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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 (1853) - 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 (1732) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4376) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Tarry, creosotic aroma. Dep clear cola brown-black. Standard US longneck, good label. Quick cascade and one-finger, lasting tan head in a pint. Good. Acidic coffee, chickory, toasted soy nuts. Dry with bitter cocoa. Medium body. Long char-coffee finish. Not for sissies. A little sweetness and very light soapiness in the very end. Very good wit bacon and basil pizza. Bottle, Momoís.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (7229) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 27, 2012
12 oz. bottle, sent from TURDFERGUSON (thanks Sam), pours a deep dark amber / near-black with a small tan head. Nose is all coffee, with freshly brewed french press coffee, and not a whole lot else. Flavour brings out deep, dark roasted coffee beans, no roast or chocolate character in there, just the coffee. Light-to-medium bodied, as one would expect from a porter. A monolithic coffee bomb here, executed very well. Good for what it is.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11088) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted coffee and spice aroma. Medium body with a thick smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted dark coffee bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Good complex brew.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ataraxia (389) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Brownish-black pour, thin beige lacing. Roasted black coffee, a bit of milk chocolate, cereal malt, and a hint of molasses. Smooth, creamy, though a little thin. Alcohol content ins unnoticeable.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (2144) - 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 (416) - 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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer (1581) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Aroma: Mellow, yet pervasive coffee profile in the nose, a little fudge, slight earth. Appearance: Dark garnet black pour with a foamy mocha head that settles into a skin. Flavor: Coffee up front, and mostly prevalent throughout; some hints of chocolate and an earthy aftertaste. Coffee shows off a little blueberry and cream as it warms. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, soft carbonation, astringent finish. Overall: Standout coffee flavor here, but I would personally like a bit more porter character.


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