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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

858 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 858
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 39
Gots: 64 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Lukass, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

bsmith1029, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of JKAllen
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

JKAllen, Dec 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

lupercmda, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Maltmaiden
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Black/dark brown. Carbonation bubbles are visible. Small but persistent head

S: Cocoa and very toasted malts. some hops. Molasses. Not as much coffee as I was expecting...more chocolaty. Vanilla. Metal?

T: Toasted malts and bitter cocoa powder upfront. Coffee beans. Earthy hops. Touch of vanilla. Root beer. And that weird metal again?

M: Maybe too much carbonation. Goes down easy though.

O: good but too much bitterness and carbonation than I like in my stouts. Won't go out of my way to get this again.

Maltmaiden, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of brewdude1982
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a pint I had in tap at Wakefield tavern in Raleigh.

This is a dark beer much like one would expect from a stout. Good lacing and a thick head with lots of tiny bubbles. It has relatively no smell but then again I am stuffed up. The taste is very much coffee and roasted dark malts. It is a pleasant change from some of the other stouts that I have had recently. This brewery is making beers that range from mediocre to great in my book.

brewdude1982, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

BigTrubble, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Dan051692
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Dan051692, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of JDVance742
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a DFHead tulip glass.

Appearance is a beautiful, deep, ebony, like a low carbonated cola.

Head is super thick and medium length of staying around, pretty good lacing. Can see every sip going down, however not completely defined.

Smells like an extra chocolate mocha. Heavy roasting(coffee provoking, chocolate evoking), light hints of vanilla, wood fire burning in the other room scent on the background.

Taste parallels the scent, with the roasted malt jumping to the foreground and the chocolate slipping to the light end. Parallel to the lessening of chocolate flavor is the more pronounced vanilla and cream flavors.

Mouthfeel is a bit lacking in comparison to the overall experience, carbonation comes through a bit tingly, and lacks in full body to accompany the bounty of other experiences, but too much good going on to really go too low on this score either.

Overall I'd give it more of a 4.3. A pleasant beer, even after sitting to warm for twenty to thirty+ minutes.

JDVance742, Dec 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

williamjbauer, Dec 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

kegmans, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A pitch black as night color, no clarity, and 1 tall finger of head. Nice tan lacing left on the glass. Impressive!

S - Roasted malts and chocolate are very prevalent. A touch of hop bitterness

T - Tasty! As expected by the appearance and nose. Chocolate, coffee beans, slight sweetness, which I like in my stouts. Well balanced.

M - Smooth. Medium carbonation. Creamy.

O - Best Highland brew I have had, by far. Excellent stout! Love it. WIll seek it out again

BeerDawgs, Dec 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

jucifer1818, Nov 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

JPerruccio, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

cmannes, Nov 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

GeoCait, Nov 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

eargle, Nov 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

steinhilper, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of Axnjxn
3.5/5  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.

Axnjxn, Nov 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

cackalacky, Nov 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

jeanphony, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of dvmin98
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Living in Charlotte, I really enjoy a lot of the Highlands stuff. This was my first taste of BMS.

Appearance: Nice, deep dark color. One finger head that stuck around for 30 secs or so

Smell: Nice chocolatey tones. Good nose overall.

Taste: Nice sturdy stout. Stuck to the front of my tongue

Mouthfeel: Too carbonated for me in regards to a stout. My tongue was much more tingly than other stouts I'm used to

Overall its a good stout that I would drink again, but it would be better if it wasn't so carbonated

dvmin98, Nov 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

marine1975, Nov 11, 2012
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
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

6demonbag, Nov 08, 2012
Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 858 ratings.