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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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Ratings: 892
Reviews: 421
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 38
Gots: 79 | 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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Photo of Dodo2step
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Thanks to my buddy Trask for this beer in NC

A- dark black like motor oil. A dark brown fluffy head that is about a finger and half. Tight lacing on the pint, it sticks like glue.

S- a light coffee smell but not much more than that. Maybe some chocolate malts.

F- a dark roast coffee flavor. Coffee black no cream or sugar. A burnt finish, woody as well.

M- creamy and thick bodied. Aftertaste is burnt coffe like.

O- not bad and goes down fairly easy but its so thick that you dont want to chug it. The coffee flavor could have been brought out more in the nose but it isnt bad.

Photo of LittleDon
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pint at Spirits in Cary, NC on 6/29/11.

Black, with a short lived head and no lace. Faint coffee aroma. Thin body and medium high amount of carbonation. Mild coffee flavor in front that improves on warming. Slight burnt sugar finish with some acidity. Borderline 3/3.5 beer. Flavor is enough to push it over the edge.

Photo of n2185
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark brown with two fingers of light tan head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Roasted malts with some creamy chocolate aromas. Slightly smokey towards the end.

T: Lots of roasted malts flavors with some semi-sweet chocolate. There are smokey flavors as well as a touch of char in there.

M: Medium body with fairly low carbonation, this beer is a bit watery feeling.

O: The words "black mocha" in the name imply a stout full of robust coffee and chocolate flavors. The actual beer doesn't taste anything like mocha. If you put this next to a regular American stout and asked me to pick which one advertised itself as a mocha stout, I wouldn't be able to tell you. It's not a bad beer, but it's very average.

Photo of Meerkey
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Tan head, burnt umber, slightly ruby at edges

S: dark chocolate, coffee grounds. bitter.

T: tastes the way it smells. a slightly sweet finish comes through the bitterness.

M: Carbonated and clean. lingering bitterness.

O: Nice mouthfeel. Not that bad, but not one I'd turn to when I'm in the mood for a stout.

Photo of babaracas
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The name says coffee and the label says chocolate, let's see. Pours an opaque dark reddish brown with two fingers of tan foam, leaves a few thin rings of lace down the glass. Smell: mild roast, caramel, faint baking chocolate. Light smoke note. Taste: caramelized sugar, dark fruit note, slight acidity, even less dark chocolate. Semi-astringent grainy finish. Medium bodied, drying but sweet finish. Decent, but nothing great.

Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to CBlack85 for this one. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a solid black color with just a thin ring of beige head that had no retention or lacing.

The aroma had a very faint coffee scent upfront with the usual roast and malt scents behind it. On the tongue the beer had big roast flavors belied by the aroma. The solid coffee flavors didn't overwhelm the beer.

The body was good, although perhaps a bit light for the style. Drinkability was good, the beer went nicely and didn't leave any lingering coffee taste in the mouth. Overall, a nice enough brew. Nothing special, but worth a shot if you see it.

Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night, creamy looking head but not huge. Smells softly of espresso and chocolate. Taste is not quite as delicate. Roast notes are bright. There is a dryness, too, sort of reminiscent to almond skins or peanut shells. The body is lighter than expected from the title as a "black mocha" which makes me expect a Frapacchino. Little to no sweetness, as dry, nutty and roasted flavors take over.

Really quite enjoyable. With a body not quite as creamy as expected, I am pleasantly surprised. Roasted flavors start to drain your palate after a while, but the first two are fantastic.

Photo of chickenflea
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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 scifan
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a nice tan head that hangs out for a bit. Has some dark brown highlights along the edges when held to the light. This is a nice looking beer. Leaves some nice lacing when the head calms down.
Smell is a nice blend of smooth chocolate malts along with deep roasty aromas as well. One doesn't overwhelm the other instead an almost equal blend complements the other nicely. It brings to mind dark chocolates and coffee.
The first sip reveals a fantastic flavor. A nice smooth chocolate flavor hits the tongue first then followed by a strong roasted flavor. This is one roasty little stout. That aftertaste sticks with me for awhile which is quite pleasant.
Mouthfeel is where this beer falls a little flat. Its just too thin. I realize this is just a regular stout just wish it had a touch more heft to it.
Overall just a great session stout with a relatively low abv and great flavor.

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.

Photo of Mandark
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively into a Sam Smith pint glass, the head rises high, taking over half the glass before settling. Nice lacing as it decays. In fact, the chocolate brown head appears to have a powdered cocoa-like cast to the surface.
Smells of bitter coffee, bitter chocolate, some raisin and tobacco. A bit of plum in there as it warms, maybe. All these combine in the taste to form a delicious, not very sweet at all stout. The mouthfeel is just right, not syrupy, with just enough carbonation to make it percolate on the tongue. Smooth and easy to drink, but deceivingly full-bodied and filling.
A good beer, indeed.

Photo of Azurescens
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/27/11

A: Pours black with tan head, dark brown around the edges when held up to the light

S: Nice and smooth with roasted malt, chocolate and nice coffee that doesn't overpower the other aromas. Very little alcohol or hops to speak of.

T: Similar to the smell, sweet dark and caramel malts with chocolate and rich coffee. Some hop bitterness with very little detectable alcohol.

M: Slightly thin body for a stout and a fair amount of carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking stout.

O: Good combination of flavors but a little thin and under-powering. No major complaints but nothing really exceptional going on here.

Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my go to stouts here in Lynchburg.

A: Nice medium head and black body. Amber appears around the edges only when held up to light. Moderate, sticky looking lacing is visible.

S: Pretty nice aroma. Dark cocoa comes through along with burn malts. Hop aroma is negligible.

T: Aptly named as Black Mocha Stout, the mocha smacks you in the face immediately. Bitter chocolate is used, so it becomes overwhelming if it is not sipped from the front of the tongue to the back. This brew is very hefty and flavorful for 5.6% abv. As such, the mocha is balanced by a nice roasted malt flavor.

M: This beer is the king of smooth. This and Founders Porter are the smoothest, silkiest dark beers I've had that are not on the Russian Imperial Stout level. It really caresses the palate.

O: This is one of my go to stouts for a reason: it's quite good.

Photo of Lunch
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this a few times as extras from some generous down south traders, thanks!

Poured into an Old Rasputin nonic pint. Pours dark brown with creamy tan head of about two fingers. Looks good to me. Smell is subtle with some roast, coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and day old coffee grounds. Taste is similar with slightly old coffee standing out the most. Over all this is a decent American Stout and I would have it again, but this is nothing special.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in color, with a light mocha colored finger of head.

Aroma is roasty, slightly chocolaty, and a bit of coffee. It's sort of muddled and unenthusiastic.

The taste ramps it up. Nice mocha notes, bittersweet coffee notes, chocolate, cacao, and big roasted malt notes.

The feel is great. Velvety smooth, medium bodied, creamy, and slightly drying.

Overall, quite a good coffee stout. Doesn't wow on the aroma, but the taste and the feel make it a good experience.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint glass..

A- Pours a very dark blackish brown with hints of amber around the edges. Pretty vigorous pour gave a nice large foamy tan head. Went down at a moderate speed and left two lace rights towards the top of the glass.

S- Yes... Great roast/coffee aroma with a subtle but delicious chocolate mixed in. Also, get a slight toffee/fig smell to really round this out and make it smell like a great mocha stout.

T/M- Wow, incredibly smooth roast! There is wonderful balance here between all the malts and the hops. I normally don't get much of a hop flavor in my stouts (nor like it a lot) but this one does well with it. When I take each drink I get- coffee, then grass, then a more pronounced roast, then a down and dirty earthy mud flavor that actually goes very very well with everything. Not quite as much chocolate in the flavor as I would have expected from the name and the aroma; but this is still great. Moderate carbonation and a medium body make this a well rounded drinker.

O- I was very surprised by this beer. I haven't had anything from Highland before, but I will go back and get some others now. I really really liked the earthy hops that shone through and balanced so well with the malt and other flavors. I will be getting this again as this is a great drinkable stout with an interesting but amazing flavor.

Photo of shand
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug.

After loving their Little Hump spring seasonal, I thought it was about time to try more from these guys. This brew pours a pretty deep black, not quite completely opaque but very close to it. The head is minimal for the style, leaving only tiny wisps on top. Lacing is pretty alright. The aroma is nice, good roastiness with some earthy chocolate. There's also some coffee in here, not too much though. Just a nice smelling stout. When this brew hits the tongue, some great roastiness comes in with some nice bitter chocolate. There's also some great earthiness to this brew along with some subtle coffee flavors. Just a great stout, nothing too complex, but very delicious and very affordable.

The mouthfeel is just about right, it's highly carbonated and fairly thick. The drinkability is exceptional, this bomber was quite easy to finish off. A great stout from Highland that I recommend, especially for the low price that it commands.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received as an extra from RBald42. Thanks Ryan!

The beer is very dark brown with a light mocha head (I seem to be drinking a lot of beers that look like this lately). The aroma brings a big wave of coffee beans and roast. The beer is malty, with a moderate amount of roast and coffee in the flavor. The coffee aspect could be a bit fresher and/or higher quality, as fresh, strong coffee can be wonderful in a stout (obviously). The body is a bit thin, but as this is a pretty drinkable, easy going stout at <6%, I suppose that's to be expected, at least to a certain degree. Overall, not a bad beer.

Photo of swooshjtb
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked this offering from Highland. You can certainly taste the coffee and dark chocolate, hence the name, but there is a good bitterness, too, that mixes well with the coffee. It pours like a Guinness Extra Stout, thick with a caramel-colored head.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

#109. Another review by Highland Brewing. This is my 4th, but nothing I have had yet compares to the Oatmeal Porter... maybe they're good at the dark brews.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours a 1 finger depth frothy head. Retention is slightly below average. Lacing is very light but better than nothing. The color is nearly black, only some slight light creeps in through the bottom and I can hardly see far into the glass. Carbonation is visible but faint. There's some improvements with head quality and retention to be made here, but otherwise it's level with the competition. 2.5

(Smell) Yum. Some dark roasted black malts and a slight hint of cocoa chocolate, caramel and molasses with a slight coffee tone. Hops are not easy to sniff out, but there's some earthy character in there. There's a medium potency here, slightly short of what I had hoped for in a stout but far from the worst. Overall, however, the smell is largely pleasing and invigorating. There's no off aromas or out of place scents. It has a good balance of malty sweetness and rounded out dark character. 3.5

(Taste) Slightly bitter, slightly sweet dark malty taste. Balance of malts is ideal. Finishes with a medium-bold coffee bean character. Plenty of robust flavor without any unnecessary extras. A slightly bitter but fully enjoyable beer. I really enjoy it. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) A solid medium body and very little alcohol presence. A bit crisp for any stout, this beer has a good deal of carbonation tingle on the tongue. It could be a touch smoother. There's a slight clash with the texture as compared to the taste, but it's hardly anything frustrating. Just turn down the fizziness of this brew and it'll be great. 3

(Overall) Very drinkable and very thorough beer. Very likely one of my favorite Highland Brews although the Oatmeal Porter is a tough drink to top. There's some slight issues with appearance and mouthfeel conflict, but otherwise this beer's really worth the money. Final issue with this beer is availability in the region- whereas the Oatmeal Porter and Gaelic Ale can be found just about everywhere, this and other Highland beers are seriously lacking in that department. Hopefully they can expand their reach to big name companies! 4

Highland Brewing Company's
Black Mocha Stout:
B+ (3.95)

Photo of devilben02
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my current favorites from Highland. Pours a deep, nearly opaque chestnut brown color, with a thin beige film of foam on top. Terrifically fragrant, the aroma is packed with a smooth combination chocolate and coffee. The flavor is likewise potent yet mild and smooth at the same time, with notes of creamy milk chocolate, weak coffee, a bit of nuttiness. The creamy smoothness of the texture further acts to complement the flavors. Overall, this one is flavorful but easy, making it quite enjoyable to the end.

Photo of raszputini
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite standard Highland products. A solid chocolate style stout. Pours black with a tan lacy head. Smells of roast, coffee and chocolate. Taste is dominated by roasted malts and a blast of chocolate. Very understated hops. Overall a very sweet stout.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.83/5  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 travis224
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty descent stout but nothing to write home about. Pours almost black with a weak white head. Chocolate and coffee on the nose. Some lacing left on the glass. The taste is fairly bitter with some coffee and chocolate notes. Pretty easy to drink. Don't love it, don't hate it. A descent session stout.

Photo of Jeffo
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ma 'n pa picked this one up for me on their last trip to NC. Thanks guys. Bro and sis flew it over when then visited a while back. Thanks to you guys too.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour yields a small, medium looking, tan head that quickly fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. Black body with zero carbonation evident. A ring remains until the last sip but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts and some coffee beans there as well. Caramel malt and a good dose of dark baker's chocolate. A very nice chocolate and coffee mix on the nose. Medium strength, but quite nice.

TASTE: Roasted malts and heavier on the pure baker's chocolate. Notes of coffee and caramel, but more roasted and chocolate dominant than the nose had indicated. Mild yet lingering aftertaste is roasted, chocolaty, with a nice dose of bitterness as well. Bold enough flavors, especially for the style, and quite tasty.

PALAE: Medium body and carbonation. Pretty creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Good feel for the style.

OVERALL: A quality American stout. Lots of flavor on this one; perhaps more flavor that expected for the style. Better than average for sure, and a pleasant surprise in my beer travels. One I'll have to get ma 'n pa to pick up again. Thanks again for the hookup everyone.

Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 892 ratings.