BelgianBeerGal (4140) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2015
ABC PCB growler. Gorgeous brown pour with a foamy, tan head that lasts forever. Big roasty aroma with a hint of coffee. Nice flavor that hints at coffee but also reminds me of roasted peanuts. Nice. Butters (4063) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Great black pour with fading tan head. Nice roasty clean fresh coffee aroma, some vanilla. Flavor has more of the roast grounds bitterness and not as much balance. Meh. One of the better coffee beers out there, but I’m not a fan of coffee. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Bottle, thanks ethan for sharing. Deep brown with a chocolate milk like sudsy head with plentiful lace against my mini imperial glass courtesy of Durham Central Park. Nose is cocoa, light coffee, light fruit. Nice, not overwhelming but nice. Roasty, dark chocolate, light espresso. very easy drinking, light bitterness in the finish. Solid and like everything Highland makes, English style so don’t go judging this against Hill Farmstead Everett or anything amazing like that. SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 24, 2011
bottle. pours black with a small, creamy, tan head. aroma of creamed coffee and milk chocolate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. roasted coffee flavor and dark chocolate with burnt cookies in finish. somewhat light body with a creamy texture. DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2014 Very good porter dark chocolate smooth beautiful, black pour, white head, nose is chocolate, same with taste.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2012
Bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Listen closely and you can hear Brian Johnson. Was pleased by how solid this one was, and that’s more or less what I expected from Highland - they usually do the chocolate malt and coffee interface pretty well. This one could have been more full bodied, I suppose, but it had a bracing, lively roasted quality to it that recalled fresh Bells Java. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Brewvival 2011, on tap. Dark black large frothy light brown
Sweet roast chocolate and coffee aroma
Big coffee flavor some roast chocolate and caramel
Med bod mod carb. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2016 Beer #14 Asheville trip. Had this on tap at Jack of the Wood. Pity that we didn’t have time to go by Highland itself, but time is always limited, and at least I got to try a really nice one. Pours black, nice head. Aroma of espresso and chocolate. Flavor matches. A bit of vague fruity character in the background. Came across bigger than it really was, with a touch of warming alcohol on the finish. Very nicely done, my favorite brew sampled at Jack of the Wood. RERATE: Basically 3 years later on another trip to Asheville, this time at the hotel bar. And it was exactly how I remembered it, without realizing I had already tried it. No changes here. jrob21 (3774) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2012
On tap at Cypress Street. Nicely roasty coffee aroma. Smooth and easy to drink porter with a touch of character but not overpowering in any one dimension. Soft sweetness. Caramel and chocolate flavors. A little grassy bitter on the back end. reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma has fresh mild coffee and roastiness. Flavor has nice fresh roasty coffee...a light and faint spiciness that almost comes off as hot pepper. Mouthfeel is light and silky with a roasty/bitter coffee finish...just a hint of a burn...id swear there was hot pepper in this. Fairly one dimensional but tasty.