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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

Highland Oatmeal PorterHighland Oatmeal Porter

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very good

953 Ratings

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Ratings: 953
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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Photo of acsprouse

South Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, with a nice khaki head. reveals ruby redness when held to a light. Smells good, chocolate, and coffee notes, malty. The mouthfell is alot thinner than i expected, but not bad. Its smooth, slightly creamy. The chocolate notes are on the palate as well as the nose but the coffee notes arent that strong. Its malty. Sweet, but not too sweet. You taste the hops a little. Overall: great brew in my opinion. I give this high praises. For the style, it was great. Wonderful with my meal. I enjoyed this beer

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2013 06:36:04 | More by acsprouse
Photo of Mississipping


3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours very dark brown with just a touch of amber highlights when held to light.  A small tan head rises and falls pretty quickly, leaving behind minimal lacing on the edges of the glass. 

S: Chocolate is up front, along with some coffee, slight roast, and some hops in the background.  Really nice complexity in the aroma. 

T: Again, chocolate malt up front, with subtler oats, roast, coffee, and hops.  Starts out rather sweet with some milk chocolate and finishes somewhat bitter with the coffee, roasted barley, and hops.  

M: Lighter side of medium-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.  Smooth and slightly creamy on the palate.  

D: Nice little porter that has a good bit of complexity and balance.  Nice transition of flavors throughout each sip.  

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 21:38:44 | More by Mississipping
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 11:27:10 | More by tdm168
Photo of kylehay2004


3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Highland oatmeal
A: half finger head. Black. Nice thick lace.

S: very mild smokey aroma.

T: No one flavor dominates. Mix of coffee, roasted malt, oats and chocolate. Seems a little watered down for a porter.

M: moderate carbonation and medium to full body.

Overall: smooth, not a lot of aroma. Its an ok porter but not going to be getting this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 01:28:03 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of brstls4drmrs

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured in a pint glass. Dark brown coffee-like color with a nice tan froth. Good lacing.

S - Strong oats and malt scents.

T - A solid oatmeal, malty taste with some coffee in there as well. Some caramel on the finish.

M - Dry and slightly bitter.

O - A very nice porter and not too filling.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 13:52:42 | More by brstls4drmrs
Photo of RTJakarta


2.48/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at The Distillery.

Poured a nice dark/near black color with a little head.

Smell was pretty par for the course. Little bit of a coffee and oatmeal.

I didn't find the taste to be as big as I was expecting. Really light and coffee-ish. The lingering aftertaste was definitely the highlight, though. I liked that more than the actual drink. :x

Light and easy in the mouth.

Easily drinkable for me because it was easy to go down without such a big taste. Although because of this, I'm not too quick to pick it back up. I like a bolder flavor in my dark beers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2011 20:13:03 | More by RTJakarta
Photo of CheckmateBrew


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a nice Oatmeal Porter with lunch....

A - nice dark and black, but I am taking off for a a small head...

S - Malts, coffee, but I was expecting a little more hops

T - A very nice and smooth beer. Lots of malts, that goes down very smooth.

M - Very smooth, just the right amount of carbonation and texture. Not too thick, not too thin, just right

D - I wish that I was not tasting at lunch....I would have ordered another one or two. A very good and drinkable beer

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2010 14:40:12 | More by CheckmateBrew
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black very dark, almost no head at all, and very slight lacing around the glass

S - Very malty, lots coffee and some hint of oatmeal

T - Similiar to a very dark espresso, really not much taste of oatmeal at all, some slight hops at the tail end as well.

M - Medium-bodied, very odd for a porter.

D - Light for a porter, I would say drinkable because of its medium body, easy to go down, one of the better Highland Beers

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2010 15:31:47 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap tonight at Dave's Downtown Taverna in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark black color with one finger of tan head and light carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of roasted malts, oats, and chocolate.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, bitter coffee, oats, and hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very easy drinking porter that focuses a lot on its roasted malts. Very solid, would definitely drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2010 03:12:42 | More by mdfb79
Photo of jsprain1


3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a near-black shade of brown, with a thin beige head that disappears a little too quickly.
S- Aromas of roasted malt, some oat presence and dark chocolate.
T- Same as in smell. No coffee flavor, which is just fine. The roasted malt isn't at all bitter either. Slight hop presence Simple, yet good flavor.
M- Smooth, yet not creamy.
D- This is a good but not great one for me. I enjoyed it, but it just lacked a certain punch.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2010 03:29:55 | More by jsprain1
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black color with a russet head and good lacing.
Smells of roasted oats, roasted malts, chocolate malts, and some mild hop aroma.
Tastes of strong roasted oatmeal, roasted malts, brown sugar, chocolate, and some toffee. Great complexity of flavor.
Mouthfeel is very thick and nice.
Very drinkable. A very nice brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2010 20:35:08 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of Durge


3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another happy encounter at the Mellow Mushroom in Greensboro, NC, this one has a dark black brown appearance with a decent light tan head and great lacing. The aroma suggests a very mild chocolate yeast. Kind of weak but pleasant for what you can sniff out of it. The flavor offers a slightly sour charcoal malt and yeasty lime. It's medium bodied with very tiny carbonation, somewhat silky with a dry charcoal, sweet licorice finish. I don't get much toward the oatmeal idea, mostly tart, tangy ideas. It's pretty drinkable stuff though, a tad thin, but generally a good porter very much worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2010 03:33:47 | More by Durge
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours very dark with some scarlet hues. It has a nice off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

S-Chocolate and coffee dominate the nose.

T-Chocolate, coffee, cream, and some hops. It tastes delicious.

M-Rich and creamy with the right amount of carbonation.

D-I could drink this porter all day.

Overall, I love this porter. It got me into the style and for me it will always be a go to porter. I highly recommend this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2010 21:03:32 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of 828beagle

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a Highland pint glass at the Mellow Mushroom in Asheville. Dark brown, almost black with 1/4 inch that quickly dissipates to a slight cloud on top. Some lacing throughout. Nutty roasted almond smell. Hoppy bitterness is evident with a black cappucino presence, but not overly thick or heavy. I like to have one or two of these on occasion when going out for dinner but I don't like it enough to buy a sixer. All in all it's a decent beer from a good local brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2010 20:11:40 | More by 828beagle
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a standard pint. Pours a dark dark dark brown almost black with a one finger light tan head. Maintains nice lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of nutty and malt notes. The flavor was of coffee, oatmeal, and malt. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very nice porter. The flavors were quite a nice blend and none were overpowering as to mask the other. Glad that I have been sending this out to quite a few of my beer traders as extras.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2010 14:14:35 | More by thagr81us
Photo of 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
Photo of sidetracked


3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mellow Mushroom in Myrtle Beach, SC. Pours a clear dark mahogany brown with a cream colored head.

Smells of roasted malts with a slight brown sugar sweetness.

Tastes of roasted malts with a bitter roasted and burnt coffee finish. Nice lingering bitterness.

Medium body, but lacks the creamy mouthfeel an oatmeal porter should have. The lack of creaminess makes the beer seem thin and over carbonated.

Really easy to drink due to the lighter body--flavor and mouthfeel could be more robust. Not really impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2010 19:18:37 | More by sidetracked
Photo of CampusCrew


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony

smell: sublte chocolate, roasted malt, and a nice whiff of vanilla

taste: silky smooth porter, with some vanilla background from the oatmeal

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: sessionable stout, like the black mocha better, bit this is also good.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2010 14:06:15 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of mondegreen


4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at The Globe in Athens

A: Dark Brown with a small foamy head.

S: Roasted barley and chocolate. Everything I love about Porters.

T: Sweet Porter flavors. Malts dominate, bitterness from chocolate and maybe a touch of hops on the back end.

M: Very smooth with a medium body.

D: Very drinkable porter. I could easily work on these all night.

Overall, a smooth, solid Porter.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2010 02:17:45 | More by mondegreen
Photo of callisbeers

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at home into a pint glass. Had some issues with a Duck Rabbit Brown keg, exchanged straight up for this Highland keg. Almost black in color, with some slight tints of red. Nice foamy head with lace that sticks to the glass the entire time. Great malty flavor but not overly sweet. Some chocolate flavor but not over done. Carbonation is just right and the beer is quite smooth. I was hesitant to switch to this without really having had tried it before but I am glad I did. This is a really good beer that is quite drinkable. It probably won't be on tap long at my house.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2009 03:31:40 | More by callisbeers
Photo of beveritt


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Had this on tap at a Marriot hotel bar in Marietta Georgia that had a very impressive beer selection! Arrived in an elongated, wheat type glass.

Appearance: Arrives with approximately 1/2 finger of medium tan head. This settles to a ring around the glass, leaving behind some lacing. The beer itself is dark brown, with just a small amount of light coming through.

Smell: Slightly sweet chocolate with hints of vanilla. Roasted barley bitterness in the finish.

Taste: Sharp barley roastiness upfront. More mellow chocolate and vanilla in the finish. Very mild hints of hop bitterness linger after each sip.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation lelvel. Body is good; oatmeal adds a nice slickness.

Drinkability: As far as I can remember, my first and only oatmeal porter. The oatmeal adds body that helps to push this one into the grey area between porter and stout porter. Overall, a nice drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2009 14:23:12 | More by beveritt
Photo of johntangus

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass.

Nice dark brew with very little head that disappeared as glass emptied. Very light lacing.

No real big smell. Just a little malty toastiness.

The taste was caramel, biscuity with some roasted malt.

Mouthfeel was light, but not thin. There was a bit of body, but not overpowering.

Decent beer, but not worth writing home about.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2009 02:39:56 | More by johntangus
Photo of TheycallmeTim

New York

3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on-tap at Barley's in Greenville, SC. Served in a shaker pint glass.

A--Deep ruby highlights toward the bottom keep the body from being black, which is on point. It's the head I had issues with--almost two fingers of light, cottony white foam. Looks like a homebrew, an amateur homebrew. Liquid yeast?

S--The best part, I felt. Pretty rich and bitter, with coffee and chocolate. A lighter chocolate smell, maybe due to the addition of oats---kind of sweetened it, though not like the toffee notes you get in a traditional oatmeal stout.

T--enh. Decent, but not outstanding. Just OK. Standard bitterness and definitely mellowed out by the oatmeal, but nowhere near big enough in the flavor dept. for the abv. Not /bad/ by any means, just not very interesting, either. And in this style Americans are doing lots of interesting things.

M&D--Mouthfeel's fine, though a touch watery. Drinkability, again, is not that high for me because if you're going to get near six percent you gotta pack more of a whallop. Either that or or tone down the abv so I can throw back a few of these without feeling it. Would make a fine session ale in that case, but right now there's just too much bite in that dog--and not enough teeth.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2009 22:24:57 | More by TheycallmeTim
Photo of clayrock81


3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark DARK brown with a one-finger white head that left lace patches. An oatmeal malt and light bready malt arises from the brew, along with some sweet malts but it is all faint and a little odd smelling...?...Coffee and roasted malt taste prevelant in this medium-bodied beer that has some smoothness and sweetness to it. Overall, this is less sweet and a more dry, heavy porter that gravitates towards being a stout. Finishes dry thanks to the above flavors and is added by hints of bitter chocolate and hop bitterness is subdued. This is a good porter but I like my porters to be a little more balanced and mild so I don't think I'd session this.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2009 11:26:57 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Yetiman420


3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

iPhone review
On tap at the sunspot in knoxville tn
$2 pint Tuesday pint night

Presented in a standard plain pint glass
Clear solid dark brown with red gold agents
Thin light tan foamy head

Light roasted malt aroma
Solid frothy lacing

A little off flavor on the finish masked by the roasted malt
Could benefit from some more oatmeal body

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2009 22:21:22 | More by Yetiman420
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Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 953 ratings.