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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

Highland Oatmeal PorterHighland Oatmeal Porter

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very good

955 Ratings

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Ratings: 955
Reviews: 518
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%

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

Pours a dark brown with no light coming through it. It sports a sandy 3 cm head on top in the pint glass. The aroma is roasty and sweet with scents of molasses and brown sugar. Very appealing to the nose. The flavor starts with a touch of coffee followed by big roastiness, grainy caramel, toast, and some nice chocolate malt flavors. It's nice and sweet with more molasses and brown sugar notes. This beer is one of those beers where the line between a porter and a stout is blurred. They call it a porter, but it could just have easily been called a stout. Granted it would be just a mediocre stout, but is an excellent porter, the distinction is still slim. Whatever you call it, I call it good. A nice, full bodied beer with lots of sweet maltiness to satisfy a BA.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 05:45:05 | More by BrewMaster
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap pour yields such a thick, creamy head I had to ask if it was nitro-tapped-it wasn't. Brilliant, deep, dark brown in color, good head retention with moderate lace which soon dissapears. Aroma is fully of charred, creamy malts, cocoa, a lite coffee note, and a sweetness that I assume is the oats. Taste profile same with more complex malts, molasses/brown sugar, and a mellow, but pronounced fresh hop taste. Roast/toasty aftertaste with a bit of bitterness left on the tongue. Medium bodied, very smooth, highly chuggable, and very tastey. Who said that North Carolina is beer hell?

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2004 21:27:11 | More by AlexJ
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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2004 03:30:20 | More by tavernjef
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4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the opportunity.

Pours out a nice, deep orange brown and sits dark chocolate brown in the glass with a small, creamy tan head with good lacings.

Smells nice and sweet, good malts. Chocolate and a dab of coffee blended with caramel, brown sugar and oatmeal. Nice toasty aroma, suitable for breakfast.

Tastes good and malty. Roasted grains on a slice of fresh toast with a side of steaming oatmeal. Mild flavor of cofee bean, and sprinkled with cinnamon and a scoop of brown sugar. Hop bitterness add a pleasant, balancing touch that keeps it all in check. Finishes with medium bitterness with lingering toasted/roastedness.

Rich and creamy in the mouth with nice, easy carbonation in a full body. This beer carries quite a load and it handles remarkably well.

Very nice porter to drink. Well balanced and full of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2004 00:34:48 | More by Skidz
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Sophisticated Otter in Johnson City, TN, this brew came out opaque burgundy brown under a one finger tan head with good retention and great lacing. Mild roasted malt greets the nose, while the mouth is light and very prickly. The opening is a bit watery, with some caramel malt, both sweet and smooth. There's also a touch of roasted nuts, and a slightly espresso bite, building not during but after the finish, than fading back into wateriness. Ultimately disappointing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2004 19:32:18 | More by Globetrotter
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a sample glass. The color is a near-black, with a wispy head and leaving a decent lacing. The smell is chocolate and oatmeal sweet. The taste is fairly sweet, with the oatmeal adding a touch of a bittersweetness, and just a bit of bitter in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, could have a few.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter and BIF 8.0. A solid porter, with the oatmeal adding a nice dimension to the sweetness. A nice porter, and one I'd enjoy having again!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2004 19:15:08 | More by beergeek279
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4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer looks perfect with its deep and dark brown color and thin creamy tan head. Almost black in appearance. The aroma is somewhat complex with deep and dark roasted chocolates, tannic hazlenut, and sweet and soft black licorice. Enticing. Flavors are well received in the mouth and the beer goes down very smoothly. Rich tasting. Soft roasted buttery notes gently coat the tongue. Medium bodied and low in bitterness. This is one excellent ultra smooth beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2004 22:22:21 | More by pezoids
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not-quite-opaque mahogany brown with generous ruby highlights. The medium tan head is good-sized after a vigorous pour, has a gently rumpled upper surface and looks sticky enough to leave some lace. Ultimately, I see fat rings lower down and thin rings higher up. Roasted dark malt, chocolate and citric-spicy hops comprise the nose.

The flavor profile follows the aroma directly with the same three elements present on the palate. There's plenty of roasted black malt that doesn't cross the line into bitter astringency as it does in some porters and stouts. Bittersweet chocolate is evident, coffee isn't. Fine by me.

Finally, the hops (Chinook, Willamette, Cascade) make a bolder statement than they do in most American porters and this beer is a better beer for it. Oatmeal lends an understated sweetness and a pleasant softness to the proceedings. The body is medium in heft and is smooth without being especially creamy or silky.

I've had oatmeal stouts before, but I do believe that Highland Oatmeal Porter is my first oatmeal porter. My first beer from the Tar Heel State--hopefully the first of many--is a good one and is an easy recommendation. Cheers to WOLFGANG for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2004 14:58:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh boy, Finnally Back to the good porters! =D

Appearance: Wonderfully thick and lusious(sp i know) head. VERY dark, but left a nice ring on each sip.

Smell: Sweet maltiness!!

Taste & Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, with a hoppy aftertaste. Truely good with a nice assurtive coffee taste, but still smooth. Not the usuall oatmeal taste either.

I'd rank this up there next to the Fuller's London, but far more assertive for the hop lovers. =D

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 00:55:30 | More by Salpta
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North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the table Black. Yep, black. Maybe even...as night. The head was tan and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was chocolate with caramel and a slight fruitiness.

The flavor was chocolate and coffee and caramel with the nice mouthfeel of the oats.

The finish was dry with chocolate and coffee well into the aftertaste. The body was medium full, probably due to the oats. The beer is just a hair away from being a stout.

Pint at Barley's in Knoxville.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2004 01:26:22 | More by GCBrewingCo
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice dark brown with a thin light brown head. Roasted malts and sweetness are strong in the nose with a bit of chocolate. The flavour is well-balanced between the malts and the hop bitterness. Dark malts really shine through, with coffee and chocolate dominating. There's also noticeable bitterness from the dark grains, but without the astringency that oftens accompanies it. The body is quite full, with a silky smoothness from the oats. Carbonation was relatively light, very appropriate for the style. I'd love to give this a try on tap.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2004 19:43:19 | More by DrJay
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label says this was contract brewed by Frederick Brewing, of Maryland. Pours a deep, dark, brown, not quite black, but opaque body with a thick, two finger, tan head. Average retention and nice, patchy lace is left down the glass as it empties.

Aroma features roasted chocolate malt, and hints of bittter herbal hops, nuttiness, and old coffee.

Mouthfeel is rich and coating, with medium body and carbonation.

Roasted chocolate malt is dominant on the palate, but has an oatmeal smoothness. Espresso and cocoa powder are there as well. Hops bitterness is more than adequate to balance the chocolate sweetness, and even has a note of black pepper for emphasis.

This is a well done porter that has pleasing complexity. It seems thinner toward the finish, which adds to drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 20:02:55 | More by merlin48
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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle pours a deep brown liquid with ruby highlights around the glass. Nice off white creamy head that stayed for quite some time. There was a nice amount of lace on the glass. The smell was of cocoa powder, and chocolate. Taste was first like a light roasted coffee, followed by some modest hop bitterness, but not too much to throw it off balance. This was a pretty smooth beer, as the finish was well rounded, not too sharp or dry. Seemed to be a bit too much carbonation, and it was a little thin I felt. Overall though, this was a good one. First time I have had oatmeal in a porter, and it seemed to work. I would certainly look to have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2004 01:28:24 | More by Bierguy5
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: A gift that was completely out of the blue. Two 12 ounce bottles along with many other different beers arrived at Chez Bum right after I arrived back from my England vacation, thanks to the incredible generosity of AKSmokedPorter. The other beers in the package went to a recent Derby Party as planned. But one found its way directly to xlperro as planned; the other was rediscovered recently as my beer fridge thinned out a tad. Just as per the BA Database picture, the crown cap was a little rusted but still served its purpose.

Appearance: Very, very dark brown – it has the merest mahogany red edge of the glass hue when backlit. A lovely 1” thick but creamy solid and very uniform blanket heads cover the dark body of the beer.

Nose: Malts that have a roasted and a smooth sweet nose mixed a tad of toasted cereal. I get some bittersweet chocolate and maybe, just maybe, a hint of hops (?).

Taste: Wow, this is smooth and lovely. Roasted malts start and build into a bitter middle with some residual chocolate sweetness that has a grainy feel at times. Bittersweet finish that has a decent half-life. Melted dark chocolate slicks coat the inner cheeks after the swallow and take the edge off the bitterness and leaves a very silky feel long after the beer has gone. Superb aftertaste that can be enjoyed for some time after the beer has all but disappeared from your bottle and Glass.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth, regal in its calm gliding serene ability to traverse the mouth, tongue, cheeks and throat. All of which feel like they have met Royalty with even the shortest glimpse of this Porter. Solid but never heavy, the thick body is perfectly attenuated and nicely supported by the fine carbonation and lightened by the Teflon silky feel it imparts.

Drinkability: If I had known how good this was it would have most certainly disappeared from my fridge much earlier. A tasty Porter with enough fresh feel and a nice body that is solid but not at all ‘heavy’. Excellent!

Overall: An “Oatmeal Porter” – a terrific slant on a Porter, it’s such a great idea that I am amazed that no-one else has done this, maybe they have, I just haven’t heard of ‘em. Thanks to AKSmokedPorter, a true Gentleman a great BA, for this one. I wonder what Big Dog thinks of his??

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2004 06:58:14 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Complements of AKSmokedPorter...
Appearance: The head is quite airy...has the density of a cafe frappe and the color of the tan m&m (man I miss those, stupid blue ones).

Smell: Strong maltiness, with a hint of chocolate in the background.

Taste: This tasted like a lot of oktoberfest beers that I've had. Very malty. There's some grassiness in the palate as well that's a bit of a disappointment. Chocolate is prevalent in the initial taste.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth...with no alcohol flavor. Bitterness is balanced with maltiness. Carbonation adequate.

Drinkability: Not one of my favorite porters. Something about it made it hard to finish the bottle, but I couldn't pinpoint it.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2004 14:09:42 | More by PartyHatjo
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3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours depp mahogany red with balck highlights. Thin ring of a head kicks off small smount of lace.
Aroma is chocolate, coffee and oatmeal.
Flavor is chocolate, burnt brown sugar, grain and some coffee and hop notes.
Moutheeel is slightly sweet to start, moving to a lightly roasted, somehwat burnt and bitter finish.
Drinkability is pretty good but wit such heavy burent bitter notes it is somewhat one-dimensional, grows on you as you down it thought.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2004 03:34:08 | More by CRJMellor
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North Carolina

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

The pour was pitch black with a good one inch head. The head slowly dissapated and left a creamy quarter-inch that held on through the entire drink.

The smell was suprisingly spicy with a light chocolate overtone.

The drink started with a slight spice kick that was followed by sweet, sweet, sweet. It left a slight chocolate aftertaste at the finish.

All and all, a very tasty beer. Very refreshing and it goes great with food.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2004 00:15:09 | More by coasterfreak75
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South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WOW!!! This is one truely amazing brew. I never thought that this was going to be this good. There was nothing about this beer that I didn't love. The color was an awesome black, with a thick tan head that stuck around for quite sometime. Talk about head retention, this baby was off da hook! The smell was malty, mixed with some hops, and hints of chocolate. The taste was similar, but was more in the area of chocolate, which is a plus for me. Also, this was one smooth mama jama. It was creamy and oh so smooth on the throat. Bottom line, if you like good beer, you need to drink this. If you like crappy beer, then drink this, so it will convert you to good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 02:09:12 | More by JISurfer
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Thanks to bocktech for the sample.

Appearance: The head looks like a superbly frothed cappuccino leaving thick rings of lace down the glass. Two shades away from total black, you can make out some deep red highlights.

Smell: Sweet malts with a mild roasted tone in the back and a silkiness of the oats.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, very luxuriant in the mouth with its full body. Thick underlying coffee flavour throughout with a nice heavy hand of sweetness that is restrained by the roasted malt and hop bitterness. Finish bitter sweet with a lingering creaminess.

Notes: I could certainly quaff a few pints of this, nice to see a long smoothness in a porter rather than the harsh crispness that some do have. A choice pick if you can get your hands on some.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2004 03:10:04 | More by Jason
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3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Poured deep brown with reddish tints when held up to the light, decent head that didn't stick around, and not much lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, and hops. Taste is more of the same, but I'm missing the creamy smoothness of oatmeal. This is more like a regular porter but with alot more bitterness from the roasted barley and hops. No bad but nothing special for me either

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2004 03:06:57 | More by Indybeer
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4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice black,with fluffy tan head. Smell of coffee,oats and malt goodness.Tastes of roasted malt oats with right amount of carbonaton to tingle the tounge. Hops kick in to add citrusy flavor and just the right kick to finish of this great brew. Nice medium bodied porter not as chewy as some others but taste is wonderful. Drinkability is excellent very good brew. Haven't had bad beer from this brewery would recommend trying one if you can.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2003 14:21:22 | More by mntlover
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its very deep brown body appears as black in the pint, but reveals deep mahogany highlights along the base of the glass and brilliant glints of ruby through the wide part of the body when held to the light. The short and frothy head of tan foam drops readily, but manages to maintain a full surface covering and leave some spotty lace. A roasty edge, some bittersweet chocolate, and a small bouquet of floral and citrusy hops greet you in the aroma, but fade almost as quickly as the head has dropped. Fortunately, both remain to a certain extent. The body is medium; and it's very fine carbonation leaves it crisp on the tongue before warming to become somewhat creamier and smooth across the palate. The flavor is rich with a distinctly roasted character that lends a bit of acidity before it warms to reveal the bittersweet, dark chocolate and almost-burnt-sugar caramel character beneath. It's well grounded by its solid bitterness, and it finishes dry but with a long-lingering note of dark chocolate that's left in the aftertaste. This is a beer that really needs to be enjoyed at, or just below, cellar temperature - so don't just pull it from the fridge and pour. I'd love to try it in cask form.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 22:56:28 | More by NeroFiddled
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A somewhat blurred deep ruby red appearance. Small light brown head. with decent retention. Lace is very minimal. Aroma is of roasted malt, baker's chocolate and a little citrusy hop character. The flavors and mouthfeel are pretty smooth. Medium body. Flavors of milk sugar, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt and bitter NW hops (to a small degree). This porter's pretty good.

Thanks AKSmokedPorter.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 04:46:52 | More by Bighuge
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown with a yellowish tan lace that moves to a permanent collar.
Smells of roasted coffee and malt with a definate dab of oatmeal.
Medium to heavy body, and oh so smooth. You don't notice the carbonation until the very end.
Starts sweet with a bit of nuts and oats. Move to a bit more roasted flavor with a good hop to keep it in line. Long oat/breadlike finish.
I've loved this beer for years.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2003 00:11:48 | More by homersimpson
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4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a recent trip to Raleigh, NC.

Really smooth brew, not usual for a porter. Great lacing on the glass right to the last sip and exceptional mouthfeel, the low carbonation helps no doubt. Very nice color and the flavor was outstanding. I wish I had picked up some more as well as some of the other Highland brews. If they are anything like this one, I'm definitely missing something. Maybe next time...

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2003 02:06:21 | More by sraimondi
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