Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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Reviews: 428
Hads: 959
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 45
Gots: 111 | FT: 1
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 12-09-2002

Highland’s most robust beer, having a very malty body with a large, roasted chocolate flavor, all achieved solely through the use of special roasted barley grains. It is black in color with a very clean finish and moderate hop flavor.

While the porter style was developing, some brewers produced a stout porter and over time generated a new style known simply as stout. These beers traditionally contain a distinct roasted malt flavor and can run the gamut from a dry stout, such as Guinness to a sweet stout such as Watney’s Cream Stout. Our Black Mocha falls in the sweet stout range and derives its chocolate and coffee tones from the use of appropriate roasted malt grains and is very often used as an after dinner libation or an accompaniment to dessert.
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Photo of doucmehu
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extra from Jpvw, thank you!

A: Poured into 12oz. tulip. Moderate fluffy mocha head means I have to let it settle a bit to pour the last bit in. Pours a deep mahogany, sits pretty close to black in the glass. Looks heavier than it is. Plenty of nice lacing clings all the way to the bottom.

S: Bitter earthy hops mingle with a healthy dose of cocoa powder and over-roasted coffee.

T: Bitter cold press coffee starts things off, with a hint of dry dark chocolate and smoke. Some floral, dry hops round things out for a fairly bitter experience, with the smoke lingering.

M: As noted above, less body than expected but still solid. A hint of creaminess and moderate carbonation give this one a nice smooth finish, while the bitter hops round things out nicely.

O: A nice stout which delivers as advertised. There is plenty of "mocha" presence, along with a nice hop balance and some smokiness that make this a very drinkable stout. A touch too bitter for my taste, but solid. (978 characters)

Photo of tvv375ia
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-very dark brown/black with a hint of ruby at the edges

S-milk chocolate, and coffee dominate the nose with some roasted carmel malt

T-the chocolate changes to more of a dark chocolate in the taste and the coffee is still around on the finish

M-good carbonation and medium to heavy body

O-good solid stout that could make an everyday drinker for me if it was available here. (420 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown pour with a large, dense light brown head. Retention is quite good. Lacing is excellent.

S: Chocolate, roasted malt and coffee in that order. Maybe a touch of cream.

T: Chocolate, roasted malt and then a strong bitter coffee component in the aftertaste. Interesting transition. Creamy throughout.

M: Nice medium heavy body, despite the low ABV. Creamy and smooth.

O: Pretty much as the name describes. Tastes like you would expect a mocha stout to taste. Chocolate and coffee mostly with cream in the background. (538 characters)

Photo of Mississipping
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Arrived completely black with just a hint of a highlight at the edges when held to light.  A small tan head sits on top but doesn't last very long.  Minimal lacing left behind on the edges of the glass. 

S: Aroma is dominated by chocolate with some roasted barley, coffee, and a touch of hops.  Really nice aroma.

T: Chocolate, again, is dominant in this one.  Sweet chocolate up front, followed by roasted barley and coffee, providing a bit of a bitterness to balance out the sweetness up front.  Hops are almost indistinguishable, but may be getting lost in the bitterness. 

M: Lighter side of medium-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.  Despite being somewhat thin, it's creamy and smooth on the palate.  Starts out sweet and transitions to a slightly bitter finish with a nice drying effect. 

D: Nice little stout that is tasty and very easy to drink.  Nothing unexpected, but it held my attention and could probably do so again.  My only complaint would be the thinness of the body and feel.   (1,027 characters)

Photo of LaCoursiere
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, no bottled on or best by date. Got this as an extra in a trade but forgot who sent it, sorry. Poured into a tulip glass

A - Impenetrable obsidian black with a one finger tan head. A nice collar and lacing remained after dissipation.

S - Roasted malt and faint molasses and hot chocolate notes.

T - Roasted malts, bakers chocolate, coffee and a faint sour note that I can't place, but it's not unpleasant. Not much sweetness. The sweetness that is there is embodied in the faint chocolate flavors. There is a pleasant lingering bitterness from the roasted malt.

M - Light bodied but not thin. Slick and smooth on the way in with light and fine carbonation that is pleasant.

O/D - This is a pretty nice beer that is very drinkable at the ABV and flavor profile. It's a nice light stout. (795 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Not exactly black in color, but pretty close to it. Dark brown with lighter brown highlights when held up to the light. Tan head with good lacing to it.

I let this sit for a few minutes before cracking it open, it's still cool at this point, but no longer cold. Smell is good, but not quite what I expected. The bottle indicates that this beer has a "moderate hop flavor." However I find the hops to be the most dominant feature. Certainly some roasted grains and barley with a blend of coffee and chocolate, more chocolate than coffee. Smells good, but not as robust as the bottle indicates.

Taste is a step up from the smell. Pretty big all around all the flavors are pretty sharp, it tastes very sweet and very bitter. Sweet roasted grains (brown sugar and caramel, coffee and chocolate together. Then the final flavor is an earthy hop flavor. I would use the term robust in the flavor.

This is a good beer, but I think Highland struggled in the moutghfeel department just a tad. This beer is certainly robust and big in flavor, no doubt about it full bodied. Good carbonation level, but all of the flavors are pretty sharp. The problem is everything starts off really sweet then ends really bitter, there's no easy transition in between.

This is a really good beer, don't get me wrong. I like it a lot and so far I like the brewery. I might like the Oatmeal Porter a little better, but this is a worth second. Nice job Highland. (1,494 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Just received a few hours ago from woolyb in the Good Beers BIF. Thanks for sending this! Chilled and poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown on the pour but it's looking black sitting in the glass. Rocky brownish/tan head forms but does dissipate quite rapidly. Very minor lace on the glass walls, along with a tight bubbly ring around the edges. For a lower ABV stout, this is what I've come to expect.

S: Roasted dark malts, cream, milk, a touch of dark chocolate and a hint of smoke towards the end. The slightest hint of a piney hop presence comes out as it warms. Certainly not the most aromatic beer but it does justice for what it is.

T: More roasted dark malts are up front with just a bit of chocolate. A milky and watery character seems to dilute the flavor a bit with some bitter coffee notes towards the back end. The finish has some dark chocolate nibs. It's a very reserved flavor profile though it has enough to make it enjoyable.

M: Very thin and watery, it's a shame. Though, I guess I shouldn't be too surprised as I get this a lot with low ABV stouts. Still, it comes across too thin. Lots of carbonation albeit somewhat creamy all around.

There's really nothing wrong with this stout. It's a very middle of the road, easy drinking and still enjoyable stout. I would have liked a bit more of a full mouth feel to the beer, as well as more of a show of either the chocolate or coffee - mocha *is* on the label! (1,435 characters)

Photo of BeerNoobNC
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black like a stout. Thick, foamy mocha colored head upon pouring, but most of it disappears. The smell has a hint of chocolate. It's pleasant but not very strong. The beer is pretty light-bodies and drinkable for a stout. Tastes like a normal stout with chocolate. What I do praise them on is how they used the chocolate. I am not a huge fan of chocolate stouts that are overbearing. This one seems to get a good balance here. I get a good taste of it that supplements the taste of the beer, but not too much to where I can taste it over the beer. Overall a pretty good beer from a pretty good brewery. (615 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. No visible best before date.

A: Rich, creamy, bubbly, off-white head makes an immediate impression before fading down to a more reasonable level. Very dark -- black-brown and dense; almost imperceptibly susceptible to guilt.

S: Creamy-rich and full of chocolate. Slightly roasty, but the tinge of bitterness seems to come more from hops? An excellent smell.

T/M: Scrumptious. The mainbody is light, but creamy, with an understated carbonation. Sweet milk chocolate is dominates the majority of the taste, but an undeniable coffee note on the late aftertaste lingers for ages. Upon further reflection, mayhap a bit *too* light. I'd like just a little bit more body in this beer.

O: Overall, I was very pleased with this beer. I admittedly expected little due to the very low price tag (~$3.75, iirc) but my expectations were exceeded in a dramatic fashion. Not a dramatic stout, but a solid beer in which one could indulge without worrying about poor quality. Sweet, rather than bitter, drinkable and pleasant. My biggest complaint is that it becomes noticeably less exciting with time. I would much rather have a 12 ounce bottle than a 22 ounce. (1,208 characters)

Photo of brewcore
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet glass.

A: Very dark. Very little light transmitted. Agressive pour yields a two finger tan head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malts. Some burnt malt. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee in the background.

T: Slightly sweet malt up front quickly followed by the expected roasted chocolatey malts. Considerable hop bitterness for a stout which gives the chocolate tastes from the malts that mocha bittersweetness. Interesting tobacco finish; akin to a good cigar. Rich tobacco notes.

M: Low to moderate carbonation. Average mouthfeel for a stout.

O: I normally do not care for anything with a (IMO) noteable tabacco-like finish, but I do like this. I do not get as much mocha out of it as I expected but it is not missing. Would drink again. (804 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Im sampling this as part of my Turkey day minibrewfest with family. Pouring this one from a 22 oz bottle at cellar temp into a wine glass as that was what was available for the night.
The beer pours a rich deep motor oil brown to black hue with frothy tan head foaming up 2 cm. The aroma is roasted malt and some dark cacao notes like a rich choclate bar. maybe some brown sugar mixed in and a bit of coffee ground hits. Overall the nose is appealing, while not punch you in the face robust definitely complex and rich scents.
First sip reveals a silky smooth textured beer with an average body and gentle spacious carbonation, almost like a cask.
Flavor is what the nose advertised with roasted malt and coffee grounds and a bit of molasses mixed in for good measure. I dont get any hop presence nor ABV. The beer is amazingly easy to drink and I finish the glass much faster than anticipated. Quite an enjoyable beer that I would definitely buy again if it floated around on shelves here. Pick up a bottle in the south and enjoy a well-crafted American stout. (1,062 characters)

Photo of scott9890
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received as a gift, what a great gift someone must like me, The Allens.

A-Pours like I like my women...thick and black! Two-finger head.

S-Smells great roasted chocolatety malted goodness.

T-Like lucky charms wonderfully delicious. Roasted, malted and chcolatey.

M-Like my women should be thick, black, slightly bitter, but oh so yummy!!!

THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING MISSY AND JOE!!! (385 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a nice 1.5 finger dark tan head.

Smells of dark roasted malt with some coffee and dark chocolate.

The taste is of heavily roasted malt with a slight burnt taste. There is a little bit of coffee present as well. This beer has a nice bitterness on the back end and finishes quite dry.

Overall I think this is a decent middle of the road stout. Nothing outstanding but a solid go-to beer when I am in the mood for an easy drinking stout. (458 characters)

Photo of kbuzz
2.97/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into my trusty snifter. No date to be found.

A: Fairly dark, not completely opaque, but only some light brown around the edges. Half finger khaki/tan head faded to a thin ring around the glass. Quite a few bubbles bubbling. Pretty average appearance, but not bad.

S: Nice dry Irish Stout aromas. Nothing overpowering, but very pleasant on the nostrils. Roasted malts dominate along with some slight bittersweet chocolate. Just a touch of coffee, but I really had to search for it. Also a mild spicy/earthy hop presence.

T: Hmmm. Kind of an ashy, burnt tobacco taste up front. A little odd. And definitely a hop presence to note here. Mid palate, you get the typical roasted, chocolate malt characteristics along with like a leather and tobacco quality...but then it ends again with that straight ashy, burnt log taste.

M: Nice for the ABV...maybe a medium thin beer, but it's carbonated well. Leaves a nice film on the mouth.

O: It's definitely a little different than other lower ABV stouts I've had. They go really far with that roasty/char/ash characteristic. As I warmed up to it, it wasn't so bad, but it certainly wasn't desirable. I actually think a bit more sweetness could have balanced this out better. This is all bitter and roast...with barely a touch of chocolate. An average beer. (1,320 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried the Highland Moca Stout at Shakers in Roanoke, VA. the beer can in a classic beer mug and was dark opaque in color. The head was tan and not much in lacing. The smell included roast, espresso, and semi-sweet chocolate. The taste was very similar to the smell. The mouthfeel was medium body which I think is important for a stout. Overall I thought this was a good stout. (378 characters)

Photo of Vierenner
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Burnt malt in smell and taste ... they should have stopped the roast before the burn and smoke. It dominates the flavor and hides whatever else might be hiding underneath. I don't even taste the mocha (or coffee or chocolate). I feel like I was tricked into purchasing. (269 characters)

Photo of gatorbreath
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Guinness Pint Glass

Aggressively poured this pitch black offering conjuring only a slight, minimal head of mocha color

Smell is of malts, mocha, taste is strongly of malt with a little bit of acidity, the mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and is very enjoyable going down

Overally, could enjoy a few of these and likely will. Cheers! (368 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black, totally opaque and impenetrable. Substantial head of tan carbonation, and a beautiful double-finger of lace. High marks on presentation.

The nose is definitely strong and enticing, even alluring. I get a creamy chocolate and coffee mocha -- no question. It's not roasty, though. Very impressive!

Taste is full and rich, with coffee and mocha figuring prominently. Drinks smooth and creamy, like a milk stout with oatmeal. Very easy to drink, and a superlative brew. If I lived closer to North Carolina, I'd pick up a 6-pack pronto! (553 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rhode17 for sending this one my way.

A: pours dark brown, some brown around the edges, not opaque, minimal brown head

S: medium roast coffee comes through big time on the nose, paired nicely with notes of cocoa, not picking up much malt character in the background

T: coffee is present and bitter, somewhat thin in flavor, no depth...very one note. The nose suggests much more significant flavor.

MF: thin body, high carbonation

O: Well the aroma leads on to a delicious beer, the taste however is a tad lackluster. This beer lacks a backbone. (559 characters)

Photo of fsvan
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Dark black, with some dark copper hues around the edges. A finger or so quickly dissipating, clingy head.

S- Dark roasted malt. Dark chocolate. Really nice smell here.

T- Dark roasted malts again. Chocolate flavor is more sweet than the nose would suggest. A nice bitter finish.

M- Fairly heavy, leaving a nice coating on the mouth.

O- This is a pretty damn good stout. I've had Highland Oatmeal porter many times and it is my favorite of the Highland lineup to date, but Black Mocha Stout may take the crown. Definitely worth a try. (573 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at the Village Draft House

Arrived a deep, dark brown with a reddish hue and a thin lacing of brown head. The nose has a heavy note of coffee and a faint note of chocolate. The taste is much the same as the nose; coffee is the dominant flavor with hints of chocolate and light, noticeable hops for battle in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied, rich, and smooth.

It's a little one dimensional, but a solid beer all around. In this area it's a staple in most beer stores, and pretty cheap too. It's a go-to beer on a cold day. (539 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall 2 finger light tan head with tons of sticky lacing. opaque auburn body.

Smells like more malt than mocha or chocolate, but that fits the description. Kinda biscuity.

Unexpectedly smokey, like piney-grill smokey. On further reflection, the tang I associated with pine is really more like black coffee. There's still some citrusy hop character here, kinda lime-ey. Walnut in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, just south of nitro-creamy. Finish is watery though.

It's decent, and for the price, I wasn't expecting to be blown away. (549 characters)

Photo of olimpia84
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Dunedin House of Beer. Served on a Pint glass.

A: black body with a one finger coffee colored head and good lacing that is coffee colored as well.

S: a bit on the mute side but notes of coffee are present along with roasted malts and milk.

T: dark coffee, roasted malts with a bitter aftertaste. A bit on the bland side.

M: smooth feel with a medium to full body leaning more towards medium. Good carbonation.

O: a decent stout that failed to deliver in some areas. Nevertheless I was happy to try it since it's not widely available in my area. (566 characters)

Photo of smittybrew83
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pop the cap and poured a good looking dark reddish brown brew into a pint glass. there is a one finger sized head that is a darker tan color, which quickly dissipates to lit film over the beer. In the glass the beer is a nice black with no light shinning through but with a bit of a thin appearance.
The nose which there isn't much of is of roasted malts and faint chocolate.
The taste is of bitter coffee and chocolate but only slightly. overall not a ton going on with the flavor. but it does have some good flavor hidden at the end.
The mouth feel is very light with quite a bit of carbonation. with this style i would like just a bit less carbonation and a bit more body.
Overall not a great beer but still drinkable. (724 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Sixth and final beer in the one stop Southern tour.

Solid black body with nary a highlight, topped by a surprisingly light beige three-finger level head of various size bubbles and cream.

Inviting roasty coffee and chocolate aroma, with earthy hop notes.

Taste follows nose - deep roast coffee mixed with chocolate. Mild hop nip at the swallow. Rather clean finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit weak, with a slight watery aspect. Would have liked it a bit chewier.

Overall an enjoyable stout, worth trying, but not a classic. (520 characters)

Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
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