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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: 123   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.


3.3
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7344) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beersiveknown (2473) - 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!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AshtonMcCobb (2121) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (2418) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2011 27 Aug 2011, bottle. october 2009 vintage so 2 years old. dark brown, looks thin and oily. nose is rich and winey and red fruit w/ some blue cheese notes. med/thin body and syrupy and oily. alcohol, oaky chocolate and some cherries. very nice. aged well. developed. nice wine characteristics! (original rating 7 4 7 4 16 = 3.8) Very dark ruby, clear, thin head that disappears quickly First part of the nose is alcohol, fading into burnt dark chocolate with some sugary sweetness Full body and mostly flat, rather syrupy and heavy alcohol taste is present but it is behind a cooked red fruit (maybe cherry) taste, with sufficient dark chocolate flavour to balance it. Alcohol, chocolate and fruit kind of blend together. Very nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (5548) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2011
Bottle from Peckhams Aberdeen. Pours deep mahogany with a thin tan head. Nose; roasted malt, berries, dark chocolate, coffee. Taste; malty, bitter chocolate, liquorice, coffee, nuts, smoky finish. The alcohol is well hidden and the flavours are well balanced. An enjoyable porter.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2011
Bottle@Home, thanks cgarvieuk! Wonderful aroma of chocolate, licorice and vanilla. Black, beige fine head, good lace. Sweet, malty, chocolate, vanilla, some licorice. Medium body, alcohol well hidden. Flavourful, easy and balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Egg4Goff (19) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2011
Cask, Sheffield Tap. Excellent porter. A lovely looking drink: a rich black colour with a ruby edge when held to the light; topped off with a soft, tan head. The aroma is a heady mix of deep malt and roasted coffee. A warming feeling and not particularly heavy despite its strength, perhaps a little too drinkable considering. If this is on the bar make sure you get yourself some. The price was a verging on the extortionate (£5.20/pt) but is actually worth it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dantheman278 (1358) - SCOTLAND - FEB 6, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2012 Wow. This rating is different to the others. Will have to try again and re-rate. But for now...Cask at the bow bar. Pours a clear but dark brown with a smooth light tan head. Hard to find an aroma other than booze and sugar. Very, very sweet and fruity with a slight alcohol burn. Almost no coffee or chocolate notes, unusual for this style. Sherry-like. Mouthfeel is thin and oily. Sticky syrup finish. Disappointing. Sampled in bottle much later... and wow. Different beer. Better palate these days maybe. Chocolate, berries, roast malts, more of a stout nose rather than porter. Palate however is more porter-esque - smooth, tangy berries, chocolate, slight roast bitter finish. Great.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wyzzywyz22 (1890) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2011
Bottle from Beer Ritz, Leeds, drunk on Burns night with a plate of Haggis and Orkney Clapshot! Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Enticingly full aroma with sweet malts, dark fruit and booze evident. Similar story in the flavour with some coffee and chocolate notes, really tasty stuff. Great balance overall with the alcohol well masked. Top class porter, would like more of this.


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