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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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This robust porter has a full body with some hints of chocolate from the chocolate malt and midnight wheat. The mild noble hop aroma showcases the roasty flavors and subtle fruit and spice notes of the artisan-roasted Fair Trade/Organic coffee of Black Mountain, NCís Dynamite Roasting Co.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Coffee and hint of chocolate malt aroma. Smooth, no carbonation. Nicely balanced and the coffee flavor is perfect.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SSSteve (3828) - - DEC 24, 2011
bottle. pours black with a small, creamy, tan head. aroma of creamed coffee and milk chocolate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. roasted coffee flavor and dark chocolate with burnt cookies in finish. somewhat light body with a creamy texture.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2011
There are definitely hints of chocolate. The aroma from the bottle is terrible, from a glass is much better. It is full of roasted malt flavor. It is better sipped than drunk. Maybe some vanilla on the aroma... almost floral? The coffee flavor is okay, somewhat overpowering. The beer doesnít have the body to support it. I think there needs to be some more malty sweetness to round out the coffee. Maybe age on bourbon? Iím really disappointed in this, Iíve come to trust highland, this doesnít live up to its brewery!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2809) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2011
12 pack purchased from Green Life Chattanooga. This is basically black with a long lasting tan head. Aroma has true, tasty coffee with hints at dark chocolate. Iím not sure why this is rated so low. Itís an above average coffee beer, for sure. It may not have the completeness of something like Pisgah Valdez or Bells Java Stout, but the genuine coffee flavor is considerable. Malts are clean and balance things out nicely.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nearbeer (3842) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2011
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.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zencigar (12) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2011
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerme31 (514) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2011
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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rangerred (954) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2011
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4139) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2011
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2011
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.


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