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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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1,177 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,177
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 36
Gots: 117 | FT: 1
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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 stakem
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cashew70 for providing me with the chance to try this brew.

Poured from a brown bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. It appears a dark brown color that has some pretty decent clarity and a dark ruby red color when held up to the light. Head appears a finger strong with a nicely tanned color that doesnt retain all that well but clings in patchy lace about the glassware. Nose is a mixture of dark grains that present themselves with notes of coffee and a smokey burnt grain character. Taste has a smokey burnt grain character a bit like coffee, dark chocolate and some of the grainy character comes through a bit sweet before the bitter dark grain finish that has a noticeable amount of alcohol warmth for less than 6%. As it warms, there is some fruity character that comes out in the flavor like dark skinned fruit, a bit like plum or raisins. The nose also includes some dark burnt grain sweetness like molasses with a very faint touch of hops. Medium body is quite smooth and moderately carbonated. This ranks up there as very drinkable with a nicely balanced aroma and flavor profile. I would have no problems drinking this on a regular basis.

Photo of CBlack85
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte

The beer is nearly black with deep ruby highlights when held up to the light. The huge dark tan head is dense and has good retention. Very little spotty lacing is left behind.

The aroma is not huge, but is strong enough to leave an impression. Hints of chocolate and coffee blend well with the smokey undertones and malty backbone. There is a faint hint of hops, but you really have to be looking for it to notice it.

The flavor is big on coffee and chocolate. There is a great malty profile that is right on the verge of bitter, but doesn't quite cross that line. The hops are more pronounced in the flavor than in the aroma. The oatmeal gives it a silky mouthfeel and medium body. Quite complex and rather enjoyable.

Highland never fails to impress

Photo of farrago
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big three finger plus head without much effort, mostly fine microfoam with just about average retention, light tan coloration, excellent stickiness to the lacing, coats the sides of the glass. Not quite black just the deepest brown possible to cross into full opacity, glimmer of orange at the rims, muddied appearance overall. Molasses, caramelized brown sugar and honey take the lead in the nose over the ground coffee, dark chocolate elements, the oatmeal is very dry and does not spread broadly, unprocessed grains, orange peel, it's actually more rough and tumble than expected, not necessarily for the worse. Full-bodied, steely and close to immobile, the carbonation tentative like it's on a work release program. Coffee, milk and dark chocolate, mocha, black licorice, oatmeal and a touch of rye. Red grape, cherry, apricot fruit with a stripe of orange citrus lend moderate sweetness. Floral hops breeze by close to the finish. Does smooth out at the end, however, this is no casual sipper and you have to focus to get the last few sips out of the glass.

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a dimpled mug...

a-one finger khaki head stayed for a while...left some nice swirling on top...

s-a little roasty and coffee....the dark grains really shine through in this....

t-lots chocolate and roast up front..some coffee follows just as the bittering hops step in the middle to keep it from being too sweet....finishes on a bitter roasty chocolate note

m-thick and creamy...not quite chewy but almost...coats the mouth well...

d-could drink this all night and not feel bad about it at all

forgot how good this homer is....

Photo of GPHarris
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick tan and bubbly head into a snifter that settled into thin sheeting and lace. the body was black with a hint of red.
s - dry, roasted oats with a hint of chocolate.
t - oats, roasted chocolate with some bitterness from the hops.
m - thin to medium.
d - great session porter.

Photo of sidetracked
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mellow Mushroom in Myrtle Beach, SC. Pours a clear dark mahogany brown with a cream colored head.

Smells of roasted malts with a slight brown sugar sweetness.

Tastes of roasted malts with a bitter roasted and burnt coffee finish. Nice lingering bitterness.

Medium body, but lacks the creamy mouthfeel an oatmeal porter should have. The lack of creaminess makes the beer seem thin and over carbonated.

Really easy to drink due to the lighter body--flavor and mouthfeel could be more robust. Not really impressed.

Photo of RedSpecial1
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pretty dark. After I poured it the head lasted for only a minute or two, and was only a few millimeters thick while it lasted. This has a fairly coffee-like bitterness to its smell, which surprised me since it's an oatmeal porter, which I've always heard helps to smooth out the flavor. The other big smell coming through is some sort toasted malt, very pleasant. On drinking I get a lot of that coffeeish malt flavor, but also some vague smoothness on the after taste, which I suppose might be from the oatmeal. This is a tasty beer, but it might be too heavy to have more than a few in a single session.

Photo of Thiestru
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-oz. glass into my Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark; it looks black unless you hold it up to sunlight. Had a two-finger cream-colored head at first. Head diminishes over time but doesn't disappear. Impressive lacing.

Smell: Roasty, coffee-like malts. What did you expect?

Taste: Roasty, coffee-like malts (of course), but also something I can only describe as 'plantiness'. I guess that's the hops worming their way through, but this is definitely a malt-lover's beer. There's a little bitterness at the back, which is kind of interesting.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, fairly thick, but not too much, and indeed not as much as I expected. It's quite pleasant.

Drinkability: Ah yes, drinkability. Hrm, above average, I suppose, but I know from first-hand experience what it's like to drink too many of these in a night (after drinking mead, no less!), so I'm a little averse to drinking more than one of these a sitting. This is completely subjective and the beer can't be faulted for my inability to control myself, but there it is.

I avoided this beer for years after one ill-fated night that involved lots of this and lots of mead, and now that I've finally given it its long-deserved second chance, I feel kind of bad. Any malt-lover should seek this out, and even those of you inclined to hops; it might surprise you. (For the record, I count myself among the hopheads' numbers.)

Photo of Minkybut
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a brunette with a tan head that went away pretty quickly. The beer had a earthy slell to it. The brew had a tiny bit of a coffee taste but not too strong. Slightly bitter finish but again not too much. I liked the beer and will buy again.

Photo of bgildea
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice dark color with a foamy whiteish tan head. Faded quickly but left some nice lacing.

S: No distinct smell comes across. Slight roasted malts background smell.

T: Really tasty. Nice roasted malts flavor comes across, that tends to linger on the back of the tongue. Slight hints of chocolate come across at the beginning, with a faint hint of hops at the end. Really like the overall balance of flavors. I almost drank the whole beer just trying to dissect all the flavors, I liked it that much.

M: Nice thickness to the beer. Good amount of chew. Really thicker than I expected, which is always a pleasant surprise.

D: Very drinkable. I could drink these all night. Great taste, great mouthfeel, and not too much ABV. I'd drink another, if I had one...

Overall: Overall it was a very good beer. I'm always found of a good porter though, so I will admit I am biased. However, this beer really delivered for me, which was nice considering the last few I drank disappointed. If you like porters, give this one a try.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to futurecowboy for this in a trade!

A-Body is a dark cola brown. Pours with a quite foamy 3 finger or so creme brulee colored head. Has generally good retention. Eventually fades to about 1/2 finger. Lots of lacing left behind in the glass.

S-Mild sweet caramel malt and toffee come through the most. Behind this is a slight roasted dark malt.

T-Flavor is mild all around. Upfront is hints of toffee and caramel with a roasted oatmeal background. Roasted malt comes through a bit more but keeps a good balance with the other flavors going on here. Nothing lingers on the palate.

M-Light to moderate tingly carbonation and a medium-weight smooth, creamy body. Wonderful and very well done.

D- This is a very good porter. I'm a big fan of oatmeal stouts and this oatmeal porter just adds more drinkability to a typical oatmeal stout for me. Its medium bodied and very drinkable-the flavor is pretty good-but has a ho-hum tendency to it-making it a hair under "good" for me-but everything else about this brew is great. Looking forward to trying others from this brewing company.

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

Pours a very dark brown, not quite black with minimal tan head that quickly fades. Just a tiny bit of lacing

Nose has some malt sweetness to it, mostly dark roasted malts, some bitterness from hops

Strong taste of black malt and dryness as typical for an oatmeal porter. There are some hops present in taste, but mostly dark roasty malts with a bit of malt sweetness. There is a very dry crisp finish. A nice porter, but not my favorite. Relatively smooth, high carbonation.

Photo of zoso493
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a nice mahogany color that has some thick garnet streaks when held up to the light. Even a vigorous pour can only produce a foamy one-finger head that dissipates rapidly.

Smell: The beer has a generally nutty and sweet scent to it, with specific scents difficult to pick up. Deep in the background you can pick out some roasted malts and even a hint of chocolate, but besides that, there's not much else present.

Taste: The taste is very smooth and well balanced. It starts with some nice buttery malts and ends with a nice roasted malt bitterness. Another component contributing to this bitterness is a large but tolerable hop presence that more than offsets the malts. It's not a huge beer but it is really nice to drink.

Mouthfeel: This is a very nice feeling porter and is exceedingly dry. Despite the sizable hop presence, the beer is very crisp. It's not too thick, but it's definitely right for the style.

Drinkability: I could have a lot of these at a time if the need arose. It's got a good amount of flavor to keep me interested while still being very smooth and refreshing. I'd like to have some of these on a cooler night in autumn.

Overall, this is a very good beer from a brewery that always impresses me. It's very flavorful and very drinkable and would make a great session beer. I'm lucky to live so close to Highland Brewery because they make great beers, and this is just another example as to why.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Mickey Finn's shaker pint glass.

Pours a very dark ruby-brown with a light tan bubbly head that leaves a slight bit of lacing behind. The smell is of molasses, brown sugar, figs, dark malts, and a twinge of chocolate. The taste generally follows, with the malts playing a larger role, the chocolate coming through (in a bittersweet way) a bit more, the molasses and sugar floating a bit more into the background, and some oats climbing their way onto the stage. The body is a hefty medium, the carbonation is just right, and, though a bit chewy, the brew flows easily and smoothly across the tongue. Overall, a very tasty, highly drinkable brew.

Photo of BatDaddy
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark almost black, but with hints of red as you hold it to the light. A nice coffee colored head slowly dissipates to a thin layer of foam with some nice lacing.

S - Smells of sweet malts with some roasted notes coming through.

T - Deep roasted coffee flavor, followed by sweet malts. Some semi-sweet chocolate and a hint of bitterness.

M - Creamy and silky smooth.

D - Very good. Nice flavor coupled with smooth mouthfeel makes this an easy drinker.

A very nice porter! Well worth checking out and grabbing a few bottles.

Photo of jrallen34
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a medium brown, lightly ruby highlights decently clear. This is pretty watery, not much retention or lacing.

The aroma is super light only gives off the slightest hint of coffee.

The taste is super boring and simple. It has some bitter 2 day old coffee taste that is super watery.

Boring, bad, light tasting. Blah.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass on 12/13/09

10/13/09 etched on the bottle

A - Dark brown with caramel highlights. One finger of tan foam which is cut by about 50% after a few minutes. Retention is thin but decent throughout. Ok lacing - thin at top; better by the end.

S - Mostly subtle nose. Very smooth with dark chocolate, roasted malt & earthy hops melding with the aromas of oats. It's appealing despite not being particularly potent.

T - Robust flavor profile; smooth oats & barley upfront, bolstered by a bittersweet chocolate & roasted malt backdrop. The hops more or less stay out of the way, seeming only to pepper the beer with a slight twinge. Chocolate is more apparent as it warms.

M - Full bodied with moderately low carbonation. Almost chewy at times with some grittiness to it. Roasted malts linger for a moment on the finish.

D - Superb drinkability; a most righteous offering, indeed. In my opinion this is the best Highland brew of the ones I've tried & nearly the best porter I've had. Recommended.

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

Pours a very nearly black brown color with a slight ring of dark tan head.
Smell is highly roasted-some coffee and possibly white chocolate.
Taste is well blended-the oatmeal and chocolate come through well with a good ending of roasted malt.
Finish is solid-I'm left with a good oatmeal after-thought of flavor.
Drinks fairly well-no hang ups in this smooth porter.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony

smell: sublte chocolate, roasted malt, and a nice whiff of vanilla

taste: silky smooth porter, with some vanilla background from the oatmeal

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: sessionable stout, like the black mocha better, bit this is also good.

Photo of feelmefoam
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass.

Highland's Oatmeal Porter pours a dark finished mahogany color with lighter oak highlights when held up to the light. The head was a nice oatmeal color but only surged up to about a finger high. Still, it had pretty decent retention and lacing.

The smell is a little hard to find, but it's good. Chocolate, roasted malts, a little coffee, and some slight earthiness is present. Again, the only problem is that it isn't too aromatic.

The beer is much the same in the taste department; good flavors there but they're not quite strong enough. Dark, roasty malts, followed by a little vanilla and some bittersweet chocolate and some slight coffee flavor, then leads into the slightly earthy finish.

Smooth medium body with a little bit of carbonation bite that makes this pleasant to drink, but not as creamy as it could be. Still, it's pretty good and works well with the flavors.

Overall, this Oatmeal Porter is taking steps in the right direction. I really like all of the flavors that were presented as well as the fairly high drinkability, I just wish they had amped up the flavor a little bit more. All told though, this is a pretty good beer, and my first from this brewery.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown with orange edges. Smallish tan head drops fairly quickly to a few islands of foam.
Smell is malt (roasted), smoke, coffee, hint of hops.
Taste is malt, coffee, smoke, light hops and alcohol. Decent balance.
Medium body with a slightly chewy texture. Warming with light effervescence on the tip of the tongue at the start. A good session brew, not too heavy or thick.

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

Appearance: Poured a very dark brown color, opaque. 1.5 finger head, thick and khaki colored. Pretty good head retention. Nice lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts, with sweet chocolate and coffee flavors as well. Some very slight dark fruit flavors as well.

Taste: Roasted and smoky malts, with mild sweetness. Strong flavors of chocolate and coffee, with nuttiness as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Some creaminess and a little bit of a bite to start.

Drinkability: A very good beer. Easy to drink and quite flavorful. Smoky malts and a nice balanced sweetness

Buy Again? Yes

Photo of cpetrone84
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-dark brown in color with hues of red showing through. a tan colored head is poured and has good retention with a very nice lacing on the glass

S-the nose is subtle with some roasted malt and hints of bitter chocolate

T-the taste is very nice, again somewhat subtle. it is similar to the nose with some light roasted malts, a dash of caramel that gives way to some dark chocolate and coffee

M-it has a medium body but is extremely smooth and silky

D-this is tasty with a great mouthfeel. a very solid porter especially with the low amounts of alcohol.

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highland Oatmeal Porter pours a very dark brown with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is malty and roasty. The flavor is also malty, roasted flavors and a touch of chocolate are most noticeable. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Very drinkable.

Photo of mondegreen
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at The Globe in Athens

A: Dark Brown with a small foamy head.

S: Roasted barley and chocolate. Everything I love about Porters.

T: Sweet Porter flavors. Malts dominate, bitterness from chocolate and maybe a touch of hops on the back end.

M: Very smooth with a medium body.

D: Very drinkable porter. I could easily work on these all night.

Overall, a smooth, solid Porter.

Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 1,177 ratings.