drewdogg (62) - USA - JUL 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am a huge porter fan and Highlandís unique porter deserves a lot of praise. Very rich flavor and not watered down as some recent porters have become.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hm, never had an oatmeal porter! Thin head with good lacing. Aroma is of some dark fruit, maybe plums. Body is ok, but could use some beefing up. Very roasty with some serious chocolate malt at the end, along with a striking burnt taste that sits at the top of your throat. Adequate hopping as well. Fun beer.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolately and roasty, Highland Oatmeal Porter is a very good Porter. Final thanks go to Ross as this is the last of his shipment. Deserves its high marks. Would love to get my hands on some more Highland brews.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle into tulip glass; thanks to Suttree for sending me this via Secret Santa. I like porters quite a bit, and maybe since Iíve had quite a few good ones, I didnít find this one that special. The smell reminded me of flat and stale Coca Cola but with alcohol and some roasty tinges. Poured a black ruby color, not much beige head. In the mouth, I sensed a wierd acidity and definitely picked up on the alcohol, which is wierd for a beer of this size. Astringent, with a unique chocolate flavor (probably the combination of the hops and the oats), and the hop bitterness lingers on the tounge in a nice finish. The mouthfeel was a bit watery with a nice amount of carbonation. I know it sounds like Iím trashing the beer, but Iím not; once I got used to it, I liked it. But, like I said, I havenít encountered a porter I havenít liked. Iím just pointing out why this isnít my porter of choice.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours dark brown, almost black, with small tannish head, with spotty lacing.   Cocoa, figs, and semisweet chocolate on the nose.   Up front this seems more like an Imperial Stout, dark and heavy.   Slight hop presense, but moreso a dark heavy malty stout with slight soy flavor.   Finishes slight chocolately, and a bit chalky.   This one seemed a bit heavy for a Porter, but was still good none-the-less.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice roasty aroma. Good roasted body and flavor throughout. Finishes somewhat to the dry side.
flakpanzer (6) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2004 does not count
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Iím not quite sure how a breakfast food got introduced to beer. I managed to force this entire thing down. No redeaming qualities. Overpowering smell and no head. Toss this one into a nearby manhole if possible. Nothing good ever came out of Asheville.. including this swill.
gsteph (322) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown with caramel head that is thick and foamy. Alcohol aroma with coffee and roasted malt. The bitterness of burnt coffee combined with roasty accents and a hint of chocolate. Smooth but a little thin. Good palate, not complex, and well crafted. Nothing really overpowering about it though.
sloth (2763) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Large tan head, good retention and lace.Dark brown brew with ruby highlights. Roasty nose. Medium body. Some roasty notes with a hint of chocolate and some medicinal flavors. Finish is medium dry. Just not alot going on here.
Jayb0 (1141) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Straightforward but decent brew. Almost black with just a bit of red. The dark tan head holds its own throughout. Nose is mainly sweet malt with a bit of grain. Very creamy but maybe just a little thin in the mouth. Malt and choco sweetness tends toward candy, Iíd like to have had a tad more roasty bitterness.