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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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Reviews: 430
Hads: 977
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 16.45%
Wants: 44
Gots: 126 | FT: 2
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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: 430 | Hads: 977
Photo of cbros
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from pint bottle into tulip pint glass.
A- little or no head, dark, chocolate brown almost black in color.

S- aroma of mocha, that is present but not strong. a sweet, musty, and chocolaty smell.

T- nice mixture of stout with a everpresent mocha taste. the stout flavor is a little stronger than the mocha flavoring but does not command your attention.

M- it feels heavy and fullbodied. this is definately a stout.

D- I paired this beer with brownies that my wife had made and I think that that pairing proved a success. Obviously since this is a mocha stout they should go well together. But what I liked most about it was not that both had chocolate in them but that the subtle nature of ths stout didn't overpower the taste of the dessert. It simply added to the experience. I would pair this beer again with a chocolate dessert that, even though on the heavier side, does work well.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This irish mocha stout has a sweet and roasted malt smell with cocoa. Pours to an opaque black with a stiff carpenter-in-a-can head that laces as it slowly recedes. Taste is mostly roasted malt and a chaulky bitterness that starts in the middle builds and lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is thin in the start but the carbonation gives some substance as the bitterness kicks in. Not as much mocha as I would expect but it appears to be bittersweet, and doesn't really stand out from behind the roasted malt.

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Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to CBlack85 for this one. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a solid black color with just a thin ring of beige head that had no retention or lacing.

The aroma had a very faint coffee scent upfront with the usual roast and malt scents behind it. On the tongue the beer had big roast flavors belied by the aroma. The solid coffee flavors didn't overwhelm the beer.

The body was good, although perhaps a bit light for the style. Drinkability was good, the beer went nicely and didn't leave any lingering coffee taste in the mouth. Overall, a nice enough brew. Nothing special, but worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1563rd Review on BA
Bottle to Great Lakes Snifter

I didnt find a bottle date
Thanks to BlackBelt5112203 for this one

App- It was a nice base stout. A bit of a black color with some browns all around. A good deep center. The head was a good tan 1 finger loose bubbling and nice clinging beer. Looked good in the glass.

Smell- The roasted malts are overpowering on this one and do little to smooth this out. The hop addition adds another layer but competes too much vs. layering the beer. I dont find the mocha or chocolate aromas at all.

Taste- I thought it was pretty good. A bit too ashy and thin on the mocha. A bit of the hops couldve been dropped down a bit to make this a more smooth drinker vs. being prickly and stinging. The flavors are a bit lined up and come at you 1 at a time vs. being integrated and layered. As this warmed it was a bit of a dark cherry flavor with a little bit of a bakers chocolate flavor as well.

Mouth- A light body stout. I know its an american stout, but this was a bit too thin and watery for me with a bit of a high carbonation. Residual flavors on this were some ash, roast, smoke and bitter. I get no mocha still even as warm.

Drink- It was okay. Wasnt a mind blowing hidden gem. Solid offering that I feel would be served to dial down the roast and up the smooth factor. I think this wouldve been better with a food pairing.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Just received a few hours ago from woolyb in the Good Beers BIF. Thanks for sending this! Chilled and poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown on the pour but it's looking black sitting in the glass. Rocky brownish/tan head forms but does dissipate quite rapidly. Very minor lace on the glass walls, along with a tight bubbly ring around the edges. For a lower ABV stout, this is what I've come to expect.

S: Roasted dark malts, cream, milk, a touch of dark chocolate and a hint of smoke towards the end. The slightest hint of a piney hop presence comes out as it warms. Certainly not the most aromatic beer but it does justice for what it is.

T: More roasted dark malts are up front with just a bit of chocolate. A milky and watery character seems to dilute the flavor a bit with some bitter coffee notes towards the back end. The finish has some dark chocolate nibs. It's a very reserved flavor profile though it has enough to make it enjoyable.

M: Very thin and watery, it's a shame. Though, I guess I shouldn't be too surprised as I get this a lot with low ABV stouts. Still, it comes across too thin. Lots of carbonation albeit somewhat creamy all around.

There's really nothing wrong with this stout. It's a very middle of the road, easy drinking and still enjoyable stout. I would have liked a bit more of a full mouth feel to the beer, as well as more of a show of either the chocolate or coffee - mocha *is* on the label!

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass, very dark brown with a very thin cream-colored head, almost nonexistent lacing.

Nose was fairly benign. Coffee with hints of chocolate, slight hop presence. Smell improved slightly as it warmed.

Taste was a little better than the nose. Coffee is more pronounced, followed by bitter chocolate. Seems a little tart for a stout.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, a little sticky on the tongue, very low carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. Wouldn't go out of my way to get this, but wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of brewjones
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber

Pours black and immediately releases the smell of a strong coffee. Large, tan head and opaque. Smells of strong coffe, chocolate and slight hop aroma. Tastes like coffee grounds at first but then seems to ease up a bit as you swallow. A fairly smooth beer but does have a an acrid taste from the black malt(?) or maybe the mocha. An ok beer but not my favorite as the coffee flavor is a little strong for my taste.

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Photo of bosox941827
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been reviewing lots of IPAs lately so this is quite a change. 22 oz bottle, poured cold into imperial pint glass; allowed to warm as I tasted.
A - Dark as night with a reddish hue when held to light, thin ring of crema on top
S - Roasty, chocolate-y malts
T - Sweet and roasty all the way through, with just a hint of hops way at the end after the malts have resolved on the tongue, but really roasted malts are what predominate here, as expected
M - Not as thick as one might think, really quite pleasant in the mouth w/just a bit of carbonation
D - Very, surprisingly for such a hearty beer

Though a bit one dimensional, this is not a bad beer. Would probably prefer a bit more hops in the mix, but really can't get too vocal about that given the style. Overall a decent beer that I would buy again.

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Photo of Meerkey
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Tan head, burnt umber, slightly ruby at edges

S: dark chocolate, coffee grounds. bitter.

T: tastes the way it smells. a slightly sweet finish comes through the bitterness.

M: Carbonated and clean. lingering bitterness.

O: Nice mouthfeel. Not that bad, but not one I'd turn to when I'm in the mood for a stout.

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Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown body with light brown soapy head. Heavy roast. Mocha in the finish. While some cream in mouth, some astringency in finish as well. Lacey. Bitterness on heavy side. SO neither would I say clean taste nor black, but still worthwhile to try.

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Photo of Jredner
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate and mild coffee aromas. Black in color. Head is odd...bubbly on the sides, but creamy across the top. Flavor is a touch metallic in the fore. Some decent roastiness in the middle, but there is an odd rancid sweetness, like of old chocolate in the finish. It is not intense, but the flavor is there none the less and it hurts the beer.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured cold from the bottle a deep black to founder's brewing goblet with a 1/2 finger, short lasting, foamy mocha head leaving a sheet of receding spotty lace after each sip.

great big sweet milk chocolate aroma, perhaps a little espresso, but it's about the chocolate this one.

smoky, surprisingly so, not getting the chocolate that was so prevalent in the nose. a bit of coffee, and roasted malts, but mostly a big ol bunch of smoke.

light bodied for the style, bigger carbonation than expected, smooth, subtle bitter.

overall - not a bad beer, but not really in my wheelhouse. the smoke is a bit distracting.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours out black and has a thin cola colored head that disappeared before you can get an aroma, the smell is subtle chocolate and grain. the alcohol is low in this beer but you can smell some alcohol in the nose.

taste is strong coffee and chocolate malts, but at the end a nice bready/toffee flavor lingers on your tongue.

good beer to have with desert after a big meal.

goes great with cheesecake

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, goblet, no freshness dating. Thanks for the extra farrago!

The color is on the lower end of the stout spectrum, not really capped with a head. Cedar highlights.

Metallic roast, weak chocolate, hop spice, and coffee crystals. Also some toffee in a faint and standard nose.

Bitter coffee and dark malts. Chocolate somewhere between milk and dark. Sour, stale, packaged coffee flavors, hop spice and bitterness round out the back end.

Nice carbonation allows this brew to attain some silkiness it might not otherwise attain.

This is a nice American Stout but by no means remarkable. It wouldn't be hard to put down more than one and more than two, it's a candidate for a good black and tan too.

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Photo of thetomG
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jet black pour with basically no head whatsoever, which is surprising considering how thin & light it feels on the palate as you drink. Aroma is mostly just made up of roasted malts. Flavor is similar but with just a hint of mocha/chocolate in the finish. Glad I tried it, but not really something I would seek out again.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Mild chocolate. Mild roasty notes. Some green olive and anise, not sure how that will turn into a good thing.

Appearance: Black, but not opaque, can see some dark ruby color at the edges. Medium brown head is tall. Little retention and good lacing.

Taste: Bold enough. Cocoa. More roasty than the smell indicated. Light anise. Hops are floral and lightly bitter. The bitter anise comes out mostly at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Mild to moderate carbonation. Slick and oily, finishes just barely dry.

Overall: Nice balance, not overly sweet. Savory overall, but the aftertaste could be more pleasant.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with ruby highlights and no head, no lacing. The smellis fairly faint,but has notes of light chocolate, some sweet malt, and a touch of roastiness. The taste is of pleasant dark malt, some milk chocolate, and a slight roasty bitterness. The mouthfeel is light but smooth, and fairly creamy. Pleasant, and pretty drinkable, but not a lot going on here.

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Photo of bradford
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle acquired through a trade with stopbarking
Looks good on the pour, dark black, very little light getting through. Thick but not viscous like a Dark Lord or Kentucky Breakfast Stout. Head was an off white, brownish color that thinned down very qyuickly
Smelled okay, lots of roasted malts and bittering hops present in the nose
Taste was the same, overly roasty for my taste and quite bitter for a 5.6% American Stout.
Mouthfeel was good, pretty thick and palate coating
Drinkability is not so high. Not a bad beer, just very assertive in the roastiness and bitterness

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Photo of olimpia84
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Dunedin House of Beer. Served on a Pint glass.

A: black body with a one finger coffee colored head and good lacing that is coffee colored as well.

S: a bit on the mute side but notes of coffee are present along with roasted malts and milk.

T: dark coffee, roasted malts with a bitter aftertaste. A bit on the bland side.

M: smooth feel with a medium to full body leaning more towards medium. Good carbonation.

O: a decent stout that failed to deliver in some areas. Nevertheless I was happy to try it since it's not widely available in my area.

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Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from a Dark Lord day trade with some NC folks.

A: The stout pours quite dark, with a coffee-esque color. Nothing seems to make it through the glass and the dark depth of the beer. The head was quite thick, 3 fingers, on pour and almost overflowed the glass. As it settles, the ale has left an extensive lacing throughout the glass.

S: The aroma coming off of the beer is roasted malt, burnt bread with a strong chocolate aroma.

T: The stout is serviceable, having a strong malt body, bready with a strong roasted element that adds a depth to the body. That roasted body releases some chocolate and caramel flavor as well. The flavors, overall, are restrained and lack the pizzazz that a good stout should have. The flavor squarely puts this beer into the decent realm.

M: The mouthfeel has hints of roasted malt and chocolate and ends on an enjoyable note with a chocolate flourish. The flavor comes through a tad too late though for me.

D: The low abv and nice mocha finish redeem the beer, creating a decent flavor that, while it won't transcend the stout style, it won't turn you off from stouts either.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Cavalry Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Reflective, black in color with ruby-amber highlights at the top and bottom of the glass. A sudsy, one-finger head of brown foam settles quickly into a slick, bubbly coating with weak retention and leaving almost no lace.

S: Sweet, spicy notes with coffee, herbal hops and an earthy malt aroma. Chalky, bitter, fruity smell also.

T: Roasted, bittersweet malt blend up front with thrusts of hazelnut coffee and bitter, chocolaty malts. Mid-palate is a bitter, herbal, earthy malt and hop blend which finishes with a bit of tobacco and smoke, along with the slightly resinous finish.

M: Full-bodied and a little slick with a bit of a sticky, oily finish.

D: A good amount of roasted malt balanced with bitter hops, this American stout is slightly above average I'd say. The brew gets more complex and mellow as it warms, but all in all the "mocha" seems more like a gimmick than a front-running flavor. Not bad and worth a try if you're in the market for a decent stout.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Big Boss pint glass.

Pours a pitch black color with a 2 inch thick head. Smell is...not much. I detect a faint coffee aroma but not much else. The taste is not much better. A mild coffee flavor with a slight bitter finish. It's okay. Light body and medium carbonation. Wish this were heavier, feel leaves something to be desired.

Overall this is a drinkable beer but you can do better. I wouldnt turn it down but this is not Highland's best offering.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

coffiee, dark chocolate, and burnt caramel hit my tung and a kiss of of hops and and sweet alcohol come in in the end, this is a nice rich stout that i would drink often if given the oppertunity to get them, all of highland's products are tasty! try some

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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.

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