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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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Ratings: 916
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 42
Gots: 95 | FT: 1
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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 RedBrewer83
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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%
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 +2.8%
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.

Photo of tpd975
3.91/5  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.

Photo of zoso493
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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 -12.7%
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 +6.5%
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 +18.9%
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 +1.3%
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 +11.1%
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 -3.6%
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 +11.6%
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.

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highland Black Mocha Stout pours a dark brown with a tan head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma has a fair amount of coffee in it. The flavor is nice, coffee is a strong component, caramel malt too. There are some chocolate notes too. Very drinkable and very reasonably priced. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Ezone024
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours out black and has a thin cola colored head that disappeared before you can get an aroma, the smell is subtle chocolate and grain. the alcohol is low in this beer but you can smell some alcohol in the nose.

taste is strong coffee and chocolate malts, but at the end a nice bready/toffee flavor lingers on your tongue.

good beer to have with desert after a big meal.

goes great with cheesecake

Photo of GeezLynn
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown with a glimmer of ruby visible. Fluffy white head quickly dissipates into a ring.
Strong musty oat smell with some coffee. Slightest bit of dark malt apparent.
Rich dark malt, a little tart, with plenty of earthy oat character and noticeable hops. Chocolate becomes more pronounced as it warms.
Mouthfeel is well carbonated and seems a little thin and watery, but appropriate enough for what is clearly a lighter stout.

This kind of reminds me of a chocolate coke. Not impressed at first, but the flavor really improved as the beer sat. Overall, a fairly approachable example of the style, which seems to be a recurring theme for the Highland beers.

Photo of timtim
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

argock (previous reviewer), i don't know you, but you pretty much hit the nail on the head. the biggest area that is lacking for me is the body of this beer. stout is a tad misleading here, and i think all the characteristics of this one point towards porter. actually reminds me A LOT of rogue's mocha porter. from the roasty malt, iced coffee, and cocoa to the nice, lemony thing going on from the hops in the finish. definitely won't seek this one out.

Photo of argock
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. No freshnes date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $3.95.

A: Caramelly dark chocolate brown with 1-2 finger, sticky off-white head with godd retention and decent lacing.

S: Heavy aromas of dried cocoa and cold coffee meet with spicy, earthy, leafy hops. A splendid nose that is prominent from the second the beer hits the glass.

T: Dark chocolate with big bitterness bordering of astringency, dense bold coffee flavors, dark malt all speak up for malt, but the spicy, earthy hops don't back down. Tobacco, leafy flavors are in this too, which makes for a supremely bitter stout.

M: The mouthfeel is disappointing in that this is more on par with a porter for body and creaminess. Maybe I could say this straddles the border between porter and stout to some degree, but robust porters are as hefty if not moreso. Aftertaste is bitter dark chocolate and leafy hops.

D: A great tasting and smelling brew which falls short on feel, but it more than makes up for this with value. A good brew that I would probably pick up again, but I won't expect stout, but more porter-plus, which is fine given it's such a tasty treat.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the Most Honorable SuperHappyFun Stout Tasting. Thanks to Rogueone for sharing. This Stout pours black with hints of ruby around the edges. Medium foamy tan head that lasts awhile. Patches of lacing on the glass. Roasted malt, chocolate and touches of dark fruit in the nose. Medium, dry body with a lightly roasted/smoked character. Flavors of coffee beans, malt, caramel and hops. The finish is sweet malt and molasses at first, leading to a lightly bitter coffee aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black! A dark pour into a pint glass providing a mocha hued head that provides nice lacing throughout. The brew is dry with notes of both semisweet chocolate and coffee. The creaminess is a little lacking for the stlye. The tastes of coffee and chocolate are not effectively introduced on the nose, there is also a toastiness in the flavor that is similarly lost in the lack of aromatic foundation. I hate saying anything about beer that tastes fo chocolate and coffee! This is a good winter/fall sipper and I will return for more ASAP.

Photo of bret27
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of lpb1970. Poured to brandy snifter.

App: Dark brown to black with very rich brown head. Just a step down from the darkest IS's.

Smell: chocolate, coffee, roasty burnt character, toffee

Taste: roastiness, coffee, chocolate, sweetness, bittersweet chocolate finish. Not really much alcohol presence at all. It's also not that strong either. Not any obvious hop presence, maybe some bittering at the end, but it taste more roasty.

Mouth: Medium + very smooth and robust.

Drink: Very very drinkable if you like stouts. Just as long as you don't get sick of coffee or stout flavor.

Overall: Well made american style stout. The name of the beer says it all. If it claimed to be an IS it would be massacred but for a regular coffee stout it's well made and balanced w/the sweet chocolate and roasty flavors not outweighing each other.

Photo of lillitnn92
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of bottle into pint glass.

Color was deep and dark and the head had that coffee mixed foam look. Medium dark Tan about 1 finger.

Smell is light, but the hints of roasted chocolate was most pronounced to me. Little coffee and malt thrown in there. I don't do well with higher alcohol content, so I tend to have a nose for it when smelling. It was there, but not over powering.

Taste was great, again, strong roasted chocolate (dark chocolate bittersweet variety), with a touch of coffee with a slightly higher malt upon taste. The finish was great with that filming feeling on the top of you mouth like you just had a piece of Dark Chocolate.

Want to get more soon. Was on vacation in OBX when I found it.

Photo of corby112
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and completely opaque except for the faintest of mahogany edges when held to a light source and a one finger foamy light beige head that quickly fades into a thin cap.

Very roasty chocolate malt aroma with hints of bitter dark chocolate, coffee bean, toast, toffee and subtle hops. This aroma reminds me of a deep roast mocha coffee.

Roasted malty aroma up front with a silky chocolate body lying underneath with hints of roasted coffee bean, toffee, oatmeal, chocolate syrup, toast, hazelnut, subtle hops and some bittersweet dark chocolate.

This beer has a slightly chewy viscous mouth fell but it is not overpowering with a lot of sweet chocolate and roasted coffee notes.. The ABV is very well masked and even though this beer is pretty complex and rich it is pretty drinkable. Another solid offering from Highland, a very underrated brewery.

Photo of roopy40
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic. Bottled on 5/13/09.

A - Black, opaque -> light isn't getting through this one. I like the tan color of the head that is created after the pour. Definitely looks like a creamy mocha coffee and this excites me.

S - Coffee, chocolate, buttery smell, very inviting, I can't wait to dive in.

T - A very good balance of coffee and chocolate in this offering. Creamy and rich taste to it as one would expect from the name.

M - Creamy, good medium carbonation. Chocolate really lasts on the finish. The body is medium to thin. The creamy texture of it really makes this an enjoyable experience.

D - I could take a few of these down without much of a problem and it isn't too rich like some stouts can get. The ABV is just right to be able to session this, though I think just a few on a cold northeastern evening paired with some organic chocolate truffles would be just fine.

Thanks to klevelandrocks for this great extra in our trade. I'm glad I was able to sample this.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black body with a thick two finger tan head that slowly dissipates to leave a nice sticky lacing behind.

Aroma consists predominantly of big roasted, chocolate malt and barley, followed by noticeable earthy hops.

Absolutely tasty, again featuring roasted chocolate flavors, but more noticeable as well with the malt/barley.

Robust in flavor, but not thick or chewy, rather medium in body and carbonation, with a slight drying and clean finish.

This is a delicious brew with a very controlled abv, making it easy to enjoy multiple in a sitting without being worn out by either overly intense or lacking flavors or intense alcohol content. Very good beer!

Photo of Reagan1984
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really creamy light tan head.. Large bubbles throughout.. Really nice retention on the head. The beer is dark brown and almost the color of flat Coca Cola. A spot or two of lacing remain.

Aroma is sweet like iced coffee. With a hint of acidic spent coffee beans.

Sweet iced coffee with an extra roasted coffee bitterness. The after taste is a little like ash or charcoal. Fairly nice flavor, perhaps not as much depth as there could be. I'm not getting any chocolate notes, but more focused on the coffee notes. The sweetness grows a bit as your work your way through the glass.

Mouth feel is shy of creamy but still smooth. An acidic note every no and again. Tingly carbonation.

The flavor is bold enough to make this one to sip and enjoy over a period of time.

A nice stout.

Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 916 ratings.