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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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Ratings: 831
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 39
Gots: 58 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

kushlash23, Sep 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

ortie, Mar 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

swgwilt, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Bartos, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of rajendra82
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 12 oz. brown bottle was adorned with the typical Highland Brewing Company motif with a Scottish theme. The pour appeared reddish brown and clear out of the bottle, but in the glass it was very dark brown and nearly opaque. The head was khaki in color and one finger thick. The aroma was that of a dark roasted espresso, with a smattering of chocolate. The taste was drier than I was expecting, as the dark coffee and roasted grain flavors supplanted any residual sweetness. Not much chocolate coming through in the taste to justify the mocha in the name. But despite that, this was a very delicious stout with a pleasing palette. A little hint of tobacco juice in the finish was followed by a brief hop flourish. Prickly and granular mouthfeel stopped just short of being chewy. This turned out to be a solid stout all around the board, so I am glad I bought the sixpack instead of a single bomber.

rajendra82, Sep 07, 2006
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

nwatson, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of biggmike
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer courtesy of a trade with barefootbrewer. Pours a beautiful black color with decent tan head that dissipated rather quickly and did not leave much in the way of lacing. Aroma was roasted maltiness and chocolate. Flavor was also malty with chocolate and coffee notes. Mouthfeel was good. This was a nice stout.

biggmike, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 6/14/10 served in Highland Brewing pint glass.

As the name implies this is dark even for an American stout: opaque black with barely detectable brown highlights except directly under bright light; modest tan head.

A good bit of bitter chocolate flavor for a beer containing no chocolate. Hops evident to taste, especially the finish, but not obvious to nose. A slight bit smokey to the nose but no smokiness on the palate. Roasted malt is prominent in both aroma and taste. Contrary to "Mocha" in name, I can detect little if any coffee in the aroma and a minimal level in the flavor until the finish. The flavor is rich, well-balanced and refined.

M - very smooth; low carbonation; medium body

chinchill, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of silver0rlead
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jet black pour produces about an inch of head with a little bit of lacing

Smell is of roasted coffe mixed with chocolate, like a cup-a-joe mocha latte

Taste: strong roasted malt taste at first, then a fine coffe and dark bittersweet chocolate ending with a dry, bitter finish. A fine american stout, makes me proud to live in NC with a beer like this made here. Complex, tasty and smooth with a creamy, latte like mouthfeel that makes it go down easy. A great session stout if there ever was one thought slightly filling. It's probably fairly rare to find, especially outside NC but if you ever see one grab it, it may be the last and is a great value at $3.49 a 22oz bomber

silver0rlead, Apr 05, 2005
Photo of 828beagle
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a Highland pint glass at the Mellow Mushroom in Asheville. A nice midnight black with a thick beautiful two finger beige head. Beautiful lacing effect throughout to the last drop. Black gourmet cappucino smell. Bittersweet taste of a full box of fine Belgium dark chocolates and nutty truffles. An indulgent work of art. Rather heavy but that's to be expected. It feels like you ate a full meal after you've had a couple. Not a session beer by any means but a nice change up every once in a while. I like it better than most other stouts I've had and I think it's better crafted than most of the other brews by Highland. I highly recommend it.

828beagle, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pitch black as night, dark oil like liquid. Huge tan head had a very very slow fade and left lots of lace all the way down the glass. Looked just like a stout should look....thick.

Smell was very robust, deep roasted coffee and dark german chocolate. Hints of a sugary or caramel sweetness as well. Taste was very thick and complex. Big deep roasted flavor, almost a burnt taste to it. Lots of flavors of coffee and german dark chocolate. Cery thick feel, but not syrupy, great carbonation led to a great silk like feel. Nice big hoppy finish left a very long lingering burnt aroma, I could literally taste it for 20 mins after the last sip, very outstanding full flavor. Overall this was awesome, the perfect desset beer as a good stout should always be. I found no hint at all of any alcohol, nothing but great aromas and flavors.

mikesgroove, May 17, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black pour with a billowing tannish coloured head. Some nice sheets of lace stick around the walls of the glass.

S: Off to a good start on the nose. There's no indication that there is chocolate added to this brew, and I don't believe there is... but it smells like there could be. It's a nice, clean scent - literally like the mocha it labels itself as, really. The roasted malt scents and subdued hops round everything out for a fabulous smelling beer.

T + M: While a nice tasting brew, I don't get the same kind of complexity over the tongue as I did with each smell. It's more of a straight forward light coffee along with moderate chocolate and roasted barley flavours. Mouthfeel is a little slick but lacks some of the creaminess that I might hope for. It does finish quite clean as the bottle claims, but in some ways almost too much, maybe.

D: It's nice to have another lower ABV, 'non Irish-Dry' to add to the rotation sometimes... I'd be curious to try to the 'imperial version' to see how that compares, as I'd find this one to be just about perfect if only the flavour were a little richer and the mouthfeel a little more weighty.

Proteus93, Mar 22, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-very dark brown/black with a hint of ruby at the edges

S-milk chocolate, and coffee dominate the nose with some roasted carmel malt

T-the chocolate changes to more of a dark chocolate in the taste and the coffee is still around on the finish

M-good carbonation and medium to heavy body

O-good solid stout that could make an everyday drinker for me if it was available here.

tvv375ia, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of brewcore
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

brewcore, Dec 05, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

StJamesGate, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GJ40, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of WAP
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

WAP, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

tastybeer, Sep 20, 2006
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

lillitnn92, Oct 11, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

jlindros, Nov 10, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Josiah2729, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Dope, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of damienblack
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

damienblack, Nov 27, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

corby112, Oct 08, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

atsprings, Mar 12, 2007
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