biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Duckworth’s. Another pretty disappointing brew. Just didn’t have too much flavor for a beer this strong. I have a bottle in the fridge, I’ll try it again.
BVery (9400) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap. Clear amber pour, small white head. Aroma of earth, malt, and biscuits. Tqste is similar, with medium mouthfeel.
Butters (4038) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Maniac’s Richmond Tenth Gathering. Pours a nice clear dark brown with mahogany highlights and fair tan head. Nose is like a woodsy scotch ale. Flavor is floral, herbal, earthy, malty, scotch. Tasty brew.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Opaque, murky brown. Minimal tan carbonation. A lighter, leaner version of something like Hardys or JW Lees. Great aged malt and old wood elements, cookie, toffee, cocoa, and graham cracker notes. Subtle earthy bitterness. Medium/full body, balanced, not cloying at all. Easy to drink considering the style and ABV. I dig it.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
courtesy of thenewguy, thanks george! Fruity caramel malts on the nose with hints of a spiciness, dark fruits, cherries. Pours a reddish amber with a thin head. Very rich malty flavors, dark cherry, light molasses, creamy and smooth with a slight bite at the end. Not bad.
emacgee (4585) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear ruby copper with a 1-2 finger frothy tan head. Nos is sweet, caramel, fruity and raisiny, toffee, chewy, spicy alcohol. Flavor is sweet, rich malt, a bit astringent. Palate is warm and spicy and grows to be a bit astringent. This beer starts out nicer than it ends up being.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh bomber. Pours a dark and lightly hazy reddish-sienna color. A moderate, frothy head of khaki colored foam settles in to a thin film with a ponounced, bubbly edge, leaving sticky, jagged patches of lacing behind. The nose is based in dark toffee and toasted bread, with a hint of brown sugar around the edges. Hints of wood and chicory lend a little earthiness, while grassy hops bring in a balancing aromatic bitterness. Likewise, flavors are well balanced between the toasty-sweet toffee and bread elements and the bitter, earthy, woody spices and grassy hops. The palate is substantial, but perhaps just a little papery for the style, sporting a nice, modeate carbonation and a lingering, spicy finish. Solid brew.
Suttree (6007) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Brusin’ Ales, via NachlamSie (Thanks!). Brownish red, decent sized head. Aroma is gingerbread, a hint of cherry, and a woody, oaky note. Flavor is a mix of delicious with a touch of awesome. Specifically, there is a rich bready, malty base that supports notes of oak, cherry, some caramel, some nice mellow hop flavors. Very tasty stuff!
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber thanks NachlamSie! Pours hazy amber, very murky. Aroma has lots of wood, some dark fruit, sweet smoky malt and earthy hops, flavor is very much the same, just smoky and woody enough to avoid a too sweet finish. Really awesome stuff.
NachlamSie (3229) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Greenlife. It is sure good to see that Highland is in their stride again. This beer is a very dark brown with a good head. Nice aroma here. It is complex and unique with a great balance of hops and malt. Notes of raisins, molasses, wood, cigars, fig, and leather are present. The palate is medium heavy and a little sticky. I was surprised at the level of hoppiness in the flavor. It is nowhere near an IPA or even a strong American styled amber ale, but it is assertively bitter with tasty nips of grass and citrus. Lots of earth, wood, fruit, molasses, and a subtle spice of some kind are present. I really like what Highland has done here. I can’t remember the last time I had a beer that tasted quite like this, it’s a interesting take on the style and tasty too.