It’s no secret that we’re partial to stouts here at Knox Beer Snobs. Add in words like “double” and “chocolate,” you’ve got our attention. Back in July Highland Brewing Company debuted their Warrior Series and we were pretty impressed. The Warrior Series is meant to be a series that allows the talented brewing team at Highland to push the boundaries. The beer on deck today was the one that caught our attention first in July, so we’re thrilled to see it now.
This particular beer was the effort of bar tender J Unger who brewed it on Highland’s pilot system. As a self proclaimed chocoholic, this is the result. If you’re wondering where the name comes from, from the press release: The name pays tribute to Scotland’s historic military regiment known as The Black Watch. With their dark tartan and mission to watch over Highlands, Highland salutes these warriors with a dark mahogany colored brew that pours silky smooth.
Now, let’s check out the beer. It’s no surprise that this beer pours dark, black, with a nice head that lingers at the top of the glass. Even while pouring and a good 18 inches away from my nose, the chocolate notes are exceptionally strong – I’m reminded of Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. Unlike Young’s this beer has a much more pronounced malt profile that shines through with roasted flavors intertwined with a velvety chocolate flavor. At 8% ABV there is just enough heat from the alcohol that it dances nicely with the other flavors. This beer would be wonderful with a number of dishes but it may be particularly fun around a winter campfire paired with roasted marshmallows, just sayin!
Final snobs: As Beer Snob Don would say, “hell yes!” This is a fantastic beer from Highland and we would definitely recommend it – especially if chocolate and stouts are your thing.
Now, we should see it in K-town but Highland will be hosting a kick off at the brewery on November 27th beginning at 4pm where they’ll have the beer available for purchase.