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Highland Black Mocha Stout | Highland Brewing

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Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States | website

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
Reviews:
444
Ratings:
1,037
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.05%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
167
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 444 | Ratings: 1,037
Photo of BigGold
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had at Bull McCabe's, Durham, North Carolina, on draft into tumbler. Despite the name, this Black Mocha Stout is not too sweet, and it has plenty of depth for a 5.00 beer.

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Photo of obywan59
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to almost black with a 1 1/2 finger tan head that leaves loads of thick sticky lacing.

Notes of coffee and dark chocolate in the aroma with a hint of dark fruits.

Mocha in taste. Somewhat tart. Acidic coffee and fruity dark chocolate. Hints of caramel.

Rather light in body for a stout., call it medium plus. Above average carbonation, yet creamy in feel. Light warmth.

A very good brew. The carbonation is on the high side, and the body on the low, but I liked it. It made for an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

BOD 12/1/15. Pours black. Outstanding head volume and lacing, world class retention.

Light nose of roast and chocolate.

Light body that is water like. Slightly below standard carbonation level with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a lackluster finish.

The flavor profile is good. It lacks intensity (think stout lite...very lite) but is well balanced. The flavor is pretty much one dimensional and lacks complexity. It begins with a blend of light roast and chocolate. The middle adds a touch of hops but very little bitterness. The finish is a slow fade of the middle.

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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 spelingchampeon
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Visiting friends in N. Carolina, I was seeking out local brews. and came upon this in a supermarket. After being on the road for over 12 hours, my 1st beer was less than stellar, but I put that to being tired and hungry. Upon returning to my own comfort zone, I was out to prove my 1st impression right or wrong. Poured into a stout glass, practically black, to a half finger tan head, it quickly lost retention, with little lacing. Aroma was balanced equally between roasted malt and chocolate/mocha.

Crisp, with a light to medium mouth feel. The flavoring of this beer was one of the least complex, but overall satisfying 12oz pours I've had over the last couple of month's. Not expecting much, I was very pleased with this beer, and would buy it the next time I see it on the shelf.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Black black black. with tan head.

Coffee smell and some follows into the taste. But there also is a unwelcomed syrup flavor accompanying it. Some roasted barley and a nice hop finish, but does not entirely save this brew for me. Heavy density to the brew albeit little alcohol backing. too big, too harsh for my liking.

A miss from a brewer with few misses.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with caramel colored decent sized head that dissipates after a few minutes good lacing.

Smell the first thing that hits me is the coffee a little bit of the roasted malts as well.

Taste again i get a little coffee up from a little vanilla some roasted malts and a little chocolate.

Feel medium body fairly clean a little thin.

Overall I think this is a good American Stout I would have again.

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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 Labeorphile
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a tan head, not too fizzy, that quickly recedes. Nose is a lot of dark chocolate, malts, hint of sweet. Taste is a lot of dark chocolate up front with the malt, but it quickly disappears leaving you wondering where the flavor went. Would like it to linger a little more. Feel is good, an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A bright dark brown to black pour kicks up a 1” tan foam cap that is moderately persistent.

S: Big mocha aromas highlighting light chocolate, nuts, dark dried fruit, malt, toast, coffee,. The malt aromas are medium high, the hop aromas are low.

T: A layered palate with fruit, nuts, dark dried fruit, grain, bitter chocolate, coffee. The mocha and bitter chocolate flavors emerge especially on the finish leading to a lingering grainy bitter chocolate. Malt is medium high, hop flavors are low.

F: Creamy medium full body, medium carbonation.

O: Very nice easy to drink mocha stout.

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Photo of James954
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: liquid molasses, some lacing and head that fade over time
S: molasses, toasted malt, sweet something
T: Good equilibrium of toasted malt, coffee, and a sweet dark fruit of some kind
F: excellent carbonation and heavy mouthfeel

Overall: much better than a lot of stouts recently tried. Very underrated.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into water glass bottled on 9/30

A: pitch black very small head white in apperancewith maybe a little color

S: creamy roasted malts a little oatmeal and some chocolate

T: Roasted malts, a little coffee, some anise not a whole lot else going on

M: starts out being almost creamy then finishes watery

O: Fairly one dimensional beer not a lot going on and what it does is very light the beer is surprisingly bland. Very light beer but then the ABV isn't that high. This is a beer I would pass on

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taste of black patent malts, dry coffee notes with some roasted chocolate, toffee.
Black and opaque. Roasted coffee bean aroma.
Full body. Big foamy cocoa colored head.

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Photo of CalebM
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark blackish-tan hue, pretty heavy lacing on the side of the glass.
Smell: Coffee, dark chocolate, cookie--yum!
Taste: Very well balanced for a stout of this name. Sweet but not sicky. The flavors from the aroma are all equally present with no surprises. I'm not getting the peppermint others have mentioned, perhaps just a mix of toasted malt and hops throwing things around.
Feel: I would not describe this as a clean finish as the bottle does. The foam lingers in your mouth, but I don't find that unpleasant--one reviewer said the finish was "gritty" and I agree. Medium/heavy mouthfeel.
Overall: In terms of stouts and mocha flavor, I like this a lot. Balanced flavors and interesting texture.

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Photo of StoutHobbit
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark on the pour with a light lacing foam. Very dark nearly opaque.
Smell: Hints of cocoa, nutty, toffee and cookie.
Taste: rich hits of coffee and notes on the back of the tongue of cacao
Feel: a tad gritty at the finish, but rather rich and smooth
Overall: damn fine beer, damn fine stout.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This American Stout pours to a brief medium rocky tan head on a dark brown beer with ruby highlights. On the nose, the roasted malt is expressed as a nice blend of sweet coffee and cocoa, with hints of dark toffee. On the palate, it is a similar beast: slightly sweet dark cocoa up front, overtaken midway by bitter coffee with a bit of dark toffee character. The finish is dark and slightly sweet, followed by a bitter coffee flavor that lingers until the next sip. Mouthfeel is thinnish for the full body, medium creamy and very peppery from the lively carbonation. Between the mouthfeel and the low ABV, this is very sessionable for a stout. (12 oz. bottle, 188 days after pkg.)

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Photo of nc41
2.65/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Looks nice smells nice. But ..:. I agree with the last review I read, tastes like a peppermint patty, it burns like hot pepper on the throat. I don't like that profile much to add to the burning it's over carbonated for the style. My throats hot, if I was just going off the heat this is generating I'm guessing 2x Mexican Cake. One will give heartburn , two might make you sick.

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Photo of takusan1000
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A top stout that looks just absolutely excellent. Really prevalent anise and black patent flavor that manages to be silky smooth and at the same time maintain a fresh bite. Not quite as good as Deschutes' Obsidian, but damn good still.

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Photo of uvachief
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nitro turbo draft. The stuff pours nice with nice head. Smells like peppermint which is nearly repulsive to me. Ru oh..tastes like peppermint. One taste was all I needed. Not my cup of tea. Thin, watery stout that tastes like peppermint. Groan.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black Mocha Stout pours an almost black color with a nice large head. There is a weaker oatmeal aroma. The taste is a bit weak, nice oatmeal flavors, hints of mocha. Weaker flavors. Overall its nice, pretty plain, the weaker flavors do take away.

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Photo of delta490
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A deep brown with a light tan head that leaves nice tight sticky lacing. The aroma tends to the mild, with just hints of dark roasted malt and maybe a little cocoa. The taste is also deep roasted malt, with just a hint of earthy hops but it has a nice simple quality to it. The body is lighter, but with with a nice full finish.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black, clear beer with a one finger high, beige-brown head.

Nose: Coffee, tobacco, roasted malt, dark chocolate, malt and dried fruit.
Taste: Coffe beans, red berries, dark chocolate, roasted malt and hay.
Body: Medium to full body with light carbonation.

Great stout!

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thin black pour with dark tan head;fruit and chocolate whispers; thin mouthfeel/lite tongue coating;coffee bean and thin malt start; light and easy to drink; I like how the coffee flavor is just barely there; chocolate malt and a little hop bitterness round out the finish; a very drinkable lite stout.

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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 scotorum
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A purchase from a trip to Tennessee last July, bottled 4/4/14, so this has over eight months age on it.

a; Opaque black with a glimmer of clear ruby at the bottom, inch thick tan head receded slowly to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Black coffee.

t: Primarily smoky malt up front with a light hop bite. Sweet finish. Later some dark chocolate and black coffee emerges.

m: Light to medium, perhaps lighter than expected for a stout. Good carbonation tingle.

o; Not getting an awful lot of "mocha," but a good if lightish easy drinking stout. I'd tend to call this a porter based on mouthfeel and ABV.

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