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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

831 Ratings
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Ratings: 831
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 39
Gots: 58 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 12-09-2002)
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Photo of ncvbc
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hadn't bought this for a couple years so a bomber seemed appropriate. In fact, I had it before Stone's 11th Anniversary...not nearly the same beer but in terms of what it is I feel it was better with ease. A deep dark pour with a nice tan head. Smell was of roasted grains. Chocolate and a little sweet mocha in there. Taste was very nice. Deep roasted chocolate and coffee again with a nice nutty undertone that is quite refreshing. A nice hop presence toward the end. Silky and clean mouthfeel and almost too easy to drink. Highland knows how to make some very sessionable beers, this one included in a quality list.

ncvbc, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Inky black liquid topped by two fingers of dense, khaki head that sticks around for a while. Leaves a trail of lace along the sides.

S: Big, robust, roasted chocolate malt aroma combined with mellow but assertive hops. This beer smells like it has great balance, so we'll see how this one turns out.

T: Heavy roasted malt up front that eases off ever-so gently by a transition that is just hoppy enough to smooth it out and round out the flavor profile. Finish is actually refreshing, and the aftertaste is the original lingering roasted malt base. Superbly done, with impeccable balance.

M: Again, balance is the key here. Maintains enough carbonation for a silky mouthfeel, but does not get in the way of the flavor. Some residual slickness on the palate.

D: The skillfully crafted taste of this beer is evident. It's got more balance than a tight-rope walker, and is sure to please anyone who's a fan of the malty stuff. Very easy to drink and even more easy to enjoy.

CharlieMopps, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of Beerbuddha
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured thick black with a thick tan head

Smell - Hint roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.

Taste - Taste of roasted malts with hint of hops in the bitterness. Also slight hints of chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Thick with a medium amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - This was a decent beer. Had a nice taste to it not too bitter.

Beerbuddha, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a thick black with a huge brown head. The smell is roasted and malty. There are coffee and mocha aromas noticeable as well. The taste is chocolate/mocha initially followed by some roasted flavors and bitterness. The varying flavors seem to meld well. The mouthfeel is full but not chewy – somewhat creamy. Overall, I think this is a tasty and well balanced stout that I’d definitely recommend.

barefootbrewer, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of meechum
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown to black very opaque in the glass with a thick creamy tan head of about 2 or 3 fingers that subsides to a nice lacing

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee (obviously) and a hint of wood or burnt bread smell it was good

T - Very good slight bite upfront from the hops giving way to roasted malts and molases and mocha then giving way to a touch of chocolate with a oaky taste at the end

M - I thought this was a medium thickness in mouthfeel with a right amount of carbonation

D - Overall the drinkability was great. This was a wonderful stout and delivered on the promise of the style and labeling. It was everything my taste buds were waiting for. I would love to have a six of this on hand any time

meechum, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of fsunole
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a very good appearance, a nice head and aroma. However, it was rather strong on the taste side of things which I guess should be expected from a mocha stout. It is just not as smooth as some famous irish stouts such as guiness and murphy's.

fsunole, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of tavernjef
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly ebon with a large foamy cap of deep yellowed brown spongeyness. Keeps a huge skim/capping present for great length and lacing is spread out in lots of spots and a few stringy thingies.

Good aroma of soft cocoa covered bread, brown sugar, and mocha coffee ice cream with a bit of dry nuttyness on top.

Flavors are a bit nicer and quite fufilling in tone and richness. Good amounts of chocolate malt, some nice evenly set drying to it as it soothes into a semi creamy coffeeness and roastability. Tiny burnt notes flick about along with some dry husks and cocoa. A very easy going character of evenness and smoothness. Good balance of chocolatey sweetness mixed with coffee dryness and slight bitterings of burntness.

Feel is soft and creamy with a nice delicate dryness throughout. Body dances well in the medium areas, kinda gets more tang as it warms with a bit of oatyness. Very soothing and nearly silky in some ways.

This one grew on me, at first it didn't seem like it was gonna knock my socks off but as it went along it became a very inticingly fun brew to drink. I think the overall subtle tones in flavor and body really worked well together and made for a very approachable drinker of a stout! Thanks to mjgardner for the hookup of Highland!

tavernjef, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from a Dark Lord day trade with some NC folks.

A: The stout pours quite dark, with a coffee-esque color. Nothing seems to make it through the glass and the dark depth of the beer. The head was quite thick, 3 fingers, on pour and almost overflowed the glass. As it settles, the ale has left an extensive lacing throughout the glass.

S: The aroma coming off of the beer is roasted malt, burnt bread with a strong chocolate aroma.

T: The stout is serviceable, having a strong malt body, bready with a strong roasted element that adds a depth to the body. That roasted body releases some chocolate and caramel flavor as well. The flavors, overall, are restrained and lack the pizzazz that a good stout should have. The flavor squarely puts this beer into the decent realm.

M: The mouthfeel has hints of roasted malt and chocolate and ends on an enjoyable note with a chocolate flourish. The flavor comes through a tad too late though for me.

D: The low abv and nice mocha finish redeem the beer, creating a decent flavor that, while it won't transcend the stout style, it won't turn you off from stouts either.

akorsak, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of mcallister
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown but showing transparency bordering on rust at the edges. Head is minute and fades quickly. Some sediment floats wonderously about.

What a nose on this beauty. Liquid dark chocolate with sweet mocha aromas laced with vanilla and caramel. Nutty aromatics and some butterscotch. Black berry and black cherry aromas as well. Damn fine smelling beer and hard to drink as it smells so divine.

Very fine low ABV stout. Not as impressive as the nose would suggest, but impressive nonetheless. Main knock I have is the mouthfeel. Which seems to be way to thin and watery and leaves nay a finish. Flavors are much like the nose without the amount of melted caramel. Mocha, vanilla, dark chocolate, blueberry, blackberry, mollasses, black cherry, caramel with a cream brulee wondering. Some roasty notes as well. Could have been higher on drinkability if not for the lackluster mouthfeel.

mcallister, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of brewcrew76
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a blackish brown with brown and ruby highlights and a thin tan head. Not as black as most stouts or even most porters for that matter.

S - Chocolate toasted grains and burnt coffee that gives a slight tobacco aroma.

T - Roasted malt and burnt coffee with just a touch or chocolate. Reminds me of a dry Irish stout.

M - On the thin side for a stout and creamy. Thinner than I expected but very smooth.

D - A tasty stout that is a little on the thin side but that probably just adds to the drinkability. I would like to see this one a little more "stout" like and it would be great.

brewcrew76, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of maybrick
2.15/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Broguht in for review in our Monday evening group on 3/18/2007. I'm eager to have more southern breweries joining the ranks of the industry. I was very disappointed in this one however. It was so thin in the taste, mouthfeel, and I don't know if this was just a not so great batch or a real representation. Mocha stouts at least to me should be thick, lusirous, and have strong notes of the coffee. This just didn't.

I certainly will try it again when once I again encountered and will happily update this review with those results.

maybrick, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep opaque black with a decent frothy head that leaves good lacing on the glass. The aroma was strong of coffee, cocoa and roasted barley. The taste was slightly dominated by dark chocolate, with espresso and roasted malt not far behind. The beer is not at all heavy on the palate and the carbonation is just right. This beer is great for a cold night, but even now as it's getting warmer out, I still love this beer.

atsprings, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of BillyB
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had heard that this was one of the better beers from the south. I didn't have huge expectations but I was pleasantly surprised.

Poured a nice dark brown to black color with a thin tan head that lasted for a decent amount of time.

Aromas of rich mocha, coffee, slight caramel notes, sweet roasty, toasty malts and some chocolate.

Taste is typical of most American Stouts but the mocha, coffe flavors added a nice twist. Not too much alcohol character in this one. Some sweet brown sugar flavors as well.

Kind of oily, slick mouthfeel. No alcohol warmth.

Not a bad stout. I got it in a trade and don't know if I'd trade for it again but if I could buy it in a store near me regularly I probably would.

BillyB, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to blackie for including this in my ba anniv. package.

A: Pours a deep brown color with a one finger caramel colored head. Dissipation is rather quick, but a nice film is left on top.
S: Bitter coffee, molasses, and slight sweet caramel notes to round out everything.
T/M: Sweet caramel and molasses notes. Bitterness of the coffee flavors balance out the sweetness. Smooth on the palate and into the finish with a chocolate mocha aftertaste that's as equally smooth and enjoyable. Subtle dry finish isn't that overpowering. Creamy mouthfeel lends to the medium body. Leafy hop presence after the gulp gives the hops a voice. Carbonation is just a tad too much here--if it was more subtle, this would be an extremely nice brew---definitely a good one though.
D: The flavors are well balanced for this stout. Not overly sweet or bitter with a subtle dryness. Very drinkable.

bjohnson, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a standard pint, courtesy of brentk56.

A: Looks virtually black until held to a light, when it's revealed as a deep brown ale with amber highlights and mild carbonation. One-finger of mocha-tan creamy head diminishing to a spotty film with decent lace.

S: Big coffee aroma, one of the most apparent 'roasted coffee' smells from a beer. Slightly sour also, and a little bit 'cocoa'-smelling. Appealing, for sure.

T: Very 'coffee'-forward. has some sourness and papery oxidation which are not hindering the flavors. Mostly burnt malt and bitter chocolate/coffee finish.

M: A slight tingly/tart flavor but generally smooth, a creaminess evocative of 'mocha'. Moderate carbonation and a medium body.

D: I really like the 'coffee-flavored' stout style and found this to be a terrific example. I'd gladly have this again. Excellent flavor and good balance.

msubulldog25, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of montageman
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bought from Brawley's on a trip last September - Michael's personal recommendation.

Pours a dark coffee brown with a rich tan head that goes away slowly leaving some heavy lacing. The smell is dominated by roasted coffee, which is a good thing. There's a slight bit of chocolate in the nose as well. The taste is where the chocolate shines. There is strong coffee flavors up front with some dark chocolate throughout & a bit of a sry hop finish. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, just like a good stout should be - could be a little richer though. As my dessert tonight, I could drink another bomber. I wish I had some more of these. High Recommendation.

montageman, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with ruby highlights and no head, no lacing. The smellis fairly faint,but has notes of light chocolate, some sweet malt, and a touch of roastiness. The taste is of pleasant dark malt, some milk chocolate, and a slight roasty bitterness. The mouthfeel is light but smooth, and fairly creamy. Pleasant, and pretty drinkable, but not a lot going on here.

Georgiabeer, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of plaid75
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger creamy tan head. There was good retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a strong burnt grain and soft chocolate malt.

The taste was upfront bitter burnt grain and coffee. Mild creamy chocolate malt as well.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy with a dry finish.

Overall a superior stout. Very complex and very sessionable. Need to score some more. Thanks to brentk56.

plaid75, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of malcontent
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid mass of black liquid with just a touch of head and tan, haphazard lacing.

Rich cocoa aromas mingle with restrained hops and toasted grains. Mild, sweet tobacco scent picks up near the end.

Not nearly the chocolate rush I'd expected, the rich, burnt nature of the malt is showcased instead with well rounded stout character.

Slight astringency on the finish is the only drawback to what is a solid, highly drinkable American stout.

malcontent, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost through the highland product line. yet again another highly (pun intended) quaffable brew.

A - Nice rich black color, thick tan head.
S - Lightly malty, cocoa and roasted malts rise nicely
T - Similar to smell. Malts mingle to creat almost a dry stout efffect.
M - creamy and smooth.
D - wow. drank the 22oz bottle and was very happy with the experience. Tempting to pop a second bottle to and quaff another.

barleywinebrewer, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of flexabull
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, with a minimal head.

Aromas are quite nice, very dark bitter chocolate like with a bit of a roasted coffee quality to it as well.

Flavors are pretty good, but mouthfeel is quite thin. Beer tastes of bitter chocolate, burnt coffee, with a bit of a dry finish. Mouthfeel just strikes me as way to watered down for an American Stout. This reminds me much more of a Porter.

This beer is above average. But really seems to miss the style it is shooting for. It is certainly drinkable, but it have a few flaws.

Thanks for sending this my way Loki.

flexabull, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of mynie
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark red, translucent, with a decent brownwhite head.

Smells of sharp stabs of bitter roasted malt and alcohol, pleasant, but not too unique or intense.

Tastes very much like it smells. Lots and lots of bitter roasted malt up front, a very faint sweet mocha middle, and then ending with more bitter malt.

Run of the mill stout. That's good, cus I like the stouts, but this isn't exactly worth searching out.

mynie, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint-ish glass

Almost dark black hue with a tan head that lasts forever. Settles to a thin cap. Strong layered lacing.

Dark roasty malts with a touch of chocolate.

Dark bitter malts with a creamy middle. Good balancing hop bitterness. Finishes slightly dry with the roasty malts and some hop bitternes. Medium body, but it seems a little thin for a stout.

Overall good beer with only hints of mocha. Pretty much your average American Stout, but a very good edition of it. Recommended.

BeerSox, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of ybnorml
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown/black beer with ruby highlights. Has a big foamy tan head. The aroma starts with a strong chocolate note. With a nice coffee character coming in behind it and a little piney hop note in the background. The taste is dominated by a rich roasted malt character. With the chocolate notes hitting the front of your tongue and the coffee lingering on the back.

ybnorml, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am always impressed with Highland's brews. This beer even surpasses my expectations. Looks a viscous, malty, roasty brew with tan head retention, lacing and everything else that is good in the world. Smells very chocolatey, syrupy, with hints of espresso, nuts, and dark fruits (fruit cake). Tastes even better. Best described as a Young's Double Chocolate Stout, but bolder. Hopped for balance and that's all. Allows the roasted grain and coffee flavors to round out the bitter flavors. Feels rich and smooth with a long lingering chocolate / coffee mix. Tough to find a better stout.

BEERchitect, Oct 26, 2006
Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 831 ratings.