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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

Highland Oatmeal PorterHighland Oatmeal Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

949 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 949
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

On tap at the Brick Store Pub. Hoppy porter. Stouty in finish. Lots of lace fresh, Highland beers are coming to the taps here.Smooth, though not creamy it is about-average mouthfeel. bittersweet chocolate. Roast here. Fine as a porter as listed, does not compete with the several RIS, and that's fine.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2008 06:42:09 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not-quite-opaque mahogany brown with generous ruby highlights. The medium tan head is good-sized after a vigorous pour, has a gently rumpled upper surface and looks sticky enough to leave some lace. Ultimately, I see fat rings lower down and thin rings higher up. Roasted dark malt, chocolate and citric-spicy hops comprise the nose.

The flavor profile follows the aroma directly with the same three elements present on the palate. There's plenty of roasted black malt that doesn't cross the line into bitter astringency as it does in some porters and stouts. Bittersweet chocolate is evident, coffee isn't. Fine by me.

Finally, the hops (Chinook, Willamette, Cascade) make a bolder statement than they do in most American porters and this beer is a better beer for it. Oatmeal lends an understated sweetness and a pleasant softness to the proceedings. The body is medium in heft and is smooth without being especially creamy or silky.

I've had oatmeal stouts before, but I do believe that Highland Oatmeal Porter is my first oatmeal porter. My first beer from the Tar Heel State--hopefully the first of many--is a good one and is an easy recommendation. Cheers to WOLFGANG for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2004 14:58:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Poured a deep dark brown on the edges and almost black towards the middle. Small cream colored head gave way to some nice lacing. Smell was dominated by a roasted malt, smokey hints in there as well. This tasted thick with a rich caramel, and chocolate flavors. Very filling indeed. Smooth going down but very full bodied. Excellent dessert type beer. Has a nice dry hopped finish that rounds it out nicely. Fine offering from Highland that has found a place in my fridge!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 02:31:41 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 04:39:37 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights; a fluffy tan head manages to leave shards of lace along the sides of the glass

Smell: Burnt coffee with mellow undertones of roasted oats

Taste: Starts out with a burnt grain sensation that grows slightly bitter by mid-palate, when some coffee elements kick in; after the swallow, it actually becomes more roasted and mellow although the burnt grain re-appears at the end

Mouthfeel: Creamy, but a bit light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Always enjoyable, I can't believe I haven't reviewed it previously

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 23:43:03 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear black color porter with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry coffee notes with some subtle black chocolate. Taste is a mix between some chocolate note with some dry coffee and lightly sweet notes at the end. Body is a bit thin with some average carbonation. Very well done overall apart from body too thin.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 04:33:55 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For the record, I love this brewery. This beer proves it. The beer promises what is stated on the lable. It offers everything that is good in a porter with the uniqueness found in the Oatmeal Stout. Best of both worlds. The beer plops into glass, sounding even rich and malty. The pour delivers a dark brown hue with ruby light emitting. The tan head retention prevents me from pourin the entire contents into my glass. The aromas are a soft chocolate, coffee blend with a mild lactose sweetness and mellowness. The flavors are rich with the same chocolate / coffee notes found in the aroma with a complex, smooth sweetness from the malts / oats blend. A mild coffee bitterness blends nicely with a medium hop balance. The feel is a bit heavy and velvety on the toung and palate. Finishes with a lingering chocolate flavor and coffee bitterness. This beer is very non-offensive, yet offers a lot of variety and intrique. Hats off to Highlands again!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 13:48:32 | More by BEERchitect
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metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear and very dark amber in color and poured with a finger high creamy light beige head that died down and left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of dark roasted malts in the nose, which also has some hints of chocolate and coffee.
T: Flavors of oatmeal and slightly more prominent in the taste, which also has flavors of chocolate and a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels quite dry and has a medium body along with a moderate amount of carbonation. The dryness is especially prominent in the finish, which is also a bit creamy.
D: The beer is quite drinkable because it isn't that filling and doesn't have a high amount of alcohol content. Drinking more than one of these at a time wouldn't be that difficult.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 03:16:15 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown brew topped with a thin beige-colored head that soon departed the glass.

Smell: A severely deficient aroma. Just the very faintest whiff of chocolate and oats.

Taste: Ready with a lightly sweet malt flavor. Sparse roastiness. Slight chocolate notes. Light flavors proportionately balanced by a minute hop bitterness. Overall, the flavors are just a hair too thin for me. I'll keep to their Black Mocha Stout next time!

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body with a rather sharp, pronounced carbonation.

Drinkability: The experience was a bit amiss, as the lacking flavors and near-watery body left me unsatisfied and wanting.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 22:30:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured nicely on tap dark brown with ruby tinge,nice tan colored head wich went away quickley.Smelled very much like roasted malt with chocolate also prevalent.A little more hoppy than I expected with some fruity character to go with chocalty taste.A little thin in body and mouthfeel for me,but it went down pretty easy.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2003 09:17:19 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Mickey Finn's shaker pint glass.

Pours a very dark ruby-brown with a light tan bubbly head that leaves a slight bit of lacing behind. The smell is of molasses, brown sugar, figs, dark malts, and a twinge of chocolate. The taste generally follows, with the malts playing a larger role, the chocolate coming through (in a bittersweet way) a bit more, the molasses and sugar floating a bit more into the background, and some oats climbing their way onto the stage. The body is a hefty medium, the carbonation is just right, and, though a bit chewy, the brew flows easily and smoothly across the tongue. Overall, a very tasty, highly drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 09:15:53 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its very deep brown body appears as black in the pint, but reveals deep mahogany highlights along the base of the glass and brilliant glints of ruby through the wide part of the body when held to the light. The short and frothy head of tan foam drops readily, but manages to maintain a full surface covering and leave some spotty lace. A roasty edge, some bittersweet chocolate, and a small bouquet of floral and citrusy hops greet you in the aroma, but fade almost as quickly as the head has dropped. Fortunately, both remain to a certain extent. The body is medium; and it's very fine carbonation leaves it crisp on the tongue before warming to become somewhat creamier and smooth across the palate. The flavor is rich with a distinctly roasted character that lends a bit of acidity before it warms to reveal the bittersweet, dark chocolate and almost-burnt-sugar caramel character beneath. It's well grounded by its solid bitterness, and it finishes dry but with a long-lingering note of dark chocolate that's left in the aftertaste. This is a beer that really needs to be enjoyed at, or just below, cellar temperature - so don't just pull it from the fridge and pour. I'd love to try it in cask form.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 22:56:28 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color as black as Lincoln's hat, with a thick, lush tan head. Aroma is soft, sweet, light, and very oaty! Nice presence upon the palate, very smooth, though not too strong on flavor. Solid, sturdy, and full-bodied. Nutty flavors come through, more sweet maltiness, significantly less hops. I did enjoy this "oatmeal" porter.
"Oatmeal" porter? Got to hand it to Highland, it's a new one on me! I've never been to North Carolina, but if I ever go, I'll know what to drink. I tip my hat to Uglyradio for the trade.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2003 18:18:38 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra from Photekut (I think) - shared with my wife in matching FOBAB mini-pint glasses.

A - A finger of quick dissolving tan foam with some solid lacing. Unusually transparent and reddish for a porter - sort of a dark wood color with cherry hints to it. If I saw this I would think more wee heavy than I would porter. Not bad looking, but kind of inappropriate for the style.

S - Caramel malts, some berry flavors, a hint of oatmeal with honey, and a surprisingly high amount of floral hoppiness. Almost thought amber ale when I smelled it. This one takes a while to warm up and rewards with some cocoa and coffee flavors.

T - Super-sweet caramel and chocolate, with some floral hoppiness at the back end. There's also a nice mix of coffee astringency and hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Somewhat thin body, with a mild amount of carbonation that tickles the palate. A fair bit of residual stickiness stays on the tongue.

D - It's pretty easy to drink, but seems a little style-confused. This is my second bottle so I know it's supposed to taste this way. No major knocks, although the aftertaste gets a little fatiguing.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 02:04:07 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from bboven, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is coffee, toasted oats, dark chocolate and dark malts with a slight touch of hops.

T: The taste is creamy, malty and a little smoky, with flavors of oats, roasted coffee and dark chocolate. There's a mild hops presence that brings in a little bit of balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice porter to drink a few of, but it doesn't seem like a beer that would really want to drink much more than 2 or 3 of due to its heaviness.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 03:35:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Poured mahogany with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head. Slightly above average head retention & lacing

S: Roasted malt, steel & coffee

T: Roasted malt, some coffee up front. Some iron in the middle, then finishes smooth with chocolate notes

MF: Rich with a little silkyness & a low carbonation

Drinks easy, espcially for the abv, a solid porter

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 04:12:07 | More by russpowell
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a black color with a 2" tan colored head that falls to a thick surface foam that remains most of the session. Some spots of lacing develop.

Smell: roasted malts and oat grains are easy to detect.

Taste: roasted malts, raisins, prunes, hint of coffee, soft oat tones are balanaced with a nice bitterness. This beer is full flavored but not thick and chewy.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Medium to heavy in body. Aftertaste is mellow but pleasant.

Drinkability: super smooth, easy to quaff, and nicely refreshing for the style. This is a clear session beer that is not your standard ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 20:01:00 | More by Gavage
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brentk56 for the trade. I'm always a fan of porters so it's nice to try something a little different.

The appearance was pretty normal, black with a tan head and a bit of lacing. The aroma gave off black-roasted grains and coffee while the flavor follow the same line with black coffee and grains with a smooth oat delivery. This tends to remind me more of a smooth Irish stout than anything, since the grain profile is heavy on the burnt flavors instead of chocolate or toffee. Still worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 18:25:11 | More by tempest
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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
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 19:54:19 | More by akorsak
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a dimple mug)
thanks for sincerNc for this brew
A- This beer has a jet brown body with a hint of brown color glowing at the base. There is a creamy light tan head that has a slight yellow hue to it and a several random bubbles pushing through it. There is no sign of carbonation except for a few tiny bubbles stuck to the glass.

S- The smell of dark smooth black roasted malt has some dark chocolate malt notes and a hint of creamy. There is a light smoky peat note that increases as the beer warms but just accents the other aromas.

T- The dark creamy roasted malt has a faint peat taste but not enough to taste like band aids. There are some nice caramel malt notes that come through aswell. There is a soft tartness and a nice roasted malt bitterness at the finish that lingers just a bit after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish that enhances the roasted bitterness.

D- This beer is very drinkable but has nice depth of flavor. Finally some found just the right amount of peat malt to put in a beer. It accents the other malts but doesn't taste like a first aid cabinet fell into the pot.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 22:33:58 | More by rhoadsrage
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Thanks to bocktech for the sample.

Appearance: The head looks like a superbly frothed cappuccino leaving thick rings of lace down the glass. Two shades away from total black, you can make out some deep red highlights.

Smell: Sweet malts with a mild roasted tone in the back and a silkiness of the oats.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, very luxuriant in the mouth with its full body. Thick underlying coffee flavour throughout with a nice heavy hand of sweetness that is restrained by the roasted malt and hop bitterness. Finish bitter sweet with a lingering creaminess.

Notes: I could certainly quaff a few pints of this, nice to see a long smoothness in a porter rather than the harsh crispness that some do have. A choice pick if you can get your hands on some.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2004 03:10:04 | More by Jason
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Wasatch

Utah

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bboven for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, some nice small islands and sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, nice touch of toffee/chocolate/caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, then the dark tones come into play, and very malty. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty Porter with a nice twist, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 02:36:54 | More by Wasatch
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with amber/mahogany edges and a 1.5 finger foamy beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic lacing.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate, oatmeal, caramel and nut. Slightly smokey/burnt smelling with faint earthy hops.

Medium boded and very roasted, almost burnt tasting with an overly carbonated mouthfeel up front. Slightly smokey with hints of chocolate, caramel, nut and of course oatmeal. Slightly watered down and a bit too bitter for my liking with a dry finish. Decent but not something I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 00:48:56 | More by corby112
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from GCBrewingCo as part of BIF 20. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head above the translucent dark burgundy/brown brew. Head is frothy and hangs around, with nice lacing. Aroma is lightly of dark grains. Taste is dark malts, rounded out by the oatmeal character. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, as you would hope, and drinkability is nice as well. Nice brew, very sessionable porter, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 22:36:16 | More by ppoitras
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Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 949 ratings.