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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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Highland Oatmeal PorterHighland Oatmeal Porter

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1,031 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,031
Reviews: 522
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 34
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark ruby, light just makes it through. A thin cream head doesn't cover the surface completely and leaves an occasional patch of lace.

Aroma - heavy aroma of roasted coffee beans. Straight up, that's it. Good enough for me!

Taste - dark roasted malt with a sweet chocolate mix. Just a blip of hoppiness at the end. Ends on the sweeter side with light caramel and coffee bean flavors.

Mouthfeel - heavy, smooth, evenly carbonated, perfect.

Drinkability - a fine treat supplied by merlin48. Great stuff!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2005 17:44:57 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of sulldaddy


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling a chilled 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. The beer is a gift from a college buddy of mine who lives in NC now.The beer pours pitch black with a beige fluffy head of 2 cm foaming up easily. As it slowly recedes, there is larege frothy latticework on the glass.
Aroma is lite with chocolate and roasted malt coming through and a bit of cheerios (oats).
First sip reveals a smooth creamy textured brew with slightly intense and prickly carbonation.
Flavor is what's expected from the nose. Some sweet brown sugary malt up front that rolls to a roasted and slightly dry finish.
The beer is very easy to drink with no hint of abv. A nice overall beer that I would buy if in NC for sure!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2005 02:48:09 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, nearly opaque ruby brown with a frothy tan head. Smells of smoky chocolate and sweet malt. Some bitterness in the nose.

Taste of subdued smoky chocolate. Sweet malt but a drier bitter finish, coffee and hops. Medium bodied. Not going to bludgeon you over the head, an understated porter. Creamy and sweet. Not bad. A session beer to be sure. A good winter fallback?

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2005 02:26:15 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a very dark brown to black color with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is definately full of oats and chocolate with a small whisp of alcohol. The flavor is even better than the nose. There is more roastedness, giving it an almost coffee finish. The oats are more subdued and there is a nice chocolateyness in it as well. I like it. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation on it. The flavor is really what makes this brew. Very tasty. Very easy drinking and smooth. Enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2005 20:54:37 | More by kmpitz2
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black that shows ruby red highlights if held to the light and a thick tan head that dissapates quickly. Smell is oatmeal, brown sugar, molasses and a light roasted malt scent as well as a light citric hop smell. The taste is somewhat sweet with flavors of oatmeal sweetened with brown sugar (this could be a breakfast beer) as well as some dark roasted coffee flavors that segue nicely into a roast malt/hops bitter finish. A well built porter that can stand up to the winter months. The mouthfeel is slightly thin and chewy and the drinkability is fairly high because of this

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2005 02:34:07 | More by silver0rlead
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3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arrived a very dark (nearly black) brown with ruby edges and a small creamy tan head and light lacing. Smells are *very* subdued; slight sweet chocolate malt notes with a grapefruit hop overlay. Flavor is quite weak for a porter, though it improves significantly as the beer warms. Sweet malts initially dominate, developing sweet chocolate flavors and finishing with strong grapefruit hops. The hops are overly strong considering the lack of balancing roasted malts. Mouth-feel is very good, however. Nice and smooth and creamy due to the oatmeal.

Easy drinking, but disappointing overall. The advertised chocolate malts just aren't present in enough quantity to balance the hops.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2005 18:44:55 | More by dgallina
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4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark opaque color with brief head. Good dark roasted malty aroma, good roasted malt front, almost coffee flavor, with some hops in the back as the ale goes down. Body was substantial without being heavy, very drinkable. Long roasty aftertaste, pretty assertive for the style. A solid porter and one I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2005 17:51:19 | More by John1985
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North Dakota

2.48/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

What a disappointment this stuff was. It poured very nicely. Almost black. The smell, however, wasn't vey impressive. Much too hoppy for the style, I felt. The taste, too, was too hoppy. Bitter even. I was not impressed with this beer. The mouthfeel was the right weight for the style, but that is about where the pleasantries for this one ended. Maybe I got a bad one, or maybe this stuff just isn't for me. Either way, I didn't care for it.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2005 01:39:17 | More by SilentSabre
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a thin tan head on top of a nearly opaque black body. Smells of weak coffee with hints of dark fruits. Slightly sweet smell overall. Taste is of dry oatmeal with a touch of toasted malts in the background. There is a bitter finish as well which goes well with the dry initial flavors. Mouthfeel is good but nothing to write home about. Drinkability is really good and I’ll certainly pick up another 6’er at some point in the future. Overall this is a good easy drinking dry porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2005 02:29:35 | More by blitz134
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown-black with a moderate head that settles to a thin skim on top. Aroma is also dark, malty and sweet with vinous notes.

Taste is dry and dark, not sweet as expected. Oatmeal smoothness is evident right away, followed by more traditional porter flavors of faint merlot and dark fruit. Dry black patent malt elements, bitter roast coffee flavors. A gentle sweetness really doesn't arrive until near the end of the glass.

Mouthfeel is chewy and a little heavy, body typical of oatmeal brews. Tastes like a blend of two really good beers, a combination that works well together but not necessarily combining into a third identity. A worthy attempt, thanks to AKSmokedPorter for sharing.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2005 04:05:45 | More by assurbanipaul
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brew pours to a fairly close black color with a nice sized light tan head that has good retention and leaves nice rings of lace down the side of the brew. The aromas of this brew are of roasted malts that have a sweet smell to them. Also has aromas of coffee and maybe caramel, possibly where it gets some of its sweet aromas? The taste is very balanced, has a nice roasted taste that is intermingled with both coffee and chocolate highlights. Also has a sweetness that seems to break away to a slight hop taste. This is a very smooth brew; this would be an excellent session brew! Best brew I have had so far on my business trip to NC.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2005 03:40:42 | More by Stimack
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap and it was smooth, easy drinking, and tasty. The review is froma bottle I brought home. Milk chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Dark brown colored beer with a caramel hue. Small cream colored head fades quickly to a ring leaving little spots of lace. The oatmeal was hard to taste in the draft version, but not here. Flavor is mildly sweet with some dark roasted malts, but dominated by that dry ashy oatmeal flavor that produces a slightly bitter finish. Smooth mouthfeel, kind of dry. Kind of like oatmeal stouts little brother, sweet!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2005 00:47:21 | More by HappyHourHero
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this after a smoked porter at Natty Green's in Greensboro, Sweet!

2 degrees south-of-black colour with a very-creamy tan head.

Dry chocolate-malt nose, maybe black patent too.

Big balck malt upfront, not overly sweet from the oatmeal. Great balance for such a black and sweet malty brew.

Smooth medium-full body that finish very clean for this flavour.

Nothing shocking, but solid. Great session porter.


Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2005 15:39:40 | More by BillyBrew
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4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with no light coming through it. It sports a sandy 3 cm head on top in the pint glass. The aroma is roasty and sweet with scents of molasses and brown sugar. Very appealing to the nose. The flavor starts with a touch of coffee followed by big roastiness, grainy caramel, toast, and some nice chocolate malt flavors. It's nice and sweet with more molasses and brown sugar notes. This beer is one of those beers where the line between a porter and a stout is blurred. They call it a porter, but it could just have easily been called a stout. Granted it would be just a mediocre stout, but is an excellent porter, the distinction is still slim. Whatever you call it, I call it good. A nice, full bodied beer with lots of sweet maltiness to satisfy a BA.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 05:45:05 | More by BrewMaster
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap pour yields such a thick, creamy head I had to ask if it was nitro-tapped-it wasn't. Brilliant, deep, dark brown in color, good head retention with moderate lace which soon dissapears. Aroma is fully of charred, creamy malts, cocoa, a lite coffee note, and a sweetness that I assume is the oats. Taste profile same with more complex malts, molasses/brown sugar, and a mellow, but pronounced fresh hop taste. Roast/toasty aftertaste with a bit of bitterness left on the tongue. Medium bodied, very smooth, highly chuggable, and very tastey. Who said that North Carolina is beer hell?

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2004 21:27:11 | More by AlexJ
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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick and elusive dark brown, caramel slivered highlights at the bottom and edges, slim tan cap, thin collaring sits at the edge, minimal lace in stringy globs and spots.

Aroma has a nice smooth chocolate tone, reminscent of a fudge cake with whispering notes of roast, cocoa, hazelnut, and coffee.

Taste is immediately full with a smooth carbonation, yet unfulfilling in any substantial character for something that states "Oatmeal" on it. The oats are very tame way underneath and not nearly as sweet as some stout styles that I like. Here, the chocolate makes for a decent measure of the middle and end flavors, nothing up front to speak of, quite empty in that regards, with the exception of the full-on carbonation that instantly takes hold (get ready for some burpin'). Slight roast with a bit of a burnt return of coffee and cocoa, and that small oatyness tangled in makes up for a good finisher. Finish makes up for a lacking front. Drys out and lingers with some staying power of those things mentioned above. Nice there, but that front, takes a bit to long for it to take control for me to immense a favorable balance in character.

Feel is smooth and well carbonated, medium fullness for its body me thinks; chocolatey middle, and finishes stronger then the beginning with a slight and favorable drying. A nice drinker, goes down well and displays a good body, texture, and finish, but something about it doesn't quite pull it through for me. Although, I'd slurp this down again at the drop of a hat any Ol' day, no prob. And I like the idea of a porter with oats(ehhemm, Viking Whole Stein) so its fine by me.

Another from the monk. Thanks from across the river my man!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2004 03:30:20 | More by tavernjef
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4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the opportunity.

Pours out a nice, deep orange brown and sits dark chocolate brown in the glass with a small, creamy tan head with good lacings.

Smells nice and sweet, good malts. Chocolate and a dab of coffee blended with caramel, brown sugar and oatmeal. Nice toasty aroma, suitable for breakfast.

Tastes good and malty. Roasted grains on a slice of fresh toast with a side of steaming oatmeal. Mild flavor of cofee bean, and sprinkled with cinnamon and a scoop of brown sugar. Hop bitterness add a pleasant, balancing touch that keeps it all in check. Finishes with medium bitterness with lingering toasted/roastedness.

Rich and creamy in the mouth with nice, easy carbonation in a full body. This beer carries quite a load and it handles remarkably well.

Very nice porter to drink. Well balanced and full of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2004 00:34:48 | More by Skidz
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Sophisticated Otter in Johnson City, TN, this brew came out opaque burgundy brown under a one finger tan head with good retention and great lacing. Mild roasted malt greets the nose, while the mouth is light and very prickly. The opening is a bit watery, with some caramel malt, both sweet and smooth. There's also a touch of roasted nuts, and a slightly espresso bite, building not during but after the finish, than fading back into wateriness. Ultimately disappointing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2004 19:32:18 | More by Globetrotter
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a sample glass. The color is a near-black, with a wispy head and leaving a decent lacing. The smell is chocolate and oatmeal sweet. The taste is fairly sweet, with the oatmeal adding a touch of a bittersweetness, and just a bit of bitter in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, could have a few.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter and BIF 8.0. A solid porter, with the oatmeal adding a nice dimension to the sweetness. A nice porter, and one I'd enjoy having again!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2004 19:15:08 | More by beergeek279
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4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer looks perfect with its deep and dark brown color and thin creamy tan head. Almost black in appearance. The aroma is somewhat complex with deep and dark roasted chocolates, tannic hazlenut, and sweet and soft black licorice. Enticing. Flavors are well received in the mouth and the beer goes down very smoothly. Rich tasting. Soft roasted buttery notes gently coat the tongue. Medium bodied and low in bitterness. This is one excellent ultra smooth beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2004 22:22:21 | More by pezoids
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not-quite-opaque mahogany brown with generous ruby highlights. The medium tan head is good-sized after a vigorous pour, has a gently rumpled upper surface and looks sticky enough to leave some lace. Ultimately, I see fat rings lower down and thin rings higher up. Roasted dark malt, chocolate and citric-spicy hops comprise the nose.

The flavor profile follows the aroma directly with the same three elements present on the palate. There's plenty of roasted black malt that doesn't cross the line into bitter astringency as it does in some porters and stouts. Bittersweet chocolate is evident, coffee isn't. Fine by me.

Finally, the hops (Chinook, Willamette, Cascade) make a bolder statement than they do in most American porters and this beer is a better beer for it. Oatmeal lends an understated sweetness and a pleasant softness to the proceedings. The body is medium in heft and is smooth without being especially creamy or silky.

I've had oatmeal stouts before, but I do believe that Highland Oatmeal Porter is my first oatmeal porter. My first beer from the Tar Heel State--hopefully the first of many--is a good one and is an easy recommendation. Cheers to WOLFGANG for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2004 14:58:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh boy, Finnally Back to the good porters! =D

Appearance: Wonderfully thick and lusious(sp i know) head. VERY dark, but left a nice ring on each sip.

Smell: Sweet maltiness!!

Taste & Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, with a hoppy aftertaste. Truely good with a nice assurtive coffee taste, but still smooth. Not the usuall oatmeal taste either.

I'd rank this up there next to the Fuller's London, but far more assertive for the hop lovers. =D

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 00:55:30 | More by Salpta
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North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the table Black. Yep, black. Maybe even...as night. The head was tan and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was chocolate with caramel and a slight fruitiness.

The flavor was chocolate and coffee and caramel with the nice mouthfeel of the oats.

The finish was dry with chocolate and coffee well into the aftertaste. The body was medium full, probably due to the oats. The beer is just a hair away from being a stout.

Pint at Barley's in Knoxville.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2004 01:26:22 | More by GCBrewingCo
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice dark brown with a thin light brown head. Roasted malts and sweetness are strong in the nose with a bit of chocolate. The flavour is well-balanced between the malts and the hop bitterness. Dark malts really shine through, with coffee and chocolate dominating. There's also noticeable bitterness from the dark grains, but without the astringency that oftens accompanies it. The body is quite full, with a silky smoothness from the oats. Carbonation was relatively light, very appropriate for the style. I'd love to give this a try on tap.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2004 19:43:19 | More by DrJay
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label says this was contract brewed by Frederick Brewing, of Maryland. Pours a deep, dark, brown, not quite black, but opaque body with a thick, two finger, tan head. Average retention and nice, patchy lace is left down the glass as it empties.

Aroma features roasted chocolate malt, and hints of bittter herbal hops, nuttiness, and old coffee.

Mouthfeel is rich and coating, with medium body and carbonation.

Roasted chocolate malt is dominant on the palate, but has an oatmeal smoothness. Espresso and cocoa powder are there as well. Hops bitterness is more than adequate to balance the chocolate sweetness, and even has a note of black pepper for emphasis.

This is a well done porter that has pleasing complexity. It seems thinner toward the finish, which adds to drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 20:02:55 | More by merlin48
Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 1,031 ratings.