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

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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gilvanblight (775) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2013
Near black pour. Very little head. Almost no scent. Very thick. Caramel, molasses and a good bitterness offsetting that sweetness. A bit boozy. Best one I’ve had at the Windsor Craft Beer Festival.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8660) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biokid23 (102) - California, USA - MAR 21, 2014
A good, smoky porter. Dark chocolate, coffee, and wine. A good introductory porter and a good beer in general.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bahumat (119) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 10, 2014
Aroma: 7/10. Very nice sweet malty aroma, hints of toasted marshmallow, vanilla. No hint of smoke really yet. Appearance: 4/5. Pours a dark cola black with a very thin white head that fades pretty fast, mild to moderate lacing. Taste: 8/10. Like a roasted and slightly burned marshmallow. Vanilla, alcohol, just enough smoke to back up that pleasant toasted flavor. It’s not intensely sweet, but the finish is very nice. Palate: 3/5. Watery and thin. I *really* wanted this beer to just be more beer and a little less water. I think that alone would bump the score on Taste up another point. However, it’s definitely a very sessionable beer, so it holds up well to the porter style. Overall: 16/20. I praise this one through faint damnations. The toasted-lightly-burnt marshmallow flavor that the smoking of the malts gives this beer is just fabulous, and overall I drink this beer and think of campfires and nights under the stars, and deliberately burning my marshmallows as a kid. The point scoring is fair, but there’s a special place for this one in my heart.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bunget (552) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
650ml bottle. Dark brown body with reddish tones, small dense latte head with excellent retention. Aroma of caramel malt, dates, light smokiness, blackberries jam, hazelnuts, a touch of coffee. Taste well done toast, caramel, a touch of smoke, licorice, a little coffee. Very well done.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (969) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle to pint glass Dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, and something sour. Deep reddish brown with a 5mm creamy tan head. Chocolate, hazelnut, with a hint of smoke.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Freaky_tiki (553) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2176) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (1883) - 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.


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