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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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Highland Brewing visit their website
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 PEBKAC
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Soggy coaster notes courtesy of ncvbc & bboven. I got the privileged of trying most of Highland's staple lineup between them, yet I only managed to legibly record this one.

Poured straight down the middle of a standard lop-sided DFH pint glass. A sturdy inch & change of sandy tan head throwing whipped wavelengths as it regressed.

Dusty cocoa, dairy creamer/nougat, bare notion of roast, a petty amount of zest finishing off the nose. A watery anticipation, but it gets stickier as it warms. Everything is on the milder side of mild.

Light lactose opening, followed by a very chalky introduction to everything else: sharp & charred caramel, lightly nutty, with an overall mellow roast.

Feel is more scratchy or "cat tongue-like", then the velvet type of qualities I associate with oatmeal beers. Soothing in a numbing sort of way. Negligible alcohol. A definite dryness on the tail end that consumes the finish & lends itself to more stoutly comparisons(& room for one more bottle).

Photo of TeamSeabass
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark and the pour generates a light brown head. Its leaving some good sticky lacing.

Smells like sweet roasted malts.

Good roasted malt taste. Chocolate comes in also. Its well balanced with some hop bitterness playing a small role that helps with the overall flavor and character of the beer.

Good solid body but not too heavy.

Photo of aubuc1
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a tulip glass

pours a dark clear brown with ruby highlights and a tan head that didn't last too long.

smell is a well balanced malt with maybe some light hoppiness

taste starts slightly sweet then the roasty malt comes in.

silky smooth mouthfeel is excellent and this beer is verrrry drinkable.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear black color porter with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry coffee notes with some subtle black chocolate. Taste is a mix between some chocolate note with some dry coffee and lightly sweet notes at the end. Body is a bit thin with some average carbonation. Very well done overall apart from body too thin.

Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with Ding

Pours a dark brown color with a thin brown one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is velvety with a slight hint of chocolate and roasted coffee.

Taste is full of chocolate and bitter coffee hints. Carbonation is kind of high. Goes down ok and has a lot of flavor.

Mouthfeel is full of chocolate/coffee with a nice texture from the oatmeal. Otherwise, a bit average.

Definitely a good porter that attempts to capture the style. Probably not one of the better ones that I've had but still worth a shot.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at the Raging Burrito in Atlanta.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a one-finger frothy tan head. The head sticks around for a bit before receding into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is good.

Smells mostly of roasted malts with a good amount of sweetness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malts balanced with sweet malts ending with a good amount of bitterness. The roasted flavor lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit too carbonated at first but it seems to smooth out a bit as it warms. The thickness is good throughout.

Drinkability is good. There's not a whole lot going on but what's done is done well.

Overall this is a solid porter that's a tad smoother than most thanks to the oatmeal. Worth a shot.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one as a gift from pwoods, thanks! This was leftover in the fridge after our tasty and I didn't want it to go to waste!

A: 12 ounce brown bottle with the Irishman on the label. Pours a clear dark brown into my pint glass. After the beer settles, it's black with dark brown highlights with a light tan creamy head. The foam craters nicely and leaves attractive sticky lacing down the glass walls.

S: Chocolatey malts and some oatmeal. Light floral hops and a nice creaminess. Very nice!

T/M: Medium bodied and lightly velvety with medium to low carbonation. Medium overall flavors of lightly bitter chocolate, traces of creaminess, some toasted oatmeal, sweet malts and finishes a bit resinous and light waxiness.

This is a nice drinker - recommended!

Photo of craytonic
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: 3/4 inch frothed cappuccino head, took a while to dissipate; black with a little red.

Smell: Malts, roasted oats, light chocolate

taste: Nice balance, not overtly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, for some reason does make me think of oatmeal. Very full body

Drinkability: OK, better as it warms

Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a blackish-brown color and a fairly thick consistency. There was a long-lasting, foamy tan-colored head and good lacing.

S: Aroma of coffee, malt, chocolate and a little bit of hops.

T: A nicely done taste. Malt, chocolate, coffee, hops and some yeast. Complex, but never obnoxious or overwhelming.

M: High - but not too high carbonation and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a highly drinkable beer. It's well made and balanced in most ways.

Photo of n00tz
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Dark red body, tight brunette head, and steady carbonation on a day-old growler fill. Retention leaves some to be desired, but I blame the growler for that.

S - Sweet and roasted maltiness. Some oat/dry-grain on the finish.

T - Sweet coffee with some dry grain oats on the finish, well balanced with the bitter hops showing up depending on the cleanliness of my palate (cheese, etc.).

M - full body almost cream-like with a soft carbonation. The very definition of a good beer IMHO.

D - I had to restrain myself from drinking the rest of the growler before reviewing this. Very fine beer. Favorite porter as of yet. Will have it again and again.

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

Purchased a bottle at Chip's Wine and Beer Market in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

A: Buff head with a very dark brown hue accompanied by ruby highlights. Sticky lacing.

S: Sweet malt. Grainy but nothing really going on here in terms of a robust in your face smell. Some hop character. Overall very subtle.

T: This has a pretty good taste. Sweet with subtle roast flavor. Some light chocolate notes but nothing prominent. Very mild bitterness.

MF: Full mouthfeel. Thick and chewy. Slightly dry finish. Mildly carbonated.

D, notes: Full but drinkable. I enjoyed it.

Photo of scottyshades
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what a solid OP!
A: Pours a deep, rich, opaque black color with deep brown highlights when held to the light. I poured this pretty agressively but still could not produce more than a 1 finger head. The head is a khaki color that retains well and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: Malts are quite present. Roasted, along with chocolate, caramel, and other sweet notes. Hops are present, although faint, which really impresses me...The nose is quite balanced.

T: Chocolate is more notable. The roasted malts present a nice flavor profile coupled with the caramel. The hops do a very nice job balancing this beauty. I love the balance of this beer...all too often I will drink an oatmeal porter only to discover an uneven balance of malts and hops, but this beer is years beyond others.

MF: Full in body, finished medium dry and leaves a bittersweet aftertaste which I truly enjoy.

D: High, despite the moderate ABV and style

I highly recommend this beer to all porter lovers! actually to all beer drinkers!
This is my first offering from Highland, and I am thrilled to try some others.

Photo of JamesEMc
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a restaurant in Asheville, NC. They brought a chilled glass that I dislike, so I waited a bit. The pour is slow, but the head was thick and it lasted much of the glass.

I'll drink this one again when I find it - if it isn't available in Athens, GA, we are missing out.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark nut brown color with dark ruby highlights when held up to light. Foamy one finger light brown head with good retention and excellent lacing.

S - Moderate aroma of roasted coffee with hints of choclate. Also an underlying spicy hoppiness.

T - A sweet chocolate up front quickly being overcome by a stronger roasted coffee taste. An earthy and spicy bitterness comes through to provide an excellent balance to dark malts. Finishs bitter sweet.

M/D - Full bodied and very creamy, rich, and smooth. Very easy drinking and a great example of your standard American oatmeal porter.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
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
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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