slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Much S. Smiths Oatmeal Stout should taste with an additional hint of ripe, dark, fruitiness. Very smooth; much like Anchor Porter without the chalkiness.
haddon90 (1479) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice deep brown/black pour with a foamy tan head. Coffee, malt, and some smoke in the aroma. Sweetness in the taste. Nice beer from Highland.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2003 Nice and black with a tan head. Roast malt aroma. Warm coffee flavors without the smoky tones I associate with most porters. Just a hint of sweetness. Another hit from Highland.
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap. a damn good oatmeal stout. too bad i ordered it with chicken wings, haha but it was still a great beer. dark as hell, nice head, good beer.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pure black appearence accompanied by a wonderfully sweet and complex oatmeal taste. An awesome beer.
UNCCTF (489) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
You can barely see daylight through this very dark beer - light tan head. Sweet, malt-dominated aroma - therefore, I was pleasantly surprised to find so many hop notes in the taste, which I thought complimented the chocolate and coffee hints extremely well. This brew has a good balance and great overall feel that I've come to expect from Highland (I've also had Gaelic and St. Terese's). Gotta love the NC brewers... in my mind I'm gone to Carolina...
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
When you go out to a pub to sample beers at random, it's truly good karma to have your last beer of the night be your best. It sucked the light from around the glass as I poured it, and the dark tan head was like packed cotton rising out of the inky surface. There was a predominant hoppy aroma and a medium hoppy flavor. A full, smooth mouthfell, but the hops rides on top of all the other flavors and it's the last thing out when you swallow. The effect isn't overwhelming though. It's very close to balanced.
TogBean (47) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finished out my evening at Howard's with this one. And a nice finish it was. It had a head like wool and a wonderful floral earthy aroma with lotsa hops. Thick drinking, smooth heavy mouth feel with light carbonation. Chocolatey, bitter but I could still taste the fruitiness in it but I couldn't decide what fruit it was. Good good beer. I'll have this one again when I can find it.