Highland Black Mocha Stout | Highland Brewing

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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
Ratings:
1,063
Reviews:
453
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.05%
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
180
For Trade:
1
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Photo of cmukid87
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerSexLove
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 88caprice
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
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 -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Uconnelmo
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Corburk
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 todaytastelikethis
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of speedlimit7
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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 dudecandle
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 justinm4bama
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrisroarshack
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of psmith161
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of izzyismyrott
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nc_america
4.51/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of aknalley
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elkinbrown
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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