Highland Oatmeal Porter | Highland Brewing

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,352 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
Ratings:
1,352
Reviews:
563
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.66%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
220
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,352 |  Reviews: 563
Photo of Soonami
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Highland Oatmeal Porter is okay. It's not bad, but it is not a beer I'd seek out again. I'm not sure why it's rated as highly as it is by the Bros, probably because they reviewed this beer ten years ago and the recipe and/or our expectations have changed since then.

I poured this beer into a Yard's tulip, fairly roughly, but managed only to stir up a couple centimeters of sand colored foam that quickly faded to just an irregular ring of tight foam. The beer is a clear dark brown with mahogany highlights on the edges. The beer smells smoothly roasty with notes of sweet malty grain. The beer tastes surprisingly watery for an American Porter with just a little bit of roast character, little body and not much caramel. It's a weird beer and definitely not what I expect from an oatmeal porter.

It's too light in color, too thin, not chocolately enough, undercarbonated, too dry. It just doesn't taste as full in flavor or body as I would have wanted. Not bad, but undeserving of this aggregate score.

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Photo of breakingbland
2.89/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle. No date. 

Aroma: Not much aroma. Slight hops. Detected a slight odd aroma component but couldn't identify it; maybe it had a caramel character.

Appearance: Poured with a very nice brown sugar-colored head. The one-finger head dissipated rather quickly. The brew itself was a deep brown -- virtually opaque. 

Taste: Detected some malty sweetness. Medium hops.  The taste profile had some depth but overall not too interesting. 

Mouthfeel: The beer felt a bit thin in the mouth. It had a medium level of carbonation.  

Overall: This beer was "advertised" as very malty with hints of chocolate which I would have liked, but they were a bit too subtle for me in this beer. I wouldn't turn this beer down, but neither would I search it out again.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A-Blackish brown. Not alot of head on the pour but a swirl of the glass unleashes a good amount of tight white bubbles.

S-Milk chocolate, that metallic atom that I'm finding alot of beers having. Not alot going on but it's pretty nice.

T-a little milk chocolate and a mild amount of roast and bitterness on the finish. Maybe that burnt coffee flavor?

M-Feels medium bodied but watery at the same time. Seems flat.

D-Ok. Easy drinking mild beer.

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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 Jredner
2.94/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma was pretty low intesnity though I didn’t give it very long to warm I’d stille xpect more aroma than this. Faintly roasty with a bit of green tobacco. Deep black with a quickly fading mocha head. Fore is roasted malts and coffee..no real chocolate notes though I get hints of darker fruits. Palate is a bit thin and it rolls into the flavor which makes the finish slightly watery. Highland might be the one brewery that has beers I really like a lot that aren’t porters or stouts. I thinkt he Tasgall is very nice, but the Porter and Stout, to me, were lacking.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.
Served in Pint glass.

Another bottle courtesy of JohnQVegas. Thanks Dustin.

Pours a deep dark brown with reddish hints in the legs. Good 2 finger head with 2 finger head, decent retention and some lace left behind. Deep red in color as I look more and more...

Smells of roasted chocolate malts, caramel malts, and black malts. Nothing too mindblowing. No hop presence, but it is a porter!

The finish is kind of dry.

The body is unimpressive. I was hoping the oats would rocket this thing into amazing territory, but no dice. It feels flat and dull. Medium fullness.

I guess I could drink this... but why bother?

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Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of poopsmitherson
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black with off white thick head; quickly fades.

Nose is sweet black chocolate; hints of maple and sweet coffee.

Mouthfeel thin and watery without character.

Flavors are short, simple, unassertive and light of weak coffee and weak chocolate. Weak roasted grains. Potential but falls short. Not bad and actually pretty drinkable but very simple with a nice light weak bitter coffee finish.

Average in the extreme.

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Photo of mmink27
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of 100200300
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Tpitty23
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of patre_tim
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of gungoat
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of irish01980
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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 TDizzel
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Hyhat
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ogreen
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,352 ratings.
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