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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,068 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,068
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 35
Gots: 64 | 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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Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. I thought I poured this pretty vigorously, but only produced a small head that dissipates to a fine, creamy line. After reading other reviews, it's apparent my pour wasn't as aggressive.

Smells of roasted malts, dark fruits, some sweet chocolate.

Taste matches the scent. Rich flavor. Somewhat bitter finish kind of reminds me of a stout.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Very nice feel.

01-24-2009 04:12:57 | More by Gyle41386
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

Poured to a dark chocolate brown with a hint of ruby at the bottom of the glass, a thin tan head that disippated quickly and little lacing. Nose is malty choclate with a hint of oatmeal. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, leaning only slightly to the watery side. Taste is a satisfactory follow-up of the nose, and the finish, though nothing spectacular, is tasty and of medium duration.

01-20-2009 03:39:55 | More by kimcgolf
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JayQue

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

A good solid Porter. Pours a dark brown with light coming through....many ruby highlights. Good size tan head and thick lacing. Smell is a bit mild...roasted malts

Good taste: roasted malts,a hint of vanilla, followed by milk chocolate (somewhat sweet) and a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel not quite as smooth and silky as Samuel Smith's, but it is rich enough and not watery. The bitterness at the end gives it a nice crispness.

Drinkability is good. A very pleasant experience and well worth a session.

01-17-2009 14:12:34 | More by JayQue
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

From a bottle.

Pours a dark coffee black. Thin, buttery head that never quite disappears all the way.

Smells of nuts and dark fruits. Kind of a sweet chocolaty smell under there too.

The taste is like mocha, kind of a chocolate coffee mix. The flavor is deep and layered. A mild bitterness follows in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is mostly very smooth and a bit syrupy, but there's a subtle kick of carbonation in there too.

Overall, a very good dark beer. Easy to like if you enjoy darker beers.

01-15-2009 00:38:50 | More by Cylinsier
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SLeffler27

New York

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

Fills a Nonic with rich, dark, brown, which is only discernable when put to bright light as the rest is a shade off black. A one-inch, creamy, dense, coffee cap drops ample lace on its way to a thick blanket.

Roasted oatmeal and chocolate dominate the nose from a foot away, followed by sweet molasses, cedar, and cookie dough. Some dates and possibly Bourbon take over once immersed in the glass. Nice complexity unfolds throughout the experience.

The flavor brings a hearty and welcome dose of hops and bitterness without neglecting the malts. Some sweetness is evident within dark wheat bread, while espresso and cashews are also present. The depth of these flavors becomes richer and more complex with each sip all the way out through a moderate, malty finish.

Highland's Oatmeal Porter is a full-bodied, almost dense offering with a smooth texture and a touch of carbonation. By no means a palate cleanser, it is hearty in character with some warming alcohol.

Lunch is cooking, soup with grilled cheese, and this seems like the perfect precursor. Surprisingly thirst quenching, Highland has served a winner, worthy of a couple of rounds. North Carolina has some excellent brews waiting for us to sample this holiday season. :-)>

date consumed: 28 Nov 2008

01-11-2009 20:38:57 | More by SLeffler27
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dolemite77

Tennessee

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours nearly opaque, with a thin frothy tan head. Aroma is the typical roasted malt aroma of a porter, but with a minimal amount of the sour aroma and taste that many have these days. The flavor is similar in the fact that it is very roasted, but not to the overroasted point, which is where I think the sour acidity comes in. Chocolate flavors throughout this one from the malt. The hops are more prevalent thank expected. The history of the porter tells us that the beer originated when train porters would essentially order beer "suicides" that included whatever was on tap--- can't really remember why they thought this was a good idea... anyway, this tastes very much like someone mixed a great stout, and an american IPA... very good porter... the biggest gripe I had with it was that it seemed a bit thinner than I had wanted- especially since it has the added oatmeal.

01-11-2009 19:56:41 | More by dolemite77
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

Dark mahogany to black with a two finger beige head. Great lace and retention for a porter. Smells like blackberries.

Highland OP is all about oaty smoothness. Soft roasted malt and gentle coffee with mild char are the predominant flavors. Hints of blackberry. MUCH smoother and a nice change of pace from more aggressive porters.

01-10-2009 21:06:51 | More by donkeyrunner
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PEBKAC

New York

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

Soggy coaster notes courtesy of ncvbc & bboven. I got the privileged of trying most of Highland's staple lineup between them, yet I only managed to legibly record this one.

Poured straight down the middle of a standard lop-sided DFH pint glass. A sturdy inch & change of sandy tan head throwing whipped wavelengths as it regressed.

Dusty cocoa, dairy creamer/nougat, bare notion of roast, a petty amount of zest finishing off the nose. A watery anticipation, but it gets stickier as it warms. Everything is on the milder side of mild.

Light lactose opening, followed by a very chalky introduction to everything else: sharp & charred caramel, lightly nutty, with an overall mellow roast.

Feel is more scratchy or "cat tongue-like", then the velvet type of qualities I associate with oatmeal beers. Soothing in a numbing sort of way. Negligible alcohol. A definite dryness on the tail end that consumes the finish & lends itself to more stoutly comparisons(& room for one more bottle).

01-03-2009 04:01:05 | More by PEBKAC
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TeamSeabass

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

Dark and the pour generates a light brown head. Its leaving some good sticky lacing.

Smells like sweet roasted malts.

Good roasted malt taste. Chocolate comes in also. Its well balanced with some hop bitterness playing a small role that helps with the overall flavor and character of the beer.

Good solid body but not too heavy.

01-03-2009 00:07:05 | More by TeamSeabass
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aubuc1

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a tulip glass

pours a dark clear brown with ruby highlights and a tan head that didn't last too long.

smell is a well balanced malt with maybe some light hoppiness

taste starts slightly sweet then the roasty malt comes in.

silky smooth mouthfeel is excellent and this beer is verrrry drinkable.

12-25-2008 21:23:20 | More by aubuc1
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

Bottle: Poured a clear black color porter with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry coffee notes with some subtle black chocolate. Taste is a mix between some chocolate note with some dry coffee and lightly sweet notes at the end. Body is a bit thin with some average carbonation. Very well done overall apart from body too thin.

12-20-2008 04:33:55 | More by Phyl21ca
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Brad007

Vermont

3.53/5  rDev -9%

Received in a trade with Ding

Pours a dark brown color with a thin brown one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is velvety with a slight hint of chocolate and roasted coffee.

Taste is full of chocolate and bitter coffee hints. Carbonation is kind of high. Goes down ok and has a lot of flavor.

Mouthfeel is full of chocolate/coffee with a nice texture from the oatmeal. Otherwise, a bit average.

Definitely a good porter that attempts to capture the style. Probably not one of the better ones that I've had but still worth a shot.

12-06-2008 18:51:12 | More by Brad007
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glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Got this on-tap at the Raging Burrito in Atlanta.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a one-finger frothy tan head. The head sticks around for a bit before receding into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is good.

Smells mostly of roasted malts with a good amount of sweetness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malts balanced with sweet malts ending with a good amount of bitterness. The roasted flavor lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit too carbonated at first but it seems to smooth out a bit as it warms. The thickness is good throughout.

Drinkability is good. There's not a whole lot going on but what's done is done well.

Overall this is a solid porter that's a tad smoother than most thanks to the oatmeal. Worth a shot.

12-01-2008 05:19:12 | More by glid02
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beachbum1975

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

Got this one as a gift from pwoods, thanks! This was leftover in the fridge after our tasty and I didn't want it to go to waste!

A: 12 ounce brown bottle with the Irishman on the label. Pours a clear dark brown into my pint glass. After the beer settles, it's black with dark brown highlights with a light tan creamy head. The foam craters nicely and leaves attractive sticky lacing down the glass walls.

S: Chocolatey malts and some oatmeal. Light floral hops and a nice creaminess. Very nice!

T/M: Medium bodied and lightly velvety with medium to low carbonation. Medium overall flavors of lightly bitter chocolate, traces of creaminess, some toasted oatmeal, sweet malts and finishes a bit resinous and light waxiness.

This is a nice drinker - recommended!

11-12-2008 02:31:35 | More by beachbum1975
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -11.1%

Appearance: 3/4 inch frothed cappuccino head, took a while to dissipate; black with a little red.

Smell: Malts, roasted oats, light chocolate

taste: Nice balance, not overtly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, for some reason does make me think of oatmeal. Very full body

Drinkability: OK, better as it warms

11-07-2008 14:48:25 | More by craytonic
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a blackish-brown color and a fairly thick consistency. There was a long-lasting, foamy tan-colored head and good lacing.

S: Aroma of coffee, malt, chocolate and a little bit of hops.

T: A nicely done taste. Malt, chocolate, coffee, hops and some yeast. Complex, but never obnoxious or overwhelming.

M: High - but not too high carbonation and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a highly drinkable beer. It's well made and balanced in most ways.

10-22-2008 13:03:07 | More by avalon07
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n00tz

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

A - Dark red body, tight brunette head, and steady carbonation on a day-old growler fill. Retention leaves some to be desired, but I blame the growler for that.

S - Sweet and roasted maltiness. Some oat/dry-grain on the finish.

T - Sweet coffee with some dry grain oats on the finish, well balanced with the bitter hops showing up depending on the cleanliness of my palate (cheese, etc.).

M - full body almost cream-like with a soft carbonation. The very definition of a good beer IMHO.

D - I had to restrain myself from drinking the rest of the growler before reviewing this. Very fine beer. Favorite porter as of yet. Will have it again and again.

10-17-2008 17:09:59 | More by n00tz
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

Purchased a bottle at Chip's Wine and Beer Market in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

A: Buff head with a very dark brown hue accompanied by ruby highlights. Sticky lacing.

S: Sweet malt. Grainy but nothing really going on here in terms of a robust in your face smell. Some hop character. Overall very subtle.

T: This has a pretty good taste. Sweet with subtle roast flavor. Some light chocolate notes but nothing prominent. Very mild bitterness.

MF: Full mouthfeel. Thick and chewy. Slightly dry finish. Mildly carbonated.

D, notes: Full but drinkable. I enjoyed it.

09-30-2008 01:41:57 | More by Nipitato
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scottyshades

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

Wow, what a solid OP!
A: Pours a deep, rich, opaque black color with deep brown highlights when held to the light. I poured this pretty agressively but still could not produce more than a 1 finger head. The head is a khaki color that retains well and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: Malts are quite present. Roasted, along with chocolate, caramel, and other sweet notes. Hops are present, although faint, which really impresses me...The nose is quite balanced.

T: Chocolate is more notable. The roasted malts present a nice flavor profile coupled with the caramel. The hops do a very nice job balancing this beauty. I love the balance of this beer...all too often I will drink an oatmeal porter only to discover an uneven balance of malts and hops, but this beer is years beyond others.

MF: Full in body, finished medium dry and leaves a bittersweet aftertaste which I truly enjoy.

D: High, despite the moderate ABV and style

I highly recommend this beer to all porter lovers! actually to all beer drinkers!
This is my first offering from Highland, and I am thrilled to try some others.

09-27-2008 00:56:40 | More by scottyshades
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JamesEMc

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%

Served in a restaurant in Asheville, NC. They brought a chilled glass that I dislike, so I waited a bit. The pour is slow, but the head was thick and it lasted much of the glass.

I'll drink this one again when I find it - if it isn't available in Athens, GA, we are missing out.

09-24-2008 13:35:07 | More by JamesEMc
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

A - Very dark nut brown color with dark ruby highlights when held up to light. Foamy one finger light brown head with good retention and excellent lacing.

S - Moderate aroma of roasted coffee with hints of choclate. Also an underlying spicy hoppiness.

T - A sweet chocolate up front quickly being overcome by a stronger roasted coffee taste. An earthy and spicy bitterness comes through to provide an excellent balance to dark malts. Finishs bitter sweet.

M/D - Full bodied and very creamy, rich, and smooth. Very easy drinking and a great example of your standard American oatmeal porter.

09-20-2008 17:30:28 | More by ckeegan04
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

12 oz. bottle at Carolina Ale House, Cary.

Poured a dark, seal brown body into the pint glass, with tints of cola color creeping in around the edges. A thin cap of custard head formed and retreated to a wisp of tiny bubbles, yet an outward ring left nice legs of lacing. The aroma was difficult to fully embrace in the crowded restaurant, but I liked the notes of grainy cocoa powder, nuts, and vanilla-esque oats that I could detect.

The flavor was quite good, as the oatmeal blended smoothly with roasted malt, chocolate, and a crisp, peppery mineral finish. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied and refreshing, with a bit of a metallic twang that out-competed the earthy hops at the finish. Overall, though, this was quite the solid Porter. The oatmeal was done properly, and it complemented my meal nicely.

09-20-2008 03:53:41 | More by wagenvolks
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GatorBeerNerd

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -9%

12 oz bottle purchased in a mixed 6 pack from Whole Foods and poured into a standard pint glass

A: Pours an extremely dark brown that appears nearly black. Holding it up to the light reveals a bit of a red tint to the beer. I do not know if I got a bad bottle, but with a pour that was neither slow or aggressive, I got absolutely no presence of head at all with this one. Due to that it loses a lot due to no lacing or retention since there is nothing there to begin with.

S: A cocoa and chocolate aroma mixed with a roasted malt smell make for a pleasing sweet aroma.

T: Sweet malt and chocolate taste follow the nose. It is a good flavor but its missing something for me.

M: It is a thick beer but at the same time seems very watery. I do not know if its the total lack of carbonation, but it just isn't a pleasing in mouth experience for me.

D: A slightly bitter finish makes you want to go for another swallow, but the taste makes me think twice since there just isn't a lot there. With that said, it would be easy to knock these back if you wanted to.

I thought I had had this on tap in the past and enjoyed it. I typically like the Highland offerings I have had. I will try to give this one another shot at some point because I am worried I got a bad bottle.

09-20-2008 00:38:52 | More by GatorBeerNerd
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

12 oz. bottle (no freshness date), poured to a 'Widmer' pint glass after sitting a few minutes out of the fridge.

A: Nearly opaque, deep brown with a glowing ruby-redness at it's core. Pillowy puff of creamy ivory film builds to a little over a finger, drops slowly. Sticky bits of lace speckle the glass.

S: Malty 'milk-ball' cocoa, a generally sweet aroma with a vague vanilla mixed with a lightly-roasted coffee bean. A faint leafy hopping and a hint of oxidized sourness.

T: Flavorful semi-sweet chocolate; a bit of tangy bitterness hits upfront, it's drawn-out for many minutes in the finish. Toasty maltiness vaguely resembles oats; really it's a sweet cereal that then grows bitter with a thicker chocolate-ness and the added touch of astringent coffee. Good balance.

M: A little thin, but remarkably smooth. A sort of velvet-cream coating, a little slick, but clinging with toasted bitterness on the back of the tongue.

D: Wonderfully drinkable porter, perfect night-ending beer on this evening. Love the flavor and texture and the appropriate ABV for the style, but it's a cut above in all categories. Hope to get more tries of this in the future. Another nice one from Highland.

Thanks, William (dukew456), for bringing this from South Carolina...it seemed no worse for the wear, despite the long journey and a couple months stowed away.

09-17-2008 04:26:49 | More by msubulldog25
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +7%

Pours a dark, nearly opaque brown that shows nice deep ruby-brown highlighting when held to the light. A creamy tan head lingers for a brief period and leaves a light amount of lacing around the glass.

Wonderful chocolate and roasted coffee in the nose. Deliciously inviting.

A rich, smooth, creamy body carries delightful, warmingly robust flavors of coffee and bittersweet chocolate, with a bit of bitterness showing through in the middle and finishing with a smooth, lightly-bitter, short-lived aftertaste.

A great dessert beer; the thick, smooth mouthfeel endowed by the oatmeal is simply one of the greatest pleasures in the world. It's truly a wonder that the practice of using oatmeal in brewing ever could have become endangered.

09-16-2008 04:03:14 | More by superdedooperboy
Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
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