Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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1,148 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,148
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 36
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: pezoids on 09-17-2002)
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Photo of airforbes1
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is quite dark, even for the style, as only a smidgen of red appears at the bottom of the glass. The head didn't stick around for as long as I would have liked, but I'm not going to ding the beer too much for that. The smell is a bit faint, although I do detect some sweetness, almost certainly from the oats. The taste is not as sweet as I'd suspect, however, as I get a lot more roasty (almost smokey or even chalky) malt than oat sweetness. With each passing sip, I get a some hop bitterness, although not a large amount. I enjoyed this brew, but a little more sweetness from the oats would make me enjoy it a lot more.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: A translucent, dark brown color with a foamy, off-white head.

S: Smells nutty with a light hop profile, spicy coriander and hints of gingerbread. It’s a lot like other oatmeal stouts, but just a bit more tangy.

T/M: Taste is nutty with a medium amount of carbonation. Gingersnaps linger throughout and it finishes with a smooth but tangy bite.

It’s the ideal, full flavored porter, I’m not really sure why it’s not considered a stout.

Photo of corby112
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with amber/mahogany edges and a 1.5 finger foamy beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic lacing.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate, oatmeal, caramel and nut. Slightly smokey/burnt smelling with faint earthy hops.

Medium boded and very roasted, almost burnt tasting with an overly carbonated mouthfeel up front. Slightly smokey with hints of chocolate, caramel, nut and of course oatmeal. Slightly watered down and a bit too bitter for my liking with a dry finish. Decent but not something I would seek out again.

Photo of CharlieMurphy
2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: 1/3" cream head that laces out a bit. Translucent red amber tinted black-brown in color.

S: smells like a very mild porter that you would expect to be lighter in color than it is. Some smoke and coffee hints

T: Crisp mild coffee like flavors beckon through a light porter body with a dry stout like roast finish. I don't get any oatmeal unfortunately. Basically no sweetness either.

M: Thin, on point for carbonation, slightly too dry.

O: Everything could work together a lot better. This would be better if it were bigger beer.

Photo of shangwang
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up during a recent trip to the Outer Banks at Chip's in Kill Devil Hills.

No date on bottle.

Poured very dark, almost black, with just a little tint of red. Two thick fingers of frothy head the shade of a latte formed and slowly dissipated leaving chunky lacing on the glass. Smelled of roasted coffee and malt, but not a strong, distinct smell. Lots of bitterness in the taste- not particularly hoppy although some hoppiness showed through. Most of the bitterness tasted like burnt coffee. Surprisingly clean finish; no tastes really linger. Very drinkable- doesn't taste boozy at all, which makes sense given the low ABV.

A fairly average porter, nothing incredibly special but worth drinking a 6-pack of. Give it a shot.

Photo of shand
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a fresh 12oz bottle into a mug.

This one pours a deep brown with a tiny head that doesn't retain very well. The aroma is a bit hard to coax out, and when I do I get some oatmeal sweetness and some roasted malts. The taste on this is fairly interesting. I'm having this very fresh, and the hops are fairly prevalent, interacting with the sweet oatmeal and roasted malts in interesting ways. It never quite smooths out to a nice porter taste though, it just stays pretty jumbled. The mouthfeel is pretty light and highly carbonated, and the drinkability is alright. Overall, I think this one's a bit confused. Not the best beer, but still servicable.

Photo of JayS2629
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very smooth, rich and approachable porter. Sweet and dark chocolate with oatmeal, coffee, toasted nuts, and some earthy notes of hops make up the aroma. The taste is mild chocolate, roasted coffee, oatmeal, sweet caramels, notes of vanilla nd nuts. Very smooth, creamy, mild and approachable porter. The drinkability is very high. Easy to drink. Delicious and well balanced beer.

Photo of KTCamm
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours dark brown with very little foam. Kind of a purple backed color, amidst the dark black. Coffee smell, oats too. Smooth, creamy, low carbonation. Flavorful. Oaty. Chocolate malty. Real tasty. Very solid brew.

Really liked this one, very balanced flavor.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours black with dark red highlights and a finger of tan head that laces well.

S: Chocolate, roastiness, oily nuts, and some smoke.

T: Smoky roastiness, dark chocolate, oily nuttiness, and some grainy sweetness. This is quite robust for a porter.

M: It has medium body thickness with lots of creaminess.

O: This is tasty, albeit not super complex, and it's easy to find here and relatively cheap.

Photo of benpopper
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, black in the center, brown around the edges. a solid inch of head, light brown color.

Smells what I expected, lots of roasted malt up front followed by the oatmeal on the end.

The taste follows the smell with the malt and a chocolaty flavor at the beginning, the hops don't come through much at all.

Kind of thin in my opinion, wanting a little bit more heft, but the tinge of heat from the alcohol seems to make up for it.

I think this is a pretty standard quality oatmeal porter, nothing amazing, but good none the less.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother brought me back a bottle of Highland Oatmeal Porter from his trip down south. I have only had one other beer from Highland Brewing and that was a couple years ago so I really don't remember what it was, so lets see how this one turns out. There was no visible bottling date. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks OK and has a Scottish theme to match the Highland name. I like how it names some of the other beers the company makes on the label. It poured a pretty dark brown that is bordering on being black but it still lets a good amount of light through. It had three fingers worth of off white tan head that died down to a thick layer that left lots of nice looking lacing throughout my glass.

S- The aroma is mostly made up of nicely roasted dark malts that impart some good bittersweet chocolate aromas. The aroma was all about the malts but there was also some floral hops that added some nice spice aromas and helped balance out all the dark roasted malts.

T- The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma. The bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavors are there but there are subdued and don't last long. The oatmeal imparted just the right amount of sweetness to this brew and there was a slight presence of floral hops that left a very mild and slight bitterness on the finish.

M- Medium light bodied, it could have been just a little thicker. It was smooth and had the perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a good porter. As far as porters go this one was on the lighter side of the spectrum but it still retained those good porter flavors, just lighter then most. What I liked most about this beer was it's look and drinkability and the only thing I would tweak would be the thickness. I might be inclined to get a six pack on a warmer summer day when I want something darker but still light and drinkable, but I don't think it is sold in Michigan so I doubt I will be getting more anytime soon. If you like porters then this might be up your alley, just think drinkable not robust.

Photo of Soonami
2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Highland Oatmeal Porter is okay. It's not bad, but it is not a beer I'd seek out again. I'm not sure why it's rated as highly as it is by the Bros, probably because they reviewed this beer ten years ago and the recipe and/or our expectations have changed since then.

I poured this beer into a Yard's tulip, fairly roughly, but managed only to stir up a couple centimeters of sand colored foam that quickly faded to just an irregular ring of tight foam. The beer is a clear dark brown with mahogany highlights on the edges. The beer smells smoothly roasty with notes of sweet malty grain. The beer tastes surprisingly watery for an American Porter with just a little bit of roast character, little body and not much caramel. It's a weird beer and definitely not what I expect from an oatmeal porter.

It's too light in color, too thin, not chocolately enough, undercarbonated, too dry. It just doesn't taste as full in flavor or body as I would have wanted. Not bad, but undeserving of this aggregate score.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. This beer pours out brown with mahogany/chestnut highlights. The head is a standard white, maybe a little cream colored. A hard pour gives about a finger width head with some really good lacing to it.

Smell is actually the best part in my opinion. Plenty of dark roasted malts. Gusts of bittersweet chocolate jump out and tickle your nose as you sniff it. There's also a spicy, citrus, floral hops present. The aromas all compliment each other quite nicely and is quite well balanced.

The taste is almost as equally excellent. Again the bittersweet chocolate is evident, this time there is more sweetness to go with it. Call it power of suggestion, but I think I can almost detect a brown sugar type sweetness, almost like you could pour this in your oatmeal in the morning. Earthy and citrus hops present as well, very well hopped.

Very good and well balanced. The flavors really blend together well to make a very enjoyable beer. I'd say medium bodied overall, with an excellent carbonation level. This beer is crazy drinkable too. I could drink this all day. If you like the taste of oatmeal stouts but want something lighter at the same time, than this is absolutely perfect.

I really like this beer a lot. I could drink it year round, I'm glad I picked it up in TN when I was there. I'd get it again if it were in the Boston area. Thanks to the guys at Beardon Beer Market for the recommendation!

Photo of dstanmyer
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very solid effort from Highland Brewing Company. As a fan of Oatmeal Stouts, this Oatmeal Porter is a welcome addition to the Oatmeal family. Obviously not quite as full bodied as a Stout, it is easy to confuse this with a stout.

The sweet tell tale flavor of oatmeal is present as well as some delicious roasted barley and some slight hoppiness.


Photo of beergod1
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown head with with nice head retention. Beer is dark brown, almost black, slight highlights of red when held up to light. Full-bodied and richly-flavored while still being smooth. Not as intense as many other porters. I think the presence of the oatmeal mellows it out. I would like to see more Porters with an Oatmeal presence, like Stouts (My Favorite), ...I like it. So far the best I have had from Highland

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Darkness goblet on 4/11/11.

Pours a very dark almost coke like color that haas little transparency held to the light. The head is a tannish color with large popping bubbles that give way to fine heavy lacing on the glass.

Smells of chocolate and roasted malts but slightly subdued. I want more from my stouts and porters. There should always be a strong malt and coffee/chocolate flavor. This falls flat in this category.

Taste is much of the same. The chocolate and coffee flavors come out to play briefly but then fade. Again needs work.

Mouthfeel is moderate but crisp. This brew is easy to swig back and enjoy the flavors. Little bite and not much to surprise you.

Overall this is a once try for me. It need more of everything; taste, smell, etc... What it has is good though and its easy to sip and mindlessly enjoy.

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz into shaker

This beer pours a dark brown with reddish edging against the light. Decent tan head that was not retained for very long. Slippery lacing. Roasted malt smell, faint herbal grassiness. Taste was pretty average for the style. You do pick up the graininess of the oatmeal but it isn't the star. Mixed in was a grassy hop presence and some bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel was thin and semi-dry. Overall this is an okay Porter. I would have liked to seen/tasted the oatmeal profile a little better.

Photo of babaracas
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a mostly clear brown. Seemed light in color but is dark brown in the glass, with thin khaki colored head, spotty lace. Smell: herbal and leafy hopping, light roasted grain, tannins. Taste: solid herbal hopping with slight citric acidity, just a little chocolate syrup, oatmeal. Decent hopping, but not particularly interesting.

Photo of Shaken9
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a Highland 12 pack

Poured into a 22oz Pilsner glass, nice thick tan head that slowly dissipated. Dark brown, clear with very slight ruby highlights.

The aroma starts with a nice light roasted malt and a little oatmeal with some chocolate.

Taste has a firm dark malt flavor with a slight oatmeal sweetness, a hint chocolate and coffee with a astringent dark maltiness.

Medium thin mouthfeel with good carbonation.

A little more roasty burnt malt flavor than I was expecting from a brown oatmeal porter, but a nice drinkable beer. Slightly high alcohol for a session beer but not overly so. Very nice porter.

Photo of KAP1356
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack to split with family while in Southern Pines, NC fr the weekend. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a hotel rocks glass...

A - Pours a dark brown color; not quite black. Khaki head forms about 1 finger thick and recedes to a cap and collar of the same color. Some nice lacing is present.

S - Roasted notes, some buttiness as well. Chcolate and oatiness as well. Ever so slight coffee towards the end of the nose.

T - Roasted malts, oats, and lots of nuttiness in the profile. Slight chocolate and coffee flavors at the backend of the palate. Some slight hop presence detected as well. Pretty nicely put together.

M - Little thin for my liking. Smooth feel with a medium body and a nice level of carbonation.

O - Very drinkable beer here and one that was revisited several times that night. Nice surprise from a brewery I really don't know all too much about.

Photo of bosox941827
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into Great Dane imperial pint glass
A - Dark brown but with a lot of red to it as well when held to the light; foamy head of the pour that thins to a beige lacing
S - A bit of chocolate, roasted malts, hint of black licorice, maybe some molasses as well.
T - Chocolate and roasted malts, with just a hint of sweetness of the sip; roasted malts and coffee flavors assert themselves mid-palate, with just a slightly bitter lingering finish, from both hopping and the roasted malts. A bit of a smoky-tobacco flavor lingers long after the sip as well, and the effect is to dry out the tongue.
M - Just a tad thin; this is one of the drier porters I've had; carbonation is fairly low as well.
Despite the dryness of this one, it really is a pretty drinkable porter; really got to fight the urge to pound this one. Another strong effort from the always reliable Highland brewery.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into shaker pint. Packaging was dated mid-January.

Pours dark ruby brown, bordering on black, with a thin, soapy khaki head. Settles quickly into a thin, soapy cap with a bit of delicate lacing. Nice tiger stripes as the glass recedes.

Nose is fruity, lightly roasty underneath, just a bit nutty. Subtle.

Taste is smooth, with a nutty, lightly roasty quality where the oatmeal is actually fairly perceptible in the flavor as well as the mouthfeel. Light chocolate and a bit of roasty astringency, with a light hop bitterness on the long finish, just a wee bit leafy. Nicely rounded.

Smooth and silky mouthfeel, medium-full in body with a silky carbonation.

Overall, a nice beer, and ridiculously drinkable. I was 1/3 through the review when I realized the glass was 3/4 empty. Can be fairly inconsistent in bottle format, but nice nonetheless when you get a good bottle.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received as an extra from RBald42. Thanks Ryan!

The beer appears a deep, dark shade of brown with about a half inch of light tan head. Ample lacing is visible throughout the glass. The aroma brings malt, lightly roasted. The flavor begins creamy, roasty, and malt forward but takes an unexpected turn with a blast of hop bitterness in the back half. While not entirely unpleasant, I feel that the hop presence is a bit overdone and detracts from the roast, chocolate and oatmeal flavors. Speaking of oatmeal, the presence of oats is rather subtle, and could stand to be brought to the forefront a bit more. Overall, a decent beer and worth a try.

Photo of KajII
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Best served in an English pint]

Poured dark brown with a slight red tint and had a creamy light brown head that lasted throughout and had excellent lacing. The aroma was robust with roasted chocolate malts, a sweet yeast and had notes of dark chocolate, oats and coffee. It tasted mildly sweet with a nice coffee note at the start and ended with a sweet-bitter chocolate flavor that had a mild coffee undertone and just a hint of hoppiness that stayed with you for a nice while. Mouthfeel was medium to full in body and creamy in texture with a soft carbonation. Overall a extremely good tasting Porter.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured black with deep ruby hues in the light. Light beige head that yielded nice lacing. Aroma is very straight forward: toasted biscuit, some burnt grain, hint of toffee, and coffee. Rather one dimensional but still good nonetheless. I don't really have much to say about the flavor, aside from it tastes just like how it smells, with a little bit more sweetness than roastiness. Smooth and well carbonated, but not too prickly. A nice everyday drinker.

Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 1,148 ratings.