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
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Photo of Zekenyce
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cnealc
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 ChrisDolan74
4.74/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My new favorite porter

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Photo of rallyr32
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Quite drinkable... Much to my surprise I don't entirely hate this one!

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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 outdoor7or24
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Muffdiver27
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of cyclone
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bendukes86
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of PhillyNole
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Oakley
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 Sound_Explorer
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Unclelchap
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Joshpu
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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