hopscotch (9962) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle... Extremely dark pour (clear ruby when held up to bright light). Small, fizzy, beige head. Both the aroma and flavor are somewhat bland, but unoffensive. Maybe a light touch of chocolate. Light-bodied and lightly creamy with fizzy carbonation. Watery finish. Not bad, but nothing really going on here either.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep ruby brown with a medium sized tan head. Some roast malt, caramel, and bittersweet chocolate in the aroma. Mild roastiness with a coffee like astringency, most notable in the finish. Some muted hop bitterness as well which clouds subtle chocolate notes. Mouthfeel is medium and fairly smooth.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This has always been one of my favorites (not sure why Iím just now getting around to rating it). It pours dark with red tinges. The flavor is balanced and robust, with roasted malts, level sweetness, mild hops, and hints of nuts and mesquite. Gotta love it.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of a friends. Deep dark brown in color with a nice tan fluffy head. Roasty malty aroma. Coffee like roastiness. Malty and hoppy flavor. Chocolate and caramel notes. Nutty. Well balanced. Full bodied beer. Dry finish. Drinkable. Very nice.
Tarheel (2) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2005 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Instantly noticed a mild licorice like aroma blending to more earthy as I poured it into my glass with a frothy 1/2" off white head that quickly rose to the top that settled slowly into a shallow ring. The color was very dark red to black in appearance. My first taste was very pleasing as I was greated by a medium body, slighty creamy with light carbonation. The taste starts out with a light chocolate to coffee taste with a nice creamy toasted malt flavor that shifted to a medium bittering. I then noticed after a few seconds a nice long nutty to licorice taste and a suprising hops finish. All together I thought that this was a good porter although not as creamy as I anticipated being a oatmeal porter it is a keeper in my book! Glad to say that it was my first rating.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Suttree: Dark, deep brown in the glass with a small creamy light brown head that quickly falls to a small ring. When held up to the light, the body appears a clear deep ruby - almost purple in color. The aroma has some chocolate, roasted malts, sweet coffee, a hint of grapes, and a very light pine hops scent. The first taste to hit my lips is coffee and mild pine hops (Iím drinking it too cold at this point, so the hops may be more evident). As it warms notes of chocolate, roasted malt, prunes, grapes, and a bit of sweetness (from the oatmeal?) come through. Finish is roasted malt, mocha, and a hint of pine-like hops. Medium bodied, medium-lively carbonation, slick & oily mouthfeel that ends up crisp. I was expecting this to be a bit more full-bodied and creamy based upon the oatmeal in the name, but I do like the light pine notes from the hops which keep it drinkable and refreshing.
NachlamSie (2908) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2009 bottle. This robust beer is not black in color, rather it is an apparent dark ruby with a decent tan head. This is the best beer at the local grocery store in my opinion, so I drink it fairly often and it never gets old. The aroma has notes of coffee, tobacco, baking chocolate, and dry nuts. Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated for a porter, but not overly fizzy. A very tasteful, sharp roastiness is present along with Latin American coffee flavor, soy sauce, peanut skin, mocha, and a nice creamy quality I would guess could be attributed to the oatmeal presence. Maybe some hops nip at my tongue in the finish, itís faint. This one is a little more American in attitude than the other Highland offerings. Good stuff.
[June 16, 2008]
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown which appears to be near black. The aroma is heavily roasted and noticeably bitter. Hints of cacao, coffee, soy sauce, and some bitter hops come out. The palate is a little fizzier than Iíd like for the flavor profile, but not too bad. This is a sharp, nutty, and bitter porter but is executed quite well. A faint sour tinge is noticed. The bittersweet dark chocolate is the most forgiving thing in this roasty, bitter porter, but again itís a cleanly sharp flavor I really like.
[September 27, 2008]
Bottle. Pours really dark, dark ruby which appears basically black in most lighting. This stuff smells great. Smooth chocolate, semi-sweet oats, roatsed coffee. The mouthfeel is lively and works well with the bitterness which is present. Dark chocolate, coffee, soy sauce, ashes are all hinted at here and the abrasiveness is delightfully balanced with suggestions of chocolate and oats. This is a fantastic session ale.
[November 29, 2009]
Bottle out of the mixed pack. Pours a very dark brown with a faint head. Aroma is roasty with hints at oats, chocolate, coffee, and toffee. Flavor is solid and follows the aroma as expected. Itís dry, smooth, and roasted all around. The mouthfeel isnít that heavy for a porter, but not too light either. It works well with the dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Oats smooth everything out and make this almost creamy. This is a most drinkable porter.
Pailhead (5398) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2005 Bottle: Courtesy of BlueDevil0206 via trade. Aroma of chocolate, roasted grains, and light pine hops. Pours a dark brown with red hilights when held to the light. Decent tan head with fair retention. Okay lacing. Lots of chocolate in this one. Starts light up front with a cafe mocha flavor and some roasted malt. Finishes with light pine hops, roasted grain, and an increased chocolate presence. A nuttiness lingers throughout. Aftertaste is almost all chocolate with the slightest hint of roasted grain.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black m\in color with a small light tan head. Aroma of chocolate,roasted malt and dark fruit. Flavor is malty with a bitter/hoppy finish.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, Bier Garden, Asheville NC. Dark Brown, almost black with brown head. Not as much on the nose as I was expecting from the appearance-- slight subtle roasted and smoky aromas. Smooth, medium body, with very rounded and blended flavors of roasted coffee, toffee, toast, etc. A round finish, not as dry as I expected. Not as "creamy" as other Oat Porters Iíve had, but a nice beer.