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RATINGS: 567   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Highlandís 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.


2.8
   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.

3.7
   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.

3.8
   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 wouldíve hoped, but still pleasant. Nice malty flavor, with a mild Milk Dud finish.

3.4
   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.

3.2
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2492) - 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 couldnít put my finger on. I didnít 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.. Iím looking forward to what they can do with a stout now that the cap is popped.. Iím sure it will get better.. This one could use a little more malt..

3.3
   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.

2.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Pours an attractive opaque black with a lasting creamy head. Aroma is surprisingly unnoticeable. After a second whiff I do detect a hint of powdered chocolate. The flavor is not much better. Heavy on the powdery chocolate with little or no body. This one is proof that you canít judge a beer by itís appearance.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2006 Rerate (6-2-7-3-13=3.1): Chocolate, molasses, coffee and raisins in the nose. Clear mahogany brown body is topped by a shy tan head that recedes to ring with some sudsy lacing. Very roasty flavour also has plenty of biscuity malts and chocolate. Raisins, grapes and plums in the aftertaste. Dry light medium body with fair carbonation. Bottle sampled with CapFlu and Oakes. Original Rating (5-2-5-2-9=2.3): Chocolate is apparent in an aroma that is decidedly full of beans and chalky roasted malts. Opaque brown body with a low tan head that recedes immediately to ring. Chalky roastiness blends with sugary sweetness with some cocoa like notes in the aftertaste. Medium body is somewhat slick in texture with low carbonation. Bottle sampled with beerbuzzmontreal, ClarkVV, Goldorak, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gachupines (974) - USA - NOV 19, 2005
Dark black with a tan head. Malty body with a fairly strong roasted flavor. Moderate coffee and chocolate flavors, mouthfeel is a little thin, but still enjoyable. A good stout which is flavorful without being overpowering.


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