CaptainCougar (7107) - 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!
womencantsail (7100) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The pour is a dark brown with some dark red/ruby highlights and a thin off-white head.
S: Smells really charred and ashy. A slight acidity, but there is a nice creamy chocolate/cocoa aroma underneath it. Nice roasted malt and some coffee or maybe coffee grounds.
T: Quite bitter with a lot of acidity and plenty of ash and acrid coffee notes. Lots of roasted malt flavor, maybe a little bit of dark fruit notes. I donít really get much, if any chocolate or oatmeal out of this.
M: The body is on the thin side with a medium carbonation.
D: The lack of oatmeal character in this beer was quite disappointing. It really lacked the usual smooth and full mouthfeel that oatmeal provides.
3fourths (7063) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - 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 (6934) - 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.
DocLock (6826) - 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.
Ughsmash (6723) - Waukesha, 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 didnít flow as well as Iíd like... and the roasted chocolate finish kinda fizzes out. OK overall, but no shining star in the porter world.
jercraigs (6603) - 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
Drake (6594) - Ivy, 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!
Cletus (6187) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 7, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from ross. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Smells of coffee, oatmeal and some earthy hops. Tastes of some chocolate and coffee but very watery and boring.
Dogbrick (6178) - 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.