Highland Oatmeal Porter | Highland Brewing

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Highland Oatmeal PorterHighland Oatmeal Porter
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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 stirgy on 09-17-2002

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark brown, almost black. No clarity. Very little head, and a little lace left on glass

S - very sweet aroma. Cinnamon, cocoa. A bit of floral hop.

T- bitter up front. Quickly turns very sweet. Chocolate. Hoppy aftertaste.

M - medium bodied, creamy. Well balanced.

O - a tasty hoppy, sweet porter. Not bad.

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Photo of Daktah
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours extremely dark brown, nearly black, with a very small off-white head that dissipated pretty quickly and left a little lacing. Smell is mostly coffee and roasted malt, with noticeable cocoa. Definitely a little bitter at first taste - like others mentioned - but then turns semi-sweet with a little chocolate and a subtle caramel flavor. Great balance of hops to even out any sweetness. Very solid and tasty beer, and not overly heavy. Easy enough to drink a couple of these in a sitting.

I seem to forget about Highland when I'm in the beer store, but am always happy each time I come back to it.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of woosterbill
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear dark mocha body beneath an inch of creamy off-white head. Ok retention, good lace. Nice.

S: Mmm. Lovely. Lots of coffee, oats, and brownie batter. Very rich.

T: Coffee and pure malt up front, with some dark chocolate and earthiness toward the finish. Cocoa powder on the dry aftertaste. Quite nice.

M: Lively, slightly prickly carbonation in a medium body. Just ok.

O: Really, really nice 6-pack Porter - one of the best on the east coast. I'd take it over Smuttynose Robust Porter any day.


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Photo of Axnjxn
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

pours a nice dark brown color with a half inch white head. mild, pleasant cocoa malts on the nose. taste is quite flavorful. good chocolate and roasted coffee flavor with a great malt backbone. tad of bitterness at the end. medium bodied with low carbonation. not too light.

overall a very enjoyable porter. one of, if not the best, of highlands year round offerings.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Beer_Runner
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No bottled on date on the label or the bottle.

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass yielded one finger of thick and clumpy head that was a darker shade of tan. Over a few minutes the head dissipated to about a quarter-finger and lasted the remainder of the session, and also left some very nice lacing. The brew was very dark brown and opaque.

S: This beer did not have much detectable aroma at all.

T: The taste began with some sweet dark roasted malt and a hint of some very tasty, almost burned, oatmeal. Next, some grassy and earthy bitter hops kicked in for balance.

M: The body was smooth and just barely crossed the line from medium to heavy.

O: This oatmeal stout just missed the mark. It did not have much sweetness or grainy, dark roasted bitterness and coffee-like flavors. And, the hops just did not seem to fit the malts. It was not a bad experience, but it just did not work together for me. But, the tasty oatmeal did go some way toward redeeming this beer for me. It is a good and solid offering in the oatmeal porter and stout style, but it just did not make it to the top tier.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint. No discernible bottling date.

Look- Nearly opaque ruby brown with three fingers of dense toasted marshmallow foam. Glass is completely covered in an opaque sheet of lace.

Smell- earthy, pungent, milk chocolate and coffee grounds. Undertone of clean herbal hops.

Taste- Almost a black triple-brewed tea flavor than the coffee I was expecting. This is followed by a touch of sweeter marshmallow, cocoa, and a toasted nougat flavor. Finishes with light char, almost smoky but not overly assertive, and a bit of lingering bitterness. Hoppier than your average porter, but it works quite well. Very nice.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, not as full as I was expecting from an oatmeal beer. Fairly dry, moderate carb that could be softer. I could have another.

Overall- Pretty good, a few tweaks could really bring this one over the top. Oatmeal character could use a little more uumph, but it's noticeable and a nice take on a hoppy porter. Worth trying, and I'd pick it up again if I saw it.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jjanega08
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a nice deep brown basically black color with a thick finger of head on it that holds great retention and awesome lacing. A really nice looking brew actually.

S= Smells nice and roasty with a nice chocolaty smell. The chocolate is actually anice milk chocolate smell. Good buiscuity aroma to it that makes the chocolate more milky.

T= The taste is great. A nice mix of roast and a sweet malt character that you usually don't get from a porter in my experience. The sweetness isn't too bad though. it's a solid candy sweetness that holds up nicely to the roast.

M= Velvetty smooth.

O= This is a great beer. I love a porter and I love oatmeal stouts. This is the best of both worlds. The sweetness is a little different but this is a nice mix. Seek this beer out.

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue, with a 2-finger, tan head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a great trail.

S: Good malt, chocolate, and coffee aromas.

T: Sweet flavor with a generous roasted malt base with hints of chocolate and coffee.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: Excellent oatmeal porter – nicely blended give great flavors and aromas.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of tewaris
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown, medium head, medium retention. Some lacing. Charred and acidic aroma with elements of dark fruit, mostly prunes. Tart and dark with some roast toward the end and a generally clean finish. Medium body, high carbonation. Drinkable and certainly not a bad beer. However, it will have a hard time standing out.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,372 ratings