alexsdad06 (8244) - Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle (one by me, one by jmborggren). Pours brown with a medium beige head that doesn’t last. The aroma is pleasing, roasted malts, coffee, light chocolate notes with some mild earthy notes. The flavor has much of the same; roast, coffee, chocolate and some earthy notes. Maybe a touch thin. Decent overall.
b3shine (7746) - Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to snifter (thanks jmborggren). Looks solid; a semi-opaque cola with off-white lacing. Smells and tastes of bitter coffee and dark malt. Average on the palate. Solid, but not spectacular.
Dogbrick (10889) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Mellow Mushroom in Johnson City. Brownish-black pour with a medium beige head that dissipates steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted coffee, malt and hops. Medium body with flavors of toasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Hops in the background as well. The finish is roasty with a black coffee aftertaste. Above average overall.
Kinz (3696) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2016 Beer #14 Asheville trip. Had this on tap at Jack of the Wood. Pity that we didn’t have time to go by Highland itself, but time is always limited, and at least I got to try a really nice one. Pours black, nice head. Aroma of espresso and chocolate. Flavor matches. A bit of vague fruity character in the background. Came across bigger than it really was, with a touch of warming alcohol on the finish. Very nicely done, my favorite brew sampled at Jack of the Wood. RERATE: Basically 3 years later on another trip to Asheville, this time at the hotel bar. And it was exactly how I remembered it, without realizing I had already tried it. No changes here.
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black from the bottle, with a foamy, mocha-brown head. The aroma is distinctly reminiscent of coffee and milk, with a bit of milk chocolate and some kind of dry mineral character beneath. The flavor is pleasantly mild, with a light coffee bitterness and lactose sweetness predominating, although some herbal hops and bittersweet chocolate are also present. Overall, although the flavor is a bit dominated by the coffee character, it doesn’t change the impression of this beer as a pleasant, drinkable porter.
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 6, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle compliments of Suttree. Nearly black pour, small light brown head. Big coffee scent. Obviously, it has a coffee flavor, but it does not stick around long. Medium to light mouthfeel, kind of flimsy. Expected more...
Ataraxia (453) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brownish-black pour, thin beige lacing. Roasted black coffee, a bit of milk chocolate, cereal malt, and a hint of molasses. Smooth, creamy, though a little thin. Alcohol content ins unnoticeable.
Tmoney99 (13070) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted coffee and spice aroma. Medium body with a thick smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted dark coffee bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Good complex brew.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2014 12oz bottle, thanks to alexsdad06 for sharing. Dark brown color, with a red hue, thin khaki head. Minimal lace. Good, potent coffee nose. Soft carbonation, dry texture. Light bitter taste. Nice coffee flavor and aftertaste. Dry finish.... 3.2
Re-rate, 1/25/14: Gotta say, I like this more now. Chewier, more pleasantly bitter. What can you do. 3.6. That’s what we’re ending on. Fuck you and everyone else who cares otherwise. That’s a great score. Great long coffee roasty aftertaste.
mcberko (12416) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle, sent from TURDFERGUSON (thanks Sam), pours a deep dark amber / near-black with a small tan head. Nose is all coffee, with freshly brewed french press coffee, and not a whole lot else. Flavour brings out deep, dark roasted coffee beans, no roast or chocolate character in there, just the coffee. Light-to-medium bodied, as one would expect from a porter. A monolithic coffee bomb here, executed very well. Good for what it is.