Ty5592 (1024) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Dark brown like cola. Good roasted malt,coco,and light carmel flavors.Medium body with slight fizzy carbonation. Some chalk in the finish but mainly good bitter chocolate. OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2007
bottle, from Raleigh Whole Foods. Ok to good aroma. Cocoa, salt, peat, bread, cardboard little banana. Dark orangy brown color, small head that faded quickly. minor lace. Bittersweet flavor. It loses the salty, peaty I was getting in the aroma. Chocolate, coffee for the most part. Little cardboard too. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Nice, easy to drink stout. Like to find on tap somewhere to compare. Maybe what I called cardboard is what other I see call wood. Got a little bored as I was getting toward the end of it. boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 25, 2007
A half inch dark tan head is well retained, blotchy. Totally opaque very dark brown/chestnut in color. Creamy looking consistency that seems to pull what would be lacing down toward the body with each tilt of the glass. Aroma is at first roasted malt, a very nice level/concentration. Chocolate follows, semi-sweet. Then wood, some cream. All very mellow, perhaps subdued by earthy hops that don’t poke out, rather rumble around under the surface. The nose ends sharply with a sensation of brewing coffee. Everything in the flavor seems so cohesively blended. This is a far cry from what was produced in the basement at Barley’s. Coffee is a bit heavier than the chocolate in a really well rounded flavor, substantiated by more earthiness and roasted malts. Palate is creamy, thick, but not too much so. Off dry finish, surprisingly brief. Interesting woody and tannic notes left behind. Another impressive offering from this tremendous brewery. NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2007
The aroma was estery with a strong chocolate presence coupled with espresso coffee and caramel. A very nice roasty aromatic coupled with some light presence of dark fruits. The black beer was crystal clear with a ruby highlight and a fleeting tan head which did lace at the glass. The flavor was coffee and dark chocolate. Some caramel notes were present but for the most par the beer started and ended on a dry note. As the beer warmed a stronger presence of coffee emerged which was well achieved. The body was medium-full and with a moderate carbonation, was not especially creamy in mouthfeel. No alcohol was notable in this nicely done beer. 22 ounce bottle. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Pours a midnight black with almost no head. Somewhat subtle nose, light coffee and a creamy caramel smell. Taste is pretty coffe dominated although not extremely powerful. You get the dark chocolate characters towards the finish on this one. Also nice roasty malts show up as well. Pretty impressed withthis stout. Good job.
hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Bottle... Black ale with a mid-sized, rocky, lightly tanned head. Lots of roasted malts and chocolate notes in the nose. Lightly sweet, mocha flavor. Medium-bodied with a skim milk mouthfeel and faint carbonation. Chocolaty, coffee finish. Appropriately named. Kudos to TURDFERGUSON for floating the bottle my way! Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Wonderful stuff. Tasted side by side with The Abyss (deschutes)... and I liked both equally. Chocolate, toffee, nice touch of hops, beautiful deep dark color... great beer. ganache (6057) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Bottle. Chocolate and mocha nose, light aromatic hops. Lightly sweet. Ruby-pitch pour with a thick dense light brown head. Dry, tangy taste, lots of roast and slight bitterness and sourness. Wood and chocolate. Medium body, very dry aftertaste. Love the woody sourness, excellent effort! muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Pours brown/black with just a tinge of red against light. The aroma is mostly sweet chocolate and coffee. The flavor seems almost a bit restrained, a bit of coffee and chocolate, and a mildly hoppy finish. TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Bomber from Whole Foods in Chapel Hill. Crimson black with a bubbly tan head. Nose is lightly roasted malt. Flavor is simple, but smooth and tasty. Coffee grounds, chocolate, and a little hop astringency on the palate. Again, not a show stopper but a pleasent, easy drinking stout. Highland makes good, quality beers and the people that work there are good, quality people. Good, quality, word.