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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,100 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,100
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 36
Gots: 74 | 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 Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Slatetank, May 16, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
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.

MasterSki, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
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.

feloniousmonk, Mar 06, 2003
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Rifugium, May 28, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
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.

mdfb79, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

oriolesfan4, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/11/05- Received from BA member AlexJ via a trade.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness date. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Almost total black pour, 2 fingered dirty chocolate colored head. Very nice lacing.

Smell- Mostly some super dark malt and a bit of coffee.

Taste- Heavy sweet malted action going on. Nice espresso taste throughout. Maybe a touch of chocolate. Not as much hops as expected.

Mouthfeel- A bit creamy and a nice carbonation level.

Drinkabilty- A good porter for sure. Definitely worth a try.

GClarkage, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of yourefragile
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a slightly thin looking near black. Not completely opaque as light passes through edges revealing brownish red colors. Very small mocha colored head that quickly reduces to a thin ring and leaves some nice lacing
S: Pleasant mild smell of malt, a little coffee, other roasted stuff.
T: Nice flavor of coffee balanced with some sweetness from malt and slight hop bitterness for balance. Nothing remarkable, but pleasant.
M: Low to medium carbonation, creamy finish and aftertaste with a slight coffee flavor. Thinner in body than expected however.
D: Taste doesn't quite live up to every other aspect of this beer, but very nice and easy drinking for a porter. Probably my favorite beer I've had from Highland so far as it doesn't suffer from the oversweetness that some of their other brews have had for me.

yourefragile, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cashew70 for providing me with the chance to try this brew.

Poured from a brown bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. It appears a dark brown color that has some pretty decent clarity and a dark ruby red color when held up to the light. Head appears a finger strong with a nicely tanned color that doesnt retain all that well but clings in patchy lace about the glassware. Nose is a mixture of dark grains that present themselves with notes of coffee and a smokey burnt grain character. Taste has a smokey burnt grain character a bit like coffee, dark chocolate and some of the grainy character comes through a bit sweet before the bitter dark grain finish that has a noticeable amount of alcohol warmth for less than 6%. As it warms, there is some fruity character that comes out in the flavor like dark skinned fruit, a bit like plum or raisins. The nose also includes some dark burnt grain sweetness like molasses with a very faint touch of hops. Medium body is quite smooth and moderately carbonated. This ranks up there as very drinkable with a nicely balanced aroma and flavor profile. I would have no problems drinking this on a regular basis.

stakem, Jun 18, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear very dark amber in color with some almost black color present and light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass. The beer has a two finger tall creamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a couple of small thick patches, a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of dark roasted malts with some hints of chocolate and coffee as the beer warms.

T: Light flavors of roasted malts with some moderate flavors of oatmeal upfront. There are lighter notes of dark chocolate and coffee towards the finish. Moderate bitterness that fades quickly is present.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy with quite a bit of dryness in the finish.

O: The alcohol in this beer is pretty well hidden and the lighter body/flavors makes this beer easy to drink. Enjoyable flavors with just enough complexity to make me want to have another of these.

dbrauneis, Dec 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

wrightst, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of tempest
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.

tempest, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark coppery brown, almost black. Good thick head that fades pretty quickly, but leaves a very nice thick lace down the glass.

The smell is very dry and roasty with a fairly nice malt finish that is not at all sweet smelling.

Taste is a little dissapointing. Quite dry, but the body and flavor are a little lacking. There is a nice roasted malt taste, and a fairly long dry finish. The taste is good, but could use alittle more oomph imo.

Mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied.

The dry style is quite drinkable. No stickiness, and its actually quite refreshing.

Georgiabeer, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of akorsak
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
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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
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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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 24, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

ejimhof, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

superspak, Oct 14, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received as an extra from RBald42. Thanks Ryan!

The beer appears a deep, dark shade of brown with about a half inch of light tan head. Ample lacing is visible throughout the glass. The aroma brings malt, lightly roasted. The flavor begins creamy, roasty, and malt forward but takes an unexpected turn with a blast of hop bitterness in the back half. While not entirely unpleasant, I feel that the hop presence is a bit overdone and detracts from the roast, chocolate and oatmeal flavors. Speaking of oatmeal, the presence of oats is rather subtle, and could stand to be brought to the forefront a bit more. Overall, a decent beer and worth a try.

Huhzubendah, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Wasatch
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.

Wasatch, Oct 12, 2007
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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.

ppoitras, Aug 04, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 1,100 ratings.