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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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Highland Oatmeal PorterHighland Oatmeal Porter

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,125 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,125
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 36
Gots: 84 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 09-17-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,125 | Reviews: 528 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by clemtig76:
Photo of clemtig76
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler I picked up in Greenwood, SC at Corley's Market. Pours an almost jet black with ruby highlights, nice rocky tannish frothy head with lacing ringing the glass after every sip. Nice roasty aroma with a faint spicy hop background. Taste is medium bodied with a silky smooth finish from the oats. A little subdued for a porter in my opinion, but nice maltiness with hints of chocolate and caramel, some hops detectable on the back end. Silky smooth and easy to drink. I think I will have another.

clemtig76, Jan 05, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured nicely on tap dark brown with ruby tinge,nice tan colored head wich went away quickley.Smelled very much like roasted malt with chocolate also prevalent.A little more hoppy than I expected with some fruity character to go with chocalty taste.A little thin in body and mouthfeel for me,but it went down pretty easy.

oberon, Feb 16, 2003
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer. Many thanks to AutumnalDave for the sample. Pours jet black with a monstrous tan head. Awesome retention. Smooth, sweet aroma of oats, chocolate, and surprisingly hops, of the citrus and floral varieties. Full bodied and full flavored with oats, nuts, sweet malts, bits of baker’s chocolate, and a sip of coffee. Creamy and rich yet accessible as can be. Very drinkable.

DaPeculierDane, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown from the bottle allowing for a single finger of ecru head. The aromas are nott too telling for such a flavorful beer. The taste explodes with coffee, bittersweet chocolate, nuts, and oats. The flavors are many and all complementary of one another. The taste of this porter is big on all fronts and pleasant all the way down to faint taste of alcohol that gives the porter its warming effect. The bittersweet chocolate finishes the beer on the pallet. This porter has a richness that I expected more from a stout but the brew is not thick. The balance in the flavors is mirrored in the body and the overall drinkability of the porter is really good.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, nearly black. Very thin light brown head when poured from bottle into a pint glass. Head dissipated very quickly but there was good lacing throughout.

S: An interesting mix of sweet maltiness and coffee

T: Roasted chocolate flavors with a malt sweetness balanced with a sharp hop character. The malts come through strong but the hop bitterness finishes nicely.

M&D: Nice full bodied and chewy. Very smooth and goes down really easy.

Thiis review is for a bottled version but I have had this on tap at the McGregor Ale House in Cary, NC. Very enjoyable, predominantly malty, and great body. I am enjoying the heck out of the Highland line-up and the Oatmeal Porter is no exception. Even though it's just a little bit rough around the edges, I'm finding that I am really enjoying that in my beer lately. Call me crazy but it's a nice change from the ultra refined macros or the centuries old refinements found in the Belgians. I'm diggin' it and looking forward to some more!

SIRIUS2, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of Bitzer
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Bitzer, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of MikeC144
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

MikeC144, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Highland Oatmeal Porter pours from the bottle a lovely deep charcoal black with a creamy tan head on top that leaves some spotty lacing. Aromas of roasty dark malts, chocolate chunk, some dark fruitiness, a hint of coffee and bitter green hops. Nice.

First sip brings a smooth roasty, toasty, slightly smoky maltiness accentuated by chocolate notes and light hints of bitter coffee grounds. Some green, mildly piney hops work there way to the back of palate as this porter finishes quite dry. A tad bit chalky on the roof of the mouth, but overall a nice brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth carbonation that works quite well. I could easily sit down to a few of these as it's one of my favorite styles...but I do feel there are better porters out there that I would probably choose first. Thanks to kmpitz2 for the opportunity.

orbitalr0x, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of blitz134
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a thin tan head on top of a nearly opaque black body. Smells of weak coffee with hints of dark fruits. Slightly sweet smell overall. Taste is of dry oatmeal with a touch of toasted malts in the background. There is a bitter finish as well which goes well with the dry initial flavors. Mouthfeel is good but nothing to write home about. Drinkability is really good and I’ll certainly pick up another 6’er at some point in the future. Overall this is a good easy drinking dry porter.

blitz134, Mar 15, 2005
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

SmellsofMahagony, May 16, 2013
Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -22.7%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Thanks to bocktech for the sample.

Appearance: The head looks like a superbly frothed cappuccino leaving thick rings of lace down the glass. Two shades away from total black, you can make out some deep red highlights.

Smell: Sweet malts with a mild roasted tone in the back and a silkiness of the oats.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, very luxuriant in the mouth with its full body. Thick underlying coffee flavour throughout with a nice heavy hand of sweetness that is restrained by the roasted malt and hop bitterness. Finish bitter sweet with a lingering creaminess.

Notes: I could certainly quaff a few pints of this, nice to see a long smoothness in a porter rather than the harsh crispness that some do have. A choice pick if you can get your hands on some.

Jason, Jan 15, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label says this was contract brewed by Frederick Brewing, of Maryland. Pours a deep, dark, brown, not quite black, but opaque body with a thick, two finger, tan head. Average retention and nice, patchy lace is left down the glass as it empties.

Aroma features roasted chocolate malt, and hints of bittter herbal hops, nuttiness, and old coffee.

Mouthfeel is rich and coating, with medium body and carbonation.

Roasted chocolate malt is dominant on the palate, but has an oatmeal smoothness. Espresso and cocoa powder are there as well. Hops bitterness is more than adequate to balance the chocolate sweetness, and even has a note of black pepper for emphasis.

This is a well done porter that has pleasing complexity. It seems thinner toward the finish, which adds to drinkability.

merlin48, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of warriorsoul
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to AlexJ for this one...
An extremely dark brown with a half finger of tan head...half of it sticks around and produces very nice lacing.
Sweet milk aroma with a pinch of hot chocolate in the nose.
The taste is pretty good...nowhere near the sweetness I was expecting and a nice addition of hops to bitter it up in it's finish. Well balanced flavors of coffee and chocolate...not pushing any envelopes here and very glad to see that. The alcohol is well hidden as it should be.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, the carbonation is where I like it and goes down very easily.
A nice offering from Highland.

warriorsoul, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of JayEvans813
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

JayEvans813, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Skye1024, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of avitallo
4.5/5  rDev +16%

avitallo, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of Wph22840
4.84/5  rDev +24.7%

Wph22840, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

dankjohn, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of jcdiflorio
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this one up while vacationing at the Outer Banks. Was in a 12oz brown long neck bottle with crimped cap poured into a nonic glass.

Black,reddish hue in light,not quite opaque. 3" creamy tan head receding slowly leaving clumpy chunks of lace along the way.

Roasty,peat,slightly vinious,pine resin,burnt carmell with rolled oats.

Tastes roasty,black coffee,chocolate,lot of maltiness,and complexity. Also earthy tastes with a crisp,sharp,bittersweet finish with a roasted chocolate fade. Well balanced beer.

Light feel,yet full,smooth and juicy make for good drinkability. Tasty beer wish i had another.

jcdiflorio, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +3.1%

bpfrush, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Mantooth, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of yankeeheel
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, nearly opaque garnet/black. Small tan head that left town fast. Smells of oatmeal, fig, and raisin. I likee.

The taste is very smooth. The oatmeal stands out with the dark malts and coffee coming through. The oatmeal confused my mouth. It kept waiting for the stout bite that never came. Carbonation is on the low side, which makes it seem even smoother. A really nice and intersteing variation on a porter. Get you some.

yankeeheel, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of Slowpony97
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

Slowpony97, Sep 09, 2014
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Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 1,125 ratings.