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Highland Oatmeal Porter | Highland Brewing

very good
551 Reviews
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Highland Oatmeal PorterHighland Oatmeal Porter

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by pezoids on 09-17-2002

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Reviews: 551 | Ratings: 1,311
Photo of brewskifan55
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Thanks, Darren.

A: Opaque brown with a tan half-finger head that dissipates fast. Curtain-y lacing.

S: Chocolate malts do a duet with caramel. Nice.

T: Smokey and robust. Dark chocolate, malts and caramel with a pinch of peat on the finish. A bit of hops pop up, too, but not offensively bitter. Sweet. Smooth.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: A very nice surprise. Would drink more of this little beauty.

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Photo of pagriley
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

A- lighter color than I expected for a porter. Poured dark amber when held up to light.
S - hints of coffee, toffee and malt. nice
T - A touch sharper than I expected but nice - would be good with food and could put away a few
M- smooth but not too heavy. very drinkable

Overall a nice beer - received in a trade and very glad I got the chance to try

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Photo of EHopkinsi
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Pours black, with a three finger foam head. Foam hangs around a looong time. Nice mouthfeel; silky, like it says on the bottle. Nice, but not bold, malty flavor. Nice hoppy finish. Noticeably thinner mouthfeel once it is warmed up, so take time to enjoy it but don't dillydally.

A very good porter.

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Photo of Grugalug
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a very dark brown color and shows some very nice ruby red highlights when brought into the light. Carbonation bubbles are evident in spite of the dark color. It leaves an attractive 1.5-2 finger head that is tan in color. The head doesn't stay around for too long, and as it dissipates it leaves some nice lacing. Looks wonderful. (4)

S- The smell is predominantly roasted malt, and coming out of this is mostly coffee with a subtle bittersweet chocolate character. Perhaps a hint of raisins and the like, and no hop presence that I cant detect. Certainly intense but not terribly complex. (3.5)

T- Very smooth and easy to drink. Malty and slightly sweet, the oats really add to the smooth quality. The beer finishes with a roasted coffee intensity that can catch you by surprise, along with a hint of bittersweet chocolate and raisins or dates. Just enough hops for a nice and balanced bitterness. (3.85)

M- Not as much body as I was expecting to be honest. For me it was a bit too much carbonation that may have contributed to this. It is very silky thanks to the oats no doubt. (3.25)

O- A very nice and interesting take on the American Porter. This is the only Oatmeal Porter that I have ever seen, and I must say I wish that there were more out there! I can't regularly get this beer which is a damn shame. Very tasty, too much carbonation and not as much body as I would personally like is what kept this from being a truly outstanding beer in my opinion. Nonetheless, definitely would buy again if given the opportunity. (3.7)

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Photo of tlennon0815
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am a huge fan of porters and this brew is no exception. The appearance is dark dark brown...you would think its black until you hold it to light. The head is a off white...almost tan colored. Smell is just what you expect of a porter, kind of a caramel, chocolate, creamy smell with a hint of bitterness. Taste is just as it smells. Up front you get a nice milk like taste with chocolate undertones with a touch of bitterness at the finish. Very good brew indeed!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark brown, almost black, coloring, with chestnut highlights around the edges, and a wispy, thin, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, toffee, and hazelnut, with roasted characteristics to round out the sweet edges. Flavors are chocolate forward, both milk and bittersweet, with a bolt of bitter roasted coffee, crème highlights, and hints of roast throughout. Very balanced on the palate. A dry, light body keeps the drinkability up. The aftertaste is more of the bittersweet chocolate, and the beer has a smooth, dry finish. Solid porter.

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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.

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

This is a lovely, flavorful brew. It has a good chocolate and caramel sweetness. With a coffee flavor, it's more towards a toffee fullness. It's a bit dry. Full-body feel. The aftertaste is a bit metallic and wears off quickly.

Extremely dark brown, almost black. There's a good foamy tan head with a good deal of lacing. It has a bold malty scent, some coffee and caramel hints.

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Photo of Foyle
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Very dark reddish brown, almost black. Forms a puffy 2" inch head that dissipates slowly leaving significant lacing.

Aroma: roasted and smoked grains, coffee/chocolate, earthy hops

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and creamy. Slightly sticky.

Flavor: complex for a session ale. This porter is robust with flavors of creamy oats, bitterness of chocolate and coffee, and an earthy hop bite, definite smokey flavor.

Overall: A very good porter if you enjoy smoke flavor (not my personal taste)

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Photo of Tyler_Sly
3.19/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The flavor is about what you'd expect from a porter but the oatmeal is almost absent. The body on the beer is nice; actually a bit heavy for a porter and almost more closely related to a stout. It's really the slightly smokey aftertaste that I'd say qualifies this beer as a porter.
Would I get this beer again? Maybe.
Would I suggest this beer? Eh, it's okay.
Would I change anything about this beer? I'd give it a heavier oatmeal presence but other than that I probably wouldn't do anything.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black-brown with a huge creamy tan head that rockily settles from four fingers to two. Excellent retention; spotty lacing.

Sweet and malty. Molasses, dark fruit, licorice, nuts, vague herbal hops.

Soft and smooth. Very nutty with some strong, quick bitterness on the finish. Nuts, bitter chocolate, Coke, coffee. Simple, but good.

Medium bodied with some carbonation and a velvety feel on the whole. Very drinkable, and smooth (the oatmeal, methinks).

Very nice porter.
The beer pours really nice, with a sturdy head and lots of it. It has a pretty subtle nose, but it does carry pleasant nutty and roasty aromas. The beer tastes really good and is all-in-all a very straightforward, tasty, drinkable beer.
Would have again; worth trying if you are around where it is brewed.

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Photo of jbridge127
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oatmeal stouts and porters are my favourite beer styles so my reviews of these tend to be a little biased. This particular Oatmeal Porter has a beautiful black color and a small head as it should. Smells of coffee, grains, and a little chocolate. The taste is fantastic. I am a huge fan of Highland. This Oatmeal porter is delicious and I would highly recommend it to those who love dark, strong beer.

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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.

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Photo of Cory_Brown
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark brown color with 1/4 inch of light brown head.
Smell- Smells of roasted chocolate and coffee.
Taste- A little hoppy up front but the complex flavors of roasted chocolate and coffee come in to make a smooth finish.
Mouthfeel- Light mouthful for such a dark beer. Very easy to drink
Overall- I haven't had too many beers of this style, but after this one I'm ready to try some more. Great flavor and easy to drink is always a winning combination!

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Photo of silverking
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- deep garnet with a rocky beige head. Good head retention and excellent lacing.

S- cherry, fig, malt, raisin. Smells like a Belgian quad. Wonderfully complex.

T- malty, toasty, I pick up on some biscuit malt. There is a very light hop presence leading into a finish of dark cocoa and deeply roasted malt.

M- medium bodied, slightly prickly carbonation. The finish is dry and slightly astringent.

O- Complex, toasty, warming, awesome.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Base of bottle says Filled 02/20/14.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Moderate dark roast aroma with notes of chocolate, mocha and vanilla.

T- Flavor follows suit with some more dark roast and a nutty finish. Easy to drink, semi-sweet.

M- Kind of thin even for a porter but decent enough. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Not a whole lot going on with this one but it's a good kind of simple.

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Photo of walkinginplace
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This porter is a very dark brown and exhibits a redness in certain lights. The head is also quite persistent and there is significant lacing. The smell is basic roasted malt. The taste begins with the previously noted burnt hops flavor and has served real malt and sweetness thereafter. Surprisingly light-bodied. Not bad, lighter and more drinkable than most porters.

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Photo of dwren89
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark molasses like brown with garnet highlights, great clarity, tan thin head

Aroma: roasty but not overwhelmingly so, slight bitterness, a little dark fruitiness like a fruitcake,

Taste: great roasty flavor but also supported by more fruity and a little caramel malt flavor that definitely distinguishes it from stout status. Balanced finish but a little residual sweetness. Great oatmeal addition brings a little fullness to the flavor

Mouthfeel: smooth and a little silky, but not as silky as an oatmeal stout. Crisp finish, full body and medium carbonation

Overall: a great mix of roasty, fruity, and bold flavors that finishes smooth and crisp. A great late fall quaff that can be either sipped or gulped.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I haven't been that into really dark beers recently, but man am I glad my girlfriend brought a handful back from the east coast. This is a fantastic porter. So rich and flavourful. The roasted malt really shines without being overly bitter or dry to the point of disgust. It is just right. The punch of oatmeal goes well with it, also adding plenty of flavour potency without hitting that thin line of excess. I haven't had a lot of porters this year, so I don't have a lot of specific flavour notes to assess. I only got one 12 oz bottle of this particular brew. Just trust me, it's awesome. If you're ever within their distribution area, pick up a bottle.

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Photo of zac16125
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass
no bottling date

A: Pours a dark cola colored brown with 1 fingers width of tan head. Head dissipates down to a thin film quickly, and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

S: Roasty, black malt, coffee, a touch smokey. Quite nice.

T: Roasted malts, mild black coffee, subtle dark fruits, a bit of booze which is surprising given the low ABV, some grassy/herbaceous notes. Flavor as a whole is quite tame, but whats there is nice.

M/D: Light body for the style, moderate carbonation, somewhat smooth but overall mouthfeel is limited by the light body. Drinkability is average.

O: Overall, a good porter but nothing that sounds out. Worth a try but not something I would make an effort to purchase again.

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

Appearance: Very dark chestnut; 2 finger frothy beige head, long lasting and good lacing

Smell: Pretty faint smell of roasted grains, coffee and chocolate; had to hunt for it though

Taste: Roasted grain on the start with a hint of oatmeal following; finishes slightly thin and with a lingering hint of roasted grains; not a lot of hop character

Mouthfeel: Creamy overall, but a little thin given it's an oatmeal brew

Remarks: Seems to be in line with a porter overall

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Photo of KYGunner
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark "ruby" hue, that lets light in around the edges. The head was nicely thick sitting on a bed of bubbles.

Very weak in aroma there is a decidingly malty turn to the scent. Get very little hop scent but it's there.

Wow, for all of the scent that wasn't there it was apparently sitting in the taste. Tasty charred malt, chocolate malt flavor, touch of coffee and roasted oats. Very well balanced and super amooth this is a nice surprise.

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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.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Pours a carbonated opaque dark mahogany with a fast fading tan head. Marshy air bubbles are left behind on the glass edge.

S: Aroma is sour dough, smelly sneakers, roasted oatmeal, figs, sugar sprinkled prunes, brown sugar, cumin and salted crackers.

T/M: Bitter prunes, molasses covered oats, burnt brown sugar/caramel and finishes dry with stale coffee and dark chocolate. Carbonation is quite assertive in the medium body.

O: The first time I had this on tap I really enjoyed it and wanted to try but again. It's just as good as the first time. Really great roasty malt with sugar and bitterness to round out a nice oatmeal porter. This is my first oatmeal porter but I'm eager to enjoy more. Cheers!

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Photo of delta490
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12 Oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Mahogany brown with a longer lasting creamy tab head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel and a little fruit. Taste is nice with a nice blend of the malt road rinses dialed back by the oatmeal. Has a bit of a fizziness to it but is otherwise nice and smooth.

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