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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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1,140 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,140
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 36
Gots: 86 | 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:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 09-17-2002)
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Photo of CWiggins
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a dark, nutty brown and develops a thin, beige head that dissolves into a thin lacing in little time. I don't find the aroma to be very strong, but notes of coffee, bittersweet cacao, and sweet malts are definitely present. These same characters dominate the flavor as well, especially coffee (espresso, actually) and cacao. Almost none of the sweet smells are noticeable in the taste. What is truly impressive here is the very smooth texture; it's practically seamless, with a low carbonation that allows the liquid to flow evenly and smoothly across one's tongue. Very nice!

I'm more impressed with Highland's efforts with each beer I sample!

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, The liquid id very dark brown with very good carbonation. The Head is a very respectable 2 fingers dark tan and leaves just a bit of lace.

The smell is slightly sweet and quite roasty for a porter these days that seems abnormal.

The taste is very good I really like his one it is very roasty, some dark toast chocolate and coffee notes. The one is a just bit sweet and could use a tan more hops for a perfect balance.

The mouthfeel is good nice body, and very good carbonation just a couple shakes of the glass refreshes the head.

the drinkability is very good, I will get more of this brew next time I head south.

Prosit MK

Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this one in a trade with autumnaldave. Thanks Dave!

This pours from 12oz bottle a clear dark brown with reddish hues and a 1 finger head of tannish foam with lots of lacing and it shrinks to a fine layer by the end of the session and there's still some lacing. How cool.

The smell has strong but nice notes of coffee and chocolate.

The taste on first sip brings a big roasted coffee flavour and some nice dark chocolate in the background. Very smooth and thickish mouthfeel to this one and it has a very nice bitter finish from both the coffee flavour and the chocolate.

A few more sips in and I'm noticing how I really enjoy this Porter...I'll be sad when my session is done because this certainly is an easy one to kick back. Oh, and when I let a sip sit on my tongue for a bit, I could swear I'm tasting some dark fruit. Delicious.

Bottom line: Porters are a *great* style of beer when made properly and this sample from Highland fits the bill nicely!(no pun intended)
Thanks again, Dave!

Photo of BreadSlicer
4.9/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful dark, deep amber but looks black when not held up against a lighted background.

Smell: Just like everything else the smell isn't over-whelming but it's unique, very interesting, and complex. I'm not exactly sure what gives it the unique twist but I like it!

Taste: Say hello to my personal 'reference' beer. This is the beer that I keep coming back to after I try different beers and comparing them to this one. The way this beer balances everything is what makes it special for me personally. Not just the hops/malts/oatmeal/etc but the way it's also full-bodied and complex enough to always keep me interested but subtle enough not to wear you out. It manages to both satisfy and leave you wanting more at the same time. Balance, balance, balance...I'm all about the balance and this beer puts on a clinic. If it had legs it would be doing the Ralph Machio butterfly stance.

Mouthfeel: Doesn't strike me as particularly oily but has a fuller texture than most porters. The oatmeal leaves a little 'something' on the back of your tongue that almost makes you want to chew. Most gratifying! Very smooth and sophisticated just like everything else.

Drinkability: The definition of drinkability for reasons stated above. The only beer that may be even more drinkable is another Highland product (Gaelic Ale)...but that's another story.

I have GOT to make a trip to Asheville one of these days...

Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bboven for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, some nice small islands and sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, nice touch of toffee/chocolate/caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, then the dark tones come into play, and very malty. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty Porter with a nice twist, recommended.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep brown/black with ruby highlights and a very thin brown head.

S - Light aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and oats.

T - Chocolate, roasted malt, slightly burnt coffee with a touch of oats.

M - It feels like the oats are attempting to give it a touch of creaminess but it ends up being light and watery.

D - Very drinkable but slightly on the light side compared to most American Porters.

Photo of franksnbeans
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented almost black with a ruby hue and a heavily lacing brownish head. Smells roasty with a little chocolate. Tastes roasty, a little cocoa, lots of hop bitterness. The oatmeal is a nice touch. Smooth in the mouth with a light body. Very drinkable.

Photo of SwillBilly
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased during my trip to the OBX, poured from 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours the color of used motor oil with tinges of dark amber. A rather small, off white tops the beer then dissipates fairly quickly to sheen of tan foam.

Smell: Initial hints of rich fruit and caramel and brown sugar oatmeal followed by just a slight hint of roastiness.

Taste: Starts somewhat sweet and fruity with a touch of brown sugar and semi sweet chocolate. The middle is where the hops show with a pleasant bitterness also has biscuit like quality in the middle. The beer finishes with a light roastiness along with a lingering hop bitterness that leaves the mouth somewhat dry and asking for another sip.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly not a thick as I would have thought with the oatmeal addition, medium bordering on medium-thin and dry. Carbonation is ample.

Drinkability/Notes: Highland's Oatmeal Porter is very drinkable. Rather different than most Porters' due to the oatmeal addition which lends a smoothness to the overall flavor profile of the beer. Nice and malty with a dark fruit and caramel quality but also has enough hops to give it a really nice bittering quality as well. Your typical Porter roastiness is rather light but does linger long after the swallow. A very easy beer to drink and since it finishes rather dry and is somewhat light in the body it easy to put a few of these back without a problem or getting board. Would make a pretty decent session beer though it would be on the high end at 5.8% abv. Definitley a beer I would get again if available in my area. Glad I was able to pick some up with on the OBX. Recommended. Seek and Enjoy.

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a solid three fingers of dense head that dissipates to about a half-inch after a good while, leaving a thick latticework of lace along the sides.

S: A yeasty/grainy aroma comes to mind first, with the toasted chocolatey malt scent behind more to the background in this bouquet.

T: Malt profile comes through toward the finish, while the intro has the more grainy taste. A nice delicate hop bitterness toward the middle makes for a great transitioning beer. Good balance and nice flavor profile.

M: Carbonation is at an optimal level, mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

D: A very drinkable offering from Highland. The balance of this beer is great, and has enough in the flavor profile to keep you coming back.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a very nice rich brown, the color of cola, with a thick tan head. Aroma is strong and stouty, with overtone of coffee and smoky hint. Flavor is fairly rich, mouth-filling, has strong burnt-coffee taste, with just a little bitterness. Smooth, pleasing, good for sipping and savoring.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this one up while vacationing at the Outer Banks. Was in a 12oz brown long neck bottle with crimped cap poured into a nonic glass.

Black,reddish hue in light,not quite opaque. 3" creamy tan head receding slowly leaving clumpy chunks of lace along the way.

Roasty,peat,slightly vinious,pine resin,burnt carmell with rolled oats.

Tastes roasty,black coffee,chocolate,lot of maltiness,and complexity. Also earthy tastes with a crisp,sharp,bittersweet finish with a roasted chocolate fade. Well balanced beer.

Light feel,yet full,smooth and juicy make for good drinkability. Tasty beer wish i had another.

Photo of IPAcraig
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed a single of this beer in Nashville. I am sampling it now before I go to the Leon Pub and then to the first COL social of the year. Poured into an Alaskan Brewing Company pint glass.

A - Pours a nice deep black (maybe a bit too dark), with a rocky creamy brown head. Good lacing

S - Almost nothing here. A tiny bit of roastiness shines through.

T - As this one warms it gets better. It has a very nice, though faint, malty presenece on the back of the tounge along with a touch of bitterness. This beer also has a hint of roastiness balanced by a bit chocolate flavor.

M - Very light, though it is creamy. It also had a very crisp feel to it. It was kinda odd, like it had lager and porter/stout characteristics.

D - Better than average drinkability. If not for an odd mouthfeel and lacking aroma, this would make for a nice, drinkable brew.

This is a decent porter, and worth a try if you've never had it.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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...

Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 1,140 ratings.