Highland Black Mocha Stout | Highland Brewing

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Highland Black Mocha StoutHighland Black Mocha Stout

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Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Jason on 12-09-2002

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Reviews: 452 | Ratings: 1,059
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of SmokySignals
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
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 on point, to say the least. Just as advertised....

Thick tan Head dissipated by a quarter down, great lacing surrounds mug. Thin fine ring left by halftime, and the taste...it's exceptional. This is exactly what want in a stout. 5% abv means I can have a few....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 swig...it's so dark...black, 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. Phone list had it at 8, bumped it to 9.

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Photo of nick_perry
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of BeckHardy
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased a six-pack today from a local off license shop. According to the date the beer is about 5 months old. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. It pours a dark brown or black with light ruby highlights. The head is off white and thick. Lots of lacing left. Smells of dark roasted barely with coffee and chocolate notes. The mouth feel is creamy and the finish sweet but not overly. Slightly bitter at the back of the throat. Over all a very good albeit pricy beer. As with most stouts you don't want to serve it too cold. Let the beer chill in the fridge-NEVER FREEZE-and serve at a cool 50 degrees. This is cellar temperature and NOT warm as a lot of stupid American beer drinkers complain.

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Photo of Venice_Beacher
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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 +2.8%
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 +6.7%
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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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of BigGold
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of obywan59
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of tillmac62
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

BOD 12/1/15. Pours black. Outstanding head volume and lacing, world class retention.

Light nose of roast and chocolate.

Light body that is water like. Slightly below standard carbonation level with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a lackluster finish.

The flavor profile is good. It lacks intensity (think stout lite...very lite) but is well balanced. The flavor is pretty much one dimensional and lacks complexity. It begins with a blend of light roast and chocolate. The middle adds a touch of hops but very little bitterness. The finish is a slow fade of the middle.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L-Super dark tone; almost black. Very nice thin-foamy lacing.
S-Strong notes of sweet coffee malts, and chocolate. A little boozy alcohol smell.
T-Not as powerful as I would like... but nice flavor overall. I really like the coffee mocha flavor, it follows the nose, just not as flavorful. Some nice roasted and bitter-sourness from the hops.
F-I really like the carbonation, it mixes well with the flavor.
O-Solid stout, it's a great sack at the whole "Coffee Mocha" deal. Isn't the best though, I have had better stouts but I did enjoy this one. Try it out!

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Visiting friends in N. Carolina, I was seeking out local brews. and came upon this in a supermarket. After being on the road for over 12 hours, my 1st beer was less than stellar, but I put that to being tired and hungry. Upon returning to my own comfort zone, I was out to prove my 1st impression right or wrong. Poured into a stout glass, practically black, to a half finger tan head, it quickly lost retention, with little lacing. Aroma was balanced equally between roasted malt and chocolate/mocha.

Crisp, with a light to medium mouth feel. The flavoring of this beer was one of the least complex, but overall satisfying 12oz pours I've had over the last couple of month's. Not expecting much, I was very pleased with this beer, and would buy it the next time I see it on the shelf.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Black black black. with tan head.

Coffee smell and some follows into the taste. But there also is a unwelcomed syrup flavor accompanying it. Some roasted barley and a nice hop finish, but does not entirely save this brew for me. Heavy density to the brew albeit little alcohol backing. too big, too harsh for my liking.

A miss from a brewer with few misses.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with caramel colored decent sized head that dissipates after a few minutes good lacing.

Smell the first thing that hits me is the coffee a little bit of the roasted malts as well.

Taste again i get a little coffee up from a little vanilla some roasted malts and a little chocolate.

Feel medium body fairly clean a little thin.

Overall I think this is a good American Stout I would have again.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark beer with a nice size head. Can smell the roasted malts. It has a very bold chocolate taste at the beginning along with a roasted malt finish.

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Photo of Labeorphile
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a tan head, not too fizzy, that quickly recedes. Nose is a lot of dark chocolate, malts, hint of sweet. Taste is a lot of dark chocolate up front with the malt, but it quickly disappears leaving you wondering where the flavor went. Would like it to linger a little more. Feel is good, an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A bright dark brown to black pour kicks up a 1” tan foam cap that is moderately persistent.

S: Big mocha aromas highlighting light chocolate, nuts, dark dried fruit, malt, toast, coffee,. The malt aromas are medium high, the hop aromas are low.

T: A layered palate with fruit, nuts, dark dried fruit, grain, bitter chocolate, coffee. The mocha and bitter chocolate flavors emerge especially on the finish leading to a lingering grainy bitter chocolate. Malt is medium high, hop flavors are low.

F: Creamy medium full body, medium carbonation.

O: Very nice easy to drink mocha stout.

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Photo of James954
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: liquid molasses, some lacing and head that fade over time
S: molasses, toasted malt, sweet something
T: Good equilibrium of toasted malt, coffee, and a sweet dark fruit of some kind
F: excellent carbonation and heavy mouthfeel

Overall: much better than a lot of stouts recently tried. Very underrated.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into water glass bottled on 9/30

A: pitch black very small head white in apperancewith maybe a little color

S: creamy roasted malts a little oatmeal and some chocolate

T: Roasted malts, a little coffee, some anise not a whole lot else going on

M: starts out being almost creamy then finishes watery

O: Fairly one dimensional beer not a lot going on and what it does is very light the beer is surprisingly bland. Very light beer but then the ABV isn't that high. This is a beer I would pass on

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taste of black patent malts, dry coffee notes with some roasted chocolate, toffee.
Black and opaque. Roasted coffee bean aroma.
Full body. Big foamy cocoa colored head.

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Photo of CalebM
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark blackish-tan hue, pretty heavy lacing on the side of the glass.
Smell: Coffee, dark chocolate, cookie--yum!
Taste: Very well balanced for a stout of this name. Sweet but not sicky. The flavors from the aroma are all equally present with no surprises. I'm not getting the peppermint others have mentioned, perhaps just a mix of toasted malt and hops throwing things around.
Feel: I would not describe this as a clean finish as the bottle does. The foam lingers in your mouth, but I don't find that unpleasant--one reviewer said the finish was "gritty" and I agree. Medium/heavy mouthfeel.
Overall: In terms of stouts and mocha flavor, I like this a lot. Balanced flavors and interesting texture.

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Photo of StoutHobbit
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark on the pour with a light lacing foam. Very dark nearly opaque.
Smell: Hints of cocoa, nutty, toffee and cookie.
Taste: rich hits of coffee and notes on the back of the tongue of cacao
Feel: a tad gritty at the finish, but rather rich and smooth
Overall: damn fine beer, damn fine stout.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This American Stout pours to a brief medium rocky tan head on a dark brown beer with ruby highlights. On the nose, the roasted malt is expressed as a nice blend of sweet coffee and cocoa, with hints of dark toffee. On the palate, it is a similar beast: slightly sweet dark cocoa up front, overtaken midway by bitter coffee with a bit of dark toffee character. The finish is dark and slightly sweet, followed by a bitter coffee flavor that lingers until the next sip. Mouthfeel is thinnish for the full body, medium creamy and very peppery from the lively carbonation. Between the mouthfeel and the low ABV, this is very sessionable for a stout. (12 oz. bottle, 188 days after pkg.)

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Photo of nc41
2.65/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Looks nice smells nice. But ..:. I agree with the last review I read, tastes like a peppermint patty, it burns like hot pepper on the throat. I don't like that profile much to add to the burning it's over carbonated for the style. My throats hot, if I was just going off the heat this is generating I'm guessing 2x Mexican Cake. One will give heartburn , two might make you sick.

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