Highland Oatmeal Porter

I found another straggler from the Virginia stash. I’m really hoping to have the beer fridge cleared out by the end of next week. I’m dying to do another beer run. I have this awful habit of stockpiling beer, which usually results in me not trying the beer as fresh as I possibly could have. So far, I’ve been pretty good with getting through the fridge. Of course, if I see something that I absolutely have to have, I still pick it up, but I think I’m down to 10 12-ouncers and a bomber or two. Anyways, beer time!

ABV: 5.8%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A unique Highland creation, this robust beer is black in color, very malty with hints of chocolate-roasted flavor and a well balanced hop character. This style was born on the docks of the Thames of London where dock workers or porters delighted in the strong dark ales brewed by the local pubs with roasted malts. This gave rise to the name by which this style is still known. A porter was traditionally served with oysters, the least expensive food available to the dock workers. Highland Brewing has taken this style a step farther with the addition of a judicious amount of flaked oatmeal which helps attain the smooth silky character of our porter.”

Random: I think my favorite Killers song is “Human.” It just came on Pandora and I forgot how much I liked it.

This brew poured with a two finger, tan head that took forever to dissipate. It left lots of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a dark brown color with no carbonation visible. The nose had notes of dark roasted malts and baker’s chocolate. I didn’t get much else, especially not oatmeal. The taste had roasted malts and dark chocolate. After a few sips, I did get some light oatmeal characteristic as well. There was a slight bitterness to it as well, especially after warming up for a few minutes. The flavor on this brew wasn’t mind blowing, but it was definitely solid. The body was thick with high carbonation. It had a long roasty finish. This did what it set out to do. It was drinkable with good flavors to it and is definitely worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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