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RATINGS: 589   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Highland’s most robust beer, having a very malty body with a large, roasted chocolate flavor. It is black in color with a very clean finish and a moderate hop flavor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2006
two finget head on a solid jet black thickness of a pour. the head is really foamy, and the lacing is quite intricate. there’s an almost pool water aroma mixed with a milky way - chocolate and caramel combo. the flavour is rich with chewy plums and a faint but lingering dry mocha. it satisfies the palate, as it’s not watered down at all, as some others in this category have been. i recommend this beer, if nothing else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 29, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2006 220z bottle via captaincougar(thanks)!. Pours a deep dark brown/almost black with fucia edges and a small tan head. Nose is mostly plums and coffee with some chocolate. Taste is the same with some soy, some hops and and some saltiness in the finish. Thin body. Not bad but could use more body and more mocha flavor....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
buerckholtz (33) - asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2006
Brewed in Asheville NC, not in Fredrick MD....(thier contract brewery) Pours dark brown to black with small white head. Aromas of roasted malt, some coffee notes and dried fruits and some hops. Flavor is more hoppy than aroma lets on......firm malt and bitterness balances this beer. Flavors meld well leading into a fairly dry finish making this beer non cloying. Lacks a little complexty and freshness in my opinion. Good beer though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Black as black pour. Mocha colored swirls form on the top of the beer after the giant, pluming head settles. Soft, roasty malts fill the nose - no bitterness or astingency here. Sweet chocolate and woody vanilla fill the voids between. The body is vibrant, with velvetty carbonation leading the way. What follows is a great mix of cocoa, nuts and bittersweet chocolate. Medium body makes for easy drinking. Enough said, I like this stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (5096) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2006
(660ml bottle) Pours a opaque body with a thin, beige head. Nose of vanilla bean with a coffee-bourbon undertone. Strong coffee ground with a cherry finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (14884) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2009 Dark brown. Nice nose - chocolate, coffee, lots of happy malts. Roasty with dark fruits on the palate. Sweet finish, just enough appetizing dryness. Nice stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2517) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Dark brown body with short, but frothy tan head. Plesant aroma of roasted malts, coffee and sweet chocolate. Flavor is full of roast and coffee with a sweet, toffee-like backbone. Notes of chocolate and licorice. Nice, bitter, clean and dry finish. Smooth texture, medium body. Well put together, enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Bottle from Tom and Larry. Black in color with a compact tan head that fades slowly. Nice lacing. Aroma is rich with coffee, some chocolate and lightest hint of smoke. Full bodied with pleasant carbonation. Full malty flavors of chocolate, coffee, modest roasted grain. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
recordjunkie5 (20) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Very dark pour. The head is nice and thick and stays around to chat for awhile. Aroma is definitely tinged with hints of cocoa. Wonderful slight chocolate taste coming through at the end. Thick mouthfeel, finishes great. This is one of my favorite beers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (1030) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2006
The 12 oz. brown bottle was adorned with the typical Highland Brewing Company motif with a Scottish theme. The pour appeared reddish brown and clear out of the bottle, but in the glass it was very dark brown and nearly opaque. The head was khaki in color and one finger thick. The aroma was that of a dark roasted espresso, with a smattering of chocolate. The taste was drier than I was expecting, as the dark coffee and roasted grain flavors supplanted any residual sweetness. Not much chocolate coming through in the taste to justify the mocha in the name. But despite that, this was a very delicious stout with a pleasing palette. A little hint of tobacco juice in the finish was followed by a brief hop flourish. Prickly and granular mouthfeel stopped just short of being chewy. This turned out to be a solid stout all around the board, so I am glad I bought the sixpack instead of a single bomber.

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