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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 39
Gots: 57 | FT: 1
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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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3.92/5  rDev +1%

Washuffizi98, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Metalmonk
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a glistening black the color of fine dark roast coffee. Head is tan and thin, disappearing to a crown quickly.

Light whiffs of chocolate are hidden under a bold but not overbearing smell of coffee grounds. Something lightly sweet enters too, but it's mostly a hearty, robust sort of aroma.

Taste exhibits as much balance as it does flavor. Mocha cappuccino with both bitterness and roast is matched nicely with real dark chocolate, and by that I mean it's not that sweet or creamy--almost of the dryer, dustier baking variety. Coffee-like bitterness in the finish, with the roasted grain totally done right here--not too light, not too burnt. Charred, sure, but hardly overdone or cloyingly burnt-tasting. The most interesting element: a green bitterness, like unripe/young citrus peel--this is the hops checking in, of course. While this helps give unique character, I felt it detracted slightly from taking the flavor score to the next level.

Smooth and surprisingly springy feel...I wouldn't have minded more thickness, roundness and creaminess--even less carbonation would've been fine--but as is, this texture works well for the flavors that come through.

Surely one to pull straight from the cellar without any additional chill, which is exactly what I did. And surely one to savor and not go through too quickly...just like a cup of fine java. I dig.

Metalmonk, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of Thur123
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

This brew pours an opaque dark chocolate color with a slight khaki colored head. The smell is roasted coffee and bitter chocolate with a slightly sweet and herbal hop edge.

Glug glug glug

The flavor is nice and assertive chocolate and coffee malt. The coffee flavor is well balanced and anything but astringent. Bitter chocolate and an earthy floral flavor help keep the coffee in check. The end of the flavor has cola notes and maybe a slight crème taste. The mouth feel is over all fine, but perhaps a bit thin for the style. But certainly not too watery. A good and somewhat special Stout, would be glad to try again.

Thur123, May 28, 2010
Photo of Maltmaiden
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

A: Black/dark brown. Carbonation bubbles are visible. Small but persistent head

S: Cocoa and very toasted malts. some hops. Molasses. Not as much coffee as I was expecting...more chocolaty. Vanilla. Metal?

T: Toasted malts and bitter cocoa powder upfront. Coffee beans. Earthy hops. Touch of vanilla. Root beer. And that weird metal again?

M: Maybe too much carbonation. Goes down easy though.

O: good but too much bitterness and carbonation than I like in my stouts. Won't go out of my way to get this again.

Maltmaiden, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of MrMonkey
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours an extremely dark brown with a one-finger mocha head that fades slowly to a sticky ring. Virtually no lacing aside from a few scattered wisps.

Smell is chocolate, roasted malts, and some dark roasted coffee beans.

Taste starts with roasted malts and baker's chocolate. It really sweetens up mid-palette, with notes of caramel and milk chocolate, before finishing with some espresso and some mildly bitter hops.

Medium-bodied, mostly creamy mouthfeel, but at times it feels too carbonated.

Nonetheless, a solid stout that was quite enjoyable.

MrMonkey, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of garbercury
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

Thanks to BeerLovinGrl for one of many extras...Poured into a snifter late into a wonderful Xmas night...

A--Thin appearance, opaque. A tad bit of lacing and retention.

S--Faint notes of chocolate and coffee on the nose...

T--The taste is quite good, you get the "mocha" in this one, a combo of fudgy chocolate and coffee. Nice flavor and finish.

M--Somewhat thin, but fine for the style.

D--This is a very good beer, I would recommend this beer if you are looking for a flavorful stout that is more on the "sessionable" side.

garbercury, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured into a snifter on 12/19/09

10/21/09 etched on the bottle

Very dark brown on the pour, settling near black. One & a half finger mocha-colored head holds 50% after a few minutes, leaving a good amount of lacing. Thinner retention throughout with frequent small spots of lacing.

Bittersweet, malty aroma. Coffee beans & roasted coffee hints with a penchant for bitterness. Espresso undertones. Chocolate offers a sweeter counterpoint. There is some toffee in there with a faint semblance of vanilla. On the whole, the nose isn't too strong, though.

Chocolate hits upfront & is more apparent to taste than in the aroma. Subtle, earthy hop notes follow. Wisps of toffee throughout. Coffee & roasted malts are present as well with the former exhibiting a bitter twinge around the edges. It's well-integrated; nothing stands out as the strong suit.

Full bodied, though at times it seems a tad thin. Moderately low & creamy carbonation. Residual notes of roasted coffee linger on the finish.

Drinkability is pretty good; I just wish it were a bit more intense. It seems to play it safe.

Ryan011235, May 13, 2010
Photo of clark123456
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

Highlands Black Mocha Stout:
A: Very dark and not cloudy. The head was very light brown in color, small bubbles, and didn't lace the glass very much, but there was some lacing.

S: Somewhere between caramelly and malty. A slight, very slight, burnt coffee smell.

T: Light caramel flavor and I'm not getting much roasted flavor. The finish is very bitter, but not likely from hops.

M: Crisp and clean feel with some mouth coating.

D: This beer is drinkable, but I wouldn't select it for a session beer.

Overall: This beer is not bad, but I'd select another beer given a chance.

DISCLAIMER: I'm a fan of IPAs, but since I'm brewing I'm venturing into other styles to attempt to round out my skills.

clark123456, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of joepais
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

Thanks to brentk56 for sending this want along in his black booty package 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter produced a finger worth of tan head that turned into some nice lace. The body was a true stout black in color, no light coming thru at all

Aromas of roasted malts, and coffee, as well as a light chocolate smell are detected in my nose. The flavors follow the nose it is predominantly roasted malts and the associated flavors it brings. A nice feel in the mouth medium to thick not to much carbonation on the tongue

A good stout nice to drink and I think I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting.
Good work Highland

joepais, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of Big78CJ
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

Not quite as black as I would expect for a beer with Black in the name. There are lighter brown hints around the bottom of the glass and al ight tan head that vanishes quickly. Roasted chocolate malt is the most defining smell but overall the aroma is not as powerful as I expected. The chocolate malt has a sweet, almost milk chocolate smell. Very mild hop taste carries through a milky & malty beverage. The malty flavor and creaminess is fantastically tasty. Smokey flavor like dark roasted cofee makes this a perfect treat for late afternoon. Light and watery mouthfeel from the hops but a milky/malty stout coats the inside of the mouth. I find it just as creamy as a milk stout but with a cleaner mouthfeel. For less than $3 for a tall bottle, I could easily drink this more often.

Big78CJ, Feb 12, 2008
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

Extra in a trade...

A: Midnight black with a thick, creamy mocha head that fades quickly at a perfect rate and leaves a bubbly mocha swamp atop the brew. Very good.

S: Smells great. Sweet malts upfront with dark chocolate raisin in the middle and a nice bready booziness on the backend. Very good.

T: Bitter milk chocolate upfront with a creamy dark fruit flavor in the middle and thick booziness on the backend. Good.

M: Starts to leave a thick bitterness but ends up leaving not much of anything. Nothing special here.

D: The bitter chocolate and booziness make this one a little tougher to swallow. Decent.

All in all, this started out great but ended on an average note. Very good to try if you like very bitter chocolate / bitter hop flavors. If you like it sweet, try it once if you get the chance, but don't bother hunting down.

steve8robin, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of tpd975
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

A: Pours a nice deep dark black. Tall mocha head that has nice retention and some sheet lacing.

S: Very roasty with lots of chocolate and coffee.

T: Roasted chocolate malt, baker chocolate, cheap coffee, lightly hopped finish. Simple yet pretty tasty.

M: Medium in body, smooth nicely carbonated.

D: Good, solid easy drinking stout.

tpd975, Feb 12, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

A: Arrived completely black with just a hint of a highlight at the edges when held to light.  A small tan head sits on top but doesn't last very long.  Minimal lacing left behind on the edges of the glass. 

S: Aroma is dominated by chocolate with some roasted barley, coffee, and a touch of hops.  Really nice aroma.

T: Chocolate, again, is dominant in this one.  Sweet chocolate up front, followed by roasted barley and coffee, providing a bit of a bitterness to balance out the sweetness up front.  Hops are almost indistinguishable, but may be getting lost in the bitterness. 

M: Lighter side of medium-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.  Despite being somewhat thin, it's creamy and smooth on the palate.  Starts out sweet and transitions to a slightly bitter finish with a nice drying effect. 

D: Nice little stout that is tasty and very easy to drink.  Nothing unexpected, but it held my attention and could probably do so again.  My only complaint would be the thinness of the body and feel.  

Mississipping, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of brewskifan55
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

Another excellent trade from cvm4. You know my tastes, sir. Poured into a snifter

A: Dusky black with amber highlights. A tan, half finger head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving a tan circle around the glass. Thick lacing.

S: roasted malts, chocolate, licorice

T: Chocolate, caramel, malty. Full bodied. Slightly astringent. Lightly burnt; hell, let's just call it smoky. Low hoppiness. Coffee finish.

M: medium; creamy. Good carbonation.

O: Robust. Very drinkable. Even better as it warms. I'd be interested in trying more from Highland.

brewskifan55, Apr 01, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped glass. It poured dark brown in color with a very thin tan head barely covering the beer. The head retreated to the edges of the glass where it left just some traces of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is not surprisingly chocolaty. I get some sweeter milk chocolate along with some cocoa flavors out of it. A moderate roasty flavor with some coffee to it comes out as well. Pretty nice aroma overall for a beer under 6% abv.

The taste shows a dark chocolate flavor at first. Midway and into the finish it gets a little sweet with some milk chocolate and malt coming through. In the finish I also get some bitter-sweet chocolate along with some roasty, slightly burnt flavors that linger. Nice chocolate flavors to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. it has a bit of creaminess to it as well, which I liked. Drinkability is good, it had some very nice flavors to it but also drank pretty easily for a chocolate flavored beer. Pretty solid beer overall.

billab914, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of CHADMC3
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours an opaque black body with a thick two finger tan head that slowly dissipates to leave a nice sticky lacing behind.

Aroma consists predominantly of big roasted, chocolate malt and barley, followed by noticeable earthy hops.

Absolutely tasty, again featuring roasted chocolate flavors, but more noticeable as well with the malt/barley.

Robust in flavor, but not thick or chewy, rather medium in body and carbonation, with a slight drying and clean finish.

This is a delicious brew with a very controlled abv, making it easy to enjoy multiple in a sitting without being worn out by either overly intense or lacking flavors or intense alcohol content. Very good beer!

CHADMC3, Sep 13, 2009
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3.94/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

GRPunk, Jul 28, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

22oz bottle split with "blackie", found at brawleys in Charlotte

appearance: dark, near black, creamy tan head, nice lacing. Overall a nice liking stout

smell: rich dark coffee, toasted malt, chocolate,

taste: nice and chocolatey, milder coffee than scent suggested

mouthfeel: a little thin I thought, medium body

drinkability: quite drinkable, interested in seeing if a bigger version of this beer will be on the way in the post pop the cap era of NC beer

dirtylou, Aug 22, 2005
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a deep brown, almost black with a 1-finger cafe au lait head. Moderate lacing.

Smell is mainly chocolate with roasted malts. Taste is strongly roasted chocolate malts. There's a hint of molasses and bitter hops. Mouthfeel is creamy but not as thick as I like in a stout & slightly acidic.

This is a drinkable stout. If you like dark chocolate, this is for you.

theghost3, Jul 24, 2009
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

This beer poured a thick black with a huge brown head. The smell is roasted and malty. There are coffee and mocha aromas noticeable as well. The taste is chocolate/mocha initially followed by some roasted flavors and bitterness. The varying flavors seem to meld well. The mouthfeel is full but not chewy – somewhat creamy. Overall, I think this is a tasty and well balanced stout that I’d definitely recommend.

barefootbrewer, Aug 16, 2007
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

Aggressively poured into goblet...

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown that shows active carbonation and a three finger mocha head that falls slowly leaving decent carbonation.

S: Get dark fruit upfront, raisiny with hints of prune and date. Roasted malt follows along with a hint sugary candy malt.

T: Follows nose with a nice balance of dark fruit and roasted malt. Hints of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee are present but in the the background. The malt and fruit really come through on this one.

M: Medium light body, pretty light for a stout, almost drinks more like a porter. Carbonation is very nice, borderline creamy and very smooth, it really contributes to the overall flavor.

D: A little light for a stout, but that makes it very drinkable and smooth. Nice beer, but drinks a lot more like a porter...

RedBrewer83, Feb 21, 2010
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

I've been meaning to try this one since I moved to NC almost two years ago, it's nice that they now sell it in six packs as opposed to just bombers. The expected moonless night color and dark brown head flow evenly into my pint glass. Nose is sweet malt with heavy chocolate and roasted tones, some hop balance and coffee.

The balance is also evident in the taste although heavy roasted and coffee take over well into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin but even and not overly carbonated. Slight sour finish. This is an easy drinking, full flavored stout that shout find broad appeal among educated beer drinkers.

daliandragon, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of Naugros
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

Got this is in a BIF trade form OSUBeerStudent. Thanks again man!

Well, "black" is not the right word, but I'll give them "really, really dark brown to the point that it's nearly black in the glass". But that's true of almost every stout. It raises a nice, tan head that collapses down after a little while. The lacing is in bands, measuring the depth of each draw.

Typical aroma profile of a coffee stout with roasted malts and coffee (with a touch of cream), a little chocolate and a very slight hop presence.

Mostly toasted notes on the tongue with a dab of milk chocolate and a hint of coffee, but just barely. No hops at all, but that's not a negative for me. The body is about medium and there's no hint of the alcohol, making this a really easy drinking stout.

If I'm ever in Asheville, I'd love to try this on-tap. I was actually a little more impressed with their Gaelic Ale and I regret not having reviewed it now.

Naugros, Mar 30, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

A: Pitch black, nice looking full head, moderate lacing.
S: Full of aroma, vanilla, toffee, light coffee, milk chocolate
T: Roasted malts, nice light coffee presence, slight notes of chocolate and vanilla, mild bitterness to finish
M: Smooth and creamy feel to it, moderate carbonation with a lighter than average body.
D: A bit light for the style as far as body goes, other than that, a solid stout, be nice to try this on tap.

jsdunlop, Jan 19, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. No freshnes date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $3.95.

A: Caramelly dark chocolate brown with 1-2 finger, sticky off-white head with godd retention and decent lacing.

S: Heavy aromas of dried cocoa and cold coffee meet with spicy, earthy, leafy hops. A splendid nose that is prominent from the second the beer hits the glass.

T: Dark chocolate with big bitterness bordering of astringency, dense bold coffee flavors, dark malt all speak up for malt, but the spicy, earthy hops don't back down. Tobacco, leafy flavors are in this too, which makes for a supremely bitter stout.

M: The mouthfeel is disappointing in that this is more on par with a porter for body and creaminess. Maybe I could say this straddles the border between porter and stout to some degree, but robust porters are as hefty if not moreso. Aftertaste is bitter dark chocolate and leafy hops.

D: A great tasting and smelling brew which falls short on feel, but it more than makes up for this with value. A good brew that I would probably pick up again, but I won't expect stout, but more porter-plus, which is fine given it's such a tasty treat.

argock, Nov 11, 2009
Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 827 ratings.