Guyute_Pig (102) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at brewery. Muddy appearance, very little on nose. Tastes of hazelnut, milk chocolate, maybe almonds. Solid scotch ale and quite tasty in the cask.
jrallen34 (3498) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle... dark brown with a nice color, light tan head, ok thin head... very malty nose, tons of caramel, dark fruits, prunes, dark malt bomb, I like it... the taste is a letdown, the malts are more muted but still present, lots of chalk, bitter, alcoholic, not bad, but from the nose thought it was going to be awesome
Drake (10884) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Opened 3/30/11. Pours a dark clear ruby color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee, berries and an earthy, almost peaty note. The taste is toffee, brown sugar, earthy notes and a bitter hop finish. Medium-full bodied. Nice beer.
anders37 (20000) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Hickory Hops 2011, Hickory, NC. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Has a slightly roasted malty chocolate aroma with hints of dark fruit and hints of hops. Roasted malty sweetish chocolate flavor with spicy hints. Has a sweetish malty chocolate and dark fruit finish with spicy hints.
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, nearly black. Smoke, candy & coffe on the nose; palate is full-bodied and a little "sticky" with flavors of candy, malt and coffee. Nice, well-balanced, rich.
jb (2592) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Didn’t realize this was a higher alcohol Scotch when trying it. Had it pegged as a swarzbier. Had at Tilted Kilt. Many extra points because one of our bartenders (buffalo boy) made good and got about 20 of the girls to come pose for a photo op. with us. Doar orange tinged. Great lacing pattern. Nice balanced beer, velvety mouthfeel at start, then turns unusually hoppy for a scotch, still it is mild overall.
DavoleBomb (1614) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into my recently purchased Highlands pint glass.
4.5 A: Clear deep amber brown color. Two fingers of tan creamy/frothy head with very good retention and a good amount of lacing. Good here.
4.5 S: Grainy malts with ample amounts of caramel and toffee. A decent toastiness with some roastiness and hints of chocolate. Lastly, the thing that sets this apart is a pleasant herbalness. I’m not sure what heather smells like, but I think this might be it.
3.5 T: Taste is good, but it really doesn’t compare to the appearance or nose. Lots of toastiness with a strangely noticeable burnt flavor. Grainy and bready malts. Again a good amount of toffee and caramel, but not much sweetness overall, at least not for the style. Also a reasonably noticeable bitterness. Whether this comes mainly from the hops or the roasted malts is up for question.
3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. A bit lighter than I like for the style. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier, but good smoothness.
3.5 D: Not a bad beer, but I expected this style to be perfected by THIS brewery. Anyway, worth a drink if you stumble upon it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-17-2011 22:46:00
adavis234 (286) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Deep, dark pour - almost black with a bit of ruby when held to the light. Head is medium, tan with little lacing. Roasted chocolate malt in the nose along with some hops in the background. Nice dark, roast chocolate malt taste up front trailing into a burnt caramel wood flavor with just a hint of hops flavor. Highland does not disappoint with this beer.
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour with a light tan head. Malt, chocolate, honey wheat bread. Sweet flavor with chocolate, yeast, wheat thins. Very good.
bconger (140) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. Brown pour with a medium tan head. Aromas of chocolate malt. A little milk chocolate and coffee taste. Kind of winey finish.