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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

802 Ratings
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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 36
Gots: 48 | 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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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 02:33:37 | More by indiapaleale
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 15:21:18 | More by mattcrill
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 23:16:05 | More by oriolesfan4
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fountainofyouth

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 03:35:04 | More by fountainofyouth
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eggodoom

Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 00:40:30 | More by Lupe
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veech

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2006 17:06:01 | More by veech
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2007 03:06:35 | More by bjohnson
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 23:46:42 | More by stakem
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AgentMunky

California

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 01:54:28 | More by AgentMunky
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 21:30:35 | More by Vancer
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Highland Brewing Company's Black Mocah Stout - thanks to Pugman - poured from 22 oz. brown bottle.

The beer poured blakc with a finger of tan head that didn't retain very well or leave any lacing down the side of the glass. The beer smelled incredibly of darkly roasted malts with dark coffee undertones. The beer's flavor was of chocolate, burnt malts, and a lightly hopped finish. This is a tasty brew that's super drinkable. If I could get my hands on this one more often, I would definintely reach for it more often.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 05:52:57 | More by edmundfitzoil
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RedwoodGeorge

California

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm...mocha!

This tasty brew pours a little on the dull side - a frothy tan head falls down quickly leaving no lacing on the glass. The stout itself is a dark black but the thinness is visible around the edges.

The smell is very inviting with some very clean pure notes of coffee (even though Highland is very emphatic that there are no adjuncts - only roasted barley) There's a fairly sweet smell in the nose as well - almost hot chocolate like.

The taste is similar with very pronounced chocolate and coffee notes. There's a pronounced sweetness to go along with those notes keeping the stout far away from bitter or astringent. There are echoes of smoke and a bit of molasses in this very malty brew.

Mouthfeel is pretty light - this is a light bodied stout. Carbonation is on the low side and there's no oily residue left on the palate. There's enough bitterness from the roasted grains to leave a clean finish. No appreciable hops notes to be found.

A nice drinkable stout with lots of the complex characteristics of a "big" brew but without the high alcohol levels or overpowering flavors. A good compliment to a warm fire on a damp evening.

[thanks to mntlover for this nice brew - Highland makes some nice stuff!]

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 03:41:29 | More by RedwoodGeorge
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Sixth and final beer in the one stop Southern tour.

Solid black body with nary a highlight, topped by a surprisingly light beige three-finger level head of various size bubbles and cream.

Inviting roasty coffee and chocolate aroma, with earthy hop notes.

Taste follows nose - deep roast coffee mixed with chocolate. Mild hop nip at the swallow. Rather clean finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit weak, with a slight watery aspect. Would have liked it a bit chewier.

Overall an enjoyable stout, worth trying, but not a classic.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 20:20:55 | More by RonfromJersey
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MarkQ617

Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this poured out of the bottle into a stout glass. This is probably my favorite beer from these guys. This stout has just the right amount of sweetness backed by the coffee and chocolate notes. The aroma clearly masked these flavors. Dark brown color with a surprisingly mild head. Great dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 03:33:55 | More by MarkQ617
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Received an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice dark brown hue with a good one finger dark mocha head that slumped down to a light quarter blanket.

S - Aromas of good roasted malts, chocolate, and nice roasty black coffee. Very, very pleasant.

T - Taste is nice. Similar to the nose. Good bitter coffee notes, roasted malts, creamy chocolate notes. This is quite tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy, lowly carbonated, but a bit thin. Not bad though

O - Overall A solid beer. Wish it was a bit thicker. Still, not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 03:24:12 | More by rudzud
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blitz134

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had to get this beer on a trip through Asheville, it seems Highland doesn't distribute this one very far from its brewery. At 2.89/bomber at Asheville's wine mart, a couple made it into my grips to travel home with me.

Very nice pour. Chocolate milk colored 1.25" head which reduced pretty quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. Body isn't quite solid black, seems to have the slightest touch of brown to it. Red highlights around the edges of my imprial pint glass.

Aroma is strong with roasted malts. A nice expresso coffee aroma with bits of chocolate toffee swirled in. Some sweet undertones of dark fruit, maybe a touch of plum and raisin sweetness. A touch of caramel sweetness to round it out.

Dark coffee dominated which really comes through at the finish. Loads of toasted flavors but not as much chocolate and toffee comes through in the taste. I'm not a coffee fan, but this one is really nice. Not as complex as some others but well constructed. Lacks some of the chocolate characteristics that are expected, but makes for a good coffee stout instead.

Mouthfeel is medium, not really creamy, but more of a thin oil consistancy on the tounge. Feels somewhat crisp too. Drinkability is superb, not a crushing abv level and plenty of refreshing taste and you have a winner in the drinkability department. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 02:23:54 | More by blitz134
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a glass mug)
thanks to SincereNc for this brew
A- The jet black body of this beer has a thick dark tan head on top that last for a good long while. There is no sign of carbonation lurking in the body.

S- The slightly sweet aroma of black roasted malt has a faint roasted chicory hint in the finish. There are notes of cream that come through as the beer warms.

T- The smooth roasted flavor of dark malt has a faint dark chocolate taste and a hint of peaty smoked tartness that increases a the beer warms a bit. There is a soft burnt roasted malt flavor that lingers after each sip, but no for long.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel but a chewy texture that increases as the beer warms. No alcohol heat is noticed.

D- Nice smooth black malt flavor with good roasted bitter notes. The peat hint is just enough to add depth but not enough to taste like band aids.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 18:28:54 | More by rhoadsrage
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bomber at Knightly Spirits near Universal Studios. Poured into a tumbler, the beer is opaque dark brown with a short tan head. I like mocha/coffee-flavored beer such as this because I feel like they take the best roasted tastes of a coffee drink. This also has a touch of orange peel hops and a dry dark chocolate bitter finish. The beer is thinner than most stouts, but I think that simly makes it more drinkable. This really is a tasty stout, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 04:04:13 | More by tempest
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to jyounger30!

pours deep black, fairly thick, with a light cocoa head

lots of dark molasses, dark cherry, hints of licorice, and sweet chocolate. its like liquid desert in a bottle.

up front comes a bit of sweetness and a bitter chocolate tone. sweet almost candy like dark fruits through out the middle. light floral hops and then tons of dark charcoal roasted malts in the finish.

for a low ABV, this has a nice body on it. mild carbonation.

a very easy drinker. fairly balanced overall with no dominant flavors but a very rich blend.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 01:16:52 | More by hooliganlife
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark opaque brown and black with a large tan head on the pour that deposits chunks of lace to the pint.
Aroma is chocolate, roasted coffee bean and some nutty amaretto type notes.
Flavors are relatively complex, especially as it warms and flavors of chocolate, caramel, toffee,s ome dark citrus and some roasted coffee bean and peanuts and almonds all seem to make an appearance.
Mouthfeel is medium boided wth a solid creamy feel.
Drinkability is high for a somewhat complex brew. Highland continues to impress as it develops and expands its offerings.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 16:26:47 | More by CRJMellor
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rallison

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely chocolate notes in the smell with nice roasted grains to back it up.

Taste is nice as well. The chocolate and coffee come out very well against the roasted qualities. Slight sour finish, but not in a bad way. Tasty.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very good.

Very nicely done. One of the better American Stouts I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 08:29:57 | More by rallison
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fsvan

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Dark black, with some dark copper hues around the edges. A finger or so quickly dissipating, clingy head.

S- Dark roasted malt. Dark chocolate. Really nice smell here.

T- Dark roasted malts again. Chocolate flavor is more sweet than the nose would suggest. A nice bitter finish.

M- Fairly heavy, leaving a nice coating on the mouth.

O- This is a pretty damn good stout. I've had Highland Oatmeal porter many times and it is my favorite of the Highland lineup to date, but Black Mocha Stout may take the crown. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 23:14:39 | More by fsvan
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