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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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816 Ratings
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Ratings: 816
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 38
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Chadpaq

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

$1.79 single at Total Wine.

Poured this baby into a tulip. Extremely dark, with minimal light penetration. Sported a two-fingered tan head that receded extremely slowly, leaving a filmy surface on the beer in its wake. Hot cocoa-esque. Lots of particulates floating around that looked a lot lock miniscule chocolate shavings.

My favorite aspect of this beer was how it did a number on my olfactory senses: Coffee-infused chocolate, similar to a drink I might pick up early in the morning at 'Bucks. Not too heavy, but certainly not too light. I was only fairly excited about trying this beer prior to pouring and sniffing, but now my tastebuds are juiced up and ready to roll.

The taste, although excellent, let me down a bit from the first two aspects of the beer. That's hardly a slight, though. It's very chocolatey, specifically when it comes to the more bitter, cocoa-esque aspect of the treat. It also has mild traces of a nice Colombian coffee in it as well. Very delicious. My only complaint: I'd like it to be a bit heavier.

The mouthfeel's smooth, similar to hot chocolate. Velvety, even. However, there's almost too much carbonation, which detracts from the smoothness.

This beer's damn drinkable, one of the aspects that its slight lack of body helps it accomplish. I could easily drink three or four of these. But from a good stout, I'd rather be on my ass after one.

I think a quick fix for this beer would be more malts. But I hesitate using the word "fix" because there isn't much wrong at all with this baby. Another excellent brew from my in-state boys.

12-17-2010 16:05:36 | More by Chadpaq
Photo of gopens44


4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

A - Blackish brown in color. I would have liked to see a bit more head, but what I got was about a half inch of brown foam that disappeared pretty quick.

S - Coffee, malty and hints of chocolate

T - Coffee and malty, again. The chocolate taste is best described as "bakers chocolate" in my opinion. The tastes really balance out quite nicely. This is definitely a good tasting beer.

M - Smooth and creamy with just a hint of aftertaste. Medium carbonation. Lighter feeling than most stouts I've had.

What a nice little stout these fellows! Given the relatively low ABV, and the rather pleasant yet lighter feel of this beer,this baby could be drank all day long during the holidays or just plain chilly weather!

12-14-2010 14:53:54 | More by gopens44
Photo of Spica66


4.5/5  rDev +16%

Got this in trade from thagr81us. Thanks, Calton.

Poured into tasting glass and shared with gwuilliums (who promptly broke his while we were bottling Batch 12- talk about alcohol abuse!!).

A: Very dark and somewhat viscous pour. Excellent dark khaki head formation and retention. Lacing as you drink. Very, very nice.

S: This smells like the name implies. Dark coffee and roast barley. Very mocha!

T: Both of us really enjoyed the taste. Dark roast coffee and just a touch of astringency on the finish (something we strive for in our own stouts). Some slight hoppiness is present as well.

M: Medium-bodied and round and nice. Just what a stout should be. I am tempted to give it a 5...

D: I am going to set up a trade for an enormous amount of this beer. It is perfectly drinkable.

12-10-2010 14:50:34 | More by Spica66
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Cavalry Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Reflective, black in color with ruby-amber highlights at the top and bottom of the glass. A sudsy, one-finger head of brown foam settles quickly into a slick, bubbly coating with weak retention and leaving almost no lace.

S: Sweet, spicy notes with coffee, herbal hops and an earthy malt aroma. Chalky, bitter, fruity smell also.

T: Roasted, bittersweet malt blend up front with thrusts of hazelnut coffee and bitter, chocolaty malts. Mid-palate is a bitter, herbal, earthy malt and hop blend which finishes with a bit of tobacco and smoke, along with the slightly resinous finish.

M: Full-bodied and a little slick with a bit of a sticky, oily finish.

D: A good amount of roasted malt balanced with bitter hops, this American stout is slightly above average I'd say. The brew gets more complex and mellow as it warms, but all in all the "mocha" seems more like a gimmick than a front-running flavor. Not bad and worth a try if you're in the market for a decent stout.

12-03-2010 02:45:00 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of Brent


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

A nicely executed American Stout with distinctive, but not overwhelming coffee notes. Poured jet black with a thin mocha head. Up front just a touch of sour before the malt and coffee kick in. Well balanced hops stand slightly off stage and the roasted malt takes center.

11-29-2010 16:53:19 | More by Brent
Photo of deapokid


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Big thanks to sixthglass for this one!

Purplish black body with a pencil thin ring of brown foam. Carbonation is moderate and steady and lacing disappears without a trace. This possesses the average look and viscosity of an American Stout.

Aroma is sweet and syrupy, packing in rich chocolate, mild vanilla and slight, alcoholic notes. I expected some roasted character in the scent, but this is more cocoa than coffee.

The flavor provides the roasted nuttiness that had been missing in the nose, coupled with a subtle dark chocolate and deep, chewy malt. Light flecks of vanilla and caramel round out the flavor profile.

The tingly carbonation provides a sizzle on the front of the tongue, while the dark roast coffee conclusion counters with an all-encompassing dryness.

It seems a little heavier than its ABV, but that's only due to its bold flavors and malty backbone. All in all, this is a very nice stout from the Carolinas that I'd love to try again.

11-28-2010 15:58:01 | More by deapokid
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

2.28/5  rDev -41.2%

tis dark brown with amber highlights and loud bubbles, quickly fizzing away and leaving few little bubbles tracing the glass. not very impressive, and from the look of the head, I'm wondering if it isn't a tad infected. the aromas are faint: coffee and bitter chocolate, not much else.
tastes of disappointment: there is definitely bitter chocolate and a bit of coffee, a slight metallic taste, and water. f'in water. very thin-bodied, the chocolate is really the only redeeming quality here. the coffee is faded, not doing too much. slight bit of roast.
very disappointed in this one. fortunately, another bottle just arrived today, so I'll have one more shot at this. See you on Thanksgiving.

Tried the other bottle I had, and while it wasn't as bad as my first experience, it wasn't remarkable enough for me to change my review from my initial impression. I'd probably give my second chance at it a C or C-..

11-13-2010 22:26:50 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of jzeilinger


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

A - Pours engine oil black with a thin caramel, large bubbled ring around the crown of the glass.

S - Predominantly roasted mocha, bitter chocolate, and mild charcoal. The aroma is a little weak, but still very good.

T - Mimics the nose with very large doses of roasted coffee that overlays the tongue like a blanket, minimal mild bittersweet chocolate, and a clean lingering bitterness.

M - Thin medium bodied and fairly dry on the finish.

D - Pretty good.

10-31-2010 21:26:05 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of DanThomas


4.15/5  rDev +7%

A- Beautiful. Opaque black/brown, thin foamy head and lots of lacing. This is what I want a stout to look like.

S- Deep, warm roasted scent with dark chocolate accents. The smell is very smooth.

T- The dark chocolate is most apparent. Roasted barley takes over towards the back. Dry finish with little/no bitterness.

M- Carbonation is nice on the finish. It's a little thin, but the flavor adds a lot of depth.

D- So good. This beer is an interesting sort of cross between a dry stout and an imperial stout, and it works really well. Lovely stout.

10-23-2010 03:20:15 | More by DanThomas
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%

Pours a dark black color with a tan head and some lacing. Smells of deep dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Tastes of chocolate malts, roasted coffee and some caramel. Toffee in there as well. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth. Drinkability is good.

10-18-2010 16:32:01 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of ktrillionaire


3.65/5  rDev -5.9%

A - It appears like a medium-bodied Dry Stout-type brew. The head is very dark, more the color I would expect from an Imperial Stout. Impressive rings of lace form on the side of the glass, despite the rather spare nature of the froth.

S - Immediately discernible are notes of brutally roasted coffee and unsweetened cocoa. As I dig deeper, I detect a smooth oatiness and a grassy hop element.

T - The taste falls short of the promise tendered by the aroma. Nevertheless, it is an enjoyable brew. Specific flavors impressions include a slight green bitterness up front and on the finish, a generally pleasant albeit watered-down roastiness, and a hint of chalkiness that casts a pall upon the brew.

M - Fairly thin, and yet it coats your mouth with a slick and oily finish.

D - Go for the Imperial version, it is quite outstanding. This beer is merely a notch above decent.

10-16-2010 02:02:40 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of klikger


3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

10-11-2010 01:28:18 | More by klikger
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

A: Black mocha is an apt moniker for this one, as the color is jet black and the creamy head forms up a light mocha color. A fairly copious amount of lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Lightly sweet dark chocolate, caramel, and a pleasant citrus hop presence in the background. Not incredibly overpowering, but balanced and fully adequate for a sessionable stout.

T&M: Smooth dark chocolate and coffee flavor, with a hint of lactose that reminds me of a good milk stout. Some slight licorice and date flavor on the finish. Enough roasted flavor to keep it in stout territory. Body is full with an exceptionally silky feel. I cannot imagine a better mouthfeel for a standard stout.

D: A highly drinkable stout with a fantastic mouthfeel. Prost to Highland for crafting such an enjoyable "everyday" stout. The subtlety and care in creating this beer are readily apparent.

10-09-2010 21:22:37 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of ZX6Chris


3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

A-Black, reflective, beautiful. Dark tan head that fade quickly but rejuvenates itself with a swirl of the glass. Bubbles stay around the edge and provide a top for the beer.

S-Milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee.

T-Mellow roastyness. Mild flavors. The aroma doesn't come through like I want. Cocoa. The bitterness and coffee roastyness comes through in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, mildly carbonated. Nice mouthfeel.

D-pretty easy drinking. All in all a good beer. I could drink a few of these.

10-08-2010 07:35:02 | More by ZX6Chris
Photo of womencantsail


3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a sizable tan colored head.

S: Plenty of coffee on the nose with some good roasted notes as well. Light bittersweet chocolate, too.

T: Again, lots of roast and coffee come through. The chocolate quality is not really there, but there is a strange presence of smoke to this beer.

M: The body is a bit on the thing side, perhaps, with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I don't really know about this beer. I enjoyed the aromas, but the weird smoke/peat character on the palate and the lackluster body were a bit off-putting.

10-05-2010 17:15:27 | More by womencantsail
Photo of MbpBugeye


2.83/5  rDev -27.1%

Another from ryan as part of a nice gift from his trip to brewgrass.

A- semi light looking. A redness shows through. Small head but nice lacing regardless.

S- Lots of roast akin to roasted peanuts.Some cocoa and a good deal of coffee.

T- more nutty roastiness. Its nothing special. quite bitter from both hops and roast.

M- Way, way too carbonated. it makes the thinner body feel worse

10-04-2010 03:37:57 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of clayrock81


3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured a black body w/ one-finger tan head that died slowly and some lace. A rich, sweet buttery smell with chocolate, roasted, bread and hints of coffee malt all intwined into the aroma. Smooth, slightly chewey and creamy with a bready feel and minor amounts of sweet caramel and chocolate. Unfortunately not well-balanced as the roasted and coffee malts seem to be more powerful than anything and leave a husky, dry backbite. A very minor fruity hop presence in shadows of the malts leads to a very good but not spectacular stout.

09-10-2010 10:06:45 | More by clayrock81
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

Pours a pretty solid black with a two finger mocha head that shows some staying power. My nostrils are filled with scents of chocolate, coffee, and pine resin, but heavy on the milk chocolate. The taste is wonderful, kind of like a kicked up dry Irish stout with chocolate added. Enough roast and hops to keep everything balanced. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, moderate level of carbonation, medium body. This is a great sessionable stout. Light enough to quaff, but flavorful enough to stay interesting. If these were more available to me I would buy them, a lot.

08-17-2010 00:02:54 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of DefenCorps


3.83/5  rDev -1.3%

Thank you, Calton!

Pouring black with a dense, brown head with excellent retention and intricate lacing, this is an excellent looking stout. There are the faintest reddish brown highlights too. The nose is intense. Mild pine hop character with a rather strong acrid malt component, there's also a ton of heavily roasted malt and some chocolate. There's also a moderate sweetness present. As it warms up, it does open up and grow more rounded.

The palate opens with a rather prominent bitterness with moderate acridity. My palate does grow accustomed to it rather quick, and I grow to appreciate the unsweetened cocoa and rather bitter coffee grounds that are present. There's some rather simple sweetness in the mid-palate, and this beer does dry out on the finish with a lingering coffee-grounds bitterness. A touch of grainy astringency is also present. Hops aren't Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, the high bitterness does get taxing after a while. This is among the more intense stouts I've had in recent times, almost worthy of being called Mikkeller Black-lite. Still, this is quite enjoyable.

08-16-2010 03:12:53 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of Beejay


3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

A: Dark black with a nice tan head, full of large bubbles.

S: Dark chocolate dominates the smell. Roasted and coffee notes round out the aroma.

T: Starts out with some chocolate. Roasted malts and coffee dominate the middle. It ends on a slightly tart or tannic note.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is a bit high for the style.

D: Tasty, a good stout all around, but not one that stands at the front of a line up.

08-09-2010 03:19:39 | More by Beejay
Photo of 828beagle

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

On tap poured into a Highland pint glass at the Mellow Mushroom in Asheville. A nice midnight black with a thick beautiful two finger beige head. Beautiful lacing effect throughout to the last drop. Black gourmet cappucino smell. Bittersweet taste of a full box of fine Belgium dark chocolates and nutty truffles. An indulgent work of art. Rather heavy but that's to be expected. It feels like you ate a full meal after you've had a couple. Not a session beer by any means but a nice change up every once in a while. I like it better than most other stouts I've had and I think it's better crafted than most of the other brews by Highland. I highly recommend it.

07-26-2010 20:40:34 | More by 828beagle
Photo of Rhynes2


3.65/5  rDev -5.9%

This one didn't realy wow me too much. It's right on par with a standard mocha stout and it's good but it does nothing to really stand out from the crowd. Poured a pitch black with a nice foam head of about an inch and a half. Great malt smell. Initial tastes of chocolate with that fading into a nice roasted nut flavor. About 3/4 through this beer I had an Oreo and I gotta say that this beer does go extr

07-19-2010 19:43:43 | More by Rhynes2
Photo of stakem


4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to Cashew70 for this one.

The black mocha stout appears a very dark brown color with a redness about the edges and less than a finger of dark tanned head that doesn't retain all that well.

The aroma of this brew has a lot of dark chocolate character with hints of licorice. Taste follows suite with plenty of dark grainy flavor with a roasty grain bitterness upfront through a medium body with a moderately low level of carbonation. Slight frutiness almost like rasins through the body is a little out of place. Other flavors noted are bitter dark chocolate and a hint of licorice but not as evident as in the nose. The lingering flavor of dark grain tasting like chocolate is quite enjoyable. For less than 6% it has some warmth to it in the back of the throat.

Overall a pretty decent brew. I would drink this one again.

07-16-2010 23:46:42 | More by stakem
Photo of Steelcurtain

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Very good beer. I love this brewery in general.

A- Typical of the style

S- Typical of the style, which is good

T- A bit different taste than other stouts. Very roasted and coffee in taste

M- Good medium feel

D- Depends on the weather. Its not something I would order on a breezway in july.

* Have enjoyed on both tap and from bottle.

07-15-2010 02:28:00 | More by Steelcurtain
Photo of thetomG


3.45/5  rDev -11.1%

Jet black pour with basically no head whatsoever, which is surprising considering how thin & light it feels on the palate as you drink. Aroma is mostly just made up of roasted malts. Flavor is similar but with just a hint of mocha/chocolate in the finish. Glad I tried it, but not really something I would seek out again.

07-10-2010 01:51:56 | More by thetomG
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