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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 socon67

New York

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Angus Barn in Raleigh, NC

A - Pours cola brown with decent foam retention and lacing. Settles quickly.

S - Smells like chocolate, with some malty scent. Not roasty, and tends to be sweet.

T - Flavors of chocolate malt, sugary candy, and a bit of maple syrup. A bit thinner than I'd like for a porter, but a solid taste anyway.

M - Feels light, smooth, and has enough bite to make this a tasty porter. Could have a second one.

O - Solid porter, and was great with my meal. Kind of a lighter version of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 22:58:20 | More by socon67
Photo of DCon


3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12 FL. OZ. bottle of this from Ingles Grocery Store in Asheville, NC & added to my Mix-A-Six Pack for $8.88. Poured from the Blue/Dark Tan labeled bottle w/ the Highland Scotsman on the front into my 16oz Grand Teton Brewing Co Pint Glass. Has no freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Tons of roastiness and sweetness hits the nose first. Then a light amount of coffee comes around. Light-medium hop aroma too.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger, tan head that has fantastic retention. Has a very dark brown body with decent clarity. Leaves thick rings of lace behind.

Flavor- Strongly malted and very sweet from the beginning. Very well balanced between the malt and hop. Lightest bitterness level at the finish and slightly toasty.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, Sweet, and leaves bit of toastiness on the palate.

Overall Impression- Maybe its just me, but I couldn't find much oatmeal at all in this one! Very sweet and roasty but just couldn't find this characteristic. Would say this is a nice Porter and very well balanced. Recommend if available!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 20:40:07 | More by DCon
Photo of Arborescence


3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, pours a nice thick head that lasts for a while too.

Aroma: Very mild, just a hint of roasted malt.

Taste: Soft and malty, a nice round flavour typical for oatmeal stouts and porters. Lingering aftertaste of roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, balanced.

Overall: It's a solid oatmeal porter, better than average, but nothing amazing.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 21:34:11 | More by Arborescence
Photo of xybreeder


3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice dark, stout like appearance, small amount of head, lacing is light.

Smell - Roasted dark malt dominates the nose, slight smoke smell as well.

Taste - Roasted malt flavor also dominates the taste, with a hint of oats on the back-end. Also getting chocolate in the middle, with little to no bitterness (nice!). Chocolate also lingers well after consumption. Very good tasting brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light carbonation, about spot-on for this style. Not too much as far as body goes with it falling in the medium to light range. Makes it easy to drink quickly though!

Overall - This was my first brew from the Highland Brewing Company thanks to a good friend of mine who brought me some from out of state (thx Wendell!). I was impressed with the drinkablity of this brew as it wasn't too bitter, not too heavy, and promoted a nice roasty, chocolaty taste throughout. Might be a little better with more of an oat profile, but overall a very nice brew!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 23:37:17 | More by xybreeder
Photo of rapidsequence


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours brown from the bottle, but sits more black with considerable red highlights. Bone white head, not much retention.

Smell: Cocoa, roast, and some clean, green hops. Overall its a bit muted, but good if you sniff for it.

Taste: Sweet flavor with cocoa powder, caramelly, toasty malt, and a bit of of more burnt roast and bitterness near the end.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is pretty lively. Smooth, clean feeling. A bit dry in the finish.

Overall: A solid porter. I've had a billion of these going back probably 15 years, including many $8 pitchers poured into plastic cups at Hell in Chapel Hill. Seemed like a good choice for the UNC-Duke game. Glad its distributed in VA now.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 03:42:32 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of qthompso


3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice deep, dark brown. Only indications that this isn't black is a bit of light brown hue near the edges of the glass. Slight cream head, doesn't stick around for long.

Smells tasty. Nice malty, chocolatey characters. There's a slight sweetness in the nose but overall, the aroma isn't too powerful.

There's a lot going on with this beer. Believe it or not, the first thing I notice is how strong the hop bitterness is on this one. Not what I was expecting. There's definitely an oatmeal characteristic to this porter with a very roasty (almost burnt) finish.

Really enjoy the mouthfeel on this one. Really full, really creamy, really smooth. The carbonation level is pretty spot on and the finish is quite crisp, despite the lingering roasted notes.

Overall, pretty decent. Not quite as roasty and chocolatey as I was expecting based on the nose but a decent interpretation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 02:26:35 | More by qthompso
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pure black with no head.

Smells of roasted malts and coffee.

Tastes of rich malts with a slightly bitter after taste.

This beer feels very smooth and goes down easy.

This is a very tasty porter and possibly one of my favourites in this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 00:39:51 | More by Dave1999
Photo of rwrk42

New Jersey

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

Pour: Dark brown like a maple syrup color with a light beige colored head
Smell: Roasted, almost burnt coffee aroma and chocolate
Taste: Roasted malt and chocolate flavors are abundant with slight bitter acidity. Balanced well with hops
A very good solid, tasty porter

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 03:45:41 | More by rwrk42
Photo of ONUMello


3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark translucent brown. Thin head that disappears pretty quickly.
S: Quite aromatic, with toasted grains, toffee and a bit of coffee.
T: Rich coffee, caramel, and a noticeable hops kick towards the end that I like quite a bit.
M: A bit thinner than I expected, but smooth and pleasant overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 07:04:03 | More by ONUMello
Photo of thain709


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

Thanks Deuane!

A - Poured a deep brown body with some ruby highlights...two fingers worth of creamy, light brown head...slow retention settling to a full cap...nice lacing

S - Right off the bat I actually picked up some floral hops...chocolate is lingering...roasted malts

T - Again, the hops are very present in this one...the rolled oats make an appearance in the middle and mellow out the hops...the add a smoothness to the entire beer...there is a roast flavor that settles in...it provides some dark chocolate notes that finish the beer nicely

M - Medium bodied...creamy and smooth...hoppy start with a long roasty finish

O - I've been wanting to try this one for awhile and Deuane was able to hook me up...this was a very drinkable porter...the hops were surprisingly forward, but the oats kept everything happy

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 12:02:11 | More by thain709
Photo of Mississipping


3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours very dark brown with just a touch of amber highlights when held to light.  A small tan head rises and falls pretty quickly, leaving behind minimal lacing on the edges of the glass. 

S: Chocolate is up front, along with some coffee, slight roast, and some hops in the background.  Really nice complexity in the aroma. 

T: Again, chocolate malt up front, with subtler oats, roast, coffee, and hops.  Starts out rather sweet with some milk chocolate and finishes somewhat bitter with the coffee, roasted barley, and hops.  

M: Lighter side of medium-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.  Smooth and slightly creamy on the palate.  

D: Nice little porter that has a good bit of complexity and balance.  Nice transition of flavors throughout each sip.  

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 21:38:44 | More by Mississipping
Photo of Viciousknishs


3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a deep brown color with a finger of light tan head. Pretty pour retention.

S- aromas of malt sweetness and semi-sweet chocolate on the front end. Coffee tones and oat in the middle. Finishes with a faint balancing floral hop note.

T- bittersweet flavor. Nice balance between malt sweetness and bitter roasted malt/leafy hop. A notes of semi-sweet chocolate lingers on the palate.

MF- silky mouthfeel with a medium body and average carbonation.

D- nice drinkability.

Overall a solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 01:31:00 | More by Viciousknishs
Photo of Sudsy89


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

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a very dark brown, has a big thick head to it. This has a great roasted coffee and chocolate taste, seems to have a moderate level of hops. Average level of carbonation with a thick, full-bodied feel to it, very filling. A nice porter, it looks and tastes like a great example of the style, without being too strong with hops or alcohol taste. I would definitely try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 06:11:04 | More by Sudsy89
Photo of chilly460


3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours thin black with reddish tones. Limited head dissipates to zero cap, small amount of lacing.

S - Prominant smells that come through are medium roast malt & coffee. Hits with some nutty and chocolate tones coming through too, but there could be more.

T - First taste that hits me is the nutty flavor, followed by coffee with a little chocolate to end it all.

M - Felt a bit thin and carbonated

O - Nice and easy drinking Porter, could use more robust flavoring and mouthfeel

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 00:50:44 | More by chilly460
Photo of Dope


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

A: Dark brown pour with a decent light brown/tan head. Nice and fluffy. Decent retention and lacing.

S: A little roasted malt. I swear I smell blueberry fairly strongly. In fact, blueberry muffins. A bit grainy. Interesting.

T: Decent roasted malt, very noticeable oatmeal after that. Super smooth and creamy. Some smoke in the aftertaste with some bitterness.

M: Fairly thin but otherwise smooth.

O: Not bad, a nice take on a porter. Super drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 03:32:04 | More by Dope
Photo of rangerred


4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark ruby with a thick 1 finger tan head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smells of coffee and some dark chocolate. Definitely a roasted malt presence.

The taste carries over some of these dark chocolate notes along with a sweet taste. The roasted malt comes in later and the beer finishes with a nice bitterness. Slightly smoky as well. Mouthfeel is decent. Slightly sticky.

Overall this is a pretty good beer and one that should definitely be picked up where available.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 01:00:09 | More by rangerred
Photo of Neorebel

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Highland Oatmeal Porter has an appearance typical of a good example of the style. I particularly enjoyed the complex aroma, in which I detected sweet cream, malt sugar, cinnamon, some hop, and lightly toasted grain. What really surprised me was that the taste was a lot hoppier than I expected for the style and the aroma as well. I would have awarded a higher score if not for the lighter body and a bit of a metallic/oxidized off flavor in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 15:35:34 | More by Neorebel
Photo of prototypic


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

Many, many thanks to csmiley for the bottle. Thanks, dood!

Oatmeal Porter pours a darker, chocolate fudge color. It’s not opaque. Plenty of light cuts through and reveals burgundy highlights. A nice tan head tops it and rises to a finger and a half in height. It’s slow to recede and leaves a rather sticky web of lace clinging to the glass. Looks good.

The nose is good. Smells mostly like roasted and chocolate malts Bittersweet dark chocolate seems to be the strongest scent. There’s a good bit of coffee that complements the malts nicely. There are some light, hoppy notes. Smells a little grassy and noble in character. Alcohol is blended very well and isn’t noticeable at all. Smells good to me.

The flavor is very consistent with the nose. Roasted and chocolate malts are the base. The chocolate variety definitely tastes like bittersweet dark chocolate. Tasty. Roasted coffee is secondary, but adds a lot to the overall flavor. It’s a really nice complement to the malt base. There are some light hoppy notes. They’re grassy and a tad citric. Subtle, but they are noted. I’m not complaining. Alcohol is very light in the mix. Not noticeable at all. Finishes chocolaty and roasty.

Oatmeal Porter has a body that’s on the lighter side. It feels a tad thin. It’s not a big beer, but it’d still benefit from a bit more heft. Carbonation is light. It goes down easy. It’s too thin to be smooth, but it’s easy drinking.

Oatmeal Porter is a good release from Highland Brewing Company. It’s relatively simple and straight forward. But, it has a nice flavor and is all-around pretty impressive. I’d prefer a little more body, but that’s about the only complaint I have. It’s good stuff. Definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 04:30:32 | More by prototypic
Photo of taigor

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into DFH pint glass.

A - Poured dark brown almost black non-transparent color with thin mocha head that quickly dissipated leaving light lacing around the glass.

S - Roasted malts dominate with hints of chocolate and smokiness.

T - Starts off with roasted malts followed by rich dark chocolate bitter flavor with light smokiness and a slightly dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Very good porter from Highland with ABV well hidden, smooth and enjoyable overall. I would highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 13:29:42 | More by taigor
Photo of AgentMunky


3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Some frothy head settles into a film. The beer is a chocolatey brown, letting light through at some angles but not others.

S: I can't exactly put my finger on why I like this smell so much. Ostensibly, it's a plain enough porter, with added sweetness from the oatmeal. But it's more complex than it seems, with intimations of vanilla, roasted barley, and perhaps even spiced porridge.

T/M: Above average, but not by too much. Relatively straightforward...a bittersweet mainbody is more sweet than bitter, with a drying aftertaste just barely roasty. The mouthfeel is the biggest let-down...thin without being smooth, then carbonated at the edges.

O: Overall, pretty good. I'd even recommend it for parties or company or such. That is to say, where I don't see my self seeking one out to kick back with, I'd pick up a six-pack to share.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 22:45:22 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of Meerkey


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Just a little bit of off-white head. Deep mahogany, some bubbles - clear and slightly reddish when held up to the light.

S: Sweet grainy malts. Chocolate. Maybe a slight hint of coffee. Some hops and a little caramel. Very nice.

T: Dark. Hoppy and chocolatey. Malty. I can taste the oatmeal more. But it's a lot less sweet than the smell.

M: Sadly a little disappointing. Smooth, but a little thin and lackluster.

O: The smell is my favorite part, the taste is pretty good too. I'd like it a lot more if the mouthfeel were a little better. Would probably have another if I came across one.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 02:15:31 | More by Meerkey
Photo of fsvan


3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Dark brown. Some red on the edges, but mostly brown still. A finger of tan head.

S- Roasted dark malt, with a bit of a burnt smell to it. All goes to together very smoothly.

T- Fairly in line with the nose, although that nice burnt quality isn't nearly as prominent. A nice, albeit slightly metallic, hop bitterness on the back end.

M- Heavy of medium. Nice.

O- I really like this beer. It doesn't always seem to have that metallic note to it, and that's why I docked it a .5 for the taste. I will revisit another bottle and change the score if better. Either way, this is a pretty tasty porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 01:11:14 | More by fsvan
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the the Village Draft House

Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin but dense lacing of cappuccino colored head. There's very little to offer in the nose except some faint roasted malts. The taste is predominantly roasted malts with notes of burnt toast. There might be something off here. I notice some yeast and a diacetyl-like creamy, butteryness. It's medium bodied though thin at times, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

Ignoring the diacetyl notes: This beer is rather one dimensional and a little thin. It's pleasing, overall. I'll try it again, and I'll probably be back to edit this review if the off flavors aren't there next time.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 11:27:10 | More by tdm168
Photo of BeerMeDatBeer


4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice looking beer. I like the Highlands style of branding its brews, but in a glass, the beer looks great. Exactly what I want to see in a porter, which is dark body and a small tan head.

Smell: Smells a bit earthy, and other flavors become evident.

Taste: The taste is very balanced. It's definitely not overwhelming, for better or worse, but it's a great porter if you're looking to throw a few back. I actually had three and ran a 5k (and of course came back and finished off the 6er).

Mouthfeel: Smooth going down. Nuff said.

Overall: I really enjoy this beer when I'm in the mood for a porter. I'd recommend it to a friend.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 02:49:30 | More by BeerMeDatBeer
Photo of superspak


3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no bottle date. Pours crystal clear dark brown color with a small fairly dense 1 finger light tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, oats, and some spicy hops. Some nice and decently strong aromas here. Taste of big roasted malt, chocolate, oats, spicy hops, and caramel. Nice amount of bitterness present on the finish; with lingering notes of spicy hops, caramel, and chocolate. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly nice and creamy mouthfeel despite slightly high carbonation. Decent balance of flavors as well, but spiciness seems to take the prominence. No alcohol noticed except for a small warming after the finish. Overall a solid and drinkable porter, but definitely not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 02:42:03 | More by superspak
Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
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