Black Mocha Stout
Highland Brewing

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American Stout
Ranked #389
Ranked #15,715
3.88 | pDev: 10.82%
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
Black Mocha StoutBlack Mocha Stout
Notes: 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 ArchimedesSox
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Black, opaque, 1/2 inch khaki colored head, nice lacing
S: Coffee
T: Sweet malty, chocolaty coffee, sweet aftertaste
M: Thin
O: Mouthfeel was thinner than I thought it would be, but a lighter drinking stout is not necessarily a bad thing. Has a really nice flavor and I really like this one around the holidays.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark color with a nice tan head and lacing
A-Aroma has nicely balanced coffee, malt and chocolate hints
T-Taste follows the nose with a well balanced coffee, malt and chocolate flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer.
O-A good Stout

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VABA from Virginia, Jun 30, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is black, so much so I can't see the light of my phone through it.
The smell I'm mostly getting is malt.
Taste also says malt with some chocolate in there too.
It has a medium bodied mouth feel and finishes slightly bitter and coffee toned.
Rates a 9 out of 10 on the would you like to sit down with a 12 pack of this brew scale.

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Buckeye55 from North Carolina, Apr 13, 2019
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3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

There is a best by date on the side of the label. It pours like a typical stout, it's black with a beige head. The aroma is roasted malts with slight baker's chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium. On the taste i'm picking up some roasted malts, grain, faint coffee, some dark baker's chocolate. some grains, & slight caramel. It's a decent tasting stout but none of the flavors are really popping out to me. I prefer a bolder & rich flavored stout. Cheers! B

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Nass from Florida, Mar 04, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

American Stout less heavy than it looks; aroma is distinct chocolate/coffee; taste is distinct sweet chocolate with medium mouthfeel, yet it is smooth with slightly hoppy coffee aftertaste.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from undated bottle into a pint glass. It pours nearly ink black with a finger of light khaki-colored head and a thin but creamy sheen of lacing inside the glass. The nose is rather subdued with roasted malt, freshly-brewed coffee, a slight earth char, anise, and nuts. It's very roasty and opens with char, tobacco, burnt coffee grounds, nuts, and a hint of bakers chocolate. It is slightly acidic and finishes decidedly bitter. It's medium-bodied with light carbonation, and at 5% ABV it's a very easy drinker. Overall, there is nothing wrong with this American Stout but nothing that stands out, either. I could see drinking this as an offering at a restaurant with a burger or cheese steak but there's a lot of stouts available that I prefer for casual drinking.

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MacMalt from New Jersey, Feb 17, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown black head with a nice head on an aggressive pour. The head dissipates quickly leaving some lacing. Nice robust taste but a light mouthfeel. I believe there are better examples of the style out there. This one is OK but one I will search for in the future.

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JimKal from North Carolina, Dec 24, 2018
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3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another decent offering form Highland...

At first I thought this was mostly going to be an also-ran beer, but after taking a careful and closer look at it, and after I took in the strong chocolate and cocoa notes, with sweet caramel blended in for good measure, I thought differently. Mouthfeel was crisp, a bit on the watery side with taste that reminded me more of a black lager than a stout. So plus on uniqueness but a negative on style point. Overall, it's is decent enough and worthy of a try...

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Photo of riptorn
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look – Almost black unless held to a light, then super-dark ruby. No head from a gentle pour in a shaker, but decent lacing from the nucleation. I suspect lacing would be impressive with a more aggressive pour.
Smell – Coffee, malt, hop-free.
Taste – Coffee, some (but not much) chocolate until it warms in the glass (maybe mine was too cold?). Good job on keeping the bitterness from the roasted grains in check.
Feel – Clean.
Overall – Would buy again. The description from the brewer says, “very often used as an after-dinner libation or an accompaniment to dessert”. I can see that, and it would also work well just as with a heavy main course.

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riptorn from North Carolina, Nov 16, 2018
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3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle dated 8/10/18
Opaque dark mahogany, tan finger of head from a vigorous pour, solid curtain of lacing.
Coffee and dark malt scent.
Coffee, lightest cocoa nib, roasty malt on the back of the tongue. Flavor broadens a little as it warms.
Seems watery at first, but the light, dry body opens up with time. The lacing and head are quite persistent. Decent 5% stout.

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Reef from South Carolina, Nov 04, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz can into my Sam Adams “perfect pint” glass, very dark, “pitch brown” color with no light penetration. Thick creamy brown head fades slowly to attractive clumpy lace and thin cap and tight collar. Nose of toasted malt, syrupy molasses, and some coffee and chocolate. Mouth is a bit sweeter than expected but in a good way – very well balanced coffee stout bitterness against a semi-sweet chocolate background. Mouth is good – creamy and quenching. Overall very good, not exactly what I was expecting – a bit sweeter than I’d thought but in a pleasantly surprising way. Would try again.

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jettjon from Florida, Apr 18, 2018
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3.09/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

L: Thin, khaki head over rich, impenetrable black finish
S: Light, barley smell- fairly inconspicuous and not very memorable
T: Someone mentioned this in his review already, but I agree: aftertaste is soapy; doesn't taste particularly rich or robust for a stout
F: Would benefit from being more viscous- it's too light on the palate for a stout, at least for my taste
O: Fairly drinkable, but not as good as other stouts

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Photo of Lampro
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little thin in the body. Does give some interesting roasted flavors, but the taste that I am left with ends up being burnt nuts. Drinkable, but not eagerly.

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Lampro from Virginia, Dec 14, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a solid Stout. Best enjoyed slowly, watching reruns of Luther on BBC. So, the look is quite nice. Black with a nice brown head. The lacing is nearly non-existent. A roasted malt nose with not much of the mocha coming through. The taste is not a WC Porter but it still provides you with mocha notes, dark roasted barley, and chocolate notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild bitterness.

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briandschorr from North Carolina, Aug 20, 2017
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3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The thin half-inch beige head quickly drops to a veil leaving no lace on a Guinness pint glass. The Stout is very dark brown and clear with black walnut highlights. Carbonation appears to be held in suspension.

Opens with rich mocha coffee followed by deep roasted malt. There is also an unwelcome soapiness. Warmth brings out a light aroma of wheat bread.

This Stout is on the sweet side with milk chocolate and latte alternating places. Late bitterness leads to a moderate, lingering finish.

The body is medium with a velvety smooth, perhaps even creamy, texture. Alcohol is above expectations and the carbonation is fine and fizzy.

This seems like a quintessential Stout to be enjoyed with ones' buddies.

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SLeffler27 from New York, Jul 16, 2017
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3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a mason jar. Enjoyed on the porch with a friend.

It's a good, dark, creamy-headed, lacy stout. I got the malty and coffee flavors, but the so much the chocolate some report.

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88caprice from Virginia, May 09, 2017
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3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a coffee brown-to-black color with a light brown frothy head.

Aromas of coffee shop; burnt malts, sweet molasses, french press coffee, hazelnut, spicy amaretto, suntan lotion, and milk chocolates.

Flavor is very much in the vein of a Russian stout, with some Old Rasputin-like burnt malts, with some molasses and licorice following. Semi-sweetness pops up here and there (in the way of molasses and anise), but make no mistake, it never crosses into the "sweet" category.

Feel is very roasty, very dry, very acidic. Like drinking a cold cup of carbonated coffee.

Overall, coffee stouts aren't my thing really but I can see the merit here. Very nicely done coffee stout that's dry and roasty, and anti-sweet.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Apr 22, 2017
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4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First off, I love Highland Brewing as a place, an entity, brewer, etc...they have a great vibe, and fun place to see how it's done. Great people. But back to Black Mocha Stout .

40F bottle (date says filled 91 days ago ) poured into a thick room temp mug...You can get as much head on this as you want, and then some...I love it! 2+ fingers worth of tan, dimensional foam, and the awesome roasted malts come forth...dark coffee and bittersweet chocolate. It's just as and malty.

Thick tan Head dissipated by a quarter down, great lacing surrounds mug. Thin fine ring left by halftime, and the's exceptional. Dark roast malt, hints of cocoa and bliss. This is exactly a stout. 5% abv means I can have a few....before, with and after dinner. I love that it's so traditional tasting, and fresh and crisp, rich, smooth, bitter...everything.

Full, rich, clone of the nose, nice dry cutoff with perfect bitterness. Dryness, mmm must have another's so, as a matter of fact...I can't think of anything negative to say about it. This is as close to perfect as I am qualified to claim at this point.

It's even better this time than when I tried it in the medley box for mardi gras. An excellent "go to" stout to keep on hand.

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SmokySignals from North Carolina, Mar 30, 2017
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4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark color, thick white head with a lot of retention. Aromas of chocolate and malt, with a matching taste profile. Some varying spice notes, each sip tastes slightly different. I enjoy the quality of complexity. Creamy, carbonated mouthfeel.

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nick_perry from North Carolina, Mar 11, 2017
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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As a newbie I picked this up at the market after enjoying double chocolate beer with a friend. The other reviews are on point (as usual):
A: is dark black with a cola colored head.
S: is dark rich cocoa and coffee aroma but a mild introduction compared to the taste.
T: my anticipation was met with the taste of the spear full flavor mix of chocolate coffee great blend that was just delicious to drink.
M: the carbonation was medium low which is appropriate for this taste.
O: This was both filling refreshing and a great beer choice for after dinner.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with khaki colored head. Roasted malt, chocolate, and some caramel sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a lot of roasted malt flavors. A solid stout.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No overwhelming aromas, but full flavored for a light bodied beer. Tastes great and fresh, slight malt sweetness that isn't overpowering, hints of all the great dark beer flavors, coffee chocolate caramel roasted nuts. It's all good.

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Rock_Glenn from New York, Oct 14, 2016
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4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging where light can penetrate. Khaki, near finger width head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving behind a mostly barren surface. Not much lacing aside from some small spotting and a broken line here and there.

Smell - Roasty, chocolatey aroma with a bit of earth.

Taste - Follows the nose. Deeply roasty and chocolatey in flavor. Faint milk chocolate sweetness. A touch of earth mid-taste and then some coffee ground bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth drinker, but a bit thin in the finish for a stout.

Overall - Very tasty Stout. Flavor-wise, reminds me a lot of Deschutes Obsidian. A bit thin, but at 5% not unexpected. Kinda pricey, but the flavor almost makes it worth it.

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TheSixthRing from California, Oct 02, 2016
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3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had at Bull McCabe's, Durham, North Carolina, on draft into tumbler. Despite the name, this Black Mocha Stout is not too sweet, and it has plenty of depth for a 5.00 beer.

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BigGold from Mississippi, May 21, 2016
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3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to almost black with a 1 1/2 finger tan head that leaves loads of thick sticky lacing.

Notes of coffee and dark chocolate in the aroma with a hint of dark fruits.

Mocha in taste. Somewhat tart. Acidic coffee and fruity dark chocolate. Hints of caramel.

Rather light in body for a stout., call it medium plus. Above average carbonation, yet creamy in feel. Light warmth.

A very good brew. The carbonation is on the high side, and the body on the low, but I liked it. It made for an easy drinking beer.

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obywan59 from Virginia, Apr 25, 2016
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