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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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Highland Oatmeal PorterHighland Oatmeal Porter

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1,161 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,161
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 37
Gots: 100 | 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 donmonkey1
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark dark brown. The tan head faded almost immediately.

Smell: Weak. Caramel, toffee.

Taste: Much stronger than expected floral hoppiness up front, finishing with a dark chocolate taste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy with a nice touch of "stinginess".

This is a good beer. I love the pronounced hops that aren't overbearing in combination with the dark roasted malts.

Photo of beveritt
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Had this on tap at a Marriot hotel bar in Marietta Georgia that had a very impressive beer selection! Arrived in an elongated, wheat type glass.

Appearance: Arrives with approximately 1/2 finger of medium tan head. This settles to a ring around the glass, leaving behind some lacing. The beer itself is dark brown, with just a small amount of light coming through.

Smell: Slightly sweet chocolate with hints of vanilla. Roasted barley bitterness in the finish.

Taste: Sharp barley roastiness upfront. More mellow chocolate and vanilla in the finish. Very mild hints of hop bitterness linger after each sip.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation lelvel. Body is good; oatmeal adds a nice slickness.

Drinkability: As far as I can remember, my first and only oatmeal porter. The oatmeal adds body that helps to push this one into the grey area between porter and stout porter. Overall, a nice drink.

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

A: A dark walnut color. Not much head to speak of.

S: Slightly yeasty, brown sugar.

T:A little bitter at first with a semi strong hop character. finishes dry, with a little malt and brown sugar.. Nice but not amazing.

M: very carbonated..

D: Not a really great beer, perhaps it lost something in transit from VA, but not a favorite.

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

The best for last of the variety back. This porter has hints of cinnamon, malts and a slight metallic twang. Pours to a barely translucent deep brown with a small to medium foamy head. Taste is a classic porter with sweetness and bitterness going head to head but neither winning out. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is great. Good viscosity and the carbonation gets the taste stirred up but no more. A little thinner than a classic stout, hitting the style right on. I like this brew. I will be drinking more of this one.

Photo of natelocc787
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Joseph London for this brew.

Great looking beer poured into my porter snifter. Almost black with a dark caramel head that leaves nice lacing. Head was about 3 fingers thick with a nice creamy texture reminiscent of milk chocolate mousse.

Different smell for a porter. The Roasted malt and barley balance nicely with the oats and hops. Caramel, chocolate, oatmeal and french toast dominate the senses.

Cinnamon bun and maple & brown sugar oatmeal. Nutmeg and vanilla extract with semi-sweet chocolate. Did I mention sugary oatmeal? The sweetness from the malt and the flavor from the oats is balanced superbly. Hoppy for a porter but it works quite well with sweetness of the beer. This brew is a real treat.

Mouthfeel was creamy and silky and very well done. If it was more chewy and a little less bubbly it could have been a 4.5, however it works very well with the way this beer was crafted.

Drinkability is good for a porter. Although low in abv most porters are so sweet they just don't go down quickly or in big bunches. This is one I could drink plenty of.

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

Poured from tap into pint glass.

Nice dark brew with very little head that disappeared as glass emptied. Very light lacing.

No real big smell. Just a little malty toastiness.

The taste was caramel, biscuity with some roasted malt.

Mouthfeel was light, but not thin. There was a bit of body, but not overpowering.

Decent beer, but not worth writing home about.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep brown to black with a thin foamy tan head leaving almost no lacing in its path.

Very pleasant aromas of sweet chocolate and roasted malt, nuts, and even hints of spice.

The flavors are highlighted by chocolate malt, big earthy hops, smokey characteristics, and again hints of spice.

Medium to medium-full in both body and carbonation with a very nice and dry palate.

This is a pretty good beer, easy to drink, just enough flavor and character to keep you interested, but nothing overwhelming.

Photo of jjayjaye
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque darkness with a shallow loose light tan head that fades fairly quickly leaving stringy patterns of lacing behind. The smell is timid, lightly malted. Lightly carbonated and light bodied the mouth feel cleans up quickly. The roasted malt and coffee flavors suffer from the lack of body. This one isn't far from style, just loosing my taste for porters lately.

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

Bottle. Pours a dark, clear brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of sweet malt mostly and some toasted malt notes. Flavor of light sweet malts, some roasted notes and toasted malt but mostly just sweet malt. Hmm, not really a fan of this one. It wasn't bad but it was very sweet. To me, it was more of a brown ale than a porter.

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

A: Deep brown color with some garnet/ruby highlights. Not quite opaque. Head is creamy, large, and retains quite well. Thin rings of lace all the way down the glass.

S: Mellow, smooth aroma with notes of chocolate, toasted malt, and oats. Faint citric hop notes, as well.

T&M: Bittersweet chocolate, toasted nuts, and a touch of citrus and floral hop flavor. Finish is long and lingers with a reprise of dry, bittersweet chocolate flavor. Body is medium/full with a very creamy, smooth feel. The oats really make this one velvety smooth.

D: Rather quaffable and tasty. Perhaps a tad to heavy to be a session beer, but it's still really good.

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

Asked for this in a recent trade with fsvan and glad I did. This is the third beer of a six pack and I will definitely seek out this one again in a future trade. Poured into a Sam Adams Sensory Glass. Nice looking beer, head dissipates to some nice lacing on the glass. The Smell is minimal at first, but gets better as the beer warms up. Definitely some roasty smells going on. Taste is very nice. Bitter but I love bitter in a Porter with coffee overtones. Mouthful and drinkability also receive high marks. This is my first offering from Highland Brewing but it won't be my last. A very good porter.

Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This is a porter? Really? Not that it has to be opaque, but it's always a weird sign when I see a porter that looks more like an amber, though a dark amber, as this does. But good off-white lacing all around the glass and decent foamy retention upon the first pour save it from being completely off the mark.

Smell: Subtle hints of cocoa and mild chocolate, with some mocha and caramel, and citrus at the end. Balanced, but maybe a bit too subtle.

Taste: Kind of like the aroma here, as I've been saying a lot lately probably. Everything seems like it should be amped up more. Not that it's an Imperial or needs to be, but this seems kind of like a light oatmeal porter to me in a way. Not a long finish, and the richness of a porter -- as I said with the color before and being worried about it, it seems to be true -- isn't really here overall. The oats do a nice job with some mellowness and creaminess, and there's a nice sense of roasted malt, but it lacks a long finish, and the bitterness gets a little too heavy-handed at the end, both with the hop sourness and kind of eclipsing the good potential for the malt to do its thing. Still decent, though, don't get me wrong.

Mouthfeel: A tad bit watery despite the seemingly full carbonation at the end, which makes it just slightly out of whack in a way, though not enough that you can't get past it.

Drinkability: Above average, but it's nothing to write home about. Seems a little light and less flavorful than I'd hoped, especially for the oats that don't seem to be doing enough here to balance the bitterness.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on-tap at Barley's in Greenville, SC. Served in a shaker pint glass.

A--Deep ruby highlights toward the bottom keep the body from being black, which is on point. It's the head I had issues with--almost two fingers of light, cottony white foam. Looks like a homebrew, an amateur homebrew. Liquid yeast?

S--The best part, I felt. Pretty rich and bitter, with coffee and chocolate. A lighter chocolate smell, maybe due to the addition of oats---kind of sweetened it, though not like the toffee notes you get in a traditional oatmeal stout.

T--enh. Decent, but not outstanding. Just OK. Standard bitterness and definitely mellowed out by the oatmeal, but nowhere near big enough in the flavor dept. for the abv. Not /bad/ by any means, just not very interesting, either. And in this style Americans are doing lots of interesting things.

M&D--Mouthfeel's fine, though a touch watery. Drinkability, again, is not that high for me because if you're going to get near six percent you gotta pack more of a whallop. Either that or or tone down the abv so I can throw back a few of these without feeling it. Would make a fine session ale in that case, but right now there's just too much bite in that dog--and not enough teeth.

Photo of cnjohn19
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a creamy cappuccino with a frothy head and great lacing down the highland brewery pint glass i'm enjoying this in...a serious dark beer, almost black...superb...

i get chocolate, toasted malts and oats to the nose...

strong toasted malt flavor with a little bit of hop backbone...i think its the slight hops which give it a small hint of bitterness...tastes like dark chocolate and sweet oats...

so i am not a typical fan of porters...but this beer might turn me into one...delicious all the way through...light for its color, crisp, but still very rich and bold...you can down many of these in one night...

read below for my second review of this beer, originally reviewed on 6.3.2009...only change made to the numeric rating was an increase from 4 to 4.5 in taste...

before writing this review i must say highland is becoming one of my favorite breweries..

pours an almost black shade with awesome hints of red...a thick tan that left a full circle around the highland pint glass i poured it in...

a very sweet smell of cocoa cocoa and roasted malts...

an extremely balanced porter that is equal parts sweet, equal parts bitter, and overall amazing...a roasted chocolate aftertaste is very much appreciated...an awesome beer for the cold winter...the hops are just enough to add the balance to this one...great oatmeal porter and will recommend and buy again...

(side note: the ring is still laced around the top of my pint glass after a full 5 minutes)

in all, enjoyed this beer watching sunday night football (vikings vs. carolina) on a cold winter night in durham...


Photo of lehows
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a bottle at Patrick Sullivans in Knoxville, TN. Poured a nice black color with a small tan head. Certainly stout-like in appearance. The aromas were great, full of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, etc. Nice and smooth flavors of the above but with hints of vanilla. This is a super drinkable porter that still packs a lot of flavor. This is the first beer I've had from Highland and I cant wait to try more of their beers.

Photo of nickfl
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of light brown foam, settles quickly, little lace. The body is opaque black with brown highlights.

S - Aroma of nutty brown malt with some pine hop notes. Fruity yeast and a slight hint of smoke in the background.

T - Light coffee and nutty malt up front with some brown sugar notes. Rich malt in the middle becomes a complex finish with notes of chocolate covered coffee beans, citrus hops and light notes of smoke and tobacco.

M - Smooth, moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable and surprisingly complex. It has a great malt profile that borders on becoming a stout, but never become quite that roasty. The finish is excellent with a great blend of dark malt and enough hops to keep it balanced.

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

pours deep black with thich cream head, great retention and great lacing.

light scents with roasted malts and light hints of chocolate. maybe a hint an vanilla in there.

light vanilla mixed with like roasted malts. light hints of coffee and cocoa. i even taste sweet bourbon. kind of sweet and candy like.

very full bodied. kind of wet up front and dry in the finish

a good porter overall. unlike MANY i try, there is not much dry charcoal and there is more sweetness. easy to drink.

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

Bottle courtesy of turtlemoye, thanks again!

Beers pours a dark brown color with a small off white head.

Light oats on the nose, a little cream, dark sugars, and cereal like grains.

Nice light creamy chocolate notes noticed on the first sip. Cereal grainy malts, soft coffee and espresso settle in to the base of the flavor profile. Finish has a nice mineral hop bite that balances out all the sweet malts. There is also a definite crisp zing there on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is nice, very smooth, with some nice crispness.

Drinkability is quite good. This is a very flavorful porter that is really easy to sip. I could easily have a few of these in one session. Good stuff!

Photo of koopa
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a trade with Elli ... Thanks for the opportunity!

Appearance: Dark brown to cola colored with a 1 finger mocha crown that rapidly recedes leaving some lacing.

Smell: I'm liking the nose the most as the roast malt, chocolate, and dark fruits combine into an absolutely delicious smell.

Taste: The dark fruits / caramel flavor along with some bitterness from the chocolate, coffee, and hops. Its a fairly yummy beer but the flavor is just off enough for me to not be able to enjoy this as much as I should be able too. It's so close to being really good IMHO.

Mouthfeel: Definitely full bodied but fairly easy drinking so I'd say this is another good category for this brew.

Drinkability: Goes down much easier than it should considering its full bodied.

While this offering missed the mark for me slightly, it was close enough to make me interested in trying a few more of the brews they offer.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic Imperial pint glass. This porter appears a deep chestnut color with about an inch of thick ecru foam. Smells and tastes of rich roasted grains, caramel, milk chocolate, a touch of coffee beans. Creamy and chewy with ample carbonation. Really nice.

Photo of Shaw
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another gift from BA thryn. Thanks!

Pours a deep, deep ruby in color with a light brown head that leaves sticky foam around the glass. Very nice.

Chocolate, coffee and roasted malt aroma.

The taste is excellent. Wonderful roasted coffee and chocolate, along with burnt toast flavors. Bit of tannin mix with a light hop bitterness.

The body is creamy and slick, thanks to the oatmeal.

This is an excellent Porter and the best of several good beers I've had from Highland. Seek it out.

Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark DARK brown with a one-finger white head that left lace patches. An oatmeal malt and light bready malt arises from the brew, along with some sweet malts but it is all faint and a little odd smelling...?...Coffee and roasted malt taste prevelant in this medium-bodied beer that has some smoothness and sweetness to it. Overall, this is less sweet and a more dry, heavy porter that gravitates towards being a stout. Finishes dry thanks to the above flavors and is added by hints of bitter chocolate and hop bitterness is subdued. This is a good porter but I like my porters to be a little more balanced and mild so I don't think I'd session this.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a near-black dark brown with glimmers of ruby at the edges. a cream colored head erupts to the top of the glass, then sticks around for a while, leaving behind a bit of sticky lacing. A bit more lacing and this one would be killer.

aroma is sweet, malty, with hints of dark fruit. almost detecting hints of lactose sugars. cocoa and a bit of chocolate.

taste follows aroma, with roasted malt, chocoalte and hints of citrus hops. figs and raisins, a hint of lactose-esque sweetness, and a bit of piney bitterness.

mouth is a bit lackluster, a hair on the thin side for an oatmeal porter, and not quite as creamy as I was hoping. carbonation, while subtle, is a bit sharp, driving home some of the citric spiciness. not my cup of tea. not horrible, but nothing noteworthy.

all in all, not a bad brew. I could definitely drink a few of these in a row, but at the same time, it's just lacking a bit of pop to push it into the realm of impressive. Definitely solid with some nice roasted and cocoa notes, but the creaminess and fullness I was hoping for just falls a hair short. still solid and worth trying, but didn't blow me away by any means.

Photo of Yetiman420
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

iPhone review
On tap at the sunspot in knoxville tn
$2 pint Tuesday pint night

Presented in a standard plain pint glass
Clear solid dark brown with red gold agents
Thin light tan foamy head

Light roasted malt aroma
Solid frothy lacing

A little off flavor on the finish masked by the roasted malt
Could benefit from some more oatmeal body

Photo of tpd975
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep black hue with a creamy somewhat light colored head for such a dark beer. Okay retention with very light spotted lace.

S: Aroma is nice and roasty with hints of coffee, toasted malt, and chocolate.

T: Big on the dark fruit, hints of oatmeal and coffee. Too much dark fruit here for my liking.

M: Medium in body smooth most likely from the oatmeal.

D: Not my favorite porter but does have a very nice mouthfeel.

Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 1,161 ratings.