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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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Highland Oatmeal PorterHighland Oatmeal Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,201 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,201
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 38
Gots: 135 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Highland Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 09-17-2002

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Ratings: 1,201 | Reviews: 545
Photo of CameronWG
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers

Photo of tillmac62
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Bonzo
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
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

Photo of TX-Badger
3.6/5  rDev -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.

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of nelsonb
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I guess I would say, for a porter this beer has a less bitter taste than others I have tried.

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with ruby see through draft pour. Sweet cereal nose. Roasted malt and cereal flavors. Medium lite body. Nice lite porter.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This one was ok, not great. The taste was really nice, but it was a little too thin for my taste.

Photo of Csikic93
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A great dark porter, one of my new favorites.

Photo of smakawhat
3.56/5  rDev -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.

Photo of BEER32
4.78/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Excellent taste! Smooth and refreshing

Photo of derekgw123
4.74/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love porters and malty beers. This is one of my favorites.

Photo of winningwes91
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A decent transition beer. Nothing more

Photo of scotorum
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Skipster
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Just average in my opinion.

Photo of Flounder57
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown black color with a little vision of bubbles coming up through the glass when held up to the light. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank drank too.

Smell: Bready and sweet oats, roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, ashy smoke, and some caramel.

Taste: Same as above. Some earthy notes and bitterness in there.

Mouthfeel: Some bitterness, smooth, light bodied, low to medium carbonation, and slight chewy notes.

Overall: The oatmeal brings some subtle notes to this beer. It goes in a stout more often, but this one is a keeper even though you don't find it in a porter.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Thanks, Darren.

A: Opaque brown with a tan half-finger head that dissipates fast. Curtain-y lacing.

S: Chocolate malts do a duet with caramel. Nice.

T: Smokey and robust. Dark chocolate, malts and caramel with a pinch of peat on the finish. A bit of hops pop up, too, but not offensively bitter. Sweet. Smooth.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: A very nice surprise. Would drink more of this little beauty.

Photo of pagriley
3.25/5  rDev -16%

A- lighter color than I expected for a porter. Poured dark amber when held up to light.
S - hints of coffee, toffee and malt. nice
T - A touch sharper than I expected but nice - would be good with food and could put away a few
M- smooth but not too heavy. very drinkable

Overall a nice beer - received in a trade and very glad I got the chance to try

Photo of Gryphon69
3.25/5  rDev -16%

easy to drink, ok flavor

Photo of EHopkinsi
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Pours black, with a three finger foam head. Foam hangs around a looong time. Nice mouthfeel; silky, like it says on the bottle. Nice, but not bold, malty flavor. Nice hoppy finish. Noticeably thinner mouthfeel once it is warmed up, so take time to enjoy it but don't dillydally.

A very good porter.

Photo of Ama4tf
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Understated but smooth and not hard on the palate

Photo of JamesBondGA
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Got this on a trip to Raleigh,NC. Good flavor, pours a dark brown color.

Photo of Grugalug
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a very dark brown color and shows some very nice ruby red highlights when brought into the light. Carbonation bubbles are evident in spite of the dark color. It leaves an attractive 1.5-2 finger head that is tan in color. The head doesn't stay around for too long, and as it dissipates it leaves some nice lacing. Looks wonderful. (4)

S- The smell is predominantly roasted malt, and coming out of this is mostly coffee with a subtle bittersweet chocolate character. Perhaps a hint of raisins and the like, and no hop presence that I cant detect. Certainly intense but not terribly complex. (3.5)

T- Very smooth and easy to drink. Malty and slightly sweet, the oats really add to the smooth quality. The beer finishes with a roasted coffee intensity that can catch you by surprise, along with a hint of bittersweet chocolate and raisins or dates. Just enough hops for a nice and balanced bitterness. (3.85)

M- Not as much body as I was expecting to be honest. For me it was a bit too much carbonation that may have contributed to this. It is very silky thanks to the oats no doubt. (3.25)

O- A very nice and interesting take on the American Porter. This is the only Oatmeal Porter that I have ever seen, and I must say I wish that there were more out there! I can't regularly get this beer which is a damn shame. Very tasty, too much carbonation and not as much body as I would personally like is what kept this from being a truly outstanding beer in my opinion. Nonetheless, definitely would buy again if given the opportunity. (3.7)

Photo of tlennon0815
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am a huge fan of porters and this brew is no exception. The appearance is dark dark brown...you would think its black until you hold it to light. The head is a off white...almost tan colored. Smell is just what you expect of a porter, kind of a caramel, chocolate, creamy smell with a hint of bitterness. Taste is just as it smells. Up front you get a nice milk like taste with chocolate undertones with a touch of bitterness at the finish. Very good brew indeed!

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark brown, almost black, coloring, with chestnut highlights around the edges, and a wispy, thin, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, toffee, and hazelnut, with roasted characteristics to round out the sweet edges. Flavors are chocolate forward, both milk and bittersweet, with a bolt of bitter roasted coffee, crème highlights, and hints of roast throughout. Very balanced on the palate. A dry, light body keeps the drinkability up. The aftertaste is more of the bittersweet chocolate, and the beer has a smooth, dry finish. Solid porter.

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Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 1,201 ratings.