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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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1,175 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,175
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 36
Gots: 115 | 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 southernbelle09
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this one on tap at Delaney's Irish Pub in Spartanburg, SC. I am ashamed to say this is my first beer by Highland. Not huge in to the porters, but this one was pretty good. Pours a dark, dark brown with tan head. Aroma was nice and sweet...really came alive as the beer warmed. Has a great taste, sweet and chocolately without much bitterness. Not a huge body, somewhere in between your average brown and stout I guess. Good drinkability for a bigger beer as well. Good beer all around! Looking forward to giving their other beers a try.

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

a: This was pitch black, very dark for a porter. It poured with a thin light tan head.

s: Toasty, chocolaty malts with hints of dark fruit and a little milky sweetness. As this warmed the aroma really came to life.

t: Falls a bit short of the smell, but not by much. Smooth, toasty oats that suggest chocolate(slightly bitter) and a little plum. There was also a pleasant, lactic sweetness in the background.

m: Not nearly as thin as many small porters. Big bodied and smooth with gentle carbonation.

d: I'd never heard of this until I pulled it out of a box from joepais. Thanks Joe, this was damn tasty.

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

Pours a very dark brown, damn near black. Surprisingly there are quite a bit of hops in the nose. Taste is slightly bitter hops with some roasted ash as well. Medium on the mouthfeel. Quite an easy drinking beer. Very sessionable, but not overly complex at all.

Photo of LiveaHoppyLife
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - The color of this beer is very dark, a little transparent on the edges of the glass, but almost black in the middle. The color is a deep reddish brown.

S - The aroma of the beer is very rich. It has a dark, sweet scent, and this may sound weird, but it is a little similar to the smell of molasses.

T - The taste is wonderful. This porter is one of my very favorites out there. The flavor is very rich, and is not something that can be fully enjoyed with food. You really should devote your entire palate to this beer, because there are so many flavors to enjoy.

M - I think the texture of this beer is what really sells me on it. It is silky smooth. It is not as thick as a Guinness, but is thick nonetheless.

D - I scored it high, because if you are enjoying a pint or two of this at your local watering hole, then it is very drinkable, however if you are planning on drinking more...it isn't the best for high quantity.

Photo of gabe23
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with reddish highlights around the edges. The tan head doesn't last long, but it leaves behind some nice scattered lacing.

S - Sweet, toasty malt and dark chocolate dominate the aroma. Some black coffee notes are present as well.

T - The taste matches the aroma quite well. Burnt toast, dark chocolate, and bitter black coffee all mingle together. A nicely balanced flavor that stays with you for a while.

M - Thick and smooth with a velvety texture. Perhaps a bit more carbonation than I expected.

D - This is a very drinkable porter. The balanced flavor works well and isn't overwhelming in any one area.

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

A: Poured a very dark brown with a great almond colored head about 1/4" thick. The fringes appeared the color of tannic stained water. The head was nice and creamy and left generous lacing throughout the glass.

S: The nose was dominated by nutty toffee aromas. There is definitely a hoppiness to it and slightly smokey.

T: Smokey flavors persist over the palate and are accompanied by a welcome bitterness provided by the hops. Just the tiniest bit of baker's chocolate comes through.

M: Medium bodied that leaves the mouth with a crispness and clean feeling. It is pretty smooth with nice carbonation. Just enough to let you know its there. There is a little bitter drying action on the finish.

D: Very nice home grown porter. I have always been impressed with Highland and this beer is no exception. There are no overbearing characteristics with this beer. Mellow and very enjoyable from the very first sip to the last.

Photo of johnd513
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to MSchae1017 for this one.
This beer pours dark black with a small offwhite head that quickly fizzles away. Smells of sweet malts and oats. Taste follows the smell with roasted malts and ends with bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth and nicely carbonated. Drinkability is moderate. Overall a solid porter but not something I was crazy about.

Photo of Gyle41386
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. I thought I poured this pretty vigorously, but only produced a small head that dissipates to a fine, creamy line. After reading other reviews, it's apparent my pour wasn't as aggressive.

Smells of roasted malts, dark fruits, some sweet chocolate.

Taste matches the scent. Rich flavor. Somewhat bitter finish kind of reminds me of a stout.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Very nice feel.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a dark chocolate brown with a hint of ruby at the bottom of the glass, a thin tan head that disippated quickly and little lacing. Nose is malty choclate with a hint of oatmeal. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, leaning only slightly to the watery side. Taste is a satisfactory follow-up of the nose, and the finish, though nothing spectacular, is tasty and of medium duration.

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

A good solid Porter. Pours a dark brown with light coming through....many ruby highlights. Good size tan head and thick lacing. Smell is a bit mild...roasted malts

Good taste: roasted malts,a hint of vanilla, followed by milk chocolate (somewhat sweet) and a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel not quite as smooth and silky as Samuel Smith's, but it is rich enough and not watery. The bitterness at the end gives it a nice crispness.

Drinkability is good. A very pleasant experience and well worth a session.

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

From a bottle.

Pours a dark coffee black. Thin, buttery head that never quite disappears all the way.

Smells of nuts and dark fruits. Kind of a sweet chocolaty smell under there too.

The taste is like mocha, kind of a chocolate coffee mix. The flavor is deep and layered. A mild bitterness follows in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is mostly very smooth and a bit syrupy, but there's a subtle kick of carbonation in there too.

Overall, a very good dark beer. Easy to like if you enjoy darker beers.

Photo of SLeffler27
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fills a Nonic with rich, dark, brown, which is only discernable when put to bright light as the rest is a shade off black. A one-inch, creamy, dense, coffee cap drops ample lace on its way to a thick blanket.

Roasted oatmeal and chocolate dominate the nose from a foot away, followed by sweet molasses, cedar, and cookie dough. Some dates and possibly Bourbon take over once immersed in the glass. Nice complexity unfolds throughout the experience.

The flavor brings a hearty and welcome dose of hops and bitterness without neglecting the malts. Some sweetness is evident within dark wheat bread, while espresso and cashews are also present. The depth of these flavors becomes richer and more complex with each sip all the way out through a moderate, malty finish.

Highland's Oatmeal Porter is a full-bodied, almost dense offering with a smooth texture and a touch of carbonation. By no means a palate cleanser, it is hearty in character with some warming alcohol.

Lunch is cooking, soup with grilled cheese, and this seems like the perfect precursor. Surprisingly thirst quenching, Highland has served a winner, worthy of a couple of rounds. North Carolina has some excellent brews waiting for us to sample this holiday season. :-)>

date consumed: 28 Nov 2008

Photo of dolemite77
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly opaque, with a thin frothy tan head. Aroma is the typical roasted malt aroma of a porter, but with a minimal amount of the sour aroma and taste that many have these days. The flavor is similar in the fact that it is very roasted, but not to the overroasted point, which is where I think the sour acidity comes in. Chocolate flavors throughout this one from the malt. The hops are more prevalent thank expected. The history of the porter tells us that the beer originated when train porters would essentially order beer "suicides" that included whatever was on tap--- can't really remember why they thought this was a good idea... anyway, this tastes very much like someone mixed a great stout, and an american IPA... very good porter... the biggest gripe I had with it was that it seemed a bit thinner than I had wanted- especially since it has the added oatmeal.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany to black with a two finger beige head. Great lace and retention for a porter. Smells like blackberries.

Highland OP is all about oaty smoothness. Soft roasted malt and gentle coffee with mild char are the predominant flavors. Hints of blackberry. MUCH smoother and a nice change of pace from more aggressive porters.

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.

Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
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