Highland Oatmeal Porter | Highland Brewing

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87
very good
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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 pezoids on 09-17-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
560
Ratings:
1,346
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
217
For Trade:
0
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Photo of barczar
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Base of bottle says Filled 02/20/14.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Moderate dark roast aroma with notes of chocolate, mocha and vanilla.

T- Flavor follows suit with some more dark roast and a nutty finish. Easy to drink, semi-sweet.

M- Kind of thin even for a porter but decent enough. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Not a whole lot going on with this one but it's a good kind of simple.

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Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black-ish with ruby red highlights and a low dark brown head. Chocolatey aroma dominates with a light hop character. Rich, smooth chocolatey flavor with a nice hop balance. Med-full bodied and creamy smooth.

Much more pleasant than many other hoppy dark beers such as Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout -- Highland just seems to be better balanced and not over the top on hops.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mahogany brown color with a half inch tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The aroma is nice and sweet, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, oatmeal, and a bit of dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some coffee and some bitter hops in there too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's well carbonated and enjoyable to drink. I thought this was a good brew, I'd buy it again. $1.99 for a single bottle.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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 avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a blackish-brown color and a fairly thick consistency. There was a long-lasting, foamy tan-colored head and good lacing.

S: Aroma of coffee, malt, chocolate and a little bit of hops.

T: A nicely done taste. Malt, chocolate, coffee, hops and some yeast. Complex, but never obnoxious or overwhelming.

M: High - but not too high carbonation and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a highly drinkable beer. It's well made and balanced in most ways.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, opaque brown color with tan head. Roasted malt, oats not surprisingly, and a hint of cocoa on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes smooth.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from GCBrewingCo as part of BIF 20. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head above the translucent dark burgundy/brown brew. Head is frothy and hangs around, with nice lacing. Aroma is lightly of dark grains. Taste is dark malts, rounded out by the oatmeal character. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, as you would hope, and drinkability is nice as well. Nice brew, very sessionable porter, for sure.

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

It's been a while since I've had a regular porter, and thanks to Calton, I get to try one I've never got to try before. Thanks, man!

Pouring a very dark brown in my glass, this beer is capped with a dense, brown head with great retention and a little lacing. Very nice. The nose is too, with a big, oatmeal, chocolate cookie character with a moderate raisin fruitiness. A little citrus hop character is present as well, brightening the nose and tempering the moderate roasted malt character. Solid stuff.

That this bottle is fresh is confirmed by the rather aggressive hop character up front. Fresh citrus with a moderate bitterness and a little orange dominate the palate, almost covering up everything else there is here. There's some dark chocolate bitterness, along with a roasted grain character. In all honesty, though, the hops are what dominate the beer, covering up the oatmeal even.As I drink this, and my palate gets used to the hop character, I'm struck by how excellent the roasted grain bitterness is, it's pretty spot on for my palate, strong but not overshadowing everything else. Not as nice as it smells, this beer has a nice finish, dry and roasty with the hop and grainy bitterness working quite harmoniously. A touch overcarbonated, which results in the expected oatmeal smoothness being taken away, this beer is solid. At a relatively low ABV, this is an easy drinking porter, one I'd love to try on cask. Despite my dislike for overly-hopped porters, this is still very enjoyable

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Photo of DrJay
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice dark brown with a thin light brown head. Roasted malts and sweetness are strong in the nose with a bit of chocolate. The flavour is well-balanced between the malts and the hop bitterness. Dark malts really shine through, with coffee and chocolate dominating. There's also noticeable bitterness from the dark grains, but without the astringency that oftens accompanies it. The body is quite full, with a silky smoothness from the oats. Carbonation was relatively light, very appropriate for the style. I'd love to give this a try on tap.

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Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with Ding

Pours a dark brown color with a thin brown one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is velvety with a slight hint of chocolate and roasted coffee.

Taste is full of chocolate and bitter coffee hints. Carbonation is kind of high. Goes down ok and has a lot of flavor.

Mouthfeel is full of chocolate/coffee with a nice texture from the oatmeal. Otherwise, a bit average.

Definitely a good porter that attempts to capture the style. Probably not one of the better ones that I've had but still worth a shot.

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Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A somewhat blurred deep ruby red appearance. Small light brown head. with decent retention. Lace is very minimal. Aroma is of roasted malt, baker's chocolate and a little citrusy hop character. The flavors and mouthfeel are pretty smooth. Medium body. Flavors of milk sugar, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt and bitter NW hops (to a small degree). This porter's pretty good.

Thanks AKSmokedPorter.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a medium brown, lightly ruby highlights decently clear. This is pretty watery, not much retention or lacing.

The aroma is super light only gives off the slightest hint of coffee.

The taste is super boring and simple. It has some bitter 2 day old coffee taste that is super watery.

Boring, bad, light tasting. Blah.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a very deep brown color with a huge tan head. When held to the light, ruby streaks can be seen shinning through the brew. The thick billowy head fades rather slowly eventually dropping down and leaving a great level of lacing.

Smell – The smell is a good dose of sweet chocolate and roasted malt. Mixed with these are light caramel smell and the littlest bit of earthy hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt and very light chocolate flavor. As the taste advances the sweeter chocolate flavor dwindles in strength. At the end, a light earthy hop bitterness comes to the tongue and with the loss of the sweet chocolate leaves a roasty and dry flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The lower carbonation is good for the flavors, but a bit of the thicker body would have been good for all the roasty and the lighter hop flavors.

Overall – It had a really nice look and smell, but the taste was a little too dry and simple with a mouthfeel that could use some more thickness. While not bad it is a brew I wouldn’t go to on occasion.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at the Raging Burrito in Atlanta.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a one-finger frothy tan head. The head sticks around for a bit before receding into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is good.

Smells mostly of roasted malts with a good amount of sweetness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malts balanced with sweet malts ending with a good amount of bitterness. The roasted flavor lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit too carbonated at first but it seems to smooth out a bit as it warms. The thickness is good throughout.

Drinkability is good. There's not a whole lot going on but what's done is done well.

Overall this is a solid porter that's a tad smoother than most thanks to the oatmeal. Worth a shot.

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Photo of ZAP
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great creamy mouthfeel..the oat makes itself evident immediately....pours a blackish brown with a little tan lace....nose has a great dark burnt malt/coffee aroma....Did I mention I really like the mouthfeel of this beer....creamy...taste is really solid too..a dark sweet flavor with a fine finish of burnt malts and some timely hopping...the bitterness really starts to emerge on the long finish which is unique because at first this was all sweet and malt...

Another intriguing and interesting beer from the Carolina's..thanks again to Kipp..another winner...

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black with a creamy cocoa head. Smell is soem roasted malts. The taste is oaty (what a surprise) and not too strong. The drinkability was pretty good, I could see my self knocking back three of these in a sitting (if I had them). Decent porter but nowhere near my favorite. Still a solid beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Some frothy head settles into a film. The beer is a chocolatey brown, letting light through at some angles but not others.

S: I can't exactly put my finger on why I like this smell so much. Ostensibly, it's a plain enough porter, with added sweetness from the oatmeal. But it's more complex than it seems, with intimations of vanilla, roasted barley, and perhaps even spiced porridge.

T/M: Above average, but not by too much. Relatively straightforward...a bittersweet mainbody is more sweet than bitter, with a drying aftertaste just barely roasty. The mouthfeel is the biggest let-down...thin without being smooth, then carbonated at the edges.

O: Overall, pretty good. I'd even recommend it for parties or company or such. That is to say, where I don't see my self seeking one out to kick back with, I'd pick up a six-pack to share.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a-Poured an amber color into my ovsized snifter, but settled as a deeper brown with a white frothy head. was expecting something darker...

s-Malty, milky, watery, with a touch of roasted.

t-Follows the nose, but sweeter. There is a bit of spicing which rounds the beer out nicely. quite tasty, a good beer, not an amazing beer. one that I would eagerly look for on tap.

m/d-overall, a bit thin and watery, but not over the top. easy drinker, but leaves a bit to be desired. not the thickness that I'd expect from a beer with the word oatmeal on it.

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Photo of ccrida
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a tan head that leaves nice lace.

Smell is sweet dark malts, a little diacetyl, buttery.

Taste is light on the roasted malt, and it's a little heavy on the caramel, accentuated by the herbal hops, a touch minty.

Mouthfeel is fairly creamily carbonated, and medium bodied, a nice smoothness.

Drinkability is pretty good, a tasty stout with a nice hop snap, I always dig the English nobles.

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Photo of mynie
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark red with a big white head and great lacing.

Smells of very deep, coars grain. Nice and harsh. Big bitter malt smelling like tasty earth and grains.

Tastes like a coarse oatmeal stout. Starts out with bitter, roasted malt that gets mellow and grainy near the middle and ends on a linger bittersour node that tastes like good health.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, Thanks MuddyFeet

appearance: pours a rich dark brown with some ruby highlights, thick creamy tan head with nicely patterned lacing.

smell: thick malts, dark chocolate, some ground coffee...very rich and inviting

taste: rich and smooth, nice malty nature with a slight amount of hops in the background, dark chocolate is more present than oatmeal, which is fairly faint...theres some light mocha flavors, a certrain mild dark fruit sweentess too.

mouthfeel: medium bodied, nice and creamy

drinkability: easy drinking, i have knocked back plenty at a time in the past!


I go back and forth on this beer, probably because I have had a bunch of them. It was in the very early rotation of craft beers 4 years ago or so. I had been turned off of it lately, but this bottle was great. I'll be sure and drink some in NC over the holidays

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark burgundy color. The head is a two finger light khaki color with a great texture. It never really fades fully, topping the body off like mocha.

S: Cocoa powder, grains (not roasted), vanilla, and faint coffee beans. A bit reminiscent of a really good brown ale more than a porter/stout - but that doesn't mean it isn't a nice aroma.

T: More bitter than the aroma. It actually seems to feature a healthy hop bill, finishing with a decent amount of earth, pine, and even a touch of grapefruit. The bottle says this has a 'well-balanced hop character', and I can actually agree to that - only thing I don't like is the slight vegetal touch on the finish. Before the hops kick in, the flavor opens with roasted coffee beans and chocolate (with both flavors bleeding through to the aftertaste slightly). It's a bit mild, but balanced very well.

M: Classically bone dry and clean. The flavor leaves the palate as quickly as it enters, but I like how the hops never come across as being overly acidic. This is very easy to drink with spot on carbonation aiding its nature.

O: A solid no-frills hoppy porter. This isn't a world beater, but I'd buy a 6 pack of it given a limited selection at a store.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother brought me back a bottle of Highland Oatmeal Porter from his trip down south. I have only had one other beer from Highland Brewing and that was a couple years ago so I really don't remember what it was, so lets see how this one turns out. There was no visible bottling date. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks OK and has a Scottish theme to match the Highland name. I like how it names some of the other beers the company makes on the label. It poured a pretty dark brown that is bordering on being black but it still lets a good amount of light through. It had three fingers worth of off white tan head that died down to a thick layer that left lots of nice looking lacing throughout my glass.

S- The aroma is mostly made up of nicely roasted dark malts that impart some good bittersweet chocolate aromas. The aroma was all about the malts but there was also some floral hops that added some nice spice aromas and helped balance out all the dark roasted malts.

T- The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma. The bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavors are there but there are subdued and don't last long. The oatmeal imparted just the right amount of sweetness to this brew and there was a slight presence of floral hops that left a very mild and slight bitterness on the finish.

M- Medium light bodied, it could have been just a little thicker. It was smooth and had the perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a good porter. As far as porters go this one was on the lighter side of the spectrum but it still retained those good porter flavors, just lighter then most. What I liked most about this beer was it's look and drinkability and the only thing I would tweak would be the thickness. I might be inclined to get a six pack on a warmer summer day when I want something darker but still light and drinkable, but I don't think it is sold in Michigan so I doubt I will be getting more anytime soon. If you like porters then this might be up your alley, just think drinkable not robust.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-dark brown in color with hues of red showing through. a tan colored head is poured and has good retention with a very nice lacing on the glass

S-the nose is subtle with some roasted malt and hints of bitter chocolate

T-the taste is very nice, again somewhat subtle. it is similar to the nose with some light roasted malts, a dash of caramel that gives way to some dark chocolate and coffee

M-it has a medium body but is extremely smooth and silky

D-this is tasty with a great mouthfeel. a very solid porter especially with the low amounts of alcohol.

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