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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,101 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,101
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 36
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 plaid75
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown hue with a half finger tan head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid and mildly sweet malt. Some burnt grain aroma as well.

The taste was upfront caramel malt with a nice burnt grain finish. A little spice at the finish.

The mouthfeel was on the light side and well carbonated.

Overall an easy drinking porter. Could use a bit more of a complex grain profile however. Thanks to brentk56.

plaid75, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I always wonder with oatmeal brews what the overall desired effect was. I love a good porter, I love a good stout. I even like a good oatmeal stout. So as a first for me, how's an oatmeal porter going to stack up? Decent. Not a convert to the style but I can appreciate it for what I drank.

A - Just the lighter side of pitch black color, with a small off-white head

S - Light roasted grains of a porter with a cut through with an oatmeal malty feel

T - Initial chocolate roasted grains typical of a porter, second sip more of a moderating oatmeal sweetness, third sip a mild blending of these characteristics.

M - Light bodied, smooth drinking. For this type of beer I'd prefer a medium malty body.

D - due to the light body, this one drinks really smooth.

barleywinebrewer, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown on the edges and almost black towards the middle. Small cream colored head gave way to some nice lacing. Smell was dominated by a roasted malt, smokey hints in there as well. This tasted thick with a rich caramel, and chocolate flavors. Very filling indeed. Smooth going down but very full bodied. Excellent dessert type beer. Has a nice dry hopped finish that rounds it out nicely. Fine offering from Highland that has found a place in my fridge!

mikesgroove, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of walleye
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks goes to OldGrowth for this. poured dark brown to black with a nice tan head that left some lacing. aroma, coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar. flavor got a big chunk of of dark chocolate and roasted malt, honey, had to let this get to room temp. before I got a hint of hopes. nice bitterness at the finish.

walleye, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark caramel color with a scant cap of tan head and sticky lacing. Nose is malty and a little sour with coffee and milk chocolate tones.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth but a litttle too thin to hold all the flavor up. I like the roasted and coffee tones and aftertaste is mild and pleasant. This is definitely quaffable, just not supurb. I'm slightly disappointed but am still very high on Highland.

daliandragon, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Really pretty pour. Dark, dark brown with a medium tan inch thick layer of head. Nice looking beer. Barely any light shines through.

Aromas were subdued at first, but as the beer warmed I began to smell some toasty malts.

The taste was good. Definite flavors of oats. Reminded me of Alpha Bits cereal (but in a good way!) Creamy, malty and slightly sweet with hints of brown sugar. Good tasting beer.

Creamy, smooth and relatively light mouthfeel. I read another review that suggested this as a lighter version of an oatmeal stout, and I agree.

Overall a very drinkable porter. Goes down very easily. Recommended.

doppelmeup, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of DrinkinBoy
2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This Higland has a very dark brown appearance. It had a small tan head, with very little retention.

The smell was very strong, but nothing much else is noticeable but the alcohol.

The taste was strong and sweet.

Its mouthfeel was suprisingly light, but it does pack a big punch. It is also highly carbonated.

Highland Oatmeal Porter was a decent beer. I would recommend giving it a try.

DrinkinBoy, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of AudioGilz
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost opaque black this one pours, yet a sliver of light gets through when held up to bright light. Smallish, yet long-standing is the the light tan head. Aromas of a stout kind of character are there, coffee, toffee, oats, malt.
Mouthfeel is spot on; creamy, full bodied, medium fizz on the palate. I could definitely enjoy a few of these as a session brew.
Flavors of oats, almost "oatmeal stoutish". I kind of want to say a slightly lighter-bodied version of an oatmeal stout? The creaminess is still there though, and with it comes malt sweetness with some toffee. The finish is slighty dry and combines with the aftertaste to the tune of a hoppy bite with just the right amount of bitter kick, mixed with a baker's chocolate.
Overall, drinkability is this brew's strongpoint, easily enjoyed, no obnoxious qualities; a solid brew definitely worthy of enticing a beer drinker to seek out more offerings from the Highland Brewing Company.

AudioGilz, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The ale is dark brown, almost a black color, with a small white band of head.

S: The ale has a sweet oatmeal malty aroma that masks ans porterish chocolate notes.

T: The first sip of the beer was an intriguing tease. It provided a sweet oatmeal flavor with strong chocolate porter notes. The only problem is that that flavor does not re-appear in later sips. The flavors, after that first sip, are watered down and lacking in substance. The flavors that do emerge are clearly roasted, but the oatmeal and sour porter components are gone.

M: The mouthfeel suffers a steep decline after that first sip.

D: Close but no cigar to this beer, the flavors just don't come out enough.

akorsak, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very deep brown, pretty much black color with a slight tan head that ran away quickly and left a floating island in the middle. The aroma was pretty much all malt and a touch of sweetness. The taste is a good melting of malts and chocolately goodness. There is also a tad bit of hop bitterness to round it all out and make for a strong mouthfeel and a very drinkable beer.

ggaughan, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of mynie
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark red with a big white head and great lacing.

Smells of very deep, coars grain. Nice and harsh. Big bitter malt smelling like tasty earth and grains.

Tastes like a coarse oatmeal stout. Starts out with bitter, roasted malt that gets mellow and grainy near the middle and ends on a linger bittersour node that tastes like good health.

mynie, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of wedge
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours solid black that fades to burgundy at the edges. Modest creamy brown head sticks to the surface. Smells sweetly malty with some toasted caramel in the back and a subtle hoppiness. The flavor is bittersweet chocolate - some burnt malt in the center. I have to say, I expected the oats to smooth it out more and the carbonation might be a bit high, but these are minor quibbles.

Another good local brew!

wedge, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The near opaque black, deep brown color occasionally gives way to glimmers of crimson light. Above is a big light brown head that turns to a frothy layer leaving lace everywhere. The quite sniffable nose is roasty and bittersweet. Milky chocolate and oats with some faint flowery hops. Taste is silky and roasted. Bitterness starts midway and extends through the finish. The sweetness is soft against the bitter and roasty malt and is constant throughout. Not cloying by any means. Very nice mouthfeel. The body is full-ish and mouth feels fluidly velvety. Highly drinkable too.

Its good to find a yummy porter brewed locally.

tastybeer, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark coppery brown, almost black. Good thick head that fades pretty quickly, but leaves a very nice thick lace down the glass.

The smell is very dry and roasty with a fairly nice malt finish that is not at all sweet smelling.

Taste is a little dissapointing. Quite dry, but the body and flavor are a little lacking. There is a nice roasted malt taste, and a fairly long dry finish. The taste is good, but could use alittle more oomph imo.

Mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied.

The dry style is quite drinkable. No stickiness, and its actually quite refreshing.

Georgiabeer, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of WAP
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured almost black with a 1.5" tan head, leaving decent lacing.

Smell - First whiff gave notes of sweet coffee, a little chocolate -- nice, but not very intense.

Taste - Well-blended flavors of chocolate, oats, a little roasted coffee-like bitterness. The highlight of this beer to me, however, is the citrus hop balance on the end. Overall an extremely well-balanced flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - nothing exceptional, maybe a little watery for a porter.

Drinkability - Highly drinkable. Each sip is flavorful and finishes light and clean - unique for a porter.

I will keep this one in the refrigerator rotation for the forseeable future as it is readily available here - nice brew!

WAP, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of mmmbeer
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. The beer is black with plum highlights, plenty of carbonation, and is topped with a two inch tan head that leaves decent lacing. It smells of green hops and chocolate at first, but there are also notes of roasted/coffee malts and, of course, oats. The flavor consists of oats, roasted, chocolate, tobacco, and coffee-flavored malts, with a delicious combination of green/piney/citric hops that leave a medium bitterness, complementing the malts quite well. Initially, the medium body is almost prickly with carbonation, but it becomes smooth, almost silky later, and leaves a medium finish. Overall it comes across almost as an imperial stout light and is a quality beer with a body that is fairly light considering how big and flavorful the brew is.

mmmbeer, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The lack of head retention might've been expected considering the style, but there was hardly any head formed at any stage of the pour. The color is a beautiful dark brown shot through with a ruby hue.

Aroma is fragrant and surprisingly light, with rye, toffee and pungent dark fruits entering the picture.

Flavor is chocolate, roasted malts, with the oatmeal definitely making its presence felt. An almost metallic toffee sensation occurs in the finish. This is a more buoyant porter than some, not heavy, a little watery, but it delivers well enough.

Metalmonk, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of abcsofbeer
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshness date/bottled date not noticed. Pours a very nice 2inch head, light brown in color and rocky. There are nice rings of lacing as well. The color is mostly black with some rosy note around the edge. The aroma is nice with some coffee malts along with some breadiness. I also detect some faint hoppiness in the aroma too.

The taste is excellent with some light bitterness from added hops. The light burnt malts really come through as well. I detect a nice bitterness in the mouthfeel, which is very full bodied. An excellent example of the style.

abcsofbeer, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown brew topped with a thin beige-colored head that soon departed the glass.

Smell: A severely deficient aroma. Just the very faintest whiff of chocolate and oats.

Taste: Ready with a lightly sweet malt flavor. Sparse roastiness. Slight chocolate notes. Light flavors proportionately balanced by a minute hop bitterness. Overall, the flavors are just a hair too thin for me. I'll keep to their Black Mocha Stout next time!

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body with a rather sharp, pronounced carbonation.

Drinkability: The experience was a bit amiss, as the lacking flavors and near-watery body left me unsatisfied and wanting.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer. Many thanks to AutumnalDave for the sample. Pours jet black with a monstrous tan head. Awesome retention. Smooth, sweet aroma of oats, chocolate, and surprisingly hops, of the citrus and floral varieties. Full bodied and full flavored with oats, nuts, sweet malts, bits of baker’s chocolate, and a sip of coffee. Creamy and rich yet accessible as can be. Very drinkable.

DaPeculierDane, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of tfp4268
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby with a thin, fizzy head that goes away quickly, and leaves a tiny lace ring around the edge.

Aroma of roasted malt, fruit, and a hint of chocolate.

Taste is complex...chocolate, coffee, fruit, hoppy in the finish, a little more than I personally like.

Feels pretty thin and watery.

It's an ok porter. There are others I like a lot better. Given the choice, I'd pick something else.

tfp4268, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Body is clear dark maroon, head is 1" or more off the pour, fluffy and tan.

Smell: Light bitter chocolate and oatmeal.

Taste: Oatmeal is very obvious, provides a smooth grainy aspect. Chocolate flavors team up well with the oatmeal. As the beer warms a bitter coffee flavor comes out and finishes the beer nicely. Good.

Drinkability: A solid, easy to drink porter No real complaints, but there are better beers in the style. Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the bottle.

TastyTaste, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of hopsaplenty
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle, no obvious date information, but 5335 B-10510 was inkjetted on the bottle bottom.

Watery brown with mahogany highlights A short tan head of fine bubbles builds and recedes quickly leaving no lacing and only a few trace bubbles on the surface. A vigorous pour could not muster any more foam. No carbonation streams are visible. A powdery chocolate, cooked oatmeal, and medium roasted coffee fills the nose. The coffee notes lead the way, balanced with an oatmeal creaminess. There is a watered bitterness throughout and a coffeeish note trails through the finish. The chocolate is only minimally present. Medium to light body, but lacking any heft, everything is low profile. Minimal carbonation. It felt small. This was a fair to middling porter that lacked distinction.

hopsaplenty, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of veech
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This may be my favorite beer (to date that is, life is too short with so many beers yet to sample). It's nice to have a regional beer with so much going for it. Appearance is chocolatey black with ruby tones.The nose immediately picks up the earthy, organic oatey overtones that don't overpower the roasted chocolate malts. Mouthfeel is substantially chewy and smooth thanks to the aforementioned perfect balance of oats and malts. Drinkability is what sets this, and really all Highland beers apart. The heaviness that one may find in many porters is not found here despite the heartiness supplied by the oatmeal. These characteristics add up to one exceptional brew. Cheers to Highland from across the mountain.

veech, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of MattBrooks
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Damn good brew! Classic porter smell and taste mixed in with light notes of caramel and oatmeal. I noted a slight hint of chocolate on the nose as well. The mouthfeel is decent and with a clean, pure aftertaste the drinkability is high on this brew. Recieved in tade.

Thanks again.

MattBrooks, Jun 06, 2006
Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 1,101 ratings.