Panzuriel (1242) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thunderstruck pours a rich deep brown black with a thin mocha head. Nose is rich nutty roast coffee with hints of carmelized brown sugar. Taste is a slightly dry coffee tasting roasty rich deep and nutty goodness. body is just a hair shy of silky and a bit bubbly. finishes with good bitters and black coffee. nice rich coffee flavored beer.
WillRunForBeer (343) - 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 (220) - - 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 (245) - 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.
rondphoto (1451) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ Party Town / Florence KY --- Opaque brown-black with a light head cover, thin streaks of lace. Aroma is healthy earth, malt, and coffee. Taste matches the aroma: roasted malt, dark, moist earth, coffee, and dark toast are all present on a base of mild bittering. All moves smoothly to a lingering finish in which no additiopnal bittering is necessary. Very palatable, Iím having it tonight in front of TV and a fire with Triscuits and Havarti cheese. Itís a good night.
beersearcher (2268) - Glendale, California, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
There is a medium hit of light and silky coffee on the nose but that is then replaced with pure, straight up milk chocolate. And that flavor dominates the rest of the 12oz. And I mean that in the best possible sense. The coffee flirts underneath and as it warms a bit more coffee ground bitterness does rear its head but primarily this is like hot chocolate and I liked it.
Strykzone (4401) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
BeerandBlues2 (9003) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Sunny Point. Pours opaque black with a small, fizzy beige head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and roast malt, earthy and spicy hops with herbal notes, leather and prunes. Flavor is dark malt dominant with heavy coffee, earthy and spicy hops with dark fruits and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
thebsmitty (115) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours black with medium lingering head with a bit of lacing. Smell is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, earthy. Taste follows, but heavier earth notes. Thin body. Decent.
devman171 (683) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, aroma is strong espresso beans. Taste is coffee roast with a sweet medium finish
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.