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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenH (2162) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 31, 2011
Pours very dark brown with reddish purple hue, not much head. Aroma of pine, cherries and dark fruits. The more I drink this, the more I like it. Taste is quite smokey up front, lots of dark fruits, cherries, strawberries, raisins, plums followed by an earthy, fruity finish. Very sweet, like eating a black forest gateau in a glass. Very complex, perhaps slightly just too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 22, 2011
On cask at The Bow Bar Summer Beer Festival. A black beer with a thin light tan head. Aroma is a little biscuity with caramel and coffee notes. Similar flavour with a thick and malty mouth-feel. A little sweet with well balanced, lingering alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - JUL 16, 2011
big thanks to santa for this long time want! pours a lighter brown with a khaki head. aroma and taste have a very unique sasafrass or sasparilla spiceiness to them, very interesting and nice. ive had beer like 4 elves but havent had this sort of spiciness in this style. good stuff. very interesting and unique imperial porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stravale (2051) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JUL 9, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2012
Bottle at the Southern, Edinburgh 290812
This was in the new 330 mil bottle. What a wonderful beer, world class, so easy to drink for the 9%. I didn’t analyse but went with the flow, this is one of the best beers I’ve ever had 4.4

Bottle from Gordon & MacPhail, Elgin. VIntage 2010. Appearance - Dark ruby-brown, off white 1 finger head, amber edges in glass. Some lacing with alcohol legs. Nice dinky bottle. Aroma - Sweet malt, fruit - dates and raisins, warming sherry aroma, molasses. Taste - Fruit malt, raisins, sherry, slight smoke, gentle chocolate. Very well blended, gentle and refined. Alcohol noticeable but well hidden, contributing an essential role to the taste-blend. Palate - Very smooth, warm sweet fruity finish, then some transient bitterness, to a gentle sherry malty sweet finish. Overall - A beautifully crafted imperial porter - a world class beer. Wonderful aroma and taste. It is not as complex as some other beers in this style, but actually benefits from this in this case. Really very good, very impressed. 8/4/9/5/17 4.3

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koelschtrinker (9998) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 21, 2011
Schokoladiger Malzantrunk, in dem die passende Süße durch die kaum in Erscheinung tretende Herbe reguliert wird. Die Malzigkeit nimmt an Intensität zu und wird deutlich tiefgründiger, der Alkohol lässt wenig durchblicken. Nach einem kurzen süßeren intermezzo wird das Malz erneut intensiver und entwickelt röstige und toffeeartige Nuancen. Vollmundig ist das Bier vor allem im Nachgeschmack, der ebenfalls vom Malz angeführt wird. Rundum gelungen! 9/12/11/12/10/12

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4386) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Another one thanks to cgarvieuk. Dark brown color with a small head. Strong malty aroma. Rich malt flavor. Bitter roasted barley notes. Slightly oxidized, sherry-like notes. Oddly thin bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2011
Thanks ben! Nice brown color. Sweet raisin aroma. The body is light and a bit bitter. Some raisins.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beersiveknown (2765) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 10, 2011
A complex aroma off of this one, seaweed, iodine, vanilla sugar, burnt malt and alcohol. Dark brown with a red berry initial flavour and high sweetness. Very chocolatey with some roasted malt flavours. Medium bodied and alcohol presence develops into a maltose grassy finish. Bottle states "nothing plinky about this one. Take care!" not sure what plinky means but its easy drinking nature for a 9% beer makes it a warning you ignore at your peril!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2011
Cask (gravity dispense) at Pigs Ear Beer Festival, day 3 on 2 December 2010. Had rather more body and weight than the Coastal Imperial Stout sampled just before. Dark brown. Rich, with lots of chocolate, some licorice and hints of Christmas pudding. Quite thick with a rather tarry / oily consistency. Maybe a bit sticky but very satisfying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AshtonMcCobb (2349) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2011 Re-rate, on this occasion, I just cannot see how this beer could be made any better. The nose and taste have power but with elegance, the finish falls away with a delicate creamy note which leaves the length, just falling away at a nice uniform pace. It ticks all the boxes and engages the brain. Putting this in a spirit cask would upset the harmony that this beer has! Original rating - 03/03/11 9/4/8/5/16 = 4.2 The aroma is enticing with creamy rather than hard/burnt chocolate notes. There is an underlying smokey-peat aroma, The body also appears creamy though there is not so much head-retention. The taste is gentle at first but persistent and elegant. There is a gentle hop edge on the finish which does not dominate but just does enough to gently sweep the smokey-chocolate flavours away. An excellent beer of elegance which deserves your full attention.

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