Highland Black Mocha Stout | Highland Brewing

Highland Black Mocha StoutHighland Black Mocha Stout
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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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Ratings: 1,069 |  Reviews: 454
Photo of OriginalWayOut
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of briandschorr
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SLeffler27
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zekenyce
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ntanner83
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cmukid87
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 88caprice
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of h4ger
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Uconnelmo
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Corburk
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SmokySignals
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
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 +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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Photo of todaytastelikethis
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of speedlimit7
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Venice_Beacher
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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 dudecandle
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +7.2%
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 +4.9%
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 justinm4bama
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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