Chipalsa (1311) - Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance - Black, fluffy tan head, sticky lacing
Aromas - Coffee, hops, earthy
Taste - Dry, roasted, earthy, hops, cocoa, fresh coffee
The flavorful coffee profile of this porter is amazing. While it is earthy and dry... the rich, fresh coffee notes create an undertone of mellow malty flavors. Finishes like a fresh cup of iced coffee, and with an almost sticky chocolate aftertaste.
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 26, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours black with a medium-sized, persistent tan head that leaves some good lacing. Aroma is coffee, a touch of chocolate, maybe even vanilla, some roasted malt. Flavor is dominated by the coffee; it tends to blot out most of the other flavors. I get some roasted malt, some chocolate. Palate is too thin, and it needs some more malt to stand up to the chocolate. Iím also rather prejudiced against coffee porters; they always seem to taste like coffee dregs, no matter how good the purported quality of the coffee. I think Iíll keep my coffee and my beer -- probably my two favorite beverages -- in separate corners.
craftbeerdesign (2249) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
tasting on 1/19/12. dark brown pour with a 1/2" tan head. big roasted coffee nose with chocolate malts. light to medium body with coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and vanilla. dry roast finish. could use a bigger body but the coffee notes are great. very drinkable.
tmongoose (1672) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on draft poured dark brown opaque with no head. the aroma of roasted malts, roasted coffee, mild chocolate. medium bodied porter with the flavors of the same roasted malts, coffee, hints of chocolate, very full flavored very very good.
Gachupines (1074) - USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a tan head. Aroma is coffee and roasted malt. Flavor is strong coffee and some bittersweet malt. The body is the downside however. Overall, itís a bit thin though the flavor is nice. This is a really good coffee porter that could be great with a little more body.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours jet black with an off white head. Aroma is coffee and roasted malt. Silky smooth mouthfeel with a well balanced dark malt flavor from start to finish. Just the right amount of carbonation and alcohol.to make this a superb porter. Well done. Would pair well with a frozen desert or ice cream.
Cybercat (4031) - Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong aroma is mainly quality roast coffee and sweet chocolate, like a mocha from a good coffeehouse. It pours a nearly-black opaque sable with a thick, fine-bubbled, almost Guinness-like tan head that stays around for a bit. Superb flavor is more like coffee than porter - quality coffee, like something from Starbucks or Caribou Coffee, not cheap instant. It also has a subtle malty undertone and a hint of licorice. Sweetness and bitterness balance each other nicely. Texture has plenty of fizz and above-average body. Maybe it wonít leave you thunderstruck, but itís an outstanding brew.
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with a small bubbly brown head that fades. Nose is deep roasted malts, tons of coffee and a hint of chocolate. Flavor is roast, fresh coffee and some sweet milk chocolate. Finishes a bit dry and bitter. Very nice coffee porter.
blipp (6974) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Coffee aroma, with roasted malts and light sweetness. The flavor has sweet coffee, light roasted malts, and some floral hoppy bitterness. Pretty good.
jlruthven (589) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours pretty much black, with faint ruby hints coming through when held to the light. Rocky, mocha-colored head that recedes to about 1/4 inch. Nose is very smooth, well-roasted coffee, a bit of dark bread, slight hop bite. Taste is lightly sugared coffee, big bitter chocolate, piney hop presence. Lingering finish. Glad Highland finally released a new brew. This is very nice.