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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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1,077 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,077
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 35
Gots: 68 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 09-17-2002)
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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
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has become a staple among myself and my friends. Now, time to have it one tap.
slightly off white head on a dark brown color with ruby shine-through
A nose of sweet caramel malt.
Mouthfeel is wonderful and smooth.
Sweet caramel malt taste.
This beer has a much more flavor than any other porter I've had. A great beer from NC.

rtratzlaff, May 28, 2006
Photo of WeisGuy
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - dark brown, but not black; half-inch tan head that lingers, decent lacing

s - chocolate dominates, coffee and toasted oats also in there

t - very much like the aroma, chocolate dominates with oatmeal evident, very balanced hoppy bitterness

m - a bit lighter than I would have expected, not much carbonation

d - I probably wouldn't want to drink more than one or two of these, but that's more owing to the style than to this beer

I enjoyed this beer. Not my favorite porter, but very quaffable nonetheless.

WeisGuy, May 17, 2006
Photo of Brian700
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours dark brown, near black with a tan head that fizzles down to a ring around my glass.

The aroma is a little chocolatey with some alcohol.

The flavor is chocolatey and there is obviously oatmeal used in this. The oatmeal flavor and feel is present. There are also notes of molasses.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a pretty drinkable beer. It didn't blow me away but a good tasting brew and a good session brew.

Brian700, May 16, 2006
Photo of marinobrew
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
The head was big and billowy, light tan, and tightly laced. Lasted for a couple of minutes and faded.
The color is deep-dark mahogony with ruby tones. Clear and brilliant.
The nose bitter-sweet chocolate, toasted oats, and nutmeg.
The mouth rushes with hints of the toasted oats, coffee and chocolate. A moderate carbonation supports the flavors and carefully directs them to appropriate portions of the tongue. The finish is medium, full of the chocolate malt and soft bitter tones.

marinobrew, May 05, 2006
Photo of horshack7
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This one pours very black with a nice frothy head about an inch worth's.

Aromas: Very prevalent chocolate notes light coffee hints.

Taste: Big chocolate notes wonderfully malty with a nice hoppy balance. Also a nice smooth mouthfeel.

Notes: This a great style of porter I have had porters before but not this style untill now. Lace lines the glass all the way through. It's also very drinkable. I could definately scarf down a few of these. Cheers

horshack7, May 04, 2006
Photo of harpo111
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

really nice porter.
appearance: dark with off white head...
smell: mellow oaty scent with a hint of coffee
taste: slight bitterness from the roasting and hops, coffee and some sweetness in the overtones...definate oat medley in there..
mouthfeel: not bad, not too thick..but thick enough to make you want to sip it slowly...leaves a smokey taste and feel on the tongue
drinkablilty: would definately order again. a sipping ale...don't think about quaffing one....

well worth a try..

harpo111, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of Smittysguinness
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thebeerninja for the sample.

This beer was nearly opaque black, with a deep brown leathery hue up against a soft light and ruby red against a brighter light. It left a tick, sudsy cream-white head that left rivulets of lacing down the glass.

I immediately smelled the roasted coffee/toasted barley that seems to be somewhat standard in a porter, but this had a slightly sweet/light sugar character to the scent.

The taste was amazing. The bitterness up front was definitely from the dark roasts used here, with an overall coffee base to it. The oatmeal used here, besides for lending the slickness to the beer, really added a sweeter edge to the normal porter bitterness that I found astoundingly enjoyable.

This beer was definitely full-bodied, with a great, scrubbing carbonation that tingled on the tongue. It finishes very smooth and creamy.

This is definitely one apart from the others in terms of porters. Extremely pleasant beer; try and get some if you can. I know I'll be back to thebeerninja soon for more.

Smittysguinness, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a deep mahogany hue, steady with no rising bubbles topped by a beige thin dense headcap with settles to a thin ring leaving a spotty lacing.

Sharp charcoal and roasted malt with a healthy dose of fig and date.

First swigs: Toasted malty grain with a dry coffee finish. Bittering is prevalent and pleasant. Baker's chcolate middle and a charcoal grill in the finish.

Crisp feel with sturdy carbonation and a slightly dry quick slick finish. Maybe a tad thin in the body.

Last swigs: Thanks to BA Jredner for the qatmeal stout. This went well with my veggie and cheese late night snack.

blitheringidiot, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of loren01
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a black cola color with very little head, small amount of lacing.
S: Smells of espresso with a hint of chocolate
T: Tastes of slightly sweet at first chocolatey with a nice hop finish.
M: Light to moderate on the carboanation and mouthfeel, goes down very nicely.
D: The more I drink this beer the more I love it!! Thanks to blackie for this one, would love to get some more of this stuff, awesome porter.

loren01, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of doubleipa
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice crown head on top of the black body. A good amount of lacing. Typical aroma for a porter: coffee, burnt, toasted, but little in th eway of hops. Didn't smell much that would label this an "oatmeal" porter. I would've expected a little more bread/dough aroma. Taste was good, but not great. A nice little bit of coffee in the long finish.

doubleipa, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of mclanem
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice dark amber color with a tan head.

Smell: Faint malt smell not to much of a smell.

Taste: Coffee, malt and coffee, the after taste was metallic which was what set this beer back to average.

Mouthfeel: I expected the oatmeal porter to be thicker. it has good carbonation.

Drinkablility: I was not fond of the flavor having such a metallic taste to it, but it was good everywhere else. so average.

mclanem, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: almost jet black with a small amount of red hues, dark kahki head with small bubbles stays around for a little while then turns to little bubbley foam ontop. A small amount of lacing.

Smell: like a lot of porters/stouts I smelled but one of the better smelling ones - burnt malt ,a bit of lactose? hints of coffee, maybe even pumperknickel bread or even a sweet roll

Taste: sour - almost grapefruity, alchohol, and a grainy kind of bite,

Mouthfeel- very fluid a little harsh bite on the pallate but still quite enjoyable nonetheless.

Drinkability: this beer is very surprising from what i'd though it'd be like. It has elements that I remember from other porters/stouts that I thought was strange but they do it well. Really unique I think. It's neat. This beer seems like it'd go really well with chocolate maybe a cigar on a nice brisk night. I must commend Highland in Asheville for having the guts to do such a different brew in this region. I'm not quite crazy about it though. I'd have to be in a wierd mood to want it again.

CaskofFlyingDog, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had the chance to sample several beers from Highland, courtesy of NClifestyle, and I've dug everything these folks do. The Oatmeal Porter is no exception. Rich black with mocha-ring head. Full, deep roasted flavors without an burnt or scorched notes. The oatmeal designation lead me to expect it to be more dense and malty, but I don't know that I got a lot of sense of the oatmeal. Nonetheless, it was a substantial and satisfying beer, with some lighter notes to keep one interested.

Brent, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of Jredner
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma was pretty low intesnity though I didn’t give it very long to warm I’d stille xpect more aroma than this. Faintly roasty with a bit of green tobacco. Deep black with a quickly fading mocha head. Fore is roasted malts and coffee..no real chocolate notes though I get hints of darker fruits. Palate is a bit thin and it rolls into the flavor which makes the finish slightly watery. Highland might be the one brewery that has beers I really like a lot that aren’t porters or stouts. I thinkt he Tasgall is very nice, but the Porter and Stout, to me, were lacking.

Jredner, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of hero27
2.53/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. 32 IBUs, 5.8% abv.

Dark pour..light tan head rests for a bit and leaves ok patches of lacing. Aroma very light..some roasty malts and a pinch of hops, but very very faint. Roasted chocolate malt flavor..some burnt/smoky character settling into the relatively thin body. I wasn't too taken aback by this one..there are much better widely available porters out there.

hero27, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of dubman003
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This isn't a get-drunk beer; this is an exceptional porter that should be enjoyed with a steak and friends. Don't eat the friends, lol. Excellent, possibly the best beer I've ever tried. I wish I could take this beer to every company that makes a porter and say, "This is how you make a porter."

dubman003, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of NClifestyle
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance is almost black. Actually, a deep, dark ruby color, with a thick head of khaki creamy foam, tight bubbles with random deep breaks, some lace scattered about the glass. Cream drops to a thin layer on top of the dark liquid, similar to a coffee drink.
Smells are dominated by malt, roasty and bready, with a touch of oatmeal in there as well. Not an overpowering smell, but quite nice.
Taste is sweet coffee, roasted malts, and a touch of lemon hops in the back of the mouth. However, the hops are secondary, as the solid malt taste hits all over the tougue and mouth.
Mouthfeel is amazing with this beer. Nearly full, creamy and smooth, there is almost no carbonation with this porter. On a cold night, I could drink many of these, and compared with other American porters, I would search this one out again.


NClifestyle, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

The beer pours a very dark brown with hints of amber. There is a sizeable frothly off-white head that holds well and laces well. It smells of roasted and nutty malts. There is also some sweetness balanced by some bitterness in the smell. The beer really shows its strength in its taste. Initially you can taste the roasted malts. This is followed by some sweetness but is balanced nicely with bitterness so that the sweet character is not overpowering. The beer finishes with a slightly nutty character possibly hazlenut. The beer has a good thickness and carbonation along with some dryness that complements the beer nicely. This is also one of the smoothest beers available. Overall this is a fantastic regional beer that I will reach for again and again.

MSchae1017, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of gbarron
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack in NC on my way back home from Xmas.

Appearance - extremely dark brown, virtually opaque. A little light gets through the top and bottom. Frothy head about an inch high, then settles down in a nice, tan creamy top. Brownish head reflecting appropriate porter ingredients.

Smell - roasty, coffee smell. Very little hops - mainly roasted malt aroma. Hints of apples? caramel? Almost smells a little like cooked oatmeal (or maybe I'm being too influenced by the name).

Taste - yummmm. Lots of roasty flavors, tastes like a good cup of coffee. Hop bitterness quite evident, however. More balanced than other porters I've had recently. Roasted malt bitterness at first gives way to some piney hop flavors followed by a sweet malt backbone. Sort of missing that green apple flavor I find in Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout.

Mouthfeel - surprisingly dry and light bodied. Very smooth, silky. A little overcarbonated for my taste - tingles on the tongue.

Drinkability - I wouldn't mind sitting down with a few of these. Very, very tasty and drinkable beer that won't fill you up too much. Would be great with a nice steak or cigar.

Overall - a very tasty product from a reliable, creative brewery. Highly recommended.

gbarron, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to AlexJ for this one...
An extremely dark brown with a half finger of tan head...half of it sticks around and produces very nice lacing.
Sweet milk aroma with a pinch of hot chocolate in the nose.
The taste is pretty good...nowhere near the sweetness I was expecting and a nice addition of hops to bitter it up in it's finish. Well balanced flavors of coffee and chocolate...not pushing any envelopes here and very glad to see that. The alcohol is well hidden as it should be.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, the carbonation is where I like it and goes down very easily.
A nice offering from Highland.

warriorsoul, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of maddamish
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a trip down to knoxville. This is a very good porter that you should try to pick up.

This beer poured out into a nice thick creamy head. Tasting notes of coffee and hops although there was hardly any oatmeal to be found here. That did not take away from this beer as it was great anyways.

The beer was smooth and had a nice consistancy in the mouthfeel.

A very good porter for those who can't get enough of them. I will pick this up in the future.

maddamish, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of whartontallboy
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, almost black, with a massive 2-3" head that slowly receded and left quite a nice lacing. A good-looking porter, to be sure.

Smell is assertive, with lots of roasted malts and coffee at the front with some delicate chocolate notes at the back. Little bit of hoppiness in there lends it a slight grassy scent, but not too much.

Flavor is nice, a rich chocolate-and-coffee flavor with plenty of roastiness and a light hop bite in the finish for a little extra bitterness. Not as much plum/fruit flavors as some porters, but they're definitely in there, albeit a bit low in the mix. Finishes with more chocolate, a hint of vanilla, and a roasted creaminess.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, almost velvety, and medium-bodied.

Overall: A nice, smooth porter with a solid roasty character. I'd like to try this one with a nice steak.

whartontallboy, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of blackie
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: A vigorous pour creates a .25" tan head that recedes into the beer. The ale is a very dark, reddish brown in color.

smell: Aromas of light roasted malts and a nice fresh, spicy hoppines are present. The hoppiness level of this porter is outstanding; higher than most porters I have sampled, yet perfectly balanced. Maybe some caramel and very slight bitter chocolate in there.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is between medium and high. The body of the beer is a light medium.

taste: The earthy roastiness is perfectly blended with the considerable hop characteristic. Slight chocolate flavors are found after the sip. Perfectly balanced. The finish is of a lingering bitterness and roasted barley.

drinkability: Wonderfully drinkable for an American porter.

11/16/13 bottle - still gorgeous with a dense, rocky mocha head. very solid porter with plenty of rich, balanced flavors of cocoa, malt, and toffee. the perfect twinge of midpalate sweetness. pleasant moderate mouthfeel, light carbonation, drying roasty finish. a classic that stands the test of time, and always worth a purchase. not gonna change any scores, but i feel more of a 4.0 mouthfeel these days.

blackie, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of nickss
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep deep dark brown... nearly black... with ruby tinged highlights. Moderate 1/2" cap of foam, which gradually subsides to about a 1/8" khaki cap. Huge gobs of lace cling to the sides of the glass as I take my drink.

Big grainy tones with some oats tossed in. Quite a bit of malt smell on the backbone, but not overpowering.

BIG oat taste. Some mocha, or chocolate pervades the taste, with the malt backing it up. Extremely smooth... very nice. Almost a nuttiness to this one... delicious.

Nice creamy mouthfeel... very inactive on the tongue... simply thick and coating.

I could certainly put my fair share of these away... entirely inoffensive beer with an incredible oaty flavor... definitely one of my favorite "bang for your buck" beers.

nickss, Oct 20, 2005
Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 1,077 ratings.