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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

540 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 540
Hads: 1,236
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 39
Gots: 153 | 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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 09-17-2002

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Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 540 | Hads: 1,236
Photo of jbridge127
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oatmeal stouts and porters are my favourite beer styles so my reviews of these tend to be a little biased. This particular Oatmeal Porter has a beautiful black color and a small head as it should. Smells of coffee, grains, and a little chocolate. The taste is fantastic. I am a huge fan of Highland. This Oatmeal porter is delicious and I would highly recommend it to those who love dark, strong beer. (401 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque black with a creamy, thick beige head.

S: Aromas of cream, vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, and astringent, herbal hops are present on the nose.

T: Notes of fruity, citrusy hops, minerals, coffee, vanilla bean, heavy cream, and dark chocolate fill the mouth. The fade is predictably bitter and roasty, with strong notes of cream, coffee, citrus, and dark chocolate.

M: Medium in body, dry, and a bit chalky. Carbonation is very intense for the style. Surprisingly, only a modest amount of silkiness is imparted by the oats.

O: This is a solid brew, but it really was not what I was expecting. Considering that the name strongly emphasizes the presence of oats, I was somewhat disappointed that I encountered difficulty detecting any distinctive oatmeal presence. Again, this is not a bad brew by any means, but I kind of feel that the oat flavors should have been more pronounced. (903 characters)

Photo of Cory_Brown
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark brown color with 1/4 inch of light brown head.
Smell- Smells of roasted chocolate and coffee.
Taste- A little hoppy up front but the complex flavors of roasted chocolate and coffee come in to make a smooth finish.
Mouthfeel- Light mouthful for such a dark beer. Very easy to drink
Overall- I haven't had too many beers of this style, but after this one I'm ready to try some more. Great flavor and easy to drink is always a winning combination! (461 characters)

Photo of silverking
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- deep garnet with a rocky beige head. Good head retention and excellent lacing.

S- cherry, fig, malt, raisin. Smells like a Belgian quad. Wonderfully complex.

T- malty, toasty, I pick up on some biscuit malt. There is a very light hop presence leading into a finish of dark cocoa and deeply roasted malt.

M- medium bodied, slightly prickly carbonation. The finish is dry and slightly astringent.

O- Complex, toasty, warming, awesome. (439 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Base of bottle says Filled 02/20/14.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Moderate dark roast aroma with notes of chocolate, mocha and vanilla.

T- Flavor follows suit with some more dark roast and a nutty finish. Easy to drink, semi-sweet.

M- Kind of thin even for a porter but decent enough. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Not a whole lot going on with this one but it's a good kind of simple. (636 characters)

Photo of walkinginplace
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This porter is a very dark brown and exhibits a redness in certain lights. The head is also quite persistent and there is significant lacing. The smell is basic roasted malt. The taste begins with the previously noted burnt hops flavor and has served real malt and sweetness thereafter. Surprisingly light-bodied. Not bad, lighter and more drinkable than most porters. (368 characters)

Photo of dwren89
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of ElCommodoro
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I haven't been that into really dark beers recently, but man am I glad my girlfriend brought a handful back from the east coast. This is a fantastic porter. So rich and flavourful. The roasted malt really shines without being overly bitter or dry to the point of disgust. It is just right. The punch of oatmeal goes well with it, also adding plenty of flavour potency without hitting that thin line of excess. I haven't had a lot of porters this year, so I don't have a lot of specific flavour notes to assess. I only got one 12 oz bottle of this particular brew. Just trust me, it's awesome. If you're ever within their distribution area, pick up a bottle. (657 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass
no bottling date

A: Pours a dark cola colored brown with 1 fingers width of tan head. Head dissipates down to a thin film quickly, and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

S: Roasty, black malt, coffee, a touch smokey. Quite nice.

T: Roasted malts, mild black coffee, subtle dark fruits, a bit of booze which is surprising given the low ABV, some grassy/herbaceous notes. Flavor as a whole is quite tame, but whats there is nice.

M/D: Light body for the style, moderate carbonation, somewhat smooth but overall mouthfeel is limited by the light body. Drinkability is average.

O: Overall, a good porter but nothing that sounds out. Worth a try but not something I would make an effort to purchase again. (740 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very dark chestnut; 2 finger frothy beige head, long lasting and good lacing

Smell: Pretty faint smell of roasted grains, coffee and chocolate; had to hunt for it though

Taste: Roasted grain on the start with a hint of oatmeal following; finishes slightly thin and with a lingering hint of roasted grains; not a lot of hop character

Mouthfeel: Creamy overall, but a little thin given it's an oatmeal brew

Remarks: Seems to be in line with a porter overall (471 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark "ruby" hue, that lets light in around the edges. The head was nicely thick sitting on a bed of bubbles.

Very weak in aroma there is a decidingly malty turn to the scent. Get very little hop scent but it's there.

Wow, for all of the scent that wasn't there it was apparently sitting in the taste. Tasty charred malt, chocolate malt flavor, touch of coffee and roasted oats. Very well balanced and super amooth this is a nice surprise. (448 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mahogany brown color with a half inch tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The aroma is nice and sweet, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, oatmeal, and a bit of dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some coffee and some bitter hops in there too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's well carbonated and enjoyable to drink. I thought this was a good brew, I'd buy it again. $1.99 for a single bottle. (526 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Pours a carbonated opaque dark mahogany with a fast fading tan head. Marshy air bubbles are left behind on the glass edge.

S: Aroma is sour dough, smelly sneakers, roasted oatmeal, figs, sugar sprinkled prunes, brown sugar, cumin and salted crackers.

T/M: Bitter prunes, molasses covered oats, burnt brown sugar/caramel and finishes dry with stale coffee and dark chocolate. Carbonation is quite assertive in the medium body.

O: The first time I had this on tap I really enjoyed it and wanted to try but again. It's just as good as the first time. Really great roasty malt with sugar and bitterness to round out a nice oatmeal porter. This is my first oatmeal porter but I'm eager to enjoy more. Cheers! (712 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12 Oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Mahogany brown with a longer lasting creamy tab head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel and a little fruit. Taste is nice with a nice blend of the malt road rinses dialed back by the oatmeal. Has a bit of a fizziness to it but is otherwise nice and smooth. (327 characters)

Photo of breakingbland
2.89/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle. No date. 

Aroma: Not much aroma. Slight hops. Detected a slight odd aroma component but couldn't identify it; maybe it had a caramel character.

Appearance: Poured with a very nice brown sugar-colored head. The one-finger head dissipated rather quickly. The brew itself was a deep brown -- virtually opaque. 

Taste: Detected some malty sweetness. Medium hops.  The taste profile had some depth but overall not too interesting. 

Mouthfeel: The beer felt a bit thin in the mouth. It had a medium level of carbonation.  

Overall: This beer was "advertised" as very malty with hints of chocolate which I would have liked, but they were a bit too subtle for me in this beer. I wouldn't turn this beer down, but neither would I search it out again. (774 characters)

Photo of tkelley
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Last bottle from a sided I got in south carolina at Christmas.

A - fairly light for a porter. Transluscent dark ruby color with a nice thin head that lasts and lasts. Good lacing.

S - not much going on here of note. Some roasted malts. Smells kind of breakfasty.

T - the earlier bottles I had were much better. The oatmeal comes through the malt profile very well at this point. No chocolate notes. Not a lot of roast. Some malts though.

M -- smooth. Fine bubbles.

O - I waited too long to drink this last bottle. Notefor the future : not for cellaring or evenfor keepingfor a couple months.

Cheers! (644 characters)

Photo of Louis_Toschner
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter glass. The color was used motor oil blackish brown, letting in no light. Absolute wondeful smell: Chocolate and coffee mixed with just enough hop scent. Had me drooling when I popped the cap. Very satisfying taste - every scent was present and blended wonderfully. Mouthfeel was a little thinner than I expected but again, the taste and smell more than made up for that. Overall, this is definitely a beer I'd revisit time and again! (465 characters)

Photo of acsprouse
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, with a nice khaki head. reveals ruby redness when held to a light. Smells good, chocolate, and coffee notes, malty. The mouthfell is alot thinner than i expected, but not bad. Its smooth, slightly creamy. The chocolate notes are on the palate as well as the nose but the coffee notes arent that strong. Its malty. Sweet, but not too sweet. You taste the hops a little. Overall: great brew in my opinion. I give this high praises. For the style, it was great. Wonderful with my meal. I enjoyed this beer (519 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a deep brown/black pour, finger of tan head, nice amount of lacing. smells of grapes, dark roasted grains, coffee. a wonderful tasting porter. this is almost stout-like, lots of coffee and chocolate flavors, dark roasted grains, the oats are present in the mouthfeel for sure.. you can tell when it's a heavier mouthfeel that the good ol' oat has been involved! medium body, thick fr a porter, good amount of carbonation. an excellent beer for its style. great taste and great feel. definitely an underdog you don;t ever hear about. (532 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark black, brown highlights. Little to no head, thin lacing.

S - roasted chocolate, fruit, smoke

T - roasted grains, vanilla beans, some dark fruit, toffee.

M - good carbonation, slightly sticky

O - one of my favorite porters, preferably on tap. The bottle version is recommended. (289 characters)

Photo of beernazismustdie
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I'm giving this beer a decent review, even though it wasn't to my liking, because I think for fans of porters it's a worthwhile brew. However, like many porters and dark micro brews, I found it to be overpoweringly bitter for my liking. I

t's very stout and fairly dry, with some sweetness on the backend from the oatmeal and a little hoppiness you might not expect. It has almost a burnt taste to it, rather than the smooth full bodied flavor I prefer in a darker beer.

I think fans of porters will enjoy it. However, to me it tasted fine at first, but after half a glass it became an unpleasurable chore to drink due to the strong bitterness that's characteristic of the style. I wanted to like it, but at the end of the day I must confess it was too dark and bitter for my tastes. I didn't finish ths bottle.

I have actually tried this several times, both from a tap and from the bottle. I will say I think it's better on draught. (936 characters)

Photo of Jacurdy60
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I loved this beer, however I am impartial to porters. Aroma's were oaky and malty, but the mouthfeel was very crisp and refreshing to me. Had a nice, toasty, dark appearance with a one finger head. I'd like to try this on draught. It's been a few weeks since I've had it but i remember enjoying it. (298 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium glass

This offering pours up a deep opaque black with a nice one finger tan head and plenty of spiderweb like lacing left behind. The smell is kind of faint. All I could really perceive was a kind of nebulous hard to define freshness. Taste is very nice. I picked up an initial malty sweetness along with cola, carame, and coffee. The finish is a nice balanced coffee, and chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. This is a very nice offering. I'd drink it again easily!!! (507 characters)

Photo of clemtig76
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler I picked up in Greenwood, SC at Corley's Market. Pours an almost jet black with ruby highlights, nice rocky tannish frothy head with lacing ringing the glass after every sip. Nice roasty aroma with a faint spicy hop background. Taste is medium bodied with a silky smooth finish from the oats. A little subdued for a porter in my opinion, but nice maltiness with hints of chocolate and caramel, some hops detectable on the back end. Silky smooth and easy to drink. I think I will have another. (514 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark burgundy color. The head is a two finger light khaki color with a great texture. It never really fades fully, topping the body off like mocha.

S: Cocoa powder, grains (not roasted), vanilla, and faint coffee beans. A bit reminiscent of a really good brown ale more than a porter/stout - but that doesn't mean it isn't a nice aroma.

T: More bitter than the aroma. It actually seems to feature a healthy hop bill, finishing with a decent amount of earth, pine, and even a touch of grapefruit. The bottle says this has a 'well-balanced hop character', and I can actually agree to that - only thing I don't like is the slight vegetal touch on the finish. Before the hops kick in, the flavor opens with roasted coffee beans and chocolate (with both flavors bleeding through to the aftertaste slightly). It's a bit mild, but balanced very well.

M: Classically bone dry and clean. The flavor leaves the palate as quickly as it enters, but I like how the hops never come across as being overly acidic. This is very easy to drink with spot on carbonation aiding its nature.

O: A solid no-frills hoppy porter. This isn't a world beater, but I'd buy a 6 pack of it given a limited selection at a store. (1,249 characters)

Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.