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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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Ratings: 928
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 43
Gots: 100 | 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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Ratings: 928 | Reviews: 432
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.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bomber at Knightly Spirits near Universal Studios. Poured into a tumbler, the beer is opaque dark brown with a short tan head. I like mocha/coffee-flavored beer such as this because I feel like they take the best roasted tastes of a coffee drink. This also has a touch of orange peel hops and a dry dark chocolate bitter finish. The beer is thinner than most stouts, but I think that simly makes it more drinkable. This really is a tasty stout, worth a try.

Photo of botham
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tasting glass. pours pitch black with one finger of tan dense head that has decent retention and leaves solid lacings. a nice stout in the glass.

aroma is of rich roasted malts and fresh coffee beans. notes of distant chocolate round out the profile with a lightly bitter and dry aura. very nicely composed in the nose. nice!

taste is less concentrated than the aroma would suggest, but mainly roasted malt and coffee with a background of black malts. finishes on a mildly bitter note of residual coffee and malt. pleasant on the palate with a finish that perfectly matches the profile.

mouthfeel is full bodied and roasted on the palate. finishes dry with a bitter aftertaste.

drinkability is good. a solid coffee stout that hits all the right notes. the coffee sings on the palate and finishes on a supremely dry note close to what was on the palate. cheers!

Photo of klewis
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown with a healthy, foamy head. Good sustain with massive lacing.

S: Pleasant roasted aromas with a predominant smell of sweet chocolate and cocoa.

T: A strong burnt character with a complex combination of anise, charred oak, coffee, and tobacco. Well-balanced with some bitterness in the finish.

M: Light-medium bodied and somewhat thin. Moderate carbonation.

D: Light, yet full-flavored, this would be yet another good session beer from Highland. Quite nice in every category.

Photo of mralphabet
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A: Black with a hint of red, 1/2 a fingers worth of tan foam... Ring of forming stays thought out the session... Very nice lacing.

S: Chocolate/Coffee.... with a strong roasted malt aroma.

T: Thick roasted malts dominate the palate, lots of coffee and ending with a bitter chocolate finish

M: Heavy bodied with very light carbonation. Very smooth, velvet like finish..

D: Big full flavor, very thick body. Pretty normal stout... 1 or 2 is enough for 1 session.

Another great beer from Highlands....

Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black with a thick and fluffy tan colored head that lasts. Nice lace develops.

Smell: roasted malts and coffee are clearly identifiable and pleasant overall.

Taste: follows the nose as roasted malt, big coffee flavors, hint of milk chocolate, some prune sweetness and a nice balancing bitterness make up a tasty stout.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start but finishes smooth. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger around in the mouth.

Drinkability: easy to drink this one especially if you are in the mood for a coffee focused stout. Give this a try.

Photo of paulieatworld
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

given this by don from highland on my last visit up to asheville.

pours dark to black with a slight tan head that rapidly fades. roasted malt and barley on the nose. big chocolate waffs. smells like young's d.c. very nice roasted coffee and chocolate flavors on the front with just enough hop bite to bring you back. a very solid local offering for us here in NC. a good balanced stout with the right amount of carbonation. would be a solid beer in the rotation for the stout fan.

Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice stout. Good bitter edge with a roasted, chocolate/coffee malt flavor. The beer pours deep and dark with a light tan head. The aroma is composed of roasted malt sugars, cocoa and espresso. The flavor is similar, but neither flavor nor aroma punch hard enough to merit a higher score. There's a bit of fruit in the malt flavors that's itching to get out. A touch of honey also comes through on the palate. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I like, but I might be a bit too used to impy stouts at this point. The aftertaste lingers fairly well. It's better than I was expecting, to be honest, and I'd love to try more from this brewery.

Photo of donmonkey1
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours totally black. There's a nice, thick, tan head with really nice lacing.

Smell: Coffee, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, cocoa. It smells a little more like a dry cocoa than a sweet chocolate.

Taste: Mildly semi-sweet cocoa up front, leaning toward coffee in the middle, and ending like well roasted dark malt with a touch of tree bark. Although I expected more of a chocolate taste, this beer is really excellent.

Mouthfeel: fairly thick with a nice "stinginess".

Drinkability: The beer is a little on the heavy side and leaves very much of a coffee aftertaste, but it's excellent.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This irish mocha stout has a sweet and roasted malt smell with cocoa. Pours to an opaque black with a stiff carpenter-in-a-can head that laces as it slowly recedes. Taste is mostly roasted malt and a chaulky bitterness that starts in the middle builds and lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is thin in the start but the carbonation gives some substance as the bitterness kicks in. Not as much mocha as I would expect but it appears to be bittersweet, and doesn't really stand out from behind the roasted malt.

Photo of aubuc1
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a pint glass.

A very aggessive pour led to a black body with a tan thick head. Looks like a stout.

Smell is rich roasty malt. Coffee, roast, and some mellow sweetness. Big for a "regular" stout.

Taste is roasty, but light- just how I like a regular stout. Slightly bitter finish than leaves each taste dry.

Mouthfeel is thin, but pretty on target for stout. Would be more drinkable, but there is a lot of roasty coffee that lingers like an impy stout. All that dang flavor and smell.

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

Another good offering from the folks at Highland. It pours a midnightish brown, bordering on black. Dark tan head that laces alright and sticks around.

The smell and taste are both dominated by a roasted chocolate malt flavor that is quite nice. Other notes include some light licorice and just a wee bit of alcohol to round things out.

The mouth is a bit over carbonated, but otherwise melds the flavors together well with its medium body. Definite drinkability for this one, it goes down easy and it's abv is low enough to enjoy a few.

Photo of jbone78
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bad boy from a trade with Mackd Beer. It was a good trade. He called me from his brew store and gave me the play by play.

A- Poured black into my pint glass with a very tan lacey head. Looks good.
S- Not much to write home about, but you can get a hint of chocolate out of it. Not terrible, but great is not the best word.
T- I really like the taste of this beer. It is not too thick and at the same time it does have nice chocolate, malty and other sweetners in there.
m- I mentioned the body already. It is not a thick beer, but you have good malty flavor. The hops blend well not to take too much from the malt character.
D- I might contact Mackd Beer to send me more of this one.


Photo of Oxymoron
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What other color with mocha be? Pours a black midnight color just as advertised. A thick off tan head with good retention and lacing through the tasting though did hide to the edge of the glass after some time.

The noses is rich in malt. Noticeable chocolate and roasty malt aromas. Some astringent black malt. A hint of black marker but blends well with the coco noses. A light coffee note but I was really expecting much more out of this. Some minor DMS but not over the top. Some nice esters to balance with plums, figs and a sugary raisin smell.

The taste is more on par with the coffee theme. A good blend of chocolate, malt and coffee notes that are very distinct yet blend well with each other. As the beer warms the coffee notes take a slight lead over the other malt notes. Noticeable roast and black malt notes with a hint of lactic quality. There is distinct yeast flavor that is a bit out of place. Some yeasty sudsy notes along with esters, mostly figs and plums. Finishes a bit sweet with more of a coco finish.

The astringency really comes out at first but then the malt and lactic quality really settle everything down and leaves a smoother texture in the finish. Carbonation is light and would like to see a touch drier in the finish but still a very nice brew. Overall a very good beer with a nice mix of coffee and chocolate.

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