AndyW68 (1592) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Dark brown and tan head. Aroma of roasted chocolate malt. Taste of roasted chocolate malt and caramel with a dark chocolate bitter finish. UNCCTF (587) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2003
You can barely see daylight through this very dark beer - light tan head. Sweet, malt-dominated aroma - therefore, I was pleasantly surprised to find so many hop notes in the taste, which I thought complimented the chocolate and coffee hints extremely well. This brew has a good balance and great overall feel that I've come to expect from Highland (I've also had Gaelic and St. Terese's). Gotta love the NC brewers... in my mind I'm gone to Carolina... shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2005
A lovely blend of cracked, roasted barley, wheat, and the eponymous oatmeal to soak up the bitterness. A damn fine brew for daily drinking. Dark and smoky and nevery downletting. awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2005
A good dark beer. Very malty with a sweet smoothness that’s not oppressive. Not very hoppy at all. Full thick body. kawsakimx6 (7) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2006 does not count
The aroma is surpisingly chocalately It is nice and dark in color with a full body. I would recomend this beer to anyone thaat is in the area an like Porters, one of the best! This Beer is a great beer if you are into porters. I was fortanuate to live close to it for some of my life in Asheville NC!
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2006
dude - the head just sits there. it’s magnificent. there’s a little bit of toffee, bread, and coffee in the aroma. this beer simply looks tasty. it’s a jet black pour, period. i thought most schwarzbiers and black lagers were jet black, but i think i was mistaken. i should amend this to include this highland strain of alcoholic goodness. once i actually taste(d) this, i noticed, above all, a thickness to it, which screamed ’oatmeal’, duh! but also there’s bread there as well. it’s a pleasant balance of malt and hops in my book. there’s a slight bitter taste, but it’s balanced by a bit of saltiness, which is nowhere close to a negative. it defintely sits a bit heavier than most as well, as most in its class do. damn! my hat is off to the fabulous brewers of Highland Brewing. i wish there was a tip jar for the brewers that would just float aimlessly around til one popped the cap, wherever they may be. DearBeer2013 (94) - - MAY 8, 2014
Really nice balance of malts and hops. Practically no aftertaste. Good tasting beer. theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Black with a medium tan head. Nose and taste overwhelmed with chocolate. Very full in the mouth, silky, goes down smooth. Tastes cold. shrubber85 (11573) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Bottle. Dark chocolate and molasses malt aroma. Dark brown color with small head. Strong chocolate malt flavor with a slight burnt grain and hops finish. Nice full palate which is closer to a stout in mouthfeel. A great porter.