Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
P: Pours a carbonated opaque dark mahogany with a fast fading tan head. Marshy air bubbles are left behind on the glass edge.
S: Aroma is sour dough, smelly sneakers, roasted oatmeal, figs, sugar sprinkled prunes, brown sugar, cumin and salted crackers.
T/M: Bitter prunes, molasses covered oats, burnt brown sugar/caramel and finishes dry with stale coffee and dark chocolate. Carbonation is quite assertive in the medium body.
O: The first time I had this on tap I really enjoyed it and wanted to try but again. It’s just as good as the first time. Really great roasty malt with sugar and bitterness to round out a nice oatmeal porter. This is my first oatmeal porter but I’m eager to enjoy more. Cheers!
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours clear but nearly opaque dark brown with reddish highlights and a strong, sticky light tan head that leaves good spotty lacing. The aroma bursts of piney hops on the pour, but balances more toward light chocolate, roasty malts and nuts thereafter. Flavor is mostly chocolatey, roasted malts, wood/light smoke and nuts with a nice balance of piney hops, which combine for a dry but not acrid finish. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation moderately high. Sort of a cross between a brown and robust porter in style. Solid and sessionable...this has always been one of my favorite Highlands offerings.
firemarshal (190) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a very dark brown with minimal tan head. Great chocolate coffee aroma. Taste was everything I hoped for. Great malty flavor balanced well by the dark roast. Initial sweetness fades to light bitter aftertaste, but smooth overall. Good stuff.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Quiver. Pours a dark brown to almost black. What little head fizzles away quickly. Faint roast malt and choclolate in the aroma.Very dry roast malt flavor up front followed with some dark fruit to moalsses. Mouthfel is somewhat grainy. Not bad but lacks a few things to make it a higher score.
atlrizzob (185) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a faint head. Smell is chocolate, A robust roasty flavour with light chocolate and hop characters, Not a bad porter. I had good judgement buying this beer.
xs2500 (185) - Mississippi, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark rich amber color with a thick creamy head. Aroma of coco and malt. Flavors of bitter sweet chocolate and malt, slight smokey after taste. Overall good porter
reverendj (185) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lighten up people, this is a good brew. Toasted bread, wet dog, and a touch of floral hoppiness on the pour. Reddish hues when swirled and held up to the light as well as the colour of burnt motor oil in the tulip. Not as creamy as I expected but it has teeth. Solid roastiness with light smokiness joined by hints of chocolate and a decent hop balance. Highland is one of Asheville’s gems and an up and comer.
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the brewery... Dark roasty malt... Very good looking beer, with quite a bit of character. I do like oatmeal porters, and this one is a good one.
moseslikesbeer (183) - conestoga, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle at tasting. Nice brown color and good carbonation.Aroma was very creamy. I thought the flavor on this one was a bit lacking for a porter. Kind of coffee like and a hint of chocolate. It was a smooth one and I could make an evening of this beer but I’m not sure I would spend the money.
Stampion (183) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice dark porter. Not as thick as you might expect. Slightly chocolately with a good balance. No real aftertaste, which is a positive.
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