AndyW68 (713) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown and tan head. Aroma of roasted chocolate malt. Taste of roasted chocolate malt and caramel with a dark chocolate bitter finish.
Eckato (146) - Gulfport, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark black with and awesome beige head....looking good... nice malty aroma...looking for some bread.....get hints of chocolate, was looking for it to be more malty in flavor, but yet really good.
jbruner (1727) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brownish-black from the bottle with frothy tan head and light lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malts, oatmeal, and slight coffee. Taste is much more of the coffee, with a slight bitter hop finish. Nice and smooth on the mouth, easy to drink; pretty solid porter.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed 12/29/2012. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark burgundy color. The head is a two finger light khaki color with a great texture. It never really fades fully, topping the body off like mocha.
S: Cocoa powder, grains (not roasted), vanilla, and faint coffee beans. A bit reminiscent of a really good brown ale more than a porter/stout - but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a nice aroma.
T: More bitter than the aroma. It actually seems to feature a healthy hop bill, finishing with a decent amount of earth, pine, and even a touch of grapefruit. The bottle says this has a ’well-balanced hop character’, and I can actually agree to that - only thing I don’t like is the slight vegetal touch on the finish. Before the hops kick in, the flavor opens with roasted coffee beans and chocolate (with both flavors bleeding through to the aftertaste slightly). It’s a bit mild, but balanced very well.
M: Classically bone dry and clean. The flavor leaves the palate as quickly as it enters, but I like how the hops never come across as being overly acidic. This is very easy to drink with spot on carbonation aiding its nature.
O: A solid no-frills hoppy porter. This isn’t a world beater, but I’d buy a 6 pack of it given a limited selection at a store.
woodychevy (153) - - JAN 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Overall, a decent porter. The mouthfeel is a bit this for my taste- more like I would expect in a dark lager. Could be in my head, but the oats do smooth out the hops in a way I could not put my finger on were this not so aptly named. Chocolate and malt come through. Not too sweet. IBU 35. Hops are Chinook, Willamette, & Cascade. Decent, Not great. Bought a single 12oz bottle. Will have it on tap at the brewery next time.
mwbrady12 (469) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2013
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Mild aroma and taste with a minimal oat taste, amber black pour and barely there mouthfeel.
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Garbageman (443) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From tap. Pours dark brown with small head. Aroma was all toasted malt and coffee. Taste follows with a sweetness and bitter finish. Lighter then most but well balanced for a porter.
jw0406 (600) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a nice off white head. Aromas of chocolate,roasted malt. Medium bodied, creamy finish
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle ----> tulip. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head and mild lace. Aroma is sweet, creamy oatmeal and roast. Taste is oats, chocolate, and mild licorice. Typical fairly thin porter mouthfeel, lightly carbonated. A very solid porter.
LiMuBai (137) - - DEC 21, 2012
4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2013 Malty aroma with a bitter finish. Nice lacing down the glass. A hint of chocolate. Solid effort by Highland.