Ayumbomb (63) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I try to support Highland as often as possible, it being a local brew and all, but I really didnít like this porter. I tend to enjoy porters, but this beer was extremely disappointing to me. Trying to pinpoint the issue, I think it might lie in the aftertaste.
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep brown. Nice frothy head from the oats. Good creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is somewhat bland. Not much to say other that itís a standar porter. Decent and drinkable brew, but nothing to write home about.
jcwattsrugger (12113) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap-pours a tan head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-coffee. Taste is dark malt-chocolate/faint coffee, secondary faint hops.
precodekeith (27) - hamilton, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2008 Bottle. Medium, tan head that quickly went away. Average malt flavor for a porter, a bit thin on the palate for my tastes. OK in a pinch.
hershiser2 (1903) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours brown with a small head. Floral aroma as well as some sweet malts. Taste is light floral with some lager tones. Plain.
cheap (5215) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark but not black. Aroma comes across with some roasted something. Smell is also at times mettalic, like fresh nails. Very little carbonation. Mild burnt wet old wood flavors bit not quite reaching Stout levels. Burned bitter charcoal lingering finish without an alky burn. Overall good beer experience.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Quick review, as Iím being rushed. Not too impressed with this beer from Highland... itís hard, I know, in a world with so many great porters. I think the oatmeal is partly to blame here. In my opinion, oats can easily hurt the experience of a beer if not used correctly. This porter has a dark brown color with no carbonation and a small, fine, light-brown head. It has a sweet malt/grain aroma with an interesting oat presence. The flavor is light and flat, a little bitter, a little too much oats. Not all that great, thin and oaty. Definitely not "robust" as the commercial description describes the beer. Nice lacing, though. Sorta.
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 20, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours near-black with a small but tenacious light brown head. Nose is coffee and roasted barley and a little bittering hops. Flavor is fairly simple, with coffee and dark chocolate dominating the malt and moderate hops countering it, especially on the finish. A little thin for a porter and not too exciting, but not bad either.
brokensail (15576) - Dublin, 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.
tia (1664) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Clear dark brown with thin dissipating head. Maybe Iím being suggestible but the smell kind of reminds me of oatmeal raisin cookies, plus metal and lemon. Flavor is lightly roasty plus lightly sweet then a hint of sour and a clean dry plus herbal finish. Light bodied.