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

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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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.


MrW's rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrW (444) - Londerzeel, - FEB 11, 2013
2011 Bottle @ Bow Bar, Edinburgh. Grainy, alcohol, coffee, herbs, rich aroma. Darkbrown, tan foamy head. Tastes less sharp than the aroma. Liege syrup. Syrup mouthfeel, alcohol finish.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (12381) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2015
Bottle at a tasting at Chris and Ruth 150404. Black beer small beige head. Malty caramel aroma, chocolate, hay, licorice, tar notes, vania, some raisins. Malty caramel flavor, licorice, hazelnuts, raisins, figs, biscuit notes, vinous, some prunes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nihtila (1352) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
23.12.2014. Aroma of syrupy sweet roasted malts, sour chocolate. Taste hasroasted malts, bread, sour coffee, chocolate. Tasty stuff.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thmsboyd (67) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAR 19, 2015
Bottle Vintage 2010 (Aged). Lightly chilled. Very deep reddish brown body with a small tan head. High intensity aromas of rich roasted grains, almonds, bananas and some doughy yeast. Surprising tartness that wonderfully cuts through the sweet malty character. Light smoke. Full body - the only real indication of strength - with a thick, oily texture. Low-moderate carbonation and a persistent, long, liquorice finish. Outstanding porter which seemingly benefits from aging. Tremendously balanced and ideal abv. Perhaps lacks a little on the nose, but it’s hard to pick a fault with the taste and palate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
armando629 (2438) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 6, 2015
Cask at Hanging Bat, Edinburgh.
Dark one with acreamy stable beige head. Sourish fruity character dominates the aroma with a bit of roasted grains, molasses. Medium body, a bit easier than expected. Fruity and roasty flavor with molasses, cherries.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
androman (717) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2015
1/3 pint @ hanging bat, Edinburgh. Body is black, head is medium creamy beige mostly lasting excellent lacing. Nose is light roasty, aroma is coffee liqueur, dried fruit, herbs, licorice, vanilla. Light sweet, medium to heavy roasty bitter, alcohol is present. Full body, dry texture, no carbonation. Not too easy, good dessert beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bedni (303) - POLAND - JAN 21, 2015
black color, small beige head, aroma dry plums, cheries, dark chocolate, roast malt, alcohol, imo body should be heavier, its too thin (waterly) too much alcohol in taste, it should lie some time

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sokuzs1 (160) - - DEC 29, 2014
Aroma: chocolate, cherries, alcohol, licorice Taste:sweet, fruity, alcohol, a bit too watery

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
[6516-20140710] Cask. Fruitcake and smoky dates aroma. Black cola body with no lasting head. Boozy roasted fruit flavour with an almost nutty finish. Medium-full body. Good. (7/2/7-/3/13) 3.2
(Scottish Real Ale Festival 2014 @ Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, Scotland)
Overheard: "I’m not getting up until we go to another beer festival." 5-year-old Emily

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Umoyk (46) - , - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle is more than a year old. Caramel, licorice, sherry, hazelnut. Bitter-sweet. Really nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (5597) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is chocolate, toffee, taste is sweet, velvety, tasty.


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