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RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This robust porter has a full body with some hints of chocolate from the chocolate malt and midnight wheat. The mild noble hop aroma showcases the roasty flavors and subtle fruit and spice notes of the artisan-roasted Fair Trade/Organic coffee of Black Mountain, NC’s Dynamite Roasting Co.

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2.8
willisread (3802) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 8, 2017
Bottle from Trader Joe's. Pours a deep brown to black with a small bit of head that dissipates quickly. Big roasty coffee ground nose, slight chicory. Thin on the palate, dark chocolate. Slightly sour. Light lingering coffee roast.

3.9
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.

4
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.

3.6
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.

3.6
aracauna (3707) - Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2012
Pours nearly black, nearly opaque. Nice chocolatey malt. Pretty solid porter, although the name makes it sound like a bigger deal than it really is.

3.7
smith4498 (3697) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Pours dark brown/black color with tan head. Aromas of coffee and chocolate with roasted malts. Roasted malt flavor with a moderate amount of coffee and some chocolate. Somewhat ashy. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

3.2
SpringsLicker (3685) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Dark brown pour with little head. Light cocoa aroma, some coffee. The flavor is lightly sweet and follows the aroma. A bit thin.

3.8
OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Pint, at Tylers Apex, good aroma, sweet, roasty. Chocolate, coffee. Dark Orangy brown, good head minor lace. Bittersweet flavor. Medium creamy oily mouthfeel. Bittersweet finish. Very nice. Great flavor. Big coffee.

3.6
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94. Earthy-peaty-nutty coffee and some light chocolate aroma. Black brown with a large brown head, nice creamy lacing. Roasty coffee, earthy peat, light ash and slightly acidic flavor. Body on the light side of medium, moderate carbonation. Very nice.

3.8
NachlamSie (3597) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2011
12 pack purchased from Green Life Chattanooga. This is basically black with a long lasting tan head. Aroma has true, tasty coffee with hints at dark chocolate. I’m not sure why this is rated so low. It’s an above average coffee beer, for sure. It may not have the completeness of something like Pisgah Valdez or Bells Java Stout, but the genuine coffee flavor is considerable. Malts are clean and balance things out nicely.


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