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Highland Oatmeal Porter | Highland Brewing

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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:
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Added by pezoids on 09-17-2002

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Reviews: 551 | Ratings: 1,311
Photo of breakingbland
2.89/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle. No date. 

Aroma: Not much aroma. Slight hops. Detected a slight odd aroma component but couldn't identify it; maybe it had a caramel character.

Appearance: Poured with a very nice brown sugar-colored head. The one-finger head dissipated rather quickly. The brew itself was a deep brown -- virtually opaque. 

Taste: Detected some malty sweetness. Medium hops.  The taste profile had some depth but overall not too interesting. 

Mouthfeel: The beer felt a bit thin in the mouth. It had a medium level of carbonation.  

Overall: This beer was "advertised" as very malty with hints of chocolate which I would have liked, but they were a bit too subtle for me in this beer. I wouldn't turn this beer down, but neither would I search it out again.

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Photo of tkelley
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Last bottle from a sided I got in south carolina at Christmas.

A - fairly light for a porter. Transluscent dark ruby color with a nice thin head that lasts and lasts. Good lacing.

S - not much going on here of note. Some roasted malts. Smells kind of breakfasty.

T - the earlier bottles I had were much better. The oatmeal comes through the malt profile very well at this point. No chocolate notes. Not a lot of roast. Some malts though.

M -- smooth. Fine bubbles.

O - I waited too long to drink this last bottle. Notefor the future : not for cellaring or evenfor keepingfor a couple months.


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Photo of Louis_Toschner
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter glass. The color was used motor oil blackish brown, letting in no light. Absolute wondeful smell: Chocolate and coffee mixed with just enough hop scent. Had me drooling when I popped the cap. Very satisfying taste - every scent was present and blended wonderfully. Mouthfeel was a little thinner than I expected but again, the taste and smell more than made up for that. Overall, this is definitely a beer I'd revisit time and again!

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Photo of acsprouse
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, with a nice khaki head. reveals ruby redness when held to a light. Smells good, chocolate, and coffee notes, malty. The mouthfell is alot thinner than i expected, but not bad. Its smooth, slightly creamy. The chocolate notes are on the palate as well as the nose but the coffee notes arent that strong. Its malty. Sweet, but not too sweet. You taste the hops a little. Overall: great brew in my opinion. I give this high praises. For the style, it was great. Wonderful with my meal. I enjoyed this beer

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a deep brown/black pour, finger of tan head, nice amount of lacing. smells of grapes, dark roasted grains, coffee. a wonderful tasting porter. this is almost stout-like, lots of coffee and chocolate flavors, dark roasted grains, the oats are present in the mouthfeel for sure.. you can tell when it's a heavier mouthfeel that the good ol' oat has been involved! medium body, thick fr a porter, good amount of carbonation. an excellent beer for its style. great taste and great feel. definitely an underdog you don;t ever hear about.

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

A - dark black, brown highlights. Little to no head, thin lacing.

S - roasted chocolate, fruit, smoke

T - roasted grains, vanilla beans, some dark fruit, toffee.

M - good carbonation, slightly sticky

O - one of my favorite porters, preferably on tap. The bottle version is recommended.

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Photo of beernazismustdie
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I'm giving this beer a decent review, even though it wasn't to my liking, because I think for fans of porters it's a worthwhile brew. However, like many porters and dark micro brews, I found it to be overpoweringly bitter for my liking. I

t's very stout and fairly dry, with some sweetness on the backend from the oatmeal and a little hoppiness you might not expect. It has almost a burnt taste to it, rather than the smooth full bodied flavor I prefer in a darker beer.

I think fans of porters will enjoy it. However, to me it tasted fine at first, but after half a glass it became an unpleasurable chore to drink due to the strong bitterness that's characteristic of the style. I wanted to like it, but at the end of the day I must confess it was too dark and bitter for my tastes. I didn't finish ths bottle.

I have actually tried this several times, both from a tap and from the bottle. I will say I think it's better on draught.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I loved this beer, however I am impartial to porters. Aroma's were oaky and malty, but the mouthfeel was very crisp and refreshing to me. Had a nice, toasty, dark appearance with a one finger head. I'd like to try this on draught. It's been a few weeks since I've had it but i remember enjoying it.

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Photo of Mojo
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium glass

This offering pours up a deep opaque black with a nice one finger tan head and plenty of spiderweb like lacing left behind. The smell is kind of faint. All I could really perceive was a kind of nebulous hard to define freshness. Taste is very nice. I picked up an initial malty sweetness along with cola, carame, and coffee. The finish is a nice balanced coffee, and chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. This is a very nice offering. I'd drink it again easily!!!

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Photo of clemtig76
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.36/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Daktah
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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.


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Photo of Axnjxn
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Beer_Runner
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of tewaris
3/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of TheDinger
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
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-

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Photo of kneeland
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.82/5  rDev -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.

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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.

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Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.