Highland Oatmeal Porter | Highland Brewing

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3.87/5
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Highland Oatmeal PorterHighland Oatmeal Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States
highlandbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 09-17-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,064
Reviews:
574
Ratings:
1,395
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
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Photo of mj24053
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good porter. Higher bitterness on aftertaste. Very malty. Lighter mouthfeel than a lot of porters. Lots of good porters out there. This one is a good one, even if a slight step behind the elites ones.

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Photo of Theogre83
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkrich
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

After surviving a hurricane and sweating it out for a couple of weeks, it is nice to finally get back to reviewing some beer. An oatmeal porter to complement the cooler weather down here in Florida is perfect. Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. bottle: very deep brown to black hue, much like a Coca Cola, with a thin and quickly receding beige head.

Faint hints of cocoa and spice along with some roast - not very distinct.

The flavor begins with a mild, tangy hop profile that quickly transitions to light roast and hints of chocolate. While not hugely distinct, it manages to keep your interest and is extremely quaffable.

Super silky and smooth mouthfeel with some roasted chocolate lingering on the palate.

Very good interpretation of the style, though I believe I would have to tip my hat to Samuel Smith's oatmeal stout. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of KMcGrath
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothmanscott
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 8/17/14: Pours a brown so deep it appears black with ruby/garnet highlights when held to the light. The pour produces 3 fingers of somewhat lasting, tan, foamy head that leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is musty/smoky dark malt, cocoa, hints of coffee and a faint sourness. Taste is dark malt, semisweet dark chocolate, molasses and dark fruits. A light bitter hop character initiates at mid-sip, intensifies into the finish where it lingers into the aftertaste. Aftertaste is malty char, dark chocolate and faint licorice in a lightly sour bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low to moderate carbonation, creamy and chewy with a little spicy bite in the finish.

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Photo of BrewsandBlues
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of spicy hops, roasted malt, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of spicy hops, roasted malt, hint of citrus hops, hint of raisin, and slight sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, feel, and body.

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Photo of Reef
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated 7/27/18
Thin brown body with small tan head. Spotty lacing and nice blanket of carbonation remains.
Not a lot of aroma, toasty malts only.
Roasty nutty flavors followed by hops.
Smooth, light mouthfeel, stubborn carbonation, not much change as the glass warms.
Looks nice, kind of meh overall.

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Photo of dtevans5
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kemoarps
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour yields a thin body that's at least as ruddy as it is brown. Held up to the light it's reminiscient of chestnut shells. Massive billowy head the colour of chestnut meat. Gorgeous lacing.

Nose is classic smoothe roasty with elements of oats and a mild nuttiness (I feel like I'm describing this beer with more nut imagery than it actually warrants... it's not a nut ale, it doesn't give the impression of a nut ale, it just happens to have characteristics whose best description I can come up with are nut derived!).
Really inviting basic old school porter characteristics.

Smoothe smoothe body the oats are well represented there (an example of why I love oat-incorporation).
Roasty at first with some smoothe rounded malts. Takes a sweet nutty turn before hitting a bitter finish with conviction. Some coffee in there, and the oats are in the flavour as well as the feel.

Definitely on the light side of the porter spectrum, but the oats are doing their thing, and overall I enjoyed it. Thanks Mike!
From @Dragginballs76 and his NBS BIF #8 magic.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of drunkenmess
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of jkblr
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft, cold in a shaker pint at fridge temp 5.9% ABV 35 IBU per menu at Magic Mushroom Myrtle Beach SC. The beer is dense black with light brown head that persists. The aroma is mild of roast and vague sweetness. The taste is roasty malts. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated, soft and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, very good. Nice beer and went well with pizza etc.

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Photo of Dourrieu
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Coho11
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Old_Beard_Belly
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Overall good brown beer. Notes of light chocolate and a tinge of nuttiness. 2+in head on heavy pour. No filling sensation. Good but could have been better imo a oatmeal porter is thick and hearty this has oatmeal porter properties but feels light and fluffy. Will not buy again.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of poppopintheattic11
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jettjon
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz can into my Sam Adams “perfect pint” glass, this one is an extremely dark, nearly black brown color with very little light transmission. Pillowy, fluffy brown-tan head of copious foam, slow fade to a tight collar with a moderate amount of clingy lace. Nose of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, maybe a hint of molasses. In the mouth it has a nice toasted malt/dark chocolate vibe with hints of vanilla and a tiny bit of sweet malt in the background. I can’t really detect any “oatmeal” character, however. Clean, dry bitter finish. Mouth feel is spot on; it’s chewy and mealy just a notch or two below foamy with a good hearty feel. Overall, a very solid porter. Would try again.

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Photo of yote
4.74/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jadpsu
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a near black with a light brown/tan head and decent head retention and better clinging side glass lace.
Aroma: sweet and malty. Roasted malts and the smell of oatmeal.
Taste: Creamy, coffee flavor. Sweet but with roasted, toasty malts.
Well balanced, bitter sweet finish.

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Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,395 ratings