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

bottled
common

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unknown

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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (9039) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle: Deep ruby-amber coloured, clear, mid-sized - slowly collapsing - off-white lacy head, roasty and nutty nose, dark fruity malt underneath; moderate bitter-sweet flavour, medium to full bodied; lingering bitter-nutty finish. Very good...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (8590) - Bochum, GERMANY - JUL 31, 2012
(bottle, 33cl) Clear, dark brown colour with a ruby shine and a short tanned foamy head. Moderately roasted malty aroma with earthy notes, molasses, accompanied by hints of chocolate, liquorice and marzipan. Sweet and mildly roasty bitter flavour, full bodied with a smooth carbonation. Roasted malt upfront, again with a sugary touch/molasses, some earthy notes, chocolate, liquorice and even a vaguely fruity hoppy touch; sweet and mildly roast-bitter finish with notes of French chocolate truffes and hints of alcohol in the aftertaste. Perhaps a tad too sweet. 27.VI.12

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (6576) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 31, 2012
330 ml bottle.
Pours a dark brownish amber colour with a small off-white head. Lovely aroma of roasted malts, dark coffee and stinging lingonberries. Flavour is extremely smooth with roasted malts, coffee, sourish berries, cream, dark chocolate and smoked wood. Medium bodied, soft carbonation and a velvety smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden. Finish is very subtle with it’s roastiness. Notes of wood and chocolate. Great!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mile (3131) - 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 (5091) - 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 (13002) - 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 (16123) - , 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 (419) - 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 (753) - 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 (2571) - 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.


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