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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

Highland Oatmeal PorterHighland Oatmeal Porter

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very good

951 Ratings

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Ratings: 951
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%

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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Photo of Shaw


4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another gift from BA thryn. Thanks!

Pours a deep, deep ruby in color with a light brown head that leaves sticky foam around the glass. Very nice.

Chocolate, coffee and roasted malt aroma.

The taste is excellent. Wonderful roasted coffee and chocolate, along with burnt toast flavors. Bit of tannin mix with a light hop bitterness.

The body is creamy and slick, thanks to the oatmeal.

This is an excellent Porter and the best of several good beers I've had from Highland. Seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 07:04:59 | More by Shaw
Photo of nickfl


4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of light brown foam, settles quickly, little lace. The body is opaque black with brown highlights.

S - Aroma of nutty brown malt with some pine hop notes. Fruity yeast and a slight hint of smoke in the background.

T - Light coffee and nutty malt up front with some brown sugar notes. Rich malt in the middle becomes a complex finish with notes of chocolate covered coffee beans, citrus hops and light notes of smoke and tobacco.

M - Smooth, moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable and surprisingly complex. It has a great malt profile that borders on becoming a stout, but never become quite that roasty. The finish is excellent with a great blend of dark malt and enough hops to keep it balanced.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 03:52:20 | More by nickfl
Photo of botham


4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tasting glass. pours a deep chocolate brown with faint amber highlights and a half finger of light tan head.

aroma is lightly roasted malts and a touch of chocolate. overall the aroma is quite smooth and pleasant in the nose.

taste is of roasted malts up front with a bit of chocolate and burnt malt. very smooth on the palate with a finish of residual sticky black malts. overall very smooth and mellow on the palate with a tasty profile.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a silky smooth texture and a sticky smooth finish. nice.

drinkability is good. a very smooth and satisfying porter with good concentration and just enough richness to sustain the roasted malts. a very tasty porter. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 01:18:24 | More by botham
Photo of mntlover


4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice black,with fluffy tan head. Smell of coffee,oats and malt goodness.Tastes of roasted malt oats with right amount of carbonaton to tingle the tounge. Hops kick in to add citrusy flavor and just the right kick to finish of this great brew. Nice medium bodied porter not as chewy as some others but taste is wonderful. Drinkability is excellent very good brew. Haven't had bad beer from this brewery would recommend trying one if you can.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2003 14:21:22 | More by mntlover
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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
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 02:42:39 | More by TastyTaste
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 18:42:33 | More by mmmbeer
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4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice dark color with a foamy whiteish tan head. Faded quickly but left some nice lacing.

S: No distinct smell comes across. Slight roasted malts background smell.

T: Really tasty. Nice roasted malts flavor comes across, that tends to linger on the back of the tongue. Slight hints of chocolate come across at the beginning, with a faint hint of hops at the end. Really like the overall balance of flavors. I almost drank the whole beer just trying to dissect all the flavors, I liked it that much.

M: Nice thickness to the beer. Good amount of chew. Really thicker than I expected, which is always a pleasant surprise.

D: Very drinkable. I could drink these all night. Great taste, great mouthfeel, and not too much ABV. I'd drink another, if I had one...

Overall: Overall it was a very good beer. I'm always found of a good porter though, so I will admit I am biased. However, this beer really delivered for me, which was nice considering the last few I drank disappointed. If you like porters, give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 23:02:12 | More by bgildea
Photo of stoutfiend27

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a dimpled mug...

a-one finger khaki head stayed for a while...left some nice swirling on top...

s-a little roasty and coffee....the dark grains really shine through in this....

t-lots chocolate and roast up front..some coffee follows just as the bittering hops step in the middle to keep it from being too sweet....finishes on a bitter roasty chocolate note

m-thick and creamy...not quite chewy but almost...coats the mouth well...

d-could drink this all night and not feel bad about it at all

forgot how good this homer is....

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 23:56:42 | More by stoutfiend27
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4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark rich color when poured from the bottle. About an inch of foamy rich head as well. You can smell the dark roasted malts in this one and just a light touch of hops. First taste gives an initial nutty/chocolate taste which slowly melts into a coffee like aftertaste. Lightly carbonated to perfection as the mouthfeel is great. Wish I would have bought more than one of these in my mix pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 15:54:21 | More by Rhynes2
Photo of jjanega08


4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a nice deep brown basically black color with a thick finger of head on it that holds great retention and awesome lacing. A really nice looking brew actually.

S= Smells nice and roasty with a nice chocolaty smell. The chocolate is actually anice milk chocolate smell. Good buiscuity aroma to it that makes the chocolate more milky.

T= The taste is great. A nice mix of roast and a sweet malt character that you usually don't get from a porter in my experience. The sweetness isn't too bad though. it's a solid candy sweetness that holds up nicely to the roast.

M= Velvetty smooth.

O= This is a great beer. I love a porter and I love oatmeal stouts. This is the best of both worlds. The sweetness is a little different but this is a nice mix. Seek this beer out.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 05:43:44 | More by jjanega08
Photo of DrJay


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
Photo of hyuga

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice looking black beer with a thick tan foam that thins, but stays at a good drinking level.

Chocolate and lightly roasted oats in the aroma with some leafy hops.

Flavors start off with some sweet but still dark chocolate flavor and roasted oaty goodness. Spicy, leafy hops show up here and there, staying behind as a reminder of their definite presence in the aftertaste. Finishes very leafy with some woody sweetness. Very nice.

Chewy and thick, milky smooth. Flavors are not huge, but that doesn't take away from the body.

This is currently my favorite NC brew. It's a great session beer that doesn't kill the tastebuds, nor does it fail to give you satisfying, solid flavor. Good to have around all of the time.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 05:14:41 | More by hyuga
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another solid beer by Highland. If your looking for a good porter this is it. A very dark color. Thin head. Smell is of roasted grains. The mouthfeel and drikability on this one are both excellent. I have bought this beer on several occasions and will do so again in the future. I love the taste of oatmeal beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 14:27:20 | More by Enola
Photo of Mosstrooper


4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: Dark ruby-brown color, almost black, with a small tan-is head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a thick ring of lace.

Smell: Roasted malt with lots of chocolatey and oaty sweetness. There is a balanced hop aroma with maybe a touch of coffee.

Taste: Begins with some citric flavors and rounds out to roasted malt sweetness and finishes with stronger citric and slightly bitter (though rounded) hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lively carbonation and a finish that lies somewhere from sticky and dry.

Drinkability: This is an outstanding porter. It's name evokes thoughts of a sweet brew, perhaps a nice after-dinner beer. While this beer is sweet and could be good after dinner, the hop character really shines through and rounds everything out. A superb beer- low enough in ABV for sessioning, or just to have around after a day at work.

Thanks to wahmaster for bringing some of this stuff up from Virginia to share.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 20:16:55 | More by Mosstrooper
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark molasses like brown with garnet highlights, great clarity, tan thin head

Aroma: roasty but not overwhelmingly so, slight bitterness, a little dark fruitiness like a fruitcake,

Taste: great roasty flavor but also supported by more fruity and a little caramel malt flavor that definitely distinguishes it from stout status. Balanced finish but a little residual sweetness. Great oatmeal addition brings a little fullness to the flavor

Mouthfeel: smooth and a little silky, but not as silky as an oatmeal stout. Crisp finish, full body and medium carbonation

Overall: a great mix of roasty, fruity, and bold flavors that finishes smooth and crisp. A great late fall quaff that can be either sipped or gulped.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 23:27:57 | More by dwren89
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 02:16:16 | More by Smittysguinness
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 00:40:00 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this porter several years ago and tried it again and rated it a bit higher in my database.

The brew ours to a nice tan head that dissapates fairly quickly but has some lace.

There is a slightly malty aroma that is about right for the style.

The color is a dark brow that is quite tranlucent which makes it look like a dark ale instead of a porter.

The oatmeal rounds out the malt in the mouth and the finish dry malt with a hint of choclate.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 21:38:35 | More by DarrellK
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours very dark with some scarlet hues. It has a nice off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

S-Chocolate and coffee dominate the nose.

T-Chocolate, coffee, cream, and some hops. It tastes delicious.

M-Rich and creamy with the right amount of carbonation.

D-I could drink this porter all day.

Overall, I love this porter. It got me into the style and for me it will always be a go to porter. I highly recommend this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2010 21:03:32 | More by thegodfather2701
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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown from the bottle allowing for a single finger of ecru head. The aromas are nott too telling for such a flavorful beer. The taste explodes with coffee, bittersweet chocolate, nuts, and oats. The flavors are many and all complementary of one another. The taste of this porter is big on all fronts and pleasant all the way down to faint taste of alcohol that gives the porter its warming effect. The bittersweet chocolate finishes the beer on the pallet. This porter has a richness that I expected more from a stout but the brew is not thick. The balance in the flavors is mirrored in the body and the overall drinkability of the porter is really good.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 01:53:00 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After an aggressive pour, this brew ended up about a 3/4 inch tan head that quickly receded to half that, with some thick, sticky lacing left behind on the glass. Pretty dark looking, almost black with nice red hue. Aroma is nutty and grainy, some chocolate and a slight bit of coffee with a touch of hops. Has a real malty backbone, nice roasted profile with some nutty characteristics noted, possibly the oatmeal giving it this unique twang. Biscuity malt feel to it, thick on the mouthfeel, nice smooth after taste with a touch of bitterness. Some interesting hoppiness shines through on this one as well, bit of christmas tree pine blends in with the light and dry bakers chocolate flavor nicely. Carbonation is just about right, bit on the high side but it accents the beer well. Nice aftertaste noticed, slightly bitter with a touch of hops. Overall, this is a good beer, full of flavor, nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 04:26:08 | More by jsdunlop
Photo of JayS2629


4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very smooth, rich and approachable porter. Sweet and dark chocolate with oatmeal, coffee, toasted nuts, and some earthy notes of hops make up the aroma. The taste is mild chocolate, roasted coffee, oatmeal, sweet caramels, notes of vanilla nd nuts. Very smooth, creamy, mild and approachable porter. The drinkability is very high. Easy to drink. Delicious and well balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 14:03:28 | More by JayS2629
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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 Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Black and dark brown at the top. Pours a tan creamy head that dissapates to a lacing on the rim of the glass.
S: Roasted chocolate, gourmate coffee smell. Has a little sweetness that is nice.
T: To me has a little more bite than their stout. Balanced hops and malty. A mild bitter aftertaste.
M: Well carbonated. Tingles the tongue a little. Maybe a little thin.
D: Very, Very drinkable. Now that is readily available in my area is becoming my standby beer. Somehow this beer fits any situation for me. Had one last night around a campfire and the same evening over a nice meal with my wife.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2005 17:52:54 | More by wcudwight
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