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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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787 Ratings
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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 36
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of mklinger

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Jet black with a nice thick tan/mocha creamy head. Really nice lacing left behind, too. Good looking beer.

Aroma was not overly assertive, but it's a session strength stout, so that's OK. Some roast & malt. Fairly subdued.

Flavor was solid. Roasted barley with faint coffee & chocolate. Bit of hop bitterness, but not a lot. Rich malty character. The only thing I don't get much of is a mocha character. If I was told this was a sessionable dry stout, I'd say, "darned right!" But advertised as a Mocha Stout I'd say it's a bit under characterized.

Mouthfeel was rich and full for a session strength stout. Nice. This is a very easy to dry dry stout. I liked it a lot more than my Smell & Taste ratings would indicate. Very balanced!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 00:50:27 | More by mklinger
Photo of AleWatcher


3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Thanks to JohnQVegas for a couple of these. Dustin warned me that they might not be super fresh... So I will be willing to edit my review when I come across bottles I know to be fresh. (note- nothing about his beer lead me to believe that it was "passed its prime," or that I was drinking a "bad bottle.")

Reviewed from dictated notes during my "Clean out my cellar weekend."

This pours a lot like a cola. Deep brown color. It is translucent, but not transparent. Beige colored small head and spotty lacing. Doesn't look bad, but doesn't wow me.

Nose is real weak. Very faint. Some roasty malts and chocolate notes. That's about it. Not the nose I'd expect from a beer with Mocha in the name. There is no category for "chocolate stouts," so this reviewed compared to other American stouts-- if there were a category for chocolate, this would score very low on the nose...

Taste is very sweet up front. Slight dryness on the finish. Not offensive, but nothing really flavorful. A slight coffee-esque bitterness mingles with the dryness on the finish.

Kind of watery but with decent carbonation. Not how I like my stouts.
As for drinkability--- this been is so inoffensive and middle of the road, that if I were somewhere where it was my only option, I could easily drink several of them.

Overall-- a very run-of-the-mill beer with nothing to seperate it from the pack. Not worth seeking out, but not so bad that you should refuse one if offered.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 04:17:25 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of RickS95


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black, like midnight in a glass with a pillow of tan on top.

A mix of smoky chocolate and coffee fill the nose.

Mostly coffee taste, with the bittersweet chocolate acting in the background.

An explosion in the mouth, lots of big flavors, with a creamy feel and a slightly bitter finish. Nice lacing.

Despite being somewhat bitter, this goes down easy and begs you to drink another.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 02:26:11 | More by RickS95
Photo of MrStark

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance is dark brown almost black with a one finger tan head that dissipated in a couple of minutes.

Smell is a nice blend of malt, coffee and some chocolate in there as well. The aroma is not particularly strong but is pleasant nonetheless.

Taste is a nice roasted malt, with the mocha standing out pretty good and a bit of chocolate in the finish. There is a bit of bitterness in the end but overall its fairly balanced with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. Its a nice easy drinking stout with a pretty good flavor. Nice for a session beer as well. Its not the most complex I've had but I would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 20:59:16 | More by MrStark
Photo of Thur123


3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours an opaque dark chocolate color with a slight khaki colored head. The smell is roasted coffee and bitter chocolate with a slightly sweet and herbal hop edge.

Glug glug glug

The flavor is nice and assertive chocolate and coffee malt. The coffee flavor is well balanced and anything but astringent. Bitter chocolate and an earthy floral flavor help keep the coffee in check. The end of the flavor has cola notes and maybe a slight crème taste. The mouth feel is over all fine, but perhaps a bit thin for the style. But certainly not too watery. A good and somewhat special Stout, would be glad to try again.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 22:25:49 | More by Thur123
Photo of wspscott


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass (no date)

A: Pours with a one finger dark tan head that drops almost immediately leaving a thin film on the surface and a bit of lace.
S: The roasted malts are very obvious with a little bit of sweetness in the back.
T: Lots of roasted malt along with quite a bit of chocolate malts, no hint of hops, but there is enough roasted bitterness that this comes across as very dry.
M: My first impression was over attenuated, I have decided that the attenuation is reasonable, but I would like a little bit more "chewiness". The carbonation is a little high for the style, a little too much "tingle" on the tongue, but not unpleasant.
D: A very solid stout, well balanced and easy to drink, not super complex. I will happily finish off the six-pack, but I am not sure I would buy again. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 01:20:55 | More by wspscott
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3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

Appearance: Jet black, doesn't allow for light to pass through. No head at all.

Smell: Very strongly smells of coffee and mocha

Taste: Excellent coffee/mocha flavor. Not very complex. Is kind of blunt.

Mouthfeel: Nothing too impressive, pretty typical. Is smooth with slight carbonation.

Drinkability: Is good and strong, which may take away from the drinkability if you're consuming more than one. For one bottle, I liked it. It had such hearty mocha flavor which I enjoyed.

It's solid but nothing overly special. It's worth picking up a single.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 14:06:10 | More by aasher
Photo of Ryan011235


3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 12/19/09

10/21/09 etched on the bottle

Very dark brown on the pour, settling near black. One & a half finger mocha-colored head holds 50% after a few minutes, leaving a good amount of lacing. Thinner retention throughout with frequent small spots of lacing.

Bittersweet, malty aroma. Coffee beans & roasted coffee hints with a penchant for bitterness. Espresso undertones. Chocolate offers a sweeter counterpoint. There is some toffee in there with a faint semblance of vanilla. On the whole, the nose isn't too strong, though.

Chocolate hits upfront & is more apparent to taste than in the aroma. Subtle, earthy hop notes follow. Wisps of toffee throughout. Coffee & roasted malts are present as well with the former exhibiting a bitter twinge around the edges. It's well-integrated; nothing stands out as the strong suit.

Full bodied, though at times it seems a tad thin. Moderately low & creamy carbonation. Residual notes of roasted coffee linger on the finish.

Drinkability is pretty good; I just wish it were a bit more intense. It seems to play it safe.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 01:49:29 | More by Ryan011235
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3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass, very dark brown with a very thin cream-colored head, almost nonexistent lacing.

Nose was fairly benign. Coffee with hints of chocolate, slight hop presence. Smell improved slightly as it warmed.

Taste was a little better than the nose. Coffee is more pronounced, followed by bitter chocolate. Seems a little tart for a stout.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, a little sticky on the tongue, very low carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. Wouldn't go out of my way to get this, but wouldn't turn it down if offered.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 23:47:27 | More by bigbluebeerguy
Photo of brewerburgundy


3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, goblet, no freshness dating. Thanks for the extra farrago!

The color is on the lower end of the stout spectrum, not really capped with a head. Cedar highlights.

Metallic roast, weak chocolate, hop spice, and coffee crystals. Also some toffee in a faint and standard nose.

Bitter coffee and dark malts. Chocolate somewhere between milk and dark. Sour, stale, packaged coffee flavors, hop spice and bitterness round out the back end.

Nice carbonation allows this brew to attain some silkiness it might not otherwise attain.

This is a nice American Stout but by no means remarkable. It wouldn't be hard to put down more than one and more than two, it's a candidate for a good black and tan too.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 04:20:42 | More by brewerburgundy
Photo of feelmefoam

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark black, maybe the darkest brown with no highlights to speak of. The beer pushed up about a finger of tan, foamy head and left some decent lacing down that glass as it dissipated.

The beer smelled very similar to how it tasted. Up front was big coffee/mocha aroma with some toasted malt and a bit of dark chocolate, too. The flavor mirrored this almost to a tee. Up front, dark roasted malts took the stage, followed closely by the heavy mocha coffee flavors and accented by some bittersweet chocolate and bit of earthy malt flavor towards the end.

The mouthfeel was a few notches above medium with only a minor amount of carbonation, making for a clean and smooth drinking experience.

Overall, this was a very good stout that didnt' false advertise at all. Mocha was prevalent, as well as few other flavors, and it made this beer very flavorable and drinkable, moreso than the other beers I've had from Highland so far. Not spectacular, but a very good American Stout with some solid coffee notes included.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 07:42:55 | More by feelmefoam
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3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Extra in a trade...

A: Midnight black with a thick, creamy mocha head that fades quickly at a perfect rate and leaves a bubbly mocha swamp atop the brew. Very good.

S: Smells great. Sweet malts upfront with dark chocolate raisin in the middle and a nice bready booziness on the backend. Very good.

T: Bitter milk chocolate upfront with a creamy dark fruit flavor in the middle and thick booziness on the backend. Good.

M: Starts to leave a thick bitterness but ends up leaving not much of anything. Nothing special here.

D: The bitter chocolate and booziness make this one a little tougher to swallow. Decent.

All in all, this started out great but ended on an average note. Very good to try if you like very bitter chocolate / bitter hop flavors. If you like it sweet, try it once if you get the chance, but don't bother hunting down.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 00:12:25 | More by steve8robin
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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, dark, dark brown color with a small, caramel-colored head of bubbly foam. It left a little lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of coffee, chocolate and toffee. There was a toasty malt aroma, too.

T - For a "black mocha" stout, the coffee flavor is fairly tame, blending nicely with chocolate, caramel and toffee flavors. Just enough sweetness to balance out the bitter.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied stout with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good stout. Not overpowering with the coffee.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 12:24:41 | More by zeff80
Photo of thatsright

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Little head, not a creamy stout. The body was a little thin for a stout.

Still, this is a very drinkable beer. It has a rich, deep flavor, coffee & mocha with a hint of hops. Very bittersweet, and thankfully not too sweet.

I will have it again! So glad it's local!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 04:20:51 | More by thatsright
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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a flared pint glass.

The pour is a little less than spectacular. Nothing bad here, to be sure -- dark brown in color showing nice deep ruby highlights when held to the light, with a creamy one-fingered beige head. Sadly, though, the head goes no further, falling away rather deftly and leaving no trace behind on the walls of the glass.

A bit of toffee-caramel sweetness in the nose, with some light cocoa and coffee and a faint hint of herbal-citrusy hops.

Medium-bodied with a smooth body and mild carbonation; sweet malt carries in the intro, with just a hint of caramel, moving into a middle of light roast coffee and faint citrus and pine hop notes. Some nice semi-sweet mocha and sweet cream show up around the edges before finishing with a dry roastiness that shows just a hint of resinous hops on the back of the tongue.

A pretty drinkable stout, with a nice balance of characteristics where nothing is overpowering. And though there is no cocoa used in the brewing, a little more chocolate character would be pleasing in a brew called Black Mocha Stout. Regardless, a nice addition to my American Chocolate Week imbibing.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 03:17:59 | More by superdedooperboy
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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep, dark black/brown with a thin tan head that reduced a bit and left spotty lace.

S-Touch of ash, dark chocolate with a bit o' coffee. Nice supporting background of roasted black patent malt and lightly earthy hops.

T-Bittersweet chocolate upfront with lighter notes of coffee, dark roasted malt, earthy hops and a touch of ash.

M-Medium body with good lingering bitterness and flavour.

D-Solid. A good easy drinking and flavourful brew. I actually prefer their Oatmeal Porter but this is a good second choice.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2010 12:37:17 | More by Deuane
Photo of hawks10


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into my FFF's imperial pint glass...

Pours a coffee black with a thin one finger tan head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a bit of lacing...

Smells of dark chocolate with coffee undertones and roasted dark malts...

A bit of sweet chocolate upfront gives way to a bitter roasted malt character with some hop bittering showing through...

Somewhat thin body compared to the appearance of the pour...decent carbonation...needs a little more substance...

Not a bad drink but nothing to set it apart from other american stouts and therefore nothing I will seek out again in the future...

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 06:01:49 | More by hawks10
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West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a completely black color with a decent, frothy light-brown head, lacing throughout. Aroma is chocolate, caramel and roasted malts, oats, dark fruits, and a hint of spicy hops. Flavor is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, oats, and spicy hops. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy, fairly carbonated, a little dry, with a bitter finish. Very good beer, easy drinker, I really like that one.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 04:27:34 | More by mtstatebeer
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Hoge for getting this brew at the Flying Saucer Charlotte...
A : A deep black coffee color ... like it should be. ( Nice glass lacing )
S : What a wonderful rich dark chocolate aroma, with the great roasted malt coming though.
You can appreciate the quality.

T : The taste is a smooth mocha and of rich dark roasted coffee ... It would be great with a cheesecake

M : This stout is easy to drink and well balanced. A medium mouthfell with alot going on.

O : Another great winter/early spring brew from Highland Brewing Co. The draft version is awesome. A real treat. Its available in bottle too.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2010 05:32:18 | More by carolinahophead
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a thick oily jet black. Nice mocha colored head.

S - Lots of roasted cocoa smells in the nose. Sweet, roasty, malty and a touch of alcohol. Very little hops.

T - A very nice progression of flavors. First taste is roasty malt, and lots of chocolate. The hops balance the sweetness, without getting too bitter. The aftertaste is all coffee. Very nice.

M - Thick creamy body, with moderate carbonation. Velvet like. Nice dry finish.

D - A great stout. The flavors are nicely balanced, and the beer is enjoyable to drink. Would make a great session beer if it was available here.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 05:19:19 | More by Genghis22
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Riccymon for the trade extra!

Highland Black Mocha Stout pours mostly black with some brown and red highlights around the edges. an ample foamy head clings to the glass and leaves spots behind. i love the Scotsman on the bottle. in fact, i peeled off the label and applied it to a coffee cup. now i have black mocha stout every morning with breakfast.

smells immediately of mocha! no surprise there, though. some sour milk (which isn't a bad thing...) also, dark, roasted malts come through in the nose.

the taste is soft, of roasted malts and coffee. definately a 'mocha' stout here! evenly bitter throughout. lots of chocolate in the finish, and even a slight hop note.

mouthfeel near full, good carbonation, creamy. tastes of coffee linger.

+ very enticing, heavy on the flavor. nicely hopped. a finely crafted stout. very sessionable, if only i could find them here in Texas

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 15:54:58 | More by vdread
Photo of RedBrewer83


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured into goblet...

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown that shows active carbonation and a three finger mocha head that falls slowly leaving decent carbonation.

S: Get dark fruit upfront, raisiny with hints of prune and date. Roasted malt follows along with a hint sugary candy malt.

T: Follows nose with a nice balance of dark fruit and roasted malt. Hints of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee are present but in the the background. The malt and fruit really come through on this one.

M: Medium light body, pretty light for a stout, almost drinks more like a porter. Carbonation is very nice, borderline creamy and very smooth, it really contributes to the overall flavor.

D: A little light for a stout, but that makes it very drinkable and smooth. Nice beer, but drinks a lot more like a porter...

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 04:56:02 | More by RedBrewer83
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3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
Thanks to beeruser for this one!

This pours a dark enough shade of brown that it appears to be black. It has a half finger head of dark tan colored foam. The retention and lacing are both very good.

The nose is packed full of roasted malts. Lots of dark roasted coffee notes also. Light touches of dark fruits and a tiny hint of chocolate.
Somewhat muted, overall.

Loads of roasted malts and dark coffee notes. A good amount of dark chocolate presence. Mild hints of dark fruits. Good balance with some lacto sweetness.

Medium-bodied, with a medium-to-high level of carbonation. Nice and smooth and has a touch of creaminess. Although it is not quite as full-bodied as I think it should be, for the style.

This has some very good balance to it. At 5.60%abv it is easy to drink a few of them over an evening and not worry about it.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 05:03:35 | More by coldmeat23
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a nice black color...almost like Coke. One and a half finger tan head comes and stays for a little while before dying down to a cap on the beer. Sheety streaking lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Coffee is the forefront aroma in the nose. Some light almost toasted bread smells come into the background. Light notes of darker fruits in there but mostly coffee. Everything seems a little muted in the aroma.

T- Coffee while there in the entire beer shows up first in the taste but not as powerful as in the aroma. Light bready and roasted flavors in the middle of this and some light bittering in the hops in the tail end. Nothing is over the top and this is very well balanced.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is very nice for the style. Not as chewy and big as other coffee stouts which is nice for a change. Coffee notes left on the palate along with some light bitterness in the aftertaste.

D- This beer is retarded in the drinkability! Session beer for sure and even better because it is in the stout style which many other beers fail for drinkability. Everyone should try this one out for size. It might surprise you like it did for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 02:35:54 | More by alleykatking
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3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice deep dark black. Tall mocha head that has nice retention and some sheet lacing.

S: Very roasty with lots of chocolate and coffee.

T: Roasted chocolate malt, baker chocolate, cheap coffee, lightly hopped finish. Simple yet pretty tasty.

M: Medium in body, smooth nicely carbonated.

D: Good, solid easy drinking stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 19:51:13 | More by tpd975
Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.