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Highland Black Mocha StoutHighland Black Mocha Stout

Brewed by:
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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Photo of mynie
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark red, translucent, with a decent brownwhite head.

Smells of sharp stabs of bitter roasted malt and alcohol, pleasant, but not too unique or intense.

Tastes very much like it smells. Lots and lots of bitter roasted malt up front, a very faint sweet mocha middle, and then ending with more bitter malt.

Run of the mill stout. That's good, cus I like the stouts, but this isn't exactly worth searching out.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Black color with a brown hue. Head is 1 finger and leaves fast. Lacing is patchy.

S- Nuts, cocoa, and deep roasted malts. Hops make the aroma a little bit sour.

T- Same burnt roasted malts with hops bittering slightly. Cocoa and mocha are definitely present in the taste too.

M- Medium to thick and carbonation is high.

D- Not overly drinkable due to the richness of the brew but decent.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin tan head that slowly died down and left wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of chocolate in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and the chocolate flavors particularly stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with a dry finish.
D: The beer goes down quite smoothly but there's nothing really unique in the flavors that would want to make me try this again.

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Photo of Arborescence
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pitch black, pours a head of medium thickness and moderate duration; creamy.

Aroma: Fairly mild: chocolate, malt, and milk -- no distinct hops or roasted aromas.

Taste: Malty, with the bitterness of chocolate kicking in, not too strong though. Lingering aftertaste with a touch of hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and round, medium bodied.

Overall: Good stout, of medium robustness with a dominance of malt and just a little bit of chocolate. Not the best in its category, but above average.

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Photo of BillyB
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had heard that this was one of the better beers from the south. I didn't have huge expectations but I was pleasantly surprised.

Poured a nice dark brown to black color with a thin tan head that lasted for a decent amount of time.

Aromas of rich mocha, coffee, slight caramel notes, sweet roasty, toasty malts and some chocolate.

Taste is typical of most American Stouts but the mocha, coffe flavors added a nice twist. Not too much alcohol character in this one. Some sweet brown sugar flavors as well.

Kind of oily, slick mouthfeel. No alcohol warmth.

Not a bad stout. I got it in a trade and don't know if I'd trade for it again but if I could buy it in a store near me regularly I probably would.

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Photo of myspoonistoobig
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle won in a bet with av waitress in Asheville for eating the three meat combo at her bbq bar. Little did she know i'd hiked nearly twelve miles that day.

Appearance: dark caramel brown, almost molasses. Think looking, light head.

Smell: roasty malts, a hint of coffee. I got loads of barnyard on the nose. Really quite pleasant.

Taste: pretty one dimensional with the roasted malt, not much in the way of coffee or chocolate, which I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: pretty thin, fair amount of carbonation, not too full (but at 5.6% would you expect much body?)

Overall: a nice beer. Seemed more like a porter to me than a stout, but still very nice. I'll look for it some more next time in in the asheville area.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. I love this beer's big brother. Hopefully this will be close.

3.5 A: Despite the name, this is more of really dark brown, than straight up black. Just one fingers of creamy light brown head that falls quickly and leaves a ring of lacing.

4.0 S: This smells a good bit like the big brother. Sharp, almost sourish cocoa. Moderate roast. Coffee to a much lesser extent. Sweet molasses and dark caramel.

3.5 T: Good, but missing the richness of the imperial. Again, sharp cocoa powder, light coffee, moderate roast, and just a touch of caramel sweetness. Mild bitterness that is moderate for the style.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lighter than I'd prefer and missing the creaminess I love in the imperial. Smooth though.

3.5 D: Decent beer, but failed to capture what I love about the imperial version.

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Photo of Damian
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to my dad for this bomber

With an aggressive pour, a one-finger tall crop of saddle brown foam topped the shimmery, near pitch black liquid. The head faded to a thick, clingy collar. No lacing whatsoever.

The nose was incredibly unique. Not at all typical for an American stout. Super smoky. Peat smoked malts were apparent. Strong prune and raisin notes. Lots of leather and tobacco. Somewhat sherry-like with an interesting oxidized quality. As the beer warmed, chocolate fudge was noticeable. This reminded me a lot of an aged old ale.

The flavor profile was much more typical of the style. Quite roasty and dry. Roasted malts appeared on the front end. Hint of caramel-like sweetness. Raisins came through in the center. Touch of black coffee. The finish was ashy with a charred, slight bitterness. Overall, not very complex.

The liquid was thinner and lighter bodied for the style. A touch watery with a very mellow effervescence. Slightly creamy on the palate.

This is a very strange offering from the folks at Highland Brewing. The nose was amazingly complex but did not represent the style well, and the flavor profile contained hardly any mocha character. This seemed like a beer that simply went awry.

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Photo of silentjay
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

not quite opaque brown with a very small light mocha head that sticks at 1cm in height, lacing well.

molasses and chocolate are very strong in the aroma with a good amount of licorice and bitter coffee behind that.

charred malts give way to a molasses sweetness which is balanced by a roasted bitterness. reminds me of a decent oatmeal stout, but doesn't provide much more.

light, yet creamy bodied with an odd, though not entirely unpleasant bitterness that lingers.

ehh. there are so many better porters and stouts that I wouldn't seek this out. the "black mocha" name is really just a marketing ploy as it doesn't have any more coffee or chocolate flavors than any other decent stout or even many porters.

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Photo of Haebar
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Overall, an above average stout. The head was adequate but unremarkable. Appearance was good. Initial taste was good and spoke of dark chocolate and hickory but seemed to have a contrasting aftertaste to me. The texture was not as creamy as many stouts sampled in the past.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall 2 finger light tan head with tons of sticky lacing. opaque auburn body.

Smells like more malt than mocha or chocolate, but that fits the description. Kinda biscuity.

Unexpectedly smokey, like piney-grill smokey. On further reflection, the tang I associated with pine is really more like black coffee. There's still some citrusy hop character here, kinda lime-ey. Walnut in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, just south of nitro-creamy. Finish is watery though.

It's decent, and for the price, I wasn't expecting to be blown away.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Thanks to my buddy Trask for this beer in NC

A- dark black like motor oil. A dark brown fluffy head that is about a finger and half. Tight lacing on the pint, it sticks like glue.

S- a light coffee smell but not much more than that. Maybe some chocolate malts.

F- a dark roast coffee flavor. Coffee black no cream or sugar. A burnt finish, woody as well.

M- creamy and thick bodied. Aftertaste is burnt coffe like.

O- not bad and goes down fairly easy but its so thick that you dont want to chug it. The coffee flavor could have been brought out more in the nose but it isnt bad.

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Photo of BigBry
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Industry standard brown bottle, from a Make-Your-Own 6 pack, that I brought back from Carolina.
The beer pours black in color, with a thin tan head. Foam slowly faded down and left spider web pattern of lace.
Smell was very light, some roasted malt, maybe chocolate.
The taste was similar to the smell, quite light toasted grains, minor chocolate or cocoa, but really struggled to find any coffee or mocha flavors. Bitter, but astringent rather than a cold coffee bitterness.
Medium bodied, moderate amount of carbonation, dry finish.
The beer is easy to drink, which in this case is kind of a negative. I wanted more bold and strong flavors, and a thick fuller mouth feel. An OK stout, but for me didn't live up to a mocha stout.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a bit of sediment. Large dense khaki colored head forms and has good retention. A few rings of lace are left behind.

Aroma of black roasted malt and dark coffee. A bit of alcohol is also apparent in the medium strong nose.

In the taste, roasted malt and faint coffee. Has a good malt profile and a drying, muted hop. This is all about the roast, and this is a bit better than average. Mild but inoffensive coffee flavor.

Medium bodied, well carbonated brew with a dark roast finish.

Overall, this is a decent coffee stout. Drinks easy and is a great early day brew.

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Photo of raszputini
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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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 kkipple
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of smittybrew83
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of travis224
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
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

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Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of bradford
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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

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Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
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