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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

Highland Black Mocha StoutHighland Black Mocha Stout

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very good

748 Ratings
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Ratings: 748
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 12-09-2002)
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Photo of MarkQ617


4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 03:33:55 | More by MarkQ617
Photo of kris10michele

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 04:22:54 | More by kris10michele
Photo of SFNC

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 00:59:44 | More by SFNC
Photo of Omnium


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 15:01:54 | More by Omnium
Photo of mattkoon

South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 00:02:59 | More by mattkoon
Photo of nataku00


3.91/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 02:13:27 | More by nataku00
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a bit of sediment. Large dense khaki colored head forms and has good retention. A few rings of lace are left behind.

Aroma of black roasted malt and dark coffee. A bit of alcohol is also apparent in the medium strong nose.

In the taste, roasted malt and faint coffee. Has a good malt profile and a drying, muted hop. This is all about the roast, and this is a bit better than average. Mild but inoffensive coffee flavor.

Medium bodied, well carbonated brew with a dark roast finish.

Overall, this is a decent coffee stout. Drinks easy and is a great early day brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 19:31:15 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of tmm313


3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pitch black. Pours a super creamy, tan 2 finger head. Gorgeous "surge and settle" effect. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Both dark and milk chocolate. Coffee and roasted malts. Some caramel and dark fruits with just a slight touch of piney hops.

Taste: Roasted malts and bitter chocolate up front, then a raisiny sweetness followed by a rush of coffee and hop bitterness. Bitterness lingers lightly with a hint of fruit and a touch of spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Light carbonation. Finish is sticky and dry with a light lingering bitterness and spice.

Overall: This is a pretty good stout. I've had better and worse. I'll probably buy it from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 20:26:23 | More by tmm313
Photo of Haebar


3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Overall, an above average stout. The head was adequate but unremarkable. Appearance was good. Initial taste was good and spoke of dark chocolate and hickory but seemed to have a contrasting aftertaste to me. The texture was not as creamy as many stouts sampled in the past.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 21:18:48 | More by Haebar
Photo of GRPunk


3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle into an imperial pint.

A- 2-finger, tan head has good retention at 1/4 finger throughout. Awesome stick. Near black body shows deep, dark red at edges.

S- very bold, even at its coldest. Coffee and chocolate with light berry at first. Quite roasty. Maybe a medium-dark roast coffee with a sugar or 2. With some warmth, I also picked up some raisin.

T- complex. Lots of char initially. Dark chocolate with light berry flavors at points. Medium strength coffee.

M- dry feel. Medium-light carbonation as I enjoy in the style. Full bodied and slightly coating.

O- solid, drinkable American stout. The bigger bottle was easy to finish off in a sitting. Could see drinking another, really. Pretty straight forward. With the hints at chocolate from the name, I might like to see more of its presence. Quite good.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 23:01:26 | More by GRPunk
Photo of fishead

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've been a Guinness drinker most of my adult life, but it's difficult sometimes to find a good Stout at the grocery store, and only a few of the better bars and pubs carry Guinness on tap. That being said, I am always on the lookout for a replacement for my Guinness whenever I'm out and about.

Highland Creek Brewing has started selling a 12pk assortment that my local grocery store just started carrying. They have dropped the old Guinness Draft cans with the foamer gizmo, so I was seeking something other than boring and bland to fill the 'fridge, so I picked up the assortment, having enjoyed Highland Creek's other brews when I've run across them.

I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the case and pulled out this bottle of Black Mocha Stout, cold and inviting, with a hint of coffee and chocolate, it has a very similar look and feel to the Guinness I love, but with a very unique and enjoyable twist in flavor.

I enjoyed this new beer so much, I started to search about it, ran across this site, and decided to sign up.

Looking forward to may another of these, my new favorite! And it's local too!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 22:13:40 | More by fishead
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with a foamy tan coloured head.

The smell is coffee,dark malts and milk chocolate.

The taste is coffee, milk, roasted malts and slightly bitter chocolate.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick with low carbonation.

Overall a pretty good coffee beer, the coffee isn't too strong and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 17:23:54 | More by Dave1999
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and thin wisps of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves scraggly lines behind on the glass.

S- Semi-sweet dark chocolate aroma with some vanilla and caramel.

T- Taste follows suit with more chocolate notes and dark roast. Not much bitterness but there's a mild char aftertaste. Very smooth and somewhat luscious with barely any alcohol detected.

M- Slightly creamy and a bit chewy. Medium carbonation and a robust body.

O- A very subtle yet flavorful stout with just the right amount of chocolate making for excellent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 23:25:22 | More by Immortale25
Photo of Brenden


4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A black stout it certainly is, just barely any light coming in at the extreme edges. The head that grows, about medium brown in color, rises to a respectable height and holds up quite well. It drops slowly and leaves thick, webby lace clinging as it does.
The smell surprises me; I had a Highland beer or two when I visited Ashville a few years back and didn't remember this kind of quality. A nice, strong malts base gives off just enough roast and a slight touch of char that doesn't offend, and there's a nice creamy cocoa element coming out along with it.
Tasty, and with the chocolate and coffee coming forward with the strength I desire, I'm just pleasantly surprised by this brew overall. The malts are firm and flavorful. There's a bit of leafy hoppiness coming out for depth, mingling with a note of dark fruits and lightly charred woods to put a little edge on the char into the finish.
This fits into stout territory without being overbearingly heavy or weighty, making it almost infinitely sessionable. It loses a little of the heft and just a touch of crispness comes through, but the creamy feel is constant, even as the finish goes a little drier.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 01:47:56 | More by Brenden
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very dark, almost black; medium frothy tan head, long lasting, excellent lacing

Aroma: Roasted malt with chocolate and coffee notes

Taste: Roasted malt, creamy mouthfeel; slightly biiter grains in the start with a bit sweet in the mid; finishes dry and nutty/bitter aftertaste; well balanced and not too bad

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 02:17:59 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of Mojo


3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium globe glass

The pour yielded a dark ebony color with a one finger foamy caramel-colored head with awesome retention and lacing. The smell was dark chocolate and licorice. Taste follows the nose. It is big and sweet up front, kind of milk chocolate with a sour sweetness. The finish builds slowly. At first it doesn't appear to be anything there, but it slowly build to a rich , bitter and satisfying mocha taste. Mouthfeel is very average, leaning toward being a little thick. All in all a nice offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 04:24:20 | More by Mojo
Photo of Damian


3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to my dad for this bomber

With an aggressive pour, a one-finger tall crop of saddle brown foam topped the shimmery, near pitch black liquid. The head faded to a thick, clingy collar. No lacing whatsoever.

The nose was incredibly unique. Not at all typical for an American stout. Super smoky. Peat smoked malts were apparent. Strong prune and raisin notes. Lots of leather and tobacco. Somewhat sherry-like with an interesting oxidized quality. As the beer warmed, chocolate fudge was noticeable. This reminded me a lot of an aged old ale.

The flavor profile was much more typical of the style. Quite roasty and dry. Roasted malts appeared on the front end. Hint of caramel-like sweetness. Raisins came through in the center. Touch of black coffee. The finish was ashy with a charred, slight bitterness. Overall, not very complex.

The liquid was thinner and lighter bodied for the style. A touch watery with a very mellow effervescence. Slightly creamy on the palate.

This is a very strange offering from the folks at Highland Brewing. The nose was amazingly complex but did not represent the style well, and the flavor profile contained hardly any mocha character. This seemed like a beer that simply went awry.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 17:59:00 | More by Damian
Photo of marley2112

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 5/7/13. Served in an imperial pint glass.

A - Very black, undertone of dark red in the right light. An aggressive pour resulted in a thick head that left traces behind all the way up the glass. Best stick on the head I've seen from an "everyday" beer.

S - Upfront is heavy on malt, nice balance of coffee and cocoa. I don't get as much of the roast/burnt in the nose as I do on the back end of drinking.

T - Definite cocoa/coffee, but as it warms the taste of vanilla and dark fruit are there, still nicely balanced.

M - As good a mix between creamy and carbonated as a stout should be.

O - Highland makes some of my favorite go-to beers for various styles, and this is no exception. An easily drinkable stout that still delivers something interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 02:18:51 | More by marley2112
Photo of pauldave1976

North Carolina

1.6/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Not good. Lower than average. Will not waste my money again. I would expect a lot more out of a brew from Asheville, North Carolina. Seemed really plain and pretty sad for a "craft" beer.I guess it s par for the course, as I feel the exact same way about the rest of their beers. I would like to try some of their one shots to hopefully redeem them in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 23:29:26 | More by pauldave1976
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanx Damian74Shensky:

Into a nonic:

A: dark black body with an off-white colored one finger head, minimal lacing

S: roasted sweet malt and light coffee

T: roasty and sweet through previously mentioned flavors, slightly woody, dry aftertaste and finish

M: medium, sessionable, adequate carbonation

O: hey not bad for the style, I would have this one again

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 02:32:23 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black with pomegranate highlights and creamy beige head that instantly sheets, rings and laces.
Ash, oily espresso and burnt sugar on the nose.
Sultana, char, dark caramel, some roasty sweetness and moderate branch hop bitterness.
Cocoa bean finish and dry linger.
Smooth, medium, chewy.

Big and round, roast forward, but smooth and even. A very clean but solid stout that's neither an RIS nor Irish nor hoppy - unusual these days.

Happy first taste of Asheville.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 00:58:07 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of fountainofyouth

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Guinness-style tulip 20 oz. glass.

Appearance: Pours a very big head that retains well, off-white in color. The body is an imposing near-black and impenetrable to light. Lacing intact.

Smell: The smell is becomingly complex, with some sweet malt and light coffee mixing with a hint of booze. There might be a tiny bit of citrus hops, but I'm not sure. Most of what dominates is sweet brown malt.

Taste: Overall very good, although I wish it had a teensie bit more punch to it. Roasted barley is there and some coffee grounds, although there is a little bit of malt sweetness too that keeps it from getting too ashy. Hop presence is minimal.

Mouthfeel: The coffee grounds (or something) add a grainy, dry feel to the beer -- and I don't dislike it. The carbonation is restrained and doesn't interfere with the flavor.

Overall: I could be temped to buy it again. Definitely a worthy contender for the style. People used to drinking slightly sweeter dark ales might find it too imposing.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 03:35:04 | More by fountainofyouth
Photo of TheSSG


3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dense, tan head with nice lacing. Deep, rich toasted malt in the nose; big notes of coffee. Black. Acidic and bright, with toasted malt throughout. Builds into a medium floral hop bitterness. Finish is toasted malt throughout.

Overall, I like this. No coffee in it, but it tastes VERY much like it does have it. I wish it was a touch less acidic, and a touch MORE toasted malt.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 04:55:53 | More by TheSSG
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a dark brown/black pour with a finger of head which actually gave off some nie lacing. nice head retention as well. smells of coffee beans rise immediately, followed by chocolate and a very nice roasted nut smell. the flavor is a very mellow and smooth blend of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted grains, and macadamia nuts. medium in body with pretty low amount of carbonation.. feels a bit on the lighter side (watery).

overall, this is a solid beer. not sure if it's a seasonal or a year-round, but it's pretty damn good nonetheless. very subtle, but dead on as far as stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 08:49:08 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of rudzud


4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Received an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice dark brown hue with a good one finger dark mocha head that slumped down to a light quarter blanket.

S - Aromas of good roasted malts, chocolate, and nice roasty black coffee. Very, very pleasant.

T - Taste is nice. Similar to the nose. Good bitter coffee notes, roasted malts, creamy chocolate notes. This is quite tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy, lowly carbonated, but a bit thin. Not bad though

O - Overall A solid beer. Wish it was a bit thicker. Still, not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 03:24:12 | More by rudzud
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