Highland Black Mocha Stout - Highland Brewing

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88
very good

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Reviews: 428
Hads: 960
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 44
Gots: 113 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of battlekow
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (646 characters)

Photo of drperm
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kicking off my 2008 spring vacation with this one.
12 oz Bottle.

Appearance: Black like good coffee. No light getting through this thing. Thin lacing of a tan head, fizzles out even thinner as it sits. Appealing.

Aroma: Need to wait for it to warm up a little! Right off the bat, French-roasted espresso beans and semisweet dark chocolate. Mild classic hops lurk under the coffee-and-cocoa surface, followed by a twist of caramel and straw.

Flavor: Nice! A good thorough bitterness that continues to hearken to 70% cocoa dark chocolate and good gourmet coffee. A nice semisweet twist near the end rounds out the picture, and those mild hops keep it interesting. Excellent!

Palate: Quite pleasing. Silky and just a touch oily, much like fresh coffee beans. Just spritzy enough to not feel flat.

Overall: Another clear winner from the good folks at Highland. I've got one more of these with me that I owe it to myself to save and have with my scallops & shrimp. This is an excellent American stout and all-around enjoyable quaff. Bravo. (1,041 characters)

Photo of cvstrickland
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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. (1,082 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty solid black with a two finger mocha head that shows some staying power. My nostrils are filled with scents of chocolate, coffee, and pine resin, but heavy on the milk chocolate. The taste is wonderful, kind of like a kicked up dry Irish stout with chocolate added. Enough roast and hops to keep everything balanced. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, moderate level of carbonation, medium body. This is a great sessionable stout. Light enough to quaff, but flavorful enough to stay interesting. If these were more available to me I would buy them, a lot. (559 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony

smell: good mocha-chocolate aromas

taste: a nice little stout, not powerful. great winter session beer. rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors but had a smooth rich taste, Dry, not sweet at all.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: a sesionable solid stout (309 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (1,071 characters)

Photo of mnstorm99
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (907 characters)

Photo of Brewfan
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (733 characters)

Photo of beeragent
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a dark ruby almost black, forming a 1/2 inch mocha head. Not much lacing is visible on the glass.

S - Strong roasted malt aroma along with a noticeable coffee presence mixed in.

T - Delicious thick roasted malts dominate the palate, with a nice coffee flavor coming through in the middle, followed by a slightly bitter chocolate finish.

M - Heavy bodied with very light carbonation. Extremely smooth finish with a flavor that stays on the palate after the swallow.

D - Great full flavor, very complex in the taste, along with a nice thick body. This is exactly what a good stout should taste like. Aside from the not-so-great appearance, this beer has all the characteristics of what a stout should be. Definitely an all-nighter sessionable ale. (806 characters)

Photo of brandoncox
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Opaque black and brown pour capping off with a nice fluffy khaki head.

Dark roasted coffee and sweet nutty chocolate on the nose.

An intriguing roasted robust coffee flavor with hints of cauppocino and an almost hidden vanilla appearance. Great balanced malty body.

Carbonation is spot on. You won't find the creaminess here but it makes up for it on the finish. Finishes dark and just a little bitter, but more of a roasted bitterness that doesn't fatigue your palate.

I could start every morning with a bottle of this. An awakening coffee brew on the senses. (568 characters)

Photo of Genghis22
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a thick oily jet black. Nice mocha colored head.

S - Lots of roasted cocoa smells in the nose. Sweet, roasty, malty and a touch of alcohol. Very little hops.

T - A very nice progression of flavors. First taste is roasty malt, and lots of chocolate. The hops balance the sweetness, without getting too bitter. The aftertaste is all coffee. Very nice.

M - Thick creamy body, with moderate carbonation. Velvet like. Nice dry finish.

D - A great stout. The flavors are nicely balanced, and the beer is enjoyable to drink. Would make a great session beer if it was available here. (589 characters)

Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint glass..

A- Pours a very dark blackish brown with hints of amber around the edges. Pretty vigorous pour gave a nice large foamy tan head. Went down at a moderate speed and left two lace rights towards the top of the glass.

S- Yes... Great roast/coffee aroma with a subtle but delicious chocolate mixed in. Also, get a slight toffee/fig smell to really round this out and make it smell like a great mocha stout.

T/M- Wow, incredibly smooth roast! There is wonderful balance here between all the malts and the hops. I normally don't get much of a hop flavor in my stouts (nor like it a lot) but this one does well with it. When I take each drink I get- coffee, then grass, then a more pronounced roast, then a down and dirty earthy mud flavor that actually goes very very well with everything. Not quite as much chocolate in the flavor as I would have expected from the name and the aroma; but this is still great. Moderate carbonation and a medium body make this a well rounded drinker.

O- I was very surprised by this beer. I haven't had anything from Highland before, but I will go back and get some others now. I really really liked the earthy hops that shone through and balanced so well with the malt and other flavors. I will be getting this again as this is a great drinkable stout with an interesting but amazing flavor. (1,349 characters)

Photo of MADhombrewer
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle.

A- Pours thick. Black in color. No head really at all.

S- First I smell the alcohol but it is nice because it is not a big smell. I also smell chocolate and a little bit of coffee.

T- I taste a lot more coffee in here than I smelled. I also taste the chocolate. The best thing I like about this beer, though, is that the alcohol flavor is to the point that almost goes overboard but doesn't.

M- Mouthfeel is great! I love the way it stays in your mouth long after you have swallowed. It is thick and sticky! Nice!

D- Because of the 9.5% I could probably only do two of these in a row, but i could talk myself into a third if it was a Friday night.

I received this in a trade from cbros. Can't wait to see what else North Carolina has to offer! (793 characters)

Photo of redwolf1
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (715 characters)

Photo of Moss
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours an expected dark black with a light brown 2 finger head. Leaves good lacing.

S - Smells like coffee and mocha from the roasted malts. Smells sweet.

T - Tastes as it smells with the coffee and chocolate taste. Much like what I expected from this beer. Sweet but has a good finish from the hops with the bitterness to even it out.

M - Medium bodied and creamy with light carbonation.

Overall - Good beer, would have again. (434 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a very nice two-finger deep cream head. Decent retention and very nice lacing. No carbonation visible through the inky black here.

Big chocolate aroma. Notes of roasted malt and some malty sweetness as well.

Very smooth on the tongue. Initially sweet with a bitter chocolate finish along with the roast flavor that makes for a great ending. (366 characters)

Photo of botham
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tasting glass. pours pitch black with one finger of tan dense head that has decent retention and leaves solid lacings. a nice stout in the glass.

aroma is of rich roasted malts and fresh coffee beans. notes of distant chocolate round out the profile with a lightly bitter and dry aura. very nicely composed in the nose. nice!

taste is less concentrated than the aroma would suggest, but mainly roasted malt and coffee with a background of black malts. finishes on a mildly bitter note of residual coffee and malt. pleasant on the palate with a finish that perfectly matches the profile.

mouthfeel is full bodied and roasted on the palate. finishes dry with a bitter aftertaste.

drinkability is good. a solid coffee stout that hits all the right notes. the coffee sings on the palate and finishes on a supremely dry note close to what was on the palate. cheers! (891 characters)

Photo of clemsonbrewer
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black with a medium brown head. Very thin lacing that hangs around a little. Smells of dark chocolate and HEAVY malt. Tastes of coffee and dark chocolate with thin hoppy balance. Mouthfeel is heavy in a good way. Very smooth strong coffee palate. This a great dessert beer. I had this in a beerbar/restaurant in Clemson, SC with some cheesecake. Wonderful combo. I will definitely try this beer again when I get the chance. (435 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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. (803 characters)

Photo of Carlson
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Smooth drinking, stout beer with exceptional flavor. A winter time seasonal favorite. This beer is only made for a few months each year& released in the winter season. A must have for the winter season. (202 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A black stout it certainly is, just barely any light coming in at the extreme edges. The head that grows, about medium brown in color, rises to a respectable height and holds up quite well. It drops slowly and leaves thick, webby lace clinging as it does.
The smell surprises me; I had a Highland beer or two when I visited Ashville a few years back and didn't remember this kind of quality. A nice, strong malts base gives off just enough roast and a slight touch of char that doesn't offend, and there's a nice creamy cocoa element coming out along with it.
Tasty, and with the chocolate and coffee coming forward with the strength I desire, I'm just pleasantly surprised by this brew overall. The malts are firm and flavorful. There's a bit of leafy hoppiness coming out for depth, mingling with a note of dark fruits and lightly charred woods to put a little edge on the char into the finish.
This fits into stout territory without being overbearingly heavy or weighty, making it almost infinitely sessionable. It loses a little of the heft and just a touch of crispness comes through, but the creamy feel is constant, even as the finish goes a little drier. (1,163 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$3.79 for a 22 oz bottle at Peabody's, in Boone. Pours into an imperial pint glass a dark, opaque brown body with a tightknit tan head that rises a couple inches before gradually falling into a cap and island chain lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roast Kona coffee, and a distinct note of almond/hazelnut nuttiness. Mouthfeel is creamy and light medium bodied, with low medium carbonation. The taste features bitter, dark roasted malts which mingle happily with the chocolate covered almond and nut flavors. Espresso and smooth roasted coffee notes compliment well. A vague suggestion of citrusy hops creeps into the mix, adding additional complexity. Somewhat light bodied for a stout, but not a major drawback.
This is Highlands' best offering, other than the very limited release, Cold Mountain Winter Ale. Black Mocha seems to be somewhat of a rarity, itself, based on my repeated failures to find it in the North Carolina mountains. I'm looking forward to this brewery's move to expanded quarters, so they can brew more of their top shelf offerings like this one. (1,066 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid id dark as night and has excellent carbonation. The dark mocha head comes up 3 fingers and fades slow leaving some lace.

The smell is of chocolate and bits of toast.

The taste is good bits of chard toast, coffee and chocolate notes. The bitterness is spot on. This beer is as advertised.

The mouthfeel is good, no fault here good body and carbonation make a great drinking stout.

The drinkability is good, I will be looking for more of these soon.

Prosit, MK (518 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
No date or info. (5.6% ABV)

Thanks to Onenote81 for another North Carolina Beer!

A - Deep, dark brown in color, this beer looks just about as close to black as it gets. A tall pour creates a dense cocoa head with great retention and thick gobs of lace clinging to the glass.

S - Highland's Black Mocha Stout is abruptly roasted upon first whiff, suggesting cold black coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and of course, mocha. Maduro cigar wrapper and faintly musty walk-in humidor give it a nice touch while this assertively earthy aroma swirls around.

T - Massively roasted, this rich beer is a dark beer lover's dream; cold coffee and chunky bittersweet chocolate with a hefty helping of dry mocha flourish among the earthy, dry hops.

M - Thick and rich, Highland's Black Mocha Stout is one of the most full-bodied beers I've had in recent memory. Smooth on the palate, a dry, earthy finish keeps the acrid bitterness of the roasted malt from becoming too much.

O - Share not with light beer friends, Highland's Black Mocha Stout is as robust as they come, especially at a lower alcohol level. Acrid bitter roast takes hold of the tongue while the smooth body helps even out. This would be a terrific cool fall day beer. (1,258 characters)

Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
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