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Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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429 Reviews
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Reviews: 429
Hads: 966
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 44
Gots: 116 | FT: 2
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Highland Brewing visit their website
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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Reviews: 429 | Hads: 966
Photo of raszputini
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite standard Highland products. A solid chocolate style stout. Pours black with a tan lacy head. Smells of roast, coffee and chocolate. Taste is dominated by roasted malts and a blast of chocolate. Very understated hops. Overall a very sweet stout. (263 characters)

Photo of kkipple
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (1,093 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 travis224
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty descent stout but nothing to write home about. Pours almost black with a weak white head. Chocolate and coffee on the nose. Some lacing left on the glass. The taste is fairly bitter with some coffee and chocolate notes. Pretty easy to drink. Don't love it, don't hate it. A descent session stout. (305 characters)

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

The name says coffee and the label says chocolate, let's see. Pours an opaque dark reddish brown with two fingers of tan foam, leaves a few thin rings of lace down the glass. Smell: mild roast, caramel, faint baking chocolate. Light smoke note. Taste: caramelized sugar, dark fruit note, slight acidity, even less dark chocolate. Semi-astringent grainy finish. Medium bodied, drying but sweet finish. Decent, but nothing great. (427 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Big Boss pint glass.

Pours a pitch black color with a 2 inch thick head. Smell is...not much. I detect a faint coffee aroma but not much else. The taste is not much better. A mild coffee flavor with a slight bitter finish. It's okay. Light body and medium carbonation. Wish this were heavier, feel leaves something to be desired.

Overall this is a drinkable beer but you can do better. I wouldnt turn it down but this is not Highland's best offering. (479 characters)

Photo of orcasteve
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
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 (254 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (1,136 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Cavalry Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Reflective, black in color with ruby-amber highlights at the top and bottom of the glass. A sudsy, one-finger head of brown foam settles quickly into a slick, bubbly coating with weak retention and leaving almost no lace.

S: Sweet, spicy notes with coffee, herbal hops and an earthy malt aroma. Chalky, bitter, fruity smell also.

T: Roasted, bittersweet malt blend up front with thrusts of hazelnut coffee and bitter, chocolaty malts. Mid-palate is a bitter, herbal, earthy malt and hop blend which finishes with a bit of tobacco and smoke, along with the slightly resinous finish.

M: Full-bodied and a little slick with a bit of a sticky, oily finish.

D: A good amount of roasted malt balanced with bitter hops, this American stout is slightly above average I'd say. The brew gets more complex and mellow as it warms, but all in all the "mocha" seems more like a gimmick than a front-running flavor. Not bad and worth a try if you're in the market for a decent stout. (1,045 characters)

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

Bottle acquired through a trade with stopbarking
Looks good on the pour, dark black, very little light getting through. Thick but not viscous like a Dark Lord or Kentucky Breakfast Stout. Head was an off white, brownish color that thinned down very qyuickly
Smelled okay, lots of roasted malts and bittering hops present in the nose
Taste was the same, overly roasty for my taste and quite bitter for a 5.6% American Stout.
Mouthfeel was good, pretty thick and palate coating
Drinkability is not so high. Not a bad beer, just very assertive in the roastiness and bitterness (573 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 Georgiabeer
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of soulfly1492
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Mild chocolate. Mild roasty notes. Some green olive and anise, not sure how that will turn into a good thing.

Appearance: Black, but not opaque, can see some dark ruby color at the edges. Medium brown head is tall. Little retention and good lacing.

Taste: Bold enough. Cocoa. More roasty than the smell indicated. Light anise. Hops are floral and lightly bitter. The bitter anise comes out mostly at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Mild to moderate carbonation. Slick and oily, finishes just barely dry.

Overall: Nice balance, not overly sweet. Savory overall, but the aftertaste could be more pleasant. (623 characters)

Photo of thetomG
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jet black pour with basically no head whatsoever, which is surprising considering how thin & light it feels on the palate as you drink. Aroma is mostly just made up of roasted malts. Flavor is similar but with just a hint of mocha/chocolate in the finish. Glad I tried it, but not really something I would seek out again. (321 characters)

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, goblet, no freshness dating. Thanks for the extra farrago!

The color is on the lower end of the stout spectrum, not really capped with a head. Cedar highlights.

Metallic roast, weak chocolate, hop spice, and coffee crystals. Also some toffee in a faint and standard nose.

Bitter coffee and dark malts. Chocolate somewhere between milk and dark. Sour, stale, packaged coffee flavors, hop spice and bitterness round out the back end.

Nice carbonation allows this brew to attain some silkiness it might not otherwise attain.

This is a nice American Stout but by no means remarkable. It wouldn't be hard to put down more than one and more than two, it's a candidate for a good black and tan too. (706 characters)

Photo of Ezone024
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours out black and has a thin cola colored head that disappeared before you can get an aroma, the smell is subtle chocolate and grain. the alcohol is low in this beer but you can smell some alcohol in the nose.

taste is strong coffee and chocolate malts, but at the end a nice bready/toffee flavor lingers on your tongue.

good beer to have with desert after a big meal.

goes great with cheesecake (400 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black Mocha Stout pours an almost black color with a nice large head. There is a weaker oatmeal aroma. The taste is a bit weak, nice oatmeal flavors, hints of mocha. Weaker flavors. Overall its nice, pretty plain, the weaker flavors do take away. (250 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown body with light brown soapy head. Heavy roast. Mocha in the finish. While some cream in mouth, some astringency in finish as well. Lacey. Bitterness on heavy side. SO neither would I say clean taste nor black, but still worthwhile to try. (254 characters)

Photo of Jredner
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (344 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured cold from the bottle a deep black to founder's brewing goblet with a 1/2 finger, short lasting, foamy mocha head leaving a sheet of receding spotty lace after each sip.

great big sweet milk chocolate aroma, perhaps a little espresso, but it's about the chocolate this one.

smoky, surprisingly so, not getting the chocolate that was so prevalent in the nose. a bit of coffee, and roasted malts, but mostly a big ol bunch of smoke.

light bodied for the style, bigger carbonation than expected, smooth, subtle bitter.

overall - not a bad beer, but not really in my wheelhouse. the smoke is a bit distracting. (617 characters)

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass, very dark brown with a very thin cream-colored head, almost nonexistent lacing.

Nose was fairly benign. Coffee with hints of chocolate, slight hop presence. Smell improved slightly as it warmed.

Taste was a little better than the nose. Coffee is more pronounced, followed by bitter chocolate. Seems a little tart for a stout.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, a little sticky on the tongue, very low carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. Wouldn't go out of my way to get this, but wouldn't turn it down if offered. (545 characters)

Photo of brewjones
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of bosox941827
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been reviewing lots of IPAs lately so this is quite a change. 22 oz bottle, poured cold into imperial pint glass; allowed to warm as I tasted.
A - Dark as night with a reddish hue when held to light, thin ring of crema on top
S - Roasty, chocolate-y malts
T - Sweet and roasty all the way through, with just a hint of hops way at the end after the malts have resolved on the tongue, but really roasted malts are what predominate here, as expected
M - Not as thick as one might think, really quite pleasant in the mouth w/just a bit of carbonation
D - Very, surprisingly for such a hearty beer

Though a bit one dimensional, this is not a bad beer. Would probably prefer a bit more hops in the mix, but really can't get too vocal about that given the style. Overall a decent beer that I would buy again. (803 characters)

Photo of Meerkey
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Tan head, burnt umber, slightly ruby at edges

S: dark chocolate, coffee grounds. bitter.

T: tastes the way it smells. a slightly sweet finish comes through the bitterness.

M: Carbonated and clean. lingering bitterness.

O: Nice mouthfeel. Not that bad, but not one I'd turn to when I'm in the mood for a stout. (316 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)

Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.