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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 38
Gots: 79 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 12-09-2002)
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Photo of mralphabet
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A: Black with a hint of red, 1/2 a fingers worth of tan foam... Ring of forming stays thought out the session... Very nice lacing.

S: Chocolate/Coffee.... with a strong roasted malt aroma.

T: Thick roasted malts dominate the palate, lots of coffee and ending with a bitter chocolate finish

M: Heavy bodied with very light carbonation. Very smooth, velvet like finish..

D: Big full flavor, very thick body. Pretty normal stout... 1 or 2 is enough for 1 session.

Another great beer from Highlands....

Photo of ShepardCommander
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of NCSUdo
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Deep black under a decent sized tan head, some lace and retention.

S: A nice roasted malt, really surprised at the malt character as it exhibited a pretty nice sweetness as well, a bit of smokiness and some slight hints of chocolate.

T: A spicey, pepperish character up front, finishing in a roasted, coffee-like bitterness and dark chocolate, some grassy hop character as well. Leaves a bitter, dark chocolate flavor in the mouth. You really have appreciate a beer with so much flavor.

M/D: Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is just right to aid the full body and also give a hint of itself on the tongue. Drinkability is fine as well especially at 5.60%. Pretty solid stout.

Photo of einman
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of ali1987
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of vwbus7
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TheDeuce
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highland Black Mocha Stout...

Appearance-thick black, heavy head with jetting carbonation, really active looking brew.

Smell-coffee is here, sugar sweetness, hops and alcohol are very hidden.

Taste/Mouthfeel-full taste, balanced sweetness with a bite at the end. Carbonation is tempered by a smooth light body, easy to put down with a last taste of milky coffee.

Drinkability-light body but coffee taste is there, no problems here.

Overall-a fine coffee stout, well balanced, good flavor, very drinkable. I enjoyed it.

Photo of gopens44
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Blackish brown in color. I would have liked to see a bit more head, but what I got was about a half inch of brown foam that disappeared pretty quick.

S - Coffee, malty and hints of chocolate

T - Coffee and malty, again. The chocolate taste is best described as "bakers chocolate" in my opinion. The tastes really balance out quite nicely. This is definitely a good tasting beer.

M - Smooth and creamy with just a hint of aftertaste. Medium carbonation. Lighter feeling than most stouts I've had.

What a nice little stout these fellows! Given the relatively low ABV, and the rather pleasant yet lighter feel of this beer,this baby could be drank all day long during the holidays or just plain chilly weather!

Photo of mooseisloose
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This irish mocha stout has a sweet and roasted malt smell with cocoa. Pours to an opaque black with a stiff carpenter-in-a-can head that laces as it slowly recedes. Taste is mostly roasted malt and a chaulky bitterness that starts in the middle builds and lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is thin in the start but the carbonation gives some substance as the bitterness kicks in. Not as much mocha as I would expect but it appears to be bittersweet, and doesn't really stand out from behind the roasted malt.

Photo of Pellinore1
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SlickMcCricket for sending this beer.

Pours deep brown, nearly black into a pint glass. A finger of tan head fades to some lacing.

Dark, roasted malts define the smell, with hints of chocolate, coffee, and smoke.

The flavor is almost just what I would expect from the smell. Big roasty flavors, with chocolate and coffee in the background.

Medium-bodied, with pleasant carbonation and a dry finish.

Nicely drinkable, but nothing too special going on here.

Photo of Washuffizi98
3.92/5  rDev +1%

Photo of KFrank729
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of beergod1
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby/black with a foamy tan head. Nose is lightly roasted malt. Flavor is simple, some smokiness but smooth and tasty. Coffee, chocolate, and a little hop presence on the palate. Not a Great brew. as I found out about the 5 brews I tasted from Highland, but a pleasant, easy drinking stout.

Photo of TaylorK
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of Mojo
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium globe glass

The pour yielded a dark ebony color with a one finger foamy caramel-colored head with awesome retention and lacing. The smell was dark chocolate and licorice. Taste follows the nose. It is big and sweet up front, kind of milk chocolate with a sour sweetness. The finish builds slowly. At first it doesn't appear to be anything there, but it slowly build to a rich , bitter and satisfying mocha taste. Mouthfeel is very average, leaning toward being a little thick. All in all a nice offering.

Photo of CorgiDad
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mobrockman
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Got this is in a BIF trade form OSUBeerStudent. Thanks again man!

Well, "black" is not the right word, but I'll give them "really, really dark brown to the point that it's nearly black in the glass". But that's true of almost every stout. It raises a nice, tan head that collapses down after a little while. The lacing is in bands, measuring the depth of each draw.

Typical aroma profile of a coffee stout with roasted malts and coffee (with a touch of cream), a little chocolate and a very slight hop presence.

Mostly toasted notes on the tongue with a dab of milk chocolate and a hint of coffee, but just barely. No hops at all, but that's not a negative for me. The body is about medium and there's no hint of the alcohol, making this a really easy drinking stout.

If I'm ever in Asheville, I'd love to try this on-tap. I was actually a little more impressed with their Gaelic Ale and I regret not having reviewed it now.

Photo of firstlighthiker
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of jucifer1818
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of qcghost
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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.

Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 891 ratings.