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RATINGS: 725   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2005
Dark brown colored, foamy brown head. Pilsner malt dominates the aroma with grassy tones and hints of roast. Roasted and chocolaty flavor with little hop and grassy tones. Rather thin for a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Poured thick, rich dark brown, almost oily looking. Thin tan head over it. Smelled like coffee, with burnt sugar and chocolate in the background. Very thick mouthfeel for a porter. Probably the best porter I’ve had, though it borders on stout territory.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Bottle bought in Asheville, sampled July 05. Poured a rich dark brown almost blackish. aroma was a deep caramel, taste was some light chocolate and some roasted caramel with some bitterness in the aftertaste. Very rich and

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Apellonious (53) - USA - FEB 27, 2005
good beer, better on draught than in bottle..this is a review on the bottle...thin head, pleasant malty aroma, generally smooth with a slight bitterness, but not overwhelming. not as complex tasting than on tap, but still worth it. reccomended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Good frutyness and roastiness in the nose. Black to very dark brown body with a small head on top. Good roast in the flavor, ends slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 12, 2005
bottle. poured out an enticing rich, super dark rugby, nearly black. Foamy tan head, lasted and laced nicely. initial chocolatety malt that turns to toasted, roasted finish. The hops were not very prevalent in the finish but it has a nice overall finish. I liked how the malt was not very sweet and highlighted the toasted flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (1904) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2013 Black pour with a thin tan ring around the top. Burnt aroma with a very bitter finish and tang. Not very impressed.

12oz bottle. Pours matt black with thin head of mocha lace. Aroma is milk chocolate and lightly roasted. Nice flavor. Must of had a bad bottle the first time around. Really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2005
HEAVILY charred taste, that really suggests a lot of roasted malt went into this brew. You should give this a try if you favor roasty porters. The body is of moderate thickness - about what you’d expect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Bottle from SpringsLicker. Deep dark brown in color. Nice tan head fades slowly to just ring the edge of the glass. Fair lacing. Aroma is deeply roasted grains. Medium bodied. Smooth and a touch creamy. Dark chocolate flavors. Ample hopping leaves a slightly tart feeling on the palate. Nice.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Nothing special, from aroma to finish. Smells a little chemical (bleach?). Virtually no head, very trace amounts of lacing. Taste is boring. A beer this dark should smack you around at least a little. A truly pathetic note is that this beer is borderline false advertising, all over the label is ASHEVILLE,NC. It is not even brewed there, it is brewed in Maryland. Shame, shame. I bought some while in Asheville thinking I was helping support a local brewery, oh well.

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