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Highland Black Mocha StoutHighland Black Mocha Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States
highlandbrewing.com

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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#8,901
Reviews:
454
Ratings:
1,078
pDev:
10.85%
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Ratings: 1,078 |  Reviews: 454
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost through the highland product line. yet again another highly (pun intended) quaffable brew.

A - Nice rich black color, thick tan head.
S - Lightly malty, cocoa and roasted malts rise nicely
T - Similar to smell. Malts mingle to creat almost a dry stout efffect.
M - creamy and smooth.
D - wow. drank the 22oz bottle and was very happy with the experience. Tempting to pop a second bottle to and quaff another.

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Photo of jbone78
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bad boy from a trade with Mackd Beer. It was a good trade. He called me from his brew store and gave me the play by play.

A- Poured black into my pint glass with a very tan lacey head. Looks good.
S- Not much to write home about, but you can get a hint of chocolate out of it. Not terrible, but great is not the best word.
T- I really like the taste of this beer. It is not too thick and at the same time it does have nice chocolate, malty and other sweetners in there.
m- I mentioned the body already. It is not a thick beer, but you have good malty flavor. The hops blend well not to take too much from the malt character.
D- I might contact Mackd Beer to send me more of this one.

-Bye

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highland Black Mocha Stout...

Appearance-thick black, heavy head with jetting carbonation, really active looking brew.

Smell-coffee is here, sugar sweetness, hops and alcohol are very hidden.

Taste/Mouthfeel-full taste, balanced sweetness with a bite at the end. Carbonation is tempered by a smooth light body, easy to put down with a last taste of milky coffee.

Drinkability-light body but coffee taste is there, no problems here.

Overall-a fine coffee stout, well balanced, good flavor, very drinkable. I enjoyed it.

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

Photo of mralphabet
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A: Black with a hint of red, 1/2 a fingers worth of tan foam... Ring of forming stays thought out the session... Very nice lacing.

S: Chocolate/Coffee.... with a strong roasted malt aroma.

T: Thick roasted malts dominate the palate, lots of coffee and ending with a bitter chocolate finish

M: Heavy bodied with very light carbonation. Very smooth, velvet like finish..

D: Big full flavor, very thick body. Pretty normal stout... 1 or 2 is enough for 1 session.

Another great beer from Highlands....

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Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice stout. Pours a very dark brown with no light getting through. Big dark tan head and heavy ladder-like lacing. Initial aroma was malty with some semi-sweet chocolate. Aroma not that strong.

Tastes good. Malt is prominent up front, this beer is rich tasting from the start. As the beer warms, the chocolate and coffee flavors emerge. A touch of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. This is a rich and creamy tasting stout. Not as heavy as an imperial stout, but still full bodied.

Very drinkable, reasonable abv, rich tasting. I would drink this one again!!1

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Photo of Mojo
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium globe glass

The pour yielded a dark ebony color with a one finger foamy caramel-colored head with awesome retention and lacing. The smell was dark chocolate and licorice. Taste follows the nose. It is big and sweet up front, kind of milk chocolate with a sour sweetness. The finish builds slowly. At first it doesn't appear to be anything there, but it slowly build to a rich , bitter and satisfying mocha taste. Mouthfeel is very average, leaning toward being a little thick. All in all a nice offering.

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Photo of Bonis
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes: 07/30/2011

A- Black in color with a cream colored 1/2 inch head, settling to a nice frothy layer of bubbles. Good, but pretty standard here.

S- Very roasty, some hints of nutty earthiness, bitter chocolate and faint coffee mix in. Nothing really out of the ordinary.

T - A bit nicer than the smell. Bittersweet chocolate mixes with some subtle bitter hops and earthy roasted malt characteristics. Not overly complex, but definitely better than most stouts I've tasted in this abv range. A touch of coffee bitterness comes in after the swallow. Alcohol is hidden nicely. A well balanced, delicious beer overall.

M - Very smooth, low bodied, easy drink. Bitter chocolate rests in the mouth. Low carbonation, appealing to me.

O - A nice stout that isn't available where I live. Glad I got to try it, and I'd probably pick up a sixer if I were to see it.

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Photo of rodrot
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery during a tour. This beer poured nearly black with a 2 inch creamy head that left a layer of lace on the glass. Aroma was of coffee, chocolate and flowery hops. Taste was very roasty and coffeeish with a good bitter kick of hops. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth and made the beer easy to drink. Body was medium. This beer reminded me of a slightly lighter version of Sierra Nevada stout. Very tasty and worth picking up a bomber or 2.

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Photo of Mflanaga
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of holder45
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

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 tectactoe
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep color, basically black all around, only some slight dark brown around the very edges; tan head, thick on the pour leaving medium lacing. Deep mocha on the nose; creamy, sweet coffee, roasted barley, and bittersweet chocolate and cocoa beans. The flavor follows right along - the coffee profile was actually a bit stronger than expected (not a bad thing) and combats the mocha for the number one spot. The mocha has a bitter underlaying with sweetness and creaminess coming in to round it out. Hops show up in the taste that were not really present in the aroma; kind of dry, leafy, herbal, ashy. The bitter character balances well, hits a little on the back of the tongue. Some char flavors, not necessarily smokey, but charcoal and deep, burnt, roasted barley and malt. Reasonably creamy body, medium-thick but not syrupy, middle of the road on the carbonation scale.

Very good mocha stout, nice creamy body and lots of flavor for being only 5.6% ABV. You could certainly put a few of these down in a single sitting and be okay, as well as satisfied.

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Photo of wspscott
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass (no date)

A: Pours with a one finger dark tan head that drops almost immediately leaving a thin film on the surface and a bit of lace.
S: The roasted malts are very obvious with a little bit of sweetness in the back.
T: Lots of roasted malt along with quite a bit of chocolate malts, no hint of hops, but there is enough roasted bitterness that this comes across as very dry.
M: My first impression was over attenuated, I have decided that the attenuation is reasonable, but I would like a little bit more "chewiness". The carbonation is a little high for the style, a little too much "tingle" on the tongue, but not unpleasant.
D: A very solid stout, well balanced and easy to drink, not super complex. I will happily finish off the six-pack, but I am not sure I would buy again. Worth trying.

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Photo of Sebas
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zach136
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pitch black, with a hard to coax tan head. Little to no lacing.

Aroma: Nice balance of cocoa, caramel, nutty, and light roast.

Flavor: Sharper roast, and more present earthy hop that the aroma. Both notes come up front. Light notes of chocolate and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly acrid roast linger.

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Photo of BEER88
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Omnium
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Dark brown black with under a finger of tan fizzy head, tiny spots of lacing.
S - Rich dark chocolates, roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, a touch of vanilla bean.
T - Rich creamy and milky mocha flavor, lots of dark chocolate, coffee bean roasts, a little toffee malt.
M - Creamy and smooth at first, but fades fast.
O - Excellent display of a good coffee stout, could benefit from a little more sweetness and alcohol to make the flavor linger more, cause it is a welcoming taste.

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Photo of AshevilleSippin
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short Version:
Dark, smoky and drinkable with a sublte malt tanginess to it.

Details:
Poured thick and dark like black molasses. Completely opaque even up to a bright lamp. The only color is the reddish-black refraction coming laterally through the edges of the 1/8" thick glass pint walls.

Two finger head the color of milk chocolate that had the endurance of an ultra marathoner. Right after the pour my brother called and we talked for 10 min before my first taste. It still had a uniform 1/4" head with solid wallpaper around the edges where the head had fallen.

The mass of the head was more cohesive to the center than adhesive to the glass. It seemed to congeal in the center like a large curd of buffalo mozzerella yet moved freely along the edges of the glass as I gently tipped it side to side.

On the nose was coffee with a highly burnt roast and a little sharp hop underneath.

First taste was very smoky and medium bodied. Not the kind to stick to your ribs. There's a subtle tangy maltiness that I think defines this beer beyond a run-of-the-mill roasty stout.

There's nothing overly complex about this beer but it's well balanced and suprisingly un-dry. Perhaps contributing to it's overall drinkability. I could put down 2 or 3 and not feel overwhelmed. Says a lot for a stout.

Finish is smoky and mild without a lingering aftertaste. Living in Asheville I'm a big fan of Highland and this doesn't disappoint at all.

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Photo of brewdude1982
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a pint I had in tap at Wakefield tavern in Raleigh.

This is a dark beer much like one would expect from a stout. Good lacing and a thick head with lots of tiny bubbles. It has relatively no smell but then again I am stuffed up. The taste is very much coffee and roasted dark malts. It is a pleasant change from some of the other stouts that I have had recently. This brewery is making beers that range from mediocre to great in my book.

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Photo of Joeyphunk
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerSexLove
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at the Village Draft House

Arrived a deep, dark brown with a reddish hue and a thin lacing of brown head. The nose has a heavy note of coffee and a faint note of chocolate. The taste is much the same as the nose; coffee is the dominant flavor with hints of chocolate and light, noticeable hops for battle in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied, rich, and smooth.

It's a little one dimensional, but a solid beer all around. In this area it's a staple in most beer stores, and pretty cheap too. It's a go-to beer on a cold day.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a flared pint glass.

The pour is a little less than spectacular. Nothing bad here, to be sure -- dark brown in color showing nice deep ruby highlights when held to the light, with a creamy one-fingered beige head. Sadly, though, the head goes no further, falling away rather deftly and leaving no trace behind on the walls of the glass.

A bit of toffee-caramel sweetness in the nose, with some light cocoa and coffee and a faint hint of herbal-citrusy hops.

Medium-bodied with a smooth body and mild carbonation; sweet malt carries in the intro, with just a hint of caramel, moving into a middle of light roast coffee and faint citrus and pine hop notes. Some nice semi-sweet mocha and sweet cream show up around the edges before finishing with a dry roastiness that shows just a hint of resinous hops on the back of the tongue.

A pretty drinkable stout, with a nice balance of characteristics where nothing is overpowering. And though there is no cocoa used in the brewing, a little more chocolate character would be pleasing in a brew called Black Mocha Stout. Regardless, a nice addition to my American Chocolate Week imbibing.

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Photo of Morey
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no freshness date.

Pour very dark brown in color. It looks black, but if you get a little light behind it, it's actually more of a dark brown. The head only stood about one half of a finger following a medium pour. Hit has since settled to almost nothing. Very little head retention and/or lacing.

The nose on this one is pretty mellow, but I'm getting some roasted malts and a good amount of chocolate as well.

Taste is smooth and roasty up front followed by a burst of chocolate flavor. Very little in the way of hops/bitterness on this one. A hint of coffee towards the middle. Smooth finish.

Medium bodied with a creaminess that rounds things out on the back end. Carbonation is pretty low key.

A really nice stout overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: Despite the name, the brewery uses no coffee or chocolate in this beer. The chocolate flavor that they achieve is really impressive. Really nice for a stout that is so low in alcohol. It looks a bit thin initially, but this one surprised me a bit.

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Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,078 ratings
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