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RATINGS: 222   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, NCs Dynamite Roasting Co.

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2013
black. nose is fruity fresh coffe. Flavor is again roast complexities and fresh fruity coffees. Wow what a great coffee porter.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhp40219 (449) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 30, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black. Minimal tan head that leaves very little lacing. Aroma of fresh coffee beans, milk chocolate, and toasted caramel malts. Taste is slightly smoky with coffee, chocolate, caramel, and a hint of licorice and vanilla with a backbone of toasty malts and a bit of earthy hop bitterness. Moderate length somewhat dry finish of dark malts and a slight hoppiness underlying. Palate is a bit thin with a slick texture and average carbonation. Overall a very nice coffee porter. Very fresh tasting and actually pretty crisp. An easy drinker that can also double as a dessert beer as well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - FEB 7, 2014
There is a medium hit of light and silky coffee on the nose but that is then replaced with pure, straight up milk chocolate. And that flavor dominates the rest of the 12oz. And I mean that in the best possible sense. The coffee flirts underneath and as it warms a bit more coffee ground bitterness does rear its head but primarily this is like hot chocolate and I liked it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
woodychevy (874) - - FEB 27, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2014 Very delicious. But I happen to be a coffee lover and that is the flavor that comes through. Pretty big mouthfeel (have gotten used to the SC lighter bodied porter)- drinks more like a stout. Totally smooth with good bitterness added from the coffee profile- not so much the hops- although they are there in the background. From the Briess website: "Midnight Wheat Malt will contribute the same color characteristics as Black Malt but without the bitter, astringent, dry flavors or aftertaste". Leaning to heavily on the coffee for some palates, but works for me. Could be my favorite from Highland Brewing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bnwokedi89 (106) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Deep coffee aroma can't be missed! Dark complexion almost coca cola like in color. Low carbonation with limited fizz. Delicious coffee flavor that gets better as the beer warms up! Great brew worth trying!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
llcooldave (1206) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Black in the glass. Smoky coffee and cocoa aroma. Dry on the palate with a tobacco, cocoa and coffee flavor. Overall, tasty!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smaynard6000 (1117) - Apopka, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours a black color with small light brown head. Aroma is of roasted malt and coffee beans. Flavor is a combination of sweet chocolate malt and roasted coffee beans. Medium to full bodied. Quite good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (3418) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3422) - 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. Im not sure why this is rated so low. Its 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3622) - 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.


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