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Highland Oatmeal Porter | Highland Brewing

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Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by pezoids on 09-17-2002

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Reviews: 552 | Ratings: 1,313
Photo of OldSwampy
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a generous khaki head. Nose dominated by dark toasty malts. Taste smooth, with dark caramel, a hint of sweetness. Smooth taste and mouthfeel: silky, as the bottle suggests. Excellent beer, would only rate higher if the flavor profile were more complex, but that might disturb the smoothness of the taste profile that develops as you drink this. Drank 28 May 16.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There is a large tan head on this beer, a dark blackish color that has a red tint in the light. It has a rich and full stout flavor. There are hints of oatmeal in the flavor, and light chocolate notes in the aftertaste. It smells like coffee to me. The feel is medium and average relative to other stouts. Overall, it is a good oatmeal stout from a brand that is consistently good. I would recommend to stout fans, who can get a hold of it.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much of a head, but nice lacing. Dark brown look. Roasted malt sweetness in the nose and in the taste. Not complicated, over hoppy or too smoky. Don't get the reference to oatmeal, because it tastes like a straight forward American Porter. More interesting as it warms.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was my second time and it was better.
The aroma was subtle, but the taste and finish were long, malty and smooth.
A very nice change from the style of too much bitterness from the hops and roasted grain.
Give credit to the oatmeal.

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Photo of FrothFanatic
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Deep jet black color overwhelms the glass with a tall creamy head that dissipates leaving behind trails of creamy lacing. The smells hint of coffee, maybe a little cao cao, but no trace of oatmeal. Same with the taste, coffee cao cao but the oatmeal is very faint if not even present in this brew. Its so creamy and filling however that this could be a delightful breakfast beer. This is one of my favorite brewers and I would recommend this porter to anyone who wants to try something appetizing.

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Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite the oatmeal in the name of the beer, this brew tasted like a fairly normal porter to me with nice roasted malt flavors. In short, a fairly normal porter.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with thin caramel colored head good lacing head dissipates completely.

Smell I get some coffee notes maybe a little chocolate dark malts.

Taste right off the bat I get some coffee then some roasted malts also getting a little bit of oats.

Feel fairly thin well carbonated also a little bitter.

Overall a decent porter probably would not have it again.

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Photo of Extol
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - black in color, decent head retention and lacing. Smell - some chocolate and oatmeal. Taste - follows the nose, chocolate and subtle oatmeal smooth. Overall - decent brew. Nothing crazy.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright dark brown with ruby highlights under a 1” tan foam column that fairly rapidly dissipates to a thick film.

S: Some oatmeal, dark malts, trace of chocolate, trace of fruit, nothing burnt or harsh.

T: Starts oaty and creamy featuring dark chocolate with traces of coffee and dark dried fruit.

A trace of tartness on the finish provides balance. Hop bitterness is medium low to low, hop flavors low. Balance is to the malts and oats.

F: Creamy, silky, medium full body, medium low carbonation.

O: Nicely prepared oatmeal porter.

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Photo of scbeerman
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This one is absolutely a standard-bearer for the style along with MBC's King Titus. Pours almost black with ruby highlights; very light tan colored head which lasts forever and leaves rings of sticky lacing. Smell of chocolate and a little char adds to the warming roasted feel; a hint of grassy hops in the background. Taste is like a milkshake of dark chocolate and coffee, with enough sweetness to balance it out wonderfully. Some roastiness/charred flavor is present and provides a nice even bitterness. Mouthfeel is wonderfully, luxuriantly creamy and smooth, with a silky full mouthfeel courtesy of the oatmeal. Somehow. it manages to be as drinkable as any Porter out there at the same time. Overall, outstanding. I could drink a bunch of these without getting tired of it. If you don't like this you probably don't like porters.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Filled 2/17/15.

Pours a clear super dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, char, and pine needle aromas. Taste is much the same with toasted oat, cocoa powder, char, earth, and slight soy sauce flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid qualities for the style, but I am not getting a silky mouthfeel from the oats like the label states.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of slusk
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a clear garnet with a dense one finger tan head. Great retention.

S: Big coffee, chocolate and toffee with some woody tones. Spicy with a wee bit of raisin.

T: Definitely coffee and chocolate are the stars. Molasses and a bit of gingerbread with some raisin in the background. Low to no hop flavor, maybe a tiny bit of earthiness. The bitterness is strong and balances the sweetness.

F: Chewy, not quite a stout but almost full bodied. Creamy with low carbonation

O: I really like this brew. It's sweet but balanced. Like a big cup of black coffee with a little cream and sugar. One of my favorites.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark brown in color with a decent khaki colored head retention.

The smell is soft and chocolatey with a great malty sweetness.

Flavor is of roasted sweet malts. Cold pressed coffee. I don't notice chocolate in the flavor like I do in the aroma. Some floral hop bitterness going on as well.

This beer is very flavorful for something only medium bodied. It's really not a heavy beer at all, very easy drinking, but highly flavorful.

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Photo of chamberscreek
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An excellent porter. For some reason, seemed lighter bodied than I expected -- might not have IDed it as a porter in a blind test. Nice deep coloring, with an appropriate head on the pour. Dominant coffee/chocolate notes, with the oatmeal and mild bitterness hanging back just so. Maybe the most drinkable porter I've had, with a nice flavor punch.

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Photo of tedvr
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a medium caramel head. Smells of caramel and malt. Taste of caramel with a little chocolate in the background. Overall, a very nice smooth porter.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was pleased to see this Oatmeal Porter by the new (to me) Highland Brewing Company. I tried their Gaelic ale and some other brews, too. This oatmeal porter has 5.8% ABV.

Look-It pours a dark black with a faint reddish tint in the light. The head vanishes and leads to a delicate lacing on the glass.

Smell-It smells of toffee, spices like nutmeg, and also some cocoa beans.

Taste-The taste is like the smell, but with more cocoa and toffee. There is also a hazelnut component that comes through nicely. What’s interesting is I do taste a little bit of hops which I didn’t expect from this beer, but it went nicely with the chocolate and toffee malts.

Mouthfeel-I’d say it is a close medium-bodied feel with a sweet feel. The coating on the tongue is coffee and a mild hop resin.

Overall-This beer is refreshing and bold, but variable and well integrated. It has a mild hop component and the malts and body offer so many flavors to let this beer earn the title of Oatmeal porter. Cheers!

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Photo of BeerBrose
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a miniature snifter.

Look: translucent leathery brown, nice tight bubbles with apparent lacing throughout.

Smell: Toffee, Nuts, Sweet malt, leather.

Taste: Coffee like roasted malts, hazelnut, oats in the finish.

Feel: Thick body, heavy on the palate but finishes smooth.

Overall: Very Very drinkable and delicious porter.

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Photo of Zach136
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pretty close to pitch black, but some light definitely slips through the edges. Not that I mind. Head is nice beige, good lacing.

Aroma: Notes of roast and earthy (bordering on vegetal) hops. Slight hints of chocolate and dark fruit.

Flavor: Big roast, bordering on burnt. Earthy hops, chocolate and dark fruit in the background as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, burnt linger.

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Photo of GrinkoN
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Dark, lots of head that sticks around
S- roast malt, chocolate,
T/F- slight chocolate, oatmeal finishes, roasty bitterness, medium body
O- Was alright, seems like a starter stout and it was.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 12/3/14. Pours dark as a starless night. World Class head volume, lacing and retention.

Nice nose of roast and slight chocolate over a subtle malt sweetness.

Light medium body with a smooth texture that has hints of creaminess. Superb carbonation with a nice prickly effervescence from the middle on.

The flavor profile is intense enough, well balanced and reasonably complex. It begins with a blend of roast and weak chocolate that never really delivers a flavor punch. The middle has a slight bitterness and is where the oatmeal quality can be detected. The finish is a slow fade of light roast bitterness. A good starter for the porter/stout style since it has the classic flavor components but delivers them in a "light" style.

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Photo of Bonzo
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint glass. Cola color with a 1/2 inch tan head that fades quick S: Caramel and roasted malts T: Caramel and light chocolate. Bitterness up front but finishes slightly sweet O: Good and smooth but nothing to set it apart from others

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, opaque brown color with tan head. Roasted malt, oats not surprisingly, and a hint of cocoa on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes smooth.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, oats. Taste is mild, roasted malts, a bit of chocolate. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled Jan 6th 2015.

A one finger tan to mocha head forms but dissolves to a thin puck fairly quickly. A good dark walnut brown to mahogany body with some interesting amount of clarity and some good chestnut colored hues on the edges all through the glass.

Fairly solid bouquet. Creamy sense of milk chocolate, mild roast and a very small hint of acridity though. A hint of sweet grape comes out a bit as well but very tiny.

Real interesting palate, but also kind of odd. Very fine and tight carbonation which comes out like mineral water. Mouthfeel cuts like a knife and brings out a mineral blast and hop bitterness that comes out like a metallic wash. There is a bit of creamy texture to this but also some big astringency. Much of the chocolate character is really lost as well. Really nice aftertaste notes of pipe tobacco and roasted grains though, a little bit of vanilla and then some washing milk chocolate after only some time.

The mouthfeel on this is really distracting unfortunately, taking away from some real interesting characters of the beer, but it improves over some time. Drinkable no problem, but comes off as a lost opportunity to make a better beer.

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Photo of scotorum
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A straggler from a summer trip to Tennessee. Highland is not available in my state. I was attracted by the Scottish theme of the brewery name and label art.

a: Clear dark ruby with an inch thick beige head which receded slowly to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Chocolate and coffee

t: Cold black coffee and smoke with a moderate hop bite. Smoky and bitter finish which soon mellows out.

m: Medium, fairly smooth, lots of carbonation tingle.

o: A good porter, drinkable and flavorful. Perhaps not quite as silky as some oatmeal porters and stouts, but the flavors make up for it.

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