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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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Highland Oatmeal PorterHighland Oatmeal Porter

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1,078 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,078
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 35
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
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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 FightingEntropy
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Creamy biege head piles up on top of a almost black but brown beer with red edge highlights. Great nose with roast and light spice of the hop blend together extremely well. In the taste, the roast and chocolate with light coffee go done extremely smooth, creamy in fact from the oatmeal. Only drawback really is a bit thin for the mouthfeel but excessively drinkable. Very good beer, and if this makes sense--it's almost a lawnmower porter. Clearly a porter with clear style characteristics but light and drinkable enough to be a session beer and tasted great in spite of the southern heat where I drank most of these. A very good beer and one that is a beer that the geek and a newbie to craft beer could both share.

FightingEntropy, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of ncvbc
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this right after a Fuller's and thought it compared pretty closely. Dark and near black with good head and lacing. Smell was of roasted malts. Chocolate and the oatmeal is noticeable. Taste was well balanced with oatmeal and chocolate. Slight bit of coffee in there and a touch of vanilla. Mouthfeel is lighter to medium. Very smooth. A session Porter for sure and one that comes at a good price around here. I need to stock up on this stuff, though on-tap it's better.

ncvbc, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a black color with a big rocky tan head. The aroma is sweet and malty. The taste is roasted and sweet with some coffee flavors. The oatmeal doesn’t stand out, but seems to linger nicely in the background. The mouthfeel is full and a bit oily. Overall, this is a robust porter that I find a delight.

barefootbrewer, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured mahogany with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head. Slightly above average head retention & lacing

S: Roasted malt, steel & coffee

T: Roasted malt, some coffee up front. Some iron in the middle, then finishes smooth with chocolate notes

MF: Rich with a little silkyness & a low carbonation

Drinks easy, espcially for the abv, a solid porter

russpowell, Aug 10, 2007
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Nearly opaque, dark mahogony beer emerges and is topped by a creamy, rocky, huge cappucion head, about two fingers in size. Tons of lacing and the head stays put for a good six or seven minutes before even thinking of leaving the party.

Aroma is somewhat lacking. Some roasted and burnt malts but that is about it. Hard to distinguish what is going on because there is just a lack of overall aromas.

Nice flavors. Sweet oats and tons of chocolate with some coffee to bakc that up. Bitterness is decent enough to balance the sweetness. A touch of hops, grassy in nature. Aftertaste is peppered with more chocolate and a slight bitter chocolate bitterness.

Overall, a nice beer. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel. If this beer were a touch less sweet, the drinkability would be unbelievable. That being said, this beer is certainly one to have again, perhaps when the weather turns cooler.

SaCkErZ9, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of meechum
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark with a thick creamy tan head of about 2 fingers that disappates slowly leaving a good lace

S - Chocolates and a spicy smell..not sure what it was but it was very pleasing

T - Slight bitter up front moving quickly to roasted malty chocolate tastes

M - Thick with just enough carbonation

D - I want to keep some on hand at all times. This was a very easy drinking beer and I enjoyed it very much

meechum, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a pint at Churchill’s Pub in Savannah. This is a great place to stop by for beers.

The beer was served in a standard shaker pint. It is clear dark brown with tan head.

The aroma is of roasted malts and sweet caramel minor notes of coffee.

The taste is sweet with roasted malts, sweet oatmeal. Minimal hops. There is some wood smoke late.

The beer is blessed with a solid mouth and posses an easy drinking feel. My first beer from this brewery, great start. Well done!

Redrover, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of jmalex
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my good friend willisvt for bringing this back from South Carolina for me. I'll always welcome a new porter I haven't tried.

APPEARANCE: Pours a dark brown/black with a few light amber highlights when held to light. The head starts out very modestly but immediately drops to a thin collar with some hazy patching of bubbles.

SMELL: A sweet smell of caramel and chocolate - and generous portions of them. Vague hints of dark fruits shine through, almost like a Baltic style porter. Hop aroma is all but non-existent with only the slightest bit of Cascade coming through.

TASTE: The taste is of bitter black malts and hints of the sweet aromas it has. The fruits begin to develop and really become dominant. The finish is of diacetyl more than anything else and shows a bit more than is acceptable. Roastiness is minimal (though I prefer my porters that way). Though haphazard, there are some great flavors here - just not a seamless melding of complexity that one would like.

MOUTHFEEL: This is the biggest detractor of the beer. The body is medium-thin, and for being an oatmeal porter, they don't seem to have added much. Carbonation level is actually pretty light too.

DRINKABILITY: Not bad. No major detractors make this something you could drink regularly. And there's a great Baltic-like quality to it that makes it unique. That said, there's better available, and I doubt I'll be coming back to this.

The one thing I'm most sad about is not seeing more of a contribution from the oats. A hearty mouthfeel would do this beer really well. Even still, I'm happy for the opportunity to try it.

jmalex, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a black color with a 2" tan colored head that falls to a thick surface foam that remains most of the session. Some spots of lacing develop.

Smell: roasted malts and oat grains are easy to detect.

Taste: roasted malts, raisins, prunes, hint of coffee, soft oat tones are balanaced with a nice bitterness. This beer is full flavored but not thick and chewy.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Medium to heavy in body. Aftertaste is mellow but pleasant.

Drinkability: super smooth, easy to quaff, and nicely refreshing for the style. This is a clear session beer that is not your standard ale.

Gavage, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For the record, I love this brewery. This beer proves it. The beer promises what is stated on the lable. It offers everything that is good in a porter with the uniqueness found in the Oatmeal Stout. Best of both worlds. The beer plops into glass, sounding even rich and malty. The pour delivers a dark brown hue with ruby light emitting. The tan head retention prevents me from pourin the entire contents into my glass. The aromas are a soft chocolate, coffee blend with a mild lactose sweetness and mellowness. The flavors are rich with the same chocolate / coffee notes found in the aroma with a complex, smooth sweetness from the malts / oats blend. A mild coffee bitterness blends nicely with a medium hop balance. The feel is a bit heavy and velvety on the toung and palate. Finishes with a lingering chocolate flavor and coffee bitterness. This beer is very non-offensive, yet offers a lot of variety and intrique. Hats off to Highlands again!

BEERchitect, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This good ol’ imp porter (?) was sent by brent56 in a nice trade.

Deeeep dark oak brown, frothy ivory head, nice push for lacing. Rich, chocolaty ovaltine aroma , a scope of coffee in the mix. Even a pop of smoky goodness, smoothed out by the oatmeal. Just a tasty porter all the way around.

Crisp and dry, porter wise, this would make for a good drinking fall/winter brew. Hope it has a nice price – say, around $8 a sixer.

Vancer, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of cktison
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Brickstore Pub into 20 oz pint glass.

A: Dark, almost black, with 1 finger dense head of pillowy texture, chocolately color. Not great retention, but decent lacing. Body appears completely dense, but hints of color shine around edges of class - rubies and dark ambers.

S: Very light aromas, chocolate and sour hops. Roasted malts dominant.

T: Roasted malts dominant, citrusy from hops lends a sour taste, chocolates come out as the beer warms. Just too "burnt" for my taste. Oatmeal serves to give it a nice rounded, more balanced sweetness.

M: Slightly creamy, nice carbonation with a good clean finish. Very heavy.

D: This is a good, very original porter, nice to finish out my night at BSP with, but is just a little heavy, sour, and roasted.

cktison, May 17, 2007
Photo of bennetj17
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black, almost tranluscent throughout. Not much head at all after the pour, just barely a ring of foam. Roasted malt nose with dark fruitiness, chocolate and a hint of smoke. The taste is quite tangy/nutty, with a very drying finish a with a mild bitterness. The taste is almost too tangy, with not enough roasted taste as you would expect. The mouthfeel is lightly thick, with a light watery smoothness from the oats. The carbonation was very fine yet sharp.

Overall I wasn't too fond of this beer. An oatmeal porter sounded interesting but it really didn't amount to anything special...

bennetj17, May 15, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, ruby reddish brown in color with a decent sized head. Soft, cocoa and malty aroma. Nice malty flavor. Very smooth with a nice cocoa taste to it. Nice lingering bitterness-very much like bakers choholate. Velvety and creamy mouthfeel. Exceptionally drinkable beer. Quite enjoyable. Liquid chocolate brownies I say.

lackenhauser, May 12, 2007
Photo of wcdoyle
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark color. Even held up to the light this beer is nearly opaque. The only color this beer compares to is dark chocolate. Tan head is the same color as a certain cola from Atlanta. Dense bubbles.
S: A mild mixture of chocolate and caramel.
T: The hops are there, but seem to be backburnered. I taste a combination of chocolate and charcoal, with a bit of resin hoppiness filling in. Charcoal flavor really sticks around, which brought down the taste score for me.
M: Medium to thick. Carbonation seems high, but it works well for this beer.
D: A solid effort. A great choice for dry stout fans.

wcdoyle, May 10, 2007
Photo of bort11
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ncvbc for this one.

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Medium dark brown head that recedes to a thin lace. Color is a dark brown with hazel highlights when held to the light.
Smell is a rich roasted chocolate malt with a mild bitter notes. Taste follows smell very well and adds on some roasted coffee flavors.
Mouthful is very creamy like a Oatmeal stout, but with the distinct porter flavor. Very interesting. Goes down very smooth. I could easily session this.

bort11, May 02, 2007
Photo of mwearl
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark with a slightly red hue with some light passing through. Head was low but with decent lacing. Nice aroma sweet then smoky. Taste not that complex. A little hop taste but mostly a smoked malt and a taste of oak at the end. Mouth feel was full for a porter. Good drinkable beer.

mwearl, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of shivtim
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a deep black/brown with slight red hints, and a nice off-white head that fades. Nose is roasty malts and a surprising amount of hops, with good sweetness all around. Taste is some chocolate and burnt malts, and a bit of strange ash flavor on the finish. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both slightly above average. Not the best, but a solid brew.

shivtim, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights; a fluffy tan head manages to leave shards of lace along the sides of the glass

Smell: Burnt coffee with mellow undertones of roasted oats

Taste: Starts out with a burnt grain sensation that grows slightly bitter by mid-palate, when some coffee elements kick in; after the swallow, it actually becomes more roasted and mellow although the burnt grain re-appears at the end

Mouthfeel: Creamy, but a bit light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Always enjoyable, I can't believe I haven't reviewed it previously

brentk56, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of beermanbrian
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with some red hints. Tan head that drops quickly but leaves a film that leaves sticky spiderweb lacing. Smell of cocoa and mild coffee. Taste of light chocolate with a faint bitterness in the finish. Little thin on the mouthfeel. Overall a nice brew. Glad i decided to try it.

beermanbrian, Mar 29, 2007
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.

nriech, Mar 13, 2007
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.

MaltyGoodness, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of srrn
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.

srrn, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of saintwarrick
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.

saintwarrick, Feb 12, 2007
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

Umbra, Jan 24, 2007
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