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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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88
very good

874 Ratings
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Ratings: 874
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 38
Gots: 70 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown body with light brown soapy head. Heavy roast. Mocha in the finish. While some cream in mouth, some astringency in finish as well. Lacey. Bitterness on heavy side. SO neither would I say clean taste nor black, but still worthwhile to try.

Sammy, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +3.1%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +3.1%

zestar, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.1%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Texasfan549, May 22, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin tan head that slowly died down and left wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of chocolate in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and the chocolate flavors particularly stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with a dry finish.
D: The beer goes down quite smoothly but there's nothing really unique in the flavors that would want to make me try this again.

metter98, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.1%

kjkinsey, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a huge mocha head; sticks nicely and leaves a wonderful spattering of lace

Smell: Milk chocolate, with hints of coffee and char

Taste: Roasty and chocolatey up front, with an underlying though subtle citrus fruit flavor arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the coffee takes over, though the other flavors remain present underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; just a touch thin to my palate

Drinkability: Much better than I remembered, this is a really flavorful stout that packs a wallop for being less than 6%

brentk56, May 13, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am always impressed with Highland's brews. This beer even surpasses my expectations. Looks a viscous, malty, roasty brew with tan head retention, lacing and everything else that is good in the world. Smells very chocolatey, syrupy, with hints of espresso, nuts, and dark fruits (fruit cake). Tastes even better. Best described as a Young's Double Chocolate Stout, but bolder. Hopped for balance and that's all. Allows the roasted grain and coffee flavors to round out the bitter flavors. Feels rich and smooth with a long lingering chocolate / coffee mix. Tough to find a better stout.

BEERchitect, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark, chocolate brown with meager russet highlights at the edges. The wonderful looking crown (darker than khaki, lighter than umber) resembles coffee ice cream as it melts. It's also spectacular in the lace department. What a start!

The nose is impressive as well. It's bursting with a roasted maltiness that pretty much nails the style. Cacao-intensive chocolate keeps freshly-ground coffee beans at the periphery. Since the dictionary definition of mocha is either a type of coffee or a chocolate-coffee mixture, I wonder if coffee was used here?

Black Mocha Stout, like just about everything Highland brews, is very good, drinkable beer. If you aren't afraid of hops (Chinook and Mt. Hood), to the tune of 25 IBUs, then it might even be great beer.

The flavor just does reach the point where my brain says '4.5' (when it comes to beer, my brain thinks in terms of numbers, not letters). What's remarkable is that such an incredibly flavorful stout should be infinitely sessionable as well. The ABV may be slightly too high for that purpose, but palate fatigue shouldn't become as issue, even after multiple bottles.

Brown sugar-coated roasted barley is the shining star of the show, with huge splashes of chocolate liqueur, espresso and molasses. The hops provide an ideal amount of countering bitterness, as well as a citric spiciness, courtesy of Chinook. I've poked and prodded and can find no weaknesses whatsoever.

The mouthfeel is a quality affair that is pretty close to dead-on for the style. Only a wee lack of heft keeps it from earning the big numbers. Nitpicking? Probably.

Do North Carolinians know how lucky they are to have Highland Brewing? These guys are immensely talented and deserve much more recognition than they get. As a music critic once said about The Cars first album, 'drop the needle anywhere and prepare to be impressed'. The same can be said about Highland beer.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of kylehay2004
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Two finger light chocolate flavored head with lots of lacing. Black with no light getting through.

S: Minimal roast, nutty and mild coffee.

T: Smooth up front with the roasted taste and finishes with just the right amount of coffee strength and bitterness. Captures the mocha quality very well.

M: Smooth but bitterness in the finish takes that away from this just a touch. Thick bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Absolutely solid mocha stout. My only knock is the aroma as for my nose, it seemed too light.

kylehay2004, Aug 11, 2011
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
Photo of womencantsail
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a sizable tan colored head.

S: Plenty of coffee on the nose with some good roasted notes as well. Light bittersweet chocolate, too.

T: Again, lots of roast and coffee come through. The chocolate quality is not really there, but there is a strange presence of smoke to this beer.

M: The body is a bit on the thing side, perhaps, with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I don't really know about this beer. I enjoyed the aromas, but the weird smoke/peat character on the palate and the lackluster body were a bit off-putting.

womencantsail, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Green's (Buford Hwy location).

Appearance: Has a typical black-brown stout coloring with a thin biege-colored head.

Smell: A slightly sweet, candied aroma with a touch of roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Very inviting!

Taste: Chocolate-coated malt flavors abound, flanked by the rich coffee essence. Coffee au lait. A slight suggestion of hops provide a bit of balance to this great brew.

Mouthfeel: Luxurious on the tongue, with a modest amount of carbonation. Very creamy. This beer is a joy to experience from start to finish. Exactly medium-bodied with out leaning towards being heavy or thin. Perfect.

Drinkability: This beer's well-balanced character, makes it a true session stout. A great choice any time of day, any time of year. Delish!

Find some. Treasure it.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a nice traditional color black with maybe a slight red hue in there,appetizing in the pour with nice caramel colored head.I do agree with other guy who reviewed this one not much smell,a little chocolaty/earthy smell but not much.Taste was nice and chocalty and earth with that smokey tinge coming through in the end.Pretty good velvety body.Another good one from Highland.

oberon, Feb 27, 2003
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, dark, dark brown color with a small, caramel-colored head of bubbly foam. It left a little lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of coffee, chocolate and toffee. There was a toasty malt aroma, too.

T - For a "black mocha" stout, the coffee flavor is fairly tame, blending nicely with chocolate, caramel and toffee flavors. Just enough sweetness to balance out the bitter.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied stout with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good stout. Not overpowering with the coffee.

zeff80, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An translucent black body displays ruby-mahogany hilghlights below a full head of frothy dark tan foam that holds quite well and leaves thin rings of craggy lace about the pint. The nose is mocha-like and caramelish. It's medium bodied and smooth across the palate with a mild caress on the tongue from its restrained carbonation. The flavor is fairly rich and complex with notes of dark malt acidity, yeasty fruitiness, caramel, coffee and chocolate. It's well-balanced by a firm bitterness, and it finishes dry with a lingering note of yeasty fruitiness and some lightly roasty mocha. Very well done!

NeroFiddled, May 20, 2005
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from WeisGuy, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee and hints of dark fruit and hops.

T: The taste is very smoky and traditionally malty, with strong flavors of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and some dark fruit that comes out more as the beer warms. There's a decent hops presence that tries to sneak its way through and while it gets beaten out by the malty and sweet flavors, it still provides a decent balance. The after-taste is smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth with a good amount of crispness, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is quite clean for a style that is usually on the sticky side.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, slightly filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good and flavorful beer to sit back and relax with. A bomber or two while watching a movie is the perfect role for this beer.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger, medium brown head on an opaque black body. The head leaves nice, thick lace as it settles.

S - Distinct coffee notes in the nose, espresso and chocolate. Some nutty malt and a bit of caramel as well.

T - Lots of coffee up front with some unexpected, earthy wood notes as well. Malty flavors in the middle, caramel and roasted nuts. The finish is dark but not bitter, with unsweetened chocolate, coffee, and some carbonized flavors.

M - Moderately thick body, medium carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - A nice coffee stout, with a very realistic coffee flavor. Not overly dark or rich, but it has a reasonable level of complexity and it is quite well balanced.

nickfl, May 28, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown/almost black with some garnet tinges around the bottom and a finger of poofy tan head that retained very nicely and left some good lacing. The aroma is pretty straightforward with roasted malt, chocolate, a twinge of coffee, and some light floral hoppiness in the backend.

The taste packed with everything that makes a roasty Stout great. Roasted gains, chocolate sweetness, some burnt coffee bitterness, and just a tingle of hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is full and creamy with a nice carbonation.

Wow, this guy packs exactly what I like in my American Stouts. Fantastic full flavors and a low ABV that make this one easy drinking flavorful beer. I'll definitely be seeking out more of this in the future.

Kegatron, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of jlindros
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
Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours mahogany/purple black with a 3 fingers mocha head. Good head retention & very good lacing

S: Slight roastyness

Taste: Slight roastyness & choclate up front. Slight licorice notes & fruittyness come to the fore as it warms. Finishes choclatey & roasty

MF: Medium with great carbonation

Drinks really easy, nice quaffable stout!

russpowell, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

oline73, Oct 14, 2014
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Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 874 ratings.