Black Watch
Highland Brewing

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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #79
ABV:
8%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,813
Avg:
4.23 | pDev: 6.15%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
99
From:
Highland Brewing
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  14
Gots
  18
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Notes: The name pays tribute to Scotland’s historic military regiment known as The Black Watch. With their dark tartan and mission to keep watch over the Highlands, Highland salutes these warriors with a dark mahogany colored brew that pours silky smooth. Black Watch Double Chocolate Milk Stout combines more than 100 pounds of cacao nibs with five malts, roasted barley, and flaked oats to create a rich, high-gravity ale reminiscent of brownie batter and marshmallows with an aromatic nose and a lingering dark chocolate finish.

Hops: Chinook & Willamette
Grist: 2-Row Base, Munich Dark, Chocolate Malt, Carafa II, Roast Barley, Honey Malt & Flaked Oats
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 99 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black Watch is part of Highland's "Warrior Series" of "high gravity, bold" beers; this warrior pours to a slightly pebbly medium brown head on an effervescent, nigh-impenetrable black body that has fleeting mahogany highlights lurking around its base. Head retention is modest, but lacing is quite good, consisting of thick, fine-grained slabs and ladders. The nose is big and bold, fronted by a seamless blend of bitter coffee and bitter dark chocolate, backed by toffee and sweeter, milder cocoa-like notes with an notable undercurrent of alcohol. The palate has a strong cocoa character, with lesser amounts of milk chocolate, molasses and booze and some bitter chocolate at the end; the net result lands a bit on the sweet end of the balance. The finish is a nice hit of boozy molasses, followed by a modestly bitterish chocolate flavor that lingers for a few minutes. The mouthfeel is a bit thinnish for the full body, but the texture is excellent: creamy and sticky, with a perfect hint of pepperiness from the well-restrained fizzy carbonation. Very nice. (12 oz bottle, 63 days after pkg)

Jan 17, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is pitch black with a large tan head The aroma is chocolate and malt. The taste is like drinking a Chips Ahoy cookie, pure bliss.

Dec 05, 2016
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paulish from New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 14, 2020
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Samnem from Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jun 06, 2019
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TallGuyCM from California

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jun 25, 2020
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PhilCarta from Florida

3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice milk stout without a lot of that lactosey flavor. A bit light in body but nonetheless quite drinkable.

Apr 27, 2019
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oberon from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Came in a snifter a nearly jet black except for a little ruby tinge in the bottom of the glass,a thin quick to fade mocha colored head atop.The main component of this beer in the aromas and the palate is fudge....and more fudge without getting to sweet.Flavors are like a liquid tootsie roll with just a faint amount of coffee underneath,again it never gets to sweet.A great dessert beer with a smooth feel,a great beer.

Apr 24, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives espresso colored with a creamy head that leaves a draping pattern of lace

Smell: Milk chocolate, cream, coffee and walnut aromatics

Taste: Milk chocolate forward, with vanilla cream, marshmallow and a hint of walnut developing; moderately bitter, through the middle, keeping the sweetness in check through the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Having had a few overly sweet milk stouts recently, I was very pleased with the balance Highland has achieved with this beer

Oct 22, 2018
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6-pack of 12 oz bottles - $14.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

FILLED 11/20/18.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with an inch or so of creamyish, frothed, seared beige foam.

Smell: Christmas-themed mug of rich cocoa, scorched cream, and fudge-flecked grains. A lightly nutty walnut element. Gentle touch of dark fruitiness underneathe the malty aromatics.

Taste: B-Watch is sweet, it's smooth with tastes of melty dark and milk chocolates, cream. Roasty, lightly coffee-tinged, and serving up an oversized slice of fudgy chocolate cake. It's nuttiness and fruity accents remain mostly in the background. Near nil hop character, bitterness. Closes out with the same tempered sweetness, roastiness and creamy chocolatiness that started it off.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Mouthfeel remains quite smooth throughout.

Overall: Nice. It's decadently robust in its characteristics without crossing the line becoming unpleasant and gross. Sweet without being overly so, chocolaty without getting cloying, a goodly mouthfeel falling far short of unseemly and the ABV is lusciously hearty but lacking the need for a glass of water and a nap.

Dec 24, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No longer content to rest on their Black Mocha Stout to carry the craft beer load during the cold months, Highland brewers retool, rethink and retinker the idea of chocolate stout and introduce this lavish, creamy and decadent beast of a beer.

Black Watch pours a beautifully masculine darkness, seemingly coffee-black to the eye. Its creamy and thick lather of foam emits a host of savory, succulent and cocoa-laden aromas. With char, cream, coffee and walnut at its disposal its taste resonates with wonderfully burnt sugars to seduce and soothe the tastebuds.

As the flavors open up and the beer warms, the notions of chocolate latte, heavy cream, toasted marshmallow, brownie batter and the earthy, bitter baker's chocolate character weave into a dessert-heavy middle palate. Both bitter and creamy late, the beer's luscious spirit warms the soul like Kahlua.

Its bittersweet finish of chocolate, coffee and cream chase its taste deep into a long and lavish aftertaste. Full bodied and laced with coffee liqueur, its final warming impressions allow for a taste that's so decadent and sultry that it not only accompanies dessert, it just might replace it altogether.

Dec 08, 2015
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jak from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 21, 2015
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Klassicchris from Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 05, 2020
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rangerred from Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 25, 2016
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kell50 from North Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 07, 2017
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strohme2 from Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 28, 2017
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear thick rich jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and very faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of rich milk chocolate with moderate aromas of lactose sweetness. Light aromas of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted malts which is quickly overtaken by moderate flavors of chocolate malts and strong flavors of milk chocolate. There are light to moderate flavors of cocoa + baker's chocolate with moderate to strong amounts of lactose sweetness. Light amounts of roasty bitterness in the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very enjoyable with really well hidden alcohol - nice rich chocolate flavors and aromas with good amounts of lactose sweetness. A very nice double milk stout and one I would gladly enjoy again.

Dec 17, 2015
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fehrminator from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dec 20, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from NC with a bottling date of 12 November 2015.

Like Young's Double Chocolate Stout, this is a creamy smooth ale with a load of chocolate that will please chocolate lovers. It may even have more chocolate, especially in the aroma, than Youngs. Lightly sweet with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Hints of coffee and vanilla. Lingering flavor of dark chocolate with faint dark bread. Full bodied. 8% ABV is mostly hidden but may, nonetheless, benefit from some aging.

Overall: a rich, even decadent, chocolate ale that works well with, or even as, dessert. The quality is perhaps not quite up with Youngs; a side-by-side tasting is in order.

Dec 15, 2015
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dec 05, 2015
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 bottle poured into a wine/chalice glass.

A- Dark as night, two finger tan head that hangs on the side of the glass. Moves to a thin lace mid glass.

S - Cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted grains.

T - Follows the nose, with some dark fruit undertones and coffee notes.
Serious chocolate.

M - Very full, and creamy. Carbonation is medium low. You just a small touch of stickiness as it warms.

O - Been a while since I had a "double chocolate" stout. This works perfect as a winter dessert beverage.

Dec 25, 2015
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TheEpeeist from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 26, 2016
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft in a pint glass

L: jet black with a creamy tan head
S: not much in the nose, some roastiness
T: rich, malty, slightly sweet
F: creamy full bodied
O: could be my favorite milk stout ever

Dec 20, 2015
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 27, 2017
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andrew0790 from Pennsylvania

4.98/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Absolutely fantastic. I would put this beer in my mouth daily if I could get it locally. If you like things that are good you should drink this beer for sure.

Dec 31, 2018
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brian44556 from Kentucky

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip at about 45-50 degrees. Bottled 11/12/2015.

Dark as night pour. Thick frothy head. Thin lacing.

This smelled like chocolate milk made with Hersey syrup.

Tastes like brownie batter, lightly roasted malts, and marshmallow.

Smooth, creamy mouthful.

This is one of the better milk stouts I have ever had and the best Highland brew out there.

Mar 10, 2016
Black Watch from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 99 ratings