Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours the standard stout black color that allows a little light through at the bottom and sides when you stare at it just right. Head is medium sized and tan. Chocolate comes through loud and clear with the aroma along with a decent amount of roasted malt. Fairly dry taste with hints of chocolate and a little smoke. Maybe a little thin but I don’t fault the beer for that. I choose to fault all those delicious Impy stouts out there for making me a little spoiled. Creamy mouthfeel. Good session stout.
timtheenchanta (70) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a medium brown head. Very thin lacing that hangs around a little. Smells of dark chocolate and HEAVY roasted malt. Tastes of coffee and dark chocolate with thin hoppy balance. Mouthfeel is thick and slightly chewy. Very smooth strong coffee palate. This a great dessert beer. I had this in a beerbar/restaurant in Clemson, SC with some cheesecake. Wonderful combo. I will definitely try this beer again when I get the chance.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Opaque black, brown around the edges. Bubbly khaki head that dissipated quickly and left almost no lace. Roasty, malty nose with notes of molasses, chocolate, and anise. Flavor is dominated by roasty malt, more like coffee than chocolate. Roasty bitterness that clings to your palate at the end.
argo0 (12294) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle) Large pillowy tan head atop a black body. Aroma is medium sweet, milk chocolate, coffee, some roast. Taste is same as aroma, plus light burnt. Smooth, light-medium body, some creaminess.
kramer (5393) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle, via ross. Pours a very dark black with some mahogany on the edges under a firm and creamy brown head. No sediment in bottle. Aroma is heavy on the milk chocolate with a hearty roasted and black patant malt base. Notes of powdery cocoa and light hops as well. Flavor is very roasty with a lighter burnt malt accent. Not much in the way of chocolate based on what I was expecting from the aroma, save for some powdery cocoa on the lightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side with very soft carbonation yielding a slightly creamy texture. Overall a pretty good beer, very drinkable with good depth of flavor.
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice sharp bite in the flavor of this Stout. Very thin mouthfeel. The mocha is present with a nice chocolately taste, and the bite comes with a little bark (taste that is). i enjoyed this brew much but am finding that the Highland Brewing Company’s two dark beers taste too similar.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2006 Bomber, big thanks to after4ever. Nearly opaque blackish brown with a scant tan head. Aromas of bittersweet chocolate with a just bit of malt behind it. Full-ish body with moderate carbonation. The taste is sweet with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, nuts. Clean finish, very slightly sour, maybe with a hint of pepper? This beer is all about the malt - the hops make only a token appearance.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a huge, frothy tan head. Mmmm, wonderful mocha aroma - the coffee and chocolate are very strong along with hints a toffee, hazelnut, caramel, molasses, and grassy hops. The flavor wasn’t nearly as impressive as the aroma. It’s not sweet at all, just has a sour bitterness to it that leaves a skunkness lingering in the mouth. It’s too earthy of a flavor, and possibly the worst finish to a beer I’ve tasted in a long time. Overall I was very dissapointed in the quality of this beer. It’s a shame - Highland’s Oatmeal Stout is so much better.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 21, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Middling chocolate aroma with faint anise. Thin reddish brown pour with a beige head. Body starts thin but builds as it warms - fairly lifeless. Toffee and chocolate in the flavor, some hops of the pineapple strain, with some dough and tongue coating malts. A touch of some unpleasant sourness knocks this down a few pegs. Actually a bit disappointing.
PorterPounder (6287) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Habersham Beverage Warehouse, Savannah, Ga. - 22 oz bomber. Dark, ruby red pour, little to no head. Strong, prominent aroma wth coffee and licorice shining through the most. Flavor has the same elements with some dark, baker’s chocolate thrown in there for good measure. Very earthy and quaffable. Decently thick mouthfeel. Like what I see from this brewer thus far.