Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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Ratings: 951
Reviews: 435
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 45
Gots: 107 | FT: 1
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 12-09-2002

Highland’s most robust beer, having a very malty body with a large, roasted chocolate flavor, all achieved solely through the use of special roasted barley grains. It is black in color with a very clean finish and moderate hop flavor.

While the porter style was developing, some brewers produced a stout porter and over time generated a new style known simply as stout. These beers traditionally contain a distinct roasted malt flavor and can run the gamut from a dry stout, such as Guinness to a sweet stout such as Watney’s Cream Stout. Our Black Mocha falls in the sweet stout range and derives its chocolate and coffee tones from the use of appropriate roasted malt grains and is very often used as an after dinner libation or an accompaniment to dessert.
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Ratings: 951 | Reviews: 435
Photo of mynie
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark red, translucent, with a decent brownwhite head.

Smells of sharp stabs of bitter roasted malt and alcohol, pleasant, but not too unique or intense.

Tastes very much like it smells. Lots and lots of bitter roasted malt up front, a very faint sweet mocha middle, and then ending with more bitter malt.

Run of the mill stout. That's good, cus I like the stouts, but this isn't exactly worth searching out.

Photo of BeerSox
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint-ish glass

Almost dark black hue with a tan head that lasts forever. Settles to a thin cap. Strong layered lacing.

Dark roasty malts with a touch of chocolate.

Dark bitter malts with a creamy middle. Good balancing hop bitterness. Finishes slightly dry with the roasty malts and some hop bitternes. Medium body, but it seems a little thin for a stout.

Overall good beer with only hints of mocha. Pretty much your average American Stout, but a very good edition of it. Recommended.

Photo of ybnorml
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown/black beer with ruby highlights. Has a big foamy tan head. The aroma starts with a strong chocolate note. With a nice coffee character coming in behind it and a little piney hop note in the background. The taste is dominated by a rich roasted malt character. With the chocolate notes hitting the front of your tongue and the coffee lingering on the back.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am always impressed with Highland's brews. This beer even surpasses my expectations. Looks a viscous, malty, roasty brew with tan head retention, lacing and everything else that is good in the world. Smells very chocolatey, syrupy, with hints of espresso, nuts, and dark fruits (fruit cake). Tastes even better. Best described as a Young's Double Chocolate Stout, but bolder. Hopped for balance and that's all. Allows the roasted grain and coffee flavors to round out the bitter flavors. Feels rich and smooth with a long lingering chocolate / coffee mix. Tough to find a better stout.

Photo of dgallina
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 6 fluid ounce brown bottle without freshness dating.
Pours black with brown edges. Some carbonation, but essentially no head and little lace. Smells quite grainy; lots of sweet chocolate malt with a bit of coffee and herbal hop balance. Flavor is sweet with powdery cocoa at the forefront. Becomes toasty with coffee malt in the center before finishing with burnt bread and late hop dryness. Body is somewhat thin and overly carbonated for a stout. Somewhat unbalanced, though saved by decent flavor.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost jet black with a thin tan head. It thins in the middle too much, but the heavy ring leaves some lacing.

The smell is of robust dark chocolate.

Rich, dark chocolate over bready grains greet the nose. A touch of dark fruits is present. It's sweet, but has a nice touch of bready, almost fruity, hops that balance it out nicely and adds to the complexity and overall taste. A slight smokiness is evident in the middle, and that too adds to the flavor.

The feel is rich and creamy in a medium body. The carbonation lets it go down easily and leaves a lively feeling (a bit unusual for the style, but it seems to work here). At the same time it does thin just a tad too much. Still in all, it is smooth and leaves a nice, not too strong, aftertaste.

Easy to drink, it has a solid rich taste in a medium body. Not overly complex for style, but complex enough, and tasty enough, to be a good, enjoyable stout.

Thanks to SilentSabre for this one!

Photo of veech
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a well done, flavorful stout that avoids being over the top on any one front. A: Deep dark opaque black with a nice but thin creamy tan head S: Strong hints of coffee, chocolate and caramel with a touch of almonds. T: Very chocolateywith slightly burnt coffee finish M: Thick, chewy and robust. Nicely viscous. D: This beer despite the body and flavor drinks surprisingly smoothly. A session of this beer might leave one full, but very satisfied. A nice stout among the stable of excellent Highland beers.

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

Solid beer but I find something missing in this beer. Kind of massing a milky/malty tone to the flavor and mouthfeel. Flavor is not quite as rich as it seems to want to be nor as silky. Just short of being a great beer.

Pours an extremely dark brown in color with just a slight head that is quite dense. Dissolves down to a thin film that floats atop the beer. Nose is sweet with some dark chocolate tones.

Flavor is making a noble attempt to be rich and deep but falls just short. Dark chocolate with even a slight hint of cherries. Malts come through as more chocolatey than toasted. Almost full body but a tad watery.

Went great with my home made from scratch chocolate chip cookies.

Photo of WAP
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an opaque black-brown with a nice, fluffy, 1.5" head that shows nice retention. Aroma is of roasted malts, a little coffee-like, with a nice hop backing.

Flavor profile is smooth coffee with some bitter chocolate notes, complemented by a slight piney hop finish. Very nice and well-balanced.

Mouthfeel is a little watery for the style, but still nice. Drinkability is very good, not at all filling, I could have a few of these.

Photo of tastybeer
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Head is small and cocoa brown. Body is fairly dark and redish black in color. Bits of light slip through only around the edges. Nose is yummily sweet with maple, mollasses, roasted and toasted chocolate and coffee. Every now and then a bit of orange hop breaks through the sweet chocolate. Taste has a quality roasted bitterness to it and the hops hiding in the aroma become more apparent. The medium body seems a little thin for the style but it doesn't bring down the taste any. Carbonation is moderate and is just crisp enough to enhance the bittersweetness. A solid brew and becomes increasingly tasty as I delve further in. Mouthfeel is slick and mildly gritty/resinous. Drinkability for this stout is great.

A good local brew.

Photo of rajendra82
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 12 oz. brown bottle was adorned with the typical Highland Brewing Company motif with a Scottish theme. The pour appeared reddish brown and clear out of the bottle, but in the glass it was very dark brown and nearly opaque. The head was khaki in color and one finger thick. The aroma was that of a dark roasted espresso, with a smattering of chocolate. The taste was drier than I was expecting, as the dark coffee and roasted grain flavors supplanted any residual sweetness. Not much chocolate coming through in the taste to justify the mocha in the name. But despite that, this was a very delicious stout with a pleasing palette. A little hint of tobacco juice in the finish was followed by a brief hop flourish. Prickly and granular mouthfeel stopped just short of being chewy. This turned out to be a solid stout all around the board, so I am glad I bought the sixpack instead of a single bomber.

Photo of ThorsHammer
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

While not pitch black, this beer is rather opaque. Poured a two-and-a-half finger head. The head dissipated in a moderate amount of time, only leaving a small amount of delicate lacing. The smell is of chocolate and coffee -- definitely inviting. Roasted malt comes through in the taste as well. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, not overly heavy. This beer is exceptionally drinkable, which is not a bad thing. I rarely drink more than a beer or two, but I might make an exception for the Black Mocha Stout. IMO, this beer compares favorably to most American Stouts.

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 russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours mahogany/purple black with a 3 fingers mocha head. Good head retention & very good lacing

S: Slight roastyness

Taste: Slight roastyness & choclate up front. Slight licorice notes & fruittyness come to the fore as it warms. Finishes choclatey & roasty

MF: Medium with great carbonation

Drinks really easy, nice quaffable stout!

Photo of rodrot
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery during a tour. This beer poured nearly black with a 2 inch creamy head that left a layer of lace on the glass. Aroma was of coffee, chocolate and flowery hops. Taste was very roasty and coffeeish with a good bitter kick of hops. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth and made the beer easy to drink. Body was medium. This beer reminded me of a slightly lighter version of Sierra Nevada stout. Very tasty and worth picking up a bomber or 2.

Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through the efforts of 120/190 BIF and lostbearbrew.

Pours a deep brown clear beer with a good tall brown head.

Smell is sweet with a strong coffee edge and dark roasted malt sourness. Sweet scents have a maple syrup scent. Chocolate and vanilla are under the heavier scents.

Taste is very mild and heavy on the coffee at the start. Only problem here is that the tastes stay too timid. This could be bolder like the Founder's coffee stouts are. Good coffee stout but the flavor never goes anywhere.

Mouthfeel is OK but light.

Damn this beer was a let down; the smell had so much promise. This is a beer that shows how appealing to everyone satisfies no one.

Photo of goodbyeohio
2.94/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, thanks to my most recent bif.

black. impenetrable. lead to an x-ray machine. creamy 1-finger khaki head with strong bubbles but otherwise a characteristically rigid creamy topper. sticky and consistent foamy walls of lace cascade down and.. freeze! looks like a solid stout and looking at it makes me happy.

aroma: rich african roasted coffee beans in a sea of heavy cream. java presence is key and in the forefront of the nose. as advertised, no less. slight raw grassy scent, venturing into boiled carrot territory as warmth comes. not the best and starting to worry me.

flavor passes the ball back to coffee, which imparts a shockingly metallic bitterness with roasty peanut-skin furthering the abrasive off flavors. warmth again brings problems, in the flavor it's a sour yeasty weirdness. possesses some of the fresh coffee berry-like flavors but fails to balance them with any consistent richness that one would expect from such a brew.

drinkability is fair and its a little thin for the self-proclaimed 'most robust' beer in the highland lineup. ok coffee beer. just ok. not really recommended, but i might have had a bad bottle with all the sourness i experienced.

Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.07/5  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.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. Pours a very deep brown, almost black, color with a small light tan head that settles to full coat over top. A medium cascade of bubbles can be seen working up the sides. Aroma is a good combination between roast and chocolate. There is a kiss of sweet coffee in there as well. It has good balance between the sweet and the sharper roasted notes. Flavor is nice as well. Solid roasted notes that are mellowed by the lightly sweet chocolate, finishing with a mild coffee. It has a very creamy character to it that really rounds out all the flavors, keeping them all a little ligher than I would like. This one could use a little more forcefullness. This carries over into the mouthfeel, as it is somewhat creamy, with a light carbonation. It's moderate in body. I enjoy this one, but it just seems to lack anything that makes it stand out. It's tasty, just a little unlively.

Photo of doppelmeup
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After sampling this at the World Beer Fest in Raleigh, I was really looking forward to having an entire glass. So here is my review.

Poured a glassful into my Duvel tulip. Very dark, nearly black. Thick head with pretty decent lacing.

Aromas of cocoa and espresso. Not much hop presence.

Taste was very good. Bittersweet cocoa, black coffee, slightly sweet with a coffee bitter finish. Nice tasting, but a bit on the thin and watery side.

Mouthfeel was this beer's downfall. It really felt watered down. I kept wanting the flavor to have a fullness and depth to complement the nice taste, but I kept getting a watery finish. I'd love to see this beer with the ABV jacked up a bit.

Overall, this was very drinkable. I'd drink it again, but at $5 for a bomber it was a little on the pricey side.

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 DeaconBluez
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle. pours dark black color with brown around the edges. heads is there when poured but makes a quick exit. smell is of bittesweet chocolate with some hints of coffee. taste is very close to how it smells. the mocha flavors of this beer is very noticable.mouthfeel is pretty solid, not creamy but not either. overall, a very drinkable beer that is not heavy on the abv but has a lot of good chocolate/coffee flavor.

Photo of SilentSabre
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Oh wow! This is very tasty indeed. Poured a very, very dark reddish brown. Almost black, but not quite as one can still see light around the edges. Chunky off white pitted head. Decent retention and nice lacing. Lots of chocolate and a good bit of coffee. Smell is virtually void of hops. Taste is unbelievable! Caramel, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and for a brief moment, there is indeed a quick sting of hop bitterness. Finishes fairly dry. Mouthfeel is quite a bit thinner than I would have licked it to be, but the carbonation level is nice. This is a fantastic stout.
Blessed Be
-SS

Photo of nickss
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown.... very nearly black... the head is thick and nitro-looking (obviously it is not nitro-ed, but the consistency of the head is very similar).

Huge aroma... surprisingly fruity and moderately bitter... noticeable mocha in the nose.

The flavour is one of bitter mocha, dark fruits and berries, and a generous wallop of malt in the backbone.

The mouthfeel is absoutely perfect for this style... thick, creamy and subdued... as I mentioned before... the consistency of a nitro, yet this brew still maintains is flavour.

Quite drinkable... another winner from Highland... I wish this stuff was easier to find, although I have heard that this problem will be remedied in the near future.

Photo of Graebner
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black, but if you look closely there are some ruby highlights. Develops a couple of fingers of brown head, goes down to a finger in a few minutes. The head on this one is unusual; it features very large bubbles, looks almost like a half-done pancake on the griddle. Interesting.

Smells strongly of mocha, chicory, wet dog, hints of iron, anchovies and fair amounts of herbs. Even a faint scent of blood. Very complex smell, makes you want to get that first mouthfull.

This beer is a cornucopia of tastes. Starts out bittersweet, goes to bitter-sour, but all the while you're being pleasantly overwhelmed by subtleties. I taste (in rough order) pine, butter, starfruit, olive oil, paprika, caramel, flour tortilla, the list goes on. Every sip reveals another facet of this beer. It definitely keeps me sipping, but also keeps me savoring...there's always something new.

Mouthfeel is also above average, even for the style. Starts out with the tingling of the CO2, and to a greater or lesser extent that's there throughout. Feels thin but not watery as you take it in, but thickens up appreciably over the middle of the tongue. By the time it's reached your throat, it's feeling even a little more caramel-like silky-smooth.

Overall this is an extremely well done beer. Delivers stoutness, smooth, rich, and delightful mouthfeel, and, perhaps most importantly, flavors upon flavors. It's complex, it's tasty, it's overall a very drinkable beer, and I'll readily buy this again. As with any stout, you might not want to sit down for more than four of these, as I have a feeling they'd sour eventually. Apart from that though, there's no reason not to snuggle up to one of these.

Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 951 ratings.