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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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Highland Oatmeal PorterHighland Oatmeal Porter

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1,160 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,160
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 dashirey
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ncvbc for this extra:

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Black but not fully opaque when held to the light. Some reddish shines through when held to the light. There was very little head, and what was there dissipated quickly after pour. Not much lacing left behind as I drank this down, but it was very invited on a cold night here in PA.

S - Major smells that shine through are malt & coffee - with some nutty and chocolate tones coming through too, but there could be more.

T - Biggest taste that hits me is the nutty flavor, followed by coffee with a little chocolate to end it all.

M - Low carbonation which makes the mouthfeel creamy and smooth.

D - Very easy drinking. I would have another if I had one, will keep my out for this one again.

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

On tap at the Brick Store Pub. Hoppy porter. Stouty in finish. Lots of lace fresh, Highland beers are coming to the taps here.Smooth, though not creamy it is about-average mouthfeel. bittersweet chocolate. Roast here. Fine as a porter as listed, does not compete with the several RIS, and that's fine.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, nearly black. Very thin light brown head when poured from bottle into a pint glass. Head dissipated very quickly but there was good lacing throughout.

S: An interesting mix of sweet maltiness and coffee

T: Roasted chocolate flavors with a malt sweetness balanced with a sharp hop character. The malts come through strong but the hop bitterness finishes nicely.

M&D: Nice full bodied and chewy. Very smooth and goes down really easy.

Thiis review is for a bottled version but I have had this on tap at the McGregor Ale House in Cary, NC. Very enjoyable, predominantly malty, and great body. I am enjoying the heck out of the Highland line-up and the Oatmeal Porter is no exception. Even though it's just a little bit rough around the edges, I'm finding that I am really enjoying that in my beer lately. Call me crazy but it's a nice change from the ultra refined macros or the centuries old refinements found in the Belgians. I'm diggin' it and looking forward to some more!

Photo of sleazo
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A_Pours a very dark brown which appears black unless held to the light. My aggressive pour did not result in much of a head and is the cream/beige head dissipated quickly into a foamy little slick. the lace is impressive and adds to the look of the beer.

S_Sweet caramel ever so lightly charred malt dominates the nose. There is also some light fruit as well.

T_the first thing that hits the tongue is a pleasing sweetness from the malt. This is followed up by a bit of a charred black bitterness. Leans slightly to the sweetside but now overly so.

M_Slightly thicker than a regular porter the oatmeal doesnt seem to add that much to the feel of the beer. That said it is a pleasing viscosity with ample carbonation which seems to push the flavours around the mouth.

D_This is a good if not overly complex porter and one which I would drink more if available.

Photo of ruckzuck
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on Sunday evening.

A - dark, hints of red, off-white head

S - roasted malt, chocolate, hints of coffee

T - WOW, a great taste. Dark chocolate and coffee shine through like crazy. Super enjoyable

M - medium body, goes down smoothly

D - as I said, this tastes great (at least on tap)! Would definitely drink again. Just delicious.

Photo of bboven
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Almost black body with ruby highlights showing up at the very bottom of the glass. Halffinger head that stays the entire time and leaves a small amount of lacing.

Big, sweet malt on the smell, a little bitter chocolate. Actually a little less of an aroma than I was expecting, but what's there is good.

This beer has a great balance within the malt. There is a chocolaty/ slightly sour fruit sweetness that is counteracted by just the right amount of roast flavor. Very interesting how the malts can even themselves out when done right.

Mouthfeel is a bit over-carbonated, but that's do be expected with a semi-mass produced bottled beer. I would love to try it on cask. Nothing that sticks out as good r bad though.

Very tasty beer. Not too heavy, but it will stick with you. And that wonderful malt profile is very unique, at least in my experience.

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

Thanks to ncvbc for this extra.

Pours a dark brown with some hints of red and two inches of soft foam.

Aroma of coffee, chocolate, nuts, oatmeal, and roasted malts. It has a really nice combination of toast, nutty aromas and sweet coffee.

Taste is of nutty and coffee flavors with toasted malt and hints of chocolate.
A bit of burnt toast and oats in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. A tasty oatmeal porter that is very easy to drink.

Photo of yourefragile
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a slightly thin looking near black. Not completely opaque as light passes through edges revealing brownish red colors. Very small mocha colored head that quickly reduces to a thin ring and leaves some nice lacing
S: Pleasant mild smell of malt, a little coffee, other roasted stuff.
T: Nice flavor of coffee balanced with some sweetness from malt and slight hop bitterness for balance. Nothing remarkable, but pleasant.
M: Low to medium carbonation, creamy finish and aftertaste with a slight coffee flavor. Thinner in body than expected however.
D: Taste doesn't quite live up to every other aspect of this beer, but very nice and easy drinking for a porter. Probably my favorite beer I've had from Highland so far as it doesn't suffer from the oversweetness that some of their other brews have had for me.

Photo of timericka
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured as a very rich black with decent beige/tan head. Smell was of unsweetened chocolate which was very nice not to much. Mouthfeel was middle of the road. Really kind of smooth for a porter. Flavors were more chocolate and almost a little smoke or roasted malt. I thought this was a pretty decent beer overall. Especially since it is from Asheville, NC.

Photo of gpcollen1
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a nice fluffy head into my Imp Pint. Light aromas of dark chocolate and caramelly sweet malt. Flavor really takes off from here - very roasty and chocolatey. This one has a nice light body - not too thin. Finishes nicely with a lightly bitter and dry finish. A very nice brew for sure. ONly complaint would be a bit too much carbonation for my liking - and I even gave this a good pour and let it sit a bit.

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

Pours a nice 2 finger head with good retention. Nice dark brown color.

Smell is of chocolate and caramel malts with licorice overtones. Aroma is a little faint though.

Taste has oatmeal characteristics with a sweet caramel malt upfront. Chocolate malts follow to provide a nice sweetness, however roasted malts are absent. Hop bitterness is fairly low and serves to cut the sweetness.

Oatmeal provides a creamy mouthfeel.

This beer is easy to drink and well balanced. WOuld make for a good session.

Thanks to barefootbrewer for the sample.

Photo of czfreeman
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a nice deep mocha-coffee color. Creamy head with long retention, sticks to the glass rim. Smells of malts, cocoa, slight coffee. Sweet flavors, chocolates, malty. This beer is suprisingly more carbonated on the mouthfeel than it actually looks like it would be, giving it a suprisingly easy drinkability. It is the little brother of Sam Smiths oatmeal stout. good beer easy to drink.

Photo of drperm
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle @ The Hare & Hound Pub, Landrum SC.

This is a solid offering from a solid local brewery. I had it along with a Guinness beef stew (broke with convention and did NOT order a Guinness...) and it was ideal. One word to describe this beer overall: wonderful. Pleasant, enjoyable, smooth, silky, easy -- a great dinner companion.

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

Appearance is stark black. It has a thin tan film that lasted throughout the beer.
Not much to the smell. A bit of dark roasted malts.
The taste is immediately the roasted malts. A bit of a coffee/chocolate taste. Very smooth taste to it, however.
Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth. Very thick, which is great in a porter.
I had one of these. Could have had more, but not too many more.

Photo of MTNboy
2.73/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- I first noticed there was not a lot of head on this beer for a porter. It is pretty dark even for a porter. I know that sometimes there is a thin line between this style and a stout and I believe that they crossed it.

Smell- There is not much of a smell at all. Mainly of roasted malt but that is faint.

Taste- The flavor is somewhat chocolate and toffee flavored but not as rosted as one might think.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability- It was alright for a change but not a beer I would consider too much if there were other options.

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

A- Black as night and non transparent. It has 1 fat finger of off white head after a semi-agressive pour. The ring around the edge of the glass is a more tan color than that of the film on the top surface of the brew in the glass.

S- Smells of coffee and creamy, rich malts. There is also a nice cocoa scent and some subtlties of vanilla sneaking in.

T- Smooth roasted malts up front. Some cocoa and coffee are present as well. There is a light milk chocolatey taste that hits the tip of the tongue on the aftertaste. It is not TOO complex, but is very nice and easy going down.

M- Mid to high on carbonation. Thickness is medium.

D- Easy to drink and very smooth. Nice!

Overall- I think this is a very nice brew. It is a little more mild and smooth than other porters I have experienced in the past. I would say it is the most easy drinking one yet. I could easily down 2 or 3 of these in one sitting with no problems. There is not alot of complex action on the tongue and somewhat one dimensional, but in this beer, I don't think that is a bad thing. Very nice and I will be back for more!

Photo of
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Clear, deep mahogany with lots of ruby highlights. Medium sized, creamy, tan colored head. Not much legs, OK lacing.

Aromas of chocolate and caramel. Oatmeal. Hint of coffee, more as it warmed.

Bitter more than sweet. Bittersweet chocolate. Touch of hops, maybe pine, mainly at the finish. Spicy as well. Some roast notes. Biscuity middle.

Medium body. Medium to low carbonation, almost creamy. Dry.

Overall, very tasty. Excellent mouthfeel and great balance.

Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan head. The aroma is dark roasted malts, caramel, and chocolate. The taste much like the aroma is dark and roasty with some sweetness in the middle and a dry roasty and bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is recommended. The aroma was a little faint and both the aroma and taste could have kicked up the flavor a little, but still a solid Oatmeal Porter. Recommended.

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

Dark black with a creamy cocoa head. Smell is soem roasted malts. The taste is oaty (what a surprise) and not too strong. The drinkability was pretty good, I could see my self knocking back three of these in a sitting (if I had them). Decent porter but nowhere near my favorite. Still a solid beer.

Photo of brdc
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another surprising treat, sent my way by ddddeac. Poured from the small capped bottle into a pint.

Very dark, almost pitch black, minimal crimson highlights when held against the light. A creamy, coffee and milk colored head eventually drops down to a nice, thick collar, and lacing goes down with the brew almost to the end.
Aroma is good, with the usual notes of roasted malts, but along with that coffee and chocolate, some floral hops add to the balance.
The small amount of carbonation on this medium bodied brew lends it a smooth, creamy sensation that feels great on the tongue.
Taste is quite impressive, and along with the expected roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and toffee, along comes a sweetness, almost like "milk and sugar" where added. I am thinking, smooth, sweet, easy going, and then a wave of citrusy hops add a bite, balancing it quite nicely.
Very nice, different, sweeter than most, but quite pleasant.
The warmer it got, the better.

Photo of CWiggins
3.52/5  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
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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
4.89/5  rDev +26.4%
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 +2.1%
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.

Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 1,160 ratings.