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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Photo of KoG
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle courtesy of hoppedup in BIF 21.

Almost black body, some red highlights show through topped with a tan head that lacing in thin rings.

Smell is roasted barley with slight flowery hops. No off aromas.

Tastes rich and thick. Deep roasted barley with light chocolate malt and some oat. Light bitterness makes it easy on the palate but is still strong enough to make itself known. Finishes with a very light flare of caramel sweetness.

The oatmeal gives it just enough body to thicken it up a bit and make this a very rich and full porter. A damn good sample if I must say so, yet another brew I will have to find if I am in NC in the future.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 23 November 2010. Huge thanks to 'cwguy5' for this extra in our ORF/BA Blackout trade!!

Poured into a standard nonic, color is black, poured aggressively for a 2-finger head that reduces to a pretty 1-finger head, and then to a nice foam layer. Lacing is semi-sticky, resembling spider-webs while drinking. If the lacing were stickier, I'd give it a perfect score for appearance....4.5 ain't too shabby.

Aroma. The perfect balance of roasty roasty malts...love it. Notes of some semi-sweet chocolate, oats and rye. As the glass gets lower, it appears to be a deep deep brown color with a streak of burgundy. Taste consists of sweet roasted malt (maybe some lactose?), brewing licorice, and a semi-bitter aftertaste. Light to medium bodied beer. Okay. Very impressive porter. I would consider this a session beer. And would love some more of this. Thanks again to 'cwguy5' for this extra!

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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I haven't been that into really dark beers recently, but man am I glad my girlfriend brought a handful back from the east coast. This is a fantastic porter. So rich and flavourful. The roasted malt really shines without being overly bitter or dry to the point of disgust. It is just right. The punch of oatmeal goes well with it, also adding plenty of flavour potency without hitting that thin line of excess. I haven't had a lot of porters this year, so I don't have a lot of specific flavour notes to assess. I only got one 12 oz bottle of this particular brew. Just trust me, it's awesome. If you're ever within their distribution area, pick up a bottle.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a dimple mug)
thanks for sincerNc for this brew
A- This beer has a jet brown body with a hint of brown color glowing at the base. There is a creamy light tan head that has a slight yellow hue to it and a several random bubbles pushing through it. There is no sign of carbonation except for a few tiny bubbles stuck to the glass.

S- The smell of dark smooth black roasted malt has some dark chocolate malt notes and a hint of creamy. There is a light smoky peat note that increases as the beer warms but just accents the other aromas.

T- The dark creamy roasted malt has a faint peat taste but not enough to taste like band aids. There are some nice caramel malt notes that come through aswell. There is a soft tartness and a nice roasted malt bitterness at the finish that lingers just a bit after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish that enhances the roasted bitterness.

D- This beer is very drinkable but has nice depth of flavor. Finally some found just the right amount of peat malt to put in a beer. It accents the other malts but doesn't taste like a first aid cabinet fell into the pot.

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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 acsprouse
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, with a nice khaki head. reveals ruby redness when held to a light. Smells good, chocolate, and coffee notes, malty. The mouthfell is alot thinner than i expected, but not bad. Its smooth, slightly creamy. The chocolate notes are on the palate as well as the nose but the coffee notes arent that strong. Its malty. Sweet, but not too sweet. You taste the hops a little. Overall: great brew in my opinion. I give this high praises. For the style, it was great. Wonderful with my meal. I enjoyed this beer

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Photo of FrothFanatic
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Deep jet black color overwhelms the glass with a tall creamy head that dissipates leaving behind trails of creamy lacing. The smells hint of coffee, maybe a little cao cao, but no trace of oatmeal. Same with the taste, coffee cao cao but the oatmeal is very faint if not even present in this brew. Its so creamy and filling however that this could be a delightful breakfast beer. This is one of my favorite brewers and I would recommend this porter to anyone who wants to try something appetizing.

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Photo of birchstick
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a super dark brown with a nice, fluffy 1/2 finger head

S - very rich milk chocolate malt with a touch of burnt grains / malt

T - There is a lot of chocolaty and oat/grain malts with a nice, subtle coffee flavor supporting it. Some faint citrus hops are detectable on the finish. There is a nice blend of flavors going on here - very smooth, flavorful, and well-balanced.

M - a very nice mouthfeel - full bodied with a touch of carbonation that makes this so smooth

D - this is an extremely drinkable beer. Very nice flavor profile, well-balanced...just a solid porter. Definitely on the sweeter side of the porter spectrum, but it works really well for this beer. I really wish Highland was in Missouri, so far I have been really impressed by this brewery.

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Photo of Gavage
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a black color with a 2" tan colored head that falls to a thick surface foam that remains most of the session. Some spots of lacing develop.

Smell: roasted malts and oat grains are easy to detect.

Taste: roasted malts, raisins, prunes, hint of coffee, soft oat tones are balanaced with a nice bitterness. This beer is full flavored but not thick and chewy.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Medium to heavy in body. Aftertaste is mellow but pleasant.

Drinkability: super smooth, easy to quaff, and nicely refreshing for the style. This is a clear session beer that is not your standard ale.

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Photo of sraimondi
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a recent trip to Raleigh, NC.

Really smooth brew, not usual for a porter. Great lacing on the glass right to the last sip and exceptional mouthfeel, the low carbonation helps no doubt. Very nice color and the flavor was outstanding. I wish I had picked up some more as well as some of the other Highland brews. If they are anything like this one, I'm definitely missing something. Maybe next time...

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Photo of loren01
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a black cola color with very little head, small amount of lacing.
S: Smells of espresso with a hint of chocolate
T: Tastes of slightly sweet at first chocolatey with a nice hop finish.
M: Light to moderate on the carboanation and mouthfeel, goes down very nicely.
D: The more I drink this beer the more I love it!! Thanks to blackie for this one, would love to get some more of this stuff, awesome porter.

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

A - Pours dark with a thick creamy tan head of about 2 fingers that disappates slowly leaving a good lace

S - Chocolates and a spicy smell..not sure what it was but it was very pleasing

T - Slight bitter up front moving quickly to roasted malty chocolate tastes

M - Thick with just enough carbonation

D - I want to keep some on hand at all times. This was a very easy drinking beer and I enjoyed it very much

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

Very solid effort from Highland Brewing Company. As a fan of Oatmeal Stouts, this Oatmeal Porter is a welcome addition to the Oatmeal family. Obviously not quite as full bodied as a Stout, it is easy to confuse this with a stout.

The sweet tell tale flavor of oatmeal is present as well as some delicious roasted barley and some slight hoppiness.


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

Another surprising treat, sent my way by ddddeac. Poured from the small capped bottle into a pint.

Very dark, almost pitch black, minimal crimson highlights when held against the light. A creamy, coffee and milk colored head eventually drops down to a nice, thick collar, and lacing goes down with the brew almost to the end.
Aroma is good, with the usual notes of roasted malts, but along with that coffee and chocolate, some floral hops add to the balance.
The small amount of carbonation on this medium bodied brew lends it a smooth, creamy sensation that feels great on the tongue.
Taste is quite impressive, and along with the expected roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and toffee, along comes a sweetness, almost like "milk and sugar" where added. I am thinking, smooth, sweet, easy going, and then a wave of citrusy hops add a bite, balancing it quite nicely.
Very nice, different, sweeter than most, but quite pleasant.
The warmer it got, the better.

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

Deep brown with a yellowish tan lace that moves to a permanent collar.
Smells of roasted coffee and malt with a definate dab of oatmeal.
Medium to heavy body, and oh so smooth. You don't notice the carbonation until the very end.
Starts sweet with a bit of nuts and oats. Move to a bit more roasted flavor with a good hop to keep it in line. Long oat/breadlike finish.
I've loved this beer for years.

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Photo of rwrk42
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Dark brown like a maple syrup color with a light beige colored head
Smell: Roasted, almost burnt coffee aroma and chocolate
Taste: Roasted malt and chocolate flavors are abundant with slight bitter acidity. Balanced well with hops
A very good solid, tasty porter

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Photo of mondegreen
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at The Globe in Athens

A: Dark Brown with a small foamy head.

S: Roasted barley and chocolate. Everything I love about Porters.

T: Sweet Porter flavors. Malts dominate, bitterness from chocolate and maybe a touch of hops on the back end.

M: Very smooth with a medium body.

D: Very drinkable porter. I could easily work on these all night.

Overall, a smooth, solid Porter.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass on 12/13/09

10/13/09 etched on the bottle

A - Dark brown with caramel highlights. One finger of tan foam which is cut by about 50% after a few minutes. Retention is thin but decent throughout. Ok lacing - thin at top; better by the end.

S - Mostly subtle nose. Very smooth with dark chocolate, roasted malt & earthy hops melding with the aromas of oats. It's appealing despite not being particularly potent.

T - Robust flavor profile; smooth oats & barley upfront, bolstered by a bittersweet chocolate & roasted malt backdrop. The hops more or less stay out of the way, seeming only to pepper the beer with a slight twinge. Chocolate is more apparent as it warms.

M - Full bodied with moderately low carbonation. Almost chewy at times with some grittiness to it. Roasted malts linger for a moment on the finish.

D - Superb drinkability; a most righteous offering, indeed. In my opinion this is the best Highland brew of the ones I've tried & nearly the best porter I've had. Recommended.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

The beer pours a very dark brown with hints of amber. There is a sizeable frothly off-white head that holds well and laces well. It smells of roasted and nutty malts. There is also some sweetness balanced by some bitterness in the smell. The beer really shows its strength in its taste. Initially you can taste the roasted malts. This is followed by some sweetness but is balanced nicely with bitterness so that the sweet character is not overpowering. The beer finishes with a slightly nutty character possibly hazlenut. The beer has a good thickness and carbonation along with some dryness that complements the beer nicely. This is also one of the smoothest beers available. Overall this is a fantastic regional beer that I will reach for again and again.

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Photo of Paincane
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass provided a dark almost black color with aroma of malt. Roasted malt, oats, and chocolate with some coffee flavor. One and a half finger beige head dissipated rather quickly without leaving much lacing. Excellent porter with wonderful flavor, smell and finish. A lucky find at my local Kroger supermarket.

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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 NClifestyle
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance is almost black. Actually, a deep, dark ruby color, with a thick head of khaki creamy foam, tight bubbles with random deep breaks, some lace scattered about the glass. Cream drops to a thin layer on top of the dark liquid, similar to a coffee drink.
Smells are dominated by malt, roasty and bready, with a touch of oatmeal in there as well. Not an overpowering smell, but quite nice.
Taste is sweet coffee, roasted malts, and a touch of lemon hops in the back of the mouth. However, the hops are secondary, as the solid malt taste hits all over the tougue and mouth.
Mouthfeel is amazing with this beer. Nearly full, creamy and smooth, there is almost no carbonation with this porter. On a cold night, I could drink many of these, and compared with other American porters, I would search this one out again.


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Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this one in a trade with autumnaldave. Thanks Dave!

This pours from 12oz bottle a clear dark brown with reddish hues and a 1 finger head of tannish foam with lots of lacing and it shrinks to a fine layer by the end of the session and there's still some lacing. How cool.

The smell has strong but nice notes of coffee and chocolate.

The taste on first sip brings a big roasted coffee flavour and some nice dark chocolate in the background. Very smooth and thickish mouthfeel to this one and it has a very nice bitter finish from both the coffee flavour and the chocolate.

A few more sips in and I'm noticing how I really enjoy this Porter...I'll be sad when my session is done because this certainly is an easy one to kick back. Oh, and when I let a sip sit on my tongue for a bit, I could swear I'm tasting some dark fruit. Delicious.

Bottom line: Porters are a *great* style of beer when made properly and this sample from Highland fits the bill nicely!(no pun intended)
Thanks again, Dave!

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Photo of JamesEMc
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a restaurant in Asheville, NC. They brought a chilled glass that I dislike, so I waited a bit. The pour is slow, but the head was thick and it lasted much of the glass.

I'll drink this one again when I find it - if it isn't available in Athens, GA, we are missing out.

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Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
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