BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Black pour with a nice tan head that quickly fades. Aroma of coffee with a touch of lactose. Mmmm ... sweet flavor of chocolate covered espresso beans with a slight bitter finish. Thick mouthfeel with a tingly carbonation underneath. Another well crafted Highland brew. Shag (3036) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Pitch black with very little head. Aroma contains some chocolate and coffee. Flavor is rather bitter with some coffee, dark chocolate, and licorice. Full bodied and bitter. Overall a good beer. 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. jlruthven (612) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours pretty much black, with faint ruby hints coming through when held to the light. Rocky, mocha-colored head that recedes to about 1/4 inch. Nose is very smooth, well-roasted coffee, a bit of dark bread, slight hop bite. Taste is lightly sugared coffee, big bitter chocolate, piney hop presence. Lingering finish. Glad Highland finally released a new brew. This is very nice. CanIHave4Beers (4207) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2012
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TheBeerGod (6253) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Pours basically black with a small but well retained head that leaves small bits of lacing on the glass.
The beer has a nice roasty and fruity smell. The coffee is vibrant and pungent and not unlike walking into my dearest Zanzibar’s Coffee house here in town while the roaster is doing her thing.
The flavor is roasty and bitter with a little bit of creamy sweetness. The beer isn’t overly sweet but does have a little bit of ashy-ness.
The palate is a little bit think but the low carbonation serves the flavor perfectly.
Bottle. Black pour with a short tan head. Strong coffee notes in the aroma. Black, oily coffee beans, roasted malt, and hints of dark chocolate form the bulk of the aroma. Taste is black, oily coffee beans, chocolate covered coffee beans, roasted malt and burnt caramel. Body is medium with a smooth, creamy carbonation. Ends with more strong coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, faint caramel and burnt oatmeal. jbruner (5121) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Pours an opaque brownish-black from the bottle with thin tan head and moderate lacing. Aroma and taste are heavy of the coffee, slight roasted malt and toffee on the nose. Pretty good, nothing exceptional. stevencon (522) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Dark black pour. Off white head. Atoms of coffee chocolate and light roasted character. Medium body dry coffee finish that lingers. Very tannic JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Pours a jet black with fluffy tan brown head. Nose and taste is all coffee in the front and a bit of a tart finish. Not bad at all.
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UPDATED: JAN 24, 2014 12oz bottle, thanks to alexsdad06 for sharing. Dark brown color, with a red hue, thin khaki head. Minimal lace. Good, potent coffee nose. Soft carbonation, dry texture. Light bitter taste. Nice coffee flavor and aftertaste. Dry finish.... 3.2
Re-rate, 1/25/14: Gotta say, I like this more now. Chewier, more pleasantly bitter. What can you do. 3.6. That’s what we’re ending on. Fuck you and everyone else who cares otherwise. That’s a great score. Great long coffee roasty aftertaste.