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RATINGS: 767   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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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - AUG 6, 2009
Low smell. Taste has lots of "hints" in it...hints of chocolate, hints of coffee, but never really commits itself to anything substantial. Instead, there is a semi-metallic tone to the flavours which cancels out any good thing. carbonation is also rather high; which is not a good thing. But...there is a nice malty feeling and a semi-scotchy presence to be felt. It"s not all bad.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 9, 2009
355 mL as a bonus from dkachur! Pours a deep amber- definitely not black- with a very thin, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a smidgen of lacing. Aroma is chocolate malt, a little roasted malt, some toffee and brown sugar. Taste is lots of brown sugar, milk chocolate. Way too sweet for me. Very oily palate.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (14490) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Pours a dark amber brown with not much head. Aroma is "celery". Not quite medium body with mild carbonation. Flavor is "celery" with some mild toasted malt. Its not offensive, but its not all that strong anything. Pleasant. Does leave some burnt bitter aspects in the mouth. If theres chocolate, its low key.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2010
Almost a black pour, it is covered by a fading off-white head. Mostly roast focused nose where biscuity, but burnt dark malts lean more towards chocolate than coffee. Nutty and leafy/earthy on the palate, it is more bitter than aromatic in terms of hops. The oatmeal contributes a certain roundness on this semi-thick ale with moderate carbonation. A competent dark ale, but just not particularly engaging. Ive had more impressive from Highland, but just have not been charmed in a while, even with the beers I preferred from them.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ayumbomb (63) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2005
I try to support Highland as often as possible, it being a local brew and all, but I really didnt like this porter. I tend to enjoy porters, but this beer was extremely disappointing to me. Trying to pinpoint the issue, I think it might lie in the aftertaste.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Pours a deep brown. Nice frothy head from the oats. Good creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is somewhat bland. Not much to say other that its a standar porter. Decent and drinkable brew, but nothing to write home about.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12296) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2007
on tap-pours a tan head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-coffee. Taste is dark malt-chocolate/faint coffee, secondary faint hops.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
precodekeith (27) - hamilton, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2008 Bottle. Medium, tan head that quickly went away. Average malt flavor for a porter, a bit thin on the palate for my tastes. OK in a pinch.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hershiser2 (2517) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Bottle. Pours brown with a small head. Floral aroma as well as some sweet malts. Taste is light floral with some lager tones. Plain.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
cheap (5543) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Dark but not black. Aroma comes across with some roasted something. Smell is also at times mettalic, like fresh nails. Very little carbonation. Mild burnt wet old wood flavors bit not quite reaching Stout levels. Burned bitter charcoal lingering finish without an alky burn. Overall good beer experience.


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