Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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Ratings: 894
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 38
Gots: 81 | 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 TheycallmeTim
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a mug.

A--Deep, deep opaque black. Very motor oil-ish, which I'm into. Cappuccino foam head is a little past a finger, dense, and lasting. Oh man, I'm in for it with this puppy!

S--Even better: rich, chocolaty goodness. Actually there's more espresso on the nose than chocolate, to my nose. Tons and tons of bulky bitterness--biting, dares you to sip it.

T--I only sipped it once; past that it was a gulp. Great one-two sock of dark chocolate and dark roast coffee bitterness. Interplay between the two is strong and lasting to well past the finish. Long, puckering from the roast ending to the taste. In the beginning middle there's some sort of Graham cracker thing going on, too, after it warms that lends a bit of s'more action. The words s'more and beer get along well, it would seem.

M--Thick, full, and plummy. Viscous without being sludgy. I like!

Keep 'em coming. I had about five of these the first night I tried them. Good thing I took notes after the first...

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a huge mocha head; sticks nicely and leaves a wonderful spattering of lace

Smell: Milk chocolate, with hints of coffee and char

Taste: Roasty and chocolatey up front, with an underlying though subtle citrus fruit flavor arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the coffee takes over, though the other flavors remain present underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; just a touch thin to my palate

Drinkability: Much better than I remembered, this is a really flavorful stout that packs a wallop for being less than 6%

Photo of beeragent
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a dark ruby almost black, forming a 1/2 inch mocha head. Not much lacing is visible on the glass.

S - Strong roasted malt aroma along with a noticeable coffee presence mixed in.

T - Delicious thick roasted malts dominate the palate, with a nice coffee flavor coming through in the middle, followed by a slightly bitter chocolate finish.

M - Heavy bodied with very light carbonation. Extremely smooth finish with a flavor that stays on the palate after the swallow.

D - Great full flavor, very complex in the taste, along with a nice thick body. This is exactly what a good stout should taste like. Aside from the not-so-great appearance, this beer has all the characteristics of what a stout should be. Definitely an all-nighter sessionable ale.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Review #150!

Pours a deep, dark brown color, bordering on black. Three fingers of fluffy, light brown foam peak out over the top of the glass. The foam retains well. Loads of lacing. Very nice looking beer.

Tons of roast in the nose. Big coffee aroma, and there's some caramel and chocolate in there to slightly mellow it out.

Roasted barley is probably the dominant flavor here. There's a very nice chocolate espresso quality, as well. I'm not much a coffee guy, but I'm really enjoying this beer. There's also some slight citric hop bitterness. Very tasty, and no one flavor overpowers another. Rich flavor.

Medium body. Very rich and creamy texture. Carbonation might be a little too lively for my liking, but it's not unpleasant. Very smooth drinker. Great finish. This is damn good, and, luckily for me, very readily available in my area.

Photo of degerbah
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Friends brought this back from North Carolina for me, poured dark brown to black with no head at all. Smell is heavy caramel malt. This beer just looks intimidating. It doesn't have the viscosity that I associate with an RIS, but it still looks full bodied.

MOG Coffee! This has beer has more mocha coffee taste too it than some cups of coffee I've had. Kind of like if someone turns off the coffee pot at work and lets it cool off. Thi isn't exactly fair though, it is actually light enough that it's somewhat refreshing, even with its surplus of flavor.

I would definitely buy this again if it were available, I'd keep this in my cellar for special situations if it were available in my state. I have to say, I really liked this.

Photo of Breedlove
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very black. Poured with about 2 fingers of head. Moderated lacing. Looks very Stout-ish, it that was a word.

S: This beer smells lovely. Lots of coffee (obviously) but some vanilla too. This semms just like a mocha stout should.

T: Great! Big choclate and coffee. Sweet up front nice and bitter in the back. Nice.

M: Just about right. Not too thick, but chewy enough.

D: I could dring a bunch of these. Great stout. I am a fan.

If you had not had this beer I would check it out. One of the most drinkable coffee stouts out there. That is all.

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black like the oil I put into my car this morning. Very thin tan/brown head, almost too thin to see, but it is pretty.
There is a strongish malt smell with a hint of expresso.
Very smooth malty taste through the front.
Huge backlash of coffee taste that sticks for a bit. Some sips it's a good taste, others it tastes like watery used grounds. But mostly a solid coffee taste on the end here.
Very drinkable, not a session beer but something you could drink through without complication. Not over powering.

Photo of Proteus93
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black pour with a billowing tannish coloured head. Some nice sheets of lace stick around the walls of the glass.

S: Off to a good start on the nose. There's no indication that there is chocolate added to this brew, and I don't believe there is... but it smells like there could be. It's a nice, clean scent - literally like the mocha it labels itself as, really. The roasted malt scents and subdued hops round everything out for a fabulous smelling beer.

T + M: While a nice tasting brew, I don't get the same kind of complexity over the tongue as I did with each smell. It's more of a straight forward light coffee along with moderate chocolate and roasted barley flavours. Mouthfeel is a little slick but lacks some of the creaminess that I might hope for. It does finish quite clean as the bottle claims, but in some ways almost too much, maybe.

D: It's nice to have another lower ABV, 'non Irish-Dry' to add to the rotation sometimes... I'd be curious to try to the 'imperial version' to see how that compares, as I'd find this one to be just about perfect if only the flavour were a little richer and the mouthfeel a little more weighty.

Photo of dfillius
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of dark tan head that remains as a nice ring later on. Very dark brown liquid. A good looking stout.
S: I can smell it from a few feet away. Mocha is strong in this one. Coffee, creamy chocolate, faint whiff of salt air, butterscotch in the background. Is the mocha smell fake?
T: Roasted grains, but no chocolate or coffee at first. Kind of bland at first, but it is cold. Flavor doesn't increase much with warming. Mostly bitter grain.
M: Bland and silky - satiny almost. Roasty bitterness.
D: Good, but lack of flavor inspires me to not drink more of this.

Photo of prototypic
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to csmiley for the bottle.

Appearance: This one's mostly dark brown in color. There's a little light getting through giving it some ruby highlights. The head is a light mocha color and stands about two fingers tall. It disappeared pretty quickly and left a spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: The nose is a tad light in terms of strength, but still does a pretty nice job. Roasted malts come through strongest, but chocolate malts aren't far behind. It smells a little sweet. A bit milk chocolaty, if you will. Coffee is very, very light here. I'm hoping it's a little stronger in taste. Smells a little grainy. Alcohol isn't noticeable in the least.

Taste: Will wonders never cease? This is much better than I was expecting. Roasted and chocolate malts provide a nice combo to kick it off. They're an interesting tandem here. It starts off with a nice roasty flavor, but quickly switches gears to a sweet, milk chocolate delight. There is a stronger roasted coffee flavor here, but it is more complementary in nature. It's nowhere near as strong as it is in some coffee stouts. It works well here. Very well. Tastes like there's some light hopping as a slight bitter surge emerges. Finishes sweet and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium in body. Nice and smooth. It'd be a little smoother if it were thicker, but it's good as it stands. Drinkability is very high. It's got a really nice flavor and abv is pretty modest. It goes down really, really easy.

Black Mocha Stout has surprised me. I really wasn't expecting it to be anywhere near this good. Yeah, a little more strength (and coffee) would go a long way in the nose. A thicker body might improve it a little, as well. But, those are very minor complaints. This is excellent beer. Definitely pick one up if you run across it. Thanks, Chris.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black color with a frothy yellow-golden head that fades slowly. Nice looking beer.

Mocha coffee nose with cocoa and chocolate. Smells sweet and fresh. Pretty straightforward, but really good.

Is there oats in here? Sure tastes and feels like it. Oh-so silky smooth and creamy. This beer kicks some ass, delicious. Chocolate malts and coffee flavors are the main attraction here as there seems to be a deficiency of hops. Does not taste as big as the nose indicates, could use a bit more body. All things considered, it is a damn fine beer that I would love to have regular access to. Nice pricetag as well.

Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle. Near black pour with a rather white head that did not stick around long. Roasty aromas, malt with some coffee and light chocolate. Taste matches with roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Something I can't quite put my finger on like lactose or something. Normally would not bother me but this is not supposed to be a milk stout. Finish is ok but something with the lactose and slight metallic maybe? I've had this several times but this time seemed a bit disappointing. Probably did not help that I followed this with a Founders Breakfast, which was much more commanding of a presence. This still seems thinner than I remember. Worth trying, but this is a little underwhelming.

Photo of joepais
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to brentk56 for sending this want along in his black booty package 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter produced a finger worth of tan head that turned into some nice lace. The body was a true stout black in color, no light coming thru at all

Aromas of roasted malts, and coffee, as well as a light chocolate smell are detected in my nose. The flavors follow the nose it is predominantly roasted malts and the associated flavors it brings. A nice feel in the mouth medium to thick not to much carbonation on the tongue

A good stout nice to drink and I think I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting.
Good work Highland

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: I think the name pretty much sums it up. Its black, although there are dark brown fringes. So is it black or just extremely dark brown? Either way, there is a great fluffy looking cookie dough colored head. The head eventually receeds to about 1/8" but still produces great lacing.

S: The predominant smell is that of smokey coffee. Fresh malted chocolate barley and slightly hoppy. Although the hop profile doesn't spell it out, I know from the coffee that this beer will be bitter.

T: Smokey coffee is first and foremost, but there is a creaminess there that has to be the malty spine of this beer. The creamy feel is complimented by chocolate flavors. There is a strong coffee aftertaste outlasting all other flavors.

M: A medium bodied beer that is very smooth although there is an abundance of carbonation. Whether it be the coffee or the hops, the finish is marked by a mouth drying finish.

D: Nice, smooth, and easy to drink (if you enjoy coffee). I thouroughly enjoyed it and could easily drink my fill of these treats, all night if need be.

Photo of gorby16
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a black color like motor oil with a nice brown foam

S - roast, chocolate, coffee, a little sweetness

T - Rich, roasted malts with strong coffee flavors; also pick up hints of chocolate, sweetness, hops, and nut

M - low carbonation

D - a very nice stout

Photo of ArrogantB
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of BrewerB, thanks! nice dark black color which is to be expected with a coffee brown head. Smells roasty and tastes like a roasty stout although I don't taste any mocha or chocolate. Far too easy to drink given the robust flavor and low alcohol, my pint glass was finished in about fifteen minutes.

Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a tulip pint glass.

A - Jet black with no light coming through. A moderate brown head that leaves loads of lacing behind.

S - Lots of coffee aroma (thankfully there's no actual coffee in it) with a hint of chocolate and molasses.

T - Roasted malts and a mild coffee flavor lead but they are nicely followed up by a mild sweetness and a firm hop presence. The hop flavor comes through surprisingly well for such a dark beer.

M - A nice thick beer with a low carbonation. Just right.

D - This is a very good stout. I've been forcing myself to step outside of my natural attraction to west coast IPAs and this beer made me glad I did.

Photo of nick76
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The aroma is sweet and heavily toasted with chocolate, coffee, molasses, and hops. The alcohol is very much present and more than I was expecting for a beer with only 5.3. The appearance is black with a tan head that develops quite nicely. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is average for the style. Overall a nice stout but not a great stout, I don't like the bitter, acidic finish.

Photo of JayQue
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice stout. Pours a very dark brown with no light getting through. Big dark tan head and heavy ladder-like lacing. Initial aroma was malty with some semi-sweet chocolate. Aroma not that strong.

Tastes good. Malt is prominent up front, this beer is rich tasting from the start. As the beer warms, the chocolate and coffee flavors emerge. A touch of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. This is a rich and creamy tasting stout. Not as heavy as an imperial stout, but still full bodied.

Very drinkable, reasonable abv, rich tasting. I would drink this one again!!1

Photo of witster18
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

near black with red hints at the edges... tan .5" head dissapates rather quickly.
smell is of chocolate. salty chocolate. taste is good with that chocolate coming through and a buttery nut somethin happenin.. starts bitter dark chocolate... middle is a bit sweeter and then finishes with a little bit of aleish alcohol bit.
I like this.
Seriously considerin fillin this thing up again with the same.
Not the best stout in the world but the price is right compared to some other offerings.
not as earthy as SIerra stout.. or as hoppy... but gets a little props for having the winier finish of a milk stout.
a bit too winey and sharp tasting to be completely enjoyable, and much better on tap than from the bottle.

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark dark brown, near black, with hints of garnet and raisin at the edges. A thin but full half-finger head of a vibrant orange mocha hue slowly fades into a ring that leaves a bit of feathery lacing here and there.

aroma is strong! roasted malt, cocoa, dark chocolate and fresh roasted coffee beans. a bit of caramel and toffee nut sweetness.

Taste follows aroma pretty nicely. Full and roasty, with definite fresh coffee and dark chocolate notes, although not overhwelmingly so. A nicely balanced rich and slightly sweet porter profile with a nice earthy smokey finish. Nothing too complex, but sometimes that's a good thing.

moutfeel is like liquid ganache. rich and full, with ample yet gentle carbonation that creates a fullness that rarely comes from a ligher-abv brew. Creamy and vibrant. Just a hint of drying bitterness on the finish that helps keep the sweetness at bay.

All in all, a solid stout. If it were local, this would probably be one of my standby dark beers. And i'd certainly be up for more. It's a solid stout with some nice coffee and cocoa richness without being an over-the-top coffee or chocolate syrup brew. Definitely would drink a few more if I had 'em.

Photo of n00tz
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep dark body, undetectable carbonation and a steep two finger brown mocha head.

S - Sweet fruits and molasses. Smokiness and cocoa. Interesting.

T - Roasted coffee, fruity sweetness, and nuts. Little bit of cocoa with some caramel.

M - Thick bodied like a hot syrup, leaves a nutty sweet cream on the palate and breaths of cocoa.

D - Growler was a good decision, I can drink this over and over.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I pour my 12 bottle of BMS into a Highland Pint glass and a creamy tan head leaves chunks of lacing stuck to the glass.

Aromas are of creamed dark roast coffee, slight hop character in there too. Chocolate notes are darker rather than sweeter with a good roastiness.

The taste matches the aromas with a good charred toast bitterness and again, some slight hop character noticed in the finish.

The mouthfeel is sturdy but not full. This beer packs a whole lot for 5.3%. Beers like these make me want to learn to really love malty beers as much as I love hoppy ones.

Photo of Brad007
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich black color with a thin, brown one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is thick and full of roasted coffee, a hint of cream and a few notes of chocolate.

Taste is rich and full of roasted coffee upfront. It carries all the way to the back of the throat, leaving a nice dollop of cream and light chocolate notes.

The cream and bitter coffee notes envelope the mouth, finishing lightly at the back of the throat with nary a trace of bitter coffee.

Carbonation is just right for this beer and the taste carries on like it should. Very drinkable and probably one of the better mocha stouts I have had.

Photo of MrMonkey
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark brown with a one-finger mocha head that fades slowly to a sticky ring. Virtually no lacing aside from a few scattered wisps.

Smell is chocolate, roasted malts, and some dark roasted coffee beans.

Taste starts with roasted malts and baker's chocolate. It really sweetens up mid-palette, with notes of caramel and milk chocolate, before finishing with some espresso and some mildly bitter hops.

Medium-bodied, mostly creamy mouthfeel, but at times it feels too carbonated.

Nonetheless, a solid stout that was quite enjoyable.

Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
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