Highland Oatmeal Porter | Highland Brewing

very good
1,351 Ratings
Highland Oatmeal PorterHighland Oatmeal Porter

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 09-17-2002

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Photo of Chrazi
1.62/5  rDev -58%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Very poorly executed porter. Way too heavy on hops. No body, creaminess or roastiness that you usually find in oatmeal porters and stouts. This beer is somewhere between a Black IPA and a Schwarzbier. Another mediocre dud from a very mediocre brewery.

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Photo of SmokySignals
4.71/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got 2 bottles of Oatmeal Porter in the Mountain Medley 12 pack this time; love how they hand pack these differently all the time....poured into new Tipping Point small pub glass (awesome beers there-more later).

Didn't quite get the head I was looking for, but might be me new to this glass. Super dark brown, then auburn at the window...small tan head, great smells of dark roast malts...I love that it's not coffee and chocolate first, this is BEER, and a mighty fine one! I am not a world class porter master taster, but this is exactly what I want in a porter.

Great medium feel, some subtle crunchy crispness, beautiful dry finish makes me want another.
I love the abv on this, and it's so good that a few will put some bees in your hive if you're not careful.

My new favorite beer, this week....definitely going in for the 12 of these for 14.44 tomorrow mornin'!

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Photo of TerryMills
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin body roasted oatmeal porter , not much going on other than the roasted flavor..

The bitterness on the end has to be from the strong roasted flavor but it reminds you of hop bitterness..

Not bad, not good either tho.. Would not buy again.

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Photo of ordybill
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the Carolina Ale House in Columbia, SC. The appearance is a dark brown color with a small tan head. The aroma is mostly coffee and malt. The taste is very similar to the nose with some slight raisin flavor added.

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Photo of Kaapstadmk
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark, cola colour, with reddish-brown highlights and a 4-finger tan head (Best head I've seen yet!). Good retention on the head. Nice tracings down the glass

Smell - Slightly malty with a hint of toastiness. Some notes of dark, dried fruit

Taste - Very complex flavours. Up front sweetness with a hint of dried fruit fading to a carbon bitterness at the back of the mouth, vaguely reminiscent of a bitter, extremely dark-roasted coffee

Feel - Somewhat thinner than expected, especially for an oatmeal beer. Slight effervescence on the tongue, but I wish I had a fuller feel in the mouth. That being said, don't think it's like water, there is still body to the beer, just not what I would expect from a porter or stout, and an oatmeal at that.

Overall - A good beer - easily drinkable and possessing flavour qualities that elevate it a good sight above a flat consumer beer. Definitely restores my faith in dark beers

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Photo of FortyouncestoFreedom
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dude from the distributor was in the store when I went in for a Shakespeare Stout. They didn't have a six pack of it in stock. He was a company that distributed this beer and recommended this Porter and I loved it. Great beer. Give it a try.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours near black with ruby brown highlights when held to light. The head is khaki in color and peaks at a fingers width. Fair retention before dissipating to a thin, broken layer of suds. Lacing consists of broken lines and spotting.

Smell - The aroma consists of roasted malt and lesser chocolate .

Taste - Notes of roast gives an impression of coffee and chocolate; Mocha-like. Slightly earthy. A touch of oat flavor rides beneath. Fairly clean finish, but with lingering roast.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Super slick texture lends to a stupid easy drinking experience.

Overall - Oatmeal? and in a porter? I've had enough weakly flavored oatmeal stouts to doubt an oatmeal porter, but rest assured this thing packs a nice, flavorful punch. Nothing necessarily to seek out as a must-have, but if you're looking for a porter and happen to run across this, give it a shot.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first offering from Highland and it was somewhat good and somewhat so-so.

Being partial to the dark beer arts, when I noticed this oatmeal porter at my local liquor store I decided to give it a try. From the bottle it pours a beautifully dark brew, nice tan and thick head, but little lacing to mention. The head, though, has a small amount of staying power. The smell was chocolaty, malty and robust, but the mouthfeel was disappointingly watery, more watery than any beer I have had in recent memory. The taste was alright - I could pull out those chocolaty notes and there was the robustness I smelled, but it didn't have a wow factor to it. Overall, it is a very decent brew, sorta sessionable due to its watery feel and one I would try again to give it another shot.

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Photo of hman43
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: It pours dark brown with a brown head.

Smell: There are moderate fruit aroma with Roast, chocolate, and some nut.

Taste: There are flavors of roast and citrus with chocolate, oats, and nut.

Feel: It has a moderate feel that is on the heavy side with a moderately high bitter finish. It has a fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall it is a malt forward ale with a pleasant balance of citrus hops.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a generous khaki head. Nose dominated by dark toasty malts. Taste smooth, with dark caramel, a hint of sweetness. Smooth taste and mouthfeel: silky, as the bottle suggests. Excellent beer, would only rate higher if the flavor profile were more complex, but that might disturb the smoothness of the taste profile that develops as you drink this. Drank 28 May 16.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

There is a large tan head on this beer, a dark blackish color that has a red tint in the light. It has a rich and full stout flavor. There are hints of oatmeal in the flavor, and light chocolate notes in the aftertaste. It smells like coffee to me. The feel is medium and average relative to other stouts. Overall, it is a good oatmeal stout from a brand that is consistently good. I would recommend to stout fans, who can get a hold of it.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much of a head, but nice lacing. Dark brown look. Roasted malt sweetness in the nose and in the taste. Not complicated, over hoppy or too smoky. Don't get the reference to oatmeal, because it tastes like a straight forward American Porter. More interesting as it warms.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank the first time because it was listed on the "1001".
Drank my second time and it was better.
The aroma was subtle, but the taste and finish were long, malty and smooth.
A very nice change from the style of too much bitterness from the hops and roasted grain.
Give credit to the oatmeal.

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

Deep jet black color overwhelms the glass with a tall creamy head that dissipates leaving behind trails of creamy lacing. The smells hint of coffee, maybe a little cao cao, but no trace of oatmeal. Same with the taste, coffee cao cao but the oatmeal is very faint if not even present in this brew. Its so creamy and filling however that this could be a delightful breakfast beer. This is one of my favorite brewers and I would recommend this porter to anyone who wants to try something appetizing.

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Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite the oatmeal in the name of the beer, this brew tasted like a fairly normal porter to me with nice roasted malt flavors. In short, a fairly normal porter.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with thin caramel colored head good lacing head dissipates completely.

Smell I get some coffee notes maybe a little chocolate dark malts.

Taste right off the bat I get some coffee then some roasted malts also getting a little bit of oats.

Feel fairly thin well carbonated also a little bitter.

Overall a decent porter probably would not have it again.

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

Appearance - black in color, decent head retention and lacing. Smell - some chocolate and oatmeal. Taste - follows the nose, chocolate and subtle oatmeal smooth. Overall - decent brew. Nothing crazy.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright dark brown with ruby highlights under a 1” tan foam column that fairly rapidly dissipates to a thick film.

S: Some oatmeal, dark malts, trace of chocolate, trace of fruit, nothing burnt or harsh.

T: Starts oaty and creamy featuring dark chocolate with traces of coffee and dark dried fruit.

A trace of tartness on the finish provides balance. Hop bitterness is medium low to low, hop flavors low. Balance is to the malts and oats.

F: Creamy, silky, medium full body, medium low carbonation.

O: Nicely prepared oatmeal porter.

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Photo of 88caprice
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Overall: So good. Sooo good.

L: Very dark with mahogany/red highlights. Wonderfully dense, creamy head that lasts and sticks everywhere.
S: Smells like caramel-ish, sweet malts. Hints of coffee. Smells creamy, if that makes sense.
T: Tastes roasty without the burned or charred taste you sometimes get in a porter. The dark roasty and the sweet malty play well together.
F: Smooth and creamy. The lingering foamy head really helps with that. The body itself is lighter than some porters, but I like that. Goes down easy.

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Photo of scbeerman
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Filled 2/17/15.

Pours a clear super dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, char, and pine needle aromas. Taste is much the same with toasted oat, cocoa powder, char, earth, and slight soy sauce flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid qualities for the style, but I am not getting a silky mouthfeel from the oats like the label states.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of slusk
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of jp32
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark brown in color with a decent khaki colored head retention.

The smell is soft and chocolatey with a great malty sweetness.

Flavor is of roasted sweet malts. Cold pressed coffee. I don't notice chocolate in the flavor like I do in the aroma. Some floral hop bitterness going on as well.

This beer is very flavorful for something only medium bodied. It's really not a heavy beer at all, very easy drinking, but highly flavorful.

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Photo of chamberscreek
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of tedvr
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a medium caramel head. Smells of caramel and malt. Taste of caramel with a little chocolate in the background. Overall, a very nice smooth porter.

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Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
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