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Brewed by Highlander Brew Co.
Style: Porter
South River, Canada

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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Dark full body porter. Black patent malt and subtle hints of dark chocolate. Wonderful nose with hints of beech smoke, and a refreshing finish.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GregClow (2910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle from the LCBO. Very dark brown with a small tan head. Nice aroma of dark malt, chocolate, vanilla and a subtle smokiness. Flavour follows aroma quite closely, with the addition of a bit of licorice. Medium-full body with a good creamy character. A nice porter, but would like a bit more smoke to really lift it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8922) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2013
Recent bottle from LCBO, 500 ml shared with Doug K. Very good smoked. The aroma, the taste, well balanced and creamy mouthfeel.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
solidfunk (4477) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Pretty light porter. Smoked taste is a little sharp and unbalanced. The rest of the palate comes off light. Thick consistency with a light caramelized sweet malt at end. Soft carbonation. Pours black with good lasting head and lacing. Bottle from lcbo.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6263) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013
[Draught at Mugshot Tavern.] Pours a deep amber-brown with an average size lasting frothy beige head. Aroma of toasted caramel malt, coffee, some chocolate, dark fruit and a hint of hops. No smoke to be found though. Flavour of toasted malt, some coffee, light smoke, a hint of vanilla, light lactic notes and roasty, lightly bitter finish. Average bodied. Pretty good Porter though not smoked enough for me.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
probstblueribbon (3058) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2013
650 mL bottle from LCBO served cool in a tulip glass. Deep brown-black with a fair tan head. Oddly savoury, a little smoke that is both meaty and peaty, touches of dark chocolate and coffee, bright and briney, roasted raisins, oddly different. Medium+ body with soft effervescence. Deep stewed raisins, a little peat smoke, dark roasted malts, different; dry with moderate bitterness and a fairly long stewed dark fruit and light smoke finish. Doesn’t quite work for my palate.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spab (2565) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2013
650 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a dark brown with small, soapy tan head. Aroma is full of honey oddly enough, with light smoke, caramel and a touch of fruitiness. Flavour has, again, a big note of sweet honey with some mellow smokiness, chewy caramel and hints of fruit. Slick mouthfeel. Unusual, but enjoyable enough.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (1958) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2013
650 mL bottle. Nice to see these guys continue with new offerings. This one is dark, dark, with a rather small brown head. Nuts, roast and smoke in the nose; the smoke is present but far from dominant. The flavour is interesting. Lovely balance of sweet and bitter (roast). The roast is felt, more than tasted. Once again, the smoke is in the background. The body leans toward robust porter territory. Nice porter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2226) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2013
Lcbo bomber. A very solid porter from an Ontario brewer. The smoke barley shows. Hopefully future batches will be consistent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Freaky_tiki (638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2013
Pours rum & cola dark with a small mocha cap that laces nicely. A complex flavour: deep malts, faint smoke & subtle chocolate. They’re doing something special up there in South River. Wish I could get this at my local.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle from LCBO. Dark brown with ruby highlights. The nose is pretty nice - cocoa and chocolate with a touch of light smoke and some faint plummy fruitiness. A moderate bitterness on the finish but it has a lovely richness without being overly sweet. A little bit of soft roastiness with a touch of cola-like spiciness. The smoke intensifies a bit as it warms - but it comes across as a savoury sort of character rather than as an overtly smoky note. Pretty nice stuff though.


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