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Highland Oatmeal Porter - Highland Brewing

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Highland Oatmeal PorterHighland Oatmeal Porter

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542 Reviews

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Reviews: 542
Hads: 1,249
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 17.36%
Wants: 39
Gots: 158 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 542 | Hads: 1,249
Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/11/05- Received from BA member AlexJ via a trade.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness date. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Almost total black pour, 2 fingered dirty chocolate colored head. Very nice lacing.

Smell- Mostly some super dark malt and a bit of coffee.

Taste- Heavy sweet malted action going on. Nice espresso taste throughout. Maybe a touch of chocolate. Not as much hops as expected.

Mouthfeel- A bit creamy and a nice carbonation level.

Drinkabilty- A good porter for sure. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of gimmehead
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: black with a quickly recerding beige colored head

Smell: smoky and bitter roasted malts; some sweet chocolate, and maybe some vanilla notes

Flavor: bittersweet roasted malts with some caramel sweetness and a decent amount of hop bitterness; not all that flavorful

Mouthfeel: very thick and smooth, velvety on the tongue

Drinkability: fairly bland flavor and not very exciting, but the aroma is good and the mouthfeel is awesome

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from GCBrewingCo as part of BIF 20. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head above the translucent dark burgundy/brown brew. Head is frothy and hangs around, with nice lacing. Aroma is lightly of dark grains. Taste is dark malts, rounded out by the oatmeal character. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, as you would hope, and drinkability is nice as well. Nice brew, very sessionable porter, for sure.

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Photo of fretlessman71
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: The idea of an Oatmeal Porter has been pretty enticing to me over the years because of the added smooothness factor, and now I finally get to try one.

APPEARANCE: Jet black with the faintest mahogany highlights around the outside. Medium tan head; tight bubbles. A little bit of lacing, but wondering if I properly rinsed out the glass from the dishwasher before pouring…

AROMA: Dark chocolate, dates, red wine, clove and nutmeg. Sure hope this beer lasts until Christmas! Not much hop character at all.

FLAVOR: This is one mild brew with a lot of flavor. Bitter dark chocolate gives way to some hop flavor on the sides, little bit of fresh-roasted coffee coming through as well. The dates in the aroma are not as present as they were in the aroma, but they’re there. Hops peek their head over the wall just a bit as the beer warms. You can really taste the effects of the oatmeal here; there’s a smoothness and a earthy-grainy sweetness in the back you don’t normally see, save for Oatmeal Stouts (hey – that makes sense!). Nothing off, and certainly interesting – and tasty to boot!

MOUTHFEEL: It doesn’t get any smoother than this. As close to perfect as you’re going to get.

DRINKABILITY: At 5.8%ABV, it’s getting close to the danger zone for this lightweight, but it’s so tasty and interesting that I could see myself having more than one of these – just pass the pretzels, wouldja? Didn’t notice the alcohol until my cheeks started tingling… this one went down too fast. Wow!

OVERALL COMMENTS: A thoroughly unique brew, and empirically worthy of at least a taste should you ever get the opportunity. Always thought that Oatmeal would do well in a porter, and after this brew, I can see I wasn’t wrong.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with a healthy sized tan head. Clingy scatterings of lace were left on the side of the glass as a small cap of foam remained. Light roasty aroma with a sweet maltiness lingering about. Some light coffee as well. A bit mild but inviting. Roasted malts and a mild dark chocolate upfront. Sweet malt notes and some bitterness are there. Finishes on a lingering roasty note. Great flavors but it needs a bit more of them. Medium and creamy mouthfeel works well. Easy drinking stuff that goes down quickly. A solid brew that is very sessionable.

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Photo of KoG
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle courtesy of hoppedup in BIF 21.

Almost black body, some red highlights show through topped with a tan head that lacing in thin rings.

Smell is roasted barley with slight flowery hops. No off aromas.

Tastes rich and thick. Deep roasted barley with light chocolate malt and some oat. Light bitterness makes it easy on the palate but is still strong enough to make itself known. Finishes with a very light flare of caramel sweetness.

The oatmeal gives it just enough body to thicken it up a bit and make this a very rich and full porter. A damn good sample if I must say so, yet another brew I will have to find if I am in NC in the future.

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Photo of mentor
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber provided by GCBrewingCo. Thanks for the opportunity. Pours a 1/2 finger brown-tan head over a very dark brown liquid. Very dark mohogeny brown when held to light. Nose is chocolatey with a touch of molasses and some alcohol. Some dry rough hoppy, like the middle of a piece of dried out driftwood (freshwater) that's just been cracked open. Taste is mostly chocolate with noticable coffee-ish roast beneath, as well as bitter/sour (perhaps from black patent). There is a rough grassy near the end that's a bit combative, but a re-emergance of the chocolate in a more syrupy tasting form fights it off. The mouthfeel isn't as smooth and creamy as I was expecting, perhaps because the coffee and hop put an edge on the beer. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Although the beer leaves my mouth dry, I'm left with enjoyable memories of sweeter chocolate. Not a tremendously complecated beer, but definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost pitch balck, but with some light sneaking around the edges. Thick foamy head that first receded to a cool looking cap, then to a pretty thick film. Nose is a bit of coffee. Taste is a strong kick of coffee beans. Can't really find the oatmeal (that comes through more in the full and heavy mouthfeel). Dark chocolate flavor also leaves a dry feel in the mouth. Little bit smokey. Fairly drinkable, but it would burn my taste sense if I stuck with these all day.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of Ninjaworm (thanks, Oak, for providing my beer for the week).
Pours a deep brown with a slightly off white head. Head is well formed, and retention is pretty good. Lacing is a bit lacking, but with the style, it's not that surprising.
Smell is roasted malts, chocolate, some vanilla, oatmeal, and just a hint of hops.
Taste is chocolate, roasted coffee, a bit of vanilla, and quite a bit more hops than I would have thought. A definite smoothness is brought about by the oatmeal in this one.
Mouthfeel is nice, smooth, coats the tongue, and just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Overall, another fantastic beer from Highland. I really should have bought more of this stuff when I was in NC. I haven't had a single beer from this brewery that I didn't like.

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Photo of ybnorml
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A very dark brown beer with rich mahogony highlights. Has a small creamy light brown head. There is a rich malty aroma with a light chocolate note a bit of coffee in the background. The flavor starts with a good promising roasted malt character. This robust goodness is short lived however. The finish is a nasty metallic aftertaste that sticks to your teeth and gums. Removing any joy you were getting from this brew.

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Photo of kingjames1
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark ruby, with good light brown lacing.

Smell - wonderful, just like it says, an oatmeal porter. Oatmeal, coffee, some toffee, and that nice roasted malt aroma. Smells like a wonderful breakfast bread with a dark roasted coffee.

Taste - this seems to be a let down after the wonderful aromas. I've rarely had a beer that smells better and richer than it tastes. Hops bitterness, some coffee flavors, a little bit of sweetness (not much). Hmmm.

Mouthfeel - good, fine carbonation levels.

Relatively drinkable, but probably won't have another one tonight.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
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!

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  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!

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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?

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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

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Photo of dgallina
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of John1985
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of SilentSabre
2.52/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

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Photo of blitz134
3.93/5  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.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Stimack
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

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Photo of BillyBrew
3.88/5  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.


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Photo of BrewMaster
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.