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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

828 Ratings
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Ratings: 828
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 39
Gots: 57 | 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  rDev +3.1%

nhces29, May 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

KFrank729, May 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

swgwilt, May 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Texasfan549, May 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

clickyourfingers, May 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

MyKroberts237, May 18, 2012
Photo of mattenglish
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

mattenglish, May 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Hanzo, May 02, 2012
Photo of BeerDocT
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into a room temp. "Piraat" tulip.

-Appearance 4.0: Jet black with a quarter inch khaki head. Head disappeared faster than you could say "Jack Robinson," but left pleasant frothy swirls on top.

-Smell 3.5: Very nice notes of toasted grains and a deep, dark malt. The bouquet is, however, subdued.

-Taste 4.0: Up front: cool liquid with a hint of grassiness. This was followed by a smooth, smoky and subtly sweet, slightly chocolate middle. Finish was dry with very light hop notes. Aftertaste was long and primarily a very pleasant dark chocolate.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Excellent level of carbonation that enhances the taste of the beer. All other elements of mouthfeel were very smooth and enjoyable.

-Overall 4.0: Satisfying, but at the same time not pedestrian in any way, shape or form. This stout has a body that is almost too light, but its other elements work together in such a way as to make you just enjoy the taste. One of the few session stouts I can think of. Worth picking up if you see it.

BeerDocT, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Illmaticzx
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Illmaticzx, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Arborescence
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

Appearance: Pitch black, pours a head of medium thickness and moderate duration; creamy.

Aroma: Fairly mild: chocolate, malt, and milk -- no distinct hops or roasted aromas.

Taste: Malty, with the bitterness of chocolate kicking in, not too strong though. Lingering aftertaste with a touch of hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and round, medium bodied.

Overall: Good stout, of medium robustness with a dominance of malt and just a little bit of chocolate. Not the best in its category, but above average.

Arborescence, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L - Black color with ruby-tinged edges and a 3-finger frothy tan-brown head. Great retention, pretty nice lacing. Looks good.

S - Roasted barley and lots of bready, toasty malt. Hints of chocolate and no sign of coffee. Really not as much chocolate or coffee as I’d like to see from something called “Mocha Stout.”

T - Molasses, sugar, and chocolate sweetness followed by solid roasted coffee bitterness. Not a lot of complexity here, but it shows the “Mocha” aspect a lot more than the nose suggested.

F - Light-to-medium bodied, more tingling carbonation than I expected, sticky mouthfeel, and a moderately dry and bitter finish. Bitterness and coffee taste lingers for a decent amount of time.

O - This is an average stout. It looked promising after the pour, but the rest of the beer was only average. The nose did not yield much at all, and the mouthfeel is a little bit too watery for a stout in my opinion. The taste had a little bit more chocolate and coffee than the aroma suggested, but still not enough to make this one anything special. I’m glad I tried this, but I won’t be getting it again.

BlackBelt5112203, Apr 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

RWLawman, Apr 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Brewsed, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of StoutHunter
2.63/5  rDev -32.2%

I got a bottle of Highland's Black Mocha Stout that my brother brought back from his trip down south. It got a little cold tonight so I thought a Stout would hit the spot, I am a big fan of Coffee Stouts so I am interested to see how this beer stacks up, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty plain and looks just like their other labels. It poured a nice flat black color that barely took a slight ruby highlight when held to the light. It had two fingers worth of fluffy medium tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left a little bit of lacing. This is a good looking American Stout, I just wish it had a little more lacing..

S- The aroma starts off with some dark roasted malts with a lower amount of medium sweetness that impart some nice roasty and milk chocolate aromas. After that comes the coffee which is the star of the show and when mixed with the rich chocolate aromas it really does take on an aroma that is very similar to a Mocha Latte. The aroma is pretty straightforward and nice, very mocha like just as advertised.

T- The taste doesn't seem to live up to the aroma. It starts off with a large amount of dark roasted malts that have a lower amount of medium sweetness and impart some roasted and milk chocolate flavors with a good amount of black coffee that seems to stick out the most. After that I get a charred taste with an astringent finish and a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a charred and slight black coffee like after taste. After the nice aroma I was expecting and nice Mocha Latte like flavor but instead I got a beer that tasted more like a cup of bitter black coffee, I am disappointed.

M- Smooth, slightly creamy, on the light side of being medium bodied, and it had a higher amount of prickly carbonation. The mouthfeel needs work, it needs to be thicker and not so carbonated.

Overall I wasn't too impressed with this beer and I thought it was a slightly bellow average American Stout that claims to be heavy on the mocha, but instead of mocha all I got was flat bitter and over roasted black coffee. This beer doesn't have good drinkability, the bitter astringent finish and the lack of the flavor living up it's name would prevent me from wanting more then one, and it's a little tough to finish this glass. What I liked most about this beer was it's aroma, it was pretty nice and had some nice mocha like aroma to it. What I liked least about this beer was the taste and mouthfeel, they were both off for the style and didn't work well with this beer. I wouldn't buy this beer again, and I don't think I would recommend it to anyone, there are lots of better Coffee Stouts around. I was pretty let down with this beer and so far I have yet to be wowed by any beer from this brewery, but I am still willing to give them another chance, better luck next time guys, this one needs a lot of work to compete with the better Coffee Stouts, but if it tasted as good as it smelled it might have had a chance, but that just wasn't the case with this beer.

StoutHunter, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of HardTarget
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%

Appearance: Black glass shows some ruby edge when back lit. Dirty tan head drops to a thin cover and collar which laces well.

Smell: Dusty, earthy hop with a malt extract base. Mild coffee note.

Taste: Bit of brown paper bag oxidation; no date on the bottle so the brewer takes the hit. I don't make the rules, no, wait, I do make the rules.
Under that there is a fair amount of dark roasted barley with a very mild cocoa note. Some earthy hops that I want to say are Fuggles (nope, website says Chinook & Mount Hood).

Mouthfeel: Light body, pretty thin actually, light to moderate carbonation, very dry finish.

Overall: Just didn't do it for me. More Porter in taste than Stout, didn't really get much "mocha", just a very bitter cold coffee note.

Thanks to Illudium for the sample!

HardTarget, Apr 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

GMan, Apr 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

yaksurf, Apr 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

vbiliyar, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of silentjay
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

not quite opaque brown with a very small light mocha head that sticks at 1cm in height, lacing well.

molasses and chocolate are very strong in the aroma with a good amount of licorice and bitter coffee behind that.

charred malts give way to a molasses sweetness which is balanced by a roasted bitterness. reminds me of a decent oatmeal stout, but doesn't provide much more.

light, yet creamy bodied with an odd, though not entirely unpleasant bitterness that lingers.

ehh. there are so many better porters and stouts that I wouldn't seek this out. the "black mocha" name is really just a marketing ploy as it doesn't have any more coffee or chocolate flavors than any other decent stout or even many porters.

silentjay, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of MrMegaton09
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%

Serving Type: Tall Pilsner Glass

Into the glass this beer is very dark. No traces of light through. Very nicely colored head, sort of a chocolate cream color.

Lacing is average, head dicipates quickly.

First thoughts on the smell of this beer, figs. Plain and simple, at least in my opinion. Very sweet.

For taste, a good amount of dryness. I get hardly any traces of any coffee notes at all, if so very very unnoticable. I take away more of a malty sweetness that reminds me more off toffee than anything. Still a good tasting beer, just not quite what the label implies.

Overall, average beer for me. A good drinkable stout, that really didn't stand out anywhere else. C+

MrMegaton09, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of brewskifan55
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

Another excellent trade from cvm4. You know my tastes, sir. Poured into a snifter

A: Dusky black with amber highlights. A tan, half finger head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving a tan circle around the glass. Thick lacing.

S: roasted malts, chocolate, licorice

T: Chocolate, caramel, malty. Full bodied. Slightly astringent. Lightly burnt; hell, let's just call it smoky. Low hoppiness. Coffee finish.

M: medium; creamy. Good carbonation.

O: Robust. Very drinkable. Even better as it warms. I'd be interested in trying more from Highland.

brewskifan55, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev +3.1%

pitch black body with thick caramel head. Chocolate on the nose, hint of oats. No coffee, but not a bad thing. Im thinking more of a milk. Hint of bitterness.

Very dry up front. Its more bitter than i was expecting. Very dark, almost black chocolate. Very full of chocolate. I mean the name is Black Mocha. Light body, finishes very smooth.

VncentLIFE, Mar 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Mappies, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Naugros
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

Naugros, Mar 30, 2012
Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 828 ratings.