3fourths (7533) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - APR 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of sweet oats and vanilla, with some musty grains as well. Soft and milky initial mouthfeel, then a bit abrasive in the swallow. Creamy flavors of smoke, stout-like chocolate malts, and some vanilla. Not bad. Thanks to Suttree for sending the bottle.
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Caramelized malts develop hazelnuts and light roast before peppery hop resins balance out this comfortable Porter.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam tops the mahogany-edged dark brown.
-Discreet fruity licorice notes appear here and there.
-The mouthfeel is ample yet never heavy; drinkability is therefore very high.
-The nose is tame, bready. The flavor profile has more depth.
-This may not be an outstanding Porter, but it is perfectly serviceable and agreeable.
chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, at Kookfest, September 2006. Very dark brown with a reddish tinge. Good deep roast malt aroma, with subtle chocolate notes. The roast malt continues on the palate but there’s a rather dry and dusty mouthfeel that is almost ashy. There is a quite assertive hop character that lends a distinct bitterness. But its also has some residual sweetness that doesn’t sit too well with the fairly light body. Its a decent enough beer but finds itself slightly caught between two stools in my view.
DocLock (7214) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Suttree for this. Pours dark black (deep burgundy through direct light) with one-finger tan head. Aroma of roasty malt, chocoff, cabernet. Tastes malty, with a smooth, complex mouthfeel giving way to big chocoff, some hops, and a fruity merlot-ish finish. Admirable balance and complexity. As it warms, more chocolate syrup comes out, and some milk stouty elements. Reminds me a little of Lancaster Milk Stout. Nice beer.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008-10-14. Black body with brown around the edges, decent tan head. (4+) Dusty malt n the aroma, light sweet and roasty malt hints at licorice, very mild herbal touches. (7+) Similar flavour, dry cocoa kissed dusty malt, light herbaceous touches. (7+) Average to thin bodied palate is quite thin for a porter and probably the only significant flaw for me. Pleasant. Bottle shared by Jon Walker
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly opaque rich dark brown color with a thin, lightly-lacing tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel corn and chocolate milk with a touch of roastiness. Starts malty and sweet with a smooth chocolatey mouthfeel leading to a semi-sweet, sticky roasty finish. A very nice porter, thanks goldtwins!
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from WFM Raleigh. Pours reddish black with a malty, spicy, spoiled milk aroma. Smooth creamy oatmeal taste with a caramel sweetness lingering in the finish. Fine beer!
GT2 (7105) - Riverslime, California, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 mL as a bonus from dkachur! Pours a deep amber- definitely not black- with a very thin, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a smidgen of lacing. Aroma is chocolate malt, a little roasted malt, some toffee and brown sugar. Taste is lots of brown sugar, milk chocolate. Way too sweet for me. Very oily palate.
Ughsmash (6925) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled thanks to Sumdog. Poured a clear, medium iced tea/amber with a tall cap of beige head. Nose was of toasty biscuits, semi-sweet chocolate, and soapy floral hoppage.. medium roast and rather weak. Flavor was primarily of the same roasty chocolate with coffee and leafy bitters surrounding the tongue. Cola-like mouthfeel with a lighter body didn’t flow as well as I’d like... and the roasted chocolate finish kinda fizzes out. OK overall, but no shining star in the porter world.
Dogbrick (6860) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Acquired via trade. My favorite of the Highland brews (so far). Pours a very dark brown with a medium and pretty tan head. Little lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and nuts. Medium bodied with a nice roasty blend of chocolate and espresso (which would be a mocha I guess). Finish is a little nutty and a little hoppy. Pretty good.