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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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87
very good

785 Ratings
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Ratings: 785
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 36
Gots: 41 | 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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LaCoursiere

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, no bottled on or best by date. Got this as an extra in a trade but forgot who sent it, sorry. Poured into a tulip glass

A - Impenetrable obsidian black with a one finger tan head. A nice collar and lacing remained after dissipation.

S - Roasted malt and faint molasses and hot chocolate notes.

T - Roasted malts, bakers chocolate, coffee and a faint sour note that I can't place, but it's not unpleasant. Not much sweetness. The sweetness that is there is embodied in the faint chocolate flavors. There is a pleasant lingering bitterness from the roasted malt.

M - Light bodied but not thin. Slick and smooth on the way in with light and fine carbonation that is pleasant.

O/D - This is a pretty nice beer that is very drinkable at the ABV and flavor profile. It's a nice light stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 23:32:02 | More by LaCoursiere
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jennaski01

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +28.5%

01-03-2012 02:04:55 | More by jennaski01
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EasyReader

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10%

12-31-2011 19:38:18 | More by EasyReader
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Not exactly black in color, but pretty close to it. Dark brown with lighter brown highlights when held up to the light. Tan head with good lacing to it.

I let this sit for a few minutes before cracking it open, it's still cool at this point, but no longer cold. Smell is good, but not quite what I expected. The bottle indicates that this beer has a "moderate hop flavor." However I find the hops to be the most dominant feature. Certainly some roasted grains and barley with a blend of coffee and chocolate, more chocolate than coffee. Smells good, but not as robust as the bottle indicates.

Taste is a step up from the smell. Pretty big all around all the flavors are pretty sharp, it tastes very sweet and very bitter. Sweet roasted grains (brown sugar and caramel, coffee and chocolate together. Then the final flavor is an earthy hop flavor. I would use the term robust in the flavor.

This is a good beer, but I think Highland struggled in the moutghfeel department just a tad. This beer is certainly robust and big in flavor, no doubt about it full bodied. Good carbonation level, but all of the flavors are pretty sharp. The problem is everything starts off really sweet then ends really bitter, there's no easy transition in between.

This is a really good beer, don't get me wrong. I like it a lot and so far I like the brewery. I might like the Oatmeal Porter a little better, but this is a worth second. Nice job Highland.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 04:28:40 | More by AndyAvalanche
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jmponder

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-30-2011 04:26:32 | More by jmponder
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Lantern


4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-27-2011 12:20:46 | More by Lantern
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whitekiboko

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.9%

12-27-2011 01:03:59 | More by whitekiboko
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-26-2011 12:26:34 | More by dbrauneis
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bigdaddyvoodoo

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -10%

12-26-2011 03:28:15 | More by bigdaddyvoodoo
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-26-2011 01:43:01 | More by whartontallboy
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StoutFest

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.9%

12-24-2011 17:10:38 | More by StoutFest
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eristicrat

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -10%

12-18-2011 06:46:02 | More by eristicrat
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Just received a few hours ago from woolyb in the Good Beers BIF. Thanks for sending this! Chilled and poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown on the pour but it's looking black sitting in the glass. Rocky brownish/tan head forms but does dissipate quite rapidly. Very minor lace on the glass walls, along with a tight bubbly ring around the edges. For a lower ABV stout, this is what I've come to expect.

S: Roasted dark malts, cream, milk, a touch of dark chocolate and a hint of smoke towards the end. The slightest hint of a piney hop presence comes out as it warms. Certainly not the most aromatic beer but it does justice for what it is.

T: More roasted dark malts are up front with just a bit of chocolate. A milky and watery character seems to dilute the flavor a bit with some bitter coffee notes towards the back end. The finish has some dark chocolate nibs. It's a very reserved flavor profile though it has enough to make it enjoyable.

M: Very thin and watery, it's a shame. Though, I guess I shouldn't be too surprised as I get this a lot with low ABV stouts. Still, it comes across too thin. Lots of carbonation albeit somewhat creamy all around.

There's really nothing wrong with this stout. It's a very middle of the road, easy drinking and still enjoyable stout. I would have liked a bit more of a full mouth feel to the beer, as well as more of a show of either the chocolate or coffee - mocha *is* on the label!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 01:02:40 | More by ShanePB
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BeerNoobNC

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black like a stout. Thick, foamy mocha colored head upon pouring, but most of it disappears. The smell has a hint of chocolate. It's pleasant but not very strong. The beer is pretty light-bodies and drinkable for a stout. Tastes like a normal stout with chocolate. What I do praise them on is how they used the chocolate. I am not a huge fan of chocolate stouts that are overbearing. This one seems to get a good balance here. I get a good taste of it that supplements the taste of the beer, but not too much to where I can taste it over the beer. Overall a pretty good beer from a pretty good brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 23:31:48 | More by BeerNoobNC
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-13-2011 20:39:00 | More by DeutschesBier
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skinnybear

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +28.5%

12-12-2011 01:56:39 | More by skinnybear
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jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-11-2011 23:40:23 | More by jak
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VaterRoss

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-11-2011 03:47:25 | More by VaterRoss
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AgentMunky

California

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. No visible best before date.

A: Rich, creamy, bubbly, off-white head makes an immediate impression before fading down to a more reasonable level. Very dark -- black-brown and dense; almost imperceptibly susceptible to guilt.

S: Creamy-rich and full of chocolate. Slightly roasty, but the tinge of bitterness seems to come more from hops? An excellent smell.

T/M: Scrumptious. The mainbody is light, but creamy, with an understated carbonation. Sweet milk chocolate is dominates the majority of the taste, but an undeniable coffee note on the late aftertaste lingers for ages. Upon further reflection, mayhap a bit *too* light. I'd like just a little bit more body in this beer.

O: Overall, I was very pleased with this beer. I admittedly expected little due to the very low price tag (~$3.75, iirc) but my expectations were exceeded in a dramatic fashion. Not a dramatic stout, but a solid beer in which one could indulge without worrying about poor quality. Sweet, rather than bitter, drinkable and pleasant. My biggest complaint is that it becomes noticeably less exciting with time. I would much rather have a 12 ounce bottle than a 22 ounce.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 01:54:28 | More by AgentMunky
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brewcore

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet glass.

A: Very dark. Very little light transmitted. Agressive pour yields a two finger tan head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malts. Some burnt malt. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee in the background.

T: Slightly sweet malt up front quickly followed by the expected roasted chocolatey malts. Considerable hop bitterness for a stout which gives the chocolate tastes from the malts that mocha bittersweetness. Interesting tobacco finish; akin to a good cigar. Rich tobacco notes.

M: Low to moderate carbonation. Average mouthfeel for a stout.

O: I normally do not care for anything with a (IMO) noteable tabacco-like finish, but I do like this. I do not get as much mocha out of it as I expected but it is not missing. Would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 02:20:32 | More by brewcore
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-04-2011 23:06:28 | More by kjkinsey
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cantfindme

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.9%

12-04-2011 06:31:20 | More by cantfindme
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chicagogirlie

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-04-2011 03:45:39 | More by chicagogirlie
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-03-2011 23:50:40 | More by tclapper
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kevwcamp

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-01-2011 06:28:25 | More by kevwcamp
Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
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