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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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Highland Oatmeal PorterHighland Oatmeal Porter

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very good

543 Reviews

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Reviews: 543
Hads: 1,263
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 17.36%
Wants: 40
Gots: 164 | 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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 09-17-2002

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Reviews: 543 | Hads: 1,263
Photo of inebrius
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Walnut rimmed black under a sticky tan head. Toasty and fruity hop nose more indicative of a Pale than anything else. A draught is a subdued roasted malt that finishes long and hop flavorful. Coffee beans and dark chocolate are there, but definitely not first seat as you would expect in a Porter of this hue. Nice hairless texture thanks to our buddy the oat. A blind tasting might conjure the idea of an American Amber with lots of ass. After the initial shock to the senses you'll find a unique Porter that's really quite tasty and hophead friendly.

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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 botham
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tasting glass. pours a deep chocolate brown with faint amber highlights and a half finger of light tan head.

aroma is lightly roasted malts and a touch of chocolate. overall the aroma is quite smooth and pleasant in the nose.

taste is of roasted malts up front with a bit of chocolate and burnt malt. very smooth on the palate with a finish of residual sticky black malts. overall very smooth and mellow on the palate with a tasty profile.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a silky smooth texture and a sticky smooth finish. nice.

drinkability is good. a very smooth and satisfying porter with good concentration and just enough richness to sustain the roasted malts. a very tasty porter. cheers!

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Photo of Rhynes2
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark rich color when poured from the bottle. About an inch of foamy rich head as well. You can smell the dark roasted malts in this one and just a light touch of hops. First taste gives an initial nutty/chocolate taste which slowly melts into a coffee like aftertaste. Lightly carbonated to perfection as the mouthfeel is great. Wish I would have bought more than one of these in my mix pack.

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Photo of nickfl
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of light brown foam, settles quickly, little lace. The body is opaque black with brown highlights.

S - Aroma of nutty brown malt with some pine hop notes. Fruity yeast and a slight hint of smoke in the background.

T - Light coffee and nutty malt up front with some brown sugar notes. Rich malt in the middle becomes a complex finish with notes of chocolate covered coffee beans, citrus hops and light notes of smoke and tobacco.

M - Smooth, moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable and surprisingly complex. It has a great malt profile that borders on becoming a stout, but never become quite that roasty. The finish is excellent with a great blend of dark malt and enough hops to keep it balanced.

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Photo of Shaw
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another gift from BA thryn. Thanks!

Pours a deep, deep ruby in color with a light brown head that leaves sticky foam around the glass. Very nice.

Chocolate, coffee and roasted malt aroma.

The taste is excellent. Wonderful roasted coffee and chocolate, along with burnt toast flavors. Bit of tannin mix with a light hop bitterness.

The body is creamy and slick, thanks to the oatmeal.

This is an excellent Porter and the best of several good beers I've had from Highland. Seek it out.

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Photo of dwren89
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark molasses like brown with garnet highlights, great clarity, tan thin head

Aroma: roasty but not overwhelmingly so, slight bitterness, a little dark fruitiness like a fruitcake,

Taste: great roasty flavor but also supported by more fruity and a little caramel malt flavor that definitely distinguishes it from stout status. Balanced finish but a little residual sweetness. Great oatmeal addition brings a little fullness to the flavor

Mouthfeel: smooth and a little silky, but not as silky as an oatmeal stout. Crisp finish, full body and medium carbonation

Overall: a great mix of roasty, fruity, and bold flavors that finishes smooth and crisp. A great late fall quaff that can be either sipped or gulped.

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Photo of EHopkinsi
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

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Photo of hyuga
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice looking black beer with a thick tan foam that thins, but stays at a good drinking level.

Chocolate and lightly roasted oats in the aroma with some leafy hops.

Flavors start off with some sweet but still dark chocolate flavor and roasted oaty goodness. Spicy, leafy hops show up here and there, staying behind as a reminder of their definite presence in the aftertaste. Finishes very leafy with some woody sweetness. Very nice.

Chewy and thick, milky smooth. Flavors are not huge, but that doesn't take away from the body.

This is currently my favorite NC brew. It's a great session beer that doesn't kill the tastebuds, nor does it fail to give you satisfying, solid flavor. Good to have around all of the time.

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Photo of mntlover
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice black,with fluffy tan head. Smell of coffee,oats and malt goodness.Tastes of roasted malt oats with right amount of carbonaton to tingle the tounge. Hops kick in to add citrusy flavor and just the right kick to finish of this great brew. Nice medium bodied porter not as chewy as some others but taste is wonderful. Drinkability is excellent very good brew. Haven't had bad beer from this brewery would recommend trying one if you can.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Body is clear dark maroon, head is 1" or more off the pour, fluffy and tan.

Smell: Light bitter chocolate and oatmeal.

Taste: Oatmeal is very obvious, provides a smooth grainy aspect. Chocolate flavors team up well with the oatmeal. As the beer warms a bitter coffee flavor comes out and finishes the beer nicely. Good.

Drinkability: A solid, easy to drink porter No real complaints, but there are better beers in the style. Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the bottle.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with no light coming through it. It sports a sandy 3 cm head on top in the pint glass. The aroma is roasty and sweet with scents of molasses and brown sugar. Very appealing to the nose. The flavor starts with a touch of coffee followed by big roastiness, grainy caramel, toast, and some nice chocolate malt flavors. It's nice and sweet with more molasses and brown sugar notes. This beer is one of those beers where the line between a porter and a stout is blurred. They call it a porter, but it could just have easily been called a stout. Granted it would be just a mediocre stout, but is an excellent porter, the distinction is still slim. Whatever you call it, I call it good. A nice, full bodied beer with lots of sweet maltiness to satisfy a BA.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a nice deep brown basically black color with a thick finger of head on it that holds great retention and awesome lacing. A really nice looking brew actually.

S= Smells nice and roasty with a nice chocolaty smell. The chocolate is actually anice milk chocolate smell. Good buiscuity aroma to it that makes the chocolate more milky.

T= The taste is great. A nice mix of roast and a sweet malt character that you usually don't get from a porter in my experience. The sweetness isn't too bad though. it's a solid candy sweetness that holds up nicely to the roast.

M= Velvetty smooth.

O= This is a great beer. I love a porter and I love oatmeal stouts. This is the best of both worlds. The sweetness is a little different but this is a nice mix. Seek this beer out.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. The beer is black with plum highlights, plenty of carbonation, and is topped with a two inch tan head that leaves decent lacing. It smells of green hops and chocolate at first, but there are also notes of roasted/coffee malts and, of course, oats. The flavor consists of oats, roasted, chocolate, tobacco, and coffee-flavored malts, with a delicious combination of green/piney/citric hops that leave a medium bitterness, complementing the malts quite well. Initially, the medium body is almost prickly with carbonation, but it becomes smooth, almost silky later, and leaves a medium finish. Overall it comes across almost as an imperial stout light and is a quality beer with a body that is fairly light considering how big and flavorful the brew is.

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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 Enola
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another solid beer by Highland. If your looking for a good porter this is it. A very dark color. Thin head. Smell is of roasted grains. The mouthfeel and drikability on this one are both excellent. I have bought this beer on several occasions and will do so again in the future. I love the taste of oatmeal beers.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a dimpled mug...

a-one finger khaki head stayed for a while...left some nice swirling on top...

s-a little roasty and coffee....the dark grains really shine through in this....

t-lots chocolate and roast up front..some coffee follows just as the bittering hops step in the middle to keep it from being too sweet....finishes on a bitter roasty chocolate note

m-thick and creamy...not quite chewy but almost...coats the mouth well...

d-could drink this all night and not feel bad about it at all

forgot how good this homer is....

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Photo of bgildea
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice dark color with a foamy whiteish tan head. Faded quickly but left some nice lacing.

S: No distinct smell comes across. Slight roasted malts background smell.

T: Really tasty. Nice roasted malts flavor comes across, that tends to linger on the back of the tongue. Slight hints of chocolate come across at the beginning, with a faint hint of hops at the end. Really like the overall balance of flavors. I almost drank the whole beer just trying to dissect all the flavors, I liked it that much.

M: Nice thickness to the beer. Good amount of chew. Really thicker than I expected, which is always a pleasant surprise.

D: Very drinkable. I could drink these all night. Great taste, great mouthfeel, and not too much ABV. I'd drink another, if I had one...

Overall: Overall it was a very good beer. I'm always found of a good porter though, so I will admit I am biased. However, this beer really delivered for me, which was nice considering the last few I drank disappointed. If you like porters, give this one a try.

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Photo of Umbra
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A few shades cooler than black and leaves a good sized tan head and a bunch of carbonation feeding it. Pretty good retention.
Smells like chocolate coated, gooey hops.
The dominant flavor is a mixture of piney and citrus hops. Lingering in the background are the usual roasted malts and some milk chocolate. Comes off as medium bodied, but the twang of the hops and the zing of the carbonation really allow it to go down much easier than that.
Very drinkable brew. The hops were a big surprise at first. I would drink the crap out of this if it was available locally

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Photo of flexabull
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of turtlemoye, thanks again!

Beers pours a dark brown color with a small off white head.

Light oats on the nose, a little cream, dark sugars, and cereal like grains.

Nice light creamy chocolate notes noticed on the first sip. Cereal grainy malts, soft coffee and espresso settle in to the base of the flavor profile. Finish has a nice mineral hop bite that balances out all the sweet malts. There is also a definite crisp zing there on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is nice, very smooth, with some nice crispness.

Drinkability is quite good. This is a very flavorful porter that is really easy to sip. I could easily have a few of these in one session. Good stuff!

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. This beer pours out brown with mahogany/chestnut highlights. The head is a standard white, maybe a little cream colored. A hard pour gives about a finger width head with some really good lacing to it.

Smell is actually the best part in my opinion. Plenty of dark roasted malts. Gusts of bittersweet chocolate jump out and tickle your nose as you sniff it. There's also a spicy, citrus, floral hops present. The aromas all compliment each other quite nicely and is quite well balanced.

The taste is almost as equally excellent. Again the bittersweet chocolate is evident, this time there is more sweetness to go with it. Call it power of suggestion, but I think I can almost detect a brown sugar type sweetness, almost like you could pour this in your oatmeal in the morning. Earthy and citrus hops present as well, very well hopped.

Very good and well balanced. The flavors really blend together well to make a very enjoyable beer. I'd say medium bodied overall, with an excellent carbonation level. This beer is crazy drinkable too. I could drink this all day. If you like the taste of oatmeal stouts but want something lighter at the same time, than this is absolutely perfect.

I really like this beer a lot. I could drink it year round, I'm glad I picked it up in TN when I was there. I'd get it again if it were in the Boston area. Thanks to the guys at Beardon Beer Market for the recommendation!

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Photo of stakem
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cashew70 for providing me with the chance to try this brew.

Poured from a brown bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. It appears a dark brown color that has some pretty decent clarity and a dark ruby red color when held up to the light. Head appears a finger strong with a nicely tanned color that doesnt retain all that well but clings in patchy lace about the glassware. Nose is a mixture of dark grains that present themselves with notes of coffee and a smokey burnt grain character. Taste has a smokey burnt grain character a bit like coffee, dark chocolate and some of the grainy character comes through a bit sweet before the bitter dark grain finish that has a noticeable amount of alcohol warmth for less than 6%. As it warms, there is some fruity character that comes out in the flavor like dark skinned fruit, a bit like plum or raisins. The nose also includes some dark burnt grain sweetness like molasses with a very faint touch of hops. Medium body is quite smooth and moderately carbonated. This ranks up there as very drinkable with a nicely balanced aroma and flavor profile. I would have no problems drinking this on a regular basis.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Dark ruby-brown color, almost black, with a small tan-is head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a thick ring of lace.

Smell: Roasted malt with lots of chocolatey and oaty sweetness. There is a balanced hop aroma with maybe a touch of coffee.

Taste: Begins with some citric flavors and rounds out to roasted malt sweetness and finishes with stronger citric and slightly bitter (though rounded) hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lively carbonation and a finish that lies somewhere from sticky and dry.

Drinkability: This is an outstanding porter. It's name evokes thoughts of a sweet brew, perhaps a nice after-dinner beer. While this beer is sweet and could be good after dinner, the hop character really shines through and rounds everything out. A superb beer- low enough in ABV for sessioning, or just to have around after a day at work.

Thanks to wahmaster for bringing some of this stuff up from Virginia to share.

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Photo of DrJay
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice dark brown with a thin light brown head. Roasted malts and sweetness are strong in the nose with a bit of chocolate. The flavour is well-balanced between the malts and the hop bitterness. Dark malts really shine through, with coffee and chocolate dominating. There's also noticeable bitterness from the dark grains, but without the astringency that oftens accompanies it. The body is quite full, with a silky smoothness from the oats. Carbonation was relatively light, very appropriate for the style. I'd love to give this a try on tap.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fills a Nonic with rich, dark, brown, which is only discernable when put to bright light as the rest is a shade off black. A one-inch, creamy, dense, coffee cap drops ample lace on its way to a thick blanket.

Roasted oatmeal and chocolate dominate the nose from a foot away, followed by sweet molasses, cedar, and cookie dough. Some dates and possibly Bourbon take over once immersed in the glass. Nice complexity unfolds throughout the experience.

The flavor brings a hearty and welcome dose of hops and bitterness without neglecting the malts. Some sweetness is evident within dark wheat bread, while espresso and cashews are also present. The depth of these flavors becomes richer and more complex with each sip all the way out through a moderate, malty finish.

Highland's Oatmeal Porter is a full-bodied, almost dense offering with a smooth texture and a touch of carbonation. By no means a palate cleanser, it is hearty in character with some warming alcohol.

Lunch is cooking, soup with grilled cheese, and this seems like the perfect precursor. Surprisingly thirst quenching, Highland has served a winner, worthy of a couple of rounds. North Carolina has some excellent brews waiting for us to sample this holiday season. :-)>

date consumed: 28 Nov 2008

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Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.