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RATINGS: 772   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A unique Highland creation, this robust beer is black in color, very malty with hints of chocolate-roasted flavor and a well balanced hop character.

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3.3
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Reviewed 12/29/2012. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a very dark burgundy color. The head is a two finger light khaki color with a great texture. It never really fades fully, topping the body off like mocha. S: Cocoa powder, grains (not roasted), vanilla, and faint coffee beans. A bit reminiscent of a really good brown ale more than a porter/stout - but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a nice aroma. T: More bitter than the aroma. It actually seems to feature a healthy hop bill, finishing with a decent amount of earth, pine, and even a touch of grapefruit. The bottle says this has a ’well-balanced hop character’, and I can actually agree to that - only thing I don’t like is the slight vegetal touch on the finish. Before the hops kick in, the flavor opens with roasted coffee beans and chocolate (with both flavors bleeding through to the aftertaste slightly). It’s a bit mild, but balanced very well. M: Classically bone dry and clean. The flavor leaves the palate as quickly as it enters, but I like how the hops never come across as being overly acidic. This is very easy to drink with spot on carbonation aiding its nature. O: A solid no-frills hoppy porter. This isn’t a world beater, but I’d buy a 6 pack of it given a limited selection at a store.


3.3
voyageurmike (426) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2017
Draft at Growler USA. Dark brown full bodied beer. Dry taste of roasted malt, finishes mild. Unexciting.

2.9
LearninBeer (580) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2017
The aroma is a little barnyard smell. Pours dark brown with beige head, mostly diminishing and excellent lacing. The taste is umami, not much to it. The body is medium/light, the texture thin, the carbonation lively and the finish abrupt. Doesn’t make it for me but this beer did sit in the fridge for awhile,

3.5
raymow (1602) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2017
on tap at Grumpy Monks in Myrtle Beach - super dark in color. Not much aroma. A nice porter.

4.2
ordybill (1738) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2017
Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the Carolina Ale House in Columbia, SC. The appearance is a dark brown color with a small tan head. The aroma is mostly coffee and malt. The taste is very similar to the nose with some slight raisin flavor added.

3.3
jflopsu (1592) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2017
Pours dark brown with tan head. Has a roasted malt, coffee, and grain aroma. A taste of roasted malts, grains, coffee, and some chocolate. A dry grain and roasted malt aftertaste.

3.2
Drjohnrock (761) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2016
From mix 6 pack bought at Village Market (Harris Teeter’s yuppie division), Johns Island, South Carolina, tasted on July 22, 2016. Very dark brown/coffee color, nice roasted malt aroma with some chocolate, slick texture, toasted malt/chocolate/oat flavor significantly compromised by chemical taste and astringency.

3.6
JStax (6364) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2016
12 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. The aroma has strong molasses and licorice notes. Leathery and herbal. This beer actually comes across a lot like a black ipa. Medium body and high carbonation.

3.6
kerenmk (4722) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 29, 2016
Bottle shared at a tasting at The Dancing Camel. Very dark brown. Vanilla, chocolate milk, soft roastiness aroma. Roasty, bitter, a little ash taste. Full body, roasty bitterness, ash finish. Nice!

3.6
DocJitsu (1972) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2016
Pours a dark brown with a long-lasting light tan head. Some chocolate, oatmeal, and brown dinner bread flavors. Unique.

3.3
DSG (14685) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 20, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks kerenmk. Brown. Aroma of chocolate, nuts, caramel, toast. Sweetish flavor with chocolate, some roast, nuts. Medium-bodied. Quite nice.


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