Brewed by Highland
Style: Imperial/Strong Porter
Orkney, Scotland
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Cask; Seasonal - Winter. Also available bottled.
Appearance: Dark mahogany in colour with ruby highlights.
Nose: A lovely roasted grain aroma and some dark berry fruit.
Palate: After a slight tartness (always a good sign in a porter), coffee and chocolate dominate the palate, with a hint of smoke lending complexity. Nutty bitter chocolate pervades the persistent finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (1958) - WALES - APR 17, 2014
2011 Vintage. Pours a thin pale brown colour. Deep brown in the snifter, small white head lasts about 5 seconds. Aroma - cola, chocolate, faint booze and must. Body is medium, a touch of carbonation on the tongue, slightly foamy. Taste - some marmite, boozey, a nutty dryness. Decent. I’m not convinced that aging it any longer would help it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (8090) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 28, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkelbraunes Bier mit schöner bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, schokoladig, Kaffee, dunkle Früchte. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig schokoladig, Kaffee, dunkle überreife Früchte, minimal säuerlich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2007; Drank May 2012. Dark mahogany in colour; ruby against light. Very Malty; roasty malts, chocolate, coffee, toffee, hints of smoke and vanilla. Fruity; dark berry fruit. Smooth, almost creamy. Nice malt/fruit/hop balance. Sweet roast malty and fruity throughout with a slightly sour edge. Slightly salty on the finish. Very easy drinking for high ABV. Nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamestulloch (1507) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 19, 2014
Bottle from Coenelius. Dark brown body with a thick beige head. Excellent lacing. Aroma is surprisingly light and fruity - vanilla, blackcurrant and brambles - with dark chocolate, toffee, wood and treacle. Flavour of Black Jack sweets, treacle, earth, smoke and dark fruits. Very drinkable for its strength. Medium to full body with a slick, oily mouthfeel. Nice fizz. An astounding, complex beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
VastActiv (3035) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle 0.33l at home. Colour is very dark brown with slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Some chocolate, alcohol, hints of coffee, sweetness, caramel and roasted malts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3292) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Vintage 2011. No sadzilem ze przy tym mocnym porterze nie zrobi sie obfita piana, byla co mnie zadowolilo. Kolor intensywnie ciemny, tzn czarny tylko z lekka i malenka poswiata rubinowa. Gestosc niezla. Zapach suszone sliwki i sherry. W smaku tresciwe i rozgrzewajace, lekkie cieplo w koncowce, ktora jest dloga i przyjemna. Porter srednio palony moze tylko finisz taki odczuwalny, ale ogolnie slodkawe i nieco winne. Ciekawe jak by smakowalo jeszcze bardziej starsze. Temperatura serwowania zalecana miedzy 12, a 14 stopni i tak zrobilem.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4797) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Bottle @ Chriso’s pre-GBBF Shindig. The pour’s brown with a small head. The aroma’s of nutella spread, toasted nuts. Some cocoa and toffee. The taste is sweet chocolate. Smooth and rich. Balancing ashy bitterness. Some coffee acidity. Full body, supple. Overall, really solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mzaar (1691) - Varberg, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2013
Flaska. Svart med gräddigt moccafärgat skum. Doftar mörk choklad, soja, vanilj och läder. Havssälta, kaffe och söt lakrits i smaken. Medelstor beska, väl avvägd sötma, svagt kolsyrig munkänsla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19805) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2013
Bottled. Clear dark mahogany colour, small head. Prunes and licorice. Mid dry with full body and dense mouthfeel. Licorice and saké, grainy with notes of dates. Peppery finish. Elegant and complex. Really good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5198) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Brown black pour with creamy tan head and lace. Aroma is milk chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is sweet chocolate and a nice abv warmth. Body is medium with good carbonation. pretty solid

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