Highland Black Mocha Stout | Highland Brewing

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3.86/5
Very Good
1,087 Ratings
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,843
Reviews:
458
Ratings:
1,087
pDev:
10.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,087 |  Reviews: 458
Photo of jettjon
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of jbehlar
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vandelay1863
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
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 Tomgar
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PseudoLin
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Yeldarb92
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bryan12345
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lampro
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
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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Photo of Shantto
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of claire_thomson
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kcrumle18
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ClearWater
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gerasimos
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aletrailky81
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mutt
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewMaven
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OriginalWayOut
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of briandschorr
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SLeffler27
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zekenyce
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ntanner83
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 1,087 ratings