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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubbleflubber (1816) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Pours an opaque black into the glass, with a hint of mahogany to the fringes. The head is tan and substantial, leaving spiderweb lacing. The nose is of deep coffee roasted aromas. Flavors are dry, of freshly brewed roasted dark coffee beans, with roasted smoky bitters adding a slight acrid acidity to the finish. This occurs by entering a light Sanka instant coffee into the mix. With a slick mouthfeel and substantive body, the bean grounds seem to age quickly at the back end of the palate. This coffee offering serves best in the cold months, and is a drier take on the abounding java styles. However, if youíre like my late grandfather, and love this "style" of coffee, it wonít disappoint.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (1561) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Bottle shared at RBWG- Pour is dark brown, Nose is heavy coffee, dark chocolate malts, alcohol...Taste is chocolate malts, coffee, acidity, earth...Palate is bold, with coffee..A nice coffee porter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2012
Bottle from Samís, Durham. Listen closely and you can hear Brian Johnson. Was pleased by how solid this one was, and thatís more or less what I expected from Highland - they usually do the chocolate malt and coffee interface pretty well. This one could have been more full bodied, I suppose, but it had a bracing, lively roasted quality to it that recalled fresh Bells Java.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (1796) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2013
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crispy34 (374) - Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle share. Aroma is coffee and dark malt. Appearance is black with a tan head. Taste starts dry and coffee an then the dark malt kicks in. Palate is dray and dark. Overall, a decent beer. Would drink again fo sho. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu (904) - Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Pours a nearly opaque dark brown color with a dark reddish-tan head. Coffee on milk chocolate aromas. A little thin for the style. Micropinching carbonation scrub starting midway. Smoky olive, fruity, coffee, and faint dark chocolate flavors. Pretty acidic.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AWISLguy (1224) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine in Stuart. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head, leaving very little lace. Aroma has coffee .... and coffee. Wow, like cold coffee to the nose, with some caramel underneath. Coffee fan, so that was terrific. Taste is of coffee, and sweet caramel, and some chocolate. Fairly thin Light to medium bodied. First half glass was cellar temperature and the refrigerator temp was far superior. Finishes coffee bitter with some sweetness, and perhaps a bit short. Enjoyably tasty, very coffee porter, just somewhat thin. Rating - due to the 5 compartments - probably higher than where this should be. Aroma WAS very nice. Taste WAS thin, but tasty enough. Finished nicely bittersweet. Add some depth and to a coffee-enjoyer, this would be easily 4+ total. Very nice smell and good flavors.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6397) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
12 oz. bottle shared by DrSilverworm- thanks again, Chris! Pours a cloudy brown color with almost no head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, leaves, and earth. Flavor of tobacco, earth, coffee, spice, chocolate, and toast. Light-bodied, with moderate to medium carbonation and a roasty mouthfeel. Nice coffee porter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (4910) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Sampled at Sunny Point. Black with a little beige ring. A coffee and chocolate nose. Chocolate leads and it is sweet and creamy. Coffee isdrier and the roastednotes are moderate at best. A lot of lactose in here as well as earth.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerme31 (485) - 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.


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