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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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Ratings: 915
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 42
Gots: 94 | FT: 1
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 12-09-2002

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thank you, Calton!

Pouring black with a dense, brown head with excellent retention and intricate lacing, this is an excellent looking stout. There are the faintest reddish brown highlights too. The nose is intense. Mild pine hop character with a rather strong acrid malt component, there's also a ton of heavily roasted malt and some chocolate. There's also a moderate sweetness present. As it warms up, it does open up and grow more rounded.

The palate opens with a rather prominent bitterness with moderate acridity. My palate does grow accustomed to it rather quick, and I grow to appreciate the unsweetened cocoa and rather bitter coffee grounds that are present. There's some rather simple sweetness in the mid-palate, and this beer does dry out on the finish with a lingering coffee-grounds bitterness. A touch of grainy astringency is also present. Hops aren't Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, the high bitterness does get taxing after a while. This is among the more intense stouts I've had in recent times, almost worthy of being called Mikkeller Black-lite. Still, this is quite enjoyable.

Photo of John1985
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stout pours an opaque black with a generous head. The head stuck around and laced nicely around my glass tankard mug. Malty aroma, nice roasty flavor up front with notes of chocolate and coffee. Brief bitter finish and mouthfeel was a little watery for the style. A little too drinkable for my taste but the stout was very flavorful.

Photo of chickenflea
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a style that a lot of people get right. Highland is no exception. The beer pours dark mahogany with a medium to small head. The aroma is very good and true to the style with rich chocolate and coffee mixture and malt. Medium body with a watery texture. Green apple notes on the front end, but the taste is quickly overwhelmed by coffee bean and burnt toast. Reservedly sweet. Bitter finish with a slightly tanic aftertaste. A good beer. Refreshing with plenty of flavor without being too heavy.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours dark opaque brown. Tan lacing.

Smells of rich brown sugar and molasses with hints of malted barley and hops.

Tastes of mildly bitter hops and malted barley with some oat and brown sugar sweetness.

Feels moderate with a bit of tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Pretty decent and tasty low ABV stout, good flavors and heavy like a stout should be. A bit rich to session. Would have again though.

Photo of mattkoon
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of MrMegaton09
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: Tall Pilsner Glass

Into the glass this beer is very dark. No traces of light through. Very nicely colored head, sort of a chocolate cream color.

Lacing is average, head dicipates quickly.

First thoughts on the smell of this beer, figs. Plain and simple, at least in my opinion. Very sweet.

For taste, a good amount of dryness. I get hardly any traces of any coffee notes at all, if so very very unnoticable. I take away more of a malty sweetness that reminds me more off toffee than anything. Still a good tasting beer, just not quite what the label implies.

Overall, average beer for me. A good drinkable stout, that really didn't stand out anywhere else. C+

Photo of paulieatworld
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

given this by don from highland on my last visit up to asheville.

pours dark to black with a slight tan head that rapidly fades. roasted malt and barley on the nose. big chocolate waffs. smells like young's d.c. very nice roasted coffee and chocolate flavors on the front with just enough hop bite to bring you back. a very solid local offering for us here in NC. a good balanced stout with the right amount of carbonation. would be a solid beer in the rotation for the stout fan.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great look and smell but that is slightly lacking and not enough body.

Photo of grayburn
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another good offering from the folks at Highland. It pours a midnightish brown, bordering on black. Dark tan head that laces alright and sticks around.

The smell and taste are both dominated by a roasted chocolate malt flavor that is quite nice. Other notes include some light licorice and just a wee bit of alcohol to round things out.

The mouth is a bit over carbonated, but otherwise melds the flavors together well with its medium body. Definite drinkability for this one, it goes down easy and it's abv is low enough to enjoy a few.

Photo of marley2112
3.83/5  rDev -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.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
Thanks to beeruser for this one!

This pours a dark enough shade of brown that it appears to be black. It has a half finger head of dark tan colored foam. The retention and lacing are both very good.

The nose is packed full of roasted malts. Lots of dark roasted coffee notes also. Light touches of dark fruits and a tiny hint of chocolate.
Somewhat muted, overall.

Loads of roasted malts and dark coffee notes. A good amount of dark chocolate presence. Mild hints of dark fruits. Good balance with some lacto sweetness.

Medium-bodied, with a medium-to-high level of carbonation. Nice and smooth and has a touch of creaminess. Although it is not quite as full-bodied as I think it should be, for the style.

This has some very good balance to it. At 5.60%abv it is easy to drink a few of them over an evening and not worry about it.

Photo of Treyliff
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a pitch black color with a small fizzy dark-tan head that reduces quickly and nearly dissapears, leaving no lace.

S- dark chocolaty roasted malt, chocolate syrup, also some dried dark fruit, raisins, cherries, pure vanilla extract at the end. This one smells like an inviting chocolate bomb.

T- the dark fruit notes continue to the palate, the chocolate tastes like a dark cocoa with a hint of vanilla. The finish is smoky with some charcoal, finishes dry with just a bit of hop.

M- light-medium body, low carbonation creamy mouthfeel with a velvety finish. The body seems just a bit thin for the style.

O- this aroma of this one was pure chocolate, but the taste seemed to fall a bit short of the expectations from the aroma. It was still very enjoyable, and would be a good choice for those looking for chocolate flavored stouts.

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Ego
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

from my trip down to the obx

black as crow, one finger of head rises up and scampers away rather quickly, a quick swirl brings back some foam and the lacing is pretty good here actually, looks like a stout.

mocha with dunkin donuts coffee (not starbucks), bready malt like cocoa powder in the background, very much akin to milk stouts I have snorted, nothing outrageous here just a nice solid mix.

taste etc...
the body seems a bit light, the carbonation might be a touch too heavy, the layer of nestle quick on the tongue after is very nice though, there doesn't feel like enough body to hold the bold flavors in your mouth too long, so the flavor sensations are a bit fleeting. For a stout this is easily drinkable as there is nothing overbearing whatsoever to prevent further forays into sip-ta-tude. The aftertaste is perhaps this brew's best companion, in fact it leaves a better impression than the actual consumption of the libation. The afterglow is indeed nice here, got a cigarette?

true to the style but nothing out worldly, worth checking out if it doesn't cost you and arm and a hooker.

Photo of tdm168
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at the Village Draft House

Arrived a deep, dark brown with a reddish hue and a thin lacing of brown head. The nose has a heavy note of coffee and a faint note of chocolate. The taste is much the same as the nose; coffee is the dominant flavor with hints of chocolate and light, noticeable hops for battle in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied, rich, and smooth.

It's a little one dimensional, but a solid beer all around. In this area it's a staple in most beer stores, and pretty cheap too. It's a go-to beer on a cold day.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a flared pint glass.

The pour is a little less than spectacular. Nothing bad here, to be sure -- dark brown in color showing nice deep ruby highlights when held to the light, with a creamy one-fingered beige head. Sadly, though, the head goes no further, falling away rather deftly and leaving no trace behind on the walls of the glass.

A bit of toffee-caramel sweetness in the nose, with some light cocoa and coffee and a faint hint of herbal-citrusy hops.

Medium-bodied with a smooth body and mild carbonation; sweet malt carries in the intro, with just a hint of caramel, moving into a middle of light roast coffee and faint citrus and pine hop notes. Some nice semi-sweet mocha and sweet cream show up around the edges before finishing with a dry roastiness that shows just a hint of resinous hops on the back of the tongue.

A pretty drinkable stout, with a nice balance of characteristics where nothing is overpowering. And though there is no cocoa used in the brewing, a little more chocolate character would be pleasing in a brew called Black Mocha Stout. Regardless, a nice addition to my American Chocolate Week imbibing.

Photo of Morey
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no freshness date.

Pour very dark brown in color. It looks black, but if you get a little light behind it, it's actually more of a dark brown. The head only stood about one half of a finger following a medium pour. Hit has since settled to almost nothing. Very little head retention and/or lacing.

The nose on this one is pretty mellow, but I'm getting some roasted malts and a good amount of chocolate as well.

Taste is smooth and roasty up front followed by a burst of chocolate flavor. Very little in the way of hops/bitterness on this one. A hint of coffee towards the middle. Smooth finish.

Medium bodied with a creaminess that rounds things out on the back end. Carbonation is pretty low key.

A really nice stout overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: Despite the name, the brewery uses no coffee or chocolate in this beer. The chocolate flavor that they achieve is really impressive. Really nice for a stout that is so low in alcohol. It looks a bit thin initially, but this one surprised me a bit.

Photo of beergod1
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby/black with a foamy tan head. Nose is lightly roasted malt. Flavor is simple, some smokiness but smooth and tasty. Coffee, chocolate, and a little hop presence on the palate. Not a Great brew. as I found out about the 5 brews I tasted from Highland, but a pleasant, easy drinking stout.

Photo of hawks10
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into my FFF's imperial pint glass...

Pours a coffee black with a thin one finger tan head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a bit of lacing...

Smells of dark chocolate with coffee undertones and roasted dark malts...

A bit of sweet chocolate upfront gives way to a bitter roasted malt character with some hop bittering showing through...

Somewhat thin body compared to the appearance of the pour...decent carbonation...needs a little more substance...

Not a bad drink but nothing to set it apart from other american stouts and therefore nothing I will seek out again in the future...

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

De-bottled with a dark brown mahogany hues topped off with a quickly settling khaki head that becomes a slick of a frothy island on the surface.

Aroma is a pleasant roasted malt and sweet cocoa mixed in with a rummy hint.

First swigs: Toasted rye bread, some smokey hints. Dry finish with a cocoa linger. Metallic coppery twinge. Some overripe banana and molasses.

Medium bodied. Soft feel. Restrained carbonation. Easily drinkable. Nothing too over bearing.

Last swigs: Liquid burnt pumpernickel toast. An average stout. While in Charlotte, I was lucky to find and try some Highland brews. This one didn't disapoint, just didn't go anywhere new either. Pretty cheap deal: $3.49 for a bomber at Brawley's.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the Most Honorable SuperHappyFun Stout Tasting. Thanks to Rogueone for sharing. This Stout pours black with hints of ruby around the edges. Medium foamy tan head that lasts awhile. Patches of lacing on the glass. Roasted malt, chocolate and touches of dark fruit in the nose. Medium, dry body with a lightly roasted/smoked character. Flavors of coffee beans, malt, caramel and hops. The finish is sweet malt and molasses at first, leading to a lightly bitter coffee aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

Photo of AshevilleSippin
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short Version:
Dark, smoky and drinkable with a sublte malt tanginess to it.

Poured thick and dark like black molasses. Completely opaque even up to a bright lamp. The only color is the reddish-black refraction coming laterally through the edges of the 1/8" thick glass pint walls.

Two finger head the color of milk chocolate that had the endurance of an ultra marathoner. Right after the pour my brother called and we talked for 10 min before my first taste. It still had a uniform 1/4" head with solid wallpaper around the edges where the head had fallen.

The mass of the head was more cohesive to the center than adhesive to the glass. It seemed to congeal in the center like a large curd of buffalo mozzerella yet moved freely along the edges of the glass as I gently tipped it side to side.

On the nose was coffee with a highly burnt roast and a little sharp hop underneath.

First taste was very smoky and medium bodied. Not the kind to stick to your ribs. There's a subtle tangy maltiness that I think defines this beer beyond a run-of-the-mill roasty stout.

There's nothing overly complex about this beer but it's well balanced and suprisingly un-dry. Perhaps contributing to it's overall drinkability. I could put down 2 or 3 and not feel overwhelmed. Says a lot for a stout.

Finish is smoky and mild without a lingering aftertaste. Living in Asheville I'm a big fan of Highland and this doesn't disappoint at all.

Photo of brewdude1982
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a pint I had in tap at Wakefield tavern in Raleigh.

This is a dark beer much like one would expect from a stout. Good lacing and a thick head with lots of tiny bubbles. It has relatively no smell but then again I am stuffed up. The taste is very much coffee and roasted dark malts. It is a pleasant change from some of the other stouts that I have had recently. This brewery is making beers that range from mediocre to great in my book.

Photo of Joeyphunk
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
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