Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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88
very good

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Reviews: 428
Hads: 960
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 44
Gots: 113 | FT: 1
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 12-09-2002

Highland’s most robust beer, having a very malty body with a large, roasted chocolate flavor, all achieved solely through the use of special roasted barley grains. It is black in color with a very clean finish and moderate hop flavor.

While the porter style was developing, some brewers produced a stout porter and over time generated a new style known simply as stout. These beers traditionally contain a distinct roasted malt flavor and can run the gamut from a dry stout, such as Guinness to a sweet stout such as Watney’s Cream Stout. Our Black Mocha falls in the sweet stout range and derives its chocolate and coffee tones from the use of appropriate roasted malt grains and is very often used as an after dinner libation or an accompaniment to dessert.
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Reviews: 428 | Hads: 960
Reviews by maybrick:
Photo of maybrick
2.16/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Broguht in for review in our Monday evening group on 3/18/2007. I'm eager to have more southern breweries joining the ranks of the industry. I was very disappointed in this one however. It was so thin in the taste, mouthfeel, and I don't know if this was just a not so great batch or a real representation. Mocha stouts at least to me should be thick, lusirous, and have strong notes of the coffee. This just didn't.

I certainly will try it again when once I again encountered and will happily update this review with those results. (535 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a nice traditional color black with maybe a slight red hue in there,appetizing in the pour with nice caramel colored head.I do agree with other guy who reviewed this one not much smell,a little chocolaty/earthy smell but not much.Taste was nice and chocalty and earth with that smokey tinge coming through in the end.Pretty good velvety body.Another good one from Highland. (377 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep color, basically black all around, only some slight dark brown around the very edges; tan head, thick on the pour leaving medium lacing. Deep mocha on the nose; creamy, sweet coffee, roasted barley, and bittersweet chocolate and cocoa beans. The flavor follows right along - the coffee profile was actually a bit stronger than expected (not a bad thing) and combats the mocha for the number one spot. The mocha has a bitter underlaying with sweetness and creaminess coming in to round it out. Hops show up in the taste that were not really present in the aroma; kind of dry, leafy, herbal, ashy. The bitter character balances well, hits a little on the back of the tongue. Some char flavors, not necessarily smokey, but charcoal and deep, burnt, roasted barley and malt. Reasonably creamy body, medium-thick but not syrupy, middle of the road on the carbonation scale.

Very good mocha stout, nice creamy body and lots of flavor for being only 5.6% ABV. You could certainly put a few of these down in a single sitting and be okay, as well as satisfied. (1,065 characters)

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle spplit with the girlfriend

A-Dark and mysterious like a Russian Lady smoking alone in a bar(which means black with no red edges and little white head)
S-Smells like bitter coffee and a little chocolate
T-Dark roasted almost burnt coffee flavor, hops add to bitterness on end, chocolate notes come out as it warms with a little sweetness. Not picking up a lot of fruit-very straightforward flavor but enjoyable.
M-A little thin in the mouth with forthy carbonation-more like a porter in the mouth. Not terribly smooth but improved as it warmed up.
D-I could drink a few on a cold night (598 characters)

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black! A dark pour into a pint glass providing a mocha hued head that provides nice lacing throughout. The brew is dry with notes of both semisweet chocolate and coffee. The creaminess is a little lacking for the stlye. The tastes of coffee and chocolate are not effectively introduced on the nose, there is also a toastiness in the flavor that is similarly lost in the lack of aromatic foundation. I hate saying anything about beer that tastes fo chocolate and coffee! This is a good winter/fall sipper and I will return for more ASAP. (536 characters)

Photo of Josh_ew_uh
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scott9890
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received as a gift, what a great gift someone must like me, The Allens.

A-Pours like I like my women...thick and black! Two-finger head.

S-Smells great roasted chocolatety malted goodness.

T-Like lucky charms wonderfully delicious. Roasted, malted and chcolatey.

M-Like my women should be thick, black, slightly bitter, but oh so yummy!!!

THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING MISSY AND JOE!!! (385 characters)

Photo of blitz134
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had to get this beer on a trip through Asheville, it seems Highland doesn't distribute this one very far from its brewery. At 2.89/bomber at Asheville's wine mart, a couple made it into my grips to travel home with me.

Very nice pour. Chocolate milk colored 1.25" head which reduced pretty quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. Body isn't quite solid black, seems to have the slightest touch of brown to it. Red highlights around the edges of my imprial pint glass.

Aroma is strong with roasted malts. A nice expresso coffee aroma with bits of chocolate toffee swirled in. Some sweet undertones of dark fruit, maybe a touch of plum and raisin sweetness. A touch of caramel sweetness to round it out.

Dark coffee dominated which really comes through at the finish. Loads of toasted flavors but not as much chocolate and toffee comes through in the taste. I'm not a coffee fan, but this one is really nice. Not as complex as some others but well constructed. Lacks some of the chocolate characteristics that are expected, but makes for a good coffee stout instead.

Mouthfeel is medium, not really creamy, but more of a thin oil consistancy on the tounge. Feels somewhat crisp too. Drinkability is superb, not a crushing abv level and plenty of refreshing taste and you have a winner in the drinkability department. Highly recommended. (1,344 characters)

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of merlin48
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$3.79 for a 22 oz bottle at Peabody's, in Boone. Pours into an imperial pint glass a dark, opaque brown body with a tightknit tan head that rises a couple inches before gradually falling into a cap and island chain lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roast Kona coffee, and a distinct note of almond/hazelnut nuttiness. Mouthfeel is creamy and light medium bodied, with low medium carbonation. The taste features bitter, dark roasted malts which mingle happily with the chocolate covered almond and nut flavors. Espresso and smooth roasted coffee notes compliment well. A vague suggestion of citrusy hops creeps into the mix, adding additional complexity. Somewhat light bodied for a stout, but not a major drawback.
This is Highlands' best offering, other than the very limited release, Cold Mountain Winter Ale. Black Mocha seems to be somewhat of a rarity, itself, based on my repeated failures to find it in the North Carolina mountains. I'm looking forward to this brewery's move to expanded quarters, so they can brew more of their top shelf offerings like this one. (1,066 characters)

Photo of avitallo
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JDVance742
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a DFHead tulip glass.

Appearance is a beautiful, deep, ebony, like a low carbonated cola.

Head is super thick and medium length of staying around, pretty good lacing. Can see every sip going down, however not completely defined.

Smells like an extra chocolate mocha. Heavy roasting(coffee provoking, chocolate evoking), light hints of vanilla, wood fire burning in the other room scent on the background.

Taste parallels the scent, with the roasted malt jumping to the foreground and the chocolate slipping to the light end. Parallel to the lessening of chocolate flavor is the more pronounced vanilla and cream flavors.

Mouthfeel is a bit lacking in comparison to the overall experience, carbonation comes through a bit tingly, and lacks in full body to accompany the bounty of other experiences, but too much good going on to really go too low on this score either.

Overall I'd give it more of a 4.3. A pleasant beer, even after sitting to warm for twenty to thirty+ minutes. (998 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Slowpony97
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Atom_Bomb
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kris10michele
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The first time I had this beer, I was already drunk. As a coffee lover, I'm pretty sure I would have given it 5 stars all around at that time. However, I recently bought this and brought it to a friend's house for a night of drinking games, and it wasn't quite how I remembered it when I was sober. It's still really freaking delicious, don't get me wrong, but it seriously tastes like a mocha latte. There is a lot of complexity left to be desired while drinking this beer, and it can get you really messed up really fast if you aren't careful, because it seriously just tastes like an expensive coffee drink. (610 characters)

Photo of takusan1000
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of chinchill
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 6/14/10 served in Highland Brewing pint glass.

As the name implies this is dark even for an American stout: opaque black with barely detectable brown highlights except directly under bright light; modest tan head.

A good bit of bitter chocolate flavor for a beer containing no chocolate. Hops evident to taste, especially the finish, but not obvious to nose. A slight bit smokey to the nose but no smokiness on the palate. Roasted malt is prominent in both aroma and taste. Contrary to "Mocha" in name, I can detect little if any coffee in the aroma and a minimal level in the flavor until the finish. The flavor is rich, well-balanced and refined.

M - very smooth; low carbonation; medium body (719 characters)

Photo of Breedlove
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very black. Poured with about 2 fingers of head. Moderated lacing. Looks very Stout-ish, it that was a word.

S: This beer smells lovely. Lots of coffee (obviously) but some vanilla too. This semms just like a mocha stout should.

T: Great! Big choclate and coffee. Sweet up front nice and bitter in the back. Nice.

M: Just about right. Not too thick, but chewy enough.

D: I could dring a bunch of these. Great stout. I am a fan.

If you had not had this beer I would check it out. One of the most drinkable coffee stouts out there. That is all. (551 characters)

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
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