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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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Highland Oatmeal PorterHighland Oatmeal Porter

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1,181 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,181
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 37
Gots: 124 | 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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Ratings: 1,181 | Reviews: 538
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.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a reddish hue, small biege head with a touch of lacing. Aroma is sweet malts with a hint of roasted, oats, chocolate, and vanilla. Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and oats. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and finishes with a decent amount of bitterness. Very good, smooth, very drinkable and tasty.

Photo of MightyCow9
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out nicely. Small layer of head but it dissapated within 30 second. Smelled nice. Had the hints of the sweet oats, but with the toasty backdrop of the roasted chocolately Porter characteristics. The oats fit better in a lighter stout beer, as they seemed to battle with the deep roastiness for my attention. Overall, a good beer. Well crafted. Would be great with some pineapple upside down cake ala mode.... speak of the devil! I love Christmas.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to scifan for this

A: Solid looking dark brown in color. A little bit of mocha head with a touch of lacing.

S: Little bit of roast but a nice sweetness comes through. Little bit of a earthyness to it. The oatmeal comes through fairly clearly.

T: The oatmeal and sweetness really work well together. Quite a classic take on the porter style. Really nailed this one down style wise.

M: A little bit of a slick mouthfeel. Fairly full bodied without cutting down on drinkability.

D: On a cold night this beer really hit the spot. Really great beer. Had a few of their beers recently and I have been impressed.

Photo of drunkboxer1
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, tan head. Smells like chocolate, and dark roasted malt. Hops are faintly detectable smelling it. Tastes roasty and with some coffee like bitterness to it. Very little hop bittering. Very well balanced. Somewhat filling I guess, but good enough to drink all night. One of me favs

Photo of callisbeers
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at home into a pint glass. Had some issues with a Duck Rabbit Brown keg, exchanged straight up for this Highland keg. Almost black in color, with some slight tints of red. Nice foamy head with lace that sticks to the glass the entire time. Great malty flavor but not overly sweet. Some chocolate flavor but not over done. Carbonation is just right and the beer is quite smooth. I was hesitant to switch to this without really having had tried it before but I am glad I did. This is a really good beer that is quite drinkable. It probably won't be on tap long at my house.

Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Dark, ruby in color. Short tan head formed and almost immediately disappeared. Smells of roast malt with hints of chocolate. Tastes the same, with roasted malt and some coffee or chocolate. A bit of a metallic after taste. Mouthfeel is light to medium and very smooth. Not much carbonation. A tastey beer and very easy to drink.

Photo of witster18
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours dark brown with little head... bit oily at the top... super tiny bubbles and a little lacing. smell is choco and pumpkin sweetbread...

taste is a little bland... decent mouthfeel... chocolate... you get the oats.. little fig...

kinda blahzahblah if you ask me... this is good... i mean you can't get any porter for 5.99 a six so why look... this cost about 7 .99 a six here... not bad but a little too soda pop for me... not much character... just a well done albiet bland and slighty overcarbonated porter offering.

I could kick back a few of these but not quite big session material.... i like their black mocha stout on tap though... i wish this tasted as good as it smells
it smells great!!!

This is a heartburn beer.... way too boozy for its' abv... you'd think it was an 8percenter....

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

Highland's Oatmeal Porter pours a deep dark mahogany, with translucent ruby highlights and a nice tan head which leaves a nice coating of lacing as it subsides.

The aroma is of sweetish charred malt with a hint of dark chocolate and also a slight grassy hop scent.

The flavor is very good with a strong dark roasted malt backed bolstered by bitter dark chocolate smoothly blended together with a coffee afterbite. Sweetness is nicely balanced by the charred malts,bitter chocolate and coffee and finishes somewhat bitter and dry with a faint alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and very smooth and and only slightly creamy with fairly robust carbonation.

A very good porter, very drinkable and easily sessionable. Highland makes very good brews!

Photo of devilben02
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark-chocolate brown with a bit of amber shining through around the edges and a head that is both cream-colored and texturally creamy. Not much perceptible on the nose other than a mild roasted malt sweetness. The flavor is much more pronounced, and although the lactose-like sweetness is dominant, the roasted, coffee-like nature of the malts and a bit of the earthy oatmeal come through as well. Also, even though the sweetness is the primary component of the flavor, it is not overpowering or artificial. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but overall this is a solid, easy-drinking porter.

Photo of argock
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.75.

A: Super dark cola colored with 1-2 finger light beige head with some stickiness and a couple of incomplete rings of lace.

S: Dark malts, chocolate, and leafy hops are all apparent in the nose.

T: The dark maltiness treads the line between bitter and bold beautifully with no astringency or extraordinary bitterness. The leafy, earthy hops contribution pushes this brew in complexity with excellent results: a balanced but decidedly interesting porter with subtle flavors accentuating the key dominant flavors of dark malt, slightly sweet but mostly bitter chocolate, and tobacco/leafy hops.

M: Soft feel with medium body and a very long bittersweet aftertaste.

D: A unique and delicious brew with a nice wrinkle on the style with a soft feel, sweet and bitter flavors.

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

12oz. brown bottle, brought back from Myrtle Beach by the room mates, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Deep woody brown, opaque. 2 fingers of light mocha head forms and holds nicely. Good lacing.

S: Plenty of toasty malts, maybe even a touch of some roast. Nice wholesome(?lol) oatmeal aroma. A bit of bitter aroma... roasted malts?

T/M: Spent coffee grinds and definitely a bit of roast. Plenty of toasted malts. The oatmeal is great, adding more complexity with some nuttiness. Body is full, rich, and smooth from the oats. Nice smooth carbonation as well.

D: Low ABV and very tasty. Full mouthfeel slows you down just a touch but I could drink this a bunch.

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

I tried this porter several years ago and tried it again and rated it a bit higher in my database.

The brew ours to a nice tan head that dissapates fairly quickly but has some lace.

There is a slightly malty aroma that is about right for the style.

The color is a dark brow that is quite tranlucent which makes it look like a dark ale instead of a porter.

The oatmeal rounds out the malt in the mouth and the finish dry malt with a hint of choclate.

Photo of dstc
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a black color with a big tan head. Head falls slow to a minimal one leaving decent lacing.

Dominant roasted malt aroma.

Nice sweet malts. Roasted flavor with mild chocolates coming through. Mild hop and bitter finish.

Somewhat thick and chewy in the mouth. Mild carbonation.

Decent brew by a decent brewery.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a tasting glass. pours a deep chocolate brown with faint amber highlights and a half finger of light tan head.

aroma is lightly roasted malts and a touch of chocolate. overall the aroma is quite smooth and pleasant in the nose.

taste is of roasted malts up front with a bit of chocolate and burnt malt. very smooth on the palate with a finish of residual sticky black malts. overall very smooth and mellow on the palate with a tasty profile.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a silky smooth texture and a sticky smooth finish. nice.

drinkability is good. a very smooth and satisfying porter with good concentration and just enough richness to sustain the roasted malts. a very tasty porter. cheers!

Photo of cdizinno
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A: Dark black with tan head and heavy lacing.

S: Hardly any smell. Mild sweetness, coffee scent. Almost like mocha.

T&M: Very smooth, almost like a milk stout. Full bodied. Thick coffee flavor with a nice mild chocolate sweetness that is restrained by the roasted malt and hop bitterness. Bitter sweet finish.

Definitely one of the best porters I've tasted!

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

A: Light for a porter, with reddish highlights. Moderate, frothy head with good lacing.

S: Nut much aroma, just a mild chocolate smell.

T: Roasted flavors with a touch of astringency. Quite thin in the taste department.

M: Light-bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Finishes clean and dry.

D: Decent, but lacking in any sort of unique character.

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.

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Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
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