nearbeer (3278) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler. Opaque with a lasting disc of cream. Aroma is all coffee with maybe a hint of piss and dark chocolate. Taste is the same but weaker, like lots of old sourish, weak and cheap coffee, with some sour milk chocolate and dry grass. Light-medium body is watery, well-balanced, and has light-medium carbonation. OK, but disappointing brew, from this normally near-top-notch regional brewer.
zencigar (12) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Giant head and big coffee aroma. Tons of coffee on the first sip, followed by some nice bitter cocoa. A little too light in body but very nice.
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beerme31 (430) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black, thin brown head. Roasty coffee aroma, a little bit of dark chocolate and fruit. Taste is mild sweet. Medium full body, average carbonation, nice balance finish with the coffee and mild bitter hops. Overall flavor is pretty good, not as good as their Oatmeal Porter.
rangerred (780) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours jet black with a one finger tan head. Pretty good lacing.
The smell is just wonderful. Coffee and dark chocolate dominate with some caramel. Smells like a cappuccino!
The taste starts off great but doesnít finish well. There is a heavy coffee and caramel flavor along with chocolate, much like the smell. However soon after there is a strong bitterness that takes hold. Iím guessing it is from the coffee but it just seems to disrupt the flow of things.
This is a good beer overall but I feel the coffee bitterness could be toned down just a bit. I would drink it again, though.
emacgee (3740) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark black with chestnut brown edges and one finger of tan head. Nose is very nice, molasses and sweet java notes. Lots of chocolate and a light roast. Coffee flavor is a tad weak. Spent grounds and bitter bakers chocolate. Noticeable acidity from the coffee and dark grain. Medium body with a slightly thin feel and almost absent carbonation.
TURDFERGUSON (3736) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks ethan for sharing. Deep brown with a chocolate milk like sudsy head with plentiful lace against my mini imperial glass courtesy of Durham Central Park. Nose is cocoa, light coffee, light fruit. Nice, not overwhelming but nice. Roasty, dark chocolate, light espresso. very easy drinking, light bitterness in the finish. Solid and like everything Highland makes, English style so donít go judging this against Hill Farmstead Everett or anything amazing like that.
derekbrown (104) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Highly carbonated beer with an abrupt finish. Extreme coffee in the aroma, with chocolate mixed into the taste. Decent, but so many better coffee porters out there.
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Shag (2501) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black with very little head. Aroma contains some chocolate and coffee. Flavor is rather bitter with some coffee, dark chocolate, and licorice. Full bodied and bitter. Overall a good beer.
elgiacomo (744) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottled November 1, 2011. Served at around 55F.
Pours dark brown to black with a two finger brown head that leaves spotty lacing and holds a small creamy cap.
Aroma is roasted premium coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malts, straightforward, but good...especially the coffee.
Flavor is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, some caramel & bread, some acidity and bitterness but there is some underlying sweetness not unlike a sweet stout. Minimal to no alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little creamy with good carbonation.
Very tasty coffee brew. The coffee comes through best in the aroma but still is pretty front and center in the flavor as well.
OldGrowth (2326) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint, at Tylers Apex, good aroma, sweet, roasty. Chocolate, coffee. Dark Orangy brown, good head minor lace. Bittersweet flavor. Medium creamy oily mouthfeel. Bittersweet finish. Very nice. Great flavor. Big coffee.