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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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Ratings: 816
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 38
Gots: 53 | 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 doppelmeup

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

After sampling this at the World Beer Fest in Raleigh, I was really looking forward to having an entire glass. So here is my review.

Poured a glassful into my Duvel tulip. Very dark, nearly black. Thick head with pretty decent lacing.

Aromas of cocoa and espresso. Not much hop presence.

Taste was very good. Bittersweet cocoa, black coffee, slightly sweet with a coffee bitter finish. Nice tasting, but a bit on the thin and watery side.

Mouthfeel was this beer's downfall. It really felt watered down. I kept wanting the flavor to have a fullness and depth to complement the nice taste, but I kept getting a watery finish. I'd love to see this beer with the ABV jacked up a bit.

Overall, this was very drinkable. I'd drink it again, but at $5 for a bomber it was a little on the pricey side.

05-07-2006 03:07:44 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of John1985


3.83/5  rDev -1.3%

Stout pours an opaque black with a generous head. The head stuck around and laced nicely around my glass tankard mug. Malty aroma, nice roasty flavor up front with notes of chocolate and coffee. Brief bitter finish and mouthfeel was a little watery for the style. A little too drinkable for my taste but the stout was very flavorful.

04-21-2006 16:22:23 | More by John1985
Photo of DeaconBluez


4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

poured from a 12 oz bottle. pours dark black color with brown around the edges. heads is there when poured but makes a quick exit. smell is of bittesweet chocolate with some hints of coffee. taste is very close to how it smells. the mocha flavors of this beer is very noticable.mouthfeel is pretty solid, not creamy but not either. overall, a very drinkable beer that is not heavy on the abv but has a lot of good chocolate/coffee flavor.

04-12-2006 02:33:54 | More by DeaconBluez
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

Oh wow! This is very tasty indeed. Poured a very, very dark reddish brown. Almost black, but not quite as one can still see light around the edges. Chunky off white pitted head. Decent retention and nice lacing. Lots of chocolate and a good bit of coffee. Smell is virtually void of hops. Taste is unbelievable! Caramel, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and for a brief moment, there is indeed a quick sting of hop bitterness. Finishes fairly dry. Mouthfeel is quite a bit thinner than I would have licked it to be, but the carbonation level is nice. This is a fantastic stout.
Blessed Be

03-30-2006 00:25:24 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of nickss


4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a deep brown.... very nearly black... the head is thick and nitro-looking (obviously it is not nitro-ed, but the consistency of the head is very similar).

Huge aroma... surprisingly fruity and moderately bitter... noticeable mocha in the nose.

The flavour is one of bitter mocha, dark fruits and berries, and a generous wallop of malt in the backbone.

The mouthfeel is absoutely perfect for this style... thick, creamy and subdued... as I mentioned before... the consistency of a nitro, yet this brew still maintains is flavour.

Quite drinkable... another winner from Highland... I wish this stuff was easier to find, although I have heard that this problem will be remedied in the near future.

03-24-2006 18:45:55 | More by nickss
Photo of Graebner


4.35/5  rDev +12.1%

Pours almost black, but if you look closely there are some ruby highlights. Develops a couple of fingers of brown head, goes down to a finger in a few minutes. The head on this one is unusual; it features very large bubbles, looks almost like a half-done pancake on the griddle. Interesting.

Smells strongly of mocha, chicory, wet dog, hints of iron, anchovies and fair amounts of herbs. Even a faint scent of blood. Very complex smell, makes you want to get that first mouthfull.

This beer is a cornucopia of tastes. Starts out bittersweet, goes to bitter-sour, but all the while you're being pleasantly overwhelmed by subtleties. I taste (in rough order) pine, butter, starfruit, olive oil, paprika, caramel, flour tortilla, the list goes on. Every sip reveals another facet of this beer. It definitely keeps me sipping, but also keeps me savoring...there's always something new.

Mouthfeel is also above average, even for the style. Starts out with the tingling of the CO2, and to a greater or lesser extent that's there throughout. Feels thin but not watery as you take it in, but thickens up appreciably over the middle of the tongue. By the time it's reached your throat, it's feeling even a little more caramel-like silky-smooth.

Overall this is an extremely well done beer. Delivers stoutness, smooth, rich, and delightful mouthfeel, and, perhaps most importantly, flavors upon flavors. It's complex, it's tasty, it's overall a very drinkable beer, and I'll readily buy this again. As with any stout, you might not want to sit down for more than four of these, as I have a feeling they'd sour eventually. Apart from that though, there's no reason not to snuggle up to one of these.

03-01-2006 21:33:53 | More by Graebner
Photo of Jredner


3.43/5  rDev -11.6%

Chocolate and mild coffee aromas. Black in color. Head is odd...bubbly on the sides, but creamy across the top. Flavor is a touch metallic in the fore. Some decent roastiness in the middle, but there is an odd rancid sweetness, like of old chocolate in the finish. It is not intense, but the flavor is there none the less and it hurts the beer.

03-01-2006 07:57:49 | More by Jredner
Photo of ppoitras


4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

22oz bottle from AKSmokedPorter as part of Secret Santa 2005. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" dark brown head above the almost opaque dark brown brew. Head fades slowly, with heavy sticky brown lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate and light coffee. Taste is as the nose indicates, with the mocha very nicely balanced. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin, but it is definitely smooth, and drinkability is excellent for the same reasons. A brew I would be glad to revisit, if the occasion arises.

02-26-2006 01:17:35 | More by ppoitras
Photo of CRJMellor


4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a deep dark opaque brown and black with a large tan head on the pour that deposits chunks of lace to the pint.
Aroma is chocolate, roasted coffee bean and some nutty amaretto type notes.
Flavors are relatively complex, especially as it warms and flavors of chocolate, caramel, toffee,s ome dark citrus and some roasted coffee bean and peanuts and almonds all seem to make an appearance.
Mouthfeel is medium boided wth a solid creamy feel.
Drinkability is high for a somewhat complex brew. Highland continues to impress as it develops and expands its offerings.

02-12-2006 16:26:47 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of battlekow


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

It's right out of the fridge, and this thing already tastes good. Huge roasted malt/coffee flavor with hints of chocolate. The smell is initially a little gross, kind of iron-y and bloodlike, but even after just a couple minutes of warming it improves greatly. The nose stabilizes at something reminiscent of sweet iced coffee with hints of caramel. Nice full body and creamy mouthfeel. I'll echo the sentiment of slight hoppiness on the finish, but it could be burnt malt I'm tasting.

I'm very thankful to NClifestyle exposing me to some of the great beers coming out of North Carolina these days, with Black Mocha Stout certainly among them.

01-31-2006 20:45:00 | More by battlekow
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

22oz. bottle provided by AKSmokedPorter via BS-BIF.

Pours a dark coffee black with a thin tan head that recedes.

Aroma of black coffee and roasted malts. Smells like a gourmet coffee.

Taste is more heavily weighted on the coffee side. Has a dark black coffee flavor with a slight roasted malt taste. A slight bit of hops are present at the finish, along with a coffee bitterness.

Body seems on the thin side for such a robust flavor.

This is quite a drinkable stout, if you're in the mood for some coffee.

01-16-2006 02:06:32 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.8/5  rDev +23.7%

Appearance - very dark, I can just barely see some ruby red around the edges. A finely-bubbled but thin mocha head drifts quickly down to a thin covering.

Aroma - good charred malt, slightly smoked aroma, some chocolate syrup depth as well.

Taste - delicious roasty malt up front, dark and soothing. Dark chocolate mixes with the charred flavor well, turning briefly sweet, then burnt like charcoal. The finish is a mellow trifecta of chocolate, roasted grain, and burnt coffee beans.

Mouthfeel - moderately smooth, low key carbonation, great residual.

Drinkability - a top selection from Highland, a big shout out to merlin for bringing this one along for trade.

01-15-2006 17:34:45 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of SaCkErZ9


4.43/5  rDev +14.2%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. No freshness date. A tall, creamy head forms and then dissipates at a pretty slow pace, leaving a nice fuzzy top to the beer. An almost completely opaque beer, but when held up to the carolina blue sky, I see the tiniest bit of light penetrating the bottom of the glass.

Tons of coffee notes with toffee and caramel and chocolate as well. Smells like a good beer to be having on this fine morning with my breakfast. Lots of roasted malts. Great smell.

Taste like a strong cup of coffee. A bit of citrus hops come in there as well. Great chocolate malt flavor that is perfectly balanced. Silky smooth and creamy. Very tasty.

Perfect mouthfeel. Very smooth and clean. A great beer in my opinion.

12-18-2005 18:01:16 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of NClifestyle

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +16.8%

this is some beautiful stuff. i've never seen it on tap here in town (greensboro) so i was stoked to have a few pints tonight at the lager haus.
extremely dark, didn't see any red or maroon edges. thick, dark tan head of creamy, tight bubbles.
smell of chocolate, cocoa that blended into caramel coffee. very sweet smell.
taste was similar, but not burnt, or not as much as you might expect. lovely taste, almost milk stout like, but not quite that sweet.
creamy, thick, and lovely mouthfeel.
i drank 4 tonight, without thinking, you tell me how easy they go down?
highland is an up and comer; all of their beers are great, and this one is near the top of the heap. i'll take cold mountain as the spectacular, seasonal, amazing beer, gaelic as the primo session brew, and black mocha as the smooth grandaddy of the bunch.


12-15-2005 05:45:53 | More by NClifestyle
Photo of Brewfan


4.3/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours a black as night color into my Hennepin chalace. Medium tan head dissipates rather quickly leaving a nice blanket of tan lace clinging to the glass and a slight oil-slick film covering the beer.
Aroma of rich Dutch chocolate, cocoa powder and some slightly burnt coffee maltiness.
The cornerstone of this beer is definately chocolate, good bitter chocolate, with coffee and malt coming in a distant second. Slightly acidic on the back of the tongue with some hops bitterness coming through.
Drinks quite smooth with a light carbonation. Medium body and a creamy mouthfeel make this a very drinkable stout.
I love a good stout, and this is definately a good stout. One of the better American stouts that I've encountered.

12-15-2005 02:06:41 | More by Brewfan
Photo of redwolf1

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

Poured a 22 ounce bottle at Thanksgiving dinner. A wonderfully dark beer, almost black with very dark brown tones. An extremely rich foamy, tan head was present after pouring. Good retention too which after awhile became very good lacing around the glass. Right from the beginning, you can smell the roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of toasted bread. The smells clearly prepare one for the taste, rich dark malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is a very mild hoppy undertone that creates a certain crispness to the beer. Some stouts can be overpowering being sipping beers at best, but this one has a nice clean finish. This is definitely a keeper from Highland! Went very well with a turkey dinner, too.

11-25-2005 16:15:21 | More by redwolf1
Photo of ElGordo


3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours from the 22oz bottle a deep black with dark brown highlights. No light has a chance of passing through. Head is a good two fingers of coffee-colored, big-bubble creamy foam and has some staying power. Aroma of rich, roasted dark malt with a hint of chocolate and a touch of molasses sweetness. Palate is more of the same - rich roasted malt, chocolate, and espresso, accented by the faintest hoppy bitterness. Body is a bit thin for the style, but still nice and creamy. A good offering that hearkens back to the best of the pre-popped cap days here in North Carolina.

11-16-2005 04:57:48 | More by ElGordo
Photo of cracgor


4.55/5  rDev +17.3%

Dark black with a nice head of tan froth. Good retention. Smells like burnt chocolate. Tastes like an awesome chocolate coffee or espresso. Full of charred goodness. Is much lighter in body than I expect, but it is still a medium bodied stout. Very drinkable. An enjoyable well balanced delicious malt. Another great beer from highland.

11-14-2005 22:49:36 | More by cracgor
Photo of blitheringidiot


3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

De-bottled with a dark brown mahogany hues topped off with a quickly settling khaki head that becomes a slick of a frothy island on the surface.

Aroma is a pleasant roasted malt and sweet cocoa mixed in with a rummy hint.

First swigs: Toasted rye bread, some smokey hints. Dry finish with a cocoa linger. Metallic coppery twinge. Some overripe banana and molasses.

Medium bodied. Soft feel. Restrained carbonation. Easily drinkable. Nothing too over bearing.

Last swigs: Liquid burnt pumpernickel toast. An average stout. While in Charlotte, I was lucky to find and try some Highland brews. This one didn't disapoint, just didn't go anywhere new either. Pretty cheap deal: $3.49 for a bomber at Brawley's.

11-10-2005 02:56:37 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

This beer is dark but not the darkest I've had. It is mostly black with a faint hint of burgundy. It has a slight smell of coffee. It has a taste that is similar to a chocolate beer. A fairly bitter beer. Little head. I could drink these a lot. According to Highlands website, this beer will now be offered in 12 oz. bottles. Highland is a good brewery. I intend to sample each of their beers. I would try this one again.

11-09-2005 02:26:48 | More by Enola
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Purchased at Green's (Buford Hwy location).

Appearance: Has a typical black-brown stout coloring with a thin biege-colored head.

Smell: A slightly sweet, candied aroma with a touch of roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Very inviting!

Taste: Chocolate-coated malt flavors abound, flanked by the rich coffee essence. Coffee au lait. A slight suggestion of hops provide a bit of balance to this great brew.

Mouthfeel: Luxurious on the tongue, with a modest amount of carbonation. Very creamy. This beer is a joy to experience from start to finish. Exactly medium-bodied with out leaning towards being heavy or thin. Perfect.

Drinkability: This beer's well-balanced character, makes it a true session stout. A great choice any time of day, any time of year. Delish!

Find some. Treasure it.

11-05-2005 05:56:29 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of RedwoodGeorge


4.08/5  rDev +5.2%


This tasty brew pours a little on the dull side - a frothy tan head falls down quickly leaving no lacing on the glass. The stout itself is a dark black but the thinness is visible around the edges.

The smell is very inviting with some very clean pure notes of coffee (even though Highland is very emphatic that there are no adjuncts - only roasted barley) There's a fairly sweet smell in the nose as well - almost hot chocolate like.

The taste is similar with very pronounced chocolate and coffee notes. There's a pronounced sweetness to go along with those notes keeping the stout far away from bitter or astringent. There are echoes of smoke and a bit of molasses in this very malty brew.

Mouthfeel is pretty light - this is a light bodied stout. Carbonation is on the low side and there's no oily residue left on the palate. There's enough bitterness from the roasted grains to leave a clean finish. No appreciable hops notes to be found.

A nice drinkable stout with lots of the complex characteristics of a "big" brew but without the high alcohol levels or overpowering flavors. A good compliment to a warm fire on a damp evening.

[thanks to mntlover for this nice brew - Highland makes some nice stuff!]

10-29-2005 03:41:29 | More by RedwoodGeorge
Photo of blitz134


4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

I had to get this beer on a trip through Asheville, it seems Highland doesn't distribute this one very far from its brewery. At 2.89/bomber at Asheville's wine mart, a couple made it into my grips to travel home with me.

Very nice pour. Chocolate milk colored 1.25" head which reduced pretty quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. Body isn't quite solid black, seems to have the slightest touch of brown to it. Red highlights around the edges of my imprial pint glass.

Aroma is strong with roasted malts. A nice expresso coffee aroma with bits of chocolate toffee swirled in. Some sweet undertones of dark fruit, maybe a touch of plum and raisin sweetness. A touch of caramel sweetness to round it out.

Dark coffee dominated which really comes through at the finish. Loads of toasted flavors but not as much chocolate and toffee comes through in the taste. I'm not a coffee fan, but this one is really nice. Not as complex as some others but well constructed. Lacks some of the chocolate characteristics that are expected, but makes for a good coffee stout instead.

Mouthfeel is medium, not really creamy, but more of a thin oil consistancy on the tounge. Feels somewhat crisp too. Drinkability is superb, not a crushing abv level and plenty of refreshing taste and you have a winner in the drinkability department. Highly recommended.

10-01-2005 02:23:54 | More by blitz134
Photo of hyuga

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

Impenetrable black beer with a nice tan head. As black as any stout you'll find.

Roasty aroma with some dark fruits. Slightly sweet.

Burnt-edged on the tongue, hoppy and chocolatey with roasted sweetness all around.

Nice and chewy, but smooth at the same time. Great mouthfeel.

A very drinkable stout that brings Highland's uniqueness to the style. I hate that this beer is a bit harder to find than their other brews. Can't wait to have it again!

09-11-2005 02:59:26 | More by hyuga
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%

A: Opaque. Thin head that quickly disappeared. Sparse lacing. Looks like a Pepsi.
S: Chocolate, Coffee, Sweet
T: Coffee, some bitterness, roasted grains, taste like Starbucks Mocha Frapachino.
M: Seemed a little thin for a stout, but no major complaints.
D: Very well balanced. Very Drinkable!
Notes: Some beers look real pretty and disapoint the tastebuds. This beer is the opposite. Looks nothing special, but is a very solid stout.

09-09-2005 03:16:38 | More by wcudwight
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