Oatmeal PorterMarch 1, 2010 Asheville, NC
Highland Brewing Co.
Available: NC, SC, TN, GA, FL, VA, AL
Owner/Founder Oscar Wong and Vice President/Brewmaster John Lyda have been at Highland since its inception. What began as a three-person operation has grown to a staff of 18.
Original gravity: 1054
Walnut colored with reddish hues, I would call it more of a brown ale than a porter, a name that is interchangeable with stout. That said, it is handsome in the glass, with a noble head, like froth on a cappuccino, but much thicker. Baked bread, coffee and chocolate tones peek through the nose. Rich round mouthfeel is soul-satisfying like a bowl of Scotch oats yet not overpowering. ‘Lotsa’ compliment served with lots of latkes from organic potatoes grown in our garden.
- Charles Finkel
Voluptuous pour settles into a rich head and dark depth of promised goodness. Roast malt and cocoa-like aromas suggest chewiness. With a cool flick of the wrist, I’m submerged and apprehended, into a medium-bodied, very drinkable, balanced dark ale. Pleasant roast and hop character satisfy the need for balanced and quenching bitterness, soothed with thoughts of oatmeal goodness. Alcohol content not overly aggressive, making this potentially a great session beer. A drop of maple and I’m all over breakfast.
- Charlie Papazian
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
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