29 December 2008

Beer Review, Special Reserve Black Bier Ale

Dark Horse Special Reserve Black Bier Ale
Marshall, MI
7.5% ABV

Appearance: Dark coloration, brown-black, with very thin khaki-colored head that disappears almost immediately. Opaque. 3.5/5

Smell: Sweet, malty. Hints of chocolate malt, a touch of caramel. Very subtle. No hops present in nose. 3.0/5

Taste: Dry malt up front, slightly cloying, with a very dry finish. Slightly unpleasant "soapy" flavor. Alcohol is well-hidden. 3.0/5

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness. Slightly watery. Low carbonation. 3.0/5

Drinkability: Overall not necessarily a bad beer, but it lacks complexity and could use a little more balance. 3.5/5

Overall: 3.15/5

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