Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 16, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smooth, silky, seductive. Nice job on creating a solid easily quaffable porter. Spot on color for a dark red porter and the chocolate and roast are all in check.
shrubber85 (9135) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark chocolate and molasses malt aroma. Dark brown color with small head. Strong chocolate malt flavor with a slight burnt grain and hops finish. Nice full palate which is closer to a stout in mouthfeel. A great porter.
j2112oe (3) - USA - DEC 18, 2005 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The best beer I have had to date. Dark color, great head retention. great mouthfeel, a sense of thickness. Distinct licorice taste. perfection.
kramer (5395) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, via BeerandBlues2. Dark brown pour with a fluffy and craggy 1" head that indicates a nice full body. Deep chocolate and roasted malt nose with some notes of licorice. Flavor is as equally deep as the aroma. Chocolate and roast, nicely balanced finish with a stronger licorice aspect. Oatmeal addition really does alot for the mouthfeel, much fuller and rounder than many Porters. Perfect level of carbonation as well. My second beer from these guys and second solid effort. Oatmeal just slightly tweaks the style and yields an original creation.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lots of ashtray and bitter chocolate in the aroma. Deep red in appearance with a fluffy, off-white head. Roasted malts, licorice, and bitter chocolate swarm the senses with some bitterness on the swallow. Enjoyable! A great porter. Thanks Blackie.
Ayumbomb (63) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I try to support Highland as often as possible, it being a local brew and all, but I really didn’t like this porter. I tend to enjoy porters, but this beer was extremely disappointing to me. Trying to pinpoint the issue, I think it might lie in the aftertaste.
BeerandBlues2 (10833) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12-oz. bottle. Pours very near opaque with a creamy tan medium head and lined lacing. Dark roasted coffee and caramel, chocolate malt, toffee and oat notes, yeast (leather, sweat) ligth aroma. Sour yeast and dark roasted malt and oatmeal flavor, dark chocolate notes. Dark and full bodied, creamy palate.
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer pours moderate mahogeny color with an initially large creamy tan colored head that slowly dissipates. Aroma of roasted malt and oatmeal. Flavor is a enjoyable melding of smoke and chocolate, with some bittering hops in the finish. An enjoyable beer. Thanks to Jimbo for throwing this one in as an extra on a trade we did. Prost Jimbo!
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
this was recommended to me by the 21 year old bar tender as his favorite. pours dark and had a sparse tan head. little to no noteable nose. mouth feel was medium bodied with little roasted malt characters. suble hop feel . very thin and dead for a porter. maybe they added a half a pint of water to mine.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours near black with reddish hues and a massive foamy tan head. Aroma of sweet chocolate, toasted malts, Taste is dark bread and chocolate. Not a whole lot of roastiness, not to the extent of tasting like coffee. The oatmeal helps to soften the roast malts, but it is not very noticable. The finish is bewildering. Spicy, resinous hops leave me questioning the nature of beer itself.
Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation. A bit thin compared to most porters, but it doesn’t detract from the overall package.