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Highland Oatmeal Porter | Highland Brewing

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87
very good
553 Reviews
Highland Oatmeal PorterHighland Oatmeal Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States | website

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:
553
Ratings:
1,324
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
17.88%
 
 
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43
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212
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Photo of Dope
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown pour with a decent light brown/tan head. Nice and fluffy. Decent retention and lacing.

S: A little roasted malt. I swear I smell blueberry fairly strongly. In fact, blueberry muffins. A bit grainy. Interesting.

T: Decent roasted malt, very noticeable oatmeal after that. Super smooth and creamy. Some smoke in the aftertaste with some bitterness.

M: Fairly thin but otherwise smooth.

O: Not bad, a nice take on a porter. Super drinkable.

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Photo of rangerred
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark ruby with a thick 1 finger tan head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smells of coffee and some dark chocolate. Definitely a roasted malt presence.

The taste carries over some of these dark chocolate notes along with a sweet taste. The roasted malt comes in later and the beer finishes with a nice bitterness. Slightly smoky as well. Mouthfeel is decent. Slightly sticky.

Overall this is a pretty good beer and one that should definitely be picked up where available.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Highland Oatmeal Porter has an appearance typical of a good example of the style. I particularly enjoyed the complex aroma, in which I detected sweet cream, malt sugar, cinnamon, some hop, and lightly toasted grain. What really surprised me was that the taste was a lot hoppier than I expected for the style and the aroma as well. I would have awarded a higher score if not for the lighter body and a bit of a metallic/oxidized off flavor in the finish.

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Photo of prototypic
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to csmiley for the bottle. Thanks, dood!

Oatmeal Porter pours a darker, chocolate fudge color. It’s not opaque. Plenty of light cuts through and reveals burgundy highlights. A nice tan head tops it and rises to a finger and a half in height. It’s slow to recede and leaves a rather sticky web of lace clinging to the glass. Looks good.

The nose is good. Smells mostly like roasted and chocolate malts Bittersweet dark chocolate seems to be the strongest scent. There’s a good bit of coffee that complements the malts nicely. There are some light, hoppy notes. Smells a little grassy and noble in character. Alcohol is blended very well and isn’t noticeable at all. Smells good to me.

The flavor is very consistent with the nose. Roasted and chocolate malts are the base. The chocolate variety definitely tastes like bittersweet dark chocolate. Tasty. Roasted coffee is secondary, but adds a lot to the overall flavor. It’s a really nice complement to the malt base. There are some light hoppy notes. They’re grassy and a tad citric. Subtle, but they are noted. I’m not complaining. Alcohol is very light in the mix. Not noticeable at all. Finishes chocolaty and roasty.

Oatmeal Porter has a body that’s on the lighter side. It feels a tad thin. It’s not a big beer, but it’d still benefit from a bit more heft. Carbonation is light. It goes down easy. It’s too thin to be smooth, but it’s easy drinking.

Oatmeal Porter is a good release from Highland Brewing Company. It’s relatively simple and straight forward. But, it has a nice flavor and is all-around pretty impressive. I’d prefer a little more body, but that’s about the only complaint I have. It’s good stuff. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of taigor
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into DFH pint glass.

A - Poured dark brown almost black non-transparent color with thin mocha head that quickly dissipated leaving light lacing around the glass.

S - Roasted malts dominate with hints of chocolate and smokiness.

T - Starts off with roasted malts followed by rich dark chocolate bitter flavor with light smokiness and a slightly dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Very good porter from Highland with ABV well hidden, smooth and enjoyable overall. I would highly recommend it.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Meerkey
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Just a little bit of off-white head. Deep mahogany, some bubbles - clear and slightly reddish when held up to the light.

S: Sweet grainy malts. Chocolate. Maybe a slight hint of coffee. Some hops and a little caramel. Very nice.

T: Dark. Hoppy and chocolatey. Malty. I can taste the oatmeal more. But it's a lot less sweet than the smell.

M: Sadly a little disappointing. Smooth, but a little thin and lackluster.

O: The smell is my favorite part, the taste is pretty good too. I'd like it a lot more if the mouthfeel were a little better. Would probably have another if I came across one.

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Photo of fsvan
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Dark brown. Some red on the edges, but mostly brown still. A finger of tan head.

S- Roasted dark malt, with a bit of a burnt smell to it. All goes to together very smoothly.

T- Fairly in line with the nose, although that nice burnt quality isn't nearly as prominent. A nice, albeit slightly metallic, hop bitterness on the back end.

M- Heavy of medium. Nice.

O- I really like this beer. It doesn't always seem to have that metallic note to it, and that's why I docked it a .5 for the taste. I will revisit another bottle and change the score if better. Either way, this is a pretty tasty porter.

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Photo of tdm168
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the the Village Draft House

Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin but dense lacing of cappuccino colored head. There's very little to offer in the nose except some faint roasted malts. The taste is predominantly roasted malts with notes of burnt toast. There might be something off here. I notice some yeast and a diacetyl-like creamy, butteryness. It's medium bodied though thin at times, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

Ignoring the diacetyl notes: This beer is rather one dimensional and a little thin. It's pleasing, overall. I'll try it again, and I'll probably be back to edit this review if the off flavors aren't there next time.

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Photo of BeerMeDatBeer
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice looking beer. I like the Highlands style of branding its brews, but in a glass, the beer looks great. Exactly what I want to see in a porter, which is dark body and a small tan head.

Smell: Smells a bit earthy, and other flavors become evident.

Taste: The taste is very balanced. It's definitely not overwhelming, for better or worse, but it's a great porter if you're looking to throw a few back. I actually had three and ran a 5k (and of course came back and finished off the 6er).

Mouthfeel: Smooth going down. Nuff said.

Overall: I really enjoy this beer when I'm in the mood for a porter. I'd recommend it to a friend.

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no bottle date. Pours crystal clear dark brown color with a small fairly dense 1 finger light tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, oats, and some spicy hops. Some nice and decently strong aromas here. Taste of big roasted malt, chocolate, oats, spicy hops, and caramel. Nice amount of bitterness present on the finish; with lingering notes of spicy hops, caramel, and chocolate. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly nice and creamy mouthfeel despite slightly high carbonation. Decent balance of flavors as well, but spiciness seems to take the prominence. No alcohol noticed except for a small warming after the finish. Overall a solid and drinkable porter, but definitely not memorable.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown 12 oz. bottle served into a pint glass. This oatmeal porter pours a deep brown and sports a thin creamy tan head, clear and crimson in the light. Cap settles out to a light cap and leaves good lace.

Nose of chocolate and some roasted malt. Hops are there but subtle at first, gathering a bit of steam as the beer warms up a bit and mellowing out the chocolate spice component. I'm picking up on a bit of yeast character that's clean and somewhat fruity in nature, perhaps English, but then the hops keep it from being too clear to me.

Roast and chocolate carry to the taste of the beer, particularly up front. More of a baker's chocolate follows and with a light bitterness to conclude. Feel is a bit thin however to really pull it off. Offers a pleasant lingering finish. Overall decent though a bit thin and unassuming.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to Cigar City snifter. No bottling / freshness date that I can see.

Appearance (2.0): Dark brown, almost black, with a grey-brown tinge at the edges when held up to the light. Almost no head here—is this normal? It looks almost like flat cola. Just small, tan ring at the edge of the glass and a couple legs of lace.

Smell (4.0): Modest dark chocolate note mixed with a smooth cereal earthiness—that must be the oatmeal. I do love dark beers with oatmeal in the grain bill. Some herbal / grassy hop notes in back.

Taste (3.0): Kind of tame early on, when it’s cooler. Some coffee / roast barley bitterness, with a nice undercurrent of oat smoothness. What’s there is nice, just wish there was more of it. As it warms, it evens out to show a nice balance between modest sweetness and mild roastiness. Hops aren’t big in this picture that I can tell, but they do add an herbal bitterness in the finish which goes well with the smooth oat component. Yeast is pretty neutral, don’t pick up on much here. Not bad as it warms.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Body is watery and just a bit dry in the finish. Carb is active but smooth, with fine bubbles rollicking over the tongue—nice carb, actually.

Overall (3.5): Maybe I was expecting too much from this beer, maybe it was old or I didn’t have a great bottle. Either way, it was decent. I bet this would be a satisfying session on cask, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy a sixer of this. Not bad, not great.

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Photo of Misfit138
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Nice dark brown with tan head that went away fairly fast, but left lacing.

S- Sweet roasted chocolate malts with hints of caramel and even marshmallow.

T- Smooth upfront with hints of vanilla, caramel and oats before some roasted chocolate malts that make a bitter finish.

M- Medium body, fair carbonation.

O- Pretty good porter. Seems to have a little more bitterness than some other porters.

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Photo of ccrida
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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 billab914
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass at Harry's Taproom. It poured dark brown in color with a thin khaki head sticking to the glass. It seemed a little light and thin for the style visually.

The aroma is roasty with bitter chocolate and a little smooth oats coming through. pretty decent aroma, but not anything outstanding in the style.

The taste has a lot of burnt, bitter, roasty flavors to it up front. I get more bitter sweet chocolate in the finish. A little of the oat smoothness is there in the flavor, but its more noticeable in the mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creamy and silky texture towards the finish. Carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a pretty solid beer that I really enjoyed. Very nice roasty bitter character with a great mouthfeel.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Holds its finger of tan tight head proudly lacing the glass to show its passing. Black glass shows a sliver of brown at the edges with back lighting.

Smell: A bit earthy, almost dusty nose with some chocolate syrup and roasted malt.

Taste: Very balanced, smooth flavor with the sweetness coming out in the finish. The earthiness is there but very mellow, almost a lager quality to the package the profile is so gentle. The malt comes through a little stronger toward the end of the glass.

Mouthfeel: The oats do their job giving a smooth silky texture, medium body and low carbonation lead to quick, easy pulls.

Overall: Expected a monster, was surprised by the courtly gentleman instead! Easy drinking, great (if subdued) flavor, nothing wrong here; a well executed beer.

Thanks to Illudium for the sample!

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Photo of nandemo1
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark chocolate brown with a finger of tan head that leaves a lot of lacing as it recedes.

Smell contains a bit of oat and a dark fruit/chocolatey mix. Taste is mostly bitter with coffee notes but has a bit of a sweet oatey malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty silky, medium bodied.

Overall, a solid brew that is drinkable anytime, including breakfast.

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Photo of RSchaeffer
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
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 jsanford
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours a dark brown with a thin off-white head that fades to a slight haze. Subdued aromas of chocolate, toasted oats, coffee, and roasted malt. Taste is close to the nose, nice flavors of chocolate, caramel, and roasted nut. Very nice and drinkable. Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly creamy, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. Overall a very solid Porter, the oatmeal adds a very nice creaminess.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Highland oatmeal
A: half finger head. Black. Nice thick lace.

S: very mild smokey aroma.

T: No one flavor dominates. Mix of coffee, roasted malt, oats and chocolate. Seems a little watered down for a porter.

M: moderate carbonation and medium to full body.

Overall: smooth, not a lot of aroma. Its an ok porter but not going to be getting this one again.

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Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served in a Highland Brewing pint glass.

Pours a very dark reddish-brown. Nearly black but with just enough transparency to see that the beer is clear. A vigorous pour only yielded a 1-finger tan head, but the head had some retention and left plenty of irregular lacing.

Aroma: rather hoppy for style, meaning that there is a clear hop note, and suggestions of spices, mixed with the aroma of toasted grains.

T - the hops are just strong enough to be present in the mouthfeel and taste, but take a backseat to the strong flavor of dark roasted barley. Some spicy and citrusy flavor in with the malt. Lasting, dark roasted malt finish and aftertaste with hints/traces of oatmeal, hops, peat smoke, coffee and dark chocolate.

M: smooth, semi-dry finish; medium body; Very good carbonation.

Overall score bumped up to 4.25 owing to the strong performance on all dimensions.

{revisited in June 2013}

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Photo of Jeffo
2.33/5  rDev -39.6%
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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Photo of HoppyZymurgist
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Half inch head that left quick with very little residual, even with their spcial lasered etching. Minimal lacing. Nice dark, clear color.

Some coffe and malt nose

Taste is very pleasant. Good mouthfeel and jsut the right of carbonation. Oatmeal comes through nice. A bit light on the roasted malt flavor for a Porter. Very smooth and drinkable

Overall a very solid beer. Probably not quite as good as some of the others I have had from Highland.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Curtis! Poured into a mug. Nice three quarter inch mocha head on this one. The body is quite black.

The aroma s full of chocolate and quite powerful when pouring. The aroma eventually tapers and the biscuity malt is more evident.

The taste is dry and bitter, with a bit of coffee in there as well. This finish particularly bitter, with the hoppyness being very subtle and in the background (quite a contrast to the last porter I had from Smuttynose that was very hoppy).

This is relatively light but has a nice strong slightly creamy mouthfeel.

I like this one, nothing like a good porter on a rainy summer day.

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Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.
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