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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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Highland Oatmeal PorterHighland Oatmeal Porter

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1,008 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,008
Reviews: 522
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 32
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Highland Brewing visit their website
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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Photo of nriech


3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black. Decent thick head fading quickly. Decent lacing.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate. Very mild.

Taste: Oats and chocolate dominate. A littl ebit of green hops leave a bit of bittering that meld with the malts pretty decently. Decent body, might be a little heavier but it wasnt too thin for the style. Very smooth. Flavors hang around for a while without being sticky. Light on carbonation. No alcohol presence.

Very drinkable. A good lighter dark beer that doesnt offend at all. Would definatley pick up a 6er next time in NC.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 12:16:10 | More by nriech
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle thanks to mikesgroove

Pours a dark mahogany brown with ruby highlights. Has a small tan head that fades.

Aroma is rich and roasted with cocoa and espresso tones. Also has a nice, mild oatmeal smell.

Tastes roasty upfront leading into nice dark chocolate and espresso flavors. Very mild bitterness midway with a nice oatmeal taste before it finishes with a lingering burnt taste.

Thin body, light carbonation.

Very nice drinking porter. A little extra body would make it even better.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 02:43:03 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of srrn

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coffee color with a bit of red tint, a nice looking porter.Not much going on in the nose, I don't usually seem to get much from porters but I do detect some toasted malt and slight hops. Light toasted malt and coffee on the palate with a bit more hops than usual in a porter, I think. This beer definately improves as it warms and the toasted malts and slight burnt flavor come through more.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 23:30:42 | More by srrn
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark with hints of deep red with a solid head that follows as you drink it down.

Roasted malts and some mocha and milk chocolate flavors dominate the scent. Some molasses hints, but it mostly reminds me of those malted chocolate ball candies.

Taste is OK, like any other porter I have had before, but there's nothing in the taste that really separate this as an "oatmeal" porter; though it does seem a little lighter on the palate. It goes down smooth and that's fine, though I like my dark beer with a little more bite to them. The taste and smell also remind me a little of pumpernickel.

Not a beer style I get to partake in that often, just doesn't seem to be that many unique ones where I buy my brews. I wouldn't turn this beer away, but I won't go looking for it either.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 10:10:25 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of Umbra


4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A few shades cooler than black and leaves a good sized tan head and a bunch of carbonation feeding it. Pretty good retention.
Smells like chocolate coated, gooey hops.
The dominant flavor is a mixture of piney and citrus hops. Lingering in the background are the usual roasted malts and some milk chocolate. Comes off as medium bodied, but the twang of the hops and the zing of the carbonation really allow it to go down much easier than that.
Very drinkable brew. The hops were a big surprise at first. I would drink the crap out of this if it was available locally

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 19:58:31 | More by Umbra
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 bottle.

It's been a while since I've visited this beer; let's see how it holds up a year later...

Pours the usual thick deep dark red that looks suspiciously black till you hold it to the light. Finger head reduces to a thin cap, but trails lots of lacing as I drink this one.

Smell is roasted grain, coffee, caramelized sugar.

Taste is better than I remember, very well balanced and smooth -- thanks oats! A wonderful roasted malt flavor upfront and some mild hop bitterness, but ultra smooth going down. A mild mix of cocoa, coffee and carbon, with just a hint of sweetness, mostly coming in late.

Mouthfeel is creamy and perfectly bodied for easy drinking.
Carbonation is slightly tingly, but still does well for itself. The aftertaste is bittersweet and mild. And good.

I don't know if this beer has improved or my tastes have, but this is one fine example of an easy-drinking oatmeal porter. Creamy, smooth, well balanced and tasty with a terrific aftertaste, this is a heckuva beer and praises to Highland for making it so!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 07:25:47 | More by kkipple
Photo of ruleof72


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice dark brown with a slightly creamy head that quickly dissipated
S-Malty with some hops in background. Slightly toasted
T-A good porter taste. There is a bit of bite which I like. Subdued hop flavor
M-medium bodied with enough carbonation
D- Very drinkable

I generally like Porters but don't drink alot of them for some reason. Maybe I'll make a point to in the future. This was a nice beer. Good balance and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 01:37:51 | More by ruleof72
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown hue with a half finger tan head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid and mildly sweet malt. Some burnt grain aroma as well.

The taste was upfront caramel malt with a nice burnt grain finish. A little spice at the finish.

The mouthfeel was on the light side and well carbonated.

Overall an easy drinking porter. Could use a bit more of a complex grain profile however. Thanks to brentk56.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 22:41:35 | More by plaid75
Photo of barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I always wonder with oatmeal brews what the overall desired effect was. I love a good porter, I love a good stout. I even like a good oatmeal stout. So as a first for me, how's an oatmeal porter going to stack up? Decent. Not a convert to the style but I can appreciate it for what I drank.

A - Just the lighter side of pitch black color, with a small off-white head

S - Light roasted grains of a porter with a cut through with an oatmeal malty feel

T - Initial chocolate roasted grains typical of a porter, second sip more of a moderating oatmeal sweetness, third sip a mild blending of these characteristics.

M - Light bodied, smooth drinking. For this type of beer I'd prefer a medium malty body.

D - due to the light body, this one drinks really smooth.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 18:17:28 | More by barleywinebrewer
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown on the edges and almost black towards the middle. Small cream colored head gave way to some nice lacing. Smell was dominated by a roasted malt, smokey hints in there as well. This tasted thick with a rich caramel, and chocolate flavors. Very filling indeed. Smooth going down but very full bodied. Excellent dessert type beer. Has a nice dry hopped finish that rounds it out nicely. Fine offering from Highland that has found a place in my fridge!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 02:31:41 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of walleye


3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks goes to OldGrowth for this. poured dark brown to black with a nice tan head that left some lacing. aroma, coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar. flavor got a big chunk of of dark chocolate and roasted malt, honey, had to let this get to room temp. before I got a hint of hopes. nice bitterness at the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 02:24:54 | More by walleye
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark caramel color with a scant cap of tan head and sticky lacing. Nose is malty and a little sour with coffee and milk chocolate tones.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth but a litttle too thin to hold all the flavor up. I like the roasted and coffee tones and aftertaste is mild and pleasant. This is definitely quaffable, just not supurb. I'm slightly disappointed but am still very high on Highland.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 05:03:39 | More by daliandragon
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Really pretty pour. Dark, dark brown with a medium tan inch thick layer of head. Nice looking beer. Barely any light shines through.

Aromas were subdued at first, but as the beer warmed I began to smell some toasty malts.

The taste was good. Definite flavors of oats. Reminded me of Alpha Bits cereal (but in a good way!) Creamy, malty and slightly sweet with hints of brown sugar. Good tasting beer.

Creamy, smooth and relatively light mouthfeel. I read another review that suggested this as a lighter version of an oatmeal stout, and I agree.

Overall a very drinkable porter. Goes down very easily. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 01:43:54 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of DrinkinBoy


2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This Higland has a very dark brown appearance. It had a small tan head, with very little retention.

The smell was very strong, but nothing much else is noticeable but the alcohol.

The taste was strong and sweet.

Its mouthfeel was suprisingly light, but it does pack a big punch. It is also highly carbonated.

Highland Oatmeal Porter was a decent beer. I would recommend giving it a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 20:59:19 | More by DrinkinBoy
Photo of AudioGilz


3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost opaque black this one pours, yet a sliver of light gets through when held up to bright light. Smallish, yet long-standing is the the light tan head. Aromas of a stout kind of character are there, coffee, toffee, oats, malt.
Mouthfeel is spot on; creamy, full bodied, medium fizz on the palate. I could definitely enjoy a few of these as a session brew.
Flavors of oats, almost "oatmeal stoutish". I kind of want to say a slightly lighter-bodied version of an oatmeal stout? The creaminess is still there though, and with it comes malt sweetness with some toffee. The finish is slighty dry and combines with the aftertaste to the tune of a hoppy bite with just the right amount of bitter kick, mixed with a baker's chocolate.
Overall, drinkability is this brew's strongpoint, easily enjoyed, no obnoxious qualities; a solid brew definitely worthy of enticing a beer drinker to seek out more offerings from the Highland Brewing Company.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 02:02:39 | More by AudioGilz
Photo of akorsak


3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The ale is dark brown, almost a black color, with a small white band of head.

S: The ale has a sweet oatmeal malty aroma that masks ans porterish chocolate notes.

T: The first sip of the beer was an intriguing tease. It provided a sweet oatmeal flavor with strong chocolate porter notes. The only problem is that that flavor does not re-appear in later sips. The flavors, after that first sip, are watered down and lacking in substance. The flavors that do emerge are clearly roasted, but the oatmeal and sour porter components are gone.

M: The mouthfeel suffers a steep decline after that first sip.

D: Close but no cigar to this beer, the flavors just don't come out enough.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 19:54:19 | More by akorsak
Photo of ggaughan


4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very deep brown, pretty much black color with a slight tan head that ran away quickly and left a floating island in the middle. The aroma was pretty much all malt and a touch of sweetness. The taste is a good melting of malts and chocolately goodness. There is also a tad bit of hop bitterness to round it all out and make for a strong mouthfeel and a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 03:33:46 | More by ggaughan
Photo of mynie


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark red with a big white head and great lacing.

Smells of very deep, coars grain. Nice and harsh. Big bitter malt smelling like tasty earth and grains.

Tastes like a coarse oatmeal stout. Starts out with bitter, roasted malt that gets mellow and grainy near the middle and ends on a linger bittersour node that tastes like good health.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 04:44:57 | More by mynie
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours solid black that fades to burgundy at the edges. Modest creamy brown head sticks to the surface. Smells sweetly malty with some toasted caramel in the back and a subtle hoppiness. The flavor is bittersweet chocolate - some burnt malt in the center. I have to say, I expected the oats to smooth it out more and the carbonation might be a bit high, but these are minor quibbles.

Another good local brew!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 03:15:48 | More by wedge
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The near opaque black, deep brown color occasionally gives way to glimmers of crimson light. Above is a big light brown head that turns to a frothy layer leaving lace everywhere. The quite sniffable nose is roasty and bittersweet. Milky chocolate and oats with some faint flowery hops. Taste is silky and roasted. Bitterness starts midway and extends through the finish. The sweetness is soft against the bitter and roasty malt and is constant throughout. Not cloying by any means. Very nice mouthfeel. The body is full-ish and mouth feels fluidly velvety. Highly drinkable too.

Its good to find a yummy porter brewed locally.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 03:13:21 | More by tastybeer
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark coppery brown, almost black. Good thick head that fades pretty quickly, but leaves a very nice thick lace down the glass.

The smell is very dry and roasty with a fairly nice malt finish that is not at all sweet smelling.

Taste is a little dissapointing. Quite dry, but the body and flavor are a little lacking. There is a nice roasted malt taste, and a fairly long dry finish. The taste is good, but could use alittle more oomph imo.

Mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied.

The dry style is quite drinkable. No stickiness, and its actually quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 04:15:42 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of WAP


4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured almost black with a 1.5" tan head, leaving decent lacing.

Smell - First whiff gave notes of sweet coffee, a little chocolate -- nice, but not very intense.

Taste - Well-blended flavors of chocolate, oats, a little roasted coffee-like bitterness. The highlight of this beer to me, however, is the citrus hop balance on the end. Overall an extremely well-balanced flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - nothing exceptional, maybe a little watery for a porter.

Drinkability - Highly drinkable. Each sip is flavorful and finishes light and clean - unique for a porter.

I will keep this one in the refrigerator rotation for the forseeable future as it is readily available here - nice brew!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 22:54:00 | More by WAP
Photo of mmmbeer


4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. The beer is black with plum highlights, plenty of carbonation, and is topped with a two inch tan head that leaves decent lacing. It smells of green hops and chocolate at first, but there are also notes of roasted/coffee malts and, of course, oats. The flavor consists of oats, roasted, chocolate, tobacco, and coffee-flavored malts, with a delicious combination of green/piney/citric hops that leave a medium bitterness, complementing the malts quite well. Initially, the medium body is almost prickly with carbonation, but it becomes smooth, almost silky later, and leaves a medium finish. Overall it comes across almost as an imperial stout light and is a quality beer with a body that is fairly light considering how big and flavorful the brew is.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 18:42:33 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The lack of head retention might've been expected considering the style, but there was hardly any head formed at any stage of the pour. The color is a beautiful dark brown shot through with a ruby hue.

Aroma is fragrant and surprisingly light, with rye, toffee and pungent dark fruits entering the picture.

Flavor is chocolate, roasted malts, with the oatmeal definitely making its presence felt. An almost metallic toffee sensation occurs in the finish. This is a more buoyant porter than some, not heavy, a little watery, but it delivers well enough.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 19:23:38 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of abcsofbeer


4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshness date/bottled date not noticed. Pours a very nice 2inch head, light brown in color and rocky. There are nice rings of lacing as well. The color is mostly black with some rosy note around the edge. The aroma is nice with some coffee malts along with some breadiness. I also detect some faint hoppiness in the aroma too.

The taste is excellent with some light bitterness from added hops. The light burnt malts really come through as well. I detect a nice bitterness in the mouthfeel, which is very full bodied. An excellent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 17:04:50 | More by abcsofbeer
Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 1,008 ratings.