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RATINGS: 742   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8377) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2004
Aroma of sweet oats and vanilla, with some musty grains as well. Soft and milky initial mouthfeel, then a bit abrasive in the swallow. Creamy flavors of smoke, stout-like chocolate malts, and some vanilla. Not bad. Thanks to Suttree for sending the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 7, 2004
Deep brown/black color with tan head. Light creamy stout aroma with a balanced rich flavor profile. Chocolate milk & coffee. A touch of hops rounds it out. Decent finish that coats your palate in its lightly hopped story.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Clear and very dark ruby body. Medium quickly dimnishing tan head. Aroma is sweet, grainy, and chocolately. The flavor is nice, definitely a porter leaning towards a stout. Roasted malt and hop bitterness is balanced by a decent amount of malty sweetness. The body is medium creamy and with a slight lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Nice black color,small tan head that faded quickly leaving just a faint bit of lace.The aroma was Malty and chocolate with some hint of coffee and possibly fruit but since i have a cold it's hard to actually put my finger on some of these aroma's.Malty taste with a mild sweet side up front,chocolate and then a slight bitterness coming on towards the end.This is a very nice brew better then i expected,and it gets better as it warms up with a better chocolate and malt coming through.Makes me wish i had a few more of this one.Thanks to Suttree for sending this brew my way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6343) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2004
Atlanta Gathering: deep brown with reddish creamy off-white head and some lace. The aroma hints of roasted malts, mocha and coffee, piney and aromatic hops. The taste starts malty and sweet with a nice big hoppy undertone, very good balance. The finish displays a nutty and smoky nature. Thin bodied but solid enough, slightly biting mouthfeel. Quaffable but does show any oatmeal qualities. Worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holdwine (1101) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Great porter with only one minor problem- a little too much carbonation leads to a slightly poprockish feel. Otherwise, this is a winner.Minor tannish head. Very full bodied porter with all those wonderful chocolates, tofee, etc... you would expect. Drink up!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2004
Light tan head and thick, black color. Very hoppy nose, some malt/oat notes in the nose. Not as malty as I expected, again very hoppy throughout flavor profile. Significant body presumably contributed by oatmeal. Somewhat creamy with coffee notes. A good beer, but not very oatmealish or porter-like. More like a black IPA. Weird, but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 Very good beer. Enjoyed twice, both by the 22oz. Cheaper than most good beers here (NC). Very robust flavor, sorta contraversial, don’t know if i agree w/ 90 percential. Quickly dispersing head. Brown (almost black) hue w/ dark, t/coffee taste w/ a slight rough linger (rough/acid/chocolaty). Short walk for distinctly different beer... I’ll be back, Phil’s. Second thoughts 4/4/04: Really over looked this gem when I lived in the right area. Great stuff, complex dark fruits with a sweet warmth left on the palate. One of the best around the Carolinas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2003
This was very good. Very reminiscent of a nut brown ale more so than a porter. Very tasty, a definite mixture of styles though. Lots of chocolate mixed with dark fruits for the flavor. Incredibly rich and smooth, rico suave.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2003
Much S. Smiths Oatmeal Stout should taste with an additional hint of ripe, dark, fruitiness. Very smooth; much like Anchor Porter without the chalkiness.

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