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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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Highland Oatmeal PorterHighland Oatmeal Porter

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1,181 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,181
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 37
Gots: 124 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,181 | Reviews: 538
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew in a trade with 67couple, Thanks!

re-reviewed- 7/3/10: tried a 2nd bottle (served in a standard pint glass) that I got from kirkpjr. Thanks John!

L - deep red/brown color with a creamy tan head of foam that left good lacing.

S - sweet caramel and bittersweet chocolate fill the aroma.

T - sweet caramel, chocolate, dark fruity start is balanced with a bitterness on the finish, good taste.

F - medium bodied with a mild carbonation feel.

D - I'm glad to have gotten to try this brew 2 times.

Photo of Proteus93
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cola coloured with deep red tones present. Head also sports just a little bit of a reddish hue in an otherwise pale khaki. Patchy lacing.

S: Chocolate... toasted malts, the oatmeal aroma that I may have expected is a little on the softer side. It's certainly there, though, and pleasant.

T: A decent flavour on this one... malt roast, notes of chocolate, some coffee flavours. Again, oats are a little subdued, but there.

M: A shining point... starts with a sparkling carbonation, fills the mouth with a full body - not thin, like porters can feel, and not thick, heavy, or stouty. Smooth and finishes up nice and easy, leaving a somewhat bitter, slightly roasty flavour post-finish.

D: Very easy to down these, as "oaty" brews often tend to be. Ideal for a 'half-session,' perhaps, and well worth looking into.

Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a tan head that leaves some lacing

S - Is of roasted malt some chocolate and coffee scents

T - Roasted malt the coffee flavors really come out here

M - This beer is a little thick very creamy and smooth light carbonation

D - This is an easy to drink porter it has a good mouthfeel and taste worth trying if you get the chance

Photo of beeragent
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle. The beer poured a dark brown, forming a 1/2 inch mocha head, and leaving light lacing behind. The aroma was a mix of chocolate and roasted malts. Nothing complex but very appealing. The taste begins with a good chocolate flavor up front, followed by a good amount of roasted malts, and then concluding with a hint of oats. I think it could have used a bit more oats in the taste and nose. Mouthfeel was thick and smooth. For a porter, this had full flavor and body, along with a good alcohol level, making this a very drinkable ale. Overall, I wasnt dissapointed but not suprised either by this beer. Good porter, but nothing special to set it above the others.

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

Thanks to stopbarking for this brew!

Pours a nice dark brown with a slighty tan head. The smell is of faint coffee. I cant get much more out of it. The taste is very nice. It has the thinish porter feel with a stirn cardboard/coffe taste. Not bad!

Overall, this brew is very nice and enjoyable. Give it a shot. I think you'll like it!

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Dark, opaque brown. Light tan, 1 finger head with decent retention. Recedes to thick tan cap with some decent lacing.

S - Typical sourish porter smell, with a lot of roasted malt. Coffee, bread, and cinnamon are all there, very enticing.

T - Coffee takes the top note in this brew. Dark bread, and almost woody flavors take hold for a moment before giving way to a brief, overripe fruitiness. Finishes with a slight caramel note and coffee-like bitterness and aftertaste.

M - Very smooth and thick, lightly carbonated. Wonderful oily oatmeal character.

D - Heavy, but not overly so, it would make for an easy beer to have a few of. Bitterness is usually what deters me from making brews like this a session beer, but the bitterness in this works well with the flavor and isn't overbearing.

Photo of Lupe
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Courtesy of cjohnson.

Dark brown in color with some amber/garnet hues when held to the light. Frothy cappuccino colored head that fades fairly fast, though some awesome rings of sticky lace are left behind.

Sweet and roasty aroma. Chocolate, mild coffee, graham cracker, and Nilla Wafers. Oats add a nice smoothness to the nose. Yum.

Underlying coffee flavor that never becomes assertive but makes for a nice platform. Malty sweetness is well balanced by the roasted and hop bitterness. Notes of cocoa, coffee, and vanilla. A little caramel as well. Exceptionally smooth tasting. A nice blending of flavors. Finishes slightly dry with some lingering bittersweet chocolate.

Medium bodied, silky smooth and creamy. A real luxurious mouthfeel - gotta love the mighty little oat. So easy to drink - I could easily but a few of these away in a sitting. So wonderfully smooth in flavor and texture. A nice departure from those thin porters with harsh crispness that leave you wanting more than roasted acidity.

Highly recommended - more enjoyable to me than Highland's Black Mocha Stout. Great thanks to cjohnson.

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

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this one. It pours a black color with brown hues around the edges of the glass. The head is one inch in height, light tan in color, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of milk chocolate, vanilla, graham cracker, and cream. The taste is like the aroma, but bigger. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with appropriately low carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is a great porter. The oats really come through in the creaminess in both the taste and feel. I would love to have this available in Minnesota.

Photo of burnstar
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small off light tan head. Nice lacing on the surface and sides. Roasted/burnt malt aroma with a chocolate note. Nice dark malt profile. Coffee. Lingering bitterness mostly from the malt but some herbal hops. Just a touch of sweetness. Medium bodied. Pretty drinkable porter. Not too heavy. Nice overall.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. It had a nice deep black color to it. I poured a 2 finger head, which was a nice cream color. It lingered for the right amount of time. The aroma was a little sweet with hints of roasted malt and chocolate. The taste and feel of the beer were good overall, it was creamy with the malt really coming out and I think that I tasted a hint of vanilla. It was full bodied, smooth and easy to drink. Overall, a very good porter, but not one of my favorites, but this is not to say that I wouldn't drink it again, becasue I would and I would recommend to anyone.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown to black colour with a tan head that has minimal stickiness and also leaves a small amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is a nice blend of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and a surprisingly slight bit of alcohol.

The flavour continues the characteristics of the aroma, but adds a bit more sweetness into the mix, perhaps from a bit more chocolate (mostly toward the finish of each sip) and even from the oat characteristics, although that may play more into the mouthfeel than flavour. That said, there is still a nice rugged roasted malt backbone to this one. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a medium body.

This is a nice, somewhat different, somewhat harsher than normal for the style porter. It is easy drinking and balances a good amount of flavour. An easy recommendation.

Photo of HereticDivine
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, let me say,....I like this porter a lot!! It's got everything you could want in a beer. Hints of dark chocolate, with a slight porter smokiness. Very drinkable indeed. It poured with a quarter inch head, and leaves a slight amount of tracing. It is very hoppy for a porter. Definitely some bite. Very slight taste of alcohol, but at 5.8 abv, thats expected. Two thumbs up.

Photo of scott
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Dark with mahogany highlights. Scant lacing. Subdued aromatics, but once sipped this has a very nice hop bite. Actually, this is the hoppiest porter for me to date. The malt takes a backseat to this bad boy's desire. Honestly, it's more like a black IPA.
Easy to drink, but messy.

Photo of NEhophead
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Deep maple in color; semi-opaque. Creamy, off-white foam that attaches to the tumbler's sides with a nice stick. Spattered lacing with decent strength.

Rich, roasted malt aromas: milk chocolate, notes of sweetness. Richly sweet; yet somewhat dry: hazlenut and toffee. Notes of generous cream and vanilla.

Sweet caramel and a dry toffee character. Smooth malts with a moderately floral bite. Notes of buttery diacetyl that work well with rolled oats and malted wheat. Brief hop bite with the on-going sweetness.

Full bodied; sweetly smooth. Creamy and not as rough on the palate as a typical American Porter.

Highland's staple (as I understand it), and worth that designation. Creamy and soft, maybe a little too sweet, but a unique offering.

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

Clear deep mahogony with a small head.

Smells nice, roasted malts and coffee. A bit of hops?

Taste is of roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate and coffee. A nice hoppy element to the finish. Quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel about right. Smooth and creamy.

This was really nice. Pleasant flavor, very drinkable.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from bboven, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is coffee, toasted oats, dark chocolate and dark malts with a slight touch of hops.

T: The taste is creamy, malty and a little smoky, with flavors of oats, roasted coffee and dark chocolate. There's a mild hops presence that brings in a little bit of balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice porter to drink a few of, but it doesn't seem like a beer that would really want to drink much more than 2 or 3 of due to its heaviness.

Photo of Riverwarrior
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S = Hint of roasted coffee and cocoa.

T = Wow....this was packed with flavor. Roasted coffee and chocolate were up front and a little hop bitterness near the end. A nice malty backbone held everything together very nicely.
There was no harsh burnt coffee taste at all.

MF = Extremely smooth, low carbonation, and slightly thin.

Overall, this was an incredible porter. It's not heavy, yet it's bursting with flavor. Very easy to drink.

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown with 2+ fingers of light tan head. It possesses a nice foamy retention that leaves some great looking lacing. The aroma is a nice mix of roasted malts and coffee, chocolate sweetness, and even a touch of light hoppiness in the back.

The taste profile matches the aroma perfectly, with a pleasant toasty feel of roasted malts and bitter coffee that is nicely balanced out by a backing chocolate sweetness. It finishes with a combo of hoppy bitterness and a splash of citrus flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice smooth and creamy feel.

A solid Porter from Highland with a nice roasty feel and a great balance between the bitter and sweet notes. Tasty and easy drinking, it's a solid recommendation!

Photo of jbphoto88
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no best by date. A black liquid with hints of ruby and brown poured into a mug. There is light lacing but poor to little head retention. The little that is there is khaki in color and resides on the edge where the beer meets the glass.

Smell has hints of coffee and chocolate, some dark roasted malts and some caramelized raisins.

Taste and mouthfeel; it has the same chocolaty and malty flavors as in the scent but there is also a hoppy bitterness that sticks to the tip of you tongue. Its not biting but a pleasant sensation that is intriguing enough and leads you to try more. The aftertaste is heavy on the malts and caramel but slightly dry, again leading you to try more.

This a slightly above average porter that doesn't have an apparent oat profile one would expect from an oatmeal porter. I also am slightly disappointed with it appearance scent and taste. However it has an interesting and innovative mouthfeel and drinkability that make up for those shortcomings.

Photo of joepais
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to ncvbc for this one
Bottle poured into a tulip glass produced a fingers worth of head that turned to a thin lace that floated across its jet black body

Aromas of roasted malts chocolate and coffee fill your nose

Flavors of malt, burnt coffee, oatmeal and a light bitter

Medium mouthfeel light carbonation

Another good porter, nicely balanced very drinkable

Photo of JDV
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to DrBayern for this lovely beer.
Pours just slighty less than an opaque black with a nice thick frothy beige head and some nice lacing as it empties. Smell is somewhat subtle, but deliciously of oatmeal, chocolate and roasty malt. Somehow feels a bit light bodied, but smooth and perfectly carbonated. Pretty easy drinking, and a nice dry chocolatey taste with the smooth oatmeal presence definitely there. Kind of like a liquid oatmeal chocolate chip cookie with a good bitter and sweet balance. Definitely a good beer and worth getting if you can.

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.

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Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
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