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 (2769) - 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 (10913) - 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.
IndianaRed (3485) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Pours a clear redish amber with a very modest off white head. Subtel slightly roasted malt aroma and little in thy of hops is evident. Pleasant woody malt flavor, still very little hops. Moderate palate and fairly fizzy. lacking any real bitterness and while plain and unexciting, a nice easy drinking brew.
Wish I could say as good for the picture on this page.
awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I like this beer a lot. Itís nice to look at, smooth, good balance between malt and hops, and highly drinkable.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle into shaker glass. Deep amber/ red color with a small tan head that almost completely diminishes. Decent lacing on the glass. Hop aroma pervasive throughout the nosing. Medium body with a pleasant lingering hop finish. Not bad, but Highland makes other better beers than this.
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A really nice amber. Poured in a chilled glass by the idiot Mellow Mushroom crew, but very tasty. Good malt with some interesting spice that I canít put my finger on.