Highland Oatmeal Porter | Highland Brewing

Highland Oatmeal PorterHighland Oatmeal Porter
BA SCORE
3.87/5
1,361 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stirgy on 09-17-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,317
Reviews:
564
Ratings:
1,361
pDev:
11.63%
Bros Score:
4.08
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
230
Trade:
0
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1/5  rDev -74.2%

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1/5  rDev -74.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -61.2%

Photo of DISKORD
1.62/5  rDev -58.1%
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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1.75/5  rDev -54.8%

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of Jeffo
2.33/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Mom & Dad got me this on their last trip to the USA. Thanks guys!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A very light pour makes a one finger, medium looking, very light tan head with decent retention, fading down to a light wisp. Black body and no carbonation evident. A decent wisp and ring remain leaving some good lacing down the glass. Fine, but quite a light and thin a pour for the style.

SMELL: Caramel and oats. Very faint hints of dark malts as well. Some earthy hops perhaps, but this is just too faint.

TASTE: Very little flavor as well. Some dark malts and licorice in there, as well as some oats through the middle. Sweet dark malts on the finish with a mild and lingering aftertaste. Not much going on, and very little hop presence here.

PALTE: Here’s the best part of the beer. Medium body and medium carbonation. Very light on the palate, but also very creamy smooth as well. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Quite light for sure, but very nice and creamy smooth the whole way.

OVERALL: There was no bottle date on this one, so I’m not sure what to think. In any case, the beer I have in my hand is nothing worth remembering. It’s not off-putting or anything, there just isn’t anything to remember. Too mild in flavor and aroma. This would need some serious beefing up to bring it on par with some of the top example of the style. Avoid this one I’d say.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of hero27
2.51/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. 32 IBUs, 5.8% abv.

Dark pour..light tan head rests for a bit and leaves ok patches of lacing. Aroma very light..some roasty malts and a pinch of hops, but very very faint. Roasted chocolate malt flavor..some burnt/smoky character settling into the relatively thin body. I wasn't too taken aback by this one..there are much better widely available porters out there.

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2.52/5  rDev -34.9%
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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2.53/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at The Distillery.

Poured a nice dark/near black color with a little head.

Smell was pretty par for the course. Little bit of a coffee and oatmeal.

I didn't find the taste to be as big as I was expecting. Really light and coffee-ish. The lingering aftertaste was definitely the highlight, though. I liked that more than the actual drink. :x

Light and easy in the mouth.

Easily drinkable for me because it was easy to go down without such a big taste. Although because of this, I'm not too quick to pick it back up. I like a bolder flavor in my dark beers.

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Photo of JamminJay1986
2.57/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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2.58/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of burk1982
2.71/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MTNboy
2.73/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- I first noticed there was not a lot of head on this beer for a porter. It is pretty dark even for a porter. I know that sometimes there is a thin line between this style and a stout and I believe that they crossed it.

Smell- There is not much of a smell at all. Mainly of roasted malt but that is faint.

Taste- The flavor is somewhat chocolate and toffee flavored but not as rosted as one might think.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability- It was alright for a change but not a beer I would consider too much if there were other options.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A decent transition beer. Nothing more

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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2.76/5  rDev -28.7%

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2.77/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of CharlieMurphy
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: 1/3" cream head that laces out a bit. Translucent red amber tinted black-brown in color.

S: smells like a very mild porter that you would expect to be lighter in color than it is. Some smoke and coffee hints

T: Crisp mild coffee like flavors beckon through a light porter body with a dry stout like roast finish. I don't get any oatmeal unfortunately. Basically no sweetness either.

M: Thin, on point for carbonation, slightly too dry.

O: Everything could work together a lot better. This would be better if it were bigger beer.

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Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,361 ratings
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