Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Jonathan3584. Brown, mahogany edges when held to light. Beige head fades to film. Coats glass quite nicely. Aroma rather muted, but hints of chocolate, sweet malt and grain/oats. Flavor much the same, with a big residuel sweetness in the finish. Nice mouthfeel, a little less carbonation would go a long way. Nice porter, just lacks a tiny bit in each category. Little tweaking in the aroma and flavor could make this a borderline 4.0 beer.
Delirium (652) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2007 Bottle. Pours a dark reddish-amber, with a thick tan head that lingers and leaves nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, slightly sweet molasses, and just a hint of citrus. Taste is mildly sweet and roasty, with flavors of molasses, oats, a bit of chocolate, and some bitterness on the finish that increases towards the end of the glass. Smooth and slightly creamy. Very good and quite drinkable; one of my favorite "default" beers.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks a million Brad for sending this one my way. Opaque dark ruby, with great mocha skin and spiderwebs. Roasted aromas match up well with coffee and chocolate. The mouth is teased with dark chocolate, roasted malt, and espresso. SIlky smooth and coating. The pepto bismol of porters, if you will. Lingering bitter hop-coffee finish. Very well made. Thanks again Brad.
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 (10524) - 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 (5800) - 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 (12045) - Escondido, 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.