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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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Ratings: 904
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 40
Gots: 88 | 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

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Beer added by: Jason on 12-09-2002

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of feelmefoam
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of steve8robin
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  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.

Photo of thatsright
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  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.

Photo of hawks10
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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...

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of carolinahophead
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of Genghis22
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of vdread
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Photo of RedBrewer83
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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...

Photo of coldmeat23
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of alleykatking
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of tpd975
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of zoso493
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice, deep cola color that is pretty dark, but holding it up to the light reveals some garnet edges. It has a smaller, tannish head that doesn't stick around too before dissipating into a ring around the glass. There's no lacing to be found on this one.

Smell: The smell is predominantly of coffee, with some other malts playing a secondary role in the background. The coffee is not overpowering, but is more than adequately present. The other scents you get are toasty and buttery malts and some light hints of dark fruit.

Taste: The coffee is not so pronounced as it is in the nose, but is ever-present, along with the nice toasty and roasted malts. The hops provide a nice bittering effect towards the end but are not excessively incorporated. This is a really well-put together brew that has a lot of interesting things going on.

Mouthfeel: This beer is not too thick, which gives it a big plus in the drinkability category. Unlike other coffee stouts, it goes for sessionability rather than a chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This would make a great cold-weather session beer because of the lighter body and lower ABV. It's not over-the-top with the flavor, so your palate could definitely withstand having a few of these on a cold winter's night.

Overall, this is a really nice example of a coffee stout and is exceedingly drinkable. I've always been impressed with Highland's beer, and this one is no exception. It's not going to be in your face with flavor, but for a good session beer, Highland Brewing Company got this one spot on.

Photo of bosox941827
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been reviewing lots of IPAs lately so this is quite a change. 22 oz bottle, poured cold into imperial pint glass; allowed to warm as I tasted.
A - Dark as night with a reddish hue when held to light, thin ring of crema on top
S - Roasty, chocolate-y malts
T - Sweet and roasty all the way through, with just a hint of hops way at the end after the malts have resolved on the tongue, but really roasted malts are what predominate here, as expected
M - Not as thick as one might think, really quite pleasant in the mouth w/just a bit of carbonation
D - Very, surprisingly for such a hearty beer

Though a bit one dimensional, this is not a bad beer. Would probably prefer a bit more hops in the mix, but really can't get too vocal about that given the style. Overall a decent beer that I would buy again.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to jyounger30!

pours deep black, fairly thick, with a light cocoa head

lots of dark molasses, dark cherry, hints of licorice, and sweet chocolate. its like liquid desert in a bottle.

up front comes a bit of sweetness and a bitter chocolate tone. sweet almost candy like dark fruits through out the middle. light floral hops and then tons of dark charcoal roasted malts in the finish.

for a low ABV, this has a nice body on it. mild carbonation.

a very easy drinker. fairly balanced overall with no dominant flavors but a very rich blend.

Photo of caresville
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i am ashamed to say i have never heard of this beer until i received it in RIS BIF from jyounger30. huge thanks to that man for this manly beer!! i love it!!

a- black as night with a fluffy mocha head (aggressive pour) that turns into a mocha ring within 90 seconds. wonderful lacing throughout pint glass.

s- sweet caramel, black coffee with mocha (duh), licorice and the color black if thats possible.

t&m- i love this stuff. not too thin and not sludge either. right in the middle. warms and sweetens insides of the mouth immediately. caramel nips and black dunkin donuts coffee are the two tastes that come to mind every sip. lucky for me, i love both. hints of brown sugar, molasses, licorice, raisins and almonds are also very very present.

d- complex but simple. sticks to the basics. easily one of my top 10 favorite stouts ever. not paper thin and not motor oil sludge. easy drinking all the way. great stout for someone who would love to get into the style!!

Photo of Metalmonk
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a glistening black the color of fine dark roast coffee. Head is tan and thin, disappearing to a crown quickly.

Light whiffs of chocolate are hidden under a bold but not overbearing smell of coffee grounds. Something lightly sweet enters too, but it's mostly a hearty, robust sort of aroma.

Taste exhibits as much balance as it does flavor. Mocha cappuccino with both bitterness and roast is matched nicely with real dark chocolate, and by that I mean it's not that sweet or creamy--almost of the dryer, dustier baking variety. Coffee-like bitterness in the finish, with the roasted grain totally done right here--not too light, not too burnt. Charred, sure, but hardly overdone or cloyingly burnt-tasting. The most interesting element: a green bitterness, like unripe/young citrus peel--this is the hops checking in, of course. While this helps give unique character, I felt it detracted slightly from taking the flavor score to the next level.

Smooth and surprisingly springy feel...I wouldn't have minded more thickness, roundness and creaminess--even less carbonation would've been fine--but as is, this texture works well for the flavors that come through.

Surely one to pull straight from the cellar without any additional chill, which is exactly what I did. And surely one to savor and not go through too quickly...just like a cup of fine java. I dig.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony

smell: good mocha-chocolate aromas

taste: a nice little stout, not powerful. great winter session beer. rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors but had a smooth rich taste, Dry, not sweet at all.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: a sesionable solid stout

Photo of cpetrone84
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-the beer is a dark brown that gives off red hues with light shining through. the head is relatively thick with a light brown color that has decent retention and leaves a nice lacing on the glass

S-the nose is light but relatively pleasant. it brings roasted coffee malts with a hint of bitter sweet chocolate. there is also some molasses coming.

T-the taste is larger than the nose and brings a big roasted malt, a slight nutty flavor giving way to the roasted coffee malt and some bitter sweet chocolate, almost cocoa like.

M-this is actually relatively full bodied and extremely smooth. it dries the throat a little towards the back and has almost no carbonation

D-its not a bad light stout. for the alcohol content is has big flavor and would be a solid almost session type ale.

Photo of CBlack85
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours nearly black with dark brown and ruby highlights. A very nice tan head seems to last forever, and leaves very little lacing.

The smell is full of roasted malts, and chocolate. There is also a fair amount of coffee in the background.

The flavor is exactly what you would expect from the aroma, lots of roasted malts, chocolate, hints of coffee. The real surprise is the hop presence, not overwhelming, but definately noticable.

Surprisingly easy to drink for a stout, very well balanced, but big enough not to be boring.

As usual Highland does not disappoint.

Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 904 ratings.