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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