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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

858 Ratings
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Ratings: 858
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 39
Gots: 64 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Highland Brewing visit their website
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 blackie
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up a bomber at Whole Foods Raleigh and figured it was time for a re-review, as it surely deserves a better score than my previous, old review appended for posterity

a: a well-retained mocha ring sits atop the deep, burnt chestnut colored beer, revived with each tilt of the glass

s: char roasts dominate the aroma and give burnt cocoa and deeply roasted barley, bitter chocolate, a moderate hop aroma of woody pine also shares the front, light sweetness

m: carbonation on the low side of medium, body is a full medium

t: deep roasted barley and dry cocoa, caramel subdued underneath dark chocolate, woody pine hops, moderate bitterness, finished with a lingering flavor of dry charred barley

d: easy, good stuff

overall: a fine stout with a pleasant roasted character and nice hop balance, but lacking in the range of malt that could really set it apart

9-14-2005 bottle review:

appearance: Very dark with some brown showing through. The one finger tan head recedes before much time has passed.
smell: Deep roasted malts, moderate coffee aromas with some hops in the back, and some light hints of dark chocolate.
mouthfeel: Carbonation is medium and the body is on the lower end of heavy.
taste: The main flavors are dark roasted malts and coffee. The coffee gets a little old for me eventually. The only hops noticeable are bittering hops. There is a moderately sweet, somewhat chocolatey flavor coming through. The finish is kind of astringent with some roasted coffee bean notes, and isn't very enjoyable.
Not a bad beer, but not my favorite of the style by far.
a/s/t/m/d - 3.5/4/3.5/4/3.5

blackie, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of TerjUGA
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- jet black, very very dark, very little head that disapears into nothing, almost no lacing.

S- very sweet smell, chocolate, roasted malts.

T- I bit of a bite up front, full flavor of chocolate and mocha all the way through, nice and sweet but not to much. nice blend.

M- great mouthfeel, slightly more carbonated up front than i expected but its nice while finishing with a refreshing sweetness.

D- great brew, one of my favorites, the name of this beer describes it perfectly. I would recommend this to anyone. Great beer.

TerjUGA, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to unionturf for the opportunity to try this one. 12oz. bottle served in my SA Sensory pint. No freshness dating indicated on the bottle. Poured almost black. Only the feintest light penetration visible at the bottom of the glass. Half inch tan head settled into a thin, broken cap. Some lacing, but weak legs. Nose is consistent with its name. Coffee, chocolate and malt. Taste consistent with nose, but a little more subdued. Coffee and chocolate flavors are very balanced; neither seems to dominate. Mouthfeel is somewhere between light- and medium-bodied with a mild carbonation throughout the mouth. Easy drinking and very flavorful for the style and abv. A little more body would really make this beer exceptional. However, letting the brew warm helps to dissipate the carbonation and bring out a silky character. I'd love to see an RIS come out of this brewery.

Jwale73, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of ectomorph
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Jet black death in a glass. Small dark tan head that drops back into the brew, most likely fear induced suicide... ;)

S - Clean malt, hints of chocolate roasted malts. Sweet.

T - Much more complex than the smell. A light smoke/roast up front with a malt packed sweet (faint chocolate) middle and mild hop bite on the end. Caught me off guard.

M - Medium to thick in body and lower side carbonation makes this a traditional stout to savor.

D - Very high for a stout, crisp finish.

ectomorph, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of hellomcfly
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle.

A - Jet black with a coca cola like foam on top - about 1.5 inches high. Fair lacing.

Smell - Malts, coffee bean, chocolate, cream, cola

Taste - Sweet malts and chocolate that bitter out with a strong coffee bean taste. Nicely balanced stout here. Leaves you with a nice coffee and chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Great mouthfeel. Medium bodied, smooth, and creamy.

Drinkability - Very high for a stout. Could definitely drink a couple in a sitting. Nice stout that I can enjoy even in the South Carolina summer heat.

hellomcfly, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of orcasteve
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

coffiee, dark chocolate, and burnt caramel hit my tung and a kiss of of hops and and sweet alcohol come in in the end, this is a nice rich stout that i would drink often if given the oppertunity to get them, all of highland's products are tasty! try some

orcasteve, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a glass mug)
thanks to SincereNc for this brew
A- The jet black body of this beer has a thick dark tan head on top that last for a good long while. There is no sign of carbonation lurking in the body.

S- The slightly sweet aroma of black roasted malt has a faint roasted chicory hint in the finish. There are notes of cream that come through as the beer warms.

T- The smooth roasted flavor of dark malt has a faint dark chocolate taste and a hint of peaty smoked tartness that increases a the beer warms a bit. There is a soft burnt roasted malt flavor that lingers after each sip, but no for long.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel but a chewy texture that increases as the beer warms. No alcohol heat is noticed.

D- Nice smooth black malt flavor with good roasted bitter notes. The peat hint is just enough to add depth but not enough to taste like band aids.

rhoadsrage, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of zymurgy4all
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights visible only with a bright light behind the glass. The head is tan that is thick and long lasting. The aroma is of roasted malts with hints of chocolate.
The flavor is very robust, and the beer is fairly dry with only hints of roastiness left in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is soft and silky. This is an outstanding stout that is worth seeking out.

zymurgy4all, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Almost solid black with dark ruby hues when held up to light, Solid one finger brown head that fades away to leave a thin brown foam layer. Sheets of brown lacing in the glass. Almost the perfect looking stout.

S - Strong aroma of fresh ground coffee with hints of chocolate. Also an earthy hop presence lingers deep but is heavily masked by the coffee aroma.

T - Strong initial taste of coffee with hints of chocolate, much like the aroma. A nice hop bitterness steps in to offset the coffee. A very earthy hop taste. Finishes a little on the sweet side. A very good tasting coffee stout. A somewhat metallic taste lingers in the mouth but is rather weak.

M/D - A little on the thinner side of where I expect my stouts, but I would still call it medium bodied. Also lacking the creaminess. Still, a very good tasting a very drinkable stout. My favorite of the Highland brews that I have had to date.

ckeegan04, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of brewjones
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber

Pours black and immediately releases the smell of a strong coffee. Large, tan head and opaque. Smells of strong coffe, chocolate and slight hop aroma. Tastes like coffee grounds at first but then seems to ease up a bit as you swallow. A fairly smooth beer but does have a an acrid taste from the black malt(?) or maybe the mocha. An ok beer but not my favorite as the coffee flavor is a little strong for my taste.

brewjones, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of hopsleeroy
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle spplit with the girlfriend

A-Dark and mysterious like a Russian Lady smoking alone in a bar(which means black with no red edges and little white head)
S-Smells like bitter coffee and a little chocolate
T-Dark roasted almost burnt coffee flavor, hops add to bitterness on end, chocolate notes come out as it warms with a little sweetness. Not picking up a lot of fruit-very straightforward flavor but enjoyable.
M-A little thin in the mouth with forthy carbonation-more like a porter in the mouth. Not terribly smooth but improved as it warmed up.
D-I could drink a few on a cold night

hopsleeroy, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of bbothen
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Fairly clean looking with not much lace.

Big roasted aroma. Chocolate, coffee, caramel notes.

Just like the nose, the taste has a nice roasted malt, coffee flavor with a bitter chocoalte & hoppy finish. Tastes great.

Thick, creamy, chewy, robust, full bodied.

Drinkability is good. Not overpowering flavor or ABV.

This is a nice big flavorful stout. The taste is the best part over the look smell. That's not a bad thing. Look forward to more Highland brews.

bbothen, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with mahogany tints around the edges when held up to the light. The tan head was big and fluffy but dissipated very quickly to a few wisps on the surface leaving a bit of delicate lacing. Aroma is roasted malts and a hint of coffee with dark fruits and chocolate. Taste is also dominated by the roasted sweet malts but the coffee is a little more evident than in the aroma. The finish is slightly bitter with bakers chocolate, espresso and some hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly creamy. This is not an exceptionally complex stout but is extremely tasty and drinkable. Highly recommended as an example of an American stout.

gford217, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of mantupeht
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass.

A - As promised, it's pretty black. A little bit of tan, creamy looking foam retained after the initial pour.

S - Smells very invititing - like mocha coffee, as advertised. A very dark roasted smell, no hoppy smell.

T - Wonderful. Tastes just like it smells, a great strong roasted flavor, fairly hoppy - which can be a bit much for me, but well balanced and counteracted by the roasted taste.

M - Advertised as Highland's most robust beer, given that, there would be the potential to be thick and overbearing, but it's mildly thick and creamy and not at all too heavy.

D - Average would be in order on one hand since it's such a full and flavored beer, one could drink no more than a couple, but I bumped it up a bit just because of the high quality

Excellent - highly recommended.

mantupeht, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of daliandragon
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to try this one since I moved to NC almost two years ago, it's nice that they now sell it in six packs as opposed to just bombers. The expected moonless night color and dark brown head flow evenly into my pint glass. Nose is sweet malt with heavy chocolate and roasted tones, some hop balance and coffee.

The balance is also evident in the taste although heavy roasted and coffee take over well into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin but even and not overly carbonated. Slight sour finish. This is an easy drinking, full flavored stout that shout find broad appeal among educated beer drinkers.

daliandragon, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce bottle with no apparent freshness date poured into a pint glass yields a dull-black body with a fat two-finger creamy mocha head that retains at a fluffy sheet and leaves thin rings of lacing all the way down the glass.

Rich, aromatic coffee with cream, chocolate-covered caramels with a charred, woody note of dark roasted barley meet an uplifting whiff of fir trees, greeting the nose and grabbing at the soul.

Coffee leads the flavors, dark and roasty, complemented sweetly by a malty chocolate blast and a touch of molasses. As the drink warms, a nice tangy, winey note adds some flair. The drink is smooth and medium-bodied, permitting the flavors to really dance around with each other, and finishes with a nice dry bitter note that is also of coffee, slightly astringent and especially satisfying.

The drinkability is excellent and this beer is an ideal complement to breakfast or brunch, or perhaps as a dessert by itself. I can see it sitting happily alongside hickory-smoked bacon, a couple of over-medium eggs, with grits, orange juice and brown wheat toast.

cvstrickland, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of rallison
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely chocolate notes in the smell with nice roasted grains to back it up.

Taste is nice as well. The chocolate and coffee come out very well against the roasted qualities. Slight sour finish, but not in a bad way. Tasty.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very good.

Very nicely done. One of the better American Stouts I've had.

rallison, May 31, 2008
Photo of Lupe
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of cjohnson.

Pours a very dark brown almost black color with healthy and creamy tan head. Decent retention with sheets of lace left behind.

Bittersweet chocolate aroma with some breakfast blend coffee and roasted barley.

Great roasted malt flavor with plenty of bittersweet chocolate and espresso. Gets sweeter midway through with more of a milk chocolate flavor. Sweetness is well balanced from the roasted bitterness. Finishes dry with lingering roast on the finish.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with a nice amount of carbonation. Goes down easy with some nice straightforward flavors. A very drinkable stout.

Lupe, May 08, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank to MuenchenerKindl for this one. It pours very dark, almost black color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly like most coffee beers do. The aroma is more of milk chocolate than coffee, but there is still some coffee in it. Roaste malt and vanilla round out the aroma. The taste seems to be where the coffee lies. Milk chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt linger in the finish with more coffee at the end. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with light carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very good beer. I have a soft spot for coffee stouts, and this is one of the more balanced ones I have had. I wish this were available in my area as I would choose this over Bell's Java Stout most of the time.

KarlHungus, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown body with light brown soapy head. Heavy roast. Mocha in the finish. While some cream in mouth, some astringency in finish as well. Lacey. Bitterness on heavy side. SO neither would I say clean taste nor black, but still worthwhile to try.

Sammy, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew in a trade with 67couple.

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

A - dark brown/black color with a short & creamy tan colored head that quickly fell to a thin layer of fizz.

S - semi-sweet chocolate and coffee aroma.

T - roasted malt flavor of chocolate with an espresso coffee-like bitterness on the finish.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation feel.

D - goes down easy. Good flavor and low abv make this a very drinkable stout.

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking deep brown to black colour with a very big tan head that is bubbly and creamy, and dissolves to a mid-sized lace that leaves a scattered amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is a blend of semi-sweet chocolate, some harsh (in a good way) coffee notes and a bit of burnt malt.

The flavour continues on with the characteristics of the aroma but adds a bit more roasted malt harshness to it, which detracts from the other flavours. Chocolate is moved to the back of each sip and is quite minimal overall. Coffee blends with the roasted malt for a decently good flavour in the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and more porter-like than stout-like. It's a bit too hot at times as well, which is surprising given the fairly low alcohol content.

I liked this one overall, but expected to enjoy it a bit more. I would have thrown a bit more sweetness into the mix and beefed up the mouthfeel a bit, but in the end this is still a pretty nice brew.

SixpointJMH, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of Riverwarrior
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S = Dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans with a hint of caramel in the background.

T = Chocolate semi-sweetness upfront, slight caramel flavor in the middle, and a nice roasted coffee bitterness in the finish.

MF = Medium body. Quite smooth and silky. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, while not ground breaking or even complex, this is a very solid stout that is quite enjoyable.

Riverwarrior, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of cjohnson
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty solid black with a dark cappuccino colored head about a finger in width that fades quickly, but leaves a nice lacing.

Smells like coffee, but not quite as pungent.

Tastes like coffee and equally as pungent. Roasted coffee is definitely the predominant flavor, with a lot of dark chocolate bitterness as well.

Pretty light mouthfeel; not too terribly carbonated.

Very drinkable and a solid stout.

cjohnson, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of drperm
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kicking off my 2008 spring vacation with this one.
12 oz Bottle.

Appearance: Black like good coffee. No light getting through this thing. Thin lacing of a tan head, fizzles out even thinner as it sits. Appealing.

Aroma: Need to wait for it to warm up a little! Right off the bat, French-roasted espresso beans and semisweet dark chocolate. Mild classic hops lurk under the coffee-and-cocoa surface, followed by a twist of caramel and straw.

Flavor: Nice! A good thorough bitterness that continues to hearken to 70% cocoa dark chocolate and good gourmet coffee. A nice semisweet twist near the end rounds out the picture, and those mild hops keep it interesting. Excellent!

Palate: Quite pleasing. Silky and just a touch oily, much like fresh coffee beans. Just spritzy enough to not feel flat.

Overall: Another clear winner from the good folks at Highland. I've got one more of these with me that I owe it to myself to save and have with my scallops & shrimp. This is an excellent American stout and all-around enjoyable quaff. Bravo.

drperm, Apr 04, 2008
Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 858 ratings.