Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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Reviews: 428
Hads: 959
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 45
Gots: 111 | 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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Photo of nc41
2.65/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Looks nice smells nice. But ..:. I agree with the last review I read, tastes like a peppermint patty, it burns like hot pepper on the throat. I don't like that profile much to add to the burning it's over carbonated for the style. My throats hot, if I was just going off the heat this is generating I'm guessing 2x Mexican Cake. One will give heartburn , two might make you sick. (379 characters)

Photo of uvachief
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nitro turbo draft. The stuff pours nice with nice head. Smells like peppermint which is nearly repulsive to me. Ru oh..tastes like peppermint. One taste was all I needed. Not my cup of tea. Thin, watery stout that tastes like peppermint. Groan. (251 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black Mocha Stout pours an almost black color with a nice large head. There is a weaker oatmeal aroma. The taste is a bit weak, nice oatmeal flavors, hints of mocha. Weaker flavors. Overall its nice, pretty plain, the weaker flavors do take away. (250 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A deep brown with a light tan head that leaves nice tight sticky lacing. The aroma tends to the mild, with just hints of dark roasted malt and maybe a little cocoa. The taste is also deep roasted malt, with just a hint of earthy hops but it has a nice simple quality to it. The body is lighter, but with with a nice full finish. (328 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black, clear beer with a one finger high, beige-brown head.

Nose: Coffee, tobacco, roasted malt, dark chocolate, malt and dried fruit.
Taste: Coffe beans, red berries, dark chocolate, roasted malt and hay.
Body: Medium to full body with light carbonation.

Great stout! (274 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thin black pour with dark tan head;fruit and chocolate whispers; thin mouthfeel/lite tongue coating;coffee bean and thin malt start; light and easy to drink; I like how the coffee flavor is just barely there; chocolate malt and a little hop bitterness round out the finish; a very drinkable lite stout. (302 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Industry standard brown bottle, from a Make-Your-Own 6 pack, that I brought back from Carolina.
The beer pours black in color, with a thin tan head. Foam slowly faded down and left spider web pattern of lace.
Smell was very light, some roasted malt, maybe chocolate.
The taste was similar to the smell, quite light toasted grains, minor chocolate or cocoa, but really struggled to find any coffee or mocha flavors. Bitter, but astringent rather than a cold coffee bitterness.
Medium bodied, moderate amount of carbonation, dry finish.
The beer is easy to drink, which in this case is kind of a negative. I wanted more bold and strong flavors, and a thick fuller mouth feel. An OK stout, but for me didn't live up to a mocha stout. (734 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A purchase from a trip to Tennessee last July, bottled 4/4/14, so this has over eight months age on it.

a; Opaque black with a glimmer of clear ruby at the bottom, inch thick tan head receded slowly to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Black coffee.

t: Primarily smoky malt up front with a light hop bite. Sweet finish. Later some dark chocolate and black coffee emerges.

m: Light to medium, perhaps lighter than expected for a stout. Good carbonation tingle.

o; Not getting an awful lot of "mocha," but a good if lightish easy drinking stout. I'd tend to call this a porter based on mouthfeel and ABV. (617 characters)

Photo of Carlson
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Smooth drinking, stout beer with exceptional flavor. A winter time seasonal favorite. This beer is only made for a few months each year& released in the winter season. A must have for the winter season. (202 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

This has a very good aroma of mocha, espresso, light char and toasted oats. The flavor has a creamy mocha, charred oats, smokiness, charcoal embers, bits of coffee roast and a bitter finish. My only complaint is its a tad too watery which takes away from the overall experience. (278 characters)

Photo of JamesBondGA
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Dark in color as are most stouts. smells and tastes of coffee with some chocolate notes. Flavor is not as strong as I was hoping. easy to drink, but nothing really special about it. (182 characters)

Photo of EHopkinsi
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours dark, thin head. Flavor isn't as bold as I'd prefer, but not wimpy, either. Mouthfeel is a little light, too; but again, not bad. Hoppy finish is nice.

Kind of an "easy drinking" stout; not massive like I generally prefer my stouts, but definitely enjoyable. (272 characters)

Photo of Lordhelmit
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark. Typical of a stout, especially one with black mocha in its name. Poured with very thin had which dissipated quickly into a thin film. Slight lacing.

S - Smells really fantastic man. Smells like coffee and chocolate, with grapey notes as well. Smells hugely like coffee. Well...like a mocha latte or something >.>

T - Taste is also fantastic. Tastes pretty much how it smells. Coffee, chocolate, bit of darkc hocolate bitterness on the finish. You can definitely taste the lightly roasted malt too. I do taste a hint of dark fruit somewhere int here. It's slight, but it's there.

M - Average carb, full body

O - Very tasty, but really honestly nothing too special. I feel like I've drank it before when I had other stouts. Nothing really stand outtish. (771 characters)

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

Highland Black Mocha Stout has a very thick, beige head, a black (with brown highlights) appearance, and some web lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, very dark roasted (but, not burned) barley malt, coffee, cream, and chocolate. Taste is of those elements, with a noticeable bitterness, probably coming from the char. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Highland Black Mocha Stout finishes rich and delicious and semi-wet. RJT (431 characters)

Photo of jburris64
4.73/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my new favorite beers. This one whee poured from a bottle into a pint, had a very dark, almost black coloring, with a light tan head. Stout flavor bitter but did not bite. Smooth with a pleasant after taste.
Nice lace on the rim, coffee and chocolate notes on the nose.
My only complaint is I didn't freeze the glass. (325 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark, brown-to-black coloring, with a filmy, surface coating of light tan head. Aromas of lightly roasted coffee, crème highlights, and subtle chocolate notes. Very well balanced nose. Flavors are roasted and bittersweet forward, with a blast of coffee, crème, and hints of smoke. Chocolate highlights, with a solid bitter backbone. The body is light and dry, with a tangy sweet and roasted bitter aftertaste. The finish is roasted, dry, and with a slightly bitter linger. Solid, drinkable brew. (557 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very smooth grassy taste, some chocolate. Malty. There's a bit of a metallic taste underneath. Some dark fruit flavor. A bit of coffee. Medium to full bodied. Flavorful, but a bit of a generic taste.

It's a very deep brown/black, that delivers a huge tan foamy head that leaves a good deal of lacing behind. Some streams of bubbles going up the side. It has a slight mocha and metallic scent. Some chocolate malt. (415 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown black with a frothy tan head that lingers. Leaves sheets of lacing add it slowly dissipates.

Nutty malt, dark chocolate, and light roast malt form the aroma. Coffee is subtle, bowing to chocolate.

Flavor is interesting. The malt backbone is definitely roasty, but not overly charred until the finish. Bitterness is subtle. I wonder if they used de-bittered malt. There's a touch of sourness, but chocolate saves the day mid-palate. Nutty notes are evident throughout. Hints of sweetened dark cherries surface in the aftertaste.

Body is on the full side, with slightly low carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

More complex than I anticipated. Most stouts can be overly roasty or bitter, but this is neither. The cherry character is a special treat. If that sourness/metallic note weren't there, it would fare better. (842 characters)

Photo of Zach136
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pitch black, with a hard to coax tan head. Little to no lacing.

Aroma: Nice balance of cocoa, caramel, nutty, and light roast.

Flavor: Sharper roast, and more present earthy hop that the aroma. Both notes come up front. Light notes of chocolate and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly acrid roast linger. (330 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this poured out of the bottle into a stout glass. This is probably my favorite beer from these guys. This stout has just the right amount of sweetness backed by the coffee and chocolate notes. The aroma clearly masked these flavors. Dark brown color with a surprisingly mild head. Great dessert beer. (304 characters)

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 SFNC
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark as night withcreamy one finger tan head. Smell is roast and some chocolate. The taste is roasted malt, coffee beans and dark chocolate with a thin mouthfeel. Many Souts will improve as the warm, but this one actually loses a little luster. Overall, pretty good, but not a great Stout. (295 characters)

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

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Dark brown black with under a finger of tan fizzy head, tiny spots of lacing.
S - Rich dark chocolates, roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, a touch of vanilla bean.
T - Rich creamy and milky mocha flavor, lots of dark chocolate, coffee bean roasts, a little toffee malt.
M - Creamy and smooth at first, but fades fast.
O - Excellent display of a good coffee stout, could benefit from a little more sweetness and alcohol to make the flavor linger more, cause it is a welcoming taste. (511 characters)

Photo of mattkoon
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this mocha stout isnt opaque- theres a small amount of brown when held to the light- thin tan lacing. the smell is slightly sweet with hints of chocolate. there is plenty of malt in the nose. the taste is malty with with hint of chocolate malts. the taste is pretty bold but there is a great smooth finish. this is a really good stout perfect for this time of year. (365 characters)

Photo of nataku00
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours pitch black, cannot see anything through this, with two fingers of creamy light brown head. Head leaves some nice lacing as it dissipates to a thin collar.

Nose is baking chocolate, roasted malt, lightly roasted coffee, and a bit of ashy burnt malt character.

Taste follows the nose, baking chocolate sweetness leading to roasted malt, mild coffee, and a bit of a burnt note on the finish. Also a slight sour tang.

Medium body with mild carbonation, barely there, but enough to move the flavors along. Easy to drink stout, which is nice given how a regular stout seems so uncommon in craft beer nowadays. Nice stout overall. (674 characters)

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Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
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