RATINGS: 705   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
A deep amber colored American ale, featuring a rich malty body. Cascade and Willamette hops add a complex hop flavor and aroma. This ale is exceptionally balanced between malty sweetness and delicate hop bitterness.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 16, 2005
(12 oz bottles: Obtained in trades with suttree and goldtwins, thanks Phil and Larry!) The first bottle was sour and infected, so Im glad I got this beer in two different trades. This bottle is healthy, so its all systems go. Mmm, this is a very malty amber, just the way I like em. Rich sweet caramel, toast, moderate roast, and very earthy from start to finish. Not much in the way of hops flavor, but there is a moderate bitterness to offer a small counterpoint to the solid maltiness. Earthy and caramely nose underscores these characteristics in the flavor. Medium-full bodied, round and coating on the palate, with a long, almost sticky finish. Deep amber colored body is topped by a small, but fairly persistent head that slowly settles to a wide ring. No lacing. Great beer, very flavorful and enjoyable, probably the best of the Highland beers Ive tried so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shag (2977) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 11, 2005
A dark amber to brown appearance with a light head. The aroma consists of grapes, caramel, and cherries. The flavor is rather tame with some bready notes present. Sour apples and grapes are mainly what I taste. Not much of a hop bite to it at all. The palate is somewhat thin but thats to be expected of this style I guess. Overall this was pretty average, Highland makes much better.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Not much going on here. Pours a nice rich golden amber with a lasting head but the aroma and flavor seem to be very subdued. Quite watery with a metallic mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (12208) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Bottle acquired in trade with Johnathan3584 (thanks!) Poured a dark amber color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, and oranges. Tastes of the same. A little on the earthy side as well. Thinner body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Tappy tap. Amber leaning toward brown, very few bubbles with a small but relatively dense white head. Aroma was citrusy and somehow metallic. The first thing to hit me was the fruit note: strawberry or perhaps raspberry. Nice malt hop balance. Mouth feel was just north of watery, solid. This was real, real good. I will most defiantly be getting this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (4396) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Bottle Pours a clear redish amber with a very modest off white head. Subtel slightly roasted malt aroma and little in thy of hops is evident. Pleasant woody malt flavor, still very little hops. Moderate palate and fairly fizzy. lacking any real bitterness and while plain and unexciting, a nice easy drinking brew. Wish I could say as good for the picture on this page.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2005
I like this beer a lot. Its nice to look at, smooth, good balance between malt and hops, and highly drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Poured from bottle into shaker glass. Deep amber/ red color with a small tan head that almost completely diminishes. Decent lacing on the glass. Hop aroma pervasive throughout the nosing. Medium body with a pleasant lingering hop finish. Not bad, but Highland makes other better beers than this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2005
A really nice amber. Poured in a chilled glass by the idiot Mellow Mushroom crew, but very tasty. Good malt with some interesting spice that I cant put my finger on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reedcd2 (47) - USA - OCT 15, 2005
Dark amber color with a decent tawny head. Taste is a little musky coffee with some definite caramels. I enjoy a good amber, but would recommend the Oatmeal Porter over this beer

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