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RATINGS: 756   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bufordbrewer (35) - Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2016
Dark brown, tan head. Don’t get any smoothness you would expect of an oatmeal. Mild chocolate flavor, sweetness a little, followed by a little bitterness on the tail end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oldrtybastrd (4888) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Pours a depp dark brownish black color. Aromas of chocolate, a touch of nut, and smoke. Flavor is bittersweet, smoke and woody. Kind of watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OrthoDoc (119) - South Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2016
At the brewery : Nice smell of chocolate and medium roast. Taste is the same with medium-light mouthfeel. Easy drinking porter but on the lighter side so good for warmer days maybe. Not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OnTheTrail (288) - Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2016
Pours dark brown, thin tan head. Bright caramel chocolate aroma. Taste has oats, chocolate, prunes, some hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3748) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2016
16oz Draft 7/29/15 (Brewhouse -South)-Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and slight coffee. Taste of the same. This medium bodied brew is well balanced and goes down smooth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Criz (336) - - SEP 7, 2015
Decent porter. Roasted malt, bitter chocolate, slight coffee. Dry finish, light in body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (6858) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Pretty nice. Some vanilla and oat. Good balance. Roast and dark chocolate. Pours black with good head and lacing. Light bitter finish. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
climberbob (372) - Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2015
Bottle into stout glass. Looks like a stout. Smells like stout. Taste slightly charred almost burnt but not in a bad way. Hint of toffee. No chocolate or coffee. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kidobutai (601) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2015
Poured from a bottle. 1-finger creamy long -lasting head. Dark somewhat opaque color. Coffee aroma. More carbonated than I was hoping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ironprog (59) - Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2015
12 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark (almost black) amber with a creamy, tall, light-tan head that dissipates slowly. Aroma is of sweet chocolate with hints of caramel. Taste is sweet to start with but then has a slight amount of bitter-sour for the finish, which makes for a nice contrast. The beer has a medium body with a silky texture. Carbonation is average. Overall, this is a nice beer. I’ve had better Porters than this, but I would certainly buy (and more importantly) drink this again. Thankfully, this is carried by my local grocer, so I will probably be partaking again very soon!

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