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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,160 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,160
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 37
Gots: 100 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Highland Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 09-17-2002

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Meerkey
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of fsvan
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Photo of BeerMeDatBeer
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of HalfFull
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown 12 oz. bottle served into a pint glass. This oatmeal porter pours a deep brown and sports a thin creamy tan head, clear and crimson in the light. Cap settles out to a light cap and leaves good lace.

Nose of chocolate and some roasted malt. Hops are there but subtle at first, gathering a bit of steam as the beer warms up a bit and mellowing out the chocolate spice component. I'm picking up on a bit of yeast character that's clean and somewhat fruity in nature, perhaps English, but then the hops keep it from being too clear to me.

Roast and chocolate carry to the taste of the beer, particularly up front. More of a baker's chocolate follows and with a light bitterness to conclude. Feel is a bit thin however to really pull it off. Offers a pleasant lingering finish. Overall decent though a bit thin and unassuming.

Photo of fmccormi
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to Cigar City snifter. No bottling / freshness date that I can see.

Appearance (2.0): Dark brown, almost black, with a grey-brown tinge at the edges when held up to the light. Almost no head here—is this normal? It looks almost like flat cola. Just small, tan ring at the edge of the glass and a couple legs of lace.

Smell (4.0): Modest dark chocolate note mixed with a smooth cereal earthiness—that must be the oatmeal. I do love dark beers with oatmeal in the grain bill. Some herbal / grassy hop notes in back.

Taste (3.0): Kind of tame early on, when it’s cooler. Some coffee / roast barley bitterness, with a nice undercurrent of oat smoothness. What’s there is nice, just wish there was more of it. As it warms, it evens out to show a nice balance between modest sweetness and mild roastiness. Hops aren’t big in this picture that I can tell, but they do add an herbal bitterness in the finish which goes well with the smooth oat component. Yeast is pretty neutral, don’t pick up on much here. Not bad as it warms.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Body is watery and just a bit dry in the finish. Carb is active but smooth, with fine bubbles rollicking over the tongue—nice carb, actually.

Overall (3.5): Maybe I was expecting too much from this beer, maybe it was old or I didn’t have a great bottle. Either way, it was decent. I bet this would be a satisfying session on cask, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy a sixer of this. Not bad, not great.

Photo of Misfit138
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Nice dark brown with tan head that went away fairly fast, but left lacing.

S- Sweet roasted chocolate malts with hints of caramel and even marshmallow.

T- Smooth upfront with hints of vanilla, caramel and oats before some roasted chocolate malts that make a bitter finish.

M- Medium body, fair carbonation.

O- Pretty good porter. Seems to have a little more bitterness than some other porters.

Photo of ccrida
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a tan head that leaves nice lace.

Smell is sweet dark malts, a little diacetyl, buttery.

Taste is light on the roasted malt, and it's a little heavy on the caramel, accentuated by the herbal hops, a touch minty.

Mouthfeel is fairly creamily carbonated, and medium bodied, a nice smoothness.

Drinkability is pretty good, a tasty stout with a nice hop snap, I always dig the English nobles.

Photo of billab914
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass at Harry's Taproom. It poured dark brown in color with a thin khaki head sticking to the glass. It seemed a little light and thin for the style visually.

The aroma is roasty with bitter chocolate and a little smooth oats coming through. pretty decent aroma, but not anything outstanding in the style.

The taste has a lot of burnt, bitter, roasty flavors to it up front. I get more bitter sweet chocolate in the finish. A little of the oat smoothness is there in the flavor, but its more noticeable in the mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creamy and silky texture towards the finish. Carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a pretty solid beer that I really enjoyed. Very nice roasty bitter character with a great mouthfeel.

Photo of HardTarget
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Holds its finger of tan tight head proudly lacing the glass to show its passing. Black glass shows a sliver of brown at the edges with back lighting.

Smell: A bit earthy, almost dusty nose with some chocolate syrup and roasted malt.

Taste: Very balanced, smooth flavor with the sweetness coming out in the finish. The earthiness is there but very mellow, almost a lager quality to the package the profile is so gentle. The malt comes through a little stronger toward the end of the glass.

Mouthfeel: The oats do their job giving a smooth silky texture, medium body and low carbonation lead to quick, easy pulls.

Overall: Expected a monster, was surprised by the courtly gentleman instead! Easy drinking, great (if subdued) flavor, nothing wrong here; a well executed beer.

Thanks to Illudium for the sample!

Photo of nandemo1
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark chocolate brown with a finger of tan head that leaves a lot of lacing as it recedes.

Smell contains a bit of oat and a dark fruit/chocolatey mix. Taste is mostly bitter with coffee notes but has a bit of a sweet oatey malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty silky, medium bodied.

Overall, a solid brew that is drinkable anytime, including breakfast.

Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 1,160 ratings.