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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,063 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,063
Reviews: 522
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 34
Gots: 61 | FT: 1
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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Durge

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

Another happy encounter at the Mellow Mushroom in Greensboro, NC, this one has a dark black brown appearance with a decent light tan head and great lacing. The aroma suggests a very mild chocolate yeast. Kind of weak but pleasant for what you can sniff out of it. The flavor offers a slightly sour charcoal malt and yeasty lime. It's medium bodied with very tiny carbonation, somewhat silky with a dry charcoal, sweet licorice finish. I don't get much toward the oatmeal idea, mostly tart, tangy ideas. It's pretty drinkable stuff though, a tad thin, but generally a good porter very much worth a try.

10-07-2010 03:33:47 | More by Durge
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

S- light roast lots of coffee and dark chocolate. There is a little bit of grassy hops as well. The nose its a touch on the weak side but it doesn't ruin things.

T- much better that I was expecting. This is the best one of the Highland bunch that Ryan have me, thus far.

Bitter cocoa and grassy hops, lots of coffee. To bad the coffee isn't really nice and fresh tasting.

M- Maybe a bit thin and over carbonated but its still pretty enjoyable.

10-07-2010 02:31:32 | More by MbpBugeye
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

Got this as an extra from IDrinkGas in a recent trade. Poured into a goblet. The pour is dark brown with a thin tan head that sits atop with very thin lacing. The head quickly vanishes into nothing. This one smells very sweet. It's not unappealing, but damn! I initially get a big nose of sweet bakers chocolate followed by a faint aroma of oats and grains. I'm really hoping this isn't as sweet as it smells.
It isn't. It's slightly sweet but it's actually quite good! I was getting down for a second. Has a good sweet chocolatey flavor that is rounded out with a bit of a good bold coffee taste and dark roasted malts. I'm actually really into this one. Thanks to the oatmeal, the mouthfeel is very smooth and silky. It's a bit thick and syrupy, but overall, it's really quite nice. Definitely one I'll enjoy drinking and would mind stumbling over a couple more of these.

10-06-2010 23:29:34 | More by Bendurgin
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lespaulrocker

Tennessee

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Blackstone Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Dark, a dark mahogany color, can barely see light through. Almost no head, I think that was due to a bad pour. Left medium amounts of lacing.

S: Sweet. Really sweet. Malty, with a hint of oats and maybe some roasted coffee.

T: Coffee and chocolate, malts, sweet but not too sweet. A little bitter at times. Sweet, chocolatey finish.

M: Creamy. A little bit too much carbonation for me.

D: Fairly drinkable. It took me a little while to get through one pint but it was my first drink in about a week.

Overall, I was a fan of this. Another good offering from Highland Brewing.

10-06-2010 02:29:20 | More by lespaulrocker
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honkey

Alabama

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance- Very dark brown. Looks more like a stout to me actually... Very close to black with a thin tan head that doesn't last. Lacing sticks to glass.

Smell- Roasted chocolate

Taste- the taste is very good, but again, this seems like a mild stout. Pleasant roasted flavor dominates.

Mouthfeel- smooth and pleasant. Low end of medium carbonation.

Drinkablity- I could easily drink a few of these without problem. Would not be my choice for a session beer, but definitely a solid brew.

I am not convinced that this is truly a porter and not a stout, but I enjoyed it very much. It seems like it would be tint on the boarder of porter/stout guidelines.

10-04-2010 02:32:05 | More by honkey
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Crittervision

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%

enjoyed on 2-24-10

inch-tall light and poofy head with fluff like weihenstephaner hefe. looks like coffee, tan head, body like coca cola, spotty lacing, great retention.

smells lightly of espresso, malty, metallic, hint of chocolatey sweetness, sugary cream, hints of bitter roastiness.

taste is coffee mid-palate, then bitterness, no sweetness, some smoke, dried grains, dry oats, sour smokey that is evident as the carbonation is noticed.

medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation, light.

10-04-2010 00:25:03 | More by Crittervision
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

Got this one on a trip to GA. 12oz bottle...

A: Super dark with slight ruby highlights around the edges when held to the light. Small 1 inch tan head that quickly fades. Good.

S: Mmm, some nice cocao and vanilla mixed upfront with some hints of bitter oatmeal. I also get some subtle hint of port. Has a very good blend of scents bouncing around. Very good.

T: Very watery coffee bean roastiness upfront with some oatmeal hop in the middle and some very subtle chocolate and cocao on the back. Ok.

M: Medium body with a very good carbonation.

D: Goes down easy with the mild blend of flavors. Very good.

All in all, this is a decent brew. Not great, but just ok. There are many better in the style. It's a good solid beer if it distributes to your area and you're looking for an easy drinker. Otherwise, don't bother trading for this brew.

10-02-2010 01:16:53 | More by steve8robin
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AleWatcher

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -23.2%

Reviewed from notes.
Served in Pint glass.

Another bottle courtesy of JohnQVegas. Thanks Dustin.

Pours a deep dark brown with reddish hints in the legs. Good 2 finger head with 2 finger head, decent retention and some lace left behind. Deep red in color as I look more and more...

Smells of roasted chocolate malts, caramel malts, and black malts. Nothing too mindblowing. No hop presence, but it is a porter!

The finish is kind of dry.

The body is unimpressive. I was hoping the oats would rocket this thing into amazing territory, but no dice. It feels flat and dull. Medium fullness.

I guess I could drink this... but why bother?

09-26-2010 19:31:53 | More by AleWatcher
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -10.3%

12 oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a fluffy tan foam. Pretty creamy but fades quick. leaves some nice lacing.

Nose is surprisingly light, with some dark chocolate, creamy oatmeal and cocoa. Takes it easy on the sweetness despite this range of malty scents.

Pretty hoppy for an oatmeal brew, lots of pine-needle bitterness. Roastiness accentuates that and it lacks the creamy smoothness I have experienced in most of the other Highland offerings I have had (Gaelic, Black Mocha and Cold Mountain). I dont get much oatmeal in the mouthfeel or flavor either. Ok beer, but far from HBC's best by a country mile.

09-25-2010 18:11:04 | More by twiggamortis420
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.43/5  rDev -11.6%

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass
Quick Hits!

Pours a dark cola-brown, sort of like molasses mixed with maple syrup. Red is inflected throughout the brown body. Less than a finger of ashy gray head sits on top with little lacing to show for it.

Typical sort of porter aroma. Slightly roasted malt, some grassy hops, caramelized sugar. The oats don't really come out in the aroma.

Taste follows the nose, only with a stronger oat flavor. There is a mealy grain taste that sort of clashes with the roast. But it tastes pretty good anyway.

Oats make a beer creamier in mouthfeel, right? So why is this porter so thin in body? I'm not getting the benefit of the oats here, which is a disappointment. It remains solidly drinkable regardless; comfortable ABV% and pleasant malt flavors.

A decent porter. Nothing to throw rocks at.

09-24-2010 09:03:01 | More by Reaper16
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klikger

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev 0%

12 oz poured into a Bruery tulip

A - Black, next to no head, and average lacing.

S - Coffee, milk, and roasted malt.

T - Iced (i.e., watery) coffee up front, with more coffee and a touch of graininess coming through in the end. A bit of piny hops in the finish, as well.

M - Medium-bodied, especially for a porter. Well done.

D - Very drinkable - light enough, yet flavorful.

The best Highland beer I've tried to date, this is a better than average Oatmeal Stout. I'm looking forward to trying their mocha stout now...

09-23-2010 23:41:24 | More by klikger
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.2/5  rDev -17.5%

Poured into great lakes snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of light tan head. Fades down. Leaves some splattered lace. Color pours a caramel brown, but settles near black.

Aroma: Notes of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Some nut flavors. I also get a bit of cream and lactose flavors.

Taste: Chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and lactose. I really can't taste the difference between this and a regular porter. Decent.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry with coffee flavors.

Overall, a fairly average porter. Decent drinkability. I didn't really get the oatmeal part of this.

09-22-2010 23:27:31 | More by mothman
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours a deep brown from the bottle allowing for a single finger of ecru head. The aromas are nott too telling for such a flavorful beer. The taste explodes with coffee, bittersweet chocolate, nuts, and oats. The flavors are many and all complementary of one another. The taste of this porter is big on all fronts and pleasant all the way down to faint taste of alcohol that gives the porter its warming effect. The bittersweet chocolate finishes the beer on the pallet. This porter has a richness that I expected more from a stout but the brew is not thick. The balance in the flavors is mirrored in the body and the overall drinkability of the porter is really good.

09-19-2010 01:53:00 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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TJBAIHWL

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.1%

A - Dark brown, nearly black. One-finger creamy tan head.

S - Chocolate mainly, with some other dark roasty smells floating around behind it.

T - Chocolate, roasted grain, black licorice, some weak but noticable hops right at the end. Overall well balanced and complex.

M - Has a nice tingly effervescence while remaining as thick and creamy as a good porter should be.

D - Nice and smooth. Knocked back 3 in fairly quick succession and could easily have downed the other 3 with no trouble.

09-16-2010 03:55:55 | More by TJBAIHWL
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wahhmaster

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with ruby edges. Has a thick, frothy, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Sweet and roasted malts with a hint of bittersweet chocolate.

Taste: Strong roasted malt flavor up front backed by sweet and chocolaty tones. Develops a sweet, malty flavor towards the back. All the way through, it is complimented by a strong, but well-balanced, hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly creamy.

Drinkability: A decent enough porter. While there's nothing that makes this porter stand out in particular, it's altogether well-rounded and a pleasure to drink.

09-12-2010 20:28:49 | More by wahhmaster
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RickS95

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

Not quite as dark as I would like, but it certainly won't be mistaken for anything other than a porter or stout. It's not quite black, but an extremely dark brown with red hues. Practically no head.

Nice smell with chocolate and licorice taking front stage.

Your tongue will pick up roasty flavors of chocolate, coffee, and even some smoke, as well as dark fruits.

I could tell from the pour it wouldn't be creamy and it wasn't. Most oatmeal porters I've had have been extra creamy, but this was different. Not bad, just different. It's medium-bodied and because of that, I think it's something you could drink year round and get away with. Actually a bit refreshing due to the hoppy finish.

Good stuff. Lots of scents and flavors, a crisp mouthfeel, and not overpoweringly alcoholic, I'm glad I've got 12 of these.

09-12-2010 03:35:43 | More by RickS95
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Buebie

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

Big thanks to freethyhops for this extra,

Poured from the 12oz brown bottle into a pub glass producing an inch or so of light brown froth. Settling quick to leave a thin cap of retention.
Thin full coverage lace where the head once was. Beyond that, leaving rings all the way down.
Color is black no light penetration, other then the redish hues at the edge of the glass.

Aroma off the pour is muted, but as it warmed more coffee tones came around, as did roasted grains and an oaty aroma and bitter sweet bakers chocolate.

Taste upfront has some unsweetened black licorice, only mild though. Roasted grains, mild smoke, burnt caramel and mild oats. As it warmed some of the bittering bakers chocolate came around into flavor.
Finishing with mild hop bitters, somwhat masked by the also bitter roasted grains.

Mouthfeel is thin and ultra carbonated.

I am a bit confused on this beer. Its says imperial porter on the label, but is listed here as a porter and has an abv of only 5.8%. Not much for ibus that would bring into the imperial realm...So what about it is imperial?
It seems like a good basic porter offering. Not much more, or less.

08-30-2010 22:06:57 | More by Buebie
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Lerxst

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +7%

A-Pours a dark brown with a one finger mocha colored head that has good retention and leaves some sticky lace all the way down.

S-Roasted malt, coffee, hints of chocolate. Smells good.

T-Slightly charred malt with some coffee, chocolate, some hints of hops in the back.

M-A bit more full bodied than I thought upon pouring. It is just a touch toward the heavier side of medium body. Somewhat creamy and coating.

D-Goes down extremely easy and makes me want another. A great session beer.

Overall, a very nice porter and one that will make its way back in my fridge many times.

08-30-2010 19:58:04 | More by Lerxst
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

A-Pours very dark with some scarlet hues. It has a nice off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

S-Chocolate and coffee dominate the nose.

T-Chocolate, coffee, cream, and some hops. It tastes delicious.

M-Rich and creamy with the right amount of carbonation.

D-I could drink this porter all day.

Overall, I love this porter. It got me into the style and for me it will always be a go to porter. I highly recommend this beer.

08-29-2010 21:03:32 | More by thegodfather2701
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samie85

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

A-Pours a cola brown with one finger, tan head that leaves some lacing behind.

S-Smells of oats and roasty malt with an earthy hop note.

T-Roasty malt and sweet coffee with a bit of oat and some light earthy hops on the finish.

M-Really smooth thick mouthfeel with medium body and moderate carbonation.

D-This is a really nice, deep, somewhat complex beer and I'm glad I had the chance to try it. It held up pretty well to being paired with a cigar.

08-22-2010 01:57:54 | More by samie85
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

4.15/5  rDev +7%

A: Dark brown/ black. Reminds me of a stout, but not as thick. Tan head that's mostly diminishing.

S: A very rich and robust aroma. Earthy, dark chocolate, malts, & roasted coffee notes.

T: Strong malt flavor with some mellow hops in the background. There are also hints of chocolate, oats, and roasted coffee. Very well balance flavors.

M: Full bodied, smooth & creamy, mild carbonation.

D: Love this beer, but could only drink a few at a time because they are so filling.

08-15-2010 23:25:58 | More by BrewCrew2010
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a dark brown with beautiful ruby highlights when held to light. Smallish off white head dissipates quickly. Smells of chocolate, roast, citrus hops, and licorice, mmm. Taste is chocolate up front, some dark fruit and licorice midway melding into a citrusy roasty finish. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, light carbonation and medium body. Great drinkable porter here! If these were more available to me I would buy them all the time.

08-08-2010 00:48:01 | More by johnnnniee
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Insomnicat

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +18.6%

A - Black as the night with a finger of light brown foam

S - Dark Chocolate notes behind malt

T - Dark Chocolate and coffee behind roasted malt

M - almost like a light syrup

D - This would make a superb session beer but the complexity would make it difficult for me to have several in a night

08-03-2010 02:24:08 | More by Insomnicat
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%

It's been a while since I've had a regular porter, and thanks to Calton, I get to try one I've never got to try before. Thanks, man!

Pouring a very dark brown in my glass, this beer is capped with a dense, brown head with great retention and a little lacing. Very nice. The nose is too, with a big, oatmeal, chocolate cookie character with a moderate raisin fruitiness. A little citrus hop character is present as well, brightening the nose and tempering the moderate roasted malt character. Solid stuff.

That this bottle is fresh is confirmed by the rather aggressive hop character up front. Fresh citrus with a moderate bitterness and a little orange dominate the palate, almost covering up everything else there is here. There's some dark chocolate bitterness, along with a roasted grain character. In all honesty, though, the hops are what dominate the beer, covering up the oatmeal even.As I drink this, and my palate gets used to the hop character, I'm struck by how excellent the roasted grain bitterness is, it's pretty spot on for my palate, strong but not overshadowing everything else. Not as nice as it smells, this beer has a nice finish, dry and roasty with the hop and grainy bitterness working quite harmoniously. A touch overcarbonated, which results in the expected oatmeal smoothness being taken away, this beer is solid. At a relatively low ABV, this is an easy drinking porter, one I'd love to try on cask. Despite my dislike for overly-hopped porters, this is still very enjoyable

07-31-2010 02:45:31 | More by DefenCorps
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -22.7%

Black with off white thick head; quickly fades.

Nose is sweet black chocolate; hints of maple and sweet coffee.

Mouthfeel thin and watery without character.

Flavors are short, simple, unassertive and light of weak coffee and weak chocolate. Weak roasted grains. Potential but falls short. Not bad and actually pretty drinkable but very simple with a nice light weak bitter coffee finish.

Average in the extreme.

07-27-2010 06:43:22 | More by GRG1313
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