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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 02:52:06 | More by Azurescens
Photo of TheZzyzxScarecrow

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-20-2013 18:34:50 | More by TheZzyzxScarecrow
Photo of Irish57

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-06-2013 00:59:50 | More by Irish57
Photo of Llamameister


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

01-07-2014 04:18:07 | More by Llamameister
Photo of 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
Photo of scifan

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 03:20:06 | More by scifan
Photo of nwatson


4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-18-2013 09:10:06 | More by nwatson
Photo of airheadmtrcycle


4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Black Mocha Stout is black and completely opaque with a khaki/crema-looking head.

The aroma is of deeply roasted malt and strong coffee with perhaps a little unsweetened chocolate. The flavor is rich with a coffee bitterness that I really like. The bitterness is almost balanced with a malty sweetness, but stays more bitter than sweet. To me Black Mocha Stout tastes very porter-like. Again, Highland has demonstrated they really know how to choose just the right hops and they use them in just the right proportion. I like all the Highland beers I've tried so far. I'm becoming a real fan. I am going to make a road trip up to the brewery one day.

The mouth feel is not as creamy as some may prefer in their stouts, but it compensates with a medium to medium/plus textured ale that I could enjoy 12 months out of the year. It's not thin or watery by any means, but substantial and satiating, a real belly warmer.

Overall, I really like the qualities of Black Mocha Stout. Again, it has many characteristics I normally find and like in a great porter and yet it is a stout. I would have to rate it up there with the very best stouts I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 23:20:10 | More by airheadmtrcycle
Photo of Illmaticzx

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-22-2012 04:44:34 | More by Illmaticzx
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

03-19-2014 00:10:52 | More by jandadeboer
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

08-16-2012 20:53:54 | More by JottaGibboo
Photo of Bamarooster


4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-23-2013 22:16:47 | More by Bamarooster
Photo of syndelee


1/5  rDev -74.2%

11-27-2011 18:25:29 | More by syndelee
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

10-27-2013 19:43:57 | More by heizerbjj
Photo of abernethyj

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-09-2013 21:32:14 | More by abernethyj
Photo of edmundfitzoil


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
Photo of MASPuros


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-31-2012 03:44:05 | More by MASPuros
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 15:50:04 | More by Meerkey
Photo of jsdunlop

North Carolina

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

A: Pitch black, nice looking full head, moderate lacing.
S: Full of aroma, vanilla, toffee, light coffee, milk chocolate
T: Roasted malts, nice light coffee presence, slight notes of chocolate and vanilla, mild bitterness to finish
M: Smooth and creamy feel to it, moderate carbonation with a lighter than average body.
D: A bit light for the style as far as body goes, other than that, a solid stout, be nice to try this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 02:30:48 | More by jsdunlop
Photo of Vierenner


2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Burnt malt in smell and taste ... they should have stopped the roast before the burn and smoke. It dominates the flavor and hides whatever else might be hiding underneath. I don't even taste the mocha (or coffee or chocolate). I feel like I was tricked into purchasing.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 01:44:17 | More by Vierenner
Photo of nabit


4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-30-2013 23:04:30 | More by nabit
Photo of MrStark

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance is dark brown almost black with a one finger tan head that dissipated in a couple of minutes.

Smell is a nice blend of malt, coffee and some chocolate in there as well. The aroma is not particularly strong but is pleasant nonetheless.

Taste is a nice roasted malt, with the mocha standing out pretty good and a bit of chocolate in the finish. There is a bit of bitterness in the end but overall its fairly balanced with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. Its a nice easy drinking stout with a pretty good flavor. Nice for a session beer as well. Its not the most complex I've had but I would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 20:59:16 | More by MrStark
Photo of dcs1548

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-15-2012 03:21:21 | More by dcs1548
Photo of Radiosox

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

08-30-2013 01:23:04 | More by Radiosox
Photo of jspruit


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

Thanks for the trade on this one limesmut.

Pours from the bottle very dark with very little head that doesn't stick around long and leaves little lacing as it goes down. There is a slight ruby color to the darkness, but I may be just seeing things.

Smells of chocolate, coffees, malts and all balanced very nicely.

The chocolate and coffee/mocha flavors are the first things to hit just like the smell. They stay all of the way through but are joined by malts later which is nice.

A bit of sweetness as things warm up and it feels nice in the mouth overall.

Tastes exactly as it should and what it says on the bottle. I wouldn't be able to drink alot of this in one sitting but I would actually recommend it to others as a good example of this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 15:14:34 | More by jspruit
Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
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