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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by pezoids on 09-17-2002

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Reviews: 557 | Ratings: 1,339
Photo of lehows
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a bottle at Patrick Sullivans in Knoxville, TN. Poured a nice black color with a small tan head. Certainly stout-like in appearance. The aromas were great, full of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, etc. Nice and smooth flavors of the above but with hints of vanilla. This is a super drinkable porter that still packs a lot of flavor. This is the first beer I've had from Highland and I cant wait to try more of their beers.

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Photo of scbeerman
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This one is absolutely a standard-bearer for the style along with MBC's King Titus. Pours almost black with ruby highlights; very light tan colored head which lasts forever and leaves rings of sticky lacing. Smell of chocolate and a little char adds to the warming roasted feel; a hint of grassy hops in the background. Taste is like a milkshake of dark chocolate and coffee, with enough sweetness to balance it out wonderfully. Some roastiness/charred flavor is present and provides a nice even bitterness. Mouthfeel is wonderfully, luxuriantly creamy and smooth, with a silky full mouthfeel courtesy of the oatmeal. Somehow. it manages to be as drinkable as any Porter out there at the same time. Overall, outstanding. I could drink a bunch of these without getting tired of it. If you don't like this you probably don't like porters.

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Photo of nickss
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep deep dark brown... nearly black... with ruby tinged highlights. Moderate 1/2" cap of foam, which gradually subsides to about a 1/8" khaki cap. Huge gobs of lace cling to the sides of the glass as I take my drink.

Big grainy tones with some oats tossed in. Quite a bit of malt smell on the backbone, but not overpowering.

BIG oat taste. Some mocha, or chocolate pervades the taste, with the malt backing it up. Extremely smooth... very nice. Almost a nuttiness to this one... delicious.

Nice creamy mouthfeel... very inactive on the tongue... simply thick and coating.

I could certainly put my fair share of these away... entirely inoffensive beer with an incredible oaty flavor... definitely one of my favorite "bang for your buck" beers.

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Photo of inebrius
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Walnut rimmed black under a sticky tan head. Toasty and fruity hop nose more indicative of a Pale than anything else. A draught is a subdued roasted malt that finishes long and hop flavorful. Coffee beans and dark chocolate are there, but definitely not first seat as you would expect in a Porter of this hue. Nice hairless texture thanks to our buddy the oat. A blind tasting might conjure the idea of an American Amber with lots of ass. After the initial shock to the senses you'll find a unique Porter that's really quite tasty and hophead friendly.

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Photo of BeerBrose
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a miniature snifter.

Look: translucent leathery brown, nice tight bubbles with apparent lacing throughout.

Smell: Toffee, Nuts, Sweet malt, leather.

Taste: Coffee like roasted malts, hazelnut, oats in the finish.

Feel: Thick body, heavy on the palate but finishes smooth.

Overall: Very Very drinkable and delicious porter.

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Photo of botham
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tasting glass. pours a deep chocolate brown with faint amber highlights and a half finger of light tan head.

aroma is lightly roasted malts and a touch of chocolate. overall the aroma is quite smooth and pleasant in the nose.

taste is of roasted malts up front with a bit of chocolate and burnt malt. very smooth on the palate with a finish of residual sticky black malts. overall very smooth and mellow on the palate with a tasty profile.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a silky smooth texture and a sticky smooth finish. nice.

drinkability is good. a very smooth and satisfying porter with good concentration and just enough richness to sustain the roasted malts. a very tasty porter. cheers!

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Photo of Rhynes2
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark rich color when poured from the bottle. About an inch of foamy rich head as well. You can smell the dark roasted malts in this one and just a light touch of hops. First taste gives an initial nutty/chocolate taste which slowly melts into a coffee like aftertaste. Lightly carbonated to perfection as the mouthfeel is great. Wish I would have bought more than one of these in my mix pack.

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Photo of nickfl
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of light brown foam, settles quickly, little lace. The body is opaque black with brown highlights.

S - Aroma of nutty brown malt with some pine hop notes. Fruity yeast and a slight hint of smoke in the background.

T - Light coffee and nutty malt up front with some brown sugar notes. Rich malt in the middle becomes a complex finish with notes of chocolate covered coffee beans, citrus hops and light notes of smoke and tobacco.

M - Smooth, moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable and surprisingly complex. It has a great malt profile that borders on becoming a stout, but never become quite that roasty. The finish is excellent with a great blend of dark malt and enough hops to keep it balanced.

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Photo of Shaw
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another gift from BA thryn. Thanks!

Pours a deep, deep ruby in color with a light brown head that leaves sticky foam around the glass. Very nice.

Chocolate, coffee and roasted malt aroma.

The taste is excellent. Wonderful roasted coffee and chocolate, along with burnt toast flavors. Bit of tannin mix with a light hop bitterness.

The body is creamy and slick, thanks to the oatmeal.

This is an excellent Porter and the best of several good beers I've had from Highland. Seek it out.

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Photo of dwren89
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark molasses like brown with garnet highlights, great clarity, tan thin head

Aroma: roasty but not overwhelmingly so, slight bitterness, a little dark fruitiness like a fruitcake,

Taste: great roasty flavor but also supported by more fruity and a little caramel malt flavor that definitely distinguishes it from stout status. Balanced finish but a little residual sweetness. Great oatmeal addition brings a little fullness to the flavor

Mouthfeel: smooth and a little silky, but not as silky as an oatmeal stout. Crisp finish, full body and medium carbonation

Overall: a great mix of roasty, fruity, and bold flavors that finishes smooth and crisp. A great late fall quaff that can be either sipped or gulped.

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Photo of EHopkinsi
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Pours black, with a three finger foam head. Foam hangs around a looong time. Nice mouthfeel; silky, like it says on the bottle. Nice, but not bold, malty flavor. Nice hoppy finish. Noticeably thinner mouthfeel once it is warmed up, so take time to enjoy it but don't dillydally.

A very good porter.

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Photo of hyuga
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice looking black beer with a thick tan foam that thins, but stays at a good drinking level.

Chocolate and lightly roasted oats in the aroma with some leafy hops.

Flavors start off with some sweet but still dark chocolate flavor and roasted oaty goodness. Spicy, leafy hops show up here and there, staying behind as a reminder of their definite presence in the aftertaste. Finishes very leafy with some woody sweetness. Very nice.

Chewy and thick, milky smooth. Flavors are not huge, but that doesn't take away from the body.

This is currently my favorite NC brew. It's a great session beer that doesn't kill the tastebuds, nor does it fail to give you satisfying, solid flavor. Good to have around all of the time.

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Photo of mntlover
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice black,with fluffy tan head. Smell of coffee,oats and malt goodness.Tastes of roasted malt oats with right amount of carbonaton to tingle the tounge. Hops kick in to add citrusy flavor and just the right kick to finish of this great brew. Nice medium bodied porter not as chewy as some others but taste is wonderful. Drinkability is excellent very good brew. Haven't had bad beer from this brewery would recommend trying one if you can.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Body is clear dark maroon, head is 1" or more off the pour, fluffy and tan.

Smell: Light bitter chocolate and oatmeal.

Taste: Oatmeal is very obvious, provides a smooth grainy aspect. Chocolate flavors team up well with the oatmeal. As the beer warms a bitter coffee flavor comes out and finishes the beer nicely. Good.

Drinkability: A solid, easy to drink porter No real complaints, but there are better beers in the style. Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the bottle.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with no light coming through it. It sports a sandy 3 cm head on top in the pint glass. The aroma is roasty and sweet with scents of molasses and brown sugar. Very appealing to the nose. The flavor starts with a touch of coffee followed by big roastiness, grainy caramel, toast, and some nice chocolate malt flavors. It's nice and sweet with more molasses and brown sugar notes. This beer is one of those beers where the line between a porter and a stout is blurred. They call it a porter, but it could just have easily been called a stout. Granted it would be just a mediocre stout, but is an excellent porter, the distinction is still slim. Whatever you call it, I call it good. A nice, full bodied beer with lots of sweet maltiness to satisfy a BA.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Photo of mmmbeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. The beer is black with plum highlights, plenty of carbonation, and is topped with a two inch tan head that leaves decent lacing. It smells of green hops and chocolate at first, but there are also notes of roasted/coffee malts and, of course, oats. The flavor consists of oats, roasted, chocolate, tobacco, and coffee-flavored malts, with a delicious combination of green/piney/citric hops that leave a medium bitterness, complementing the malts quite well. Initially, the medium body is almost prickly with carbonation, but it becomes smooth, almost silky later, and leaves a medium finish. Overall it comes across almost as an imperial stout light and is a quality beer with a body that is fairly light considering how big and flavorful the brew is.

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Photo of slusk
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a clear garnet with a dense one finger tan head. Great retention.

S: Big coffee, chocolate and toffee with some woody tones. Spicy with a wee bit of raisin.

T: Definitely coffee and chocolate are the stars. Molasses and a bit of gingerbread with some raisin in the background. Low to no hop flavor, maybe a tiny bit of earthiness. The bitterness is strong and balances the sweetness.

F: Chewy, not quite a stout but almost full bodied. Creamy with low carbonation

O: I really like this brew. It's sweet but balanced. Like a big cup of black coffee with a little cream and sugar. One of my favorites.

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Photo of Enola
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another solid beer by Highland. If your looking for a good porter this is it. A very dark color. Thin head. Smell is of roasted grains. The mouthfeel and drikability on this one are both excellent. I have bought this beer on several occasions and will do so again in the future. I love the taste of oatmeal beers.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a dimpled mug...

a-one finger khaki head stayed for a while...left some nice swirling on top...

s-a little roasty and coffee....the dark grains really shine through in this....

t-lots chocolate and roast up front..some coffee follows just as the bittering hops step in the middle to keep it from being too sweet....finishes on a bitter roasty chocolate note

m-thick and creamy...not quite chewy but almost...coats the mouth well...

d-could drink this all night and not feel bad about it at all

forgot how good this homer is....

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Photo of bgildea
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice dark color with a foamy whiteish tan head. Faded quickly but left some nice lacing.

S: No distinct smell comes across. Slight roasted malts background smell.

T: Really tasty. Nice roasted malts flavor comes across, that tends to linger on the back of the tongue. Slight hints of chocolate come across at the beginning, with a faint hint of hops at the end. Really like the overall balance of flavors. I almost drank the whole beer just trying to dissect all the flavors, I liked it that much.

M: Nice thickness to the beer. Good amount of chew. Really thicker than I expected, which is always a pleasant surprise.

D: Very drinkable. I could drink these all night. Great taste, great mouthfeel, and not too much ABV. I'd drink another, if I had one...

Overall: Overall it was a very good beer. I'm always found of a good porter though, so I will admit I am biased. However, this beer really delivered for me, which was nice considering the last few I drank disappointed. If you like porters, give this one a try.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a generous khaki head. Nose dominated by dark toasty malts. Taste smooth, with dark caramel, a hint of sweetness. Smooth taste and mouthfeel: silky, as the bottle suggests. Excellent beer, would only rate higher if the flavor profile were more complex, but that might disturb the smoothness of the taste profile that develops as you drink this. Drank 28 May 16.

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Photo of Umbra
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A few shades cooler than black and leaves a good sized tan head and a bunch of carbonation feeding it. Pretty good retention.
Smells like chocolate coated, gooey hops.
The dominant flavor is a mixture of piney and citrus hops. Lingering in the background are the usual roasted malts and some milk chocolate. Comes off as medium bodied, but the twang of the hops and the zing of the carbonation really allow it to go down much easier than that.
Very drinkable brew. The hops were a big surprise at first. I would drink the crap out of this if it was available locally

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Photo of flexabull
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of turtlemoye, thanks again!

Beers pours a dark brown color with a small off white head.

Light oats on the nose, a little cream, dark sugars, and cereal like grains.

Nice light creamy chocolate notes noticed on the first sip. Cereal grainy malts, soft coffee and espresso settle in to the base of the flavor profile. Finish has a nice mineral hop bite that balances out all the sweet malts. There is also a definite crisp zing there on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is nice, very smooth, with some nice crispness.

Drinkability is quite good. This is a very flavorful porter that is really easy to sip. I could easily have a few of these in one session. Good stuff!

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. This beer pours out brown with mahogany/chestnut highlights. The head is a standard white, maybe a little cream colored. A hard pour gives about a finger width head with some really good lacing to it.

Smell is actually the best part in my opinion. Plenty of dark roasted malts. Gusts of bittersweet chocolate jump out and tickle your nose as you sniff it. There's also a spicy, citrus, floral hops present. The aromas all compliment each other quite nicely and is quite well balanced.

The taste is almost as equally excellent. Again the bittersweet chocolate is evident, this time there is more sweetness to go with it. Call it power of suggestion, but I think I can almost detect a brown sugar type sweetness, almost like you could pour this in your oatmeal in the morning. Earthy and citrus hops present as well, very well hopped.

Very good and well balanced. The flavors really blend together well to make a very enjoyable beer. I'd say medium bodied overall, with an excellent carbonation level. This beer is crazy drinkable too. I could drink this all day. If you like the taste of oatmeal stouts but want something lighter at the same time, than this is absolutely perfect.

I really like this beer a lot. I could drink it year round, I'm glad I picked it up in TN when I was there. I'd get it again if it were in the Boston area. Thanks to the guys at Beardon Beer Market for the recommendation!

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Highland Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,339 ratings.
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