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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,073 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,073
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 35
Gots: 68 | FT: 1
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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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

BlackFlag10, Mar 21, 2014
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4.72/5  rDev +21.6%

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

CBlack85, Jun 09, 2010
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4.65/5  rDev +19.8%

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.

Lupe, May 08, 2008
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4.65/5  rDev +19.8%

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!

brewdlyhooked13, Jun 13, 2005
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4.65/5  rDev +19.8%

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.

LiveaHoppyLife, Feb 28, 2009
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4.65/5  rDev +19.8%

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.

rousee, Sep 20, 2005
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4.63/5  rDev +19.3%

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

horshack7, May 04, 2006
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4.6/5  rDev +18.6%

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.

veech, Jun 07, 2006
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4.6/5  rDev +18.6%

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

Insomnicat, Aug 03, 2010
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4.58/5  rDev +18%

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.

rtratzlaff, May 28, 2006
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4.58/5  rDev +18%

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.

jmbranum, Jun 29, 2010
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4.58/5  rDev +18%

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.

JISurfer, Feb 03, 2004
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4.55/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

airheadmtrcycle, Nov 07, 2010
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4.55/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

pezoids, Sep 19, 2004
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4.55/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

ruckzuck, Jan 22, 2008
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4.53/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

fretlessman71, Aug 02, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

jmbraxton, Apr 02, 2012
Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 1,073 ratings.