Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

538 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 538
Hads: 1,229
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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Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this one in a trade with autumnaldave. Thanks Dave!

This pours from 12oz bottle a clear dark brown with reddish hues and a 1 finger head of tannish foam with lots of lacing and it shrinks to a fine layer by the end of the session and there's still some lacing. How cool.

The smell has strong but nice notes of coffee and chocolate.

The taste on first sip brings a big roasted coffee flavour and some nice dark chocolate in the background. Very smooth and thickish mouthfeel to this one and it has a very nice bitter finish from both the coffee flavour and the chocolate.

A few more sips in and I'm noticing how I really enjoy this Porter...I'll be sad when my session is done because this certainly is an easy one to kick back. Oh, and when I let a sip sit on my tongue for a bit, I could swear I'm tasting some dark fruit. Delicious.

Bottom line: Porters are a *great* style of beer when made properly and this sample from Highland fits the bill nicely!(no pun intended)
Thanks again, Dave! (1,003 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with Ding

Pours a dark brown color with a thin brown one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is velvety with a slight hint of chocolate and roasted coffee.

Taste is full of chocolate and bitter coffee hints. Carbonation is kind of high. Goes down ok and has a lot of flavor.

Mouthfeel is full of chocolate/coffee with a nice texture from the oatmeal. Otherwise, a bit average.

Definitely a good porter that attempts to capture the style. Probably not one of the better ones that I've had but still worth a shot. (539 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mahogany brown color with a half inch tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The aroma is nice and sweet, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, oatmeal, and a bit of dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some coffee and some bitter hops in there too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's well carbonated and enjoyable to drink. I thought this was a good brew, I'd buy it again. $1.99 for a single bottle. (526 characters)

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at the Raging Burrito in Atlanta.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a one-finger frothy tan head. The head sticks around for a bit before receding into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is good.

Smells mostly of roasted malts with a good amount of sweetness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malts balanced with sweet malts ending with a good amount of bitterness. The roasted flavor lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit too carbonated at first but it seems to smooth out a bit as it warms. The thickness is good throughout.

Drinkability is good. There's not a whole lot going on but what's done is done well.

Overall this is a solid porter that's a tad smoother than most thanks to the oatmeal. Worth a shot. (815 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a medium brown, lightly ruby highlights decently clear. This is pretty watery, not much retention or lacing.

The aroma is super light only gives off the slightest hint of coffee.

The taste is super boring and simple. It has some bitter 2 day old coffee taste that is super watery.

Boring, bad, light tasting. Blah. (391 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a blackish-brown color and a fairly thick consistency. There was a long-lasting, foamy tan-colored head and good lacing.

S: Aroma of coffee, malt, chocolate and a little bit of hops.

T: A nicely done taste. Malt, chocolate, coffee, hops and some yeast. Complex, but never obnoxious or overwhelming.

M: High - but not too high carbonation and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a highly drinkable beer. It's well made and balanced in most ways. (498 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, Thanks MuddyFeet

appearance: pours a rich dark brown with some ruby highlights, thick creamy tan head with nicely patterned lacing.

smell: thick malts, dark chocolate, some ground coffee...very rich and inviting

taste: rich and smooth, nice malty nature with a slight amount of hops in the background, dark chocolate is more present than oatmeal, which is fairly faint...theres some light mocha flavors, a certrain mild dark fruit sweentess too.

mouthfeel: medium bodied, nice and creamy

drinkability: easy drinking, i have knocked back plenty at a time in the past!


I go back and forth on this beer, probably because I have had a bunch of them. It was in the very early rotation of craft beers 4 years ago or so. I had been turned off of it lately, but this bottle was great. I'll be sure and drink some in NC over the holidays (862 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a tan head that leaves nice lace.

Smell is sweet dark malts, a little diacetyl, buttery.

Taste is light on the roasted malt, and it's a little heavy on the caramel, accentuated by the herbal hops, a touch minty.

Mouthfeel is fairly creamily carbonated, and medium bodied, a nice smoothness.

Drinkability is pretty good, a tasty stout with a nice hop snap, I always dig the English nobles. (410 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's been a while since I've had a regular porter, and thanks to Calton, I get to try one I've never got to try before. Thanks, man!

Pouring a very dark brown in my glass, this beer is capped with a dense, brown head with great retention and a little lacing. Very nice. The nose is too, with a big, oatmeal, chocolate cookie character with a moderate raisin fruitiness. A little citrus hop character is present as well, brightening the nose and tempering the moderate roasted malt character. Solid stuff.

That this bottle is fresh is confirmed by the rather aggressive hop character up front. Fresh citrus with a moderate bitterness and a little orange dominate the palate, almost covering up everything else there is here. There's some dark chocolate bitterness, along with a roasted grain character. In all honesty, though, the hops are what dominate the beer, covering up the oatmeal even.As I drink this, and my palate gets used to the hop character, I'm struck by how excellent the roasted grain bitterness is, it's pretty spot on for my palate, strong but not overshadowing everything else. Not as nice as it smells, this beer has a nice finish, dry and roasty with the hop and grainy bitterness working quite harmoniously. A touch overcarbonated, which results in the expected oatmeal smoothness being taken away, this beer is solid. At a relatively low ABV, this is an easy drinking porter, one I'd love to try on cask. Despite my dislike for overly-hopped porters, this is still very enjoyable (1,504 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a very nice rich brown, the color of cola, with a thick tan head. Aroma is strong and stouty, with overtone of coffee and smoky hint. Flavor is fairly rich, mouth-filling, has strong burnt-coffee taste, with just a little bitterness. Smooth, pleasing, good for sipping and savoring. (292 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a fluffy tan foam. Pretty creamy but fades quick. leaves some nice lacing.

Nose is surprisingly light, with some dark chocolate, creamy oatmeal and cocoa. Takes it easy on the sweetness despite this range of malty scents.

Pretty hoppy for an oatmeal brew, lots of pine-needle bitterness. Roastiness accentuates that and it lacks the creamy smoothness I have experienced in most of the other Highland offerings I have had (Gaelic, Black Mocha and Cold Mountain). I dont get much oatmeal in the mouthfeel or flavor either. Ok beer, but far from HBC's best by a country mile. (617 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-dark brown in color with hues of red showing through. a tan colored head is poured and has good retention with a very nice lacing on the glass

S-the nose is subtle with some roasted malt and hints of bitter chocolate

T-the taste is very nice, again somewhat subtle. it is similar to the nose with some light roasted malts, a dash of caramel that gives way to some dark chocolate and coffee

M-it has a medium body but is extremely smooth and silky

D-this is tasty with a great mouthfeel. a very solid porter especially with the low amounts of alcohol. (556 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great creamy mouthfeel..the oat makes itself evident immediately....pours a blackish brown with a little tan lace....nose has a great dark burnt malt/coffee aroma....Did I mention I really like the mouthfeel of this beer....creamy...taste is really solid too..a dark sweet flavor with a fine finish of burnt malts and some timely hopping...the bitterness really starts to emerge on the long finish which is unique because at first this was all sweet and malt...

Another intriguing and interesting beer from the Carolina's..thanks again to Kipp..another winner... (565 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  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. (507 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Muchas gracias to johnrobe for this one. My favorite of the Highland brews (so far). Pours a very dark brown with a medium and pretty tan head. Little lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and nuts. Medium bodied with a nice roasty blend of chocolate and espresso (which would be a mocha I guess). Finish is a little nutty and a little hoppy. Pretty good. (352 characters)

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

Thick and elusive dark brown, caramel slivered highlights at the bottom and edges, slim tan cap, thin collaring sits at the edge, minimal lace in stringy globs and spots.

Aroma has a nice smooth chocolate tone, reminscent of a fudge cake with whispering notes of roast, cocoa, hazelnut, and coffee.

Taste is immediately full with a smooth carbonation, yet unfulfilling in any substantial character for something that states "Oatmeal" on it. The oats are very tame way underneath and not nearly as sweet as some stout styles that I like. Here, the chocolate makes for a decent measure of the middle and end flavors, nothing up front to speak of, quite empty in that regards, with the exception of the full-on carbonation that instantly takes hold (get ready for some burpin'). Slight roast with a bit of a burnt return of coffee and cocoa, and that small oatyness tangled in makes up for a good finisher. Finish makes up for a lacking front. Drys out and lingers with some staying power of those things mentioned above. Nice there, but that front, takes a bit to long for it to take control for me to immense a favorable balance in character.

Feel is smooth and well carbonated, medium fullness for its body me thinks; chocolatey middle, and finishes stronger then the beginning with a slight and favorable drying. A nice drinker, goes down well and displays a good body, texture, and finish, but something about it doesn't quite pull it through for me. Although, I'd slurp this down again at the drop of a hat any Ol' day, no prob. And I like the idea of a porter with oats(ehhemm, Viking Whole Stein) so its fine by me.

Another from the monk. Thanks from across the river my man! (1,692 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black-ish with ruby red highlights and a low dark brown head. Chocolatey aroma dominates with a light hop character. Rich, smooth chocolatey flavor with a nice hop balance. Med-full bodied and creamy smooth.

Much more pleasant than many other hoppy dark beers such as Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout -- Highland just seems to be better balanced and not over the top on hops. (375 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque black with a creamy, thick beige head.

S: Aromas of cream, vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, and astringent, herbal hops are present on the nose.

T: Notes of fruity, citrusy hops, minerals, coffee, vanilla bean, heavy cream, and dark chocolate fill the mouth. The fade is predictably bitter and roasty, with strong notes of cream, coffee, citrus, and dark chocolate.

M: Medium in body, dry, and a bit chalky. Carbonation is very intense for the style. Surprisingly, only a modest amount of silkiness is imparted by the oats.

O: This is a solid brew, but it really was not what I was expecting. Considering that the name strongly emphasizes the presence of oats, I was somewhat disappointed that I encountered difficulty detecting any distinctive oatmeal presence. Again, this is not a bad brew by any means, but I kind of feel that the oat flavors should have been more pronounced. (903 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a very deep brown color with a huge tan head. When held to the light, ruby streaks can be seen shinning through the brew. The thick billowy head fades rather slowly eventually dropping down and leaving a great level of lacing.

Smell – The smell is a good dose of sweet chocolate and roasted malt. Mixed with these are light caramel smell and the littlest bit of earthy hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt and very light chocolate flavor. As the taste advances the sweeter chocolate flavor dwindles in strength. At the end, a light earthy hop bitterness comes to the tongue and with the loss of the sweet chocolate leaves a roasty and dry flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The lower carbonation is good for the flavors, but a bit of the thicker body would have been good for all the roasty and the lighter hop flavors.

Overall – It had a really nice look and smell, but the taste was a little too dry and simple with a mouthfeel that could use some more thickness. While not bad it is a brew I wouldn’t go to on occasion. (1,235 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Unfortunately, noticed this was bottled in 8/13.

Pours a clear deep brown with ruby highlights and a frothy khaki head that leaves sticky lacing add it dissipates.

Chocolate, toffee, oats, and nutty malt form the initial aroma, with hints of fruity specialty malt character adding contrast. Hops are lightly floral.

Flavor follows suit, with fruity specialty malt notes opening the profile and quickly being dominated by deeply roasted malt. Not overly bitter, and the dark chocolate tones are a nice treat. The balance is roast and chocolatey, but toasted and nutty malt add complexity.

Body is a touch full with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth. There's a touch of astringency art the finish.

Great balance of roast and chocolate, with enough bitterness to not be sweet, but not enough to seem charred or to overwhelm. Love the rich chocolate character. I could do without the fruity notes. (910 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black with a creamy cocoa head. Smell is soem roasted malts. The taste is oaty (what a surprise) and not too strong. The drinkability was pretty good, I could see my self knocking back three of these in a sitting (if I had them). Decent porter but nowhere near my favorite. Still a solid beer. (298 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Some frothy head settles into a film. The beer is a chocolatey brown, letting light through at some angles but not others.

S: I can't exactly put my finger on why I like this smell so much. Ostensibly, it's a plain enough porter, with added sweetness from the oatmeal. But it's more complex than it seems, with intimations of vanilla, roasted barley, and perhaps even spiced porridge.

T/M: Above average, but not by too much. Relatively straightforward...a bittersweet mainbody is more sweet than bitter, with a drying aftertaste just barely roasty. The mouthfeel is the biggest let-down...thin without being smooth, then carbonated at the edges.

O: Overall, pretty good. I'd even recommend it for parties or company or such. That is to say, where I don't see my self seeking one out to kick back with, I'd pick up a six-pack to share. (901 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a-Poured an amber color into my ovsized snifter, but settled as a deeper brown with a white frothy head. was expecting something darker...

s-Malty, milky, watery, with a touch of roasted.

t-Follows the nose, but sweeter. There is a bit of spicing which rounds the beer out nicely. quite tasty, a good beer, not an amazing beer. one that I would eagerly look for on tap.

m/d-overall, a bit thin and watery, but not over the top. easy drinker, but leaves a bit to be desired. not the thickness that I'd expect from a beer with the word oatmeal on it. (551 characters)

Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.