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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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Ratings: 927
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 43
Gots: 100 | FT: 1
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 12-09-2002

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Ratings: 927 | Reviews: 432
Photo of gpcollen1
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice and dark with a lovely 1 inch mocha head. Aromas are light with a dark chocolate and coffee tint. Hits the mouth and opens up on a mild aroma. Medium bodied and rich with lovely roastiness. Hints of coffee and cocoa along with thin whisps of licorice. Finishes with a nice bitterness and dries the tongue a bit.

Overall pretty solid. Nothing over the top - and I like that.

Photo of MCDub
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of John1985
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stout pours an opaque black with a generous head. The head stuck around and laced nicely around my glass tankard mug. Malty aroma, nice roasty flavor up front with notes of chocolate and coffee. Brief bitter finish and mouthfeel was a little watery for the style. A little too drinkable for my taste but the stout was very flavorful.

Photo of eerbayman
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of orcasteve
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

coffiee, dark chocolate, and burnt caramel hit my tung and a kiss of of hops and and sweet alcohol come in in the end, this is a nice rich stout that i would drink often if given the oppertunity to get them, all of highland's products are tasty! try some

Photo of EinFesteBurg
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of cbros
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from pint bottle into tulip pint glass.
A- little or no head, dark, chocolate brown almost black in color.

S- aroma of mocha, that is present but not strong. a sweet, musty, and chocolaty smell.

T- nice mixture of stout with a everpresent mocha taste. the stout flavor is a little stronger than the mocha flavoring but does not command your attention.

M- it feels heavy and fullbodied. this is definately a stout.

D- I paired this beer with brownies that my wife had made and I think that that pairing proved a success. Obviously since this is a mocha stout they should go well together. But what I liked most about it was not that both had chocolate in them but that the subtle nature of ths stout didn't overpower the taste of the dessert. It simply added to the experience. I would pair this beer again with a chocolate dessert that, even though on the heavier side, does work well.

Photo of klikger
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. Thanks, Dad!

A - Black in color, with a half-inch foam top which recedes quickly, leaving fair lacing.

S - Somewhat dark chocolate & not much else. Not bad, though.

T - Semisweet chocolate malt up front, with some milk and piny hops quickly joining the party. The finish is dark chocolate, coffee beans, and hop bitterness. Not too many notes here, but the flavors present are spot on.

M - Pretty light for a stout with so much flavor, but a little bit creamy at the same time; carbonation is good.

D - Very drinkable - chocolate without being too sweet, hoppy enough to satisfy, & under 6% ABV.

Easily the best Highland beer I've had to date. I'm looking forward to drinking my other bottle in the next couple of weeks.

Photo of whitekiboko
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of APBT91
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of orion320
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of WillyMac
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of JackMcAwesome
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of MrMonkey
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark brown with a one-finger mocha head that fades slowly to a sticky ring. Virtually no lacing aside from a few scattered wisps.

Smell is chocolate, roasted malts, and some dark roasted coffee beans.

Taste starts with roasted malts and baker's chocolate. It really sweetens up mid-palette, with notes of caramel and milk chocolate, before finishing with some espresso and some mildly bitter hops.

Medium-bodied, mostly creamy mouthfeel, but at times it feels too carbonated.

Nonetheless, a solid stout that was quite enjoyable.

Photo of ZinFanDave
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black, clear beer with a one finger high, beige-brown head.

Nose: Coffee, tobacco, roasted malt, dark chocolate, malt and dried fruit.
Taste: Coffe beans, red berries, dark chocolate, roasted malt and hay.
Body: Medium to full body with light carbonation.

Great stout!

Photo of BillyB
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had heard that this was one of the better beers from the south. I didn't have huge expectations but I was pleasantly surprised.

Poured a nice dark brown to black color with a thin tan head that lasted for a decent amount of time.

Aromas of rich mocha, coffee, slight caramel notes, sweet roasty, toasty malts and some chocolate.

Taste is typical of most American Stouts but the mocha, coffe flavors added a nice twist. Not too much alcohol character in this one. Some sweet brown sugar flavors as well.

Kind of oily, slick mouthfeel. No alcohol warmth.

Not a bad stout. I got it in a trade and don't know if I'd trade for it again but if I could buy it in a store near me regularly I probably would.

Photo of brocktune
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of feelmefoam
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark black, maybe the darkest brown with no highlights to speak of. The beer pushed up about a finger of tan, foamy head and left some decent lacing down that glass as it dissipated.

The beer smelled very similar to how it tasted. Up front was big coffee/mocha aroma with some toasted malt and a bit of dark chocolate, too. The flavor mirrored this almost to a tee. Up front, dark roasted malts took the stage, followed closely by the heavy mocha coffee flavors and accented by some bittersweet chocolate and bit of earthy malt flavor towards the end.

The mouthfeel was a few notches above medium with only a minor amount of carbonation, making for a clean and smooth drinking experience.

Overall, this was a very good stout that didnt' false advertise at all. Mocha was prevalent, as well as few other flavors, and it made this beer very flavorable and drinkable, moreso than the other beers I've had from Highland so far. Not spectacular, but a very good American Stout with some solid coffee notes included.

Photo of RedBrewer83
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured into goblet...

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown that shows active carbonation and a three finger mocha head that falls slowly leaving decent carbonation.

S: Get dark fruit upfront, raisiny with hints of prune and date. Roasted malt follows along with a hint sugary candy malt.

T: Follows nose with a nice balance of dark fruit and roasted malt. Hints of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee are present but in the the background. The malt and fruit really come through on this one.

M: Medium light body, pretty light for a stout, almost drinks more like a porter. Carbonation is very nice, borderline creamy and very smooth, it really contributes to the overall flavor.

D: A little light for a stout, but that makes it very drinkable and smooth. Nice beer, but drinks a lot more like a porter...

Photo of dbell23
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of speak72
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mattkoon
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this mocha stout isnt opaque- theres a small amount of brown when held to the light- thin tan lacing. the smell is slightly sweet with hints of chocolate. there is plenty of malt in the nose. the taste is malty with with hint of chocolate malts. the taste is pretty bold but there is a great smooth finish. this is a really good stout perfect for this time of year.

Photo of seyton
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of soulfly1492
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Mild chocolate. Mild roasty notes. Some green olive and anise, not sure how that will turn into a good thing.

Appearance: Black, but not opaque, can see some dark ruby color at the edges. Medium brown head is tall. Little retention and good lacing.

Taste: Bold enough. Cocoa. More roasty than the smell indicated. Light anise. Hops are floral and lightly bitter. The bitter anise comes out mostly at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Mild to moderate carbonation. Slick and oily, finishes just barely dry.

Overall: Nice balance, not overly sweet. Savory overall, but the aftertaste could be more pleasant.

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Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
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