8balls (12) - Winston-Salem, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2013 This is one of the best seasonal offerings from Highland in some time. It?s got a pleasant, fresh coffe aroma that?s not overbearing. The coffe flavor is present & very nice, but it doesn?t dwarf the porter itself. I enjoy the fact of the organic products/brands that have gone into this--it let?s me know this brew has been loved and isn?t cheap. There?s some nice lacing down my glass, too. I?m currently drinking the draft version, but Ikve had bottles, as well (both are delicious). Taking into account Highland?s Oatmeal Porter, I can deduce that these guys have porters figured out in a major way!
chinchill (580) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle served in snifter. Pours with almost no head, although a thin ring and some lacing last for many minutes. Opaque, clear; dark brown.
Aroma of coffee, dark malts and noble hops, in that order of strength. Taste largely follows, although dark roasted malts are more evident in the flavor. While the aroma suggest espresso, the flavor is medium roast coffee; a load of coffee flavor nonetheless. Excellent level of mild bitterness; nice use of hops to provide a shade of spicy flavoring in this malty/coffee mix. Fine finish and lingering aftertaste.
M: a bit under-carbonated; near medium body; slightly dry finish.
O: a fine, dark coffee beer with a bit more coffee than malt flavor and aroma.
Iphonephan (1212) - Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at westover beer haus. Pours a hazy dark cola with a creamy tan head. Toasted malt aroma. Flavors of coffee and tobacco. Rich and flavorful.
AndyW68 (393) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 18, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great porter.lighter tan head than I expected. Aroma and taste are roast coffee porter all the way.
jgb9348 (3964) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice deep dark brown coloured body with a thin, one centimetre tall creamy tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted nuts, earth, caramel and a bit of cardboard. Medium-bodied; Deep roasty flavour with a ton of caramel, a lot of vanilla, some oak, a hint of bourbon and a nice rich coffee flavour. Aftertaste shows a good complexity with cream, nuts, medicinal flavours and a hint of pit fruits. Overall, a nice and full flavoured beer with some good and unexpected flavours. Not an out-of-this-world beer, but good for sure. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 04-January-2013 for US$1.99 sampled at home in Washington on 05-March-2013.
jsquire (2953) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark beer with almost no head. Nose of green coffee beans and a little play doh. Sweet caramel flavor with some wet toast, roast grains and burnt sweetened coffee. Some celery and green stuff in the finish. The coffee flavor is pretty subtle.
GT2 (5659) - Riverslime, California, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355mL at my brotherís local pool bar in Gainesville, FL. Overall, a salty, bitter, Irish dry stout in body. Weaker beige head. Soapy, thinner body. Nose has salt, vanilla, soy, umami. Palate is lemon tea, toothpaste, mint.
JDBaker11058 (922) - Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: near black, with one finger of medium tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma: shockingly, coffee notes dominate a base of chocolate malts. Taste: acidic, almost citrusy roast coffee over bitter dark chocolate, black bread, vanilla, and salted caramel. Finish: bitter and a little lactic/acidic, with dry, roasty coffee notes remaining for awhile. Notes: A decent enough porter for sure, but the coffee note was just a bit too acidic for my tastes. Palate was also a bit watery. This much coffee needs more of a robust porter base.
geologyguy (335) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
very bland and mild, weird for a beer this dark and "heavy", slight coffee taste
Garbageman (353) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma was all espresso, chocolate and roasted malt. Taste followed with a slight vanilla sweetness.
alexsdad06 (3042) - Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle (one by me, one by jmborggren). Pours brown with a medium beige head that doesnít last. The aroma is pleasing, roasted malts, coffee, light chocolate notes with some mild earthy notes. The flavor has much of the same; roast, coffee, chocolate and some earthy notes. Maybe a touch thin. Decent overall.