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RATINGS: 550   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Chocolate aroma. Chocolate taste with some friut. Lactose. A tad thin, but hey, you can chug this stuff. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Got to have this fine brew at brandons going away party, not sure how i didnt rate it yet but anywayz. Very black, lots of chocolate in the aroma of this one, definetely more so than the coffee is. The body is slightly acidic but i like that with tons of chocolate coming through to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (4742) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. Pours a dark brown wtih no transparency and a minimal tan head that fades quickly to a ring. Light chocolate up front fades a roasted coffee and burnt finish. Definitely a little too thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Jonathan3584. Dark brown with brown ring of film. Aroma rather muted, chocolate and a strange fruity character in the background. Flavor is milk chocolate up front with coffee and sweet/syrup like taste taking over towards the finish. Little too watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a very small white head. Aroma of, well, cold left over coffee. And maybe a touch of molasses. And baking chocolate. Flavor of cold chocolate flavored coffee, smoky wood chips, some malt. Finishes with that campfire smoked wood, roasted malt, and a bit of chocolate stickiness in the back of the throat. Nice, slightly thinner than average stout feel. Yea, pretty good. Well balanced and tasty, if a little old tasting. Glad there is very little hop character; a lot of American micro stouts seem to be doing that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Poured from bottle into english pint glass. Nearly black color with a light brown head which had decent retention. Nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was slightly roaty and had mocha notes in it (duh). Aroma was not as strong as I would’ve hoped, but still pleasant. Nice malty flavor, with a mild Milk Dud finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 5, 2006
Bottle. Poured a jet black color with a small tan head that quickly dissipated. The initial aroma off the pour was coffee and milk chocolate that reminded me of coffee ice cream. As it warmed the aroma faded to roasted malts. The flavor was coffee, roast, some chocolate, and a weird mix of grains. Medium body that started with a slight bitterness but ends sweat and sticky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Pours black with virtually no head.A big nose of coffee with a hint of sweetness.Tastes of stale coffee with a slight sweetness.Finishes clean with very little carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2005
22oz bomber via trade with jonathan3584 - thanks Jonathan! - Pours close to black with a creamy tan head that holds pretty well and laces down the sides of the english pint. Aroma is chocolate, and some roasted malt along with a bit of coffee. Flavor is chocolate, some decent roasted character and some sort of vegetal flavor towards the finish that I couldn’t put my finger on. I didn’t get it as a sourness as Degarth did in the previous rating but there was something funky there. Palate is airy and kind of light for a stout. Not much body.. I’m looking forward to what they can do with a stout now that the cap is popped.. I’m sure it will get better.. This one could use a little more malt..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Courtesy of Jonathan3584 <P> Chocolate and mild coffee aromas. Black in color. Head is odd...bubbly on the sides, but creamy across the top. Flavor is a touch metallic in the fore. Some decent roastiness in the middle, but there is an odd rancid sweetness, like of old chocolate in the finish. It is not intense, but the flavor is there none the less and it hurts the beer.

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