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RATINGS: 748   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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A unique Highland creation, this robust beer is black in color, very malty with hints of chocolate-roasted flavor and a well balanced hop character.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
j2112oe (3) - USA - DEC 18, 2005 does not count
The best beer I have had to date. Dark color, great head retention. great mouthfeel, a sense of thickness. Distinct licorice taste. perfection.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2005
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2005
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.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ayumbomb (63) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2005
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10784) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2005
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2005
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!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - NOV 22, 2005
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 21, 2005
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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Pours like a coke with no head and pour lacing. Full malty sweet aroma of caramel, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of fig. The flavor is decent, has a good grassy hop balance to the sweet malty taste. But this beer is just way too weak and tastes watered down. Very thin palate - it’s like this is a light porter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Bottle. Pours very dark brown, nearly black. Very small white head that disappeared quickly. Predictable coffee and chocolate aroma accented by caramel. Smooth feel. Malty, but not overly so, and well balanced with the hops. Slight coffee after bite. Oatmeal flavor came out as it warmed a little. I gotta say, we make some tasty porters here in NC.


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