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

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

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RATINGS: 128   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.


jbrus' rating

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, - 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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Procent (46) - POLAND - JUL 9, 2014
W aromacie suszone śliwki, cherry, lekkie melanoidyny oraz kawa i także lekkie żelazo. Kolor pod światło to bardzo ciemny brąz, niemal czerń. piana nieznaczna, jasnobrązowa, z ładnym lacingiem. W smaku kawa, suszone śliwki, wino. Goryczka niska ku średniej, odczucie w ustach średnio pełne, wysycenie średnie ku wysokiemu - w każdym razie jak dla mnie za wysokie na portera. Ogólnie trochę piwo bez wyrazu, wszystkiego po trochę ma, ale trochę za słabo.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
miquelcrush (1231) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 29, 2014
Bona cervesa, es bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomekk1978 (414) - POLAND - MAY 28, 2014
Barwa: czarna, pod światło z rubinowymi refleksami. Piana w kolorze beżowym, drobno pęcherzykowa, umiarkowanej wielkości, ale ładnie oblepiająca szkło. Aromat: ciemne i palone słody, czekolada, melanoidyny, ciemne owoce i nuta alkoholową. Smak: pełny, słodowy, jednak mało słodki, raczej nieco cierpki. Następnie kawa, czekolada gorzka, orzechy, spieczone ciasto i zdecydowana alkoholowość ogrzewająca przełyk.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
w_adwersarz (117) - Cracow, POLAND - MAY 16, 2014
Z butli palone słody, owoce leśne i alkohol. Piany brak w barwie ciemne z lekkimi rubinowymi przebłyskami, klarowne. Odrobina czekolady, ciałka jest trochę, lekko oleiste. Wysycenie wysokie, lekko kwaśny na końcu.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Burgers (248) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 11, 2014
Vintage smudged on neck of bottle. Black with tan head. Drunk at 13°C as instructed. Mild caramel malts and toffee with little alcohol on the nose. Very well balanced taste with faint sourness. Smooth mouthfeel. Fairly full body. Overall quite satisfying.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grima (2072) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - APR 21, 2014
Bottle from Auchan Market, Luxembourg City!
Starts with sweet caramelly malts, very roasty with some chocolate and coffee. Finish has lots of dark roasted malts and bitter coffee notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (1367) - WALES - APR 17, 2014
2011 Vintage. Pours a thin pale brown colour. Deep brown in the snifter, small white head lasts about 5 seconds. Aroma - cola, chocolate, faint booze and must. Body is medium, a touch of carbonation on the tongue, slightly foamy. Taste - some marmite, boozey, a nutty dryness. Decent. I’m not convinced that aging it any longer would help it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (6823) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 28, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkelbraunes Bier mit schöner bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, schokoladig, Kaffee, dunkle Früchte. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig schokoladig, Kaffee, dunkle überreife Früchte, minimal säuerlich.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2007; Drank May 2012. Dark mahogany in colour; ruby against light. Very Malty; roasty malts, chocolate, coffee, toffee, hints of smoke and vanilla. Fruity; dark berry fruit. Smooth, almost creamy. Nice malt/fruit/hop balance. Sweet roast malty and fruity throughout with a slightly sour edge. Slightly salty on the finish. Very easy drinking for high ABV. Nice beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamestulloch (1244) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 19, 2014
Bottle from Coenelius. Dark brown body with a thick beige head. Excellent lacing. Aroma is surprisingly light and fruity - vanilla, blackcurrant and brambles - with dark chocolate, toffee, wood and treacle. Flavour of Black Jack sweets, treacle, earth, smoke and dark fruits. Very drinkable for its strength. Medium to full body with a slick, oily mouthfeel. Nice fizz. An astounding, complex beer.


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