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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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Highland Oatmeal PorterHighland Oatmeal Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,088 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,088
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 36
Gots: 70 | 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)
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Photo of garuda
3/5  rDev -22.7%

garuda, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of ramblinwreck101
3/5  rDev -22.7%

ramblinwreck101, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of timericka
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

timericka, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of Foyle
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
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)

Foyle, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of shand
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

shand, May 22, 2011
Photo of klewis
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

klewis, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

jrallen34, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of babaracas
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

babaracas, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

tdm168, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

womencantsail, Feb 18, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

akorsak, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of Indybeer
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
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

Indybeer, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of mclanem
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

mclanem, Mar 20, 2006
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3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Tyler_Sly, Apr 22, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

mothman, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of rivalrome
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes highly recommended from my friend up in NC. Served in a CCB pint glass at 51ºF.

Pours a rich mahogany color with very little visible light able to make it through. Forms a small, creamy one finger head on the surface. Lacing isn't too prominent.

Smells very earthy and hints of roasted malts and fruits. Nothing special initially jumps out at me whenever I taste the beer; I was expecting it to be a lot more sweet.

Tastes similar to the smell, very earth and has an element of burnt coffee as well. It has a hoppy aftertaste; something that I wasn't expecting. I'm not getting much of an oatmeal flavor as I was hoping for. It feels a bit thin for a porter, and the mouthful tastes bubbly and carbonated with hints of bitterness.

Overall, slightly disappointed by this one given my friends' review. It's very atypical to any porters that I've had with "Oatmeal" attached to it, and it's highly carbonated, yet thin body is unappealing. It's taste isn't the worst; it just doesn't have the loving taste of a microbrew.

rivalrome, Jan 10, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle, no obvious date information, but 5335 B-10510 was inkjetted on the bottle bottom.

Watery brown with mahogany highlights A short tan head of fine bubbles builds and recedes quickly leaving no lacing and only a few trace bubbles on the surface. A vigorous pour could not muster any more foam. No carbonation streams are visible. A powdery chocolate, cooked oatmeal, and medium roasted coffee fills the nose. The coffee notes lead the way, balanced with an oatmeal creaminess. There is a watered bitterness throughout and a coffeeish note trails through the finish. The chocolate is only minimally present. Medium to light body, but lacking any heft, everything is low profile. Minimal carbonation. It felt small. This was a fair to middling porter that lacked distinction.

hopsaplenty, Jun 11, 2006
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3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby with a thin, fizzy head that goes away quickly, and leaves a tiny lace ring around the edge.

Aroma of roasted malt, fruit, and a hint of chocolate.

Taste is complex...chocolate, coffee, fruit, hoppy in the finish, a little more than I personally like.

Feels pretty thin and watery.

It's an ok porter. There are others I like a lot better. Given the choice, I'd pick something else.

tfp4268, Jul 12, 2006
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3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

jpro, Dec 20, 2010
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3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark with hints of deep red with a solid head that follows as you drink it down.

Roasted malts and some mocha and milk chocolate flavors dominate the scent. Some molasses hints, but it mostly reminds me of those malted chocolate ball candies.

Taste is OK, like any other porter I have had before, but there's nothing in the taste that really separate this as an "oatmeal" porter; though it does seem a little lighter on the palate. It goes down smooth and that's fine, though I like my dark beer with a little more bite to them. The taste and smell also remind me a little of pumpernickel.

Not a beer style I get to partake in that often, just doesn't seem to be that many unique ones where I buy my brews. I wouldn't turn this beer away, but I won't go looking for it either.

saintwarrick, Feb 12, 2007
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3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz into shaker

This beer pours a dark brown with reddish edging against the light. Decent tan head that was not retained for very long. Slippery lacing. Roasted malt smell, faint herbal grassiness. Taste was pretty average for the style. You do pick up the graininess of the oatmeal but it isn't the star. Mixed in was a grassy hop presence and some bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel was thin and semi-dry. Overall this is an okay Porter. I would have liked to seen/tasted the oatmeal profile a little better.

OakedCanuck, Apr 15, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

JayEvans813, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of utvol
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

utvol, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of JasonTaverner
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

JasonTaverner, Dec 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

tjsmith910, Nov 03, 2013
Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 1,088 ratings.