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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

Highland Oatmeal PorterHighland Oatmeal Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

950 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%


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)
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RBorsato

Virginia

5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black-ish with ruby red highlights and a low dark brown head. Chocolatey aroma dominates with a light hop character. Rich, smooth chocolatey flavor with a nice hop balance. Med-full bodied and creamy smooth.

Much more pleasant than many other hoppy dark beers such as Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout -- Highland just seems to be better balanced and not over the top on hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2003 10:43:55 | More by RBorsato
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BreadSlicer

Georgia

4.9/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful dark, deep amber but looks black when not held up against a lighted background.

Smell: Just like everything else the smell isn't over-whelming but it's unique, very interesting, and complex. I'm not exactly sure what gives it the unique twist but I like it!

Taste: Say hello to my personal 'reference' beer. This is the beer that I keep coming back to after I try different beers and comparing them to this one. The way this beer balances everything is what makes it special for me personally. Not just the hops/malts/oatmeal/etc but the way it's also full-bodied and complex enough to always keep me interested but subtle enough not to wear you out. It manages to both satisfy and leave you wanting more at the same time. Balance, balance, balance...I'm all about the balance and this beer puts on a clinic. If it had legs it would be doing the Ralph Machio butterfly stance.

Mouthfeel: Doesn't strike me as particularly oily but has a fuller texture than most porters. The oatmeal leaves a little 'something' on the back of your tongue that almost makes you want to chew. Most gratifying! Very smooth and sophisticated just like everything else.

Drinkability: The definition of drinkability for reasons stated above. The only beer that may be even more drinkable is another Highland product (Gaelic Ale)...but that's another story.

I have GOT to make a trip to Asheville one of these days...

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 03:55:58 | More by BreadSlicer
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dubman003

New Hampshire

4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This isn't a get-drunk beer; this is an exceptional porter that should be enjoyed with a steak and friends. Don't eat the friends, lol. Excellent, possibly the best beer I've ever tried. I wish I could take this beer to every company that makes a porter and say, "This is how you make a porter."

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 04:20:12 | More by dubman003
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CBlack85

South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte

The beer is nearly black with deep ruby highlights when held up to the light. The huge dark tan head is dense and has good retention. Very little spotty lacing is left behind.

The aroma is not huge, but is strong enough to leave an impression. Hints of chocolate and coffee blend well with the smokey undertones and malty backbone. There is a faint hint of hops, but you really have to be looking for it to notice it.

The flavor is big on coffee and chocolate. There is a great malty profile that is right on the verge of bitter, but doesn't quite cross that line. The hops are more pronounced in the flavor than in the aroma. The oatmeal gives it a silky mouthfeel and medium body. Quite complex and rather enjoyable.

Highland never fails to impress

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2010 01:44:59 | More by CBlack85
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark ruby, light just makes it through. A thin cream head doesn't cover the surface completely and leaves an occasional patch of lace.

Aroma - heavy aroma of roasted coffee beans. Straight up, that's it. Good enough for me!

Taste - dark roasted malt with a sweet chocolate mix. Just a blip of hoppiness at the end. Ends on the sweeter side with light caramel and coffee bean flavors.

Mouthfeel - heavy, smooth, evenly carbonated, perfect.

Drinkability - a fine treat supplied by merlin48. Great stuff!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2005 17:44:57 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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rousee

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is dark purple-black with a small head. Minimal lace. Smell is dark malts, caramel and coffee.Ok I guess oatmeal too.. Very nice. These are all apparent in the taste too. Excellent quenching mouthfeel. Quite smooth too. Methinks highland pretty good brewers. One of the better oatmeal porters/stouts I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2005 22:35:54 | More by rousee
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Lupe

New York

4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Courtesy of cjohnson.

Dark brown in color with some amber/garnet hues when held to the light. Frothy cappuccino colored head that fades fairly fast, though some awesome rings of sticky lace are left behind.

Sweet and roasty aroma. Chocolate, mild coffee, graham cracker, and Nilla Wafers. Oats add a nice smoothness to the nose. Yum.

Underlying coffee flavor that never becomes assertive but makes for a nice platform. Malty sweetness is well balanced by the roasted and hop bitterness. Notes of cocoa, coffee, and vanilla. A little caramel as well. Exceptionally smooth tasting. A nice blending of flavors. Finishes slightly dry with some lingering bittersweet chocolate.

Medium bodied, silky smooth and creamy. A real luxurious mouthfeel - gotta love the mighty little oat. So easy to drink - I could easily but a few of these away in a sitting. So wonderfully smooth in flavor and texture. A nice departure from those thin porters with harsh crispness that leave you wanting more than roasted acidity.

Highly recommended - more enjoyable to me than Highland's Black Mocha Stout. Great thanks to cjohnson.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 01:30:28 | More by Lupe
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LiveaHoppyLife

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - The color of this beer is very dark, a little transparent on the edges of the glass, but almost black in the middle. The color is a deep reddish brown.

S - The aroma of the beer is very rich. It has a dark, sweet scent, and this may sound weird, but it is a little similar to the smell of molasses.

T - The taste is wonderful. This porter is one of my very favorites out there. The flavor is very rich, and is not something that can be fully enjoyed with food. You really should devote your entire palate to this beer, because there are so many flavors to enjoy.

M - I think the texture of this beer is what really sells me on it. It is silky smooth. It is not as thick as a Guinness, but is thick nonetheless.

D - I scored it high, because if you are enjoying a pint or two of this at your local watering hole, then it is very drinkable, however if you are planning on drinking more...it isn't the best for high quantity.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2009 05:18:50 | More by LiveaHoppyLife
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This one pours very black with a nice frothy head about an inch worth's.

Aromas: Very prevalent chocolate notes light coffee hints.

Taste: Big chocolate notes wonderfully malty with a nice hoppy balance. Also a nice smooth mouthfeel.

Notes: This a great style of porter I have had porters before but not this style untill now. Lace lines the glass all the way through. It's also very drinkable. I could definately scarf down a few of these. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 01:03:14 | More by horshack7
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veech

Tennessee

4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This may be my favorite beer (to date that is, life is too short with so many beers yet to sample). It's nice to have a regional beer with so much going for it. Appearance is chocolatey black with ruby tones.The nose immediately picks up the earthy, organic oatey overtones that don't overpower the roasted chocolate malts. Mouthfeel is substantially chewy and smooth thanks to the aforementioned perfect balance of oats and malts. Drinkability is what sets this, and really all Highland beers apart. The heaviness that one may find in many porters is not found here despite the heartiness supplied by the oatmeal. These characteristics add up to one exceptional brew. Cheers to Highland from across the mountain.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2006 04:23:03 | More by veech
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Insomnicat

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black as the night with a finger of light brown foam

S - Dark Chocolate notes behind malt

T - Dark Chocolate and coffee behind roasted malt

M - almost like a light syrup

D - This would make a superb session beer but the complexity would make it difficult for me to have several in a night

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 02:24:08 | More by Insomnicat
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JISurfer

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WOW!!! This is one truely amazing brew. I never thought that this was going to be this good. There was nothing about this beer that I didn't love. The color was an awesome black, with a thick tan head that stuck around for quite sometime. Talk about head retention, this baby was off da hook! The smell was malty, mixed with some hops, and hints of chocolate. The taste was similar, but was more in the area of chocolate, which is a plus for me. Also, this was one smooth mama jama. It was creamy and oh so smooth on the throat. Bottom line, if you like good beer, you need to drink this. If you like crappy beer, then drink this, so it will convert you to good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 02:09:12 | More by JISurfer
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has become a staple among myself and my friends. Now, time to have it one tap.
slightly off white head on a dark brown color with ruby shine-through
A nose of sweet caramel malt.
Mouthfeel is wonderful and smooth.
Sweet caramel malt taste.
This beer has a much more flavor than any other porter I've had. A great beer from NC.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2006 22:40:18 | More by rtratzlaff
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought from a liquor store in Savannah, GA while on a trip

Nice toasty malt aroma. Very pretty in the glass, almost black with giant tan head.

Flavor is spot on for a porter. Excellent balance. Very malty with toasty chocolate notes but also some creaminess and the little bit of extra smoothness from the oatmeal.

Extremely drinkable. Mouthfeel is decent, a tinge thin but within the range for the style.

I look forward to trying more from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 01:57:03 | More by jmbranum
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer looks perfect with its deep and dark brown color and thin creamy tan head. Almost black in appearance. The aroma is somewhat complex with deep and dark roasted chocolates, tannic hazlenut, and sweet and soft black licorice. Enticing. Flavors are well received in the mouth and the beer goes down very smoothly. Rich tasting. Soft roasted buttery notes gently coat the tongue. Medium bodied and low in bitterness. This is one excellent ultra smooth beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2004 22:22:21 | More by pezoids
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ruckzuck

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on Sunday evening.

A - dark, hints of red, off-white head

S - roasted malt, chocolate, hints of coffee

T - WOW, a great taste. Dark chocolate and coffee shine through like crazy. Super enjoyable

M - medium body, goes down smoothly

D - as I said, this tastes great (at least on tap)! Would definitely drink again. Just delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2008 18:00:35 | More by ruckzuck
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airheadmtrcycle

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint on a chilly fall day on the back deck. The Highland Oatmeal Porter was accompanied by a Nicaraguan full bodied cigar, some sharp NY white cheddar cheese and crackers. I was intrigued by the idea of an oatmeal porter being a fan of porters and oatmeal stouts.

Reddish/black in color with a small creamy head even with an aggressive pour. The thin head stayed put throughout the pint and left some lacing. Not a bad looking beer at all, but not its best quality. As the ale warmed, a really creamy head would form after a gulp that was lovely, but faded quickly.

A wonderful smell/taste of roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate and a hoppy character that unexpectedly jumped out and caught my attention. I drank porters for years before I began my interest in craft beers, but I don't remember this much hop presence. Perhaps my palate is developing. It balances the sweetness really well. Absolutely delicious!

Low to medium carbonation and a warming sensation make this a highly drinkable beer. I feel like I made the perfect choice given my mood and circumstances. Not too full, but never watery, something I dislike in a porter. While probably not the best choice for a sessionable beer, I will drink another right away.

Edit: I find myself coming back to this porter all the time. It is fast becoming my favorite American porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 20:45:13 | More by airheadmtrcycle
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fretlessman71

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: The idea of an Oatmeal Porter has been pretty enticing to me over the years because of the added smooothness factor, and now I finally get to try one.

APPEARANCE: Jet black with the faintest mahogany highlights around the outside. Medium tan head; tight bubbles. A little bit of lacing, but wondering if I properly rinsed out the glass from the dishwasher before pouring…

AROMA: Dark chocolate, dates, red wine, clove and nutmeg. Sure hope this beer lasts until Christmas! Not much hop character at all.

FLAVOR: This is one mild brew with a lot of flavor. Bitter dark chocolate gives way to some hop flavor on the sides, little bit of fresh-roasted coffee coming through as well. The dates in the aroma are not as present as they were in the aroma, but they’re there. Hops peek their head over the wall just a bit as the beer warms. You can really taste the effects of the oatmeal here; there’s a smoothness and a earthy-grainy sweetness in the back you don’t normally see, save for Oatmeal Stouts (hey – that makes sense!). Nothing off, and certainly interesting – and tasty to boot!

MOUTHFEEL: It doesn’t get any smoother than this. As close to perfect as you’re going to get.

DRINKABILITY: At 5.8%ABV, it’s getting close to the danger zone for this lightweight, but it’s so tasty and interesting that I could see myself having more than one of these – just pass the pretzels, wouldja? Didn’t notice the alcohol until my cheeks started tingling… this one went down too fast. Wow!

OVERALL COMMENTS: A thoroughly unique brew, and empirically worthy of at least a taste should you ever get the opportunity. Always thought that Oatmeal would do well in a porter, and after this brew, I can see I wasn’t wrong.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2005 18:30:35 | More by fretlessman71
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LauraAlberts

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark Ruby Red in light. Tan foam with some lacing.

Smell: Maple Syrup, Butterscotch, Chocolate, Raw Egg, Honey

Taste: Mild mocha, chocolate, mild spice

Mouthfeel: Soft, supple, very elegant

Drinkability: Either or - session or sipper. If it's really cold out side - session - but not too big of a porter to not be enjoyed in a pleasant climate.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 21:55:10 | More by LauraAlberts
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gonzo46and2

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice and dark with a ton of lacing and a pretty big khaki colored head.

Aroma is fantastic. Toasted grains like 9 grain bread, touches of coffee and cocoa, and hints of smoke and beef broth.

Taste is great with a bit of fresh hop flavor and much of the aroma reflected also. A touch of bitterness balances it out.

Mouthfeel is perfect for drinking a couple. Medium-thin body with light carbonation.

One of the best porters out there. I was truly surprised and will be seeking out this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 21:22:17 | More by gonzo46and2
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ElCommodoro

Texas

4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I haven't been that into really dark beers recently, but man am I glad my girlfriend brought a handful back from the east coast. This is a fantastic porter. So rich and flavourful. The roasted malt really shines without being overly bitter or dry to the point of disgust. It is just right. The punch of oatmeal goes well with it, also adding plenty of flavour potency without hitting that thin line of excess. I haven't had a lot of porters this year, so I don't have a lot of specific flavour notes to assess. I only got one 12 oz bottle of this particular brew. Just trust me, it's awesome. If you're ever within their distribution area, pick up a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 06:05:35 | More by ElCommodoro
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Skidz

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the opportunity.

Pours out a nice, deep orange brown and sits dark chocolate brown in the glass with a small, creamy tan head with good lacings.

Smells nice and sweet, good malts. Chocolate and a dab of coffee blended with caramel, brown sugar and oatmeal. Nice toasty aroma, suitable for breakfast.

Tastes good and malty. Roasted grains on a slice of fresh toast with a side of steaming oatmeal. Mild flavor of cofee bean, and sprinkled with cinnamon and a scoop of brown sugar. Hop bitterness add a pleasant, balancing touch that keeps it all in check. Finishes with medium bitterness with lingering toasted/roastedness.

Rich and creamy in the mouth with nice, easy carbonation in a full body. This beer carries quite a load and it handles remarkably well.

Very nice porter to drink. Well balanced and full of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2004 00:34:48 | More by Skidz
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KoG

Nevada

4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle courtesy of hoppedup in BIF 21.

Almost black body, some red highlights show through topped with a tan head that lacing in thin rings.

Smell is roasted barley with slight flowery hops. No off aromas.

Tastes rich and thick. Deep roasted barley with light chocolate malt and some oat. Light bitterness makes it easy on the palate but is still strong enough to make itself known. Finishes with a very light flare of caramel sweetness.

The oatmeal gives it just enough body to thicken it up a bit and make this a very rich and full porter. A damn good sample if I must say so, yet another brew I will have to find if I am in NC in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2005 01:37:46 | More by KoG
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cnjohn19

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a creamy cappuccino with a frothy head and great lacing down the highland brewery pint glass i'm enjoying this in...a serious dark beer, almost black...superb...

i get chocolate, toasted malts and oats to the nose...

strong toasted malt flavor with a little bit of hop backbone...i think its the slight hops which give it a small hint of bitterness...tastes like dark chocolate and sweet oats...

so i am not a typical fan of porters...but this beer might turn me into one...delicious all the way through...light for its color, crisp, but still very rich and bold...you can down many of these in one night...

read below for my second review of this beer, originally reviewed on 6.3.2009...only change made to the numeric rating was an increase from 4 to 4.5 in taste...

before writing this review i must say highland is becoming one of my favorite breweries..

pours an almost black shade with awesome hints of red...a thick tan that left a full circle around the highland pint glass i poured it in...

a very sweet smell of cocoa cocoa and roasted malts...

an extremely balanced porter that is equal parts sweet, equal parts bitter, and overall amazing...a roasted chocolate aftertaste is very much appreciated...an awesome beer for the cold winter...the hops are just enough to add the balance to this one...great oatmeal porter and will recommend and buy again...

(side note: the ring is still laced around the top of my pint glass after a full 5 minutes)

in all, enjoyed this beer watching sunday night football (vikings vs. carolina) on a cold winter night in durham...

cheers...

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 02:16:24 | More by cnjohn19
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ToAzwethinkweizm

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 23 November 2010. Huge thanks to 'cwguy5' for this extra in our ORF/BA Blackout trade!!

Poured into a standard nonic, color is black, poured aggressively for a 2-finger head that reduces to a pretty 1-finger head, and then to a nice foam layer. Lacing is semi-sticky, resembling spider-webs while drinking. If the lacing were stickier, I'd give it a perfect score for appearance....4.5 ain't too shabby.

Aroma. The perfect balance of roasty roasty malts...love it. Notes of some semi-sweet chocolate, oats and rye. As the glass gets lower, it appears to be a deep deep brown color with a streak of burgundy. Taste consists of sweet roasted malt (maybe some lactose?), brewing licorice, and a semi-bitter aftertaste. Light to medium bodied beer. Okay. Very impressive porter. I would consider this a session beer. And would love some more of this. Thanks again to 'cwguy5' for this extra!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 23:24:42 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
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Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.