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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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Highland Black Mocha StoutHighland Black Mocha Stout

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431 Reviews
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Reviews: 431
Hads: 988
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 45
Gots: 135 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 12-09-2002

Highland’s most robust beer, having a very malty body with a large, roasted chocolate flavor, all achieved solely through the use of special roasted barley grains. It is black in color with a very clean finish and moderate hop flavor.

While the porter style was developing, some brewers produced a stout porter and over time generated a new style known simply as stout. These beers traditionally contain a distinct roasted malt flavor and can run the gamut from a dry stout, such as Guinness to a sweet stout such as Watney’s Cream Stout. Our Black Mocha falls in the sweet stout range and derives its chocolate and coffee tones from the use of appropriate roasted malt grains and is very often used as an after dinner libation or an accompaniment to dessert.
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Reviews: 431 | Hads: 988
Photo of billab914
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped glass. It poured dark brown in color with a very thin tan head barely covering the beer. The head retreated to the edges of the glass where it left just some traces of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is not surprisingly chocolaty. I get some sweeter milk chocolate along with some cocoa flavors out of it. A moderate roasty flavor with some coffee to it comes out as well. Pretty nice aroma overall for a beer under 6% abv.

The taste shows a dark chocolate flavor at first. Midway and into the finish it gets a little sweet with some milk chocolate and malt coming through. In the finish I also get some bitter-sweet chocolate along with some roasty, slightly burnt flavors that linger. Nice chocolate flavors to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. it has a bit of creaminess to it as well, which I liked. Drinkability is good, it had some very nice flavors to it but also drank pretty easily for a chocolate flavored beer. Pretty solid beer overall.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

08/21/05- Received via a trade with AlexJ.

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no freshness dating. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown, almost black pour. Pretty good sized chocolated colored head and well placed lacing.

Smell- Lots fo dark bittersweet chocolate and hints of coffee as well. Moderate roasted scents too.

Taste- Almost like a Swiss Miss hot chocolate flavor to it. Some roasted coffee beans and some mid range dark roasted malt.

Mouthfeel- This one is overly carbonated for me, especailly for a stout. It almost feels at times I'm drinking a bit of a chocolate soda.

Drinkability- If the carbonation were toned down and smoothed out this would really be a top notch stout. The soda texture kinda ruined the whole experience for me. Even though, it's still not that bad if you can put that behind you.

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black with a thick and fluffy tan colored head that lasts. Nice lace develops.

Smell: roasted malts and coffee are clearly identifiable and pleasant overall.

Taste: follows the nose as roasted malt, big coffee flavors, hint of milk chocolate, some prune sweetness and a nice balancing bitterness make up a tasty stout.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start but finishes smooth. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger around in the mouth.

Drinkability: easy to drink this one especially if you are in the mood for a coffee focused stout. Give this a try.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty solid black with a two finger mocha head that shows some staying power. My nostrils are filled with scents of chocolate, coffee, and pine resin, but heavy on the milk chocolate. The taste is wonderful, kind of like a kicked up dry Irish stout with chocolate added. Enough roast and hops to keep everything balanced. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, moderate level of carbonation, medium body. This is a great sessionable stout. Light enough to quaff, but flavorful enough to stay interesting. If these were more available to me I would buy them, a lot.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a bit of sediment. Large dense khaki colored head forms and has good retention. A few rings of lace are left behind.

Aroma of black roasted malt and dark coffee. A bit of alcohol is also apparent in the medium strong nose.

In the taste, roasted malt and faint coffee. Has a good malt profile and a drying, muted hop. This is all about the roast, and this is a bit better than average. Mild but inoffensive coffee flavor.

Medium bodied, well carbonated brew with a dark roast finish.

Overall, this is a decent coffee stout. Drinks easy and is a great early day brew.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark, brown-to-black coloring, with a filmy, surface coating of light tan head. Aromas of lightly roasted coffee, crème highlights, and subtle chocolate notes. Very well balanced nose. Flavors are roasted and bittersweet forward, with a blast of coffee, crème, and hints of smoke. Chocolate highlights, with a solid bitter backbone. The body is light and dry, with a tangy sweet and roasted bitter aftertaste. The finish is roasted, dry, and with a slightly bitter linger. Solid, drinkable brew.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with ruby highlights and no head, no lacing. The smellis fairly faint,but has notes of light chocolate, some sweet malt, and a touch of roastiness. The taste is of pleasant dark malt, some milk chocolate, and a slight roasty bitterness. The mouthfeel is light but smooth, and fairly creamy. Pleasant, and pretty drinkable, but not a lot going on here.

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Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through the efforts of 120/190 BIF and lostbearbrew.

Pours a deep brown clear beer with a good tall brown head.

Smell is sweet with a strong coffee edge and dark roasted malt sourness. Sweet scents have a maple syrup scent. Chocolate and vanilla are under the heavier scents.

Taste is very mild and heavy on the coffee at the start. Only problem here is that the tastes stay too timid. This could be bolder like the Founder's coffee stouts are. Good coffee stout but the flavor never goes anywhere.

Mouthfeel is OK but light.

Damn this beer was a let down; the smell had so much promise. This is a beer that shows how appealing to everyone satisfies no one.

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Photo of weeare138
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a black color with a one finger tan head that lasts for about a minute. Tiny lacing is tossed about.
Smell is of roasted malt with chocolate and coffee with some dark fruit and cream mixed in.
Taste is of coffee, dark malts, and cream.
Mouthfeel is of velvet, and slightly roasted malt in this full bodied brew.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ThorsHammer for this brew.

Poured into a pint glass (Wasatch) a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little tannish creamy head, not much sticky lacing to follow though. The nose is malty, big notes of toffee/chocolate/caramel. The taste pretty much follows the nose, slight sweetness, and the big dark stuff. Medium body. Drinkable, a pretty tasty American Stout.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried the Highland Moca Stout at Shakers in Roanoke, VA. the beer can in a classic beer mug and was dark opaque in color. The head was tan and not much in lacing. The smell included roast, espresso, and semi-sweet chocolate. The taste was very similar to the smell. The mouthfeel was medium body which I think is important for a stout. Overall I thought this was a good stout.

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Photo of plaid75
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger creamy tan head. There was good retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a strong burnt grain and soft chocolate malt.

The taste was upfront bitter burnt grain and coffee. Mild creamy chocolate malt as well.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy with a dry finish.

Overall a superior stout. Very complex and very sessionable. Need to score some more. Thanks to brentk56.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of aasher
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

Appearance: Jet black, doesn't allow for light to pass through. No head at all.

Smell: Very strongly smells of coffee and mocha

Taste: Excellent coffee/mocha flavor. Not very complex. Is kind of blunt.

Mouthfeel: Nothing too impressive, pretty typical. Is smooth with slight carbonation.

Drinkability: Is good and strong, which may take away from the drinkability if you're consuming more than one. For one bottle, I liked it. It had such hearty mocha flavor which I enjoyed.

It's solid but nothing overly special. It's worth picking up a single.

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Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from a Dark Lord day trade with some NC folks.

A: The stout pours quite dark, with a coffee-esque color. Nothing seems to make it through the glass and the dark depth of the beer. The head was quite thick, 3 fingers, on pour and almost overflowed the glass. As it settles, the ale has left an extensive lacing throughout the glass.

S: The aroma coming off of the beer is roasted malt, burnt bread with a strong chocolate aroma.

T: The stout is serviceable, having a strong malt body, bready with a strong roasted element that adds a depth to the body. That roasted body releases some chocolate and caramel flavor as well. The flavors, overall, are restrained and lack the pizzazz that a good stout should have. The flavor squarely puts this beer into the decent realm.

M: The mouthfeel has hints of roasted malt and chocolate and ends on an enjoyable note with a chocolate flourish. The flavor comes through a tad too late though for me.

D: The low abv and nice mocha finish redeem the beer, creating a decent flavor that, while it won't transcend the stout style, it won't turn you off from stouts either.

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Photo of corby112
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Big Boss pint glass.

Pours a pitch black color with a 2 inch thick head. Smell is...not much. I detect a faint coffee aroma but not much else. The taste is not much better. A mild coffee flavor with a slight bitter finish. It's okay. Light body and medium carbonation. Wish this were heavier, feel leaves something to be desired.

Overall this is a drinkable beer but you can do better. I wouldnt turn it down but this is not Highland's best offering.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from AKSmokedPorter as part of Secret Santa 2005. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" dark brown head above the almost opaque dark brown brew. Head fades slowly, with heavy sticky brown lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate and light coffee. Taste is as the nose indicates, with the mocha very nicely balanced. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin, but it is definitely smooth, and drinkability is excellent for the same reasons. A brew I would be glad to revisit, if the occasion arises.

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Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts and a lot of chocolate. 

T- The taste like the aroma is dark and roasty with a lot of chocolate flavor and some coffee as well with a moderate hop bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew that is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of rudzud
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to grub for sharing this bottle with me.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, some red in the edges, thick tan head forms, settles to a thin ring, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is nice, coffee - almost mocha, chocolate, dark fruits, some toffee, grains, quite nice. Taste is caramel, chocolate, light coffee roast, some dark fruits, nice graininess, rich flavour, smooth balanced finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, nice to drink. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of Brad007
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich black color with a thin, brown one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is thick and full of roasted coffee, a hint of cream and a few notes of chocolate.

Taste is rich and full of roasted coffee upfront. It carries all the way to the back of the throat, leaving a nice dollop of cream and light chocolate notes.

The cream and bitter coffee notes envelope the mouth, finishing lightly at the back of the throat with nary a trace of bitter coffee.

Carbonation is just right for this beer and the taste carries on like it should. Very drinkable and probably one of the better mocha stouts I have had.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a black body w/ one-finger tan head that died slowly and some lace. A rich, sweet buttery smell with chocolate, roasted, bread and hints of coffee malt all intwined into the aroma. Smooth, slightly chewey and creamy with a bready feel and minor amounts of sweet caramel and chocolate. Unfortunately not well-balanced as the roasted and coffee malts seem to be more powerful than anything and leave a husky, dry backbite. A very minor fruity hop presence in shadows of the malts leads to a very good but not spectacular stout.

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Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.