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Highland Oatmeal Porter | Highland Brewing

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557 Reviews
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:
557
Ratings:
1,337
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
17.88%
 
 
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Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This is a porter? Really? Not that it has to be opaque, but it's always a weird sign when I see a porter that looks more like an amber, though a dark amber, as this does. But good off-white lacing all around the glass and decent foamy retention upon the first pour save it from being completely off the mark.

Smell: Subtle hints of cocoa and mild chocolate, with some mocha and caramel, and citrus at the end. Balanced, but maybe a bit too subtle.

Taste: Kind of like the aroma here, as I've been saying a lot lately probably. Everything seems like it should be amped up more. Not that it's an Imperial or needs to be, but this seems kind of like a light oatmeal porter to me in a way. Not a long finish, and the richness of a porter -- as I said with the color before and being worried about it, it seems to be true -- isn't really here overall. The oats do a nice job with some mellowness and creaminess, and there's a nice sense of roasted malt, but it lacks a long finish, and the bitterness gets a little too heavy-handed at the end, both with the hop sourness and kind of eclipsing the good potential for the malt to do its thing. Still decent, though, don't get me wrong.

Mouthfeel: A tad bit watery despite the seemingly full carbonation at the end, which makes it just slightly out of whack in a way, though not enough that you can't get past it.

Drinkability: Above average, but it's nothing to write home about. Seems a little light and less flavorful than I'd hoped, especially for the oats that don't seem to be doing enough here to balance the bitterness.

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

Presentation: Had this on tap at a Marriot hotel bar in Marietta Georgia that had a very impressive beer selection! Arrived in an elongated, wheat type glass.

Appearance: Arrives with approximately 1/2 finger of medium tan head. This settles to a ring around the glass, leaving behind some lacing. The beer itself is dark brown, with just a small amount of light coming through.

Smell: Slightly sweet chocolate with hints of vanilla. Roasted barley bitterness in the finish.

Taste: Sharp barley roastiness upfront. More mellow chocolate and vanilla in the finish. Very mild hints of hop bitterness linger after each sip.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation lelvel. Body is good; oatmeal adds a nice slickness.

Drinkability: As far as I can remember, my first and only oatmeal porter. The oatmeal adds body that helps to push this one into the grey area between porter and stout porter. Overall, a nice drink.

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

Pours opaque darkness with a shallow loose light tan head that fades fairly quickly leaving stringy patterns of lacing behind. The smell is timid, lightly malted. Lightly carbonated and light bodied the mouth feel cleans up quickly. The roasted malt and coffee flavors suffer from the lack of body. This one isn't far from style, just loosing my taste for porters lately.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a fluffy tan foam. Pretty creamy but fades quick. leaves some nice lacing.

Nose is surprisingly light, with some dark chocolate, creamy oatmeal and cocoa. Takes it easy on the sweetness despite this range of malty scents.

Pretty hoppy for an oatmeal brew, lots of pine-needle bitterness. Roastiness accentuates that and it lacks the creamy smoothness I have experienced in most of the other Highland offerings I have had (Gaelic, Black Mocha and Cold Mountain). I dont get much oatmeal in the mouthfeel or flavor either. Ok beer, but far from HBC's best by a country mile.

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Photo of johntangus
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass.

Nice dark brew with very little head that disappeared as glass emptied. Very light lacing.

No real big smell. Just a little malty toastiness.

The taste was caramel, biscuity with some roasted malt.

Mouthfeel was light, but not thin. There was a bit of body, but not overpowering.

Decent beer, but not worth writing home about.

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Photo of cktison
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Brickstore Pub into 20 oz pint glass.

A: Dark, almost black, with 1 finger dense head of pillowy texture, chocolately color. Not great retention, but decent lacing. Body appears completely dense, but hints of color shine around edges of class - rubies and dark ambers.

S: Very light aromas, chocolate and sour hops. Roasted malts dominant.

T: Roasted malts dominant, citrusy from hops lends a sour taste, chocolates come out as the beer warms. Just too "burnt" for my taste. Oatmeal serves to give it a nice rounded, more balanced sweetness.

M: Slightly creamy, nice carbonation with a good clean finish. Very heavy.

D: This is a good, very original porter, nice to finish out my night at BSP with, but is just a little heavy, sour, and roasted.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received as an extra from RBald42. Thanks Ryan!

The beer appears a deep, dark shade of brown with about a half inch of light tan head. Ample lacing is visible throughout the glass. The aroma brings malt, lightly roasted. The flavor begins creamy, roasty, and malt forward but takes an unexpected turn with a blast of hop bitterness in the back half. While not entirely unpleasant, I feel that the hop presence is a bit overdone and detracts from the roast, chocolate and oatmeal flavors. Speaking of oatmeal, the presence of oats is rather subtle, and could stand to be brought to the forefront a bit more. Overall, a decent beer and worth a try.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black, almost tranluscent throughout. Not much head at all after the pour, just barely a ring of foam. Roasted malt nose with dark fruitiness, chocolate and a hint of smoke. The taste is quite tangy/nutty, with a very drying finish a with a mild bitterness. The taste is almost too tangy, with not enough roasted taste as you would expect. The mouthfeel is lightly thick, with a light watery smoothness from the oats. The carbonation was very fine yet sharp.

Overall I wasn't too fond of this beer. An oatmeal porter sounded interesting but it really didn't amount to anything special...

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Photo of enfield249
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark, dark brown, with very little head. What is there is off white.

S - Smells of roasted coffee, chocolate and a little wood.

T- Upfront there is lots of roast, coffee flavor, then fades to bitter.

M - Nice velvety feeling of the oatmeal, but strangely a good deal of alcohol hotness that seems out of style.

D - Overall, a good porter, and I love the smell. But where did that alcohol come from? Throws off an otherwise great beer.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date to be found.

Pours medium brown with a large three finger light brown head, very foamy and leaves nice lacing, reduces to a foamy island.

Aroma is mild but pleasant, chocolate, roasted malts, and a little caramel.

Flavor features a good roasted malt character, chocolate, coffee, some sweetness and the oats are there, finishes somewhat watery and astringent.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, medium carbonation.

Good flavor, good porter, but not terribly robust...

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Photo of chilly460
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours thin black with reddish tones. Limited head dissipates to zero cap, small amount of lacing.

S - Prominant smells that come through are medium roast malt & coffee. Hits with some nutty and chocolate tones coming through too, but there could be more.

T - First taste that hits me is the nutty flavor, followed by coffee with a little chocolate to end it all.

M - Felt a bit thin and carbonated

O - Nice and easy drinking Porter, could use more robust flavoring and mouthfeel

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Photo of craytonic
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: 3/4 inch frothed cappuccino head, took a while to dissipate; black with a little red.

Smell: Malts, roasted oats, light chocolate

taste: Nice balance, not overtly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, for some reason does make me think of oatmeal. Very full body

Drinkability: OK, better as it warms

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, oats. Taste is mild, roasted malts, a bit of chocolate. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice crown head on top of the black body. A good amount of lacing. Typical aroma for a porter: coffee, burnt, toasted, but little in th eway of hops. Didn't smell much that would label this an "oatmeal" porter. I would've expected a little more bread/dough aroma. Taste was good, but not great. A nice little bit of coffee in the long finish.

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Photo of johnd513
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to MSchae1017 for this one.
This beer pours dark black with a small offwhite head that quickly fizzles away. Smells of sweet malts and oats. Taste follows the smell with roasted malts and ends with bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth and nicely carbonated. Drinkability is moderate. Overall a solid porter but not something I was crazy about.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass
Quick Hits!

Pours a dark cola-brown, sort of like molasses mixed with maple syrup. Red is inflected throughout the brown body. Less than a finger of ashy gray head sits on top with little lacing to show for it.

Typical sort of porter aroma. Slightly roasted malt, some grassy hops, caramelized sugar. The oats don't really come out in the aroma.

Taste follows the nose, only with a stronger oat flavor. There is a mealy grain taste that sort of clashes with the roast. But it tastes pretty good anyway.

Oats make a beer creamier in mouthfeel, right? So why is this porter so thin in body? I'm not getting the benefit of the oats here, which is a disappointment. It remains solidly drinkable regardless; comfortable ABV% and pleasant malt flavors.

A decent porter. Nothing to throw rocks at.

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Photo of brandoncox
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Soda clone pour as far as color. Nice one inch khaki head.

Wow, great hop notes for such a dark brew! I'm getting hints of robust oatmeal and chocolate along with a sherry dominant nose.

Sweet and sour chocolate with a smooth malty body finishing nice and bitter.

Very smooth on the palate but not creamy like I was hoping. Minimal carbonation.

A good beer all in all but I don't like the sherry notes it's providing, it dominates a good portion of the taste. But overall it is a solid dark brew.

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Photo of Beer_Runner
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
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 TheycallmeTim
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on-tap at Barley's in Greenville, SC. Served in a shaker pint glass.

A--Deep ruby highlights toward the bottom keep the body from being black, which is on point. It's the head I had issues with--almost two fingers of light, cottony white foam. Looks like a homebrew, an amateur homebrew. Liquid yeast?

S--The best part, I felt. Pretty rich and bitter, with coffee and chocolate. A lighter chocolate smell, maybe due to the addition of oats---kind of sweetened it, though not like the toffee notes you get in a traditional oatmeal stout.

T--enh. Decent, but not outstanding. Just OK. Standard bitterness and definitely mellowed out by the oatmeal, but nowhere near big enough in the flavor dept. for the abv. Not /bad/ by any means, just not very interesting, either. And in this style Americans are doing lots of interesting things.

M&D--Mouthfeel's fine, though a touch watery. Drinkability, again, is not that high for me because if you're going to get near six percent you gotta pack more of a whallop. Either that or or tone down the abv so I can throw back a few of these without feeling it. Would make a fine session ale in that case, but right now there's just too much bite in that dog--and not enough teeth.

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Photo of kneeland
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not much of an oatmeal thing going on here. I got more of an IPA taste. That was drinking out of the bottle. Then when I tried it in a pint glass, it got better. Hints of chocolate, pretty stouty, very rustic with malt.

The appearance is really nice. Really dark, but it isn't too heavy. And the head is a pleasant surprise. Tan, foamy, it sticks around a while and keeps thing afloat.

Overall I'm not in love with it, but I don't really have anything negative to say about it either.

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Photo of scott
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

V.08

Dark with mahogany highlights. Scant lacing. Subdued aromatics, but once sipped this has a very nice hop bite. Actually, this is the hoppiest porter for me to date. The malt takes a backseat to this bad boy's desire. Honestly, it's more like a black IPA.
Easy to drink, but messy.

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Photo of dgallina
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arrived a very dark (nearly black) brown with ruby edges and a small creamy tan head and light lacing. Smells are *very* subdued; slight sweet chocolate malt notes with a grapefruit hop overlay. Flavor is quite weak for a porter, though it improves significantly as the beer warms. Sweet malts initially dominate, developing sweet chocolate flavors and finishing with strong grapefruit hops. The hops are overly strong considering the lack of balancing roasted malts. Mouth-feel is very good, however. Nice and smooth and creamy due to the oatmeal.

Easy drinking, but disappointing overall. The advertised chocolate malts just aren't present in enough quantity to balance the hops.

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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 garbercury
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Generous extra from BeerLovinGrl...Poured into snifter.

A--Deep red tint to the otherwise dark, opaque brew. Minimal lacing.

S--Minimal smell to this one. Kinda faint notes of malt.

T--Malt, Oatmeal is definitely there, nothing noteworthy.

M--Decent mouthfeel, not too carbonated, smooth.

D--Very solid for its style. What can I say, I have been spoiled by big beers, but certainly very decent beer...

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Photo of tpd975
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep black hue with a creamy somewhat light colored head for such a dark beer. Okay retention with very light spotted lace.

S: Aroma is nice and roasty with hints of coffee, toasted malt, and chocolate.

T: Big on the dark fruit, hints of oatmeal and coffee. Too much dark fruit here for my liking.

M: Medium in body smooth most likely from the oatmeal.

D: Not my favorite porter but does have a very nice mouthfeel.

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Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
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