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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,177 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,177
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 37
Gots: 118 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Alex5
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of tewaris
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown, medium head, medium retention. Some lacing. Charred and acidic aroma with elements of dark fruit, mostly prunes. Tart and dark with some roast toward the end and a generally clean finish. Medium body, high carbonation. Drinkable and certainly not a bad beer. However, it will have a hard time standing out.

Photo of garuda
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of ramblinwreck101
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of timericka
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured as a very rich black with decent beige/tan head. Smell was of unsweetened chocolate which was very nice not to much. Mouthfeel was middle of the road. Really kind of smooth for a porter. Flavors were more chocolate and almost a little smoke or roasted malt. I thought this was a pretty decent beer overall. Especially since it is from Asheville, NC.

Photo of smerkinb
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This poured nearly black with a thin loose foam head that quickly dissipated. The smell was strong with alcohol with espresso. The taste was almost astringent followed by strong espresso bitterness to finish. There was a pretty lengthy aftertaste for me. The mouthfeel was slightly thick, but not smooth like I was expecting--instead it was strongly biting, almost like sharp pinpricks on my tongue.

Overall I was disappointed with this beer. I was expecting a smoother feel. I guess I should have paid a bit more attention to the "hoppy" wording on the label--to me they overwhelmed the beer.

Edit: I was uninformed enough to not expect the hoppiness in this style. It put me off, but appears to be true to style--I have adjusted my review to reflectmore accurately the this accepted in this style and less my own preference within the style

Photo of jrallen34
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a medium brown, lightly ruby highlights decently clear. This is pretty watery, not much retention or lacing.

The aroma is super light only gives off the slightest hint of coffee.

The taste is super boring and simple. It has some bitter 2 day old coffee taste that is super watery.

Boring, bad, light tasting. Blah.

Photo of Foyle
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Very dark reddish brown, almost black. Forms a puffy 2" inch head that dissipates slowly leaving significant lacing.

Aroma: roasted and smoked grains, coffee/chocolate, earthy hops

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and creamy. Slightly sticky.

Flavor: complex for a session ale. This porter is robust with flavors of creamy oats, bitterness of chocolate and coffee, and an earthy hop bite, definite smokey flavor.

Overall: A very good porter if you enjoy smoke flavor (not my personal taste)

Photo of shand
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a fresh 12oz bottle into a mug.

This one pours a deep brown with a tiny head that doesn't retain very well. The aroma is a bit hard to coax out, and when I do I get some oatmeal sweetness and some roasted malts. The taste on this is fairly interesting. I'm having this very fresh, and the hops are fairly prevalent, interacting with the sweet oatmeal and roasted malts in interesting ways. It never quite smooths out to a nice porter taste though, it just stays pretty jumbled. The mouthfeel is pretty light and highly carbonated, and the drinkability is alright. Overall, I think this one's a bit confused. Not the best beer, but still servicable.

Photo of klewis
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Light for a porter, with reddish highlights. Moderate, frothy head with good lacing.

S: Nut much aroma, just a mild chocolate smell.

T: Roasted flavors with a touch of astringency. Quite thin in the taste department.

M: Light-bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Finishes clean and dry.

D: Decent, but lacking in any sort of unique character.

Photo of babaracas
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a mostly clear brown. Seemed light in color but is dark brown in the glass, with thin khaki colored head, spotty lace. Smell: herbal and leafy hopping, light roasted grain, tannins. Taste: solid herbal hopping with slight citric acidity, just a little chocolate syrup, oatmeal. Decent hopping, but not particularly interesting.

Photo of tdm168
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the the Village Draft House

Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin but dense lacing of cappuccino colored head. There's very little to offer in the nose except some faint roasted malts. The taste is predominantly roasted malts with notes of burnt toast. There might be something off here. I notice some yeast and a diacetyl-like creamy, butteryness. It's medium bodied though thin at times, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

Ignoring the diacetyl notes: This beer is rather one dimensional and a little thin. It's pleasing, overall. I'll try it again, and I'll probably be back to edit this review if the off flavors aren't there next time.

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 womencantsail
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a dark brown with some dark red/ruby highlights and a thin off-white head.

S: Smells really charred and ashy. A slight acidity, but there is a nice creamy chocolate/cocoa aroma underneath it. Nice roasted malt and some coffee or maybe coffee grounds.

T: Quite bitter with a lot of acidity and plenty of ash and acrid coffee notes. Lots of roasted malt flavor, maybe a little bit of dark fruit notes. I don't really get much, if any chocolate or oatmeal out of this.

M: The body is on the thin side with a medium carbonation.

D: The lack of oatmeal character in this beer was quite disappointing. It really lacked the usual smooth and full mouthfeel that oatmeal provides.

Photo of mclanem
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice dark amber color with a tan head.

Smell: Faint malt smell not to much of a smell.

Taste: Coffee, malt and coffee, the after taste was metallic which was what set this beer back to average.

Mouthfeel: I expected the oatmeal porter to be thicker. it has good carbonation.

Drinkablility: I was not fond of the flavor having such a metallic taste to it, but it was good everywhere else. so average.

Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The ale is dark brown, almost a black color, with a small white band of head.

S: The ale has a sweet oatmeal malty aroma that masks ans porterish chocolate notes.

T: The first sip of the beer was an intriguing tease. It provided a sweet oatmeal flavor with strong chocolate porter notes. The only problem is that that flavor does not re-appear in later sips. The flavors, after that first sip, are watered down and lacking in substance. The flavors that do emerge are clearly roasted, but the oatmeal and sour porter components are gone.

M: The mouthfeel suffers a steep decline after that first sip.

D: Close but no cigar to this beer, the flavors just don't come out enough.

Photo of Indybeer
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Poured deep brown with reddish tints when held up to the light, decent head that didn't stick around, and not much lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, and hops. Taste is more of the same, but I'm missing the creamy smoothness of oatmeal. This is more like a regular porter but with alot more bitterness from the roasted barley and hops. No bad but nothing special for me either

Photo of Tyler_Sly
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The flavor is about what you'd expect from a porter but the oatmeal is almost absent. The body on the beer is nice; actually a bit heavy for a porter and almost more closely related to a stout. It's really the slightly smokey aftertaste that I'd say qualifies this beer as a porter.
Would I get this beer again? Maybe.
Would I suggest this beer? Eh, it's okay.
Would I change anything about this beer? I'd give it a heavier oatmeal presence but other than that I probably wouldn't do anything.

Photo of jpro
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Having had this on a few occasions, I finally decided to give it a review (from notes)...

A: Pours near black into a pint glass with a light tan, creamy head that manages some very slight retention and doesn't leave much lace.

S: Roasted malts and maybe some earthiness. Nothing too bold, for sure.

T: Well, roasted malts - perhaps even charred malts; a touch bitter on the finish, but kind of in an acrid way.

M: This is where this beer really falls short for me... the mouthfeel is thin and borderline fizzy... not what I'd expect from a beer utilizing oatmeal as a key ingredient.

D: An average porter... despite the acridity, it does manage some level of smoothness, but overall not something I'll be picking up again anytime soon.

Photo of robebo44
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mothman
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into great lakes snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of light tan head. Fades down. Leaves some splattered lace. Color pours a caramel brown, but settles near black.

Aroma: Notes of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Some nut flavors. I also get a bit of cream and lactose flavors.

Taste: Chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and lactose. I really can't taste the difference between this and a regular porter. Decent.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry with coffee flavors.

Overall, a fairly average porter. Decent drinkability. I didn't really get the oatmeal part of this.

Photo of marinobrew
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
The head was big and billowy, light tan, and tightly laced. Lasted for a couple of minutes and faded.
The color is deep-dark mahogony with ruby tones. Clear and brilliant.
The nose bitter-sweet chocolate, toasted oats, and nutmeg.
The mouth rushes with hints of the toasted oats, coffee and chocolate. A moderate carbonation supports the flavors and carefully directs them to appropriate portions of the tongue. The finish is medium, full of the chocolate malt and soft bitter tones.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a dark, clear brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of sweet malt mostly and some toasted malt notes. Flavor of light sweet malts, some roasted notes and toasted malt but mostly just sweet malt. Hmm, not really a fan of this one. It wasn't bad but it was very sweet. To me, it was more of a brown ale than a porter.

Photo of IPAcraig
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed a single of this beer in Nashville. I am sampling it now before I go to the Leon Pub and then to the first COL social of the year. Poured into an Alaskan Brewing Company pint glass.

A - Pours a nice deep black (maybe a bit too dark), with a rocky creamy brown head. Good lacing

S - Almost nothing here. A tiny bit of roastiness shines through.

T - As this one warms it gets better. It has a very nice, though faint, malty presenece on the back of the tounge along with a touch of bitterness. This beer also has a hint of roastiness balanced by a bit chocolate flavor.

M - Very light, though it is creamy. It also had a very crisp feel to it. It was kinda odd, like it had lager and porter/stout characteristics.

D - Better than average drinkability. If not for an odd mouthfeel and lacking aroma, this would make for a nice, drinkable brew.

This is a decent porter, and worth a try if you've never had it.

Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 1,177 ratings.