metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
6 pack for 9.49. I’ve been waiting for this one all year. Pours black with a slight amber hue to it and a tan head. Really nice looking porter. Smells like coffee and a little roasted malt as well. Taste is pretty much the same; coffee and roasted malts. Body is medium, a little thinner than I like though. I won’t hold it against this beer simply because of how good it is. Definitely worth the wait.
slowrunner77 (3843) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"at first, a little light on the nose, but it opened up quite nicely. light bodied and easy drinking, yet had a smooth texture and flavor that was definitely enjoyable...mostly dark coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of chocolate. Thanks Lou!"
nakedwhendrunk (2183) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed from notes. This was received in a trade.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice dark brown color ranging close to black. There was a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a gentle half minute. There was some light clingy lacing.
The smell had a nice blend of roasty coffee beans to a light cocoa.
The taste was mainly sweet but still had a light robust coffee flavoring underneath.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but still maintaining it’s Porter like quality of a decent smoothness.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good Porter for the most part.
jandd1983 (2582) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 7, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled at the brewery. It poured a clear brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of moderately roasted coffee and spices. The taste was medium to heavy roasted dark coffee with some bittersweetness and a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.
pumpmaster (1138) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $5.99/6-pack. Very good!
AirForceHops (3225) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Dark black not much head retention. Aroma is nice amounts of coffee. Light chocolate.
Flavor is bitter coffee bean that just turned. Light caramel and a weak hop in the back ground. Really bitter. Pretty astringent and basic.
AdamJackson (2652) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark black, 1 finger creamy head. fades fast
Nice bean vanilla presence on the nose. bits of chocolate. Pretty clean beer. lots of cream, chocolate and coffee. easy to drink at 5.8% lots of body.
DrewFace (787) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to ygtbsm94 for fbw...thanks again. Pours a deep dark brown, nearly black color with large brown head. Aroma is roasty/coffee, sweet, chocolate malt. Big roasty flavor, up front, slightly astringent. Chocolate malt, and lactose like flavor follows. Listening to ACDC while I drink this of course.
WillRunForBeer (693) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade. Pours dark as black coffee with a clingy beige head. Aroma of medium roast coffee, spent grains. Flavor is caramel, multigrain bread, good coffee flavor with mild bitterness.
woodychevy (368) - - FEB 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very delicious. But I happen to be a coffee lover and that is the flavor that comes through. Pretty big mouthfeel (have gotten used to the SC lighter bodied porter)- drinks more like a stout. Totally smooth with good bitterness added from the coffer profile- not so much the hops- although they are there in the background. From the Briess website:
"Midnight Wheat Malt will contribute the same color characteristics as Black Malt but without the bitter, astringent, dry
flavors or aftertaste". Leaning to heavily on the coffee for some palates, but works for me. Could be my favorite from Highland Brewing.
GenDV138 (1371) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From notes, consumed on 4/5/13. Bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 11/29/12. Pours a dark brownish black with half a finger of tan head. Aromas of coffee, roast, caramel, chocolate. Tasting notes of bitter coffee, strong roast, burnt bitterness. Medium body with a dry finish.