Panzuriel (2238) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Thunderstruck pours a rich deep brown black with a thin mocha head. Nose is rich nutty roast coffee with hints of carmelized brown sugar. Taste is a slightly dry coffee tasting roasty rich deep and nutty goodness. body is just a hair shy of silky and a bit bubbly. finishes with good bitters and black coffee. nice rich coffee flavored beer. BigMikesNC (12) - Brevard, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2012
A surprisingly good porter, it's a chocolate, the smell and fragrance of roasted coffee with a slight Whitdale finish nice carbonation. I would drink again
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone 8balls (12) - Winston-Salem, USA - DEC 20, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2013 This is one of the best seasonal offerings from Highland in some time. It?s got a pleasant, fresh coffe aroma that?s not overbearing. The coffe flavor is present & very nice, but it doesn?t dwarf the porter itself. I enjoy the fact of the organic products/brands that have gone into this--it let?s me know this brew has been loved and isn?t cheap. There?s some nice lacing down my glass, too. I?m currently drinking the draft version, but Ikve had bottles, as well (both are delicious). Taking into account Highland?s Oatmeal Porter, I can deduce that these guys have porters figured out in a major way! foyle (421) - Wyoming, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Appearance: ½” creamy off white head, beer is nearly black—almost no light penetration. No carbonation bubbles visible.
Aroma: Coffee, Roasted Barley, Dark Chocolate
Mouthfeel: medium to heavy bodied, moderately carbonated, rich, finish is similar to dark coffee.
Flavor: A coffee infused porter that tastes exactly as advertised. Coffee/Expresso is the dominant flavor. In addition there is some chocolate malt, toffee, and a mild hop presence. I don’t pick up a great deal of fruit flavors as the brewer advertises, maybe some orange peel and a little raisin.
Overall: very good cold weather beer, I would not be able to down this one in Summer. A give this beer a solid A grade for the style. metalhead0043 (207) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2013
6 pack for 9.49. I’ve been waiting for this one all year. Pours black with a slight amber hue to it and a tan head. Really nice looking porter. Smells like coffee and a little roasted malt as well. Taste is pretty much the same; coffee and roasted malts. Body is medium, a little thinner than I like though. I won’t hold it against this beer simply because of how good it is. Definitely worth the wait.
cedwards1650 (16) - - NOV 17, 2013
Good crisp aroma with notes of coffee, vanilla, hazelnut. Dark brown almost black color. Malty bitter taste at the beginning with a very strong coffee taste (as expected), smooth finish with after notes of vanilla and almond and a hint of chocolate. Overall a well made porter
firemarshal (206) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Bottle into shaker. Jet black with tan dense head. Coffee, chocolate, caramel, roasty, slightly spicy aroma. Predominant taste is chocolate, with coffee, roasted nuts, cloves. Chewy palate with a bit of spice and carb. Excellent. reverendj (185) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Predominately coffee aroma enhanced by the hints of earthy hops. Deeply black color capped by a moderate nutmeg head. Smooth coffee up front chased by mild chocolate with a nice roastiness on the finish. Decadent enough to serve with a warm chocolate desert. GREAT BEER !
dlovell2 (2133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Early Christmas present from a friend. Dark brown with a tan head. Smokey,Roasted malt aroma with coffee and vanilla and coffee notes and some pine from hops. Creamy feel in mouth. Sweet vanilla caramel start. Then a roasted malt and dark coffee flavor finish. One of the best names for a beer I’ve seen
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2011
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours jet black with a one finger tan head. Pretty good lacing.
The smell is just wonderful. Coffee and dark chocolate dominate with some caramel. Smells like a cappuccino!
The taste starts off great but doesn’t finish well. There is a heavy coffee and caramel flavor along with chocolate, much like the smell. However soon after there is a strong bitterness that takes hold. I’m guessing it is from the coffee but it just seems to disrupt the flow of things.
This is a good beer overall but I feel the coffee bitterness could be toned down just a bit. I would drink it again, though.