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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: 131   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (35088) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2009
Bottle 33cl. @ RBESG 09 Grand Tasting @ [ The Harlequin, Sheffield, England. ]
Clear dark red brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and light bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090719]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31235) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2011
27.5 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a minimal orange glare and small tan head. Dark malty and roasted. Sweet and dark roasted malty. Dark malty and chocolate. Bitter and dark roasted malt finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29369) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2011
Bottled. A dark brown beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt and bread. Thanks yespr for sharing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2011
Bottle 27,5 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours brown with a tint of orange with a rough beige head. Roasted malt in the nose with some sweet licorice. Medium body, a little low in carbonation. Sweet roasted malt, licorice and dark fruits with a vanilla touch. A little malt astringency. 050111

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19447) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2013
Bottled. Clear dark mahogany colour, small head. Prunes and licorice. Mid dry with full body and dense mouthfeel. Licorice and saké, grainy with notes of dates. Peppery finish. Elegant and complex. Really good!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16789) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2013
Bottle @ Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig ’13. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate bitter caramel finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (15124) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2012
18th August 2009
Clear but very dark red -brown beer. Thin tan head. Softish semi dry palate. Light tangy malt, very slightly fruity and a with a whisper of smoke. Some repressed spicy bubblegum underneath. Finishes with bittersweet malt and minerals and a trace of marmite. Complex tasty beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cgarvieuk (14543) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 30, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2014 Bottle at home ... deep red back ... big coffee nose with some soft roast ... big toffee malt... little tobacco ... little meaty .. solid dark malts with no charcoal or burnt malts charcater ... low bitterness...light hop in background ... its the light sweet vanilla treacle toffee ness that realy works for me 4.2...

tk2 08-01-10 bottle at home .... deep black ... thin lacing ... sweet soft roast malts little tofffee nose ... good dark fruit and toffee malt .... some chocolate .... light hop .in background... i will stick 4.2 on this . lovely...

Tkx ... 040510 ... (bbf 1209) bottle at home ... having talked to the brewer today about a new beer that i totally failed at :-( ... i was put in the mood for this one .. deep brown red ... thin tan head ... sweet toffee chocolate malts ... very soft ... nice roast nose ... little over carbonated now ... nice roast toffee roast ... little meaty ... soft chocolate ..little bitterness ... little treacle ... almost a hint of spice ... cinnamon and clove ... aging wonderfully ... shame its a little overcarbonated for me.4.4

cask at bowbar ... deep black .. thin tight tan head ... sweet plum and chocolate nose ... big roast ... sweet fruits .... plum ... little raisin ... little cherry ... big chocolate ... rich and complex... light bitter linger .... 4.5

bottle at home 04/11/10 bbf Dec 2009 ... deep brown .. thin tan head ... big soft toffee roast ... little over fizzy ... bit thiner than i remember ... big chocolate roast ... light vanilla ... light meatyness ... little treacle ...quite a lot of fruityness ... nice ... 4.0

bottle at home 12/11/10 2009 vintage ... deep brown ... creamy tan head ... sweet light meaty toffee malt nose ... light oily rich body ... big chocolate roast ... little meaty ... quite a bit of treacle ... dark dark sweet fruits ... raisins and cherries...hints of coconut oil 4.3

cask in bow .feb 11.. dark black ... sweet chocolate roast malt nose ... very sweet .. light oily body .. nice soft sweet chocolate roast malts ... rich full bodied bliss 4.4

cask in bow feb 11 ...deep black ... thin tan head ... sofft sweet chocolate roast ... nose ... dark chocolate ... dark fruits ... lots of green raisin ...wonderfully rich...4.4

Bottle at home 2010 vintage drunk 11-05-11 ...deep black ... thin bubbly tan head ... soft blackcurrant chocolate roast malt nose ... little too high carbonation for me ... lots of rich ripe juicy vine fruits ... hint of tobacco ... solid roast malts ... hint of ovaltine ... body is a little thiner than i remember ... light drying linger ... very nice . 4.2

cask at bow bar 2009 cask drunk july2011... dark black ... thin tan head ...soft dark toffee roast ... big chocolate ... deep complex roast malt nose ... big sweet roast malts ... some oxidastion ... big roast ... dark malts ... chocolate roast ... soft malty finish ... in some ways this is at the top of its game complex rich and devine... but the oxidisation thats gone along with the complex maturation also distracts... def no thinness as in last btl 4.3

Cask at SRAF 2012 ... opps no notes but this was possibly the best ive ever had it, its was so good i drunk too much 4.6

Bottle at home drunk 092012 bbf Dec 09 ... deep brown ... thin tan head ... soft mellow toffee roast ... light coffee ... light oxidised malts nose ... cool ... ok this is fairly well oxidised ... rich roast malts ... light toffee hop ... the oxidisation bring out a little nuttyness ... mellow soft smooth ... oh this is still lovely ... its just got such depth ... richness ... 4.3 cask at the bat ... dark black ... soft mellow chocolate roast malt nose ... sweet malts ... soft mellow silky smooth roast ... light chocolate ... just sublime 4.4 cask at bat ... deep black ... thin tan lacing ... deep meaty chocolate roast .... heavy chewwy roast .. sweet malts ... dark fruits ... swet berries ... soft chocolate ... soft mellow smooth ... soft sweet roast ... amazing 4.5

bottle at home June 2014 vintage 2009... deep blacl ... thick tan head... big blackcurrant ... soft roast ...lifght oxidised cardboard nose... light fizz ... dark sweet roast ... big berriers ...light chocolate ... full rounded mouth ... tiny soya hints but tiny behind the massive roast fruits .. real nice consdidering age ... 4.2

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (13784) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2009
Bottle at RBESG 09 Sheffield. Very dark brown, lovely roast aroma. Sweetish malt. Soft in mouth. It’s fine. Nice choc malts.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13440) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2011
Bottle at Yespr’s - Thanks. Black - offwhite head. Ryebread, burnes, berries, fruity, light body, sweetness, coffee, licorice, roasted, light smokey. grainy, caramel.


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