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RATINGS: 735   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
haddon90 (1479) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - SEP 16, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2003
Pure black appearence accompanied by a wonderfully sweet and complex oatmeal taste. An awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
UNCCTF (489) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2003
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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TogBean (47) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 5, 2003
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.

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