BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Holdwine (1086) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
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, donít 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... Iíll be back, Philís.
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 (1493) - 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 (2233) - 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.