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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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815 Ratings
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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 37
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
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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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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from a bottle into a goblet glass.

A: Very dark. Very little light transmitted. Agressive pour yields a two finger tan head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malts. Some burnt malt. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee in the background.

T: Slightly sweet malt up front quickly followed by the expected roasted chocolatey malts. Considerable hop bitterness for a stout which gives the chocolate tastes from the malts that mocha bittersweetness. Interesting tobacco finish; akin to a good cigar. Rich tobacco notes.

M: Low to moderate carbonation. Average mouthfeel for a stout.

O: I normally do not care for anything with a (IMO) noteable tabacco-like finish, but I do like this. I do not get as much mocha out of it as I expected but it is not missing. Would drink again.

12-05-2011 02:20:32 | More by brewcore
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New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

03-30-2013 00:58:07 | More by StJamesGate
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a tulip pint glass.

A - Jet black with no light coming through. A moderate brown head that leaves loads of lacing behind.

S - Lots of coffee aroma (thankfully there's no actual coffee in it) with a hint of chocolate and molasses.

T - Roasted malts and a mild coffee flavor lead but they are nicely followed up by a mild sweetness and a firm hop presence. The hop flavor comes through surprisingly well for such a dark beer.

M - A nice thick beer with a low carbonation. Just right.

D - This is a very good stout. I've been forcing myself to step outside of my natural attraction to west coast IPAs and this beer made me glad I did.

01-23-2009 22:01:50 | More by GJ40
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured an opaque black-brown with a nice, fluffy, 1.5" head that shows nice retention. Aroma is of roasted malts, a little coffee-like, with a nice hop backing.

Flavor profile is smooth coffee with some bitter chocolate notes, complemented by a slight piney hop finish. Very nice and well-balanced.

Mouthfeel is a little watery for the style, but still nice. Drinkability is very good, not at all filling, I could have a few of these.

09-26-2006 22:34:51 | More by WAP
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

Head is small and cocoa brown. Body is fairly dark and redish black in color. Bits of light slip through only around the edges. Nose is yummily sweet with maple, mollasses, roasted and toasted chocolate and coffee. Every now and then a bit of orange hop breaks through the sweet chocolate. Taste has a quality roasted bitterness to it and the hops hiding in the aroma become more apparent. The medium body seems a little thin for the style but it doesn't bring down the taste any. Carbonation is moderate and is just crisp enough to enhance the bittersweetness. A solid brew and becomes increasingly tasty as I delve further in. Mouthfeel is slick and mildly gritty/resinous. Drinkability for this stout is great.

A good local brew.

09-20-2006 04:44:41 | More by tastybeer
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

Out of bottle into pint glass.

Color was deep and dark and the head had that coffee mixed foam look. Medium dark Tan about 1 finger.

Smell is light, but the hints of roasted chocolate was most pronounced to me. Little coffee and malt thrown in there. I don't do well with higher alcohol content, so I tend to have a nose for it when smelling. It was there, but not over powering.

Taste was great, again, strong roasted chocolate (dark chocolate bittersweet variety), with a touch of coffee with a slightly higher malt upon taste. The finish was great with that filming feeling on the top of you mouth like you just had a piece of Dark Chocolate.

Want to get more soon. Was on vacation in OBX when I found it.

10-11-2009 02:37:57 | More by lillitnn92
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

Interesting concept, a Scottish style brewery in the middle of Asheville, NC. Thanks to JonnyGalt for this interesting beer.

A creamy looking mocha colored smaller head that sits there for a bit, and leaves a high water mark of lacing notched as I sip, over a dark almost black beer, with slight hints of molasses colored light sneaking through when held directly to the light.

Nose is pure black malts, like nightmarish black malt aroma, dark as hell. Some coffee in there, a bit of fresh roasted coffee beans and a bit of roast, a bit of mocha with that as a hint of cocoa starts to sneak in. A light caramel aroma, hint of fluffy nougat and maybe a bit vanilla.

Taste starts rich and creamy, almost milky or lots of oats, then roasted malt, a hint of acrid almost burnt roast, and burnt roast. Some coffee, little roasted coffee bean and hint of burnt coffee, and light charcoal like. Some baker's chocolate comes in lightly in the background and brings the mocha quality out more. A little caramel and fluffy nougat again. Some bitterness but mostly from the roast, maybe a hint of earthy hops. Finish is a bit sticky and syrupy quite rich and mouth coating, a bigger bitterness fairly earthy bitterness and lingering roasted malt, light coffee and chocolate lingering.

Mouth is thick and rich, quite creamy, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, lots of coffee, mocha, roast, and very rich and creamy thick for being just 5.6%, although it does bring a bit of acrid burnt flavors from the roast, but not too strong. Overall a nice tasty beer.

11-10-2012 16:04:43 | More by jlindros
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

Bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Dark black with a half finger of tan head. Not much head retention, but decent lacing.

Smell: Dark roast coffee all the way, slight dark chocolate scent.

Taste: Dark roast coffee, followed by dark chocolate flavors, hint of bitter hops toward the end with a little malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium thickness, very slight carbonation, creamy texture at the end.

Overall: Nice stout, will try again.

08-02-2012 06:50:57 | More by Josiah2729
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

A: A very dark brown pour with a large, dense light brown head. Retention is quite good. Lacing is excellent.

S: Chocolate, roasted malt and coffee in that order. Maybe a touch of cream.

T: Chocolate, roasted malt and then a strong bitter coffee component in the aftertaste. Interesting transition. Creamy throughout.

M: Nice medium heavy body, despite the low ABV. Creamy and smooth.

O: Pretty much as the name describes. Tastes like you would expect a mocha stout to taste. Chocolate and coffee mostly with cream in the background.

01-21-2012 06:41:21 | More by Dope
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

Bottle courtesy of hellomcfly and his Halloween LIF.

Pours a jet black, with a thin, coffee colored head. The head dissipates quickly, and it doesn't seem quite as lively as some other stout's / DIStouts I've had recently, but there's a little bit of activity. Smells strongly of coffee, like a more concentrated version of an iced coffee from a place like Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. Hints at fruit, cherry maybe. It's actually quite pleasant.

Up front, tastes as it smells, coffee, but again, it doesn't taste as strongly of coffee as some others I've had, and is a bit sweeter. The coffee flavor lingers, it seems like it's more of a gradual effect, and not all front loaded. There's a nice balance to be found here as the beer warms. Right away, I get a malty sweetness, but after a second or so the coffee catches up with it. There's also a little bit of a hop kick at the end in the back palate. Mouthfeel is full and chewy /sticky , I think a little more carbonation would help out a bit, keep things a little fresher. I do like that the coffee doesn't completely overpower this brew, making it pretty drinkable. The low alcohol content also helps on this front, there's quite a bit here from such a "small" beer.

11-27-2008 06:50:35 | More by damienblack
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours pitch black and completely opaque except for the faintest of mahogany edges when held to a light source and a one finger foamy light beige head that quickly fades into a thin cap.

Very roasty chocolate malt aroma with hints of bitter dark chocolate, coffee bean, toast, toffee and subtle hops. This aroma reminds me of a deep roast mocha coffee.

Roasted malty aroma up front with a silky chocolate body lying underneath with hints of roasted coffee bean, toffee, oatmeal, chocolate syrup, toast, hazelnut, subtle hops and some bittersweet dark chocolate.

This beer has a slightly chewy viscous mouth fell but it is not overpowering with a lot of sweet chocolate and roasted coffee notes.. The ABV is very well masked and even though this beer is pretty complex and rich it is pretty drinkable. Another solid offering from Highland, a very underrated brewery.

10-08-2009 08:18:46 | More by corby112
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a deep opaque black with a decent frothy head that leaves good lacing on the glass. The aroma was strong of coffee, cocoa and roasted barley. The taste was slightly dominated by dark chocolate, with espresso and roasted malt not far behind. The beer is not at all heavy on the palate and the carbonation is just right. This beer is great for a cold night, but even now as it's getting warmer out, I still love this beer.

03-12-2007 03:39:23 | More by atsprings
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

My last bottle from a recent trip to NC...

Pours a murky and mysterious abyssmal black with a beauty of a thick off-white head that clings and stays like nobody's business.

Smells are very much like one would expect (coffee, dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, caramel) with the exception of a certain peppery smell. Hard to explain, kind of like someone ground some black pepper on top or something.

Taste is a very rich mouthful or dark chocolate, dark roast coffee and dark malt. Delicious! Malty goodness, lots of sweet and toasty flavors blending together just like a coffee house mocha. I pretty much dig any beer with that word in the name.

Mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy, love it!

I wish I had 5 more of these!

06-13-2009 02:33:37 | More by indiapaleale
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

Thanks go out to cmaruschak for the opportunity to sample this one. Shared this with him and mmmmbeeeer.

Appearance: A deep black pour with cola edging. A thin almond carbonated head that quickly disappears and rings the glass nicely. Head retention is a little shaky.

Smell: Sweet chocolate, roasted barley, nutty, and toffee notes all hit the nose.

Taste: Dry cocoa, french roast coffee, pecans that form the nutty base to this taste. A creamed coffee flavor and stronger coffee presence overall dominates the flavor as this beer warms in the mouth. A nice dry bittering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and nicely balanced with some carbonation.

Drinkability: Easily a session beer for me. It borders dangerously close to a porter in my book. The lighter roasty flavor and mouthfeel profile make me think porter but I'll respect the brewers call for the style on this one. Recommended.

08-21-2005 15:21:18 | More by mattcrill
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a jet black color with off-white head. Smell is of roasted coffee.. delicious. Taste is medium to heavy bodied, very sweet with some great roasted notes. Smooth and clean with great texture and finish to it. Tasty stout and definitely above average for the style, a great addition to the mixed 12 pack.

09-14-2012 23:16:05 | More by oriolesfan4
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District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

03-23-2013 03:35:04 | More by fountainofyouth
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

This beer was poured for tasting into a pint glass. The beer poured a rich brown with light visible in the middle. The head was a nice rich brown. That dissapated quickly smells a chocolatey caramel like i got from a the milk stout although it doesnt smell as sweet. I definatley get chocolate nibs though not sweet chocolate. The presence of coffee is noticable to but faint. Beer left nice lace as I drank it. I like this beer but not as good as left hand milk stout IMHO.

08-11-2011 05:26:36 | More by eggodoom
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New York

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

Courtesy of cjohnson.

Pours a very dark brown almost black color with healthy and creamy tan head. Decent retention with sheets of lace left behind.

Bittersweet chocolate aroma with some breakfast blend coffee and roasted barley.

Great roasted malt flavor with plenty of bittersweet chocolate and espresso. Gets sweeter midway through with more of a milk chocolate flavor. Sweetness is well balanced from the roasted bitterness. Finishes dry with lingering roast on the finish.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with a nice amount of carbonation. Goes down easy with some nice straightforward flavors. A very drinkable stout.

05-08-2008 00:40:30 | More by Lupe
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

This is a well done, flavorful stout that avoids being over the top on any one front. A: Deep dark opaque black with a nice but thin creamy tan head S: Strong hints of coffee, chocolate and caramel with a touch of almonds. T: Very chocolateywith slightly burnt coffee finish M: Thick, chewy and robust. Nicely viscous. D: This beer despite the body and flavor drinks surprisingly smoothly. A session of this beer might leave one full, but very satisfied. A nice stout among the stable of excellent Highland beers.

10-15-2006 17:06:01 | More by veech
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

Big thanks to blackie for including this in my ba anniv. package.

A: Pours a deep brown color with a one finger caramel colored head. Dissipation is rather quick, but a nice film is left on top.
S: Bitter coffee, molasses, and slight sweet caramel notes to round out everything.
T/M: Sweet caramel and molasses notes. Bitterness of the coffee flavors balance out the sweetness. Smooth on the palate and into the finish with a chocolate mocha aftertaste that's as equally smooth and enjoyable. Subtle dry finish isn't that overpowering. Creamy mouthfeel lends to the medium body. Leafy hop presence after the gulp gives the hops a voice. Carbonation is just a tad too much here--if it was more subtle, this would be an extremely nice brew---definitely a good one though.
D: The flavors are well balanced for this stout. Not overly sweet or bitter with a subtle dryness. Very drinkable.

02-22-2007 03:06:35 | More by bjohnson
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to Cashew70 for this one.

The black mocha stout appears a very dark brown color with a redness about the edges and less than a finger of dark tanned head that doesn't retain all that well.

The aroma of this brew has a lot of dark chocolate character with hints of licorice. Taste follows suite with plenty of dark grainy flavor with a roasty grain bitterness upfront through a medium body with a moderately low level of carbonation. Slight frutiness almost like rasins through the body is a little out of place. Other flavors noted are bitter dark chocolate and a hint of licorice but not as evident as in the nose. The lingering flavor of dark grain tasting like chocolate is quite enjoyable. For less than 6% it has some warmth to it in the back of the throat.

Overall a pretty decent brew. I would drink this one again.

07-16-2010 23:46:42 | More by stakem
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. No visible best before date.

A: Rich, creamy, bubbly, off-white head makes an immediate impression before fading down to a more reasonable level. Very dark -- black-brown and dense; almost imperceptibly susceptible to guilt.

S: Creamy-rich and full of chocolate. Slightly roasty, but the tinge of bitterness seems to come more from hops? An excellent smell.

T/M: Scrumptious. The mainbody is light, but creamy, with an understated carbonation. Sweet milk chocolate is dominates the majority of the taste, but an undeniable coffee note on the late aftertaste lingers for ages. Upon further reflection, mayhap a bit *too* light. I'd like just a little bit more body in this beer.

O: Overall, I was very pleased with this beer. I admittedly expected little due to the very low price tag (~$3.75, iirc) but my expectations were exceeded in a dramatic fashion. Not a dramatic stout, but a solid beer in which one could indulge without worrying about poor quality. Sweet, rather than bitter, drinkable and pleasant. My biggest complaint is that it becomes noticeably less exciting with time. I would much rather have a 12 ounce bottle than a 22 ounce.

12-06-2011 01:54:28 | More by AgentMunky
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

A-dark black with a mocha head that leaves mocha lace around the edges
S-some malt as well as some coffee
T-tastes exactly like i expected it to: coffee. Overpowering as I cannot get much else
M-medium body with a nice coffee aftertaste that lingers.
D-very drinkable. Done in no time

03-01-2011 23:31:45 | More by brew3crew
Photo of Vancer


4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

Blackie, bren56 and limesmut sent samples of this classic stout! GRACIAS !

Just look at this – almost a pure black pour, with a sticky foamy head of tan. Leaving a sheet of lace on my diamond encrusted Corsendonk tulip.

Big whiff of a coffee porter type brew, malty with dose of chocolate thrown in for good measure. Smooth quaff of a sweet stout, tad thin, but still a quality drinker. Lightish alcohol puts this in the session type category.

Tasty treat.

10-13-2007 21:30:35 | More by Vancer
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

A - A pitch black as night color, no clarity, and 1 tall finger of head. Nice tan lacing left on the glass. Impressive!

S - Roasted malts and chocolate are very prevalent. A touch of hop bitterness

T - Tasty! As expected by the appearance and nose. Chocolate, coffee beans, slight sweetness, which I like in my stouts. Well balanced.

M - Smooth. Medium carbonation. Creamy.

O - Best Highland brew I have had, by far. Excellent stout! Love it. WIll seek it out again

12-01-2012 00:03:23 | More by BeerDawgs
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