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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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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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Ratings: 1,088 | Reviews: 526 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -22.7%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

zestar, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 21, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
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!

BEERchitect, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
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!

mikesgroove, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black with off white thick head; quickly fades.

Nose is sweet black chocolate; hints of maple and sweet coffee.

Mouthfeel thin and watery without character.

Flavors are short, simple, unassertive and light of weak coffee and weak chocolate. Weak roasted grains. Potential but falls short. Not bad and actually pretty drinkable but very simple with a nice light weak bitter coffee finish.

Average in the extreme.

GRG1313, Jul 27, 2010
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
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

ygtbsm94, Sep 15, 2013
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.

kylehay2004, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Feb 16, 2003
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

JAHMUR, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

NeroFiddled, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of Jason
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.

Jason, Jan 15, 2004
Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

nickfl, May 28, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown with 2+ fingers of light tan head. It possesses a nice foamy retention that leaves some great looking lacing. The aroma is a nice mix of roasted malts and coffee, chocolate sweetness, and even a touch of light hoppiness in the back.

The taste profile matches the aroma perfectly, with a pleasant toasty feel of roasted malts and bitter coffee that is nicely balanced out by a backing chocolate sweetness. It finishes with a combo of hoppy bitterness and a splash of citrus flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice smooth and creamy feel.

A solid Porter from Highland with a nice roasty feel and a great balance between the bitter and sweet notes. Tasty and easy drinking, it's a solid recommendation!

Kegatron, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of russpowell
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

russpowell, Aug 10, 2007
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Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 1,088 ratings.