Oatmeal Porter
Highland Brewing

Oatmeal PorterOatmeal Porter
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Porter - American
Ranked #300
Ranked #15,600
3.89 | pDev: 11.31%
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
Oatmeal PorterOatmeal Porter
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jnjander from Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Feb 28, 2012
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slusk from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a clear garnet with a dense one finger tan head. Great retention.

S: Big coffee, chocolate and toffee with some woody tones. Spicy with a wee bit of raisin.

T: Definitely coffee and chocolate are the stars. Molasses and a bit of gingerbread with some raisin in the background. Low to no hop flavor, maybe a tiny bit of earthiness. The bitterness is strong and balances the sweetness.

F: Chewy, not quite a stout but almost full bodied. Creamy with low carbonation

O: I really like this brew. It's sweet but balanced. Like a big cup of black coffee with a little cream and sugar. One of my favorites.

Sep 06, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Unfortunately, noticed this was bottled in 8/13.

Pours a clear deep brown with ruby highlights and a frothy khaki head that leaves sticky lacing add it dissipates.

Chocolate, toffee, oats, and nutty malt form the initial aroma, with hints of fruity specialty malt character adding contrast. Hops are lightly floral.

Flavor follows suit, with fruity specialty malt notes opening the profile and quickly being dominated by deeply roasted malt. Not overly bitter, and the dark chocolate tones are a nice treat. The balance is roast and chocolatey, but toasted and nutty malt add complexity.

Body is a touch full with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth. There's a touch of astringency art the finish.

Great balance of roast and chocolate, with enough bitterness to not be sweet, but not enough to seem charred or to overwhelm. Love the rich chocolate character. I could do without the fruity notes.

May 14, 2014
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chamberscreek from Texas

4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An excellent porter. For some reason, seemed lighter bodied than I expected -- might not have IDed it as a porter in a blind test. Nice deep coloring, with an appropriate head on the pour. Dominant coffee/chocolate notes, with the oatmeal and mild bitterness hanging back just so. Maybe the most drinkable porter I've had, with a nice flavor punch.

Aug 20, 2015
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scbeerman from South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This one is absolutely a standard-bearer for the style along with MBC's King Titus. Pours almost black with ruby highlights; very light tan colored head which lasts forever and leaves rings of sticky lacing. Smell of chocolate and a little char adds to the warming roasted feel; a hint of grassy hops in the background. Taste is like a milkshake of dark chocolate and coffee, with enough sweetness to balance it out wonderfully. Some roastiness/charred flavor is present and provides a nice even bitterness. Mouthfeel is wonderfully, luxuriantly creamy and smooth, with a silky full mouthfeel courtesy of the oatmeal. Somehow. it manages to be as drinkable as any Porter out there at the same time. Overall, outstanding. I could drink a bunch of these without getting tired of it. If you don't like this you probably don't like porters.

Oct 06, 2015
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SIRIUS2 from North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, nearly black. Very thin light brown head when poured from bottle into a pint glass. Head dissipated very quickly but there was good lacing throughout.

S: An interesting mix of sweet maltiness and coffee

T: Roasted chocolate flavors with a malt sweetness balanced with a sharp hop character. The malts come through strong but the hop bitterness finishes nicely.

M&D: Nice full bodied and chewy. Very smooth and goes down really easy.

Thiis review is for a bottled version but I have had this on tap at the McGregor Ale House in Cary, NC. Very enjoyable, predominantly malty, and great body. I am enjoying the heck out of the Highland line-up and the Oatmeal Porter is no exception. Even though it's just a little bit rough around the edges, I'm finding that I am really enjoying that in my beer lately. Call me crazy but it's a nice change from the ultra refined macros or the centuries old refinements found in the Belgians. I'm diggin' it and looking forward to some more!

Feb 08, 2008
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4.87/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm new to the craft beer scene (after 40 years of drinking), but this beer is absolutely fanf-INGtastic. I'm too much of a beer-tard to describe in proper terms the aspects of this beer. All I know is, this beer kicks ass. How can a beer this dark, very dark brown, be this smooth? My all time #I beer is Guiness and this has moved into the #2 spot after one beer. Extra props for being brewed here in NC.
Ranks a 10 out of 10 on the would you like to sit down with a 12 pack of this brew scale.

Feb 16, 2019
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scaliasux from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 19, 2017
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womencantsail from California

3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a dark brown with some dark red/ruby highlights and a thin off-white head.

S: Smells really charred and ashy. A slight acidity, but there is a nice creamy chocolate/cocoa aroma underneath it. Nice roasted malt and some coffee or maybe coffee grounds.

T: Quite bitter with a lot of acidity and plenty of ash and acrid coffee notes. Lots of roasted malt flavor, maybe a little bit of dark fruit notes. I don't really get much, if any chocolate or oatmeal out of this.

M: The body is on the thin side with a medium carbonation.

D: The lack of oatmeal character in this beer was quite disappointing. It really lacked the usual smooth and full mouthfeel that oatmeal provides.

Feb 18, 2011
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ghowehattrick from North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

Sep 24, 2014
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Syracuse12 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Jul 18, 2014
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Symz from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Jun 05, 2014
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saintwarrick from South Carolina

3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark with hints of deep red with a solid head that follows as you drink it down.

Roasted malts and some mocha and milk chocolate flavors dominate the scent. Some molasses hints, but it mostly reminds me of those malted chocolate ball candies.

Taste is OK, like any other porter I have had before, but there's nothing in the taste that really separate this as an "oatmeal" porter; though it does seem a little lighter on the palate. It goes down smooth and that's fine, though I like my dark beer with a little more bite to them. The taste and smell also remind me a little of pumpernickel.

Not a beer style I get to partake in that often, just doesn't seem to be that many unique ones where I buy my brews. I wouldn't turn this beer away, but I won't go looking for it either.

Feb 12, 2007
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Onenote81 from North Carolina

3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cola-like color with a large frothy tan head resting on top. This retains perfectly and leaves with it some nice sticky lacing. The smell on this one is weak. Some roasted malts present, hints of coffee. Barely detecting anything.

This is so incredibly creamy and smooth. It slips down the throat so velvety. My tongue appreciates this beer. Wonderful. Like the smell, the taste on this is weak. I can see what they were trying to do, but they fell short on accomplishment. Hints of roasted coffee, very bready. It's a decent flavor, but nothing that knocked my socks off. Having said all that though, this has got to be one of the more drinkable porters out there. Great mouthfeel. Nothing terrible or astringent about it at all. Recommend.

Mar 09, 2009
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bubseymour from Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black w tan head. Very nice appearance.

S- malty and chocolate

T- nice chocolaty and roasted flavor. Dry and hopped finish.

M- pleasant but a tad dry on the pallet in the finish.

O- a very well made oatmeal American styled porter. Definitely recommend.

Jul 10, 2012
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FIN from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Jun 07, 2013
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emerald27 from Tennessee

3.3/5  rDev -15.2%

Sep 01, 2014
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beermanbrian from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with some red hints. Tan head that drops quickly but leaves a film that leaves sticky spiderweb lacing. Smell of cocoa and mild coffee. Taste of light chocolate with a faint bitterness in the finish. Little thin on the mouthfeel. Overall a nice brew. Glad i decided to try it.

Mar 29, 2007
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AndyAvalanche from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. This beer pours out brown with mahogany/chestnut highlights. The head is a standard white, maybe a little cream colored. A hard pour gives about a finger width head with some really good lacing to it.

Smell is actually the best part in my opinion. Plenty of dark roasted malts. Gusts of bittersweet chocolate jump out and tickle your nose as you sniff it. There's also a spicy, citrus, floral hops present. The aromas all compliment each other quite nicely and is quite well balanced.

The taste is almost as equally excellent. Again the bittersweet chocolate is evident, this time there is more sweetness to go with it. Call it power of suggestion, but I think I can almost detect a brown sugar type sweetness, almost like you could pour this in your oatmeal in the morning. Earthy and citrus hops present as well, very well hopped.

Very good and well balanced. The flavors really blend together well to make a very enjoyable beer. I'd say medium bodied overall, with an excellent carbonation level. This beer is crazy drinkable too. I could drink this all day. If you like the taste of oatmeal stouts but want something lighter at the same time, than this is absolutely perfect.

I really like this beer a lot. I could drink it year round, I'm glad I picked it up in TN when I was there. I'd get it again if it were in the Boston area. Thanks to the guys at Beardon Beer Market for the recommendation!

May 01, 2011
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KerMUDGEon from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Jul 22, 2012
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Jerid from Florida

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 15, 2019
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CorgiDad from Mississippi

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Oct 29, 2014
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nick_perry from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nicely structured porter. Dry malt taste, some notes of oats.

Aug 07, 2020
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mclanem from Massachusetts

3.16/5  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.

Mar 20, 2006
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haningj2 from South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A personal favorite. From a tap in NC.

Excellent aroma and appearance. Dark brown with a hint of red. Leaves great looking head and lacing is very nice.

Unbelievable taste that provides a rush of flavor. Personally, seems to have more flavor than a standard porter. Finishes smooth and one of the best after-tastes you will find in beer. Great for cooking and tastes excellent with a variety of different dishes.

EDIT: Was probably WAY too nice when I was a Highland fanboy. Still love the stuff. Just adjusted the ranking away from bias.

Jun 25, 2008
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