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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bikerunbeerman (8) - Grinch Mountain, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2005 does not count
On tap at O’Malleys Pub in Sylva, North Carolina. Very nice dark brown pour with light brown head that stays for a bit. Slightly sweet, somewhat floral aroma. Starts with a sweet,somewhat malty flavor and ends with just a slight bitter, mildly floral(heather) finish. Very nice beer from the mountains of Western North Carolina.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 3, 2005
In the bottle. Dark brown in color with an ecru head. Big bubbles of carbonation (is this force carbonated?). A very fruity flowery aroma is first discerned. Taste is tart, smoked (peaty even), and acidic. Not very sweet tasting at all. No lacing. Medium to light in body. Midway through, malt on the tongue becomes obvious. Finishes a dry crisp mouth feel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Draught at Tyr Na Nog in Downtown Raleigh,NC. Dark, red winish appearance. Lasting small white head. Aroma is sweet and herb-like. Flavor is quite multi-dimensional. Very sweet and has a strange bitterness (from the heather??). There is a vegetable flavor (carrots), and I can also taste some roastiness in the malt. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2004
This beer’s first rating, and my 300th rating; on tap at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte. Pourd a barely translucent black color. The aroma and flavor were dominated by dark malts. The finish was slightly sour with a very mild hop tinge. The mouthfeel was fairly dry. Another good one from Highland.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Knoxville Brewer’s Jam 10/04. Deep brown color with a small off white head. Caramel and roast malt are the main aromas, the heather doesn’t kick in just yet. The flavor starts with a sweet maltiness that slowly fades into a nice dry, slightly bitter finish with a floral bouquet of heather coming in the end. Nice change up beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2005
12 oz bottle from Johnathan3584 as a bonus! Thanks Jonathan! Pours dark brown with some ruby highlights with a slight offwhite head that lingers around the edge of the glass and laces a little. Aroma is of roasted carmel malt, some prunes/raisins and just a touch of floral hops. Flavor starts out sweet with notes of plums and sweet malts and ends with a nice roasty peat flavor.. This reminds me a lot of a severely tamed hair of the dog adam. On the palate this is medium bodied but the watery finish kills it. This could definitely benefit from that NC cap being lifted.. A touch more malt would make this one very good. Still a good brew though quite drinkable and a good session brew! This brewer should rock when they get a chance to make the big beers..

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (4903) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Sampled at Knoxville Brewers Jam. Dark brown, Nice densely packed head. Nutty, toasty aroma. Rich, slightly sweet flavor, with a nice sricy peppery hop finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2005
Pours a dark brown with an off white head. Aroma is floral bottle suggests. Has a very earthy flavorbut is kind of dry.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fro2218 (470) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Nice heather in the aroma. The beer malt base was just right to balance the heather.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2008
This rating is from extremely old notes. I found this to be a very pleasing beer. The nose is quite flowery, with a tremendous amount of earthiness. The Heather emits a really unique perfuminess that is unmistakable. All the flavors kind of play with your senses in different ways, but the finish just drops right off which is kind of disappointing. I was kind of hoping for a little more body. Very drinkable though.


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