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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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Ratings: 903
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 40
Gots: 88 | 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 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.

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

Highland Black Mocha Stout...

Appearance-thick black, heavy head with jetting carbonation, really active looking brew.

Smell-coffee is here, sugar sweetness, hops and alcohol are very hidden.

Taste/Mouthfeel-full taste, balanced sweetness with a bite at the end. Carbonation is tempered by a smooth light body, easy to put down with a last taste of milky coffee.

Drinkability-light body but coffee taste is there, no problems here.

Overall-a fine coffee stout, well balanced, good flavor, very drinkable. I enjoyed it.

Photo of damienblack
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of hellomcfly and his Halloween LIF.

Pours a jet black, with a thin, coffee colored head. The head dissipates quickly, and it doesn't seem quite as lively as some other stout's / DIStouts I've had recently, but there's a little bit of activity. Smells strongly of coffee, like a more concentrated version of an iced coffee from a place like Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. Hints at fruit, cherry maybe. It's actually quite pleasant.

Up front, tastes as it smells, coffee, but again, it doesn't taste as strongly of coffee as some others I've had, and is a bit sweeter. The coffee flavor lingers, it seems like it's more of a gradual effect, and not all front loaded. There's a nice balance to be found here as the beer warms. Right away, I get a malty sweetness, but after a second or so the coffee catches up with it. There's also a little bit of a hop kick at the end in the back palate. Mouthfeel is full and chewy /sticky , I think a little more carbonation would help out a bit, keep things a little fresher. I do like that the coffee doesn't completely overpower this brew, making it pretty drinkable. The low alcohol content also helps on this front, there's quite a bit here from such a "small" beer.

Photo of Onenote81
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black with about an inch's worth of tan head. Good lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, dark fruits, and some alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel. Tastes slightly bitter with bits of cocoa and toffee. Slight sour bite on the finish. A little offputting. Good late night brew that is both warming and pretty tasty. Pretty good stout. Give this one a try if you get the chance.

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.

Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 903 ratings.