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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

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444
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1,040
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
16.97%
 
 
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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 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 olimpia84
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Dunedin House of Beer. Served on a Pint glass.

A: black body with a one finger coffee colored head and good lacing that is coffee colored as well.

S: a bit on the mute side but notes of coffee are present along with roasted malts and milk.

T: dark coffee, roasted malts with a bitter aftertaste. A bit on the bland side.

M: smooth feel with a medium to full body leaning more towards medium. Good carbonation.

O: a decent stout that failed to deliver in some areas. Nevertheless I was happy to try it since it's not widely available in my area.

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Photo of bradford
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle acquired through a trade with stopbarking
Looks good on the pour, dark black, very little light getting through. Thick but not viscous like a Dark Lord or Kentucky Breakfast Stout. Head was an off white, brownish color that thinned down very qyuickly
Smelled okay, lots of roasted malts and bittering hops present in the nose
Taste was the same, overly roasty for my taste and quite bitter for a 5.6% American Stout.
Mouthfeel was good, pretty thick and palate coating
Drinkability is not so high. Not a bad beer, just very assertive in the roastiness and bitterness

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Photo of LaCoursiere
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, no bottled on or best by date. Got this as an extra in a trade but forgot who sent it, sorry. Poured into a tulip glass

A - Impenetrable obsidian black with a one finger tan head. A nice collar and lacing remained after dissipation.

S - Roasted malt and faint molasses and hot chocolate notes.

T - Roasted malts, bakers chocolate, coffee and a faint sour note that I can't place, but it's not unpleasant. Not much sweetness. The sweetness that is there is embodied in the faint chocolate flavors. There is a pleasant lingering bitterness from the roasted malt.

M - Light bodied but not thin. Slick and smooth on the way in with light and fine carbonation that is pleasant.

O/D - This is a pretty nice beer that is very drinkable at the ABV and flavor profile. It's a nice light stout.

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Photo of Brewfan
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black as night color into my Hennepin chalace. Medium tan head dissipates rather quickly leaving a nice blanket of tan lace clinging to the glass and a slight oil-slick film covering the beer.
Aroma of rich Dutch chocolate, cocoa powder and some slightly burnt coffee maltiness.
The cornerstone of this beer is definately chocolate, good bitter chocolate, with coffee and malt coming in a distant second. Slightly acidic on the back of the tongue with some hops bitterness coming through.
Drinks quite smooth with a light carbonation. Medium body and a creamy mouthfeel make this a very drinkable stout.
I love a good stout, and this is definately a good stout. One of the better American stouts that I've encountered.

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Photo of zymurgy4all
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights visible only with a bright light behind the glass. The head is tan that is thick and long lasting. The aroma is of roasted malts with hints of chocolate.
The flavor is very robust, and the beer is fairly dry with only hints of roastiness left in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is soft and silky. This is an outstanding stout that is worth seeking out.

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Photo of hellomcfly
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle.

A - Jet black with a coca cola like foam on top - about 1.5 inches high. Fair lacing.

Smell - Malts, coffee bean, chocolate, cream, cola

Taste - Sweet malts and chocolate that bitter out with a strong coffee bean taste. Nicely balanced stout here. Leaves you with a nice coffee and chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Great mouthfeel. Medium bodied, smooth, and creamy.

Drinkability - Very high for a stout. Could definitely drink a couple in a sitting. Nice stout that I can enjoy even in the South Carolina summer heat.

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Photo of gatorbreath
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Guinness Pint Glass

Aggressively poured this pitch black offering conjuring only a slight, minimal head of mocha color

Smell is of malts, mocha, taste is strongly of malt with a little bit of acidity, the mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and is very enjoyable going down

Overally, could enjoy a few of these and likely will. Cheers!

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Photo of Graebner
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black, but if you look closely there are some ruby highlights. Develops a couple of fingers of brown head, goes down to a finger in a few minutes. The head on this one is unusual; it features very large bubbles, looks almost like a half-done pancake on the griddle. Interesting.

Smells strongly of mocha, chicory, wet dog, hints of iron, anchovies and fair amounts of herbs. Even a faint scent of blood. Very complex smell, makes you want to get that first mouthfull.

This beer is a cornucopia of tastes. Starts out bittersweet, goes to bitter-sour, but all the while you're being pleasantly overwhelmed by subtleties. I taste (in rough order) pine, butter, starfruit, olive oil, paprika, caramel, flour tortilla, the list goes on. Every sip reveals another facet of this beer. It definitely keeps me sipping, but also keeps me savoring...there's always something new.

Mouthfeel is also above average, even for the style. Starts out with the tingling of the CO2, and to a greater or lesser extent that's there throughout. Feels thin but not watery as you take it in, but thickens up appreciably over the middle of the tongue. By the time it's reached your throat, it's feeling even a little more caramel-like silky-smooth.

Overall this is an extremely well done beer. Delivers stoutness, smooth, rich, and delightful mouthfeel, and, perhaps most importantly, flavors upon flavors. It's complex, it's tasty, it's overall a very drinkable beer, and I'll readily buy this again. As with any stout, you might not want to sit down for more than four of these, as I have a feeling they'd sour eventually. Apart from that though, there's no reason not to snuggle up to one of these.

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Photo of bosox941827
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been reviewing lots of IPAs lately so this is quite a change. 22 oz bottle, poured cold into imperial pint glass; allowed to warm as I tasted.
A - Dark as night with a reddish hue when held to light, thin ring of crema on top
S - Roasty, chocolate-y malts
T - Sweet and roasty all the way through, with just a hint of hops way at the end after the malts have resolved on the tongue, but really roasted malts are what predominate here, as expected
M - Not as thick as one might think, really quite pleasant in the mouth w/just a bit of carbonation
D - Very, surprisingly for such a hearty beer

Though a bit one dimensional, this is not a bad beer. Would probably prefer a bit more hops in the mix, but really can't get too vocal about that given the style. Overall a decent beer that I would buy again.

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Photo of pauldave1976
1.7/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Not good. Lower than average. Will not waste my money again. I would expect a lot more out of a brew from Asheville, North Carolina. Seemed really plain and pretty sad for a "craft" beer.I guess it s par for the course, as I feel the exact same way about the rest of their beers. I would like to try some of their one shots to hopefully redeem them in my mind.

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Photo of raszputini
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite standard Highland products. A solid chocolate style stout. Pours black with a tan lacy head. Smells of roast, coffee and chocolate. Taste is dominated by roasted malts and a blast of chocolate. Very understated hops. Overall a very sweet stout.

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Photo of finepaws
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yum, yum, yum! Had this one at Biltmore House in Asheville. I saw mocha, I saw stout, knew I had to have it. Waiter seemed impressed. "Excellent choice" he said. I grinned. (Beer snob!) It came in a glass, duh, thick dark color. Nice caramel head. Didn't last throughout, but did lace the sides. Smelled like mocha java coffee. Tasted like it too, with a thick feel. I really enjoyed this one. Next to youngs dbl chocolate, I'm thrilled. Guess what, I can't find this one in a store either....waaah!

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Photo of caresville
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i am ashamed to say i have never heard of this beer until i received it in RIS BIF from jyounger30. huge thanks to that man for this manly beer!! i love it!!

a- black as night with a fluffy mocha head (aggressive pour) that turns into a mocha ring within 90 seconds. wonderful lacing throughout pint glass.

s- sweet caramel, black coffee with mocha (duh), licorice and the color black if thats possible.

t&m- i love this stuff. not too thin and not sludge either. right in the middle. warms and sweetens insides of the mouth immediately. caramel nips and black dunkin donuts coffee are the two tastes that come to mind every sip. lucky for me, i love both. hints of brown sugar, molasses, licorice, raisins and almonds are also very very present.

d- complex but simple. sticks to the basics. easily one of my top 10 favorite stouts ever. not paper thin and not motor oil sludge. easy drinking all the way. great stout for someone who would love to get into the style!!

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Photo of Chadpaq
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1.79 single at Total Wine.

Poured this baby into a tulip. Extremely dark, with minimal light penetration. Sported a two-fingered tan head that receded extremely slowly, leaving a filmy surface on the beer in its wake. Hot cocoa-esque. Lots of particulates floating around that looked a lot lock miniscule chocolate shavings.

My favorite aspect of this beer was how it did a number on my olfactory senses: Coffee-infused chocolate, similar to a drink I might pick up early in the morning at 'Bucks. Not too heavy, but certainly not too light. I was only fairly excited about trying this beer prior to pouring and sniffing, but now my tastebuds are juiced up and ready to roll.

The taste, although excellent, let me down a bit from the first two aspects of the beer. That's hardly a slight, though. It's very chocolatey, specifically when it comes to the more bitter, cocoa-esque aspect of the treat. It also has mild traces of a nice Colombian coffee in it as well. Very delicious. My only complaint: I'd like it to be a bit heavier.

The mouthfeel's smooth, similar to hot chocolate. Velvety, even. However, there's almost too much carbonation, which detracts from the smoothness.

This beer's damn drinkable, one of the aspects that its slight lack of body helps it accomplish. I could easily drink three or four of these. But from a good stout, I'd rather be on my ass after one.

I think a quick fix for this beer would be more malts. But I hesitate using the word "fix" because there isn't much wrong at all with this baby. Another excellent brew from my in-state boys.

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Photo of smittybrew83
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pop the cap and poured a good looking dark reddish brown brew into a pint glass. there is a one finger sized head that is a darker tan color, which quickly dissipates to lit film over the beer. In the glass the beer is a nice black with no light shinning through but with a bit of a thin appearance.
The nose which there isn't much of is of roasted malts and faint chocolate.
The taste is of bitter coffee and chocolate but only slightly. overall not a ton going on with the flavor. but it does have some good flavor hidden at the end.
The mouth feel is very light with quite a bit of carbonation. with this style i would like just a bit less carbonation and a bit more body.
Overall not a great beer but still drinkable.

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Photo of maybrick
2.16/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Broguht in for review in our Monday evening group on 3/18/2007. I'm eager to have more southern breweries joining the ranks of the industry. I was very disappointed in this one however. It was so thin in the taste, mouthfeel, and I don't know if this was just a not so great batch or a real representation. Mocha stouts at least to me should be thick, lusirous, and have strong notes of the coffee. This just didn't.

I certainly will try it again when once I again encountered and will happily update this review with those results.

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Photo of BatDaddy
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown that goes solid black as it collects in the glass. Big bubbly tan head with really nice retention and lacing.

S - Bold semi-sweet dark chocolate and light roasted coffee.

T & M - Chocolate is more bitter than the sweet nose would lead you to believe. Mild roasted undercurrent and espresso. Some hop bitterness flashes here and there, but mostly strong coffee flavors. Mouthfeel is creamy but a tad light for a stout.

D - Pretty good flavors and overall nice mouthfeel make this easily drinkable.

Another good beer from Highland, though I'd prefer their Oatmeal Porter or Gaelic Ale.

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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 johnnybgood1999
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my go to stouts here in Lynchburg.

A: Nice medium head and black body. Amber appears around the edges only when held up to light. Moderate, sticky looking lacing is visible.

S: Pretty nice aroma. Dark cocoa comes through along with burn malts. Hop aroma is negligible.

T: Aptly named as Black Mocha Stout, the mocha smacks you in the face immediately. Bitter chocolate is used, so it becomes overwhelming if it is not sipped from the front of the tongue to the back. This brew is very hefty and flavorful for 5.6% abv. As such, the mocha is balanced by a nice roasted malt flavor.

M: This beer is the king of smooth. This and Founders Porter are the smoothest, silkiest dark beers I've had that are not on the Russian Imperial Stout level. It really caresses the palate.

O: This is one of my go to stouts for a reason: it's quite good.

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Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night, creamy looking head but not huge. Smells softly of espresso and chocolate. Taste is not quite as delicate. Roast notes are bright. There is a dryness, too, sort of reminiscent to almond skins or peanut shells. The body is lighter than expected from the title as a "black mocha" which makes me expect a Frapacchino. Little to no sweetness, as dry, nutty and roasted flavors take over.

Really quite enjoyable. With a body not quite as creamy as expected, I am pleasantly surprised. Roasted flavors start to drain your palate after a while, but the first two are fantastic.

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Photo of EHopkinsi
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours dark, thin head. Flavor isn't as bold as I'd prefer, but not wimpy, either. Mouthfeel is a little light, too; but again, not bad. Hoppy finish is nice.

Kind of an "easy drinking" stout; not massive like I generally prefer my stouts, but definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of DanThomas
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Beautiful. Opaque black/brown, thin foamy head and lots of lacing. This is what I want a stout to look like.

S- Deep, warm roasted scent with dark chocolate accents. The smell is very smooth.

T- The dark chocolate is most apparent. Roasted barley takes over towards the back. Dry finish with little/no bitterness.

M- Carbonation is nice on the finish. It's a little thin, but the flavor adds a lot of depth.

D- So good. This beer is an interesting sort of cross between a dry stout and an imperial stout, and it works really well. Lovely stout.

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Photo of WAP
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an opaque black-brown with a nice, fluffy, 1.5" head that shows nice retention. Aroma is of roasted malts, a little coffee-like, with a nice hop backing.

Flavor profile is smooth coffee with some bitter chocolate notes, complemented by a slight piney hop finish. Very nice and well-balanced.

Mouthfeel is a little watery for the style, but still nice. Drinkability is very good, not at all filling, I could have a few of these.

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Highland Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing
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