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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

Highland Oatmeal PorterHighland Oatmeal Porter

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very good

952 Ratings

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Ratings: 952
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 09-17-2002)
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Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler I picked up in Greenwood, SC at Corley's Market. Pours an almost jet black with ruby highlights, nice rocky tannish frothy head with lacing ringing the glass after every sip. Nice roasty aroma with a faint spicy hop background. Taste is medium bodied with a silky smooth finish from the oats. A little subdued for a porter in my opinion, but nice maltiness with hints of chocolate and caramel, some hops detectable on the back end. Silky smooth and easy to drink. I think I will have another.

Serving type: growler

01-05-2013 21:15:30 | More by clemtig76
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark burgundy color. The head is a two finger light khaki color with a great texture. It never really fades fully, topping the body off like mocha.

S: Cocoa powder, grains (not roasted), vanilla, and faint coffee beans. A bit reminiscent of a really good brown ale more than a porter/stout - but that doesn't mean it isn't a nice aroma.

T: More bitter than the aroma. It actually seems to feature a healthy hop bill, finishing with a decent amount of earth, pine, and even a touch of grapefruit. The bottle says this has a 'well-balanced hop character', and I can actually agree to that - only thing I don't like is the slight vegetal touch on the finish. Before the hops kick in, the flavor opens with roasted coffee beans and chocolate (with both flavors bleeding through to the aftertaste slightly). It's a bit mild, but balanced very well.

M: Classically bone dry and clean. The flavor leaves the palate as quickly as it enters, but I like how the hops never come across as being overly acidic. This is very easy to drink with spot on carbonation aiding its nature.

O: A solid no-frills hoppy porter. This isn't a world beater, but I'd buy a 6 pack of it given a limited selection at a store.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 00:11:27 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 22:40:17 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of BeerDawgs


3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark brown, almost black. No clarity. Very little head, and a little lace left on glass

S - very sweet aroma. Cinnamon, cocoa. A bit of floral hop.

T- bitter up front. Quickly turns very sweet. Chocolate. Hoppy aftertaste.

M - medium bodied, creamy. Well balanced.

O - a tasty hoppy, sweet porter. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 00:15:06 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of Daktah


3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours extremely dark brown, nearly black, with a very small off-white head that dissipated pretty quickly and left a little lacing. Smell is mostly coffee and roasted malt, with noticeable cocoa. Definitely a little bitter at first taste - like others mentioned - but then turns semi-sweet with a little chocolate and a subtle caramel flavor. Great balance of hops to even out any sweetness. Very solid and tasty beer, and not overly heavy. Easy enough to drink a couple of these in a sitting.

I seem to forget about Highland when I'm in the beer store, but am always happy each time I come back to it.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 18:02:27 | More by Daktah
Photo of woosterbill


4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear dark mocha body beneath an inch of creamy off-white head. Ok retention, good lace. Nice.

S: Mmm. Lovely. Lots of coffee, oats, and brownie batter. Very rich.

T: Coffee and pure malt up front, with some dark chocolate and earthiness toward the finish. Cocoa powder on the dry aftertaste. Quite nice.

M: Lively, slightly prickly carbonation in a medium body. Just ok.

O: Really, really nice 6-pack Porter - one of the best on the east coast. I'd take it over Smuttynose Robust Porter any day.


Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 21:41:05 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

pours a nice dark brown color with a half inch white head. mild, pleasant cocoa malts on the nose. taste is quite flavorful. good chocolate and roasted coffee flavor with a great malt backbone. tad of bitterness at the end. medium bodied with low carbonation. not too light.

overall a very enjoyable porter. one of, if not the best, of highlands year round offerings.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 18:58:58 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of Beer_Runner

3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No bottled on date on the label or the bottle.

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass yielded one finger of thick and clumpy head that was a darker shade of tan. Over a few minutes the head dissipated to about a quarter-finger and lasted the remainder of the session, and also left some very nice lacing. The brew was very dark brown and opaque.

S: This beer did not have much detectable aroma at all.

T: The taste began with some sweet dark roasted malt and a hint of some very tasty, almost burned, oatmeal. Next, some grassy and earthy bitter hops kicked in for balance.

M: The body was smooth and just barely crossed the line from medium to heavy.

O: This oatmeal stout just missed the mark. It did not have much sweetness or grainy, dark roasted bitterness and coffee-like flavors. And, the hops just did not seem to fit the malts. It was not a bad experience, but it just did not work together for me. But, the tasty oatmeal did go some way toward redeeming this beer for me. It is a good and solid offering in the oatmeal porter and stout style, but it just did not make it to the top tier.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 02:02:59 | More by Beer_Runner
Photo of Lawl3ss


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint. No discernible bottling date.

Look- Nearly opaque ruby brown with three fingers of dense toasted marshmallow foam. Glass is completely covered in an opaque sheet of lace.

Smell- earthy, pungent, milk chocolate and coffee grounds. Undertone of clean herbal hops.

Taste- Almost a black triple-brewed tea flavor than the coffee I was expecting. This is followed by a touch of sweeter marshmallow, cocoa, and a toasted nougat flavor. Finishes with light char, almost smoky but not overly assertive, and a bit of lingering bitterness. Hoppier than your average porter, but it works quite well. Very nice.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, not as full as I was expecting from an oatmeal beer. Fairly dry, moderate carb that could be softer. I could have another.

Overall- Pretty good, a few tweaks could really bring this one over the top. Oatmeal character could use a little more uumph, but it's noticeable and a nice take on a hoppy porter. Worth trying, and I'd pick it up again if I saw it.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 05:46:33 | More by Lawl3ss
Photo of jjanega08


4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a nice deep brown basically black color with a thick finger of head on it that holds great retention and awesome lacing. A really nice looking brew actually.

S= Smells nice and roasty with a nice chocolaty smell. The chocolate is actually anice milk chocolate smell. Good buiscuity aroma to it that makes the chocolate more milky.

T= The taste is great. A nice mix of roast and a sweet malt character that you usually don't get from a porter in my experience. The sweetness isn't too bad though. it's a solid candy sweetness that holds up nicely to the roast.

M= Velvetty smooth.

O= This is a great beer. I love a porter and I love oatmeal stouts. This is the best of both worlds. The sweetness is a little different but this is a nice mix. Seek this beer out.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 05:43:44 | More by jjanega08
Photo of ckollias


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue, with a 2-finger, tan head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a great trail.

S: Good malt, chocolate, and coffee aromas.

T: Sweet flavor with a generous roasted malt base with hints of chocolate and coffee.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: Excellent oatmeal porter – nicely blended give great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 19:53:36 | More by ckollias
Photo of tewaris


3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown, medium head, medium retention. Some lacing. Charred and acidic aroma with elements of dark fruit, mostly prunes. Tart and dark with some roast toward the end and a generally clean finish. Medium body, high carbonation. Drinkable and certainly not a bad beer. However, it will have a hard time standing out.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 07:53:56 | More by tewaris
Photo of TheDinger

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. A nice deep brown, nearly black pour with a generous 2 finger tan head. Smell was very coffee up front with a bit of chocolate and wood quality. Taste was where this was a bit disappointing. Comes off very strong coffee and a bit metalic. Almost no oatmeal quality IMO. More like a stout than porter. Taste is somwhat distracting with some burnt wood notes. Feel is a bit dry and stout like with some cream at the end. Overall- It's an okay/average beer. The taste was the biggest letdown. Too metalic and woody. Heavy coffee like a stout. Worth a try, but I won't be back-

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 02:32:16 | More by TheDinger
Photo of kneeland

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not much of an oatmeal thing going on here. I got more of an IPA taste. That was drinking out of the bottle. Then when I tried it in a pint glass, it got better. Hints of chocolate, pretty stouty, very rustic with malt.

The appearance is really nice. Really dark, but it isn't too heavy. And the head is a pleasant surprise. Tan, foamy, it sticks around a while and keeps thing afloat.

Overall I'm not in love with it, but I don't really have anything negative to say about it either.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 22:58:37 | More by kneeland
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours almost black with just a hint of light sneaking through, dark tan and creamy head that reduces to a small layer skimming the top with a bit of lace around the edges.

S- dark roasted malts with notes of melted chocolate and coffee, smooth oats, faint hop spiciness.

T- Roasted malts with a bit of sweet chocolate, underlying coffee taste, finishes sweet and chocolaty with a bit of hop spiciness. Malty linger.

M- medium bodied, low carbonation, silky and creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable!

O- very drinkable porter, even sessionable. Not quite as strong as I prefer but would try it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 02:40:19 | More by Treyliff
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 00:33:14 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of marlinsfan4


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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 19:37:47 | More by marlinsfan4
Photo of chickenflea


3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost a black pour, it is covered by a fading tan head. Mostly roast focused nose where biscuity, but burnt dark malts lean more towards chocolate than coffee. Nutty and leafy/earthy on the palate. The oatmeal contributes a certain roundness on this semi-thick ale with moderate carbonation. A competent dark ale, but more like a stout than a porter. Lacks a little maltiness. Finishes clean.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 22:52:46 | More by chickenflea
Photo of vtfan77


3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep, dark garnet that appears nearly black without holding it up to the light. A half inch or so of head forms upon pouring and sticks around for a while.

S- Nice complementing cereal and cocoa aromas. Actually it reminds me a little bit of Cocoa Puffs, bringing back some fond childhood memories. Only this is definitely better. There's also some sour malt and a slight burnt aroma.

T- More sour malt and a big charred edge. It's a bit thin on flavor, with just a little grainy character to go along with the char flavors. Finish is slightly bitter with a flavor like burning tobacco.

M- Rather thin but very smooth and creamy, so it goes down quite easily.

This is a decent porter with some really good characteristics, but it's also a little bland in the flavor department (probably the most important aspect, in my opinion). It's worth trying, but it's not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 00:14:33 | More by vtfan77
Photo of JCaweinstein


3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color, one finger light tan head that has some large bubbles in it. It's moderately carbonated.
I taste mostly some bitter hop flavors as well as bitter chocolate. As the beer warms the oatmeal flavors start to be become more apparent.
The aromas are chocolate and and oatmeal with no hop aromas being detectable.
It's a thin bodied beer that starts bitter moves into some chocolatey semisweetness and finishes with a bitter coffee like aftertaste.
I think this beer is ok, I picked it up in a mixed 12 and will enjoy the remainder but probably wouldn't spring for this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 13:15:32 | More by JCaweinstein
Photo of matttttYCE


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass. Head is about a finger high, light tan froth, and fades to a light dusting and ring. Beer is not quite jet black but a discernibly murky dark brown.

Aroma is of sweet and lighter malts and light-medium roast, bitter chocolate, with mild smoothness and silky oat scents, hints of light coffee, and muted hops in the background. Pleasant.

Malty sweetness, roasted/mildly burnt malts and oats, coffee presence that is not strong but present lets say and nice. Beyond that some chocolates, more so cocoa powder, as well as some bitterness beyond that of the coffee and such that I attribute more to a decent hop profile, though not a strong one mind you.

Mouthfeel is quite balanced and smooth. Is there a word for a consistency that is a bit more watery than creamy? That's what this is. Light-round carbonation. Almost marshmallowy body, sounds crazy but, it's light and airy but smooth with some substance kinda like a barely roasted marshmallow.

Overall damn decent beer. Of course I tend to have an affinity for smooth drinking porters. Oats and a bit more of a hopping than you'd expect are what set this one apart. Would gladly have this porter again, it's quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 09:07:03 | More by matttttYCE
Photo of bubseymour


4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black w tan head. Very nice appearance.

S- malty and chocolate

T- nice chocolaty and roasted flavor. Dry and hopped finish.

M- pleasant but a tad dry on the pallet in the finish.

O- a very well made oatmeal American styled porter. Definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 00:36:40 | More by bubseymour
Photo of soulfly1492


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Pleasant aroma. Mild black malts, mostly sweet, mildly bitter. Mild brown malts. Sweet oatmeal and grain. Some chocolate and molasses. Decent dose of citrus and floral hops.

Appearance: Very dark brown. Holding this brew up to a bright light shows high clarity. Looks like root beer. Medium brown head pours tall. Good retention and tons of lacing.

Flavor: Starts sweet and roasty, black and brown malts. Roasty coffee notes kick in. Next comes the floral hops and mild alcohol. Mild grain.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low body. Mostly watery. Finished moderately dry. Carbonation is very mild but does sting slightly.

Overall: Not exactly thick and savory. Better flavor as it warms up, more malt sweetness and hop bite. Good roasty noes and nice hop balance. Not a classic example, could use a bit more malt character. Quite a good brew nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 21:41:44 | More by soulfly1492
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a dark brown with a one inch white head, that leaves behind some lace. Smell is chocolate, biscuit, carmel, smoke, and some tobacco. Taste is the same intensity, with chocolate and carmel coming threw most, flavor is simple, but tasty. Body is medium for its size, nice carbonation, not dry, and drinkability is good. This is a nice porter, not earth shattering.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 00:40:09 | More by SawDog505
Photo of CptMerica

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Attractive dark chocolate like color

S: Pleasant and hoppy but weak. I felt like I had to stick my nose in to get it.

T: Really good. Toasted nut and chocolate is the way I would describe it.

M: Light and crisp. Surprisingly refreshing for a porter.

O: Really enjoyed it. Best beer for the price that I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 01:41:12 | More by CptMerica
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