haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Nice deep brown/black pour with a foamy tan head. Coffee, malt, and some smoke in the aroma. Sweetness in the taste. Nice beer from Highland. Jayb0 (1197) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2004
Straightforward but decent brew. Almost black with just a bit of red. The dark tan head holds its own throughout. Nose is mainly sweet malt with a bit of grain. Very creamy but maybe just a little thin in the mouth. Malt and choco sweetness tends toward candy, I’d like to have had a tad more roasty bitterness. footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Dark brown with a skimming of milk chocolate foam.Has that Imperial Stout look.Has a nice mild roasted malt aroma.Much more flavorful than I had expected from the aroma.Has the nice roasted malt sbut a little kick of bitterness fir a finish.Not a thick beer but pleasant.This would be a good fall weather beer . ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2004
2004 bottle compliments of Jay (Springslicker) procured in an awesome trade, thanks! Dark black-brown color, mostly clear after it settles, with ruby highlights near the edges. Aroma of strong oats, light roast, some ash and perhaps brown sugar. Flavor is surprisingly very dry to start, but as it warms, some light caramel notes come on. Throughout there is ample oatmeal characteristic, smooth, creamy and lightly milky. Body is medium, with perhaps a touch of thinning. Dry barley on the finish. Low hop character, no alcohol. After it sits and warms fully, it is tremendously smooth, creamy and lightly sweet (toffee, caramel). Notes of more oats and a good amount of chocolate on the finish. Moderate carbonation. A bit too dry and less body than I would prefer overall. allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Poured dark brown, with an off0white head that dissipated quickly, leaving little lace. The aroma was malty, with chocolate notes, and the flavor was about the same. A little bit of hops in the finish. The oatmeal comes through a bit in the palate. Overall, I’ve had better porters, but it was certainly drinkable. The price was a bit much for what you get in return, though.
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Bottle. Pours black with a beautiful off white head. Faint aroma of vanilla and coffee. Very heavy roasted malt flavor. Finish is bitter, slightly dry, with some hints of pepper. There is a very strong aspirin like aftertaste that I am not digging. acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Pours very dark ruby with off-white head. Nice roasty aroma with a hint of alcohol and hops. Flavor is somewhat weak. Slightly sour and malty at first and then bitter and dry at the end. notalush (5875) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2006
Bottle from ross - the color and carbonation of this beer make it look almost exactly like a glass of coke (not very appealing) - aroma of minerals, lactose, weak coffee and a faint whiff of oatmeal - moderately hoppy and roasty - medium-dry, with a slight milky quality - light sweet cream, coffee and a hint of cocoa - slight caramel and chocolate malts linger for a while in the finish - not bad, but I would pass up a second helping. BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Thin tan head on a brownish black pour. Coffee, malty and toasty aroma. Smooth mouth feel. A nice easy drinking, quaffable porter. nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Bottle. Dark Brown pour with a light tan head. Aromas of light chocolate and hints of coffee...not a very pungent aroma but not bad either. Flavors of light roasted malt, bakers chocolate and a bit of coffee were present. Pretty thin body and a bit overly carbonated...finishes somewhat dry. Pretty middle of the road all the way around.