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

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mile (2943) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 16, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown, small to average and mostly diminishing light brown head. Moderate to full, malty - some wheat and sweetish aroma, caramel and roasted malt with some coffee, light chocolate. Body is medium to full, malty - some wheat and sweetish flavor, caramel, roasted malt and some coffee, light chocolate. Finish is average to long, malty - light wheat and sweetish, caramel, lots of roasted malt and some coffee, light chocolate, faint hoppyness. Sweetish strong porter with caramel and coffee - too sweet and too much coffee for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (4818) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle marked "Vintage 2011". Nose of chocolate and light roast, sweet berry, lighter alcohol. Ruby body into mahogany, a sudsy light brown head. Taste is sweet, chocolate, roast, woody with loads of sweet berry, mocha ebbing from the walls, finishing with some smoke and light cigarette ash. Really impressed with the mouthfeel, medium body and too sugary (and too sweet at this point), overwhelms the light bitterness but there’s a layered, juicy texture that’s hard to imitate, and the alcohol is pretty well integrated.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12541) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 29, 2012
Bottled 330ml (BZ, vintage 2011)
Dark ruby color, small steady beige head. Dark malts, HP sauce and licorice in the nose. Medium to full bodied. Sweetish flaovr with licorice, dark bread, some alcohol in the finish. Kind of caramelly. Nothing wrong with this, quite simple.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2012
18th August 2009
Clear but very dark red -brown beer. Thin tan head. Softish semi dry palate. Light tangy malt, very slightly fruity and a with a whisper of smoke. Some repressed spicy bubblegum underneath. Finishes with bittersweet malt and minerals and a trace of marmite. Complex tasty beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nilz (382) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 5, 2012
Bottle, black or almost; fine head that lasts although thins, aroma of roasted grain and malt , heavy taste bitter sweetness, a smooth pleasant creaminess, soft carbonation, nutty bitter finish, chocolate notes.One to savour, I liked it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MalcolmTucker (729) - SCOTLAND - APR 2, 2012
Bottle - 2010 Vintage. Very dark red/brown brown with thin head. Aroma is raisin, caramel and dark malt. Flavour is weel balanced with rich boozey fruits, chocolate and caramel.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (2255) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2012
Bottles from Beer Ritz in Leeds and Rehills in Newcastle. This black oily beer has a rich dark chocolate flavour, slight sour red fruit and leather notes and a smoky bitter-sweet caramel? finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (6349) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2012
275 ml bottle sent by cgarvieuk and shared by bsuedekum- thanks again, guys! 2010 vintage. Pours a deep mahogany color with a small tan head comprised of big bubbles. Spots of lace. The aroma is very gamey, with smoked meats, toasted malts, earth, peat, and overripe fruit- weird. Flavor of toasted malts, wood, molasses, prunes, and smoked meat. Medium-bodied, with a toasty, sweet, earthy, gamey mouthfeel and low carbonation. Certainly not like any other beer I’ve had. All over the place.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamLawsonS (26) - - FEB 5, 2012
Bloody good porter, sweet aroma and taste with a hint of prunes. Bought in Peckhams in Aberdeen, great value for money.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iammarc (385) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - JAN 29, 2012
Keg at The Anderson, Fortrose. Beautiful dark body, thin lacing. A great aroma - hints of coffee and liquorice. Strong taste, very roasty. An excellent porter.


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