ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2005 bottle huge thanks to Beeryum for the bonus. Sampled on 11/6/05 with the Montreal Crew. Dark sandy to mahogany browns swirl about against a deep chocolate brown backdrop. Clear and filtered, however, with a small beige head, low to moderate retention, no lacing. Easy to get along with coffee nose, has a light mocha and cream suggestion to it, a touch of sweet graham crackers and milk chocolate. Aroma somehow comes across as lightly watery, not sure how to explain that, the aroma sort of wavers in and out, not very strongly, with light compost notes and some dry, bland, vapid notes. Flavor has a chocolate atop biscuits note to start, sugary and with a hint of toasted grains. Sweet toffee and low hops (touch of floral, green flavor) with more graininess (almost a bland, sandiness) on the end. Lightly bitter black chocolate and roast notes come in to play. The mouthfeel has a forced carbonation prickliness, but nowhere near the level of some of the bigger offenders. Medium body, touch of wateriness on the end.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really nice stout! Packs just as much flavor as a lot of imperial stouts Iíve had just with less alcohol and less hops. Very little head. Dark black body. Full palate. Plenty of thick, coffee textured goodness. Yum yum yum! I am so excited about Highlandís winter seasonals! Beer is grrrreat!
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black pour with brown highlights and a thin light brown head. Aroma of mild earthy and roasted malt with chocolate. Again the malt is earthy and roasty in the flavor but not too strong or thick, thereís some chocolate and vegetables in there too. The palate is light and oily with low carbonation.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
DMS veggies stem from a day-old coffee pot. Subdued roasted malt roams within, but offers no solace.
Commercial milk chocolate bars benefit from the roasted maltsí presence. Warm vegetables scare away most of the sweet maltís efforts, plus the forceful carbonation gets in the way. Maybe an old bottle?
Waking up with a headache.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 8, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle shared with Da Montreal Crew at FantŰmes and More! tasting. Almost black with the merest hint of (lasting) creamy head...burnt chocolate, bit of licorice and burnt coffee in the nose...weak, lightly vegetal flavor, chocolate and a bit of tobacco, too ashy and lacking in malt body.
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep clear brown, mostly lasting off-white head. Very grainy nose, proposing light roastiness, vegetal beany coffee and not much else. Plain and simplistic, it evolves into a fizzy roasty, grainy and astringent water. Below average malt extraction. Light-medium bodied, moderately high carbonation. Seems almost unfinished, yet with little potential. I certainly didnít find anything close to the richness my peers seem to have noticed.
SSSteve (3665) - - NOV 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark rich mocha aroma. black with brown head. rich mocha, roasted barley flavor. very rich and flavorful. my favorite beer from this brewer.
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours opaque, oily black with a head of few brown bubbles. Sweet aroma of malts, cocoa, and coffee. Flavors of sweet toasted malts and bittersweet chocolate; kept thinking of a smoked brownie. Smooth but somewhat thin; very good considering it was created under N.C.ís now-defunct 6% abv cap. Well done, Highland.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep dark brown/black pour. Roasty coffee aroma with some chocolate malt backing. Roasty malty chooclate flavors, with coffee and toffee. Lots of good flavors for a 5% beer. Left me wanting an impy stout tho.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was pretty good. and what better beer to have at the going away party of a guy in a kilt? haha. brown, almost balck appearance with dark tan head. definitely tasted like black coffee and dark roasted chocolate. definitely had some raosted malts in this one as well. espresso like whoa, some toffee and just a hint of vanilla. a little too much acidity for my liking,and a little thin on the palate, but worth having for sure.