BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a darker amber color with a small off white head that fully disappeared. Mainly a malty aroma (caramel and light hints of milk chocolate) mixed with light hops. The flavor had an even mix of hops and malts with flowers and caramel mainly standing out. Starts sweet but ends with a light bitterness. Medium body and lively carbonation.
budweiserblows (35) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
If Iím not mistaken, this is Highlands most popular ale despite this, itís not their best. But then again, it is still a Highland and one of the better domestic ales youíll ever find.
Ayumbomb (63) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not the best of Highland, but damn good nonetheless. The hops and malt are very well blended. Very drinkable.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color. Not much of a smell. Caramel slightly citrus. Had this at a tasting in Orlando 11/27/05.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
again on draft at flying saucer. typical look for an amber. little to no evidence of nose. medium malt flavors of caramel and toast. in the middle about this one. better then i anticipated after their porter.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12 oz bottles: Obtained in trades with suttree and goldtwins, thanks Phil and Larry!) The first bottle was sour and infected, so Iím glad I got this beer in two different trades. This bottle is healthy, so itís all systems go. Mmm, this is a very malty amber, just the way I like íem. Rich sweet caramel, toast, moderate roast, and very earthy from start to finish. Not much in the way of hops flavor, but there is a moderate bitterness to offer a small counterpoint to the solid maltiness. Earthy and caramely nose underscores these characteristics in the flavor. Medium-full bodied, round and coating on the palate, with a long, almost sticky finish. Deep amber colored body is topped by a small, but fairly persistent head that slowly settles to a wide ring. No lacing. Great beer, very flavorful and enjoyable, probably the best of the Highland beers Iíve tried so far.
Shag (2805) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A dark amber to brown appearance with a light head. The aroma consists of grapes, caramel, and cherries. The flavor is rather tame with some bready notes present. Sour apples and grapes are mainly what I taste. Not much of a hop bite to it at all. The palate is somewhat thin but thats to be expected of this style I guess. Overall this was pretty average, Highland makes much better.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not much going on here. Pours a nice rich golden amber with a lasting head but the aroma and flavor seem to be very subdued. Quite watery with a metallic mouthfeel.
hopdog (11168) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle acquired in trade with Johnathan3584 (thanks!) Poured a dark amber color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, and oranges. Tastes of the same. A little on the earthy side as well. Thinner body.
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2005
4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tappy tap. Amber leaning toward brown, very few bubbles with a small but relatively dense white head. Aroma was citrusy and somehow metallic. The first thing to hit me was the fruit note: strawberry or perhaps raspberry. Nice malt hop balance. Mouth feel was just north of watery, solid. This was real, real good. I will most defiantly be getting this again.