Jabic (373) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ar: Burnt coffee, ash, and a touch of pepper phenolics.
Ap: Black center with clear brown highlights on the edges - small tan head with moderate retention and a light ring of lacing.
T: Sweet dark caramel and light roast coffee up front - light bitterness and cola mid-palate - finishes very abruptly.
P: Medium body with medium carbonation - finish is somewhat watery.
O: This beer began with promise, nice nose and flavor up front, but seemed to fall apart soon after - watery quality just takes a lot away from it.
djd07 (2766) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Pours a dark brown with a small off white head. The aroma is a strong roast and coffee. Medium mouthfeel with a roadsted coffed with a nice spicey finish. A very good porter from Highland.
Errl (1268) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at RBWG- Pour is dark brown, Nose is heavy coffee, dark chocolate malts, alcohol...Taste is chocolate malts, coffee, acidity, earth...Palate is bold, with coffee..A nice coffee porter.
drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/29/12. 12oz bottle thanks to decaturstevo! Dark brown pour with a nice, thick brown head that cuts in half but sticks in spotty rings. Nice aroma with sweet and dark chocolates, slightly tart and acidic, but nice coffee, and smooth maltiness. Nice smooth chocolate and coffee combo in the flavor with lingering coffee and a hint of tartness and grain. Nice.
Fratto (2510) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at the RBWG in Austin. Darker brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is light coffee and a little burn. Taste is green, lots of coffee, and a little dirty.
beernovice39 (3076) - Montana, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours black with a tan head. Big coffee scent with choclate and roasted malt. Taste is the same. Thin for a porter.
rollinsr (332) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - FEB 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark mahogany with only a little bit of head. Taste is mostly malty java flavor with a bit of sour bitterness. There is a bit of chalkiness to this beer that is slightly off-putting but this is still a pretty good beer. I am not the biggest porter fan but this one is definitely not bad.
brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown in color with a tan head. Definitely a lot of coffee on the aroma. Also a fair amount of sugar with a soft spice quality. A bit of dark chocolate and some roasted malts as well. The coffee comes through on the palate, as does the coffee and roasted malt. There seems to be a hint of vanilla sweetness on the back end of the flavor and there is just a little bit of bitterness, too.
Arborescence (29) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, pours a modest but creamy head.
Roasted coffee beans, hint of chocolate; not overpowering.
Coffee is evident, but it’s fairly mild. There’s not an awful lot of character or body to this beer. It’s satisfying though, and the hint of coffee (less than you might expect from the aroma) does give it a bit of something extra — I suspect that otherwise this might be a rather bland porter.
I’m sampling through the beers of Highland Brewing Company, a brewery which I had not heard before I came to North Carolina. They’re located in Asheville, and their beers are readily available in Chapel Hill. The branding is a bit silly, with a bearded guy armed with a back pipe and a pint in the label. So, they’re trying to be Scottish, and I guess that their beers are somewhat influenced by Scottish brewing traditions, but they’re no match really. Still, their range of products looks nice, and they do make some decent, affordable beers.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from JCB, thanks Jason! Pours a black body with a finger-width, creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is slightly stale, cheaper smelling coffee with some sourness. A good amount of milky dark chocolate malts with a moderate sweetness as well as a light roast, vanilla, and touch of bitterness. There is a bit of a spice to this that comes out more as it warms. Flavor is better. The coffee is big and does taste a bit cheap, but its not as stale as the aroma. A light herbal hopping in the middle blends nicely with the coffee. Solid milky dark chocolate malt backing offering a medium-light sweetness with some vanilla as well. Coffee picks up towards the end with a bit of a creme as this finishes with a light-medium, roasty, herbal, coffee bitterness that dries with just enough of a chocolate sweetness before leaving a lengthy aftertaste with a touch of ash coming out. Medium, smooth body with a moderate carbonation. Overall, not a bad coffee porter. The coffee isn’t my favorite variety, but its well balanced with a nice chocolate malt sweetness and light hopping. Finishes well and remains easy drinking throughout.