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


on tap

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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nilz (467) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MalcolmTucker (868) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (3450) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (7831) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (4819) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2012
Bottle, shared with Bergen Beer Geek Tasting Crew. Pours a deep brown, cola-like, near-black body with a small off-white head. Nose is dark malts, caramel and hints of what can only be described as a mix of Norwegian "brunost" (brown cheese made from goat) and a sweet variant of sour socks. But in a good way. Jesus, did I just say that? Oh well, at least I’m trying to be truthful. :-P Taste is tar, licorice, dark malts, salty soy tones, hints of cough syrup and nuts. Complex and nice, and quite original. A bit underrated if you ask me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2012
0.275l bottle vintage 2010 shared with The Great Tasting Crew. This is a clear dark brown porter with a small bubbly and sidesticking off-white head. Sweet on the aroma; some thin chocolate, some roasted malty tones, burned and barrel-aged-hints and some salty licorice touches. It has a soft carbonation level and a slick and oily mouthfeel. Lovely flavors; It’s salty and roasted, hints of tar and leather, chocolaty-goodness and IFA (a Norwegian salty licorice pastille). Scary light drinkable and really good! 30.12.2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tombyars (1494) - 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.

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