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


on tap

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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tombyars (1348) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 11, 2012
Tasted this in the Three Judges, Glasgow in April 2009. Cask, handpump dispense. Mahogany black in colour with a thin off white head which vanished very very quickly. Fantastic, intense aroma of stone fruit, with black cherry and victoria plum to the fore. Thin but silky smooth milk like texture in the mouth which slipped down a treat. No lacing whatssoever but who cares! Dark malt complexes gives a strong robust roast malt element with peaty wood smoke and burnt toast. This fades to give a medlay of rich vinous fruit notes comprising black cherry, brambles, damsons and then a hint of macaroon bar! No hop presence in this at all but toasted coconut notes obvious. Finish is mellow, complex, seductive and throat warming with boozy alcoholic notes of port, along with dark chocolate mocha and treacle toffee. An absolute cracker of a Strong Porter and so, so easy to drink at 9% Seek this one out in cask - your in for a treat!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jacob23_5 (128) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2012
Bottle at Cloisters. Lovely dark red-brown-black colour, very thin white head with little retention, some lacing. Creamy nose, almost clotted cream, with chocolate, raisin, plum and barley. The taste is a touch sharper, with more marmite, with hazelnut added to the omnipresent raisin, chocolate and barley. Quite fizzy but not unbalanced. Really lovely indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
markas101 (1823) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 28, 2011
Cask, The Sheffield Tap, Sheffield. Deep ruby brown, thick tan head. Resin aroma, some green veg, alcohol and raisin. Creamy, balanced, with an alcohol undertone and more resin and sweet treacle on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2011
From bottle, pours a deep Ruby red. Super treacley on the nose layered on top of a malty roast. Complex flavour but not overwhelming. Dark chocolate, Italian mocha espresso, winter fruits berries and plums. Smooth palate very suppable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheCametron (1751) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 29, 2011
Wee bottle. Pours black (brown tinge when held to the light) with a beige head. Nose is of burt demerara and candied winter fruit. Slight coffee bitternes on the tonhue. Raisiny sweetness and a wonderful foamy mouthfeel. A beer of some distinction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2011
RBESG 2009, Sheffield. Grrand Tasting @ The Harlequin. Dark brown with a firm medium head.Roasted malty aroma, with lots of choc, oat and cereal.Roasted malt and chocolate flavor. Nothing amazing but pretty well crafted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8598) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2011
Bottled. A near black coloured beer with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Boozy and sweet aroma with leather and tobacco. Comforting. Lovely in the mouth. Nice sweetness with molasses and soy. Good booze, very tasty. Not as much depth as expected but still nice for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
onkelgobber (150) - Edinburgh, - NOV 7, 2011
Slight aroma, you’ll have to do a deep sniff to get some roasty, chocolate malt. Nice but could be stronger. A deep black that is hardly penetrated by light, but clear if you manage. Very little head (bottle) but nice small bubbles and a nice light brown colour of it. A nice sweetnees and maybe a bit of salt rounded of with some bitteness at the end. A full creamy body and low carbonation. At 9% you’d have to be careful as this one calls for another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9512) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Bottle 2009 vintage courtesy of Doodler (thanks Scott) poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of prune, raisin, roastiness, toffee, tobacco and light cocoa. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of cocoa, toffee, tobacco, light roastiness and light dried fruit with a smooth lingering cocoa finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerCast_Rich (1847) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 8, 2011
[275ml bottle, Peckham’s Bruntsfield, Edinburgh] [2009 vintage] Vary dark, brownish black pour. ’09 vintage cellared until now. Thin tan head, reduces very quickly. Smooth, woody, vanilla notes on the nose – some slightly peaty smoke as well. Rich mouthfeel, quite smooth and creamy on the palate. Dark chocolate on the aftertaste with a touch of smoke, quite fruity too. Lovely smooth, warming finish. Alcohol is there, but not overpoweringly so [2010 vintage] Sampled alongside, the more recent release – same colour but huge, peaky tan head. Harsher, more alcoholic aroma – not as sweet. More bitter on the palate as the alcohol takes more of a frontal approach, the dark peaty notes also more in evidence. Tobacco on the aftertaste. Great beer – very different to the aged one. Score is amalgamation of the two [05102011]

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