Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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1,147 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,147
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 36
Gots: 88 | 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 wagenvolks
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Deep brown with a small tan head. The glass doesn't have very good retention or lace, but just last night, in a different glass, the beer had perfect retention of a creamy head a good lace, so I'm going to give it the benefit of the doubt here.

S: Smells of a nice sweetness with roasted malt and some chocolate.

T: Again, mostly sweet. Ends in a roasted bitterness with a light chocolate.

M/D: Not as smooth as I thought it would be, full bodied, carbonation is slightly high but gives a little crispness to the feel. Good drinkability. Easy drinking beer.

Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brentk56 for the trade. I'm always a fan of porters so it's nice to try something a little different.

The appearance was pretty normal, black with a tan head and a bit of lacing. The aroma gave off black-roasted grains and coffee while the flavor follow the same line with black coffee and grains with a smooth oat delivery. This tends to remind me more of a smooth Irish stout than anything, since the grain profile is heavy on the burnt flavors instead of chocolate or toffee. Still worth trying.

Photo of ectomorph
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Almost jet black with ruby highlights. Small head falls quickly.

S - Very faint roasty grain. Very faint.

T - While the smell is faint the taste is quite complex. With mild bitter hops up front then a full roasted oat and chocolate SMACK. I taste most of this brew at the end.

M - Full thick body. Rich

D - Great fall/winter session brew.

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

Pours a not quite opaque dark brown with a decent head that lasts as a thin layer. Aroma was a nice amount of chocolate and brown malts. The taste was brown malts with notes oc cocoa and slight espresso. The beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation. This is a very decent porter, just not one I seek out that often.

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

A very deep brown toned body fills the glass hosting a two finger biscuit tan colored head with nice retention. Nose is bready and rich with toasted malt, soft coco and some dark nutty minerals. Enters the mouth with some zesty roasted mineral notes and quickly brings with it creamy waves of coco based oats. Equalls a nice robust feel while being extremely smooth. Mouthfeel is soft richness and pleasant. Excetionally drinkable.

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

Highland- Oatmeal Porter

Thanks to Mikesgroove(Mike) for this 1!

A- Like cola brown with a big messy tan lacing head.
S- Light cocoa powder, molasses malt, and light roast coffee beans.
T- Good sweet milk chocolate, cocoa powder, cola syrup, molasses, and light roasted coffee with a piney hop tinge.
M- Sweet and smooth with an intensifing cocoa dryness. Finishes off dry with a good hoppy bite.

Overall- Tasty. creamy and warming. A good porter, reminded me, a little, like Troegs Dead Reckoning.(Thanks Mike!)

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

12-ounce bottle poured into an etched-logo Highland shaker pint yields a clear deep-brown body with a tinge of garnet when held up to the light. Capped with a finger of soft ecru foam that settles to a creamy sheet, the drink leaves a fair bit of wispy lacing on the glass.

The aroma of the drink is mild and toasty with a touch of chocolate and a bit of caramel-coated husky grain.

The drink is malty and toasty with a burnt note of grain and semisweet chocolate. A hefty malty backbone brings a bit more caramel and chocolatey sweetness forward as the drink warms a bit. Oats add a soft sweetness to the flavor profile and a bit of dry grittiness to the feel of the drink. The finish is a bit bitter and juicy.

Medium-bodied and delightfully mellow, Highland's Oatmeal Porter is extremely tasty, refreshing, and drinkable.

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

Received in trade, as a bonus, from rnorgart. Thanks again!

Poured into a pint glass on a cool late summer evening. It's dark ruby brown with good head. It doesn't linger long but it leaves behind some nice lacing.

Aroma is sweet, roasted malts, and coffee.

Taste is roasty coffee and chocolate malts, some bitterness, and tasted oats. It has a pleasant sweetness to balance the roasted and bitter flavors.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth - classic oatmeal porter. Very drinkable and a likely candidate for sessions if we got Highland brews in Colorado.

Now I really want to try their black mocha stout!

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a dimple mug)
thanks for sincerNc for this brew
A- This beer has a jet brown body with a hint of brown color glowing at the base. There is a creamy light tan head that has a slight yellow hue to it and a several random bubbles pushing through it. There is no sign of carbonation except for a few tiny bubbles stuck to the glass.

S- The smell of dark smooth black roasted malt has some dark chocolate malt notes and a hint of creamy. There is a light smoky peat note that increases as the beer warms but just accents the other aromas.

T- The dark creamy roasted malt has a faint peat taste but not enough to taste like band aids. There are some nice caramel malt notes that come through aswell. There is a soft tartness and a nice roasted malt bitterness at the finish that lingers just a bit after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish that enhances the roasted bitterness.

D- This beer is very drinkable but has nice depth of flavor. Finally some found just the right amount of peat malt to put in a beer. It accents the other malts but doesn't taste like a first aid cabinet fell into the pot.

Photo of smerkinb
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This poured nearly black with a thin loose foam head that quickly dissipated. The smell was strong with alcohol with espresso. The taste was almost astringent followed by strong espresso bitterness to finish. There was a pretty lengthy aftertaste for me. The mouthfeel was slightly thick, but not smooth like I was expecting--instead it was strongly biting, almost like sharp pinpricks on my tongue.

Overall I was disappointed with this beer. I was expecting a smoother feel. I guess I should have paid a bit more attention to the "hoppy" wording on the label--to me they overwhelmed the beer.

Edit: I was uninformed enough to not expect the hoppiness in this style. It put me off, but appears to be true to style--I have adjusted my review to reflectmore accurately the this accepted in this style and less my own preference within the style

Photo of joe1510
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

Received this as an extra in a recent trade with beavers, thanks again Mike! Highland Oatmeal Porter pours black with mahogany highlights. When backlit the whole body takes on a deep mahogany color and glows ruby with the light directly behind the body. A standard pour brought about a two finger khaki head that, as it slowly fell, became incredibly creamy and left some nice patch work lacing.

I swirl the glass before I take my first good whiff and am surprised to find a decent amount of cocoa and peanut butter hidden down below. Deeper pulls give me a solid roasted maltiness that takes hold and won't let go. A touch of slightly green berries and a citric hoppiness come through on the back.

The flavor follows the aroma stride for stride. A rich roastiness starts things off and leads the way through. The roastiness is met up by cocoa, green berries, freshly ground coffee, and a citric hoppiness that ends up being fairly assertive on the finish. I really enjoy a porter, or stout for that matter, that has a nice hoppy presence on the finish. Highlands Oatmeal Porter does not disappoint.

The oatmeal adds a nice creaminess without being too filling. The body is medium and the carbonation pushes this beer through fairly quickly. A combination of the citric hoppiness, roasty bitterness, and healthy carbonation keep the tongue awake.

I could see myself easily drinking a few of these in a sitting. This is a highly drinkable and enjoyable porter. The lower abv, creamy but quick moving mouthfeel, and good flavor keep this beer flowing easily.

Oatmeal Porter is another good beer from Highland. I've become very impressed with this brewery and the more I sample from them the more I like. Thanks again for the sample Mike!

Photo of haningj2
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A personal favorite. From a tap in NC.

Excellent aroma and appearance. Dark brown with a hint of red. Leaves great looking head and lacing is very nice.

Unbelievable taste that provides a rush of flavor. Personally, seems to have more flavor than a standard porter. Finishes smooth and one of the best after-tastes you will find in beer. Great for cooking and tastes excellent with a variety of different dishes.

EDIT: Was probably WAY too nice when I was a Highland fanboy. Still love the stuff. Just adjusted the ranking away from bias.

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

I got this brew in a trade with 67couple, Thanks!

re-reviewed- 7/3/10: tried a 2nd bottle (served in a standard pint glass) that I got from kirkpjr. Thanks John!

L - deep red/brown color with a creamy tan head of foam that left good lacing.

S - sweet caramel and bittersweet chocolate fill the aroma.

T - sweet caramel, chocolate, dark fruity start is balanced with a bitterness on the finish, good taste.

F - medium bodied with a mild carbonation feel.

D - I'm glad to have gotten to try this brew 2 times.

Photo of Proteus93
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cola coloured with deep red tones present. Head also sports just a little bit of a reddish hue in an otherwise pale khaki. Patchy lacing.

S: Chocolate... toasted malts, the oatmeal aroma that I may have expected is a little on the softer side. It's certainly there, though, and pleasant.

T: A decent flavour on this one... malt roast, notes of chocolate, some coffee flavours. Again, oats are a little subdued, but there.

M: A shining point... starts with a sparkling carbonation, fills the mouth with a full body - not thin, like porters can feel, and not thick, heavy, or stouty. Smooth and finishes up nice and easy, leaving a somewhat bitter, slightly roasty flavour post-finish.

D: Very easy to down these, as "oaty" brews often tend to be. Ideal for a 'half-session,' perhaps, and well worth looking into.

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

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a tan head that leaves some lacing

S - Is of roasted malt some chocolate and coffee scents

T - Roasted malt the coffee flavors really come out here

M - This beer is a little thick very creamy and smooth light carbonation

D - This is an easy to drink porter it has a good mouthfeel and taste worth trying if you get the chance

Photo of beeragent
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle. The beer poured a dark brown, forming a 1/2 inch mocha head, and leaving light lacing behind. The aroma was a mix of chocolate and roasted malts. Nothing complex but very appealing. The taste begins with a good chocolate flavor up front, followed by a good amount of roasted malts, and then concluding with a hint of oats. I think it could have used a bit more oats in the taste and nose. Mouthfeel was thick and smooth. For a porter, this had full flavor and body, along with a good alcohol level, making this a very drinkable ale. Overall, I wasnt dissapointed but not suprised either by this beer. Good porter, but nothing special to set it above the others.

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

Thanks to stopbarking for this brew!

Pours a nice dark brown with a slighty tan head. The smell is of faint coffee. I cant get much more out of it. The taste is very nice. It has the thinish porter feel with a stirn cardboard/coffe taste. Not bad!

Overall, this brew is very nice and enjoyable. Give it a shot. I think you'll like it!

Photo of PatrickJR
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Dark, opaque brown. Light tan, 1 finger head with decent retention. Recedes to thick tan cap with some decent lacing.

S - Typical sourish porter smell, with a lot of roasted malt. Coffee, bread, and cinnamon are all there, very enticing.

T - Coffee takes the top note in this brew. Dark bread, and almost woody flavors take hold for a moment before giving way to a brief, overripe fruitiness. Finishes with a slight caramel note and coffee-like bitterness and aftertaste.

M - Very smooth and thick, lightly carbonated. Wonderful oily oatmeal character.

D - Heavy, but not overly so, it would make for an easy beer to have a few of. Bitterness is usually what deters me from making brews like this a session beer, but the bitterness in this works well with the flavor and isn't overbearing.

Photo of Lupe
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Courtesy of cjohnson.

Dark brown in color with some amber/garnet hues when held to the light. Frothy cappuccino colored head that fades fairly fast, though some awesome rings of sticky lace are left behind.

Sweet and roasty aroma. Chocolate, mild coffee, graham cracker, and Nilla Wafers. Oats add a nice smoothness to the nose. Yum.

Underlying coffee flavor that never becomes assertive but makes for a nice platform. Malty sweetness is well balanced by the roasted and hop bitterness. Notes of cocoa, coffee, and vanilla. A little caramel as well. Exceptionally smooth tasting. A nice blending of flavors. Finishes slightly dry with some lingering bittersweet chocolate.

Medium bodied, silky smooth and creamy. A real luxurious mouthfeel - gotta love the mighty little oat. So easy to drink - I could easily but a few of these away in a sitting. So wonderfully smooth in flavor and texture. A nice departure from those thin porters with harsh crispness that leave you wanting more than roasted acidity.

Highly recommended - more enjoyable to me than Highland's Black Mocha Stout. Great thanks to cjohnson.

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

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this one. It pours a black color with brown hues around the edges of the glass. The head is one inch in height, light tan in color, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of milk chocolate, vanilla, graham cracker, and cream. The taste is like the aroma, but bigger. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with appropriately low carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is a great porter. The oats really come through in the creaminess in both the taste and feel. I would love to have this available in Minnesota.

Photo of burnstar
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small off light tan head. Nice lacing on the surface and sides. Roasted/burnt malt aroma with a chocolate note. Nice dark malt profile. Coffee. Lingering bitterness mostly from the malt but some herbal hops. Just a touch of sweetness. Medium bodied. Pretty drinkable porter. Not too heavy. Nice overall.

Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 1,147 ratings.