Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

536 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 536
Hads: 1,225
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 38
Gots: 147 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 09-17-2002

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Reviews: 536 | Hads: 1,225
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -22.3%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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 (591 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  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! (949 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (1,200 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  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! (472 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
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. (690 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  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. (642 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (1,204 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  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! (767 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (912 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost jet black, nice tannish frothy head. Nice roasty smell. Taste is medium to heavy bodied, great silky smooth texture to it. A little subdued on taste, but nice maltiness with hints of chocolate and caramel, some hops detectable on the back end. Smooth and easy to drink, great drinkability. (305 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (820 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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 (357 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (1,151 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.78/5  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. (512 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no bottle date. Pours crystal clear dark brown color with a small fairly dense 1 finger light tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, oats, and some spicy hops. Some nice and decently strong aromas here. Taste of big roasted malt, chocolate, oats, spicy hops, and caramel. Nice amount of bitterness present on the finish; with lingering notes of spicy hops, caramel, and chocolate. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly nice and creamy mouthfeel despite slightly high carbonation. Decent balance of flavors as well, but spiciness seems to take the prominence. No alcohol noticed except for a small warming after the finish. Overall a solid and drinkable porter, but definitely not memorable. (803 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served in a Highland Brewing pint glass.

Pours a very dark reddish-brown. Nearly black but with just enough transparency to see that the beer is clear. A vigorous pour only yielded a 1-finger tan head, but the head had some retention and left plenty of irregular lacing.

Aroma: rather hoppy for style, meaning that there is a clear hop note, and suggestions of spices, mixed with the aroma of toasted grains.

T - the hops are just strong enough to be present in the mouthfeel and taste, but take a backseat to the strong flavor of dark roasted barley. Some spicy and citrusy flavor in with the malt. Lasting, dark roasted malt finish and aftertaste with hints/traces of oatmeal, hops, peat smoke, coffee and dark chocolate.

M: smooth, semi-dry finish; medium body; Very good carbonation.

Overall score bumped up to 4.25 owing to the strong performance on all dimensions.

{revisited in June 2013} (919 characters)

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Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
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