Highland Brewing Company is based out of Asheville, NC, although some of their bottling is also done in Maryland.I have never really seen much difference between a regular stout and an oatmeal stout, or in this case, a regular porter and an oatmeal porter. This time is really no exception.
I opened the bottle and poured it into a lager glass (my pint glasses were all dirty, unfortunately). It poured a rich deep brown, with faint hints of red coming through. A medium head settled on top, colored a rich caramel and promising great richness to come.
On the nose were obvious hints of chocolate and coffee, as any good porter will have. I had somewhat high hopes for this brew. On my first taste, I noticed the coffee and chocolate flavors the nose had promised, but roastier variations. The roastedness was a nice touch.
Another nice touch was the hoppy finish. It took a couple drinks before I realized what was different about this porter…it was hoppy! When you’re drinking what you expect to be a nice malty porter, it’s easy to let the hops slip by for a while. The hops almost acted as a sort of palate cleanser, preparing you for the next taste. They also served to lighten the body a bit.
Overall, not a bad beer. I tend to like my porters and stouts good and malty, so the hops meant this beer is not exactly my style, but it made for an interesting experience.
Recommended: I suppose
Price: I paid $1.79 for one 12 oz. bottle