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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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88
very good

891 Ratings
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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 38
Gots: 79 | FT: 1
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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 rhinos00
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice buddy of mine brought back a few brews on a recent trip to Ashville. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- Dark brown with no visibility. Small amount of tan head formed, but dissipated quickly.

S- Very pleasant aroma of chocolate and lightly roasted coffee beans. Gave off a nice sweet cocoa smell.

T- Chocolate and molasses were very prevalent. Also detected some sweet malts and roasted coffee beans.

M- Medium bodied with a little carbonation. Wouldn't be so bad, but it left my mouth dry after each sip.

D- The low ABV and quality flavor make this a very drinkable brew.

Photo of craytonic
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark coffee black

Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate, espresso

Taste: Reminds me of chocolate-covered java beans. Some nice hops as well. Some sweetness - brown sugar and molasses.

Mouthfeel: Full, but not super-heavy; nice carbonation

Drinkability: One at a time. Interesting, but there are better stouts out there. Too much mocha for me. I would have another though.

Photo of kkipple
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Red highlights keep this from looking well-nigh black. A fat, dense dark tan head recedes to simply settle for covering the surface of the brew. Spotty, sad lace. Fair retention.

S. Big chocolate and coffee - roast here. Very intense for such a small brew. Sweet and slightly grainy. Nearly milk stout sweet; if you dig those this is right up your dark little alley.

T. Thick for a 5% stout, full of sweet coffee... er... mocha. Burnt grain, a bit o' molasses, a slick, charred sugary sweetness -- reminds me of sugar at the bottom of an espresso shot -- and just a tiny amount of leafy hop bitterness to keep this from being overwhelmingly malty. But it's still sweet. There is maybe, possibly, some smoke going on here, but it's subtle if at all.

M. Black Mocha Stout is thick and slick -- similar to Highland's own Oatmeal Porter. Fine, pervasive carbonation helps here. Decent.

D. A bit strong, the mocha / roast flavor is heavy and lingers long.

Black Mocha Stout is a decent brew. It's dense and sweet, ultimately tough to drink a lot of. Give it a shot and see if it's your bag.

Photo of mnstorm99
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Surprise gift in a trade from limesmut.

Pours a really nice dark black with a small tan head that dissapears. But this thing laces beautifully.
Aroma is nice and roasted, with touches of coffee and spicy hops.
Flavor is almost perfect, great roasted chocolate and coffee, with a great balance of spicy hops, and just a touch of sweetness to round it out.
nice a smooth going down, and nice residue left on the toungue with a nice aftertaste.
I could drink this one all the time, and if it was available it would probably be a regular around the house.

Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a good half inch of tan, long-lasting, creamy head and some very good lacing.

S: A subtle smell of coffee, malt, mild hops and maybe a little chocolate.

T: The flavor was very well done, with lots of coffee, malt, hops, caramel and some chocolate. A tasty beer.

M: A fairly well carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is an excellent example of an American stout. It's not overly heavy, but is certainly flavorful and vibrant.

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

Thanks to khiasmus for sending a sixer of these bad boys to my doorstep.

Pours a nice deep black with some ruby highlights surrounding the edges of the glass. Nice off white/light tan head is nice and rocky with good retention and beautiful lacing.

Nose is coffee, roasted malt, some chocolate, slight toffee. A touch of sugar.

Taste is very nice! VERY. This is an extremely high quality stout. Coffee is in there, black ground beans. Some chocolate for sure, along with vanilla and caramel. Some hop bitterness on the finish works perfectly with the complexity of this one.

Mouthfeel is just perfect, not too thin, not too thin. Carbonation is just right.

Drinkability is solid, although it is just a touch bitter on the finish to give this one a perfect score.

Overall I am SHOCKINGLY impressed with the quality of this stout. I had the imperial version not but a few days ago, and i find this one to be much better. The coffee and chocolate profile is very nicely done here. Man. Just a very well made and enjoyable stout. Thanks again to khiasmus. Great beer.

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

Thanks for the trade on this one limesmut.

Pours from the bottle very dark with very little head that doesn't stick around long and leaves little lacing as it goes down. There is a slight ruby color to the darkness, but I may be just seeing things.

Smells of chocolate, coffees, malts and all balanced very nicely.

The chocolate and coffee/mocha flavors are the first things to hit just like the smell. They stay all of the way through but are joined by malts later which is nice.

A bit of sweetness as things warm up and it feels nice in the mouth overall.

Tastes exactly as it should and what it says on the bottle. I wouldn't be able to drink alot of this in one sitting but I would actually recommend it to others as a good example of this style.

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

Bottle from Sam's Quik Shop, Durham, NC. Split three ways and poured into an Allgash flute.

Appearance: A deep, deep dark brown-bodied beer, pours murky, hazy, with a nice head of average retention and nice lacing. Looks a little lifeless after it all fades away, though.

Aroma: Hmmm, not too hot, really. Sort of expected. Some faint chocolate, cocoa-esque notes, a few spicy hop flourishes, and your obligatory grassy, half-city coffee. By the books, but pleasant.

Taste: Subdued and delicate, but distinct - baker's chocolate, a few light, sweet milky notes, more coffee (a slightly fuller roast than was detected in the nose), all combining to give the impression of, yes, surprise, mocha. It's all there, but it's a little nondescript on the whole.

Mouthfeel: Milky, creamy, smooth - nothing terribly wrong here, what you want from a mocha stout, I suppose.

Drinkability: I wasn't terribly impressed or disappointed by this beer. It was a decent stout, with coffee and chocolate notes, a dash of sweetness, and a few milky notes. Does everything it's supposed to (and all w/ a low abv%) without being groundbreaking or outstanding.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 891 ratings.