expresso. Licorice.

T - Lighter than you would expect based on the pour. Milk chocolate. Lightly roasted malts. Only a touch of expresso and none of the licorice I got in the odor.

M - This is the most disappointing part of this beer, imo. Medium bodied at best. Drinks very light for the style and the color. Smooth, light carbonation.

D - This beer is ok, but nothing special. It really disappointed me after the pour.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 0
Pours about as perfect as you can get, imo. Thick, black, with a good sized head that lasted quite a while. Half way done with the glass and still ahs lacing on the entire glass. The alcohol up front that mixes with the chocolate and malts nicely on the finish. 8% porter that is this smooth? :banned:

Served In: Pint Glass

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