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RATINGS: 751   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 doesnít mean it isnít 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 íwell-balanced hop characterí, and I can actually agree to that - only thing I donít 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). Itís 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 isnít a world beater, but Iíd buy a 6 pack of it given a limited selection at a store.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Criz (267) - - 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 (5991) - 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 (317) - 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 (560) - 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 (52) - - 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. Iíve 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Augdraught1981 (226) - Harlem, Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2015
Semi-transparent dark pour with a thin, light tan head and strong sweet cocoa & dark chocolate aroma. The line between sweet stout & this porter is very thin. Very nice taste that imitates the smell with some vanilla and the slightest bitterness that cuts some of the sweetness. Flavorful & enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (6904) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2015
1/VI/15 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle from a trade @ home - BB: n/a, bottled: XI/22/14 (2015-742) Thanks to Scott for the trade!

Clear chestnut brown to purplish beer, small irregular creamy beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Doesnít look like a porter to start with. Aroma: nutty, caramel, sweet, some mocha, toast, dried fruits, banana, some cocoa powder. Doesnít smell like a porter either, more like a brown ale or a Belgian dubbel. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: lots of caramel, bit sourish, yeast, hoppy bitterness, some banana, soft roasted flavour. Aftertaste: hoppy, banana, bit nutty, toast, yeast, caramel, dried fruit, bit yeasty, bread. Nope, doesnít taste like a porter either. They should sell this as a dubbel. Very weird.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (2696) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2015
12oz bottle from trade. Pours a thin brown color with a finger of foamy light tan head. Aroma of light roasted malts, cardboard, and a hint of vanilla. Taste is better then the aroma. Roasted malts, some earthy bitterness, burnt toast, and some citrus tang in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tillmac62 (513) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2015
BOD 12/3/14. Pours dark as a starless night. World Class head volume, lacing and retention. Nice nose of roast and slight chocolate over a subtle malt sweetness. Light medium body with a smooth texture that has hints of creaminess. Superb carbonation with a nice prickly effervescence from the middle on. The flavor profile is intense enough, well balanced and reasonably complex. It begins with a blend of roast and weak chocolate that never really delivers a flavor punch. The middle has a slight bitterness and is where the oatmeal quality can be detected. The finish is a slow fade of light roast bitterness. A good starter for the porter/stout style since it has the classic flavor components but delivers them in a "light" style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (2083) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2015
Pours a very dark, opaque brown color with tan head. Roasted malt, oats not surprisingly, and a hint of cocoa on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes smooth.

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