Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Dark Horse Reserve- "I'll take it" Black bier ale
Mark sent me his latest selection of fine beers from Chi-town. He recommended I start with the Dark Horse of the bunch (pun intended). The Dark Horse Brewing Reserve, Special Black Bier Ale. Dark Horse Brewing is from the great state of Marshall Michigan. Which, for you michigan people, is below the middle of the mitten right where the main line down the middle of your palm meets the muscles from the thumb and outside of your hand.
With a super duper special name like that and a silly looking donkey on the label I couldn't wait to try this one out. It pours a thick pitch black, with a fine light brown head. It has a light chocolate and coffee malt nose. I had to take a few wiffs and really take a full inhale to pull in the aromas so it's kinda light smelling overall.
I took a sip and it had a light mouthfeel. The carbonation helps bolster it a bit. Very much like a dry Irish stout. It has an interesting very light flavor while on your tongue. Most of the flavor shows up after you swallow. You get the bitter hoppiness clearly on the sides of your tongue and the coffee in the back.
Hmmm, I'd have to say the coffee taste stands out above the rest. Not a cappuchino mind you, but a straight black coffee taste. Bitter, roasty, and full. While it's light on your tongue the fullness comes out in the aftertaste. The hops definitely mix well with it to fill it out. I can't help but wish this was a little more flavorful up front. I could see picking this up if I'm looking for a Guiness but maybe something a little lighter. This would go well with my cereal in the morning. It would be a good replacement for that morning cup o joe before you head out to work. Or maybe I'm just a sucker for a silly donkey on the package. Thanks buddy for sharing this one with me. Next time I'm in town we'll have to get one with breakfast.
Pros: Light drinkable flavor. Nice black coffee taste fit for that early morning pick me up.
Cons: May cause bad habits like early morning drinking.
Verdict: A little light up front but a great first thing in the morning beer! 3 out of 5 stars