Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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536 Reviews

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Reviews: 536
Hads: 1,225
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 38
Gots: 146 | 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 nandemo1
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark chocolate brown with a finger of tan head that leaves a lot of lacing as it recedes.

Smell contains a bit of oat and a dark fruit/chocolatey mix. Taste is mostly bitter with coffee notes but has a bit of a sweet oatey malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty silky, medium bodied.

Overall, a solid brew that is drinkable anytime, including breakfast. (363 characters)

Photo of RSchaeffer
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review #17
12oz bottle into Portsmouth pint glass.

A. Pours dark brown in color, almost like a cup of black coffee. Nice 1 finger of khaki head.

S - Roasted malts, oats, and a bit of caramel. Very faint hops.

T - Spicy roasted malt, with hints of oat and chocolate. Lingering roast finish in the aftertaste.

M - Slightly creamy mouthfeel, though on the lighter side in body and carbonation. Dry, slightly bitter aftertaste.

O - Meh. My roommate brought this home with him after a visit to NC and I was interested in giving it a try. It is drinkable and has a few nice qualities, but not overwhelming or memorable. (621 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours a dark brown with a thin off-white head that fades to a slight haze. Subdued aromas of chocolate, toasted oats, coffee, and roasted malt. Taste is close to the nose, nice flavors of chocolate, caramel, and roasted nut. Very nice and drinkable. Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly creamy, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. Overall a very solid Porter, the oatmeal adds a very nice creaminess. (443 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 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)

Photo of Jeffo
2.33/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Mom & Dad got me this on their last trip to the USA. Thanks guys!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A very light pour makes a one finger, medium looking, very light tan head with decent retention, fading down to a light wisp. Black body and no carbonation evident. A decent wisp and ring remain leaving some good lacing down the glass. Fine, but quite a light and thin a pour for the style.

SMELL: Caramel and oats. Very faint hints of dark malts as well. Some earthy hops perhaps, but this is just too faint.

TASTE: Very little flavor as well. Some dark malts and licorice in there, as well as some oats through the middle. Sweet dark malts on the finish with a mild and lingering aftertaste. Not much going on, and very little hop presence here.

PALTE: Here’s the best part of the beer. Medium body and medium carbonation. Very light on the palate, but also very creamy smooth as well. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Quite light for sure, but very nice and creamy smooth the whole way.

OVERALL: There was no bottle date on this one, so I’m not sure what to think. In any case, the beer I have in my hand is nothing worth remembering. It’s not off-putting or anything, there just isn’t anything to remember. Too mild in flavor and aroma. This would need some serious beefing up to bring it on par with some of the top example of the style. Avoid this one I’d say. (1,420 characters)

Photo of HoppyZymurgist
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Half inch head that left quick with very little residual, even with their spcial lasered etching. Minimal lacing. Nice dark, clear color.

Some coffe and malt nose

Taste is very pleasant. Good mouthfeel and jsut the right of carbonation. Oatmeal comes through nice. A bit light on the roasted malt flavor for a Porter. Very smooth and drinkable

Overall a very solid beer. Probably not quite as good as some of the others I have had from Highland. (479 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Curtis! Poured into a mug. Nice three quarter inch mocha head on this one. The body is quite black.

The aroma s full of chocolate and quite powerful when pouring. The aroma eventually tapers and the biscuity malt is more evident.

The taste is dry and bitter, with a bit of coffee in there as well. This finish particularly bitter, with the hoppyness being very subtle and in the background (quite a contrast to the last porter I had from Smuttynose that was very hoppy).

This is relatively light but has a nice strong slightly creamy mouthfeel.

I like this one, nothing like a good porter on a rainy summer day. (622 characters)

Photo of brandoncox
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Soda clone pour as far as color. Nice one inch khaki head.

Wow, great hop notes for such a dark brew! I'm getting hints of robust oatmeal and chocolate along with a sherry dominant nose.

Sweet and sour chocolate with a smooth malty body finishing nice and bitter.

Very smooth on the palate but not creamy like I was hoping. Minimal carbonation.

A good beer all in all but I don't like the sherry notes it's providing, it dominates a good portion of the taste. But overall it is a solid dark brew. (503 characters)

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

Bottle poured into Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass provided a dark almost black color with aroma of malt. Roasted malt, oats, and chocolate with some coffee flavor. One and a half finger beige head dissipated rather quickly without leaving much lacing. Excellent porter with wonderful flavor, smell and finish. A lucky find at my local Kroger supermarket. (355 characters)

Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured in a pint glass. Dark brown coffee-like color with a nice tan froth. Good lacing.

S - Strong oats and malt scents.

T - A solid oatmeal, malty taste with some coffee in there as well. Some caramel on the finish.

M - Dry and slightly bitter.

O - A very nice porter and not too filling. (302 characters)

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

I used to drink this often when I lived in upstate S.C., just found it today in Destin. Pours dark brown into a pint glass. Thick head with really sticky lacing. Sweet, smoky, malty, milky nose with a touch of cappuccino. Taste is sweet up front with a full malty, espresso punch and a surprise of hop bitterness. Full, milky mouthfeel, not too carbonated, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. A good all around porter. (417 characters)

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

Eminently flavorful and redolent of vanilla, and chocolate roast malt, Highliand Oatmeal Porter is silky and medium-bodied on the tongue. Topped with a rocky persistent tan head and dripping with roasty malt character, this porter was slightly sweet and finished on a dark chocolate note. Hop character is present, but very well balanced with the roasty malt profile. (367 characters)

Photo of airforbes1
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is quite dark, even for the style, as only a smidgen of red appears at the bottom of the glass. The head didn't stick around for as long as I would have liked, but I'm not going to ding the beer too much for that. The smell is a bit faint, although I do detect some sweetness, almost certainly from the oats. The taste is not as sweet as I'd suspect, however, as I get a lot more roasty (almost smokey or even chalky) malt than oat sweetness. With each passing sip, I get a some hop bitterness, although not a large amount. I enjoyed this brew, but a little more sweetness from the oats would make me enjoy it a lot more. (631 characters)

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: A translucent, dark brown color with a foamy, off-white head.

S: Smells nutty with a light hop profile, spicy coriander and hints of gingerbread. It’s a lot like other oatmeal stouts, but just a bit more tangy.

T/M: Taste is nutty with a medium amount of carbonation. Gingersnaps linger throughout and it finishes with a smooth but tangy bite.

It’s the ideal, full flavored porter, I’m not really sure why it’s not considered a stout. (479 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.26/5  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. (591 characters)

Photo of CharlieMurphy
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: 1/3" cream head that laces out a bit. Translucent red amber tinted black-brown in color.

S: smells like a very mild porter that you would expect to be lighter in color than it is. Some smoke and coffee hints

T: Crisp mild coffee like flavors beckon through a light porter body with a dry stout like roast finish. I don't get any oatmeal unfortunately. Basically no sweetness either.

M: Thin, on point for carbonation, slightly too dry.

O: Everything could work together a lot better. This would be better if it were bigger beer. (537 characters)

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

Picked this up during a recent trip to the Outer Banks at Chip's in Kill Devil Hills.

No date on bottle.

Poured very dark, almost black, with just a little tint of red. Two thick fingers of frothy head the shade of a latte formed and slowly dissipated leaving chunky lacing on the glass. Smelled of roasted coffee and malt, but not a strong, distinct smell. Lots of bitterness in the taste- not particularly hoppy although some hoppiness showed through. Most of the bitterness tasted like burnt coffee. Surprisingly clean finish; no tastes really linger. Very drinkable- doesn't taste boozy at all, which makes sense given the low ABV.

A fairly average porter, nothing incredibly special but worth drinking a 6-pack of. Give it a shot. (738 characters)

Photo of shand
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a fresh 12oz bottle into a mug.

This one pours a deep brown with a tiny head that doesn't retain very well. The aroma is a bit hard to coax out, and when I do I get some oatmeal sweetness and some roasted malts. The taste on this is fairly interesting. I'm having this very fresh, and the hops are fairly prevalent, interacting with the sweet oatmeal and roasted malts in interesting ways. It never quite smooths out to a nice porter taste though, it just stays pretty jumbled. The mouthfeel is pretty light and highly carbonated, and the drinkability is alright. Overall, I think this one's a bit confused. Not the best beer, but still servicable. (662 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very smooth, rich and approachable porter. Sweet and dark chocolate with oatmeal, coffee, toasted nuts, and some earthy notes of hops make up the aroma. The taste is mild chocolate, roasted coffee, oatmeal, sweet caramels, notes of vanilla nd nuts. Very smooth, creamy, mild and approachable porter. The drinkability is very high. Easy to drink. Delicious and well balanced beer. (379 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours dark brown with very little foam. Kind of a purple backed color, amidst the dark black. Coffee smell, oats too. Smooth, creamy, low carbonation. Flavorful. Oaty. Chocolate malty. Real tasty. Very solid brew.

Really liked this one, very balanced flavor. (304 characters)

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours black with dark red highlights and a finger of tan head that laces well.

S: Chocolate, roastiness, oily nuts, and some smoke.

T: Smoky roastiness, dark chocolate, oily nuttiness, and some grainy sweetness. This is quite robust for a porter.

M: It has medium body thickness with lots of creaminess.

O: This is tasty, albeit not super complex, and it's easy to find here and relatively cheap. (465 characters)

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

Pours a dark brown, black in the center, brown around the edges. a solid inch of head, light brown color.

Smells what I expected, lots of roasted malt up front followed by the oatmeal on the end.

The taste follows the smell with the malt and a chocolaty flavor at the beginning, the hops don't come through much at all.

Kind of thin in my opinion, wanting a little bit more heft, but the tinge of heat from the alcohol seems to make up for it.

I think this is a pretty standard quality oatmeal porter, nothing amazing, but good none the less. (546 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother brought me back a bottle of Highland Oatmeal Porter from his trip down south. I have only had one other beer from Highland Brewing and that was a couple years ago so I really don't remember what it was, so lets see how this one turns out. There was no visible bottling date. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks OK and has a Scottish theme to match the Highland name. I like how it names some of the other beers the company makes on the label. It poured a pretty dark brown that is bordering on being black but it still lets a good amount of light through. It had three fingers worth of off white tan head that died down to a thick layer that left lots of nice looking lacing throughout my glass.

S- The aroma is mostly made up of nicely roasted dark malts that impart some good bittersweet chocolate aromas. The aroma was all about the malts but there was also some floral hops that added some nice spice aromas and helped balance out all the dark roasted malts.

T- The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma. The bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavors are there but there are subdued and don't last long. The oatmeal imparted just the right amount of sweetness to this brew and there was a slight presence of floral hops that left a very mild and slight bitterness on the finish.

M- Medium light bodied, it could have been just a little thicker. It was smooth and had the perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a good porter. As far as porters go this one was on the lighter side of the spectrum but it still retained those good porter flavors, just lighter then most. What I liked most about this beer was it's look and drinkability and the only thing I would tweak would be the thickness. I might be inclined to get a six pack on a warmer summer day when I want something darker but still light and drinkable, but I don't think it is sold in Michigan so I doubt I will be getting more anytime soon. If you like porters then this might be up your alley, just think drinkable not robust. (2,072 characters)

Photo of Soonami
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Highland Oatmeal Porter is okay. It's not bad, but it is not a beer I'd seek out again. I'm not sure why it's rated as highly as it is by the Bros, probably because they reviewed this beer ten years ago and the recipe and/or our expectations have changed since then.

I poured this beer into a Yard's tulip, fairly roughly, but managed only to stir up a couple centimeters of sand colored foam that quickly faded to just an irregular ring of tight foam. The beer is a clear dark brown with mahogany highlights on the edges. The beer smells smoothly roasty with notes of sweet malty grain. The beer tastes surprisingly watery for an American Porter with just a little bit of roast character, little body and not much caramel. It's a weird beer and definitely not what I expect from an oatmeal porter.

It's too light in color, too thin, not chocolately enough, undercarbonated, too dry. It just doesn't taste as full in flavor or body as I would have wanted. Not bad, but undeserving of this aggregate score. (1,007 characters)

Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.