Highland Oatmeal Porter | Highland Brewing

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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 pezoids on 09-17-2002

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Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The ale is dark brown, almost a black color, with a small white band of head.

S: The ale has a sweet oatmeal malty aroma that masks ans porterish chocolate notes.

T: The first sip of the beer was an intriguing tease. It provided a sweet oatmeal flavor with strong chocolate porter notes. The only problem is that that flavor does not re-appear in later sips. The flavors, after that first sip, are watered down and lacking in substance. The flavors that do emerge are clearly roasted, but the oatmeal and sour porter components are gone.

M: The mouthfeel suffers a steep decline after that first sip.

D: Close but no cigar to this beer, the flavors just don't come out enough.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Poured deep brown with reddish tints when held up to the light, decent head that didn't stick around, and not much lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, and hops. Taste is more of the same, but I'm missing the creamy smoothness of oatmeal. This is more like a regular porter but with alot more bitterness from the roasted barley and hops. No bad but nothing special for me either

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Photo of Tyler_Sly
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The flavor is about what you'd expect from a porter but the oatmeal is almost absent. The body on the beer is nice; actually a bit heavy for a porter and almost more closely related to a stout. It's really the slightly smokey aftertaste that I'd say qualifies this beer as a porter.
Would I get this beer again? Maybe.
Would I suggest this beer? Eh, it's okay.
Would I change anything about this beer? I'd give it a heavier oatmeal presence but other than that I probably wouldn't do anything.

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Photo of jpro
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Having had this on a few occasions, I finally decided to give it a review (from notes)...

A: Pours near black into a pint glass with a light tan, creamy head that manages some very slight retention and doesn't leave much lace.

S: Roasted malts and maybe some earthiness. Nothing too bold, for sure.

T: Well, roasted malts - perhaps even charred malts; a touch bitter on the finish, but kind of in an acrid way.

M: This is where this beer really falls short for me... the mouthfeel is thin and borderline fizzy... not what I'd expect from a beer utilizing oatmeal as a key ingredient.

D: An average porter... despite the acridity, it does manage some level of smoothness, but overall not something I'll be picking up again anytime soon.

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Photo of mothman
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into great lakes snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of light tan head. Fades down. Leaves some splattered lace. Color pours a caramel brown, but settles near black.

Aroma: Notes of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Some nut flavors. I also get a bit of cream and lactose flavors.

Taste: Chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and lactose. I really can't taste the difference between this and a regular porter. Decent.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry with coffee flavors.

Overall, a fairly average porter. Decent drinkability. I didn't really get the oatmeal part of this.

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Photo of marinobrew
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
The head was big and billowy, light tan, and tightly laced. Lasted for a couple of minutes and faded.
The color is deep-dark mahogony with ruby tones. Clear and brilliant.
The nose bitter-sweet chocolate, toasted oats, and nutmeg.
The mouth rushes with hints of the toasted oats, coffee and chocolate. A moderate carbonation supports the flavors and carefully directs them to appropriate portions of the tongue. The finish is medium, full of the chocolate malt and soft bitter tones.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a dark, clear brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of sweet malt mostly and some toasted malt notes. Flavor of light sweet malts, some roasted notes and toasted malt but mostly just sweet malt. Hmm, not really a fan of this one. It wasn't bad but it was very sweet. To me, it was more of a brown ale than a porter.

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Photo of IPAcraig
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed a single of this beer in Nashville. I am sampling it now before I go to the Leon Pub and then to the first COL social of the year. Poured into an Alaskan Brewing Company pint glass.

A - Pours a nice deep black (maybe a bit too dark), with a rocky creamy brown head. Good lacing

S - Almost nothing here. A tiny bit of roastiness shines through.

T - As this one warms it gets better. It has a very nice, though faint, malty presenece on the back of the tounge along with a touch of bitterness. This beer also has a hint of roastiness balanced by a bit chocolate flavor.

M - Very light, though it is creamy. It also had a very crisp feel to it. It was kinda odd, like it had lager and porter/stout characteristics.

D - Better than average drinkability. If not for an odd mouthfeel and lacking aroma, this would make for a nice, drinkable brew.

This is a decent porter, and worth a try if you've never had it.

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Photo of rivalrome
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes highly recommended from my friend up in NC. Served in a CCB pint glass at 51ºF.

Pours a rich mahogany color with very little visible light able to make it through. Forms a small, creamy one finger head on the surface. Lacing isn't too prominent.

Smells very earthy and hints of roasted malts and fruits. Nothing special initially jumps out at me whenever I taste the beer; I was expecting it to be a lot more sweet.

Tastes similar to the smell, very earth and has an element of burnt coffee as well. It has a hoppy aftertaste; something that I wasn't expecting. I'm not getting much of an oatmeal flavor as I was hoping for. It feels a bit thin for a porter, and the mouthful tastes bubbly and carbonated with hints of bitterness.

Overall, slightly disappointed by this one given my friends' review. It's very atypical to any porters that I've had with "Oatmeal" attached to it, and it's highly carbonated, yet thin body is unappealing. It's taste isn't the worst; it just doesn't have the loving taste of a microbrew.

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Photo of RSchaeffer
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review #17
12oz bottle into Portsmouth pint glass.

A. Pours dark brown in color, almost like a cup of black coffee. Nice 1 finger of khaki head.

S - Roasted malts, oats, and a bit of caramel. Very faint hops.

T - Spicy roasted malt, with hints of oat and chocolate. Lingering roast finish in the aftertaste.

M - Slightly creamy mouthfeel, though on the lighter side in body and carbonation. Dry, slightly bitter aftertaste.

O - Meh. My roommate brought this home with him after a visit to NC and I was interested in giving it a try. It is drinkable and has a few nice qualities, but not overwhelming or memorable.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz into shaker

This beer pours a dark brown with reddish edging against the light. Decent tan head that was not retained for very long. Slippery lacing. Roasted malt smell, faint herbal grassiness. Taste was pretty average for the style. You do pick up the graininess of the oatmeal but it isn't the star. Mixed in was a grassy hop presence and some bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel was thin and semi-dry. Overall this is an okay Porter. I would have liked to seen/tasted the oatmeal profile a little better.

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Photo of pagriley
3.25/5  rDev -16%

A- lighter color than I expected for a porter. Poured dark amber when held up to light.
S - hints of coffee, toffee and malt. nice
T - A touch sharper than I expected but nice - would be good with food and could put away a few
M- smooth but not too heavy. very drinkable

Overall a nice beer - received in a trade and very glad I got the chance to try

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Photo of corby112
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with amber/mahogany edges and a 1.5 finger foamy beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic lacing.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate, oatmeal, caramel and nut. Slightly smokey/burnt smelling with faint earthy hops.

Medium boded and very roasted, almost burnt tasting with an overly carbonated mouthfeel up front. Slightly smokey with hints of chocolate, caramel, nut and of course oatmeal. Slightly watered down and a bit too bitter for my liking with a dry finish. Decent but not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle, no obvious date information, but 5335 B-10510 was inkjetted on the bottle bottom.

Watery brown with mahogany highlights A short tan head of fine bubbles builds and recedes quickly leaving no lacing and only a few trace bubbles on the surface. A vigorous pour could not muster any more foam. No carbonation streams are visible. A powdery chocolate, cooked oatmeal, and medium roasted coffee fills the nose. The coffee notes lead the way, balanced with an oatmeal creaminess. There is a watered bitterness throughout and a coffeeish note trails through the finish. The chocolate is only minimally present. Medium to light body, but lacking any heft, everything is low profile. Minimal carbonation. It felt small. This was a fair to middling porter that lacked distinction.

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Photo of tfp4268
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby with a thin, fizzy head that goes away quickly, and leaves a tiny lace ring around the edge.

Aroma of roasted malt, fruit, and a hint of chocolate.

Taste is complex...chocolate, coffee, fruit, hoppy in the finish, a little more than I personally like.

Feels pretty thin and watery.

It's an ok porter. There are others I like a lot better. Given the choice, I'd pick something else.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Sophisticated Otter in Johnson City, TN, this brew came out opaque burgundy brown under a one finger tan head with good retention and great lacing. Mild roasted malt greets the nose, while the mouth is light and very prickly. The opening is a bit watery, with some caramel malt, both sweet and smooth. There's also a touch of roasted nuts, and a slightly espresso bite, building not during but after the finish, than fading back into wateriness. Ultimately disappointing.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, not quite black with minimal tan head that quickly fades. Just a tiny bit of lacing

Nose has some malt sweetness to it, mostly dark roasted malts, some bitterness from hops

Strong taste of black malt and dryness as typical for an oatmeal porter. There are some hops present in taste, but mostly dark roasty malts with a bit of malt sweetness. There is a very dry crisp finish. A nice porter, but not my favorite. Relatively smooth, high carbonation.

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Photo of Radome
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from 12 oz bottle to snifter.

A - The color is pitch black with some red highlights when held up to light. The head is tan and thick, creamy and long lasting. Very attractive.

S - The aroma is malty with a bit of roastiness. There is also a sweet chocolate milk aroma. I don't get any hops in the aroma, but maybe a hint of alcohol.

T - There is a moderate hop bitterness up front that blends into a burnt, smoky taste. There is no malt in the middle to round things out. The aftertaste is like cigar smoke. This is more acrid and burnt than I expect in a porter--more characteristic of a stout.

M - The body is moderate with fizzy carbonation. No apparent creaminess or oiliness from the oatmeal.

D - This is a fairly acrid porter, verging on a stout. I don't detect the positive characteristics usually given by oatmeal. Not a bad beer, but not a great example.

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Photo of TheDinger
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. A nice deep brown, nearly black pour with a generous 2 finger tan head. Smell was very coffee up front with a bit of chocolate and wood quality. Taste was where this was a bit disappointing. Comes off very strong coffee and a bit metalic. Almost no oatmeal quality IMO. More like a stout than porter. Taste is somwhat distracting with some burnt wood notes. Feel is a bit dry and stout like with some cream at the end. Overall- It's an okay/average beer. The taste was the biggest letdown. Too metalic and woody. Heavy coffee like a stout. Worth a try, but I won't be back-

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Photo of Macky20
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe. Half finger of toffee colored thin head with very little retention. Aroma is on the light side but consists of milk chocolate, some oatmeal of course and a hint of brown sugar. At first taste my impression is that the beer is too thin, but then I remember to concentrate on the taste. It's much drier than I would have thought. The beer is described to be very malty, but I'm not getting the same impression as it doesn't balance well with the bitterness really. Roasted chocolate on the palate with a touch of bread. Mouthfeel is too thin, but even with the lack of carbonation and balance the beer is one I might pick up once in a while if I'm in the mood for a porter and the choices aren't remarkable.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mellow Mushroom in Myrtle Beach, SC. Pours a clear dark mahogany brown with a cream colored head.

Smells of roasted malts with a slight brown sugar sweetness.

Tastes of roasted malts with a bitter roasted and burnt coffee finish. Nice lingering bitterness.

Medium body, but lacks the creamy mouthfeel an oatmeal porter should have. The lack of creaminess makes the beer seem thin and over carbonated.

Really easy to drink due to the lighter body--flavor and mouthfeel could be more robust. Not really impressed.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Complements of AKSmokedPorter...
Appearance: The head is quite airy...has the density of a cafe frappe and the color of the tan m&m (man I miss those, stupid blue ones).

Smell: Strong maltiness, with a hint of chocolate in the background.

Taste: This tasted like a lot of oktoberfest beers that I've had. Very malty. There's some grassiness in the palate as well that's a bit of a disappointment. Chocolate is prevalent in the initial taste.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth...with no alcohol flavor. Bitterness is balanced with maltiness. Carbonation adequate.

Drinkability: Not one of my favorite porters. Something about it made it hard to finish the bottle, but I couldn't pinpoint it.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A caramel colored head, on top of a very dark opaque reddish brown beer. The head is a tightly wound sponginess, looks almost like nerf. The beer looked dark brown (black?) until I held it up to the light. Some grainy aroma, with a toasted oat scent also.

Bitterness up front, and a really great sweet grain flavor. The graininess also has a roasted facet that comes through, as does a slight nutty toasted one. Medium bodied, and the aftertaste is short and sweet.

A pretty interesting concept, I can't ever remember having a oatmeal porter, although it now seems perfectly reasonable. This is another really hearty beer from Highland. I've had 2 of theirs and liked them both quite a bit. I'll have to try and get my hands on more, and soon.

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Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,346 ratings.
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