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RATINGS: 743   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5156) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Dark brown and ruby body. The tan head is thick with small bubbles. The aroma is caramel, chocolate and a little coffee. The taste has roasted peanuts and milk chocolate. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 16, 2005
(Thanks to Drew for hooking me up!)Dark brown body with red edges. Fat laces on the glass. Malty and sweet aroma, with notes of chocolate and crystal malts. Soft and sweet. Lots of oatmeal make this one smooth and mouthfilling. Turns just a bit dry on the finish, but the oatmeal sweetness still lingers. Quite quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Deep dark black and sparkling - just too look at it, you might be confused - is it a stout or a schwarzbier? Short off white tan head, some lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, maybe a little bit of chocolate. Taste starts off good, but the body is a little too effervescent. A nice mellow brew to sip on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Obtained in a trade today with Jonathan3584. Pours very deep brown with a nice tan head that settles to about an eighth of an inch and laces the glass well. Aroma is sweet chocolate, coffee, and burnt malt. Flavor is sweet but more like oatmeal than like chocolate the roasted maltiness is delicous and lends way to a nice bitter finish. This is very balanced, smooth and creamy and kind of thick for a porter. It coats the palate well. I found this a delicious porter and Iím very glad that I had a chance to taste this NC beer via trade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2005
A fizzy head that lasts a short while. but a very attractive,clear dark red-brown beer - not opaque.. Coffee and scones, but a bit mediciney . Dry, roasted, high bitterness but set off well by the roasted malts. Lingers well with an alcohol warmth. Very nice, an old favorite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 20, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with suttree, thanks Phil!) I find this to be a pretty average porter across the board. Moderate roast in the flavor, some oatmeal and gentle sourness early, mild smokiness in the finish. Light sweetness lurks in the background. Mild bitterness isnít surprising because this porter isnít especially flavorful, roasty or hoppy. Some roast in the nose, but also some off aromas. Medium-to-full bodied. The oatmeal seems to add a bit of extra viscosity to the standard porter palate. The color is as dark a brown as you can get without it being black. Average, light tan head pours to an average size and fades to an average rim. Yeah, I reiterate, this is an average porter to me. That doesnít mean bad, it just means it doesnít stand out in any way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2005
nice thick dark almost black color with a nice dirty white head on it. Solid solid aroma full of thick oatmeal tones, like maply syrup and brown sugar oatmeal. Tasted very smooth with the same maple brown sugar oatmeal tones. Very solid indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2005
Bottle acquired in trade with goldtwins. Pours a very dark brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of mainly roasted malts. Tastes of roasted malts, dark fruits, and light chocolate. Lightly sweet tasting. Palate was a little on the thin side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2005
pours a dark brown, but not totally solid, with hints of amber, a thin layer of tan cream head stayed on the beer the whole time. has a very malty aroma, nothing else really going on there. a little sweetness, alot of maltiness in the flavor, just a tad taste of chocolates towards the end. a little bitter on the tail, and it stays in your mouth after each swallow. a medium body, with a nice mouthfeel. this was my first brew from this brewer, and i am looking forward to the rest of their fare i have in my cellar. thanks to goldtwins for this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
darkko (99) - Kingsport, Tennessee, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Roasted malt aroma. Low carbonation with medium head that settles out to a thin layer. Color is black. Mouthfeel is pleasant with a rich maltiness and light bitterness on back of tongue that fades almost too quickly. Overall, a very good oatmeal porter that I will definitely buy again. Canít wait to try Highlandís other ales.

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